Akhand Gyan

Monthly Magazine

Building Stronger Relations Professionally

Corporates are always bearing a load on their minds about maintaining the best of their relations with one and all, when it comes to their professional lives. For example, keeping peace with the boss, paying respect to their seniors, giving out a friendly hand to the colleagues, maintaining a smiling face for their clients, and finally, arduously trying to be cool-headed back at home. In order to lighten the burden of their employees, there are companies that are constantly greasing their minds for new ideas, to maintain a positive and friendly atmosphere on and off the workplace. And, amazingly, they credit most of the success of their company to these prodigious efforts towards their employees. So, let us also try to hunt out the sutras adopted by these corporate giants within their working space, to jump on the bandwagon of success. BRING IN YOUR PARENTS DAY Like many of us, LinkedIn employees also used to laugh out the matter that their parents were unaware of the strenuous conditions they underwent the whole day at their workplace. But, Catherine Fisher, a senior director and member of marketing and communications at LinkedIn took notice of the same. She brought up an idea of promoting a family-friendly culture in their company. As per this initiative, all employees were supposed to bring their parents and dear ones to their company/organisation on a declared day. The event was originally meant just for fun and freshness. However, it turned out to be phenomenal, wh…

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We Salute You… The Real Heroes!

There was an era when thousands in souls were ready to sacrifice their life on a single call of their nation. That era, undoubtedly, belongs to the land of immense love, devotion and sacrifice i.e. Bharat... A land for people prayed for rebirths to serve their country! The time is a witness of such souls who deeply loved their motherland and worked passionately towards the progress of their country. Reminiscing these brave hearts, we present a few glorifying incidents of their lives embedded in the golden chapter of history. COURAGE SHOWN BY A SINGLE MAN IS ENOUGH TO GATHER MAJORITY In 1965, when war was going on between India and Pakistan, the country was heading towards food scarcity at a shooting rate. Sensing the tension between the two lands, countries like the US, which were then major suppliers of food grains also threatened to withdraw their support by disrupting the ongoing imports. The then Prime Minister, Lal Bahadur Shastri, out of his audacious nature, denied to bow in front of such adversities. He, along with his family, decided to skip a day's meal i.e. dinner to save food. After testing its utility for a week, he took to All India Radio Stations, urging the masses to follow the same, in order to gather food for soldiers on warfront. Hats off to those peasants of nearby war-afflicted areas who were found crawling through underground passages and tunnels, carrying tiffins stuffed with nutritious meals and buckets of milk for the soldiers posted in hi…

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Constructive messages from the destructive weapons

Whenever the enlightened ones descend on this earth, they bring revolution in the entire fabric of humanity. One kuch phase was witnessed in its full magnificence, when Lord Krishna manifested in the Dwaapar age. (The 24th of this month is Janmashtami, the day when Lord Krishna descended on this earth). An indispensable episode of the times when Krishna graced this earth with his divine glory in the battle of Mahabharata. If we view from the lens of wisdom, we will find one peculiar thing in this battle. It is that every facet of the battle carrier a deep correlation with our lives, be it at the individual or the society on the whole. For instance, if we look into the weapons that were used in the battle, then something really fantastic can be observed. Although weapons are meant for destruction and only destruction! However, when viewed insightfully, exclusive constructive lessons can be deduced from the weapons that were used in the battle of Mahabharata! Let's book into four such powerful weapons with the corresponding powerful messages inherent in them... Brahmashirsha: In the battle of Mahabharata, this special weapon was used by Ashvatthama on Uttara (Abhimanyu Wife), in order to ruin the baby that was dwelling in her womb. This weapon named 'Brahmashirsha' is characterised by a striking feature of devastating only the target and leaving the rest of the surroundings unaffected. The constructive perspective: We all know that the violence and destruct…

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निद्रा- एक रहस्यमयी विज्ञान!

इसीलिए, हम इस लेख में सोने का रहस्यमयी विज्ञान लेकर आए हैं। पूरे दिन में कौन सा समय सोने के लिए सबसे सही है? उम्र के अनुसार कितने घंटे सोना उपयुक्त है? क्या दिशा और दशा का भी सोने पर प्रभाव पड़ता है? इन सभी बिंदुओं पर आइए अब विस्तारपूर्वक चिंतन करते हैं... ... कितने घंटे सोना अनिवार्य है? शरीर के लिए भोजन जितना ज़रूरी है, उतना ही नींद लेना भी अनिवार्य है। अच्छी नींद शरीर को पर्याप्त ऊर्जा देती है और दिमाग को शांत रखने में मददगार होती है। कहा जाता है, अंग्रेज़ हमारे क्रांतिकारियों को जेल में डालकर प्रताड़ित करते थे। उस प्रताड़ना का एक तरीका यह भी था कि उन्हें सोने नहीं दिया जाता था। …

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प्राणायाम बनाम ध्यान

'साँसों से ही जीवन है।' हम जानते हैं, क्योंकि हम इस बात के साक्षी भी हैं और जीते-जागते प्रमाण भी! निःसंदेह, यह बात नई नहीं है। लेकिन बात गहरी बहुत है। इसलिए जहाँ हम जीवन में कमाने वाली पूँजी को लेकर चौकन्ने रहते हैं; वहीं जीवन को चलाने वाली इस पूँजी के संबंध में भी लापरवाह न हों। वैसे तो वर्तमान समय में श्वास-प्रक्रियाओं (Breathing exercises) का ट्रेंड काफी बढ़ा है। लोग तरह-तरह के श्वास सम्बन्धी सत्रों के प्रति  आकर्षित हो रहे हैं। प्राणायाम को लेकर भी लोगों में रुचि बहुत बढ़ी है। क्योंकि इन तमाम श्वास क्रियाओं, प्राणायाम इत्यादि से हमें भरपूर आराम और शांति का अनुभव होता है। ये लाभ वि…

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छोटी-छोटी कहानियों में बड़ी-बड़ी बातें!

एकवर्णं यथा दुग्धं भिन्नवर्णासु धेनुषु। तथैव धर्मवैचित्र्यं तत्त्वमेकं परं स्मृतं।। - जिस प्रकार विविध रंग रूप की गायें एक ही रंग का (सफेद) दूध देती हैं, उसी प्रकार विविध धर्मपंथ एक ही तत्त्व की सीख देते हैं। सज्जनो, पूर्ण महापुरुषों की चाहे भाषा-भूषा अलग हो, रंग-रूप अलग हो, जन्म-स्थान व उपदेश की शैली अलग हो- परन्तु उद्देश्य सबका एक ही रहा है- मानव कल्याण! मानव जागृति! मानव उत्थान! इसलिए चाहे पूर्व हो या पश्चिम, उत्तर हो या दक्षिण- विश्व के कोने-कोने से हर तत्त्ववेत्ता महापुरुषों के स्वरों से एक ही गूँज सुनाई देती है कि... कैसे मनुष्य आत्म-जागृति से आत्म-शांति व आत्म-उन्नति क…

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Interview with Lord Shiva

... On who, why, where of a spiritual Guru He is acknowledged as one of the gods of the Hindu Trinity. He is the dweller of the mountains, Lord Kailash. He is the master of all dance forms, Nataraja. He is the perfect Yogi. Yes, all these and several more dimensions are attributed to the one and only, Lord Shiva- who perhaps leads the galaxy of deities of the celestial world. The cadre of His Supremacy is clearly evident from this very fact that He is deemed as the Supreme Brahman Himself (as stated in the Shvetashvatara Upanishad). What more? Among the gods, the "world’s tallest statue" is dedicated to none other than Lord Shiva- the Kailashnath Mahadev Statue in Nepal, 144 feet (44 m). Not just that. Among the top ten largest statues of Gods in the world, 4 out of 10 statues are of Lord Shiva! Well, this glimpse is perfect enough to comprehend who and what power is Lord Shiva. And, today, for the 'complicated' subject that has been chosen, Guru, He can be the best one to comment perhaps. Reason being, He is the Supreme Lord Himself, which undoubtedly implies that He knows everything. And, when He is all knowing, then, He can certainly give us a clear insight on, "Who, Why, Where, etc. Of a Spiritual Guru," that too unprejudiced; absolutely fair! Lord, thanks for sparing your precious time. I would straightaway come to the subject of today's discussion. Lord I often think, when God, I mean you are there, why, at…

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Promise of blessings!

(A special message to the devotees by H.H. Shri Ashutosh Maharaj ji...) Dear Spiritual Aspirants! You must have read, heard and practically experienced that the Guru Puja' celebration is not just about burning incense sticks, lighting lamps, and offering flowers. The feelings have an important role. Here, I would like to add that along with the feelings, the traits of one's character are also essentially important. The character of a spiritual aspirant needs to be such that it shines like the polar star amidst the darkness of ignorance, which prevails in society today. Even, without uttering anything through words, his character should speak aloud to the people that he is someone extraordinary. That, he is blessed with the Divine Knowledge (Brahm Gyan). Your dispositions with the people, your camaraderie, your mind-set and every dimension of your existence should spread the message of Brahm Gyan. Through you, people should realise the correct definition of a 'true human being.' On witnessing you, the society should admire that "yes, Brahm Gyan has seeped through every iota of his personality. He is the true embodiment of devotion and sadhna (meditation)." How your character should be? To explain this, I would quote a couplet from a saint- Tulsi kabahun na chhodiye, kshamaa, sheel, santosh Gyaan garibi, hari bhajan komal vachan adosh. Saint Tulsi says that one should never compromise on the traits of forgiveness, good co…

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The Lord Adores Such Sinful Acts!

The ambience was replete with the fragrance of festivity and divinity. The disciples were present in huge numbers, waiting to behold their beloved Lord, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Their souls were craving for his godly audience. Prayers were ushering from every heart in the lotus feet of the Master, 'O Mahaprabhu, our eyes are yearning to drink the nectar of bliss by beholding your divine countenance... Please come... Please come, Lord...' How could the Master remain untouched from the devotional notes that were emanating from the strings of His devotees' hearts? If the separation was unbearable on that end, then, it was equally difficult on this side too. Rather, much more painful on receiving the devout prayers springing from so many hearts longing madly for him! Unable to restrain himself anymore, the Divine Lord finally opened the door. Aha! Loud, heartfelt hails bombarded the atmosphere! A wave of thrill and delight gushed forth deluging one and all present there. It was as if life re-kindled in those hundreds of hearts that were yearning since long for one glimpse of their beloved. In all magnificence, Chaitanya stood at the door only for a couple of minutes, while the devotees quenched their hankering souls. Suddenly then, Chaitanya broke his silence and raising his hand in divine ecstasy, said, "O devotees of the Lord, come, let's all go and worship our Lord Jagannath. Today Puri (where Jagannath temple is situated) is bathing in His resple…

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२१ वीं सदी के कबीर!

भक्तिकाल के सद्गुरु कबीर उत्तम कोटि के कवि भी थे। इन्होंने अपनी हर साखी, सबद, रमैनी, दोहे और वाणी से शिष्य समाज को चेताया, जगाया व प्रेरणा दी। पर सोचिए, यदि कबीर साहिब आज के तकनीकी और आधुनिक मंच पर आमंत्रित किए जाएँ, तो वे मॉडर्न समाज को कैसे प्रेरणा देंगे। उनके दोहों की क्या शब्दावली होगी, उनमें कैसे उदाहरण होंगे, आइए इसी की एक झलक लेते हैं... कबीर जी का १५वीं सदी का दोहा- गुरु धोबी सिख कपड़ा, साबू सिरजन हार। सुरती सिला पर धोइए, निकसे ज्योति अपार।। अर्थ- यदि शिष्य कपड़ा है, वह भी मैला; तो गुरु धोबी के समान हैं। जैसे धोबी शिला पर पटक-पटक कर कपड़े की मैल काटता है और उसका रंग निखार द…

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पहले अनुभूति, फिर अभ्यास!

संत तुकाराम जी की एक प्रसिद्ध वाणी है- 'गुरुचिया मुखें होइल ब्रह्मज्ञान' अर्थात सद्गुरु ही दीक्षा देकर ब्रह्मज्ञान प्रदान करते हैं। देखा जाए तो, यह सर्वमान्य है। भारतीयों की सामूहिक चेतना कहीं न कहीं यह मानती है कि 'गुरु बिना ज्ञान नहीं।' परन्तु प्रश्न है , य। कौन सा ज्ञान  अथवा ब्रह्मज्ञान है, जो एक पूर्ण गुरु या सच्चे मुर्शिद को पहचानने की कसौटी है? जब आप अपनी श्रद्धा का सौदा करने, अथवा अपना मस्तक झुकाने एक गुरु-सत्ता के पास जाते हैं, तो आपको उनसे किस ज्ञान-दीक्षा की अपेक्षा करनी चाहिए? यह एक महा प्रश्न है।   कमाल की बात है, इतिहास के सभी पूर्ण संतों या पीरों ने इस…

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बिना मार्गदर्शक कैसे करोगे मार्ग का दर्शन!

'गुरु का मिलना और अपने शिष्य को प्रेमपूर्वक देखना- उसकी जन्म-जन्मान्तरों की भूख शांत कर देता है। गुरु की दृष्टि शिष्य के लिए दूध और रोटी है।‘ ये मधुर वचन थे शिरडी के साईं बाबा के। एक दिन साईं अपने अनुयायियों और जिज्ञासुओं के संग विराजमान थे। तभी सहसा उनके मुख से ये वचन प्रस्फुटित हुए। तब समीप बैठे एक बुद्धिजीवी जिज्ञासु ने उनसे पूछा- 'साईं! क्या भगवान के बूते भव पार नहीं होता? ज़रूरी है क्या हम किसी गुरु की शरण लें? उस परम-सत्ता तक पहुँचने वाले इतने-इतने मार्ग हैं। कोई भी चुन लें। मंज़िल मिल जाएगी। फिर गुरु ही क्यों?' यह प्रश्न हर गैर उपदेशी निगुरे के मन में कभी न कभी ज़रू…

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प्रभावों के प्रभाव!

आधुनिक जगत में प्रचलित कुछ ऐसे प्रभावों को जानते हैं, जो हमारे व्यवहार के अहम् हिस्से बन चुके हैं। उनको सही से समझकर हम अपने जीवन को एक नई दिशा दे सकते हैं। बाईक शेडिंग इफेक्ट आपके समक्ष एक ऑफिस की सच्ची घटना रखते हैं। उस ऑफिस में एक आवश्यक मीटिंग बुलाई गई। साथ ही, सब कर्मचारियों को यह संदेश पहुँचाया गया कि मीटिंग के बाद, रेस्तरां से खाना मँगवाकर सब एक-साथ लंच करेंगे। पर जानते हैं कि उस एक घंटे की मीटिंग में क्या हुआ? उस मीटिंग में 45 मिनट तक इसी बात पर चर्चा चलती रही कि खाने में छोले-भटूरे मँगवाए जाएँ या डीलक्स थाली या पिज़्ज़ा या कुछ और! मात्र 15 मिनट मीटिंग के विशेष मुद्दे पर …

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क्या आप योगासन करना पसंद करते हैं?

आजकल तो आसनों के विकल्प में युवा फिटनेस की आधुनिक तकनीकों को अपनाने लगे हैं। वे एरोबिक्स, जिमनास्टिक, पाइलेट्स, एरोबिक्स डांस फॉर्म ज़ुम्बा व जिम जाने को अधिक प्राथमिकता देते पाए जाते हैं। उनके अनुसार ये साधन उन्हें तेज़ी से केलोरी कम करने में, पतला होने में व उनकी बेडौल फिगर को दुरुस्त रखने में मदद करते हैं। पर पाठकों! अखण्ड ज्ञान का यह लेख आपको इस सच से अवगत कराएगा कि इन आधुनिक तकनीकों और प्राचीनतम योगासनों के बीच कहीं कोई बराबरी नहीं है। योगासन वह वैज्ञानिक पद्धति है जिससे शरीर और मन दोनों सशक्त होते हैं। योगासन के नियमित अभ्यास से शारीरिक मल व मन के दूषित विकार भी नष्…

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झुलसती गर्मी में शीतलता का अहसास

आयुर्वेदानुसार ग्रीष्म ऋतू में मनुष्य का स्वाभाविक बल क्षीण होने लगता है। अत्यधिक गर्मी की वजह से शरीर में पानी की लगातार कमी होने लगती है। फलस्वरूप शरीर में इलेक्ट्रोलाइट्स की कमी हो जाती है। इसलिए शरीर में जल की आपूर्ति करने के लिए हमें ज़्यादा से ज़्यादा शीतल पेय पदार्थों का सेवन करना चाहिए, जिन्हें 'आयुर्वेद' में 'पानक' भी कहा गया है। परन्तु कोल्ड ड्रिंक्स या सोडा पानी की जगह हमें प्राकृतिक पदार्थों एवं मसलों से निर्मित शीतल पेय ग्रहण करने चाहियें। वे हमारे स्वास्थ्य के लिए लाभकारी हैं। साथ ही, ताज़गी भी प्रदान करते हैं। आज ऐसे ही कुछ गुणकारी व घरों में आसानी स…

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IQ, EQ, SQ: Which 'Q' is the most important?

In the office, we often come across people who, in spite of having a low IQ, have scaled great heights in their careers. Whereas, people with high IQ are seen struggling to find a place in the company. There could be a lot of reasons on which the performance of an employee depends. However, does it mean that IQ has no relevance with the performance of an employee? As per a recent study, people with an average IQ outperform those with the highest IQs almost around 70% of the time. This anomaly threw a massive wrench into the broadly held assumption that IQ was the sole criterion of success.  Now, the question arises, what is then more important at work than IQ? Decades of research point to emotional intelligence (EQ) as being the critical factor that sets star performers apart from the ordinary. While cognitive intelligence is strategic (long term), it's the emotional intelligence, which is tactical (immediate functioning). Let's try to understand the meaning of emotional intelligence through a short story: This is the story of a Japanese Samurai who once challenged a Zen Master to explain the concept of Heaven and Hell. The monk replied with scorn, "You're nothing but a lout- I can't waste my time with people like you!" Alas! The samurai flew into a rage and, pulling his sword from its scabbard, yelled- "I could kill you for your impatience." "That," the monk calmly replied, "is hell." Startled at the defini…

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An Ode to the Old Age

Shobhit: C’mon, not again. You wet the bed for the third time this week. BABY: I....... I didn’t ........ I mean I don’t know... when.... Shobhit: Haven’t I told you a thousand times, to call me when you have to go? Leave it. Let me clean. BABY: I... BABY: I want an Ice-cream! Chocolate one! Shobhit: You ate it two days ago only. Not good for you. BABY: You always say that for ice-cream, or late-night TV or anything. You are not good to me. Shobhit: Arey! Why are you saying so? I do everything... BABY: NO... Shobhit: OK. This is how I’m. Deal with it! BABY: *Sobbing* Nobody loves me! You guys might be thinking how terrible Shobhit is. How can he treat a baby like this? A baby, after all, is dependent for his needs and wants. Even if they throw tantrums or oversee our care (as in the second case), they don’t do it out of anger but due to their incapability to process information and accordingly, express emotions. Sometimes, these aren’t tantrums, but a way to gain some attention; attention to their needs, time for their pleas, and make them feel loved when they feel helpless. We all know this, of course, and that’s why we listen to all their weird stories, help them with their day-to-day-activities, and tolerate their tantrums. Why isn’t Shobhit doing all of this, you might be thinking. But what if I tell you that BABY is the name of his grandmother. OH WAIT! Would that change the context for you? …

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Chanakya Sutras for the Corporates

Dear readers, can you think of a few words that end with 'maker'? We know you will find it very easy. By adding '- maker' as a suffix to any object, we get a term describing the person who makes that object. For example- a shoe-maker, a glass-maker, a movie-maker, and so on. And, what about a 'king-maker'? Certainly, a person who carves out a king must be one with unmatched brains, a subtle thinker, besides being a great analyst who has the competency to uplift a mere vagabond to the throne of a king. Only he can be referred to as king-maker. Looking back into the history for examples in this context, Acharya Chanakya's name verily shines in golden letters. He is hailed as an ancient teacher and philosopher who adorned his disciples with classic values of leadership and management. The same have been expressed in the form of 'sutras' and carry an unchallengeable authenticity in application. Let us also throw a glance at some examples, which prove the significance of these gem-like sutras by Chanakya, for corporate employees to climb the success-ladder. ... Give Them Better Recognition And They Will Work Harder Chanakya Sutra- In the happiness of his subject lies his happiness; in their welfare his welfare; whatever pleases him, he shall not consider as good; but whatever pleases his subjects, he shall consider as good. Great leaders give priority to the happiness and well-being of the people around them. In 2006, when Indra Nooy…

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Prayer and Spirituality at Workplace

Workplace often seems to sound synonyms to 'stress,' with companies keeping an eye on the bottom line and simultaneously attempting to improve the productivity. Everyone is loaded with a set of duties and responsibilities. In such a scenario, peace and calmness is something which everyone direly seeks, be it the business owners or the employees. In this regard, can prayers or meditation at the workplace offer any resort? When the answer can be deduced from the striking case studies carried out with respect to this question. In the words of Mr. David Price, a former attorney, media and legislative representative for Christian Science in Colorado- "One of the many lessons I learned in my legal career was the importance of taking time out of my day to meditate and pray. And those times that I  didn't take time for myself, I saw a distinct difference in my mood, my stress level, my ability to work, and my attitude. And those factors directly related to the success and health of my business and my body. A survey was conducted in this context. Just throw a glance at some of the observations with respect to the effect of prayer and meditation at the workplace- * 91 per cent were found saying that it positively impacted the culture * 66 per cent mentioned that they experienced less stress or possessed better stress-management capabilities * 63 per cent stated that they were able to manage themselves at work better * 60 per cent repor…

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Decoding Life- Beyond Breaths!

‘Breath is Life’- No explanation is required to prove it or get convinced about it. However the irony is- The wise ones say that ninety nine per cent of us do not breathe properly! Not only that. As a matter of fact, we are ignorant about what depth is inherent when we equate it to life or our existence. Let’s try to unfold the underlying layers of what we term as ‘breath’ and identify the fundamental substratum, from where life actually sprouts. Once the basis is discovered, believe us, you will indeed gain a fabulous understanding about life itself and how to live it to the fullest! Essentially there are three levels into which this subject can be bifurcated, subsequently taking us from the gross to the subtlest. Let’s begin with the gross level, the most outward expression of that energy which sustains us. Physical Breath (the gross level) From the gross perspective, breathing is a simple exercise of inhalation and exhalation, which works on its own, automatically. A breath, in turn, to us, often means taking in a few cubic centimetres of air (oxygen) and giving out some cubic centimetres of carbon dioxide. Of course, this information is true, but, it’s largely incomplete. However, it will be beneficial to imbibe the significance of even this gross definition of breath. Reason being, it will inspire us to adopt a healthier lifestyle and save ourselves from the deleterious outcomes with respect to our physical breath, which re…

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Understanding Spirituality through Experiments

A number of experiments and studies are conducted from time to time pertaining to human psychology and behaviour. As a matter of fact, these studies can only highlight certain aspect of human instincts and tendencies. However, the world of spirituality presents the remedies as well for the maladies projected through these experiments. Spirituality put forth the same aspect from an entirely new perspective and a higher dimension. We can comprehend this truth from some of the research studies presented below. ... From getting impacted to leaving an impact! This experiment is famous by the name- 'The Monster Study'. In 1993, a professor of the University of lowa, Dr. Wendell Johnson, conducted this study. He took 22 orphan children as a part of this study. These children were bifurcated into two groups. Children in one group were praised for their speech; however, the children in other group were demeaned for every word that they said. Although they had no speech problem in reality, but they were derided and told that they were stuttering. Result? Most of the children from the second group took the abuses to their hearts and reacted strangely to the comments. Some gasped; some hung their heads, while some of them covered their mouths with hands. On the whole, they developed permanent speech problems after the experiment! As a matter of fact, on giving a deep thought, we will find that almost each one of us is a victim of this malady- the problem of get…

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ऋद्धि-सिद्धियाँ बौनी हैं, गुरु-ज्ञान के आगे!

'मुकुंदलाल घोष'- का जन्म 5  जनवरी, 1893 को पूर्वोत्तर भारतवर्ष के गोरखपुर (उत्तर प्रदेश) में हुआ था । ये ही आगे चलकर 'स्वामी योगानंद परमहंस' के नाम से पूरे विश्व में जाने गए। इन्होनें जन-जन को ईश्वर-साक्षात्कार का मार्ग दिखाया। सभी को तत्त्वज्ञान की साधना से परिचित करवाया। परन्तु ईश्वरीय ज्ञान को पाने का उनका स्वयं का सफर कैसा रहा? बाल्यावस्था में बैठती मन की अनेक जिज्ञासाओं और शंकाओं का उन्हें कैसे समाधान मिला? ज्ञान-प्राप्ति हेतु वे किस-किस मार्ग से होकर गुज़रे? कैसे जीवन में एक पूर्ण सद्गुरु से मिलन हुआ? आइए, इन सभी प्रश्नों के उत्तर जानने के लिए उनके जीवन-सफर के कुछ खट…

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अर्थशास्त्र के नियमों के आध्यात्मिक अर्थ!

फ्रेमिंग इफेक्ट (बात रखने के तरीके का प्रभाव) अर्थशास्त्र का पुराना मॉडल यह कहता था- ' भले ही लोगों को भिन्न-भिन्न तरीके से विकल्प दे दिए जाएँ। पर वे हमेशा वही विकल्प चुनेंगे, जिसमें उनको सबसे ज़्यादा लाभ होगा।' लेकिन इस थियोरी को संशोधित किया, अमोस और डैनियल ने। उन्होंने अपने अध्ययन से यह निष्कर्ष निकाला- 'लोगों के समक्ष कोई बात किस तरह से रखी जा रही है, इसका प्रभाव लोगों के निर्णय पर बहुत अधिक पड़ता है।' इसे ही फ्रेमिंग इफेक्ट कहते हैं। आइए, इसे एक उदाहरण से समझते हैं। मान लीजिए, आपको एक वस्तु खरीदनी है, जिसका मूल्य 600 रुपये है। उस वस्तु पर दो ऑफर हैं-  1) ऑफर क' के साथ आ…

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हँसिए न! कंजूसी क्यों?

आपको अक्सर फोटो खिंचवाते हुए कहा गया होगा- 'Say Cheese!' कारण कि 'cheese' शब्द का उच्चारण आपको हँसने- मुस्कुराने में सहायता करता है। दरअसल इस शब्द में पहले दो अक्षर 'ch' दाँतों को उपयुक्त स्थिति में लाते हैं और बाद के अक्षर 'eese' होठों को उचित आकृति देते हैं। इससे चेहरे पर मुस्कुराहट खिली प्रतीत होती है। पर वहीं आपको यह जानकर हैरानी होगी कि 17वीं सदी के दौरान यूरोप में फोटो खिंचवाने के समय अलग ट्रेंड था। तब 'Cheese' नहीं, बल्कि 'Prunes' शब्द उच्चारित करने को कहा जाता था। क्योंकि 'Prunes' के उच्चारण से होठों  का ऐसा आकार बनता है, जिससे चेहरा अत्यंत गंभीर व विचारशील दिखता है। 'ऐसा क्यों …

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शरणागति

शरणागति की महिमा कितनी है- इसका केवल अनुभव किया जा सकता है। जब अपने वश में कुछ न रहे, हाथ-पाँव जवाब दे दें, मन अपने से ही दगा कर बैठें, बुद्धि उलझ-पुलझ कर हार जाए- तब एक ही उपाय रहता है- शरणागति। ऐसी स्थिति में अर्जुन (गीता २/७) ने भी यही सूत्र अपनाया था-   कार्पण्यदोषोपहतस्वभावः पृच्छामि त्वां ... ... शाधि मां त्वां ...   अर्थात मैं अपनी कृपण-दुर्बलता के कारण अपना कर्त्तव्य भूल गया हूँ। सारा धैर्य भी खो बैठा हूँ, अत्यंत विचलित महसूस कर रहा हूँ। ... मैं आपका शिष्य हूँ और आपकी शरणागत हूँ। कृपया मेरा मार्गदर्शन करें। शरणागति के ये भाव हर समस्या के समाधान हैं। ये हमें अपनी विवशता की ज़…

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पारसी मत- क्या सिर्फ अच्छाई करना पर्याप्त है?

प्रिय पाठकगणों। इस बार हम चिह्नों की चेतना स्तम्भ के अन्तर्गत पारसी सम्प्रदाय अथवा ज़रथुश्त्री मत के दो महत्त्वपूर्ण चिह्नों को जानेंगे। उनमें निहित रहस्यों को समझने का प्रयास करेंगे। किंतु उससे पहले आइए पारसी सम्प्रदाय का एक संक्षिप्त परिचय प्राप्त करते हैं। पारसी सम्प्रदाय  विश्व के प्राचीन सम्प्रदायों में से एक है। इसकी शुरुआत आज से लगभग 4000 ईसा पूर्व प्राचीन फारस में पैगम्बर ज़रथुश्त्र के 'ईश्वरवाद' के संदेश के साथ हुई। इसी कारण इसे 'ज़रथुश्त्र संप्रदाय' भी कहा जाता है। उस काल में प्राचीन फारस ( आज का ईरान) पूर्वी यूरोप से मध्य एशिया तक फैला एक विशाल साम्राज…

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जीवन को जीना कैसे है?

बस यही एक मसला आज भी हल न हुआ। यूँ तो सुबह शाम जीता रहा, पर जीना आज भी मुकम्मल न हुआ। क्या यहीं भाव आपके, हमारे, हम-सभी के नहीं हैं। कहने को तो हम सभी दिन-रात दौड़ रहे हैं, जीवन जीने के लिए... पर क्या सच में हम जी रहे हैं? आइए, इस प्रश्न का हल एयरलाइन की एक केस स्टडी से जानते हैं। यह केस स्टडी हमें हमारे व्यवहार से रू- ब- रू करते हुए, मुकम्मल जीवन जीने की कला को बतलाएगी। आजकल लोगों के लिए हवाई जहाज़ से आना-जाना थोड़ा आसान हो गया है। कारण कि हवाई-यात्रा अब इतनी महंगी नहीं रही, जितनी कुछ सालों पहले हुआ करती थी। हवाई-यात्रा सस्ती होने के पीछे एक कारण है- एयरलाइन इंडस्ट्री में काफी कंपनियों का …

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Humans Die, Humanity Lives!

What is the first scenario that comes to your mind when you hear the word 'Humanity'? Is it someone giving clothes to an underprivileged, a person rescuing and feeding a dog, someone giving monetary help to the poor, or a person providing support to the elderly? Well, all of these are indeed acts of humanity. However, here we bring you something beyond this, in the context of humanity. These are certain spectacular instances recorded in the history of mankind, which offer an altogether a new level to the very definition of the word 'humanity'. They introduce you to the ones that have crossed permissible individual limits in being a true human and serving the mankind. Cherish reading these bravery laced illustrations of humanity picked from different parts of the world. ... The selfless and brave trio! The nuclear power plant at Chernobyl is located 65 miles away from the Ukrainian city of Kiev. The incident relates to 26th April, 1986... Unfortunately, two explosions occurred... Almost 50 tonnes of nuclear fuel that got vaporised settled to the ground after the explosions. Alas! This mishap dissipated deadly poison in the form of nuclear radiations that was almost 400 times more than bombing in Hiroshima. There were many stories of bravery and great sacrifice, but none of them was more inspiring than that of the 3 divers at Chernobyl... Ten days post the initial explosions, the experts identified a risk that was limitlessly greater than the previous e…

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Glow Without Cosmetics!

Putting all philosophies aside for a while, probably each one of us internally believes that our face does carry a value, don't we? Well, the degree may vary from person to person and also the parameters. It may not always be the looks or features, but also the shine and glow, the charm and liveliness that we consider and also are conscious about. When we look at someone, who may not be beautiful but carries an exquisite radiance on his face, we certainly appreciate it, whether expressively or inexpressively. And, a subtle aspiration also arises inside us to have the same. Well, nothing wrong in that. Of course, we are not going to recommend you a list of creams or other cosmetics in this regard. Besides true dhyana (which is above all), we propose you a methodology that works superbly great on multiple grounds, and thereafter, a radiant facial appearance is a natural concomitant. You might have guessed it by now; it is yoga asapas. Contrary to the cosmetics which work only on the surface level, be it even the costliest of the creams, yogadan as work on the roots and provide permanent results. They have the power to tackle nearly all sorts of factors, such as pollution, ageing, hormonal imbalance, metabolic disorders, stress, etc. which are responsible for dull appearance, wrinkles, acne, or pigmentation. And, the best part is, all this comes to you free of cost, and, that too, not superficially or temporarily.  Research proves that by practicing a set of yogic po…

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The Balancing Act of Meditation

Often we find ourselves at the centre of a tug-of-war, being pulled by forces in opposite directions that could leave us exhausted and stressed. While on one side, our work life demands our time, so that we can touch greater heights of success; on the other side, our family life demands our quality time, to keep everybody at home emotionally bonded and happy. Irrespective of who wins over the other, we find ourselves either guilty of not being able to give quality time to the family or feel stressed for not being able to complete our office work on time. In order to deal with the situation, sometimes people to give more time to the work with hope that it would eventually raise the standard of living and make their personal lives better. On the other hand, there are situations when people prefer giving more time to family so that they can enjoy the life they have been working for. Both the attempts can further disrupt the balance if the adjustments are not made carefully. ...As a matter of fact, work and family life have a strong correlation. Change in one can lead to serious implications on the other. That’s why today, many studies are being done to know about the optimum way of striking a balance between the two. It can be a question of debate that is it not the employer’s responsibility to grant a work-life balance to the employees. True; and that is why efforts are being made by many companies to promote that culture. However, relying on company’s suppo…

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Interesting Libraries of the World!

The moment one reads ‘Interesting Libraries’, the eye-brows ascend to the third floor of the forehead, and the mind sarcastically comments, ‘What could be interesting about libraries?’ Well, dear readers, during our lifetime, each one of us must have visited a library and would have found a book that either helped us through academics, tough situations, knowledge-gathering, increasing vocabulary, or even passing some idle-time. Undoubtedly, the books housed in a library are of vital importance; but, here we share with you some libraries from world over, which are not only interesting but also an inspiration in themselves! Read on… … … PHONE BOOTH LIBRARY: A KNOWLEDGE CALL! The red phone-booths are iconic of England. When the locals in Westbury, Somerset, heard of telephone network operator’s decision to remove one from their community, they magnificently transformed it. The result of this transformation was a delightful library which was tiny, yet housed 100 books, several DVDs, CDs contributed by locals. Till date, the volunteers ensure that readers can access this library 24 hours a day. The locals of Westbury bring the books that have been read by them and swap with the ones they want to read. The movement of books is constantly tracked and the ones being read by most are donated to a local charity shop. The void so created is filled with new books. A telephone booth being replaced by a library-it’s indeed …

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Empowering Women in the Real Sense! @ International Women’s Day

“The term ‘empowerment’ has emerged as a ‘development buzzword’ in current times”, quotes Makamba Online, an African business and lifestyle monthly. And most commonly, we see it surfacing in discussions and media with the prefix ‘woman’, which gives a stark gender connotation to the whole empowerment agenda. But, is the meaning of the term ‘empowerment’ restricted only to ‘women’, is a question. Ironically, the phrase ‘women empowerment’ is the brainchild of a society, which, in the first place, demeans, deprives, and subjugates its women population and later aims at alleviating them from the given sub-standard status. However, in true sense, the empowerment agenda is not restricted to women folk only; rather, it is an innate need of each and every individual who is deprived, under-rated or is subordinated or for that matter, is disabled or poor or illiterate or is vulnerable in any other capacity, being widow or addict or dejected or depressed. Immanuel Kant, the famous German philosopher, teacher, meta-physicist, and author, propounded a theory in which he laid down the expansive need for empowerment of various social fragments. According to his theory, each individual has an inborn deficit which he calls as “Nonage”. By definition, Nonage is the inability to use one’s own understanding without another’s guidance. This signature trait of Nonage keeps an individual e…

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A Paradigm Shift in the Definition of Competition!

In the present times, we get to see an attitude of fierce competition in every field. Often, in the craze for snatching a higher position, competition turns into an ugly rivalry. However, the following incident from the Buddhist repositories comes as an inspiration to imbibe the spirit of healthy competition. Once, Buddha was crossing the Sal forest, along with a large group of monks. There, at a particular spot, Buddha stopped and a mysterious smile spread on his countenance. When Ananda noticed it, he, at once, asked- " O revered Master! None of your actions and gestures are without a meaning. Certainly, there is a great massage behind your divine smile. Kindly bless us O Tathagata by throwing light on the same." Buddha said, "Dear Ananda, the place where we are standing, once had one of the powerful cities existing on it, where the reverend, enlightened Kassapa dwelled. Kassapa had a lay disciple, Gavesin, who seemed to have a great influence on the people around. Walking on the lines of Gavesin, 500 people of the city were motivated to tread the path of spirituality. They also, therefore, sought the refuge of the holy Kassapa. Although Gavesin was the one who became an inspiration for these 500 people; however, the truth was that Gavesin himself did not abide by the commandments of his Master Kassapa in toto. At times, he discounted the instructions of the Master, as per his convenience. He became casual in adhering to the discipline as was guide…

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कम्पनियों की नीतियों से जीवन के सूत्र!

गूगल का प्रोजेक्ट ऑक्सीजन गूगल एक ऐसी कम्पनी है, जो आविष्कारों के लिए जानी जाती है। पर कुछ वर्ष पूर्व गूगल ने एक ऐसा कदम उठाया, जिसमें उसे और उसकी तरह सोचने वाली कई कम्पनियों को एक महत्त्वपूर्ण सीख दे दी। यह बात उस समय की है, जब गूगल को शुरू हुए ज़्यादा समय नहीं हुआ था।तब गूगल ने यह सोचा कि वह बिना मैनेजर के कंपनी को चलाकर दिखाएँगे। सभी कर्मचारी अपने कार्यों और ज़िम्मेदारियों का स्वयं ध्यान रखेंगे। इसके पीछे गूगल का मानना था कि उनके पास ऐसे कर्मचारी हैं, जिनका प्रबंधन करने के लिए प्रबंधक की ज़रूरत नहीं है। नाहक ही प्रबंधकों को महत्त्व दिया जाता है। शुरुआती दौर में, कम्पनी म…

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क्या सच? क्या झूठ?

मिथ्या धारणा 1: कम खाने से वज़न कम हो जाएगा! अक्सरां मोटे लोगों की एक ही शिकायत होती है कि खाना कम खाने पर भी वज़न कम होने का नाम नहीं ले रहा। बल्कि पेट फूला- सा महसूस होता है। दरअसल, ये लोग रोटी खाना तो छोड़ देते हैं। पर उसके स्थान पर वैफर, बिस्कुट, नमकीन, मिठाई, चॉकलेट खाते रहते हैं या चाय-कॉफी पीते रहते हैं। फिर सोचते हैं कि मैंने खाया ही क्या है? हम भूल जाते हैं कि थोड़ी सी जैम, चॉकलेट या सॉस का सेवन इतनी कैलोरीज़ बढ़ा देता है, जितनी रोटी नहीं बढ़ाती। बल्कि रोटी में अधिक फाइबर होने से पेट भरा लगता है और हम ज़्यादा खाने से बच जाते हैं। इसलिए केवल कम खाना ही नहीं बल्कि आप क किस तरह के खाने क…

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संस्कृत बोलिए और स्वस्थ रहिए!

संस्कृत भाषा में दो मुख्य बिंदु होते हैं- विसर्ग (:) और अनुस्वार ( म्)! संस्कृत के अधिकांश पुल्लिंग शब्द विसर्गान्त होते हैं, जैसे कि- छात्रः, आदित्यः, बालः, नरः, वृक्षः, भास्करः, देवः इत्यादि। आप एक बार मुख से इन शब्दों का उच्चारण करके देखिए। आप जान जाएँगे, इन शब्दों की खासियत यह है कि इनके पीछे विसर्ग लगने से इनके उच्चारण के दौरान श्वांस बाहर आता है। तो जितनी बार विसर्ग वाले शब्द का उच्चारण होता है, उतनी ही बार स्वतः सहज रूप से कपालभाति प्राणायाम होता जाता है। अनायास ही उससे मिलने वाले लाभ भी प्राप्त हो जाते हैं।   संस्कृत के अधिकांश वाक्यों में अनुस्वार और विसर्ग, दोनों ही …

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Mind-to-Mind Messaging

There are times when you are in the middle of something important and suddenly you hear an inner voice to call your friend. When you call, the other person says, “Oh I was thinking of calling you just now.” There are times during a discussion when somebody suggests the same idea that you had in your mind and you exclaim, “Hey, you read my mind!” Sometimes you receive a message in the form of a thought, dream, vision, or through clairaudience that can lead you to change the course of action. That change could be in your travel plan, daily schedule, or making an important decision of your life. Transfer of such messages to your mind and how you actually receive them may not just be a coincidence. We refer to this phenomenon as ‘Telepathy’. More research is now being done than ever before to explore further whether and how it’s possible. However, telepathy has been into existence for long. Telepathy is the communication between two minds which are separated over a distance, without the use of the five known senses. ‘Telepathy’ is a Greek word derived from two words. ‘Tele’ means ‘distant’ or ‘distance’ and ‘pathe’ means ‘occurrence’ or ‘feeling’. So, it actually means getting feelings through a distance. It may not necessarily be between humans. Animals are also capable of sending and receiving messages without any sensory intervention. Instinctual tele…

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Interesting Laws From Around The World

The world around us has always been governe by a set of said-and-unsaid laws and rules. While most of these cater to maintaining discipline, some are interesting and can give us hints to regulate our life as well. Let's know about some of them, prevalent across the globe. Don't Frown! In the Italian city of Milan, you will find locals always smiling. Well, some of them are happy, the rest are smiling as the law requires them to do so. Because if they don't carry such a disposition at the public places and wear an expression of frown, they are at high-risk of getting fined! Thankfully, some exemption are made for the ones attending a funeral or those visiting a hospital. Life Law:  Indeed life should be lived happily and smiling. But, in order for this law to actually get instilled into the very fabric of our life, we need to tap the source of real joy within. Thereafter it will no longer be a compulsion and we will forget to frown or get drowned into sadness, wherever we are or whatsoever is the situation around us. Don't Feed The Pigeons! The hilly city of San Francisco, also famous for the Golden Gate Bridge, prohibits the feeding of pigeons on its streets. According to the city administration, this ubiquitous bird is to be blamed for the spreading of diseases and damaging of property. Anyone caught providing any sort of food to the pigeons, could end up losing a lot of money in hefty fines. The locals are even encouraged to report any such in…

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Slipped Disc

  What the first thing that is formed in the baby in the mother's womb? To give you a hint, it's the most important channel from the physical perspective, through which all bodily stimuli are transferred to the nerves to the brain. Well, by now you must have rightly guessed- it's the spine. However, the sad part is that today , it is one of the most affected part of the body, as far as injuries, pains, and ailments are concerned. You would be rather shocked to know that around one billion people all around the world, from all age groups, are said to complain of back pain. As such, it is categorised as the biggest cause of disability on earth. In order to highlight the significance of this part of the body and to sensitize people in keeping it fit and healthy, World Spine Day is celebrated    every year (16th October). This time, let's consider one of the most common ailments associated with the spine- Slipped Disc. What is a Slipped Disc?   The spinal column has 33 bones in total, which are called vertebrae. These vertebrae are stacked one above the other and are encompassed by the thick spinal muscles. These vertebrae are cushioned by discs, called as the spinal discs, which act as shock absorbers to protect the spinal cord from damage or shocks from jerky or abrupt actions in daily life while lifting, twisting, etc. These discs are filled with a thick fluid (jelly-like), the inner part, and are cased with a tough outer ring…

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तीन बंदर!

आज हर ओर हिंसा का बोल-बाला है। जिस ओर भी नज़र जाती है, वहीं वैमनस्य भरा नज़ारा दिखाई देता है। बस में सफर करते लोग छोटी-छोटी बातों पर झगड़ पड़ते हैं। अपशब्द बोलना तो क्या, एक दूसरे को मारने-पीटने तक को उतारु हो जाते हैं। सड़क पर अनजाने में ही वाहनों की हल्की सी टक्कर हो जाये, तो भारी-भरकम बवाल हो जाता है। चालक हाथापाई पर उतर आते हैं। वहीं मीडिया की ओर नज़र घुमाई जाए, तो वर्तमान की अधिकतर फिल्मों में नकारात्मकता, क्रूरता, हिंसा, व्यभिचार ही प्रदर्शित किया जाता है। यहाँ तक कि बच्चों के कार्यक्रमों में से भी मासूमियत, बचपना, नैतिक शिक्षा आदि लुप्त हो चुके हैं। इनमें भी लड़ाई-झगड़े व विकार प…

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हर युग में बसंत पंचमी की गूँज!

बहुत बार अखण्ड ज्ञान आपके समक्ष बसंत पंचमी से जुड़े हुए आध्यात्मिक, नैतिक और सांस्कृतिक मूल्यों को उजागर करती आई है। वसंत में संस्कृत शब्द 'वस 'का अर्थ है 'चमकना' अर्थात वसंत ऋतु प्रकृति की पूर्ण यौवन अवस्था है। ऐसा लगता है, मानो वसंतोत्सव पर प्रकृति ने रंग-बिरंगी सुन्दर ओढ़नी को धारण कर लिया हो। इस सुंदरता के साथ और भी बहुत सारी गहरी प्रेरणाएं लेकर आता है, बसंत पंचमी का पर्व! आएं, आज विभिन्न काल खण्डों के सफर को तय कर इन प्रेरणाओं को लेते हैं:- सतयुग की बसंत बेला से सन्देश! आज तक हमने बसंत पंचमी को विद्या, बुद्धि व ज्ञान की देवी माँ सरस्वती के आविर्भाव का मंगल दिवस जाना है…

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बड़ी बड़ी कंपनियों के बड़े और गहरे प्रेरणा सूत्र!

1. एमेज़ॉन (Amazon) का 'टू पिज्ज़ा रूल' आजकल हंस अभी अपना सोशल सर्कल बढ़ाने में लगे हुए हैं। कभी फेसबुक से किसी को मित्रता के लिए अनुरोध (friend  request) भेजते हैं, तो कभी किसी का सोशल साइट पर अनुगमन (follow) करते हुए दिखते हैं। कभी फोन पर गप-शप करते हुए दिखते हैं, तो कभी वॉट्स-एप पर ऑनलाइन मीटिंग और चैट करते दिखते हैं। अपने ऐसे जीवन को आज हमने नाम दिया हुआ है- 'द सोशल लाइफ'! पर हैरानी की बात यह है कि इतना बड़ा सोशल सर्कल होने के बावजूद भी हम न खुश हैं और न ही संतुष्ट। ऐसा क्यों? आइए, हम इस 'क्यों' का उत्तर सोशल सर्कल  में माने जाने वाली सबसे पसंदीदा वस्तु से जानते हैं। यह वह है जो आती चकोर डिब्बे मे…

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जीवन की बिसात-साँप-सीढ़ी!

हर बच्चे का पसंदीदा खेल है- साँप-सीढ़ी (Snake & Ladder)! केवल बच्चे ही नहीं, यदि समय मिले तो बड़े भी इस पर अपने हाथ आज़मा लेते हैं। कुछ घरों में अक्सर दादा-दादी मज़े से पोते-पोतियों के साथ इस खेल में भाग लेते हैं। जहाँ यह खेल खेलने में अत्यंत सरल होता है, वहीं इसमें जीतने के लिए भी न तो किसी प्रकार के अभ्यास की आवश्यकता होती है, न अनुभव की और न ही बुद्धिमता की। सब कुछ केवल पासे फेंकने के हुनर और खिलाड़ी के भाग्य पर निर्भर करता है। यदि पासे सही पड़ें, तो अंतिम बिंदु तक पहुँचने की दौड़ में सबसे पीछे चल रहा खिलाड़ी भी लम्बी सीढ़ी चढ़कर सबसे आगे निकल जाता है। पर वहीं अगर पासों पर अंकित अंकों ने खिलाड़ी की …

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क्या आपको अध्यात्म की आवश्यकता है?

  आज के तकनीकी और विकासशील युग में 'अध्यात्म' की क्या सार्थकता है? इस प्रश्न का उत्तर समझने के लिए आइए सबसे पहले इतिहास के पन्नों पर दर्ज कुछ प्रसंगों को पढ़ते हैं। जब धन का आधिक्य भी रुग्ण मन को स्वस्थ नहीं कर पाया! ओलिवर ब्लैक अमेरिका के एक उद्योगपति थे। बाहर से बेहिसाब समृद्धि हासिल करने पर भी आंतरिक दरिद्रता उनको किस स्तर तक छू चुकी थी, इसका विवरण ओलिवर खुद अपने शब्दों में देते हैं- '... उस समय मेरी स्थिति बेहद दयनीय थी। इतनी कि मैं आधा मील दूर दवाई की दुकान तक जाने में भी घबराता था। मुझे रोगभ्रम (hypochondria) था।... कहने का मतलब कि तन से भले ही भला-चंगा दिखता था, लेकिन मन से का…

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गुड़ या चीनी!

भारत वह देश है, जहाँ के वासियों को मीठा खूब भाता है। सर्दियों में, विशेषतः भोजन के बाद, मीठा खाने की प्रबल इच्छा होती है। पर मीठे से जुड़ी सेहत सम्बन्धी समस्याएं और बढ़ता वजन भी चिंता का सबब बनता जा रहा है। ऐसे में, स्वाद और सेहत दोनों के बेजोड़ संगम को बनाए रखने का हिट फार्मूला है- चीनी की जगह गुड़ से बने खाद्य पदार्थों का सेवन। गुड़ हर प्रकार से चीनी से अधिक फायदेमंद होता है। भारतीय परम्परा में तो शुरुआत से रोटी के साथ गुड़ खाया जाता रहा है। आज भी पारम्परिक रेस्तरां में भोजन के बाद गुड़ व सौंफ परोसने का प्रचलन है। गाय को गुड़-चना खिलाना अच्छा माना जाता है। सर्दियों में गुड़ व मूँगफली …

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People Could Hear My Thoughts- Blessing In Disguise

Neither in the corner of a dark room nor while having the morning stroll; but his thoughts confronted him in front of his best friend in his college’s cafeteria. He didn’t have time or space to think as the deepest defences of his mind had been breached; his mind became an open book that apparently anybody could read. Each and every thought, every insecurity, every conflict was clearly audible in the outside world. What followed was a feeling of disbelief running with the speed of light among his neurons, looking for an escape from the dire situation he was caught in. But even that was audible to his friend. Unable to comprehend anything, he just ran away. Think! What would you have done id your friends could suddenly hear your thoughts? Such an incident could freak out anyone. And for Raj, it was one of those days. But sometimes, something worthwhile may seem to be nightmare at the onset. It was a nightmare as Raj was the personification of the word ‘caution’. Think twice before saying; thrice before doing; and indefinitely before taking an unprecedented step. In class 9, the chapter permutation and combination became his favourite because that’s what he was good at. A player of ‘what ifs’. always 2 steps ahead! But this development in his friends being able to hear his thoughts was somewhat that his bran couldn’t fathom at all. And so, in the response of fight or flight, he chose the latter. Ram - Hey! You Ok? …

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Lesser-known Facts from Ramayana

Ramayana is the world-renowned epic of India. Verily, each one of us is conversant with the legend of Lord Rama, who was exiled from His kingdom of Ayodhya as a hermit for fourteen years on account of the wish of His step-mother, Kaikeyi. The epic narrates as to how Queen Kaikeyi was misguided by her maid, Manthara, who provoked her to grab the throne in the name of her own son, Bharata and send Rama, the eldest son of the king, to the woods for a long span of fourteen years. The legend further states that during this exile, Rama annihilated the wrong-doers, including the demon king Ravana, who kidnapped His divine consort, Goddess Sita. With the help of the great devotees like Hanumana and Sugreeva, Rama waged a war against Ravana and freed his domain, Lanka, from all atrocities. After accomplishing this task, He returned to Ayodhya and was crowned as the King, who exemplified greatness and perfection in all respects. This is the gist of the entire epic, which on a broader note is known to almost one and all, not only in India, but across the globe. However, there are a bagful of incidents and events, which are embedded in this great text, which are probably unknown to the majority. By throwing light on these aspects, one realises that when the great ones descend on this earth, the entire cosmos enacts like a puppet in their divine hands. All circumstances tend to get accustomed as per their plan, which their supremacy and great power. It so happens at times that what…

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CHECK HOW HUMANE YOU ARE!

Sometime around lunch break in Aught 1996, a little boy had visited the brookfield zoo in the US. Out of eagerness to see the big animals from close by, he climbed up to the danger level and suddenly became imbalanced. The young boy rolled over and fell almost 20 feet down into the gorilla habitat. At that time, Craig Demitros, the lead zookeeper, had gone outside the exhibit to have his lunch. It was from people’s screams and families frantically pushing through the emergency exit that he become aware of something alarming to have happened. In the sequence of events, they saw an 8-year-old female gorilla, named Binti Jua approach the fallen boy’s body. Craig recalled that by the time he and his colleagues looked over the wall, “Binti was below us with her 17-month-old baby on her back and a 3-year-old human boy on her right arm.” The zoo staff cautiously herded. Using water hoses, the rest of the gorillas were kept away from Binti and the boy. Simultaneously, Binti carried the little boy away from other animals, for around 75 feet. In between, she patted the child just like a mother would do to her sleeping baby. Then, Binti put him down and the boy started regaining consciousness. The Zoo staff and paramedics took the boy out from there. A terrifying and dangerous animal like gorilla happens to be so humane and helpful towards a child of human species - doesn’t that surprise you? ... To take another set of altruism classes from animals, r…

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Silence Please!

Ok, let us ask simple questions to ourselves. How many times have we purchased tickets for a movie, a pop show, or a circus? The answer would be a big whole number because this nowhere seems to be uncommon. Rather, many of us have certainly spent hefty amounts to buy these noisy forms of entertainment. And, what about tickets to lock up oneself in an isolated room of a hotel or to any silent destination bereft of any mankind, or some silent discos? The sound lovers may find the idea dull and gloomy, but there are many who may affirm. So, the next question that must be popping in our minds is that which of the two categories is finer? In a world full of noise, it is believed that science pacifies the minutest of the units of the physical and psychological realms of this five-elemental framework. It is a form of energy that adds up to the energy levels of our body and mind. So, of course, silence is finer to adapt. But do you know silence persists in numerous forms in this world? Let us consider some interesting facets pertaining to silence.  … JAPANESE FORM OF SILENCE In Japan, where man made artefacts are leaving no stone unturned to create noise pollution in the minds of citizens, there, some people have their own contrivance to calm out their senses i.e. chinmoku. It’s a non-verbal form of communication which means ‘to hold back’. By practicing chinmoku, they try to keep a hold on their senses and emphasise on being an intent listener tha…

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The Snoring Embarrassment

Let’s first hear straight from people about their feelings and experiences on snoring- ·         “Unfortunately, my snoring is so loud that every night I have to sleep on a separate bed or on the sofa.”-Keith White, 34, from Eastbourne … ·          “It was so bad that I had to turn on the fan and the TV and close the door and I could still him through the wall. It was scary. I knew he wasn’t sleeping at night because he would snore and then he would stop for a few seconds to try to catch his breath. He would wake himself up.”- Erica Menchaca, Texus … ·         My snoring wakes me up… Have you also been through such humiliating and embarrassing experiences? Well, statistics say- 1.       About 30% of the people… 2.       On an average, 6 out of 10 people snore. 3.       Their partner snores… 4.       The ratio of men to women is approximately 2:1, when it comes to the victims of the dreadful sleeping sounds. 5.       Approximately 5.6% children are habitual snorers. As per Dr. Gonzalo Diaz, the medical director… “ Nobody should snore. If you snore, it’s definitely abnormal.&rdqu…

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Meditation Transforms Us- A Pragmatic Perspective!

‘Meditation’ the closest synonym of the Hindi world ‘Dhyana’, is not just a word of 10 alphabets. It is actually a revolutionary process for our 10 senses. It has the potential to transform us from a person in bondage to a freebie. Here is the Meditation’ transformational power- Meditation provides a path for our intrinsic ‘Telos’ (A greek word meaning goal) and is a ‘lernstift’of our life … Meditation tunes us to our ‘conscience’ thereby helping us to move towards positivity. It is the spiritual compass that always directs us to the supreme power. That is why Sri Yukteshwar often advised his disciples- Meditate to have good character and attitude. … Meditation transforms our lives from ‘Time-Servant’ to ‘Time-Master’ There are two concepts of time in science. One is Newtonian Time and the other is Einsteinian Time. It is described by Sir Issac Newton that no matter what, a clock called as cosmic clock is ticking every second, which is not under the control of anything. That’s why we call time as absolute. The clock’s ticking is independent of any natural or unnatural activity. However, Einstein on the other hand gave another theory stating that time is not totally independent. Rather, it’s a relative concept leading to the theory of relativity. This theory shook the foundations of the work done by the scientists for three centuries. Ein…

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आप कितने बूढ़े हैं?

क्या लेख का शीर्षक पढ़कर चौंक गए? चलिए यह तो बताएँ आप कितने साल के हैं? संख्या एकौ बताई या दो? एक ही न! पर आप जानते हैं, आपकी एक नहीं, दो उम्र होती हैं। वह उम्र जो आपने झट से बता दी, उसे कैलेंडर से आसानी से जाना जा सकता है। इसलिए इसे हम कैलेंडर यानी किलानुक्रमिक ( Chronological) उम्र कहते हैं। इस उम्र पर हमारा कोई नियंत्रण नहीं होता है। यह उम्र हर एक इंसान की साल दर साल बढ़ती जाती है। पर हमारी एक और भी उम्र होती है, जिसका हमारे जन्म से कोई लेना-देना नहीं होता। यह होती है, हमारी जैविक ( Biological) उम्र। जैविक उम्र हमारे खान-पान, उठन-बैठने, रहन-सहन आदि सम्पूर्ण जीवन शैली पर निर्भर करती है। आपने गत वर्षों म…

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सुस्त कर्मचारियों को स्फूर्त कैसे बनाएँ?

कंपनियों में काम करने वाले लोगों पर, उनकी मानसिकता पर, उनके व्यवहार पर अनेक शोध हो चुके हैं। मैनेजमेंट के एक बहुत ही विख्यात प्रोफेसर हुए हैं-मेकग्रेगर। उन्होंने इन कंपनियों के कर्मचारियों पर शोध करने के दौरान दो सिद्धांत दिए, जिन्हें Theory X और Theory Y का नाम दिया। इस लेख में हम इन्हीं दो सिद्धांतों को विस्तार से समझने की कोशिश करते हैं। ग्रेगर इन दो सिद्धांतों के माध्यम से कंपनियों में कार्यरत लोगों के व्यवहारों, काम करने की इच्छा और उनकी महत्वकांक्षाओं के बारे में बताते हैं। Theory X की श्रेणी वाले कर्मचारियों के विशेष लक्षण * इन लोगों को कभी भी काम करना पसंद नहीं होता। ये हमेशा…

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पर नारी मातृवत!

पर नारी पैनी छुरी, मत कोई वालों अंग। रावण के दस सिर गए, पर नारी के संग।। हमारे अंतर्जगत में राम भी हैं और रावण भी है। राम परमात्मा हैं, आत्मा के रूप में हमारे भीतर स्थित हैं। राम का अंतर्जगत में जागरण ही ' धर्म' है। परन्तु यदि हमारे भीतर के राम सुषुप्त हैं, तो व्यक्तित्व में अधर्म का ही प्रतिफल दृष्टिगोचर होगा अर्थात् रावण का वर्चस्व रहेगा। रावण अज्ञान का प्रतीक है। अज्ञान के कारण मानव में देहाभिमान और देहासक्ति की स्थिति बनी रहती है। अर्थात् मानव का स्वयं को देह मात्र ही समझना, इसलिए भोग पदार्थों, कामुकता व इंद्रियों के सुखों में लिप्त रहना-  यही अधर्म है। आधुनिक व…

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Spirituality is the Only Resort

Today, for the much aspired ‘peace and change for the betterment,’ the world sticks its hopes to the realms of science, technology, and other paraphernalia of mind and intellect. To what extent these hopes can be answered- this can be comprehended from the facts, which are well documented and recorded in the pages of history. HOW FAR ARE THESE REALMS CAPABLE? After the nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, it was as if the stage was all set for relentless destruction and devastation. Einstein could sense the gravity of the situation and was perhaps ‘regretfully’ concerned, having played one of the prime roles in the making of the atomic bomb through the Manhattan Project. This concern reflects from the letters that he exchanged with Sigmund Freud in 1932, through which he tried to hunt for the way out to prevent the occurrence of WWII. In the first letter, he expressed his worry in these words to the psychologist, “This is the problem: Is there any way of delivering from the menace of war?” He wished to check from the then world’s leading psychoanalyst, if psychology can propose any ‘panacea’ to the problem that aimed at the destruction of peace from the fabric of mankind. Verily, an iconic scientist like Einstein must have had this subtle realization that ‘material science’ lacks on this front. That’s why he stated in his letter- “It would be the greatest service to us all were you to pr…

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Oral Health Soldiers

Just recall, when you visit the doctor, how many times does it happen that he asks you to open your mouth to examine what’s going inside your body? Perhaps , most of the times! This one-step verification of our well-being indicates that the ‘health of our mouth’ is the gateway to ‘overall health’. In fact, the Academy of General Dentistry states that more than 90 percent of systemic diseases give indications in the form of symptoms related to oral illness. The above statements clearly point to the fact that it’s vital to maintain good oral health. But, according to WHO, world-wide, 60-90% of school goers and nearly 100% of adults have cavity problem in their teeth, which is an indication of oral illness. WHO defines Oral Health as- “A state of being free from mouth and facial pain, oral and throat cancer, oral infection and sores, periodontal (gum) disease, tooth decay, tooth loss, and other diseases and disorders that limit an individual’s capacity in biting, chewing, smiling, speaking, and psychological wellbeing.” So, let’s take care of our Oral Health from today. To protect ourselves from oral problems, we essentially need to make two of our oral health soldiers strong. THE FIRST SOLDIER FOR ORAL HEALTH IS SALIVA Saliva has: a)      Antibodies which counter attacks and dismantle the vital attacks of deadly diseases such as HIV b)      Histatin named pr…

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A Comprehensive Life-Manual

Who are we? Who should we be? How can we what we should be? –If you wish to seek deep-rooted answers to such deep questions, then there can be no better source other than the Vedas. Indeed, the Vedic texts are a boon for the entire mankind, presented by the land of India. Here are a few verses from the Vedas, which turn out to be a comprehensive life manual for us. Let us imbibe these inspirations and enrich our inner and outer beings in toto. OUR PRESENT STATE! Na tam vidaatha ya imaa jajaana anyad Yushmaakam… …jalpyaa Chaasutrapa… (Rig Veda 10:82:7; Yajur Veda 17:31) O beings! You do not know Him who has made all these things. You have distanced from Him so much that you are no longer like Him. Engrossed in immaterial things, you keep on wandering while missing out on your real identity. Have you ever wondered on a strange paradox-We, the Atmans, are the part and parcel of the Paramatman(the Supreme Soul). However, where the attributes of Sat-Chit-Ananda (Truth, Consciousness, Bliss) characterise the Supreme Lord; there, we are identified as stressed and depressed! Why? This verse of the Vedas highlights the prime reason- our dissociation with our source, i.e. the Lord. More so, what adds to the plight of the situation is that this distance is widening day by day, and we are least bothered or concerned. Engrossed in this illusionary world, we are engaged in a mad race of acquiring and amassing, whereafter we feel proud of our achieve…

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क्या आपको भी यह फोबिया है?

जब भी किसी बात से मन घबराने लगता है, किसी दुर्घटना के घट जाने का डर हममें बैचेनी पैदा करने लगता है, मुश्किलें चारों ओर से हम पर अपना शिकंजा कस लेती हैं...  तब मन के किसी कोने में , चाहे हल्की सी ही सही, पर यह आस होती है- 'भगवान सब ठीक करेंगे।' लेकिन आपको जानकर हैरानी होगी- इस दुनिया में कुछ ऐसे भी लोग हैं, जिन्हें ऐसी घड़ियों में भगवान से ही डर लगता है। उनके अनुसार अगर जीवन में कुछ ठीक नहीं है, बिगड़ा है- तो उसके लिए भगवान ही ज़िम्मेदार हैं। ' ज़रूर भगवान ने ही कोप बरसाया है, तभी जीवन में विपदाओं का तूफान आया है।'- ऐसा उन सभी का मानना है, जो गॉड-फोबिया अर्थात् भगवान से डरने की बीमारी से प…

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गोलू की प्यारी कविताओं में तत्त्वज्ञान!

मैं रोज़ की तरह थका-हारा ऑफिस से घर वापिस पहुँचा। गर्मी के कारण फौरन कपड़े बदले और ए.सी. ऑन करके सोफे पर पसर गया। ठंडी हवा का लुत्फ उठाते हुए अभी कुछ ही क्षण बीते थे। इतने में मेरी पत्नी ने ज़ोर से आवाज़ लगाकर कहा- 'अरे सुनते हो, गोलू के पापा! गोलू को पढ़ा दो , उसकी परीक्षाएं आने वाली हैं।' दिल तो किया यह बात अनसुनी करके थोड़ी देर ऊँघ लूँ। पर फिर जैसे-तैसे अपने मन को समझाया और गोलू को पढ़ाने के लिए उठ खड़ा हुआ। मेरा बेटा गोलू चार वर्ष का है। जब मैं उसके कमरे में गया, तो पाया कि वह अपनी रंग-बिरंगी किताबों से घिरा हुआ बैठा है। सुन्दर चित्रों से भरे पन्नों को पलट रहा है। मुझे देखते ही वह उचक प…

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पटाखों का क्या संबंध है दिवाली से?

दिवाली- खुशी, उल्लास, अनुष्ठान, मंगलगान, जगमगाहट, शुभकामनाओं, आशीषों...  का महापर्व है। पर पाठकों, विचारणीय है, क्या सच में दिवाली का त्यौहार वर्तमान में भी शुभ रह गया है? पटाखों के धमाके की गूँज कानों में दर्द, आतिशबाज़ी से फैला हुआ धुँआ आँखों में जलन और आँसुओं की सौगात दे जाता है। पटाखों के जलाने से फैला जानलेवा प्रदूषण साँस की कई परेशानियों को जन्म दे देता है। दमे से पीड़ित रोगियों के लिए तो दिवाली एक भयावह घटना है, जो हर साल उनकी रूह तक हिला जाती है। विश्व स्वास्थ्य संगठन के अनुसार 15 प्रदूषित शहरों में से 14 शहर भारत देश के हैं। इसमें पटाखों का योगदान जानने के लिए, पढ़िए इन तथ्य…

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Decoding Epitaphs: The conclusions of life

Many great people have lived on this planet. And, all of them had that 'one' learning that summarised their life. These learnings or epitaphs can often be found engraved on their tombstone or final resting place. Let's decode some of these epitaphs and catch the message latent in them for ourselves. ...           "The best is yet to come." Francis Albert Sinatra was a renowned actor and singer. His optimistic epitaph comes from his 1964 song title, "The best is yet to come." As a matter of fact, these words do not apply post our departure from this world. Rather, they deserve manifestation while we are still alive. The hidden message is that by living at the level of our mind and body, we are not able to decode the 'best' that is present within us, and even outside us. This "best" is truly our Real Self which, when realised, brings a holistic transformation in our life. Post this transformation, we live the best way we should, be it in terms of quality, purity, or scale, etc." ...           "Go away- I'm asleep." Actress Hain Hacket was often known to drive the directors nuts with her demands, which include a full 10 to 12 hours of sleep for her to perform at her best. While she was resting, she didn't want to be disturbed; so she used to hang a note on her door that read, "Go away- I am asleep.…

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Superstitious Youth'- A Strange Irony of 'Open Minded Youngsters'

'Science' and 'Superstition' are poles apart. Same as the notion held by many of us when we consider the adjective superstitious' for the 'Youth of the 21st century'. However, the irony is that our otherwise open-minded youngsters do follow many superstitious even today. Don't agree with us? Here are some glimpses of the use of good luck charms by today's 'modern' youth- We all know that Japan is popularly known for its Sushi dish rather than sweet treats, besides it's quality products. But how it has become a leading pioneer in the world of Kit Kat is surprising. There is a very interesting story behind this: There is a Japanese phrase known as Kutto katai, which means 'you surely will won't. Kit-Kat sounding similar to this got the fortune of good charm in Japan. The strong connection appearing between kit kat and kutto katai propelled the customers to buy Kit Jata in the month of January, as a sign of good luck for the students appearing in University Exams. Thus having a Kit Kat bar became a good-luck charm or superstition in the examinations of Japanese universities. Once a student was asked about Kit-Kat, to which he said, "I don't know why but having a Kit Kat bar in my school bag gives me more confidence to pass my exams." However, when he was again asked about the taste of the chocolate, he replied, "I don't know, I otherwise don't have liking for chocolate; so I can't …

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Personality Make-up Of Spiritual Soldiers

Spirituality, i.e. the path of awakening, inner as well as outer, has attracted many in every age. When such aspirants get the refuge and guidance of a true Spiritual Mentor, they find themselves ushering on the path of real evolution. However, amongst them, only the ones who truely abide by the instructions of the Master, emerge as the real models of awakening- the real spiritual soldiers, whom the world salutes! They are remembered and hailed as the source of inspiration, worth emulating in all times. One such spiritual soldier was Sarat Chandra Chakravarty- one of the direct disciples of Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa, who later became Swami Saradananda. The following snippets from his life... are embedded with invaluable messages for all those who aspire to become and excel as true spiritual soldiers. Inculcate Humility! That day, the Master called each one of them. The situations were such, or rather, purposefully orchestrated in such a manner, in the light of Master's divine plan that he had to ask them to go for collecting alms in order to procure food. Young boys, belonging to respectable families, were not seen faltering even for an iota of a second, in acceding to the commandment of the Master. The Master wanted to instill humility in them and crush every single trace of pride pertaining to their status or families. The project was not that easy. It demanded surrender; it required the trait of acceptance to whatever situation God wills for us.  When…

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कर्म पहाड़ न टरे, टारेगा कोई संत!

रचनाकार ने इस सृष्टि की रचना इतने समुचित और सुनियोजित ढ़ंग से की है कि इसका हर पक्ष प्राकृतिक नियमों के अनुरूप ही कार्य करता है। आज के विज्ञान ने ऐसे बहुत से नियम और सिद्धांत उजागर किए हैं, जो प्रकृति की अनूठी छवि प्रस्तुत करते हैं। चाहे वह आण्विक स्तर (Atomic Level) पर पाउली अपवर्जन नियम (Pauli's Exclusion Principle) हो या हाइज़नबर्ग अनिश्चितता सिद्धांत (Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle) हो! या फिर दृश्यमान भौतिक जगत में लागू न्यूटन के गति नियम ( Newton Laws of Motion),  उर्जा-संरक्षण का सिद्धांत (Law of Conservation of Energy) आदि हों! या फिर ब्रह्मांड में ग्रहों-उपग्रहों की गति से सम्बंधित केप्लर के ग्रहीय गति के नियम (Kepler's Laws of Planetary Motion) हों। ये सभी दर…

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नवरात्रों में व्रत करें या न करें?

भारत में शक्ति पूजन की कई विधाएँ हैं, जो श्रद्धालुओं ने अपनी आस्था के आधार पर निर्मित की हैं। इनमें से एक है, आदिशक्ति के पूजन-दिवसों  यानी नवरात्रों में किए जाने वाले व्रत! 'व्रत' का सामान्य अर्थ है- संकल्प या दृढ़ निश्चय। नवरात्रों के नौ दिनों में व्रत का मतलब है- तामसिक-राजसिक को त्यागकर सात्विक आहार-विहार-व्यवहार अपनाकर आदि-शक्ति की आराधना का संकल्प।  चूँकि शक्तिपूजन का अवसर वर्ष में दो बार आता है, इसलिए यह सोचने का विषय है कि क्यों इन्हीं दिनों में अन्न त्यागकर फलाहार या अन्य सात्विक खाद्य पदार्थों को ग्रहण किया जाता है? पहली नवरात्रि चैत्र मास में तथा दूसरी …

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सफलता रूपी फल पाने का बीज क्या है?

अधिकतर लोग सफलता के केवल सपने देखते हैं। कुछ लोग सफलता के सूत्रों को अपनाने की कोशिश करते हैं, पर मुट्ठी भर लोग ही ऐसे होते हैं,  जो सफलता के सूत्रों को प्रमाणित कर पाते हैं। तो चलिए, इन मुट्ठी भर लोगों से ही सफलता के सूत्रों को जानते हैं। कल्पना करते हैं कि वे हमारे सामने हैं और हम उनसे बातचीत कर रहे हैं। सबसे पहले बात करते हैं, टेलिफोन की सुविधा देने वाले वैज्ञानिक- अलेक्ज़ेंडर ग्राहम बेल से। लेखक- नमस्कार सर! आपके सफल आविष्कार ने लोगों के जीवन को बहुत आसान कर दिया है।फोन के माध्यम से वे देश-विदेश के किसी भी कोने में बैठे अपने संबंधी से बात कर सकते हैं। इसके लिए हम सब आपका ध…

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आदर्श शिक्षक कैसे हों?

किसी ने खूब कहा है, 'सामान्य और सर्वोत्तम शिक्षक में अंतर सिर्फ एक प्रेरणा' का ही है और यह अक्षरशः सत्य भी है। जहाँ एक सामान्य अध्यापक सिर्फ जानकारियों को बाँचता है; वहीं एक सर्वोत्तम अध्यापक छात्र की जिज्ञासा को प्रेरणा रूपी पंख लगाकर ज्ञान के असीम आकाश में उड़ना सिखाता है। आइए, इस लेख के माध्यम से वैदिक आचार्यों के ऐसे ही कई मूलभूत गुणों को आज के परिपेक्ष्य में समझने का प्रयास करते हैं। अथर्ववेद का आरम्भिक श्लोक समय के शिक्षकों की विशिष्टताओं का बखूबी चित्रण करता है- पुनरेहि वाचस्पते देवेन मनसा सह। वसोष्यतेनि रमय मय्येवास्तु मयि श्रुतम्।।          …

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गुरुदेव का गणपति कैसे बना जाता है?

जब ईश्वर-दर्शन की प्यास बर्दाश्त के बाहर चली जाए... जब दर्शन पाकर, प्यास बुझने की जगह और तीव्र हो जाए... जब हृदय गुरु-महिमा से इतना भर जाए कि गुरु भगवान से भी बढ़कर नज़र आएँ... जब कंठ मुक्त स्वर से गुरुदेव की अविरल वंदना कर उठे... जब गुरु-सेवा जीवन का एकमात्र उद्देश्य बन जाए... जब गुरु के लिए इतना जी-भर कर जिया जाए कि मृत्यु होने पर अनासक्त गुरु भी विचलित हो उठें... तब? तब कहीं जाकर बनता है, एक गणपति शास्त्री! रमण महर्षि के इस एक शिष्य ने भक्ति की दुनिया में अनेक प्रेरणाओं की खुशबू बिखेरी है। शिष्यत्व की राह पर कदम रखने से लेकर मंज़िल को मिलने तक - गणपति की दीवानगी की हदों को जी भरकर तोड़ा है। अ…

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हे युवाओं! क्यों परेशान होते हो?

युवा! या कहें कि समाज का प्रतिनिधित्व करने  वाली सबसे सशक्त ईकाई! आप सोचिए, आपके मन में क्या विचार या विशेषताएं उभरती हैं, जब कोई कहता है-आजकल के युवा? एक जवाब हो सकता है- माडर्न, तकनीक-प्रेमी (Tech Savvy), तर्कशील, ऊर्जावान! वहीं दूसरा वर्ग कह सकता है-पथभ्रष्ट, दिशाविहीन व भ्रमित! परन्तु सज्जनों, शायद आपको आश्चर्य हो कि इसी श्रृंखला में एक तीसरा युवा-वर्ग भी है, जो आज भौतिकवाद से ऊबकर, सांसारिक पैमानों से निराश होकर, बनावटी उसूलों से परेशान होकर, अपनों के पराएपन से उदास होकर नए और सकारात्मक जीवन की ओर अग्रसर हो रहा है। शांति की खोज में, अपने अस्तित्व को पाने के लिए, अध्यात्म की तरफ कद…

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Corporate Wisdoms @ Akbar & Birbal

These days, people in the corporate world are in a state of paradox with respect to the working style. This paradox can be summed up by these two scenarios- Story 1... In a jungle, a race competition between a rabbit and a tortoise started. However, at the end of the race, the rabbit lost the competition. Why? Because the tortoise kept on walking all through the way while the fast running rabbit slept in the way. The crux of the story is- “Persistent hard worker wins the race.” Story 2... A donkey works day and night in a jungle but a lion sleeps in good amount. However, the smart moves of the lion make him the king of the jungle. That means the criterion of working hard didn’t reward the donkey to become the king of the jungle. Hence, this scenario says, “Work smarter rather than harder.” Reflect upon the above situations. Do you also find yourself in a similar state of fix when you go for a job? Some people say in office to work hard, while some say hard work doesn’t pay you these days. So work smart. Oh God! How should one work in the company or office? Here comes the big confusion!! Well, the confusion has a simple answer! Both the parameters are individually insufficient. ... ... The Hard and Smart Way is the optimum solution ... in the corporate work culture. What kind of employee should be hired by an organisation... Will you hire a person who is not willing to devote time and energy for the work and is neither creati…

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Kick Aside Obesity & Stiffness

With Yoga gaining popularity and becoming the need for the hour, Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan (DJJS) is also diligently contributing its services in spreading the importance of this ancient art of India. In line with this, here is a new portal, ‘The Yoga Way’ for all our readers, bringing an interesting case study this time. This case study will unveil to you the preferable set of asanas and pranayama, requisite to rule out the problem under consideration. The concept has been referenced from the “The Viniyoga of Yoga” by TKV Desikachar. Asanas refer to the positions we should practice to remain disease free. These are classified taking the spine as the reference point. On the basis of the position of the spine, the effect is obtained on the body. According to the position of the spine, the asanas can be classified into 6 categories as depicted below: 1. SAMASTHITI: Position of the spine: Upright/erect with back straight. Purpose: It assists in pranayama and meditation.   2. PASCHIMATANA: Position of the spine: The trunk bent forward towards the legs Purpose: To impact the abdominal region   3. PURVATANA: Position of the spine: The trunk curved backwards away from the legs Purpose: It rectifies the chest region which otherwise stoops forward due to a sedentary lifestyle   4. PARSVA: Position of the spine: The spine arched laterally on either side of the body Purpose: It loosens the sides of our body and giv…

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GOD Who, Where, Why, and When?

'God' and ' Mystery' - the two seem to have walked hand in hand for the minds and brains in all ages. No dearth of articles, speeches, discussions have sufficed and would ever be sufficient to unfold this mystery. Reason being, 'God' is the subject of 'direct experience,' as is unanimously pronounced by the wise ones and their writings. Time and again, attempts are made to flip through the aspects related to this vast subject. Let's add one more leaf to such plethora of attempts to decide the answers to the 'Who', 'Where', 'Why', and 'When' of God. Perhaps, these aspects can give us the ' much needed' push to move ahead beyond theories and aspire for the practical realisation. WHO’S GOD? In their book, " God: He is who He is," the authors, Marty Williamson and Bobby Linkous aptly project the situation in the present times in regard to this question-  'Who's God?'  They corrrelate the answer to the Subway analogy. If a person has to order a sandwich at a Subway, he can choose everything in its making as per 'his likes'...  be it the bread, toppings, vegetables, and other ingredients. Not just that! The person may keep changing his order one day after the other, depending upon the pattern of his likes and dislikes. The definition of God today also correlates to the "Subway Sandwich," which is customised by an individual as per his belief…

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Religion- Root Cause of Mass-Hypnotism

An article appeared in ‘Psychology Today magazine sometime back, whose caption was- ‘Understanding the negative relationship between IQ and religiosity.’ It was further annexed with the statement- ‘Check if you are more religious or scientific!’ Some more opinions resonating with the strong criticism for religion by the intelligentsia as is inherent in the above perspective- One of the great tragedies of mankind is that morality has been hijacked by religion.- Arthur C. Clarke Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet. –Napolean Bonaparte Religions are all alike- founded upon fables and mythologies. –Thomas Jefferson Religion is an insult to human dignity. With or without religion, we’d have good people doing good things, and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion. –Steven Weinberg Categorised under “Faith based fraud.” Wherein money-looting and cheating is carried out under the cover of religion, one can find many evidences. A Pope named Leo X framed an extremely abrupt to stuff the coffers. He made a “price list” for the confession of sins as follows- Murder: 100 florins Incest: 90 florins Covetousness: 85 florins Theft: 75 florins Lying: 50 florins Bribery: 35 florins   In his book‘Under the Banner of Heaven,’ Jon Krakauer writes- “Utah has been called the “f…

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I Am in You, You Are in Me!

There is only one condition of love. It happens fro only ‘one’ in such a way that there remains no space for any other one. Not even for one’s own self. Both the lover and the beloved become one with this ‘oneness’. This is the science of love. It has been there always and will remain ever in future as well. Narendra (Swami Vivekananda) also loved his Thakur (Shri Ramakrishna Paramhansa) with this intensity. This relates to those days when Thakur did a divine play of having throat cancer. Why did he do so? Well, only he knows it. Or, that person knows whom ‘he’ wants to reveal his secrets. Whatsoever; but it was a tough situation for Narendra. The pain of Thakur kept increasing. It became difficult to swallow even one bite. Two and a half days passed since Thakur had been on fast. After returning from some work (seva), Narender asked his Guru-brother Laatu- “Has Thakur eaten something since morning?” Laatu- No brother; even today, he has been continuously coughing it. Whatever I cook for him to eat, he doesn’t even touch it. Pain clinched the heart of Narendra. He said in a tumultuous manner. “Let me see, how will he not eat! What is this? Come with me.” … “Go Laatu; you need to make Thakur have this porridge.” Laatu- Holy Master! This is a diluted porridge. Please have it. Thakur (Reluctantly)- Keep it. I will take it when I went. … Narendra’s eyes had be…

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Insightful Experiments to Make Wonderful Youngsters!

Dear Readers, we unanimously agree that with the change of the era, the face of humanity has also changed and for which digitalisation can be largely credited. The large networking platforms have expertise in changing and framing young minds. Yes, you got it right, as the biggest victims and addicts of these over-rated social media sites are the ‘youth’. In the rush to catch up with the world, youngsters have completely surrendered themselves to all kinds of trending tactics. The gross and artificial emoticons and conversations (on social media) have barely left space for real emotions and relations. There have been numerous experiments conducted in the past few years to study and visualise the unnoticed troubles, which this tech-savvy generation is facing. Today, let us not just theoretically have a look at few of such experiments but also grab the real practical solutions to some of the serious trending issues. ARE WE REALLY LIVING OUR OWN LIVES? In one of the schools of the United States, a professor chided his students for being hard-core tech addicts and betted that they can’t live even for a week without their mobiles. This eventually evoked challenging feelings in the minds of some students and they decided to bring the time of 90’s back by completely going tech-free for a week. They even influenced the other schools to join the drive, thus extending the group to 250 students. Facebook spies and other methods were installed to keep a check …

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क्या करूँ, क्या न करूँ?

हर मनुष्य के जीवन में कभी ऐसी परिस्थिति आती है, जब वह दुविधा में होता है- 'यह कार्य करूँ या न करूँ? अपने साहित्य में ऐसी ही दुविधापूर्ण परिस्थिति का वर्णन शेक्सपीयर करते हैं- 'What to दो, What not to do?' इस स्थिति का वर्णन श्री कृष्ण द्वारा गीता के सोहलवें अध्याय में भी किया गया- 'कार्याकार्यव्यवस्थितौ'- कर्तव्य और अकर्तव्य के बीच क्या निर्णय करें? अलग-अलग साहित्यों में, ग्रंथों में और जीवन के विभिन्न प्रसंगों में इस असमंजस की चर्चा होती रही है। विद्वानों और दार्शनिकों ने इसका समाधान बताते हुए कई सिद्धांत दिए हैं। अब हम यदि इस दुविधापूर्ण स्थिति की चर्चा मैनेजमेंट क्षेत्र से जोड़…

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क्रान्ति की वे धधकती मशालें!

वे युवा भी थे और सुशिक्षित भी! बड़ा आसान था उनके लिए माया का चयन करना। अपनी क्षमता व ऊर्जा का नाम व धन-वैभव बटोरने में लगा देना. परंतु उन्होंने चुना प्रेय (प्रिय) नहीं, श्रेय (श्रेष्ठ) मार्ग! धारण किया माँ भारती को बेड़ियों से मुक्त कराने का वृहद संकल्प! इस लक्ष्य के लिए होम कर दिया अपना तन, मन, धन, परिवार और यहाँ तक कि जीवन! आइए, आज कुछ ऐसे ही महान स्वाधीनता सेनानियों के जीवन का लघु-दर्शन करें। ... गोपाल कृष्ण गोखले- स्वाधीनता आंदोलन के प्रारम्भिक नेता! महाराष्ट्र के एक स्कूल में एक दिन अध्यापक ने बच्चों से प्रश्न किया- 'अगर तुम्हें मार्ग में एक हीरा पड़ा दिखे, तो तुम उसका क्या करोग…

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तुम मेरी समाधि के बारे में क्या सोचते थे?

दिव्य ज्योति परिवार के साधकों गुरु-भाइयों-बहनों! गुरुदेव श्री आशुतोष महाराज जी की समाधि का 5वां वर्ष चल रहा है। यह समाधि-लीला इतनी अ-लौकिक है कि मन-बुद्धि के दायरों में समा ही नहीं सकती। हममें से जिन्होंने मन-बुद्धि के कैलकुलेटर से इसे मापना चाहा, वे उलझ गए। भीषण प्रश्नों की चपेट में आ गए। संशयों ने घेर कर उनकी साधकता को मार गिराया। ऐसे संशयी साधक धीरे-धीरे गुरु-दरबार से दूर होते गए। समुद्र को छोड़ बैठे; अपनी श्रद्धा की धाराओं को इधर-उधर के छोटे-मोटे पोखरों की और मोड़ ले गए। इनमें से कुछ ऐसे भी हैं, जो कहीं गए नहीं। अपनी संशयी प्रश्नों को भीतर दबाए बस चल रहे हैं- मूक द्रष्टा बनकर! …

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मेरा सुरक्षा कवच- गुरु स्वरूप!

मैं गाँव के रास्ते से गुज़र रहा था। एक आदमी ने मुझे रोका और कहने लगा- 'प्रणाम महात्मन! क्षमा कीजिए मैंने आपको रास्ते में रोक दिया। पर दरअसल मैं स्वयं ही अपने आपको रोक नहीं पाया। मैंने अक्सर आपको यहाँ से गुज़रते हुए देखा है। आपके चेहरे का आलौकिक तेज, आपकी दिव्य आभा मेरे अंदर आपके प्रति एक आकर्षक खिंचाव पैदा करती है। मैंने अपने जीवन में अनेक संतों-महात्माओं को देखा और जाना है। पर जो पवित्रता आपके चेहरे में दिखती है, वह अनूठी है। आपको देखकर लगता है, मानो कोई सिद्ध पुरुष उजला चोला पहनकर काजल की कोठरी से बेदाग निकल आया हो। अपने सही अर्थों में अपने नाम को सार्थक किया है, कुलदानंद ब…

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पहले गुरुदेव बाद में भगवान!

आप देखिए, ये हैं तिरुमाला की उत्तुंग पहाड़ियाँ... नैसर्गिक सौन्दर्य से सजी-धजी। ताज़गी भरी हरियाली की ओढ़नी में लिपटीं। आँखों को स्वर्ग सी अनुभूति देतीं! तिरुमाला की इस पर्वतमाला की सांतवी चोटी पर स्थित है- वेंकटेश्वर मंदिर। आँध्रप्रदेश के चित्तूर जिले के तिरुपति में स्थापित यह भव्य मंदिर आज 'तिरुपति बाला जी' के नाम से विश्व-प्रख्यात है। यह दुनिया का सर्वाधिक दान प्राप्त करने वाला सबसे धनवान मंदिर है। बहुत महिमावान मान्यता है यहाँ की! मंदिर ही नहीं, कई एकड़ में विस्तारित इसका परिसर प्राकृतिक सौन्दर्य का अनुपम नमूना है। यहाँ शीतल सरोवर है... परिमल पुष्पों से सज्जित बगीचे…

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कैसे अपनी साधना को निद्रा वह विचार रहित बनाएं?

ठेस पहुंचाने वाले कुछ ठोस प्रश्र- -  क्या आपको साधना में नींद के झटके आते हैं? -  क्या कभी स्थिति इस हद तक भी पहुंच जाती है कि अनुभव की जगह स्वप्न दिखने लगते हैं? अनहद के स्थान पर खर्राटे चलने लगते हैं?  -  क्या मन सुमिरन में रमने की बजाय विचारों में गुम हो जाता है? -  साधना करते हुए आप किस आसन में होते हैं- पद्मासन? सुखासन? या फिर अदला-बदली आसन? ( जिसमें टांगें खोलने से लेकर मोड़ने, सहारा लेने, लुढ़कने, लेटने तक के कई तरीके शामिल होते हैं?)* *( वृद्ध एवं रोग-ग्रस्त साधकों पर लागू नहीं।) संभवतः इन प्रर्शनों  ने हमारी दुखती नफरत को छुआ होगा। हमें कहीं न कहीं ग्लानि का अहसास भी क…

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Why miss the Childhood when we can re-live it?

Childhood is the most fun time in anybody's life. Even today, as a grown up person, when we meet our friends, we often talk about our childhood memories and the crazy little things we used to do then. Some of us remember our childhood quite clearly while some of us may have learnt about it through our parents. Be it ringing the neighbour's doorbell and running away or dodging the homework by giving an excuse of a stomach ache. Be it getting drenched in rain and splashing water on the road or tirelessly jumping on the bed and engaging in pillow fights with our siblings. Fighting with our friends and then finding an excuse to play with them, again. Every little thing seemed to be joyful and full of excitement. Then, all of a sudden, we become mature and all those crazy activities are left behind, only to be enjoyed as memories. Excitement and fun seems to have an inverse relationship with age. Today, if it rains, we try to ensure that not even a drop falls on the shirt. If we have to ring somebody's doorbell, we try not to ring it more than once as we may be taken as manner-less. If we enter into a verbal fight with our friends, we resist interactions, most of the time due to ego and at times due to the fear of saying something that may leave the other person annoyed with us forever. We can no longer dodge our work, as it may frustrate the boss or the person getting affected. So, what have we really achieved by being mature, except for losing our happiness? True, we…

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Scientist Say God Cannot Be Seen! But, Super-Scientists Say, HE Can Be Seen!

Let's hypothesis a unique panel of big-wig Nobel laureates, scientists, writers, etc. - all assembled together on one table to discuss the ever-mysterious subject of God. The ideas and opinions of the intelligentsia presented through this discussion are original and sourced from their talks or writings. Through the assembly, we will try to reach to the all-time mind-boggling questions, such as- Does God exist? How does He look like? Etc. The host is facilitating the discussion to keep the flow of thoughts scream-lined. Host: You all are the Representatives of those fraternities, which are unquestionably intellectual and logical. In this purview, what would you say about the existence of God? Newton Sir, if I can start from you... Sir Isaac Newton: From His true Dominion it follows that the true God is a living, intelligent, and powerful being; and from His other perfections, that He is supreme, or most perfect. He is eternal and infinite, omnipotent and omniscient; that is, His duration reaches from eternity to eternity; His presence from infinity to infinity; He governs all things, and knows all things that are or can be done. (1687, Principia; also Caputo 2000, 88). Host: Dr Einstein, after driving so deep into science and unfolding the secrets of this cosmos, do you believe in the existence of any entity called God. Dr Einstein: The more I study science the more I believe in God. (As cited in Holt 1997). The deeper one penetrates into nature's secrets, t…

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Real Answers for the Real Inquisitives

Suppose you are asked to fill your desires in a wish list. Just answer with a true heart, where will God be in this list? Or, rather, will He be there at all? Today, perhaps including us, we come across people with plentiful of desires and aspirations in this world of materialism. However, there are some who yearn for God and only God, nothing else and no one else. They might or might not have worldly comforts and affluence; but they have a true thirst for the One who is above everything. And, they do not bargain or compromise at any cost for this craving of theirs. It is this deterministic quest, which one day leads them to the true guide or Master, who answers their inquisitiveness in the real sense, with the real revelation! Let's meet some of them... ... HIM I SHALL I FOLLOW... Since her childhood, Rachel was inquisitive about knowing God. It was in her school, at the age of eight, when she heard for the first time about India. There was an unspoken pull towards the land of India in her inner being. That day, on returning home from school, she expressed joyfully to her mother, "When I grow up I will never marry; I will go to India," Several years went by. Her quest for God received another push when, at the age of fifteen, she got a copy of the sacred book, the Bhagavad Gita. After reading the Bhagavad Gita, a thought settled in her heart that God is supremely passionate. The words of the Gita triggered a craving in her heart to know God, as it sta…

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Effects vs. Defects in finding God

The field of psychology lists a couple of effects correlatiing with different aspects of the psychological dimension of a human being. As a matter of fact, many of these effects find a perfect correlation with the spiritual dimension as well, as far as our perceptions, beliefs, search and worship of God is concerned. In fact, these present a picture of the plethora of flaws and lacunas pertaining to man's approach towards God. Below are listed some of these psychological effects vis-a-vis the corresponding 'defects' in relation to our search for God. These effects are annexed with the tenets of wisdom from one of the enlightened saints of India, Shri Ramakrishna Paramhansa, whose simple yet profound analogies throw light on the correct facet of God-realisation corresponding to that psychological concept. ... Snowball Effect In the parlance of psychology, this effect throws light on the expansion of a process in magnitude as it progresses with time. The effect derives its name from the fact that a small-sized snowball, rolling on a snow covered hill, picks up more snow, subsequently gaining mass, surface area and momentum. Indeed, the same applies to the realm of God-realisation, when the Perfect Master of the time initiated the spiritual revolution via the inner evolution of man. With time, gradually, the revolution gains strength, amplitude and speed as more and more people become awakened and join the caravan of reformation. It happens in every era, when…

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Can We Deny the Need of SPIRITUALITY?

Power, prestige, luxury, affluence...  These aspects seem to possess some extraordinary magnetic pull, that man in every era is found 'madly' running after them! This 'madness' has the tendency to touch high degrees and magnitudes, as has been expressed through the writings of the wise and also via real incidents in the history of mankind. In 'The Republic' (Book II), Plato mentions the story of shepherd, named Gyges. As a customary practice in their community, the shepherds were required to report about their flocks to the King every month. One day, while feeding his flock, Gyges found a golden ring. He wore the ring while going to attend the meeting. Everything was going as usual. Gyges was sitting with the other shepherds while various issues were being discussed in the meeting. During those discussions, Gyges happened to furl around with the ring casually. However, a strange thing occurred the moment Gyges turned the collet of the ring round to the inner side of his hand, i.e. towards himself. People around him started talking as if he was not sitting there. Yes! He had, all of a sudden, become invisible to others. Gyges was left astounded! He just could not believe his eyes!  He then turned the collet to the outside. Aha! He was visible again. Gyges tried it once again. And, it happened this time as well. Wow! It was a magical ring that could make Gyges turn visible or invisible at his will... just at one flip of the collet! No…

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How do you deal with NEGATIVITY?

Biased Behaviour of our Brains Have you ever wondered why our mind tends to always slide down to the negative slope of the thought graph until subjected to positive or optimistic conditions? Such phenomenon is termed as negativity bias by psychologists. According to this, a person's mind has more inclination towards negative thoughts than the positive outlook of the same situation. Let us check out with an example. Your father gives you $20 for a shopping expedition but you mistakenly lose it somewhere. Will you get upset? Of course, it's a depressing situation for anyone. But if your father, under love and empathy, gives you another $20 for shopping, what will be your thoughts now? 1.  Happy and immediately forget the $20 loss. 2.  Still sad for the $20 loss. 3.  Thinking how good it would have been if I had lost the money as then I would have $40 for shopping. Which option do you resonate with? There are seemingly higher chances of our answer matching with 2nd and 3rd points, isn't it so? Well, that simply goes to say that our brain is suffering from a negativity bias. Learned Helplessness or Just Give Up It is a condition in which we succumb to the tough situations. It is due to the tendency of our mind to rely on the future consequences based on the past experiences. This phenomenon was highlighted by Martin Saligman and Co. through a study conducted on dogs in the University of Pennsylvania. The experiment involved administerin…

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रंगीन, स्वादिष्ट और पौष्टिक पानी!

उफ! आज की दौड़-भाग भरी ज़िन्दगी! इतनी आपाधापी! ऐसे में अपना ख्याल रखने का समय ही कहाँ मिलता है?कितनी बार तो पूरा-पूरा दिन पानी पीना तक याद नहीं रहता। जबकि हम सब जानते हैं कि शरीर में पानी की सही मात्रा का होना कितना आवश्यक है। पानी की कमी से प् थकावट, प्रतिरोधक शक्ति कम होना, पाचन शक्ति (मेटाबॉलिज्म) में कमी आदि अनेक स्वास्थ्य संबंधित परेशानियाँ देखने को मिलती हैं। इससे शरीर में फुलाव और अफारे की समस्या भी हो जाती है। खासकर गर्मी के मौसम में, अधिक पसीना आने के कारण शरीर कई पोषक तत्त्व और लवण भी खो देता है। इन सभी समस्याओं से निज़ात दिलाने के लिए हम आपके लिए लेकर आए हैं, कुछ ऐसे पेय ज…

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बेशक पाँव में छाले हों, पर साँसे रखो बुलन्द!

कुछ वर्ष पूर्व, एक धारावाहिक आया था। उसकी एक कड़ी में 'नारी' के लिए एक गीत बनाया गया था। उस गीत के कुछ प्रेरणादायक शब्द यहाँ प्रस्तुत हैं-             दीवारें ऊँची हैं,             गलियाँ हैं तंग             लम्बी डगर है,             पर हिम्मत है संग।             पाँव में छाले हैं,               साँसे बुलंद              लड़ने चली हूँ              आज़ादी की जंग... निस्संदेह, ये बोल नारियों के लिए जागृति का आह्वान हैं। ऐलान है उस पुरुष प्रधान समाज के लिए जो स्रियो…

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कुदरत के करिश्मे! करिश्मों में सीख!

यह सत्य है कि कुदरत हैरतअंगेज़ और मंत्रमुग्ध करनेवाली वस्तुओं और जीवों से भरपूर है। कुदरत की सुन्दरता इन नेत्रों को तो लुभाती ही है, पर उसके साथ-साथ अपने आँचल में कई प्रेरणाएँ भी सँजोए हुए है। दार्शनिक अरस्तु कहा करते थे कि प्रकृति की हर कृति में कुछ न कुछ अद्भुत अवश्य है। इस लेख के माध्यम से हम कुदरत के कुछ ऐसे ही करिश्मों से सकारात्मक और आध्यात्मिक विचारों को प्राप्त करेंगे, जिससे हमें बेहतर जीवन जीने के रास्ते मिल सकें।   बोक्यूला पौधा (Boquala Plant) बोक्यूला एक बहुत ही विचित्र पौधा है, जो मुख्यतः अर्जेंटीना और चिली नामक देशों में पाया जाता है। इस पौधे की विशेषता है कि यह अप…

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CHECK- WHAT IS YOUR SUCCESS POSITION?

Question # 1: Have you ever experienced that moment in real life when a sapling is just beginning to sprout from a seed? Question # 2: Have you ever experienced the moment when there is a switch of breath inhalation and exhalation process from one nostril to another nostril? Question # 3: Have you ever realised a moment that was your 'Wow moment,' which steered your life towards success? The affirmative and confident answer to the third question largely depends on how effectively you can respond to the previous two questions. You know why?  It's because the questions of the first and second type actually represent where you stand on the 'Axis of awareness'! Yes, in life, the success function can be taken as mapping of three decision variables- x: Awareness, y: Learning process and z: Widened comfort zone... ... Let us explore the importance of these three axis in determining our success. Axis Of Awareness (X-Axis)- The Axis Leading To Breakthrough In our life we all always look for one chance and one opportunity to be what we want to Become. These moments become the 'breakthrough moments' of our lives. But the people who succeed, seem to encash these moments in a unique way, which is characterised with a filament of astonishment.Their "breakthrough" moments surprise people as these moments reveal the 'secret of awareness' that most individuals fail to pay heed to. In fact, that's the core ingredient beh…

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Breathing Exercises vs. True Dhyana

'Breath is life!' This statement invites absolutely no discrepancy on the plane of physical existence. However, the subject is not all that shallow, casual or surficial as it is generally perceived or dealt with. It's true that over a period of time, breathing exercises have gained stupendous attention and are trending these days all across the globe. But, is that all or does it encapsulate a deeper science, an insight into which can offer us a life characterised with a perennial source of joy, bliss, wisdom, relaxation and peace. To understand this asp, let us first know what happens when we practice breathing exercises. Undoubtedly, one enjoys a sense of relief and relaxation by resorting to deep breathing and plethora of variations available under the umbrella of pranayama. Justifying this benefit on the logical grounds, scientists say that deep breathing helps more oxygen to flow in with each breath. In other words, the unwanted CO2 is driven out of the body. Our bio-mechanism is such that the brainstem is finely tuned to regulate the pH level of the blood. When the pH shifts towards the acidic side, the functioning of the body is jeopardised and a stress response is triggered. Now, this shift in the pH happens when the quantity of CO2 is more in the body. The brain immediately sends an urgent signal to the diaphragm to bring in O2 in order to balance the pH level of the blood. Here, we can easily join the dots and understand as to how deep breathing re…

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Teamwork Makes Dream Work

Learning From The Marathas (Great Warriors In The History Of India) Chhatrapati Shivaji (a great Maratha King, India) created perfect administrative systems, as analysed by the historians. Some remarkable learnings from him are as follows: ●  Team Work and System Orientation Out of the 18,306 days that he lived, 5,885 were his formative days. And, of the remaining 12,421 days, he was at war only for 1/6th part of his active life. This shows his ability to get things do8even in his physical absence, through team work and system orientation. ●  Compensation for Team He created different layers of management and also a formal compensation policy for all departments. These departments included finance, revenue, justice, religious affairs, external affairs etc. He strongly believed in paying well to his people. ●  Reliable Team-Members precise HR policies & SOPs (Standard Operating Procedure) were created. Utmost importance was given to merit. Sensitive positions were filled by only reliable people, after checking all past records thoroughly. Whenever Shivaji went, he looked out for worthy-ones and once he found them, he used to test them and then, absorb them. He was a highly preferred employer and had a diverse army. He created a chain of talent where each bead was picked up tenaciously to add to the charm of the chain. ●  Other facts about his Team He had diversity across all ranks of his military. He converted an army of 2,…

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क्या शादी के महोत्सव ऐसे भी होते हैं?

विविध परम्पराओं के धागे ऐसे ताने-बाने बुनते हैं, जो विश्व को रंग-बिरंगा मिज़ाज़ देते हैं। हमें बाँधती ये परम्पराएँ और प्रथाएँ हर देश में बदलती जाती हैं। कई स्थानों पर तो ऐसे आश्चर्यपूर्ण रीति-रिवाज़ देखने को मिलते हैं... कि क्या कहें बस! विभिन्न सभ्यताओं की कुछ प्रजातियों की परम्पराएँ सामान्य से बिल्कुल हट के हैं। उन्हें जानकर आप अवश्य ही दाँतों तले अंगुली दबा लोगे। तो आइए, इस लेख में कुछ ऐसे ही अजीबोगरीब रिवाज़ों और परम्पराओं से रू-ब-रू होते हैं। प्रतिदिन एक घंटा रोना अनिवार्य! चीन के वूलिंग पहाड़ों (Wuling Mountains) में लगभग 80 लाख जनसंख्या निवास करती है। ये तुजिया लोग लड़की के विवाह के…

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हर बुराई पर नए प्रकार का प्रहार!

ज्वालामुखी... भूकंप... तूफान... सुनामी... ये शब्द सुनते ही आपके मानसपटल पर कैसी छवि उभरती है? तबाही... नुकसान... भय... हाहाकार... शायद कुछ-कुछ ऐसी ही न!  लेकिन अगर आज हम आपसे यह कहें कि भूकंप के झटके भी हमारे लिए मददगार सिद्ध हो सकते हैं-  हर उस स्तर पर जहाँ-जहाँ हम साधक-पथ पर अटके हैं, तो? बहुत अधिक संभावना है कि आप को हैरानी हो। परन्तु यह सच है कि इनसे होने वाले विध्वंस में हमारे साधक जीवन के स्वास्थ्य हेतू बेमिसाल सूत्र निहित हैं। बस, देखने-समझने का सही दृष्टिकोण चाहिए। यदि नज़रिया बढ़िया है, तो फिर इंसान  बुराइयों में से भी अपने लिए अच्छाई चुन लेता है। ठीक जैसे संत रबिया शैतान में भी अप…

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एक कदम साधारण लोगों से आगे...

आजकल हर व्यक्ति जल्दी से जल्दी गगनचुम्बी मंज़िल को चूमना चाहता है। अलादीन के जादुई चिराग सा कोई उपाय खोज लेना चाहता है। सही भी तो है, जहाँ मीलों की दूरी क्षणों में तय कर ली जाती है व हज़ारों किलोमीटर दूर बैठे व्यक्ति से पल भर में संपर्क साध लिया जाता है; वहाँ सफलता के लिए शॉर्टकट मंत्र ढूँढने में कैसा परहेज? पर इस संदर्भ में एक महान विचारक के तो कुछ अलग ही विचार हैं। उनके अनुसार सफलता वे ही पाते हैं, जो बिना प्रमाद के निरंतर आगे बढ़ते रहते हैं। मेहनत से जी चुराने की बजाय पूरे जुनून से कार्य करते हैं। बल्कि अपने निर्धारित कार्य से एक कदम आगे बढ़ने का मादा रखते हैं। आज हम इतिहास के …

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क्या नॉन स्टिक बर्तनों का प्रयोग सही है?

स्वास्थ्य को लेकर लोगों में जागरूकता बढ़ रही है। इसलिए आज हर इंसान भरसक प्रयास करते हुए दिखता है, जिससे वह स्वस्थ रह सके। फिर चाहे ये प्रयास वर्कआउट ( व्यायाम) के माध्यम से हों या खान-पान द्वारा! पर स्वास्थ्य सम्बंधित इन कोशिशों में भी कुछ सावधानी बरतनी ज़रूरी है। तो आइए, आज हम स्वस्थ रहने के प्रयासों को भी सतर्कता का चश्मा पहनाएँ और जानें- ... नॉन स्टिक बर्तनों का इस्तेमाल हानिकर! अक्सर हम एक-दूसरे से प्रश्न पूछते हैं- ' आपका स्वास्थ्य कैसा है?' पर आपसे किसी ने कभी पूछा- ' क्या आपके भोजन का मिज़ाज़ दुरुस्त है?' इस सवाल को पढ़कर हैरानी होना स्वाभाविक है। भला भोजन का भी स्वास्…

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प्रकृति- असंख्य प्रेरणाओं का खज़ाना!

प्रकृति रहस्यों से भरी पड़ी है। उसकी यदि कुछ विचित्रताओं पर भी गौर करें, तो सृजनहार की अद्भुत कारीगरी को देखकर विस्मृत रह जाएँगे। आज बात करते हैं- वनस्पति जगत की। इसमें अनेक अजूबे भरे पड़े हैं, जो जीवन जीने के सूत्र संजोए हुए हैं। आइए, हम उनसे अपने लिए कुछ प्रेरणाएँ बटोरें। ... डेसमोडियम गाइरेंस (नृत्य करने वाला पौधा) सिर्फ मनुष्य ही इस सृष्टि में सप्राण जीव नहीं, जिन्हें नृत्य करना आता है। न ही हम यहाँ किसी पक्षी या पशु की बात कर रहे हैं। आप मानें या न मानें, पर पौधे भी थिरकना और नाचना पसन्द करते हैं। डेसमोडियम गाइरेंस एक ऐसा ही पौधा है। इसे इंडियन टेलिग्राफ प्लांट या नृत्य क…

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मुश्किलों और हार को बड़ी मार!

एक बार इंग्लैंड की फुटबॉल टीम के एक खिलाड़ी, हॉपकिन्स से पूछा गया- ' एक विजेता और एक साधारण मनुष्य में क्या अंतर होता है?' खट से जवाब आया- ' विजेता हार से पहले कभी हार नहीं मानता। यदि विफल हो भी जाए तो उससे सीखकर आगे बढ़ने की प्रवृत्ति रखता है।' पाठकों! आइए, अब हम एक आत्म-विश्लेषण ( टेस्ट) द्वारा यह जाँचें कि हममें विजेता के गुण हैं या नहीं। निम्नलिखित प्रश्नों का जवाब 'हाँ' या 'न' में दें। ● क्या आप मुश्किलों और हार का सामना होने पर दुःखी और निरुत्साहित हो जाते हैं? ● क्या लगातार हार के वार से आपका आत्मविश्वास टूट जाता है? ● जब दुनिया आपके लक्ष्य को आपके लिए असंभव बता द…

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The Strings of Life

"The strings of the veena (a musical instrument) should not be so loose that its melodies don't tighten them so much that they get broken." It was a thought provoking sentence that set the path of Nirvana for Gautam Buddha. Based on this statement, Mahatma Buddha put forth the formula of the middle path in front of Mankind, which came to be known as the most significant ideal of Buddhism. It is said that after enlightenment, Buddha gave his first instructionto the group of five ascetics in Varanasi, which came to be famously known as "Dhamm Chakk Pavattan" or "Dharma Chakra Pravartanaaya". In this speech, Mahatma Buddha described "Middle Path" and said- "Seeker shouldn't practice these two extremes- one, getting completely engrossed in the pleasure of lust; two, torturing oneself through terrible perseverance. The extreme of both is disastrous. Leaving both the extremes, I (Buddha) have attained Perfect Knowledge through the ' Middle Path', which is the provider of the eye (of wisdom), and the medium to attain Nirvana." Lord Krishna explains the same to Arjuna in the Bhagwat Gita- Naatyashnatastu yogosti na chaikaantamanushnataha; na chaati swapnasheelasya jaagrato naiva chaarjuna. O Arjuna, this (Brahm Gyan) path is not availed by the one who eats a lot or who fasts a lot; neither by the one who sleeps a lot , nor the one who always remains awake. Yuktaahaarvihaarasya yuktacheshtasya ka…

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Leaves of Pleasant Memoirs

Sadhu Ekarasa (Dr. G.H. Mees, M.A., LL.D.), a Dutch scholar Ekarasa met Maharshi for the first time in 1936. What happened with him in that first meeting is best correlated by him to the incident when Kon-Fu-Tse met  Wen-Poh-Hsuche-Tse. At that moment, Kon-Fu-Tse didn't utter a word. His companion, Tse-Lu, asked with a surprise, "You wished to see Wen-Poh-Hsuche-Tse since a long time. Your heart's deepest desire was answered, but you didn't speak to him... Why?" Kon-Fu-Tse replied, "When one meets someone like him, then there is no need of speaking. One only needs to see such a sage, so as to truely experience him." Ekarasa recounts that even after that, year after year when he visited to see the Master; and also during the three years when he stayed near Ramana Maharshi, he only experienced him more and more. When someone asked him to speak or write about the Maharshi, he would simply say to them- "Visit the Master and see for yourself!" He used to say, "The Maharshi effects drastic changes in the lives of many like me. That's what he does, and he does so by doing nothing at all. Often 'the great ones of this earth' feel like small schoolboys while standing before him." Ekarasa opined that if someone, after writing the greatest book in the world, would come and offer it in the feet of the Master, then what would be his experience? He would simply realise that the Holy Master was a far greater Book than …

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Clock Time Organ Health

The human body is made up of around 78 organs whose proper and timely functioning is important for healthy living. In order to make the organs function efficiently, they should be maintained on a regular basis. As a matter of fact, every organ has a particular slot of time assigned for it's repair and maintenance. However, most of us are oblivious of this fact. It has been known for hundreds of years to the traditional Indian system of holistic health, i.e Ayurveda. Chinese call it as 'medicine organ time clock'. Here is a comprehensive 'Organ Clock Table' indicating the scheduled time slots for the effective working of the major organs. Organ Clock Table 1. Lungs: 3am-5am 2.  Large Intestine (or colon): 5am-7am 3.  Stomach: 7am-9am 4.  Spleen: 9am-11am 5.  Heart: 11am-1pm 6. Small Intestine: 1pm-3pm 7. Bladder: 3pm-5pm 8. Kidneys: 5pm-7pm 9. Pericardium: 7pm-9pm 10. Blood Vessels and Arteries: 9pm-11pm 11. Gall Bladder: 11pm-1am 12. Liver: 1am-3am ... 3am-5am: LUNGS Does it happen that as soon as you get up in the morning, your day starts with coughing and choking of the chest? Well, if it is so, then your lungs require attention. This is because lungs are the organs that are responsible for pumping out toxic gases. In fact, lungs only provide quality to our breathing process- they are responsible for getting oxygen into our bloodstream. The best time for inhaling fresh and pure oxygen is between 3am - 5am. Bu…

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Meet the Eco-Celebrities!

They are saving more than 850 human lives every year. They help in preventing as many as 670,000 incidents of acute respiratory symptoms per year. They are wonderful noise filters and... They keep the surroundings cool by ...  Several studies have highlighted that they are very effective in reducing stress or boosting mental health. They prove to be wonderfully effective natural barriers to withstand the tidal waves. Any guesses, what this 'they' refers to? Well, 'they' are that which we have brutally ruined! They are that which stand today on the verge of collapse. They are that which have received ghastly death blows in exchange of their life-giving services! Yes, 'they' are the poor, dilapidating TREES! And, 'who' bears the 'credit' of all these catastrophic actions that have resulted in tragic reactions? The one and the only- 'human beings'... No... no! We, the 'so-called civilised' human beings! We, 'the egoistic human beings! We, 'the selfish and self-centric' human beings! ... ... In purview of the current state of affairs, someone has succintly stated: "Only when the last tree has died, the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught, will we realise that we cannot eat money?" Indeed, it's high time to wake up and shake ourselves to realise the impending danger. Certainly, we have reached the stage where there is no scope of pre…

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Ways to Celebrate Some Days!

This year, the month of March is bringing forth some interesting International Days! These days might be allocated one day in the calendar. However, the inherent messages and their significance are worth emulating at all times. Let's throw light on some of these days and extract nuggets of wisdom for ourselves. Neighbour Day: 25th March 2018 (Dates vary with respect to countries) Give a fair answer to a very simple question- "Do you know your neighbours? If not in person, do you at least know their names?" Well, you may find your answer resonating with some of these research findings: "Only one in three of us bother to introduce ourselves to our neighbours when we move because we're 'too busy'... One quarter of people do not know the names of the people living next door." ... The same report also mentioned: "As many as one in four of the 3,000 adults who took part in the study said they we're 'simply too busy' to make friends, while 18% never see their neighbours to say 'hello'." According to a research by Churchill Home Insurance: "51 per cent of those with neighbours admit they don't know their first names, while 70 per cent are unaware of their full names." Some more findings of the same research bring to light that: • more than one third people fail to even recognise their neighbours in person • around three quarters aren't aware of what their next door …

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Body postures- Good and Bad

What is a posture? Posture is the alignment and positioning of our body with respect to earth's gravitational force. This gravitational force, also known as gravity, continuously exerts a force on our body. A good posture ensures that this force is evenly distributed throughout our body's muscles, joints and ligaments. This is achieved by training our body to lie, sit, stand, and walk in positions that involve the least strain being exerted on supporting ligaments and muscles, while moving or engaging in weight-bearing activities.  Good posture is vital for our body. Despite knowing this fact, our daily activities are often performed with bad postures, primarily, because of ignorance and absence of the much-required will. In addition to laziness, another common problem, obesity, is continuously changing the way our muscles and skeleton support themselves, thereby affecting them. The habit of poor posture is nurtured over time and we tend to address it only when the alarm of pain rings at its loudest. This pain, caused due to poor posture, is often experienced in our shoulders, neck or back. Correcting our body posture may feel uncomfortable initially because the body had been used to particular positions while sitting, standing, and sleeping. Though, with continuous practice, good posture shall become the natural posture of the body, thereby supporting its overall wellbeing. One must ensure to maintain the spine's neutral shape i.e. the S-shape. This …

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अंग्रेज़ चले गए, अंग्रेज़ियत छोड़ गए...

आपने अक्सरां इस वाक्य को सुना होगा-'अंग्रेज़ चले गए, अंग्रेज़ियत छोड़ गए।' इस वाक्य को भले ही आज हम मज़ाक में ले लेते हैं, पर गौर से देखा जाए तो यह वाक्य बहुत गहरी समस्या की ओर इशारा कर रहा है। आज भारत को अंग्रेजों से आज़ाद हुए 70 साल हो गए हैं। लेकिन कहीं न कहीं आज भी हम भारतीयों की मानसिकता उन्हीं के पिंजरे में कैद दिखती है।... उदाहरणतः- क्यों उत्तीर्ण होने के लिए न्यूनतम अंक 33% ही रखे जाते हैं? सनातन भारतीय गुरुकुल परम्परा के अंतर्गत प्राप्त शिक्षा प्रणाली को अंग्रेजों ने अमान्य घोषित कर दिया था। इसके स्थान पर आरंभ की एक नई शिक्षा पद्धति। गुरुकुल में एक व्यक्ति को शिक्षित कर…

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गुड़ी पड़वा के अमूल्य संदेश!

फाल्गुन के पश्चात् चैत्र मास का आरम्भ प्रेम और सौहार्द की छटा बिखेरता है।प्रकृति भी पूर्ण रूप से प्रफुल्लित हो उठती है। परम सौन्दर्य का परिचय देती है। इस मौसम में सूर्य की मद्धम-मद्धम तपिश प्रकृति को सुनहरे रंग में रंगती है। वहीं रातें हल्की ठंडक को समेटे हुए वातावरण को सम शीतोष्ण करती हैं। इसी बेला में, चैत्र नवरात्रि के शुभारंभ 'नवसंवत्सर' पर 'गुड़ी पड़वा' का विशिष्ट पर्व मनाया जाता है। चैत्र मास के शुक्ल पक्ष की प्रतिपदा को भारतीय संस्कृति के नव वर्ष के रूप में भी मनाया जाता है। वहीं महाराष्ट्र में इसे गुड़ी पड़वा त्यौहार के रूप में हर्षोल्लास से मनाया जाता है। ज…

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राम चरित साकार हो उठे!

भारतीय संस्कृति के आधार स्तंभ- भगवान श्रीराम का जीवन चरित्र समस्त मानवजाति के लिए प्रेरणा का स्रोत है। शब्द राम (RAM) का तो विस्तार ही- Right Action Man है अर्थात् सदा उचित कृत्यों को करने वाला व्यक्तित्व! सद्गुणों से परिपूर्ण श्रीराम का अनुसरण करके ही मानवता श्रेष्ठता को छू सकती है। और ऐसा करना अव्यवहारिक भी नहीं है। वास्तविकता तो यह है कि राम के चरित्र को धारण कर हर क्षेत्र में सफलता के गगनचुंबी लक्ष्य पाए जा सकते हैं। रघुनंदन स्वयं इन गुणों व संस्कारों को अपनी सफलता का आधार बताते हैं। गोस्वामी तुलसीदासकृत रामचरितमानस के लंकाकांड में इसका सटीक विवरण मिलता है। जिस समय लंकापति रा…

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किला फतह करने के सूत्र!

आइए, आज हम कुछ ऐसे प्रेरक सूत्रों को जाने, जिनसे हम अपने जीवन को सुखमय और सफल बना सकतेहैं। अपना किला तय करें जब कोई अनेक मुश्किलों को पार कर सफल होता है, तो अक्सरां यह कहा जाता है- 'वाह! इस व्यक्ति ने तो किला फतह कर लिया।' हम सब भी इस मुहावरे को अपने लिए सुनने की आशा में अथक प्रयास करते हैं। दिन-रात भागते-दौड़ते हैं। पर अफसोस! यह सुनने को हमारे कान तरसते ही रह जाते हैं। जानते हैं क्यों? इसका उत्तर पाने के लिए चलते हैं, लाइफ शो में- 'कौन बनेगा सफल व्यक्ति?' कम्प्यूटर जी, प्रतियोगी को पहला प्रश्न उसकी लाइफ स्क्रीन पर दिखाएँ। प्रश्न है- 'अगर हर किले पर चढ़ने का प्रयास कर रहे हैं, तो…

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उफ! ये वायरस!

अक्सरां कम्प्यूटर पर काम करने वाले लोगों को नए सॉफ्टवेयर डाउनलोड करने पर वायरस का खतरा बना रहता है। हो भी क्यों न, आखिर वायरस हमारा डाटा जो संक्रमित कर देता है। खैर, इन वायरसों से निपटने के लिए तो आज बाज़ार में अनेक एंटी-वायरस सॉफ्टवेयर्स की भरमार है। पर उन वायरसों का क्या करें, जिनसे इंसान संक्रमित होता जा रहा है? विश्व भर में इनका व्यापक प्रभाव देखते हुए, इन्हें 'टी-वायरस' की श्रेणी में रखा जा रहा है। इसकी पुष्टि इस तथ्य द्वारा भलीभाँति की जा सकती है। हाल ही में हुए, एक अध्ययन में वैज्ञानिकों ने पूरी दुनिया से 12 विश्वविद्यालय के छात्रों का चुनाव किया। इन छात्रों को मात्र…

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मार्केटिंग क्षेत्र से सीखें सच्चे गुरु की पहचान!

शापिंग! शापिंग! शापिंग!... अनलिमिटिड शापिंग! कुछ ऐसा ही ज़माना आजकल है। खरीददारी के असीमित विकल्प ग्राहक के पास हैं। इसलिए आज व्यवसाय की दुनिया में ग्राहक को 'राजा' का दर्ज़ा दिया जाता है। उसे प्रसन्न रखना कंपनियों का एक उद्देश्य होता है। नहीं तो ग्राहक किसी दूसरे विकल्प पर जाने में देर नहीं लगाता। मार्केटिंग के क्षेत्र में इसी धारणा को एक सिद्धांत के रूप में पिरोया जाता है। यह सिद्धांत है- 'Customer Relationship Management (CRM)' अर्थात् 'ग्राहक सम्बन्ध प्रबंधन'। इस सिद्धांत को तीन चरणों में समझा जा सकता है- 1. 'Acquisition' यानी 'अर्जन करना!' मतलब कि कंपनियों द्वारा आकर्षक योजनाएं बनाकर ग्रा…

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Salute to their Heroism and Patriotism!

“Not fair! Being a Project Manager, the prestige I am receiving from that so-called administrative officer is not justified”, said Mr. X, a software engineer and a Project Manager at a firm. “The ever- increasing work load has been working me into a frenzy and I am not even entitled to an air travel.” Mr. X was quite stressed and unsatisfied with the growing responsibilities and meagre advantages from the company. Even a lavish, air-conditioned, deluxe compartment of an express couldn’t calm his mind. Nevertheless, for surviving the long journey, he decided to utilize the time with his laptop and go through with the drudgery. For a small time, he was wrapped in utmost dedication and tranquillity, when he felt a pair of eyes sneaking at his laptop. Unnerved by the gaze, he moved his sight just to find a young, simple, and a well-built athlete-like personality peeking at his work. Before Mr. X could boast of his position and importance, that man enquired from him if he was from the software industry. Mr. X was already prepared with an answer with a snobbish expression on his face. He raised his eyebrows, breathed out the tediousness, and eased himself on the seat to proceed, “Yeah! You see, it’s not an easy task. Our thorough diligence and determination towards this profession has made the lives of people like you so easy. …Has anyone ever thought of the sweat and complexity involved behind the simple transactions coming on a sin…

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THEY Vs. WE- Who is better?

In the 18th century, Rene Descartes, a well-known philosopher and mathematician remarked- “Animals are just automata red-blooded machines without thoughts or wishes.” Now, in the parlance of the 21st century, if a remark has to be given about “human beings- the so-called advanced beings at the apex of the creation pyramid.” What do you think it would be? Perhaps, an enhanced version of the above statement, also encompassing the traits like feelings and emotions! In your perspective- animals or humans- which category will score more when it comes to care, concern, loyalty, understanding, selflessness etc. in relationships? To deduce the answer, just ponder over some of the startling facts mentioned below. … BENEFIT AT THE COST OF OTHER”S LIFE- YES OR NO An experiment was conducted in 1958 on rats. The set up was such that the hungry rats were fed only on the condition that they pull a lever which would risk the lives of their fellows. What do you think the hungry rodents did? Well, they ‘didn’t’ pull the lever even though it was in their interest! Yes, they have a sense of empathy for their fellow beings. A similar study came up with similar results in 1964 by Psychiatrist Jules Massetman. In this, the monkeys were supposed to pull a chain that on one hand delivered food, but on the other hand hurt another monkey. The surprise was that one monkey in that group did not pull them even after 12 days, and preferred to st…

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Can meditation have negative side-effects?

Just ponder… Climate change is so clearly apparent… the impact of increasing levels of CO2 is evident in the form of fast-melting glaciers… The joint statement of the International academies says: “Climate change is real. …from phenomena such as increase in average global sea levels, retreating glaciers, and changes to many physical and biological systems…” Yet, the intellectual fraternity, on the basis of logics, is totally divided into two segments: one saying that climate change is real; while, the other vouching for climate change denial, also categorised as- the ones in favour of “climate change scepticism”. A Global warming petition project is running these days, with 31, 487 American Scientists signed this petition, which includes 9,029 with PhDs. And the Petition statement goes as follows: “There is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gases is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth’s atmosphere and disruption of the Earth’s climate. Moreover, there is … Just ponder… The world has witnessed the devastation caused by nuclear power. The story of ‘dynamite’ being used for exploding human beings more instead of trenching applications is a clear-cut indication for mankind to become alert! However, till date, the energy debates on the pros and cons of nu…

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मनोविज्ञान में अध्यात्म के रत्न

'मानवीय मनोवृत्ति' सदा से ही शोध का विषय रही है। यही कारण है कि माओविग्यान के क्षेत्र में अनुसंधानों का सिलसिला चलता रहता है। इस बार अखण्ड ज्ञान के इस मंच पर भी ऐसे ही मनोवैज्ञानिक शोधों को हम गहराई से जानेंगे। कहने को तो ये प्रयोग मनुष्य के मानस को जाँचने-परखने के लिए हुए। किंतु यदि इन्हें आध्यात्मिक आईने से देखा जाए, तो ये समाज के लिए 'आत्मज्ञान' जैसी अमूल्य प्रेरणाएँ समेटे हुए हैं। तो आइए, इन आधुनिक प्रयोगों को विस्तार से जानते हैं तथा इनसे सुगंधित जीवन-पुष्प चुनते हैं। मानव! मत बन वानर! पाँच वानरों का प्रयोग वानरों के इस प्रयोग की चर्चा सन 1996 से हो रही है। इसे सबस…

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अपने न बनें कभी बेगाने!

यह ज़िन्दगी क्या है? भावनाओं का ताना-बाना ही तो है। कहीं एक भावना से अंधेरे और आँधियों भरे रास्तों पर उम्मीद की किरण फूट जाती है। कहीं भावना को ठेस पहुँचने पर परिवारन में दरारें पड़ जाती हैं और कुनबे बिखर जाते हैं। तो कहीं भावनाएँ इतनी शक्ति दे देती हैं कि फिर से जीने की चाह स्पंदित हो जाती है। प्रमाण के तौर पर प्रस्तुत हैं कुछ घटनाएँ। ये सभी दृष्टांत सच्चे हैं... लोगों के जीवन में घटे हैं। इनमें वर्णित आँखों की नमी, दिल का दर्द, अकेलापन, खोकर भी मुस्कुराने की कोशिश- सब कुछ सच्चा है- जिनसे ये लोग होकर गुज़रें हैं, जो कुछ सहा है और जिया हैं। इन घटनाओं को पढ़ते वक्त ज़रा सोचिएगा कि कैसा …

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मेरा कढ़ी पत्ते का पौधा!

बात बीते हफ्ते की है। रविवार का दिन था। ऑफिस की छुट्टी थी। सोचा, क्यों न आज अपनी मनपसंद डिश- 'डोसा' और 'नारियल चटनी' बनाई जाए। तो शुरू हुआ 'मिशन-डोसा'! झट से जाकर मैं मार्किट से ताज़ा पिसा डोसे का बैटर ले आई। आलुओं को उबालने के लिए माइक्रोवेव कर दिया। चटनी के लिए नारियल का पेस्ट बना लिया। फिर मैं बाकी मसलों को इकट्ठा करने लगी। अरे! कढ़ी-पत्ता तो मैं लाना ही भूल गई! दरअसल, अपने किचन गार्डन में मैंने कढ़ी-पत्ते का एक पौधा रोपा हुआ था। इन दिनों मौसम अनुकूल था। इसलिए हल्के हरे रंग की पत्तियाँ भरे-पूरे गुच्छों में उग आई थीं। कढ़ी, साम्बर और अन्य साउथ इंडियन डीशिज़ के लिए मैं उन्हें त…

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The Great Material Mania!

One of the strongest forces affecting our lives in the modern world is consumerism. Consumerism is the ideology that places value upon the excessive consumption of material goods and services beyond one's basic needs. An internal drive is created in an individual. "I can imagine it; therefore, I want it. I want it; therefore, I should have it. Because I should have it, I need it. Because I need it, I deserve it. Because I deserve it, I will do anything necessary to get it." Advertisers tap into this artificial internal drive. You are made to "imagine it" because they bombard your consciousness with its image until you move to step two, "I want it... etc." This is one of the things that allows people to surrender to consumerism... ... ... The desire, greed, drive to have more of everything is going to be detrimental for the human race. The idea of "ye dil maange more" (my heart yearns for more), which is propagated through advertisement, is leading us into a downward spiral. We want more of everything- more market share, more recognition, more success, more clothes, more shoes, more bags, more sports gears, more utensils, more furniture, more cosmetics, more of fancy packaged food, more crockery, more decorative items, more watches, more gadgets, etc. Obsession for 'more' has led us to buy stuff for the immediate rush of gratification. It would not be wrong to say that we have in many ways become slaves of material po…

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New Inspirations for the Year 2018

Japan Jan 1, 2018 Vietnam Feb 16, 2018 Mongolia Feb 26, 2018 India Mar28, 2018 Assyria Apr 1, 2018 Sri Lanka Apr 13, 2018 Ethiopia Feb 26, 2018 Any guesses about these country-date pairs? Well, these dates mark the beginning of a new year in these dates. Dates may vary, the calenders may vary... but one parameter remains common, i.e. ‘celebrations’. However, one gets to see the shades of diversity in the pattern of these celebrations. These customs and traditions are associated with the belief systems of the natives of those countries. Whatsoever be those belief systems, we can always capture some nuggets of inspiration for ourselves from them. DENMARK The tradition marks the collection of dishes all round the year and then? Then, throw them, smash them, bang them in front of the door on the New Year’s eve! The Danish believe that the no. Of broken dishes are directly proportional to the number of friends one shall have in the New Year. It’s quite different, isn’t it? But it does signify a fantastic hint to wipe off all differences from the hearts by smashing all prejudices, past impressions, pre-conceived notions, etc. about those we come in contact with. The bonding strength of friendship thus achieved would undoubtedly be unmatched and unbeaten! SPAIN Here, the moment the clock strikes 12 at midnight, everybody is ready to eat grapes! Yes! Twelve grapes, one at each strike of the clock! The Spanish believe that your goo…

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Gems to Live and be a Success in life

Let's ponder on some incidents that direct us to be positive in our outlook and perspective towards life. Forget the past When Cyrus Hermann Kotzschmar Curtis was 12 years old, he expressed a desire for firecrackers and demanded money for the same from his mother. His mother, like any other good mother, did not succumb to his demand. So, he thought of an alternate route. He utilised the meagre three cents in his pocket to purchase three newspapers, which he sold on the corner at some profit. By the end of the day, he had 9 cents. 71 years later, at the time of his death, his net worth was $43.2 billion today! Cyrus H.K. Curtis was born in Portland at the corner of Brown Street and Cumberland Avenue 167 years ago. His father gave him the middle names Hermann Kotzschmar after a German music teacher who once lived with the family. Curtis started his publishing career at the age of 13 and later went on to become one of the richest publishers in the world. However, from the start till the end, it was a very tough struggle. With the money he made by selling newspapers, he bought a hand-powered printing press. He kick-started his career by being a reporter, editor, and pressman. He came up with his own neighbourhood daily called 'Young America'. He also acted as his own debt collector, waking people at dawn to get his pending dues. Unfortunately, he lost his press in the Great Fire of 1866 that burned the shed that was housing it. Deeply shaken and heartb…

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'रक्तबीज' के पास था क्लोनिंग का वरदान!

'वैदिक विज्ञान' स्तम्भ द्वारा 'अखण्ड ज्ञान' अनेक शास्त्रीय घटनाओं को विज्ञान और तर्कों के आधार पर आपके समक्ष रखती रही है। ... ऐसा ही एक विषय इस माह हम आपके समक्ष लेकर आ रहे हैं- 'क्लोनिंग'। क्लोनिंग में आधुनिक विज्ञान यूँ तो अभी अपनी शैशव अवस्था में ही है। परन्तु इसे लेकर लोगों के भीतर चिंताएँ हैं। एक भय है। यदि मानव की क्लोनिंग सफल हो गई, तो यह ज़रूरी तो नहीं इससे मात्र सद्वृत्ति वाले लोग ही जन्म लेंगे। यदि हिटलर और मुसोलिनी जैसे तानाशाह पैदा हो गए, तो उनकी अपराधिक और हिंसक प्रवृत्ति से इस धरा को कैसे बचाया जा सकेगा? इस सन्दर्भ में एक शास्त्रीय आख्यान है। यह दृष्टांत…

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भूकंप में भी नहीं हिले प्राचीन मंदिर!

    प्राचीन मंदिर केवल आस्था के प्रतीक नहीं हैं, भवन निर्माण के क्षेत्र में कला व विज्ञान के बेजोड़ संगम माने गए हैं। ये केवल अपनी भव्यता के लिए मशहूर नहीं, बल्कि वैज्ञानिक दृष्टि से भी बेहद ज्ञानवर्धक व रुचिकर हैं। इन मंदिरों के गर्भ में मूर्तियाँ ही नहीं, इतिहास के किस्से-कहानियाँ व घटनाएँ भी विराजमान हैं। समाज, विज्ञान, भूगोल, खगोल की कहानी कहने वाले ये मंदिर कौन से हैं अथवा कैसे हैं? आइए जानें... सबसे पहले बात करते हैं उन अभूतपूर्व मंदिरों की, जिन्हें 'भूकंप रोधी' तकनीक द्वारा बनाया गया। इस सूची में सर्वप्रथम नाम आता है- रामप्पा मंदिर 800 वर्ष पूर्व, 13वीं सदी के आसप…

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मशीनी हुई माँ की गोद!

एक समय था, जब 'माँ' कहते ही बहुत से नाज़ुक अहसास दिल में जाग जाते थे। माँ की गर्म और नर्म गोदी! ममता भरी थपकियाँ! चाँद और तारों की दुनिया से उतरी लोरियाँ! राजकुमार-राजकुमारियों की ढेरों कहानियाँ! फूलोँ सी खिली मुस्कान... ! समरसता और शीतलता का जीवंत भाव थी माँ!  पर... अब वह बात कहाँ? आधुनिकता के इस दौर में माँ का आँचल भी इलैक्ट्रॉनिक हो चला है।  मशीनीकरण ने माँ की गोद तक को मशीनी बना दिया है। भागम-भाग में 'माँ' या 'मइया' कहीं खो गई है। 'मम्मी' या 'मॉम' नए-नए डिजिटल अवतारों में अपनी ममता जाता रही है। देखिए... यह है 'वीडियो मॉनीटर। इस उपकरण के कारण माँ को हर समय अपने शिशु के सा…

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Flags- Not Just A Piece Of Cloth!

Are flags just a piece of cloth? Obviously not! Since wartime, these banderols have been serving as a symbol for instilling patriotism and pride for the nation among people. They are an icon of unity, honour and freedom. There are countless people who have derived inspiration from flags and subsequently, have spread it too. One such incident was scripted in Poland when it was invaded by Nazi Germany during the 'Poland Campaign' in the period 1939-1945. The Polish were captured, imprisoned and brutally tortured in the Nazi death camps. A nine-year old boy was abducted from his house to be thrown into a death camp in Dachau. For live barbarous years, he saw people in a condition that would throw shivers down one's spine. "Living on breadcrumbs, sawdust and human wastes had given them a thorough brush with death," said the hollow cheeked. The atmosphere was filled with hopeless sobs and prayers for death. But destiny gifted them redemption in the year 1945, when the U.S. army liberated them from the hell of Dachau. People were nursed for several days, after which they had to be transported to safer domains. The Haggard boy, with the traces of strength, was dragging his feet to be taken to Munich for further treatment, when the American tank commander came and helped him walk. He gently wiped his dusty face and offered him his own share of food. The boy bent in his feet and dropped his first tears in 5 years. The commander kneeled, offered him a piece…

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A pioneer in the field of Education and Politics

Today, we are going to interact (virtually scripted) with someone who has several honours to his credit. Here are a few hints for you to guess that great personality- •   He was the founder of the Banaras Hindu University (BHU), India. •   He was the one who popularised the slogan Satyameva Jayate (Truth alone triumphs). •   A postage stamp was printed in his honour in the year 1961. •   MANIT*, one of the reputed institutions of technology in Jaipur, India has been named after him. •   He was the one to take initiative and was also successful in introducing Hindi in official work, courts of United Provinces and schools. •   He started the publication of 'The Leader') and 'Abhyudaya' Papers. •   The construction of Bharati Bhawan Library is also credited to him. Although the list is huge and expensive, yet the hints and expensive, yet the hints are perhaps sufficient to identify the well-respected and distinguished personality, who was an eminent educationist and politicians and played a notable role in the Indian independence movement- Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya. His impressive persona and oration would leave the listener mesmerised whenever they heard his talks and speeches. Once, Dadabhai Naoroji (also known as the Grand Old Man of India) happened to attend one of the conventions in Kolkata in the year 1886, where Pt. Madan Mohan Malviy…

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What's a plant based diet?

Plant products come with innumerable benefit. They also induce diversity to the food we eat. One can try cherishing these benefits by following a plant based diet that nature provides us. The team "vegan" is coined for people restricting their diet strictly to plant based foods. Some of the preferred foods include tempeh, seitan, tofu, kale, broccoli, quinoa, ground flaxseeds, ground cheap seeds, raw almonds and walnuts, raw almonds butter, olive oil, all kinds of berries, figs, avocados, tomatoes, lentils, black beans, spirulina, hemp seeds, nutritional yeast, organic soymilk, sweet potatoes, squash, carrots, apples, peaches, mangoes, pineapple, garlic, red wine, green tea, brown rice, sprouted (floorless) bread, brown rice, steel-cut oats. Why Should I Change? Some Beneficial Aspects of Vegan Diet Health With ageing, health deteriorates and one is impaired by the clutches of obesity, heart problems, diabetes, high blood pressure etc. It has been proven that plant based diet is helpful in all these problematic dimensions, provided one keeps hands off the processed foods. The processed foods with flour and sugar, along with fried foods, aren't healthy even if it's all plants. The soundest populations health-wise, with best longevity, are seen following the plant based diet. For instance, the Okinawans, who traditionally eat mostly plants such as sweet potatoes, soya beans, lots of veggies; the Sardinian, who eat beans and veggies mainly; and, the vega…

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GO SOLAR! GO SMARTER!

How about spending a day with no battery in the phone and laptop? A day with no internet, facebook, whatsapp etc.? A day with no fan, AC, cooler, heater, microwave, washing machine and similar electric appliances? Unimaginable! Isn't it? That's why today it is wrong to say that "Electricity is an essential requirement for living."  Reason being, in the present age of internet, gadgets and machines, the real state of affairs declares that "Electricity in life"! However, equally true is the fact that this life-line is in serious danger as the present coal reserves are gradually depleting and soon would run out of the stock owing to the speed of our current consumption. This alarming situation demands for a hunt of an alternative source of energy, which can serve the ever-increasing demand of human beings all across the globe. Well, solar energy comes to our rescue in this regard. Scientific revelations say that in just one hour, the energy that is received by the Earth from the Sun is more than the annual energy consumption rate of humans! But, when the subject of solar energy is mentioned, emphasising on its use in everyday life, a couple of question marks crop up in our minds. Just check how many of the following myths resonate with your notions, which pull you back from accessing this renewable, reliable, clean and plentiful means of energy... Myth # 1: Solar technology is too expensive... ... Myth # 2: You are bound to remain i…

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Is It Possible To See The Infinite God?

In every age, a plethora of discussions are held on the mystical subject of 'God'. While the majority remains engrossed in logics and counter-logics to accept or defy the existence of God, the universality of God, and the supremacy of God; the realised beings gain in absolute clarity in their minds and hearts pertaining to these otherwise mind-boggling queries. In this respect, here are some of the general questions which often crop up in our minds in relation to God. In every era, the realised souls have revealed the answers to these and many more questions. Let's gain insight into the explanations of these questions from the writings of Swami Abhedananda, one of the direct disciples of Shri Ramkrishna Paramhansa. (We have formulated the views and opinions of Swami Abhedananda in the form of Q&A, to enhance the understanding of these subjects.) Is it correct to say that 'Man is an image of God'? If yes, then why do we see the same image of God engaged in sensual pleasure and tendencies? ... What is the difference between an ordinary human being and the incarnation of God?... ... Is there any difference between a holy sage and an Incarnation of God, who is also hailed as the ' Saviour of mankind'?... ... Is salvation the highest goal a seeker should aspire for?... ... God is infinite. In that case, is it possible to know the Infinite, we being finite in our existence? Moreover, what does one gain by seeing the Infinite God? …

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Don't be a Garfield!

You know Garfield? Garfield is a stout, lazy, and orange brinded cat often seen in cartoons. It has only two favourite daily activities- Eating (specially lasanga) and sleeping. Two more traits that make Garfield popular are- Garfield cannot stand diets and it completely hates Mondays as it is marks the start of another week of work. This is the character sketch of the famous cartoon Garfield, which is noted for its laziness in the cartoon industry. Well, at present, Garfield is not just confined to the cartoon world. The Garfield phenomenon is contagious and is found to have gripped in its trap almost everyone today. It is attracting every being of 21st century to become lazy and unfit. ...The following statistics are speaking aloud on the phenomenon Garfield attraction law- •   Approximately only 5% adults engage themselves in 30 minutes of physical activity daily. ... •   Everyday 3 or more hours are spent in playing mobile or video games by nearly 1/3rd of teenagers. •   Consumption of (junk) food has seen an exponential rise from 1978 to 2016. Daily intake of calories has increased to nearly 600 units. ... •   Countries are struggling with the physical inactiveness of people. Worldwide, approximately 23% of adults and 81% teenagers are not as active as they should be. These statistics must be making Garfield happy as its laziness and food- i- ness is going viral with people. But please mi…

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शिव बड़े या विष्णु?

'एको ब्रह्म द्वितीयो नास्ति'- ब्रह्म एक है, उसके अतिरिक्त दूसरा कुछ और नहीं है। सभी में अधिष्ठित परब्रह्म ही मूलभूत तत्व है। अद्वैतवाद का यह सिद्धांत हिन्दू धर्म का आधार है। पर साथ ही हिन्दू धर्म अनेक संस्कृतियों, मत-मतांतरों, पूजा-पद्धतियों, विधि-विधानों का संगम भी है। आरंभ से ही इसमें बहु देवतावाद का विधान प्रचलित रहा है। 33करोड़ देवी-देवताओं के पूजन का प्रावधान रहा है। श्रद्धावान हिन्दू समाज अपनी-अपनी आस्था के अनुसार भिन्न-भिन्न आराधना पद्धतियों का अनुसरण करता है। इन विविध मत-मतांतरों में जो दो मुख्य मत देखने को मिलते हैं, वे हैं- शैव मत और वैष्णव मत। शैव मत के अनुया…

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जहाँ सफाई नहीं, वहाँ खुदाई नहीं!

भारतवासी बनाम विदेशी- क्या लगता है आपको, इतिहास की दृष्टि में कौन ज़्यादा सफाई-परस्त लोगों की श्रेणी में आते होंगे?... आप सोच रहे होंगे, इसमें लगने की क्या बात है... साफ-सफाई के मामले में विदेशियों से भारतवासियों का क्या मुकाबला? शुचिता में हम तो उनके कहीं इर्द-गिर्द भी नहीं ठहरते। वर्तमान हालत देखते हुए, आपकी ऐसी प्रतिक्रिया बिल्कुल सही है।परन्तु वास्तव में आपकी यह सोच, यह धारणा एवं यह उत्तर बिल्कुल गलत है। प्रमाण के तौर पर नीचे लिखे कुछ तथ्यों पर ज़रा एक बार नज़र डालिए- पुराने ज़माने में यूरोप के सैनिकों का नहाने से दूर-दूर तक कोई वास्ता नहीं था।सन् 1750 में कहीं जाकर यह नियम बना क…

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इतने अधीर क्यों हो भाई?

पत्रकार ( अपने मित्र साहिल से)- उफ! पता नहीं आजकल लोगों को यह जल्दी की बीमारी क्यों लगती जा रही है? साहिल- क्या हुआ भाई? जल्दबाज़ी से इतने परेशान क्यों हो? अरे! तेज़-रफ्तार वाली 21वीं शताब्दी के मॉडल हैं हम सब। हमें तो सबकुछ झटपट ही चाहिए होता है। खाना जल्दी, नौकरी जल्दी, कमाना जल्दी... पत्रकार- साथ ही गुस्सा जल्दी, परेशान जल्दी, और तो और दुर्घटनाएँ जल्दी! पता है अभी-अभी कल के अखबार में एक बुरी खबर छापने के लिए देकर आ रहा हूँ। साहिल- ऐसा क्या है उस खबर में? पत्रकार- यही कि कल हाई-वे पर एक कार का बहुत बुरा ऐक्सिडेंट हो गया। कार में बैठे पति-पत्नी की उसी समय मृत्यु हो गई।... जानते हो, ऐक्स…

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पूर्ण गुरु की पहचान!

अभी हाल ही में, कुछ बाबाओं के सुर्खियों में आने से जनमानस के अंदर बहुत से प्रश्न उठने लगे है। उनमें से कुछ अहम प्रश्न हैं- 'क्या भारत से अध्यात्म लुप्त हो गया है? क्या यहाँ सभी बाबा-साधु-संत पाखंडी और ढोंगी हैं? यदि नहीं, तो एक साधारण इंसान सच्चे और झूठे को कैसे पहचाने? क्यों एक श्रद्धालु की श्रद्धा लुट जाती है?' इन सभी प्रश्नों के उत्तर श्री गुरुदेव आशुतोष महाराज जी ने स्वयं अपने मुखारबिंद से भंडारे पर पूछे गए एक प्रश्न के समाधान स्वरूप दिए थे। ... ... समाधान: वर्तमान में बहुत से ऐसे बाबा-साधु समाज के हर कोने में आश्रम या डेरे खोलकर बैठे दिखाई देते हैं, जो प्रमाणित शास्त्र-ग्र…

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आओ साधकता की लौ से जगमग कर दें जहान!

'तमसो मा ज्योतिर्गमय' के पावन संदेश के साथ दीपावली एक बार फिर आई है। हर ओर जग को जगमग करते छोटे-छोटे दीपों की पंक्तियाँ हैं। ये दीपक जब एक साथ जलते हैं, तो लगता है मानो कह रहे हों- हम जलेंगे, प्रखरता से जलेंगे! तब तक प्रज्वलित रहेंगे, जब तक कि इस धरा के हर अंधियारे कोने को प्रकाशित न कर दें। दीपावली का यह पावन पर्व न केवल बाहरी जगत में प्रकाश लेकर आता है, बल्कि आंतरिक अंधियारे को दूर करने का आध्यात्मिक संदेश भी लाता है। यूँ तो दीपावली के इस पर्व को मनाने के पीछे कई धार्मिक, पौराणिक एवं सांस्कृतिक कारण हैं, जिन्हें आपने कई बार पढ़ा होगा। पर इस पर्व के साथ जुड़े कुछ ऐसे दिव्य किस्स…

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तनाव युक्त से तनाव मुक्त होने का सफर!

सन् 1991 में, डैरेक हम्फ्री नामक लेखक ने एक पुस्तक लिखी- ' फाइनल एक्ज़िट' ( अंतिम प्रस्थान)। इस पुस्तक में 'आत्महत्या कैसे करें?'- इस पर विस्तृत जानकारी दी गई थी। जब यह पुस्तक बाज़ार में आई, तो चौंका देने वाली बात सामने आई। भीड़ की भीड़ इस किताब को खरीदने के लिए उमड़ पड़ी। यह किताब ' बेस्ट सेलर' बनी। कुछ ऐसा ही दृश्य जापान में भी देखने को मिला। जब वहाँ ' द कम्पलीट मैनुअल ऑफ स्यूसाइड' नामक पुस्तक छपी, तो 198 पृष्ठों की इस किताब की पलक झपकते ही 10 लाख प्रतियाँ बिक गईं। और तो और, ऐसे दृश्य भी दिखे- जब तनावग्रस्त लोगों ने  इस किताब को हाथ में पकड़कर आत्महत्या कर ली। फ्रांस के समाजशास्त्री …

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Night Life- A Party Way or A Parity Way!

"If you want yourself to be counted among the modern and advanced, then modern life should be an essential element of your lifestyle." Today, a majority of youngsters carry this notion and stick to it as well. A survey was conducted by Times of India in eight metropolitan cities, to gauge the significance of the trend of nightlife in a modern city. 46% of the sample size answered "absolutely" and 41% said "somewhat", while others remained neutral. In other words, there was hardly anyone in disagreement with the opinion. Apparently, the degree may vary, but this trend is prevalent almost in every city. Did you ever think, why has the trend of nightlife become a necessity for the modern society, especially the corporates and the youth? Well, one of the well-known social sites, Quora can be referred in this regard. ... * People go to nightclubs for a variety of reasons- to dance, hang out with friends, enjoy the music, booze, and have fun. Most people at nightclubs are there for one or the other reasons from the above. ... * From my experience, people attend nightclubs because it's a form of live interactive entertainment in an ambience that gratifies your sensual pleasures. When you're out on the dance floor, you feel sound throughout your body that's hard to describe... sort of like catching a wave or snowboarding. You have to experience the interaction. ... ... Well, from these answers one thing is absolutely clear, that …

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Salute to the 'Father of the Nation (India)'!

Aainek Pehne... Laathi Thaame... Chalte the wo Shaan Se... Vande Maataram... Bande mein tha Dum! ... This is an extract from a Hindi song dedicated to one of the most famous, peaceful, political leaders of the world. He is not the first eminent personality and will not be the last, but his work and spirit were of so high status that he will always be honoured in India as the 'Father of the Nation'. Yes, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi- affectionately known as Mahatma Gandhi or Bapu, will always be the root of today's independent India. As a tribute and salute to the 'Father of the Nation', let's flip through some pages of history, to grasp few beautiful inspirations from the life, values and thoughts of Mahatma Gandhi. Inspirational Nugget #1 It relates to the time when Mahatma Gandhi was on his way to Darjeeling on a train. All of a sudden, the engine got separated from the coaches. As a result, the coaches started rolling backwards and the engine went straight up ahead. Gosh! It was a life and death situation for everyone sitting in that train. High panic crept up amongst the passengers. The coaches of the train could go off the hill at any moment. However, even in that situation of crisis, Gandhiji was calm and continued dictating some important points to the person whom he used to call Banglori. But, Banglori being one among the passengers was also afraid of the impending danger. He tried to make Gandhiji take hold of the situation on time …

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Baba Phenomenon Vs Guru Shishya Tradition of India- Confusion, Ignorance, and Facts

Amidst the debate and criticism of the 'Baba' phenomenon (referring to pseudo gurus), the concept that got tarnished is the Vedic Guru-Shishya tradition of India.  In the present times, the situations are igniting widespread examination of the Babas and their instrumentality. Being infuriated by the shocking revelations unfolding from the fictitious cover of spirituality and religion, almost everybody has jumped in to hold opinions on the subject of faith, belief, and the mode of access to God. The whistle-blowers are on their way to paint every institution and religious leader with the same brush. The westernised intelligentsia has been fast to coin words such as 'Self Styled Godmen' and 'Dera Heads'. It's true and appreciated that through advanced communication means, falsity and ill deeds throbbing in the garb of fake babas are getting exposed. However, by generalising it for the entire fraternity of Spiritual Gurus and going to the extent of questioning as to why a person needs any mediator between him and God at all, is alarming. The intelligentsia is hell bent on  proving that either devotees do not have brains or they don't use it while following the Babas, as in their view all Gurus are fake. However, by mocking and ruling out the very need of Guru and one’s attempt towards seeking refuge of the Guru, a serious damage is being done to the Guru-Shishya Parampara- the age old Guru-disciple tradition of ‘Bharat&…

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Inspirations from France

Skills Nurtured and Groomed The world’s first artificial heart transplant took place in December 2013 at the Georges Pompidou Hospital in Paris. French surgeons also have the honour of performing the first face transplant in 2005. The idea to use sealed glass jars placed in boiling water in order to preserve food in 1809 was given by the ‘father of canning’- a French confectioner Nicolas Appert. The idea of another Frenchman, Pierre Durand came up to use tin cans later. Braille, the reading and writing system for the blind, was developed by Louis Braille from France. Stethoscope was first made by rolling up paper into a tube at a hospital in Paris in 1816, by the physician Rene Laennec. The world’s first hair dryer was patented by Alexandre-Ferdinand Godefroy in 1888. The popular game Etch- a-Sketch came up in the 1950s after a translucent transfer from a light switch plate was peeled by the French electrical technician Andre Cassagnes and he found that his pencil marks still remained on the underside, due to the electrostatically charged metallic power. The once tallest tower, the Eifel Tower, also came up in France. In this manner, France has been the hub of new ideas, inventions, etc. One can associate primarily the following factor with this aspect. The French believe in nurturing the creativity right from childhood. In order to motivate parents to hone the skills of their children, and not feel burdened to bear extra time or resources, France …

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Ornaments

Jewelry is one of the main accessories of women's attire. Since ancient times, jewelry has been in vogue for the women folk. True, it is the means for representing the fashionable trends and style as in the modern times. However, besides that, the concept of jewelry comes with manifold purposes, which many of us might not be aware of. During the Vedic era, there were 36 essential ornaments, each to benefit a specific body mechanism. The affluent ones had it all; however, even the poor managed to wear the most common items. Many of those ornaments and jewels are not in common use these days. Essentially, the health benefits gained by wearing these ornaments include the following: ●   Stimulation of a particular nerve ●   Regulation of the blood pressure ●   Increase in the blood circulation Jewels/ ornaments are primarily made of gold, silver and bronze. Metals are good conductors of energy. Therefore, body heat remains under control. As a matter of fact, gold ornaments are preferred on the upper part of the body and silver ornaments on the lower part of the body. It is because, as per the scientific principles and norms, silver responds well to the earth's energy while gold reacts well with the body's energy and aura. Hence, silver is worn usually as anklets and toe rings, while gold is used to embellish the upper half of the body. Let's know in detail about the properties and benefits of gold and silver or…

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Who Says Religion is Synonymous to Discord, Impracticality, and orthodoxy?

Throw a glance on the perspectives over religion of the great men of yore, who have been acclaimed as true intellectuals, great thinkers, ideal heroes, and iconic personalities- adored by the whole world even today! Unquestionably, after reading their distilled views about religion, you would be propelled to reconsider yours! A YOGI AND A SPIRITUAL REFORMER, YOGANANDA PARAMHANSA It is necessary to understand the meaning of religion  During his foreign visits, once, Yogananda Paramhansa enquired someone as to which religion he followed. A striking and rather surprising reply came, "Nothing in particular. I change churches according to convenience." Yogananda thus realised that to many, religion is simply a matter of either a family tradition or a social benefit or a moral habit. For them, there is no importance of religion in life. However, rectifying this approach of people, he used to say- "Those who are not seeking God as the paramount necessity of life do not understand the meaning of religion. Why do all people seek money? Because they are conditioned to the thought that money is essential to supply the things they need for their well-being. They don't have to be told this; they simply know it. Why then do most people not understand the necessity of knowing God? Because they lack discrimination..." Religion answers the mysteries of life In this context, Yogananda Paramhansa relates to an incidence from his life. He said that w…

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पितरों का कल्याण- पर कैसे?

सुबह 7 बजे...  'बेटे रोहन! जल्दी उठो, तैयार नहीं होना क्या? कल रात बताया तो था कि आज घर में पूजा होनी है। चलो, अब देर न करो! उठो जल्दी से!' ऐसा कहकर माँ रसोईघर में चली गयी। अभी दो मिनट भी नहीं बीते थे कि पिताजी ने भी आकर रोहन से बिस्तर छोड़ने और जल्दी उठकर तैयार होने को कहा। आखिरकार रोहन को उठना ही पड़ा।   पर यह क्या? घर में हर कोई बहुत व्यस्त था। माँ और दादी रसोई में खाना बना रही थीं। पिताजी सामान की टोकरियाँ उठाए हुए थे। दीदी पूजा का थाल सजा रही थीं। 'तू नहाने नहीं गया? जा, नहाकर आ और काम में हाथ बटा।'- रोहन की बड़ी बहन बोली। जल्द ही रोहन तैयार होकर पिताजी के साथ मदद कराने लगा। पर …

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शिखा-हमारे पूर्वजों का हेयर स्टाइल!

टिंग-टोंग! टिंग-टोंग! दरवाज़े की घंटी बजते ही सायरा उसकी तरफ फुर्ती से दौड़ी। दरवाज़ा खोलते ही सायरा ने अपने समक्ष मानो 15वीं सदी के मानव का दर्शन कर लिया। माथे पर चंदन का बड़ा सा तिलक, खादी का कुर्ता, सिर पर बोदी (शिखा), बगल में झोला... इससे पहले कि सायरा कुछ पूछती, वो व्यक्ति बोले- 'क्या डॉ. सुब्रमण्यम घर पर हैं?' सायरा ऊपर से नीचे तक उनको निहारती रही और फिर थोड़ा रुक कर बोली- 'जी हाँ!' सायरा ने उनको अंदर आने को कहा और अपने पिता को आवाज़ लगाई- 'पापा! आपसे कोई मिलने आए हैं।' अपने पुराने दोस्त एस. मनी अय्यर को देखते ही डॉ. सुब्रमण्यम ने उन्हें कस कर गले लगाया। फिर अपने परिवार से उनका परि…

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सोच बदलो! हालात स्वयं बदल जाएँगे!

फरवरी, 2016- एक युवक कॉलेज में फॉर्म जमा कराकर लौट रहा था... पढ़-लिख कर कुछ बनने के लिए, अपने माँ-बाप का नाम रोशन करने के लिए, दिल में कई अरमान लिए- घर से बस कुछ ही मिनटों की दूरी पर था। लेकिन चंद मिनटों का वह फासला हमेशा-हमेशा के लिए फासला बनकर ही रह गया। क्योंकि सड़क पर खुदे एक गड्ढे ने उसकी मौत का फैसला सुना दिया था। उस युवक की मोटरबाइक गड्ढे में जा गिरी। चोटें इतनी गहरी आईं कि दुर्घटना स्थल पर ही उसने अपना दम तोड़ दिया। आँखों में अथाह पीड़ा लिए, उस युवक के पिता आज भी सबसे यही कहते हैं- 'मेरा बेटा बहुत होशियार और मेहनती था। वह हमारे कुल की शान था, क्योंकि वह हमारे परिवार का पहला सदस्य था जि…

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Mobile Phone... An Epidemic

One year old Sam was engrossed in playing, when all of a sudden the phone bell rang. His mother came running from the kitchen and picked up the phone. On the other side, it was Sam’s grandmother who was missing and remembering him. That’s why, she was eager to listen to his voice. But, Sam was too young to know how to speak. So, to calm the curiosity of his nanny, Sam’s mother placed the phone near his ear. This instance does not relate to any one home. Right from the opening of the eyes in the morning to falling asleep at night, inside or outside home, from a toddler to an old person- the empire of mobile phone is spread in all the directions today. The mobile phone genie is taking everyone under its control. Especially in the case of youngsters, this mobile phone is as if the lamp of Aladdin, that you rub it a bit (dial a number) and your wishes fulfil. You must be thinking, what’s wrong with this. In just one stroke, mobiles phones have brought even the villages in the ambit of modernism and advancement of the cities of the contemporary world. The unprivileged and uneducated segment has also got connected with the technology of the mobile. Today, mobile phone has become a symbol of being modern and up to date. We acknowledge and accept your thoughts. But it is said that there are two sides of the same coin. On one hand where the mobile phone has many benefits, there, subsequently, comes a huge list of dangers as well, caused by its excessive u…

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Youthful Spirit in Indian Freedom Struggle

Let us ponder on the lives of some of the freedom fighters of India. They were young and well educated and could have easily utilised their potential in earning good wealth, name, and fame in society. However, they rather chose to be the warriors to free their motherland from the clutches of the British rule. In this quest, they dedicated their entire youth for one-pointed mission i.e. India’s freedom. ...You will find these young freedom fighters not only bubbling with spirit, courage, enthusiasm, but also rich in self-esteem, values and character. Khudiram Bose He was one of the youngest revolutionaries of India. When he dies, his age was merely 18 years, 8 months, 8 days. In 1902 and 1903, Sri Aurobindo was fast shaping up as a revolutionary leader. Once, along with Sister Nivedita, he visited Medinipur to hold public lectures and secret planning sessions with revolutionary groups. At that time, Khudiram belonged to the teenage student community of the town who had in them the fire of insurgence against the British rule. In Khudiram’s heart, like many other teenagers of the town, kindled the spirit of revolution for India’s independence. It was from here that he stepped onto this path and attained the status of a young martyr. Khudiram was a student of Midnapore Collegiate School. He dared to request a teacher, Hemchandra Kanungo for a revolver.   On May 1, 1908, when Khudiram was brought to Muzzafarpur, the entire town had gathered at teh poli…

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Inspiring Tales of Fatherhood!

...A former Indian cricketer VVS Laxman once expressed his feelings to his children (7 and 5- year old) through a simple-worded letter, yet carrying a deep meaning for their life. “I don’t want to turn too philosophical, but the beauty of life lies in its unpredictability. When I was young, my life was full of different expectations and I enjoyed the topsy-turvy nature of it. I was fortunate to play cricket at the highest level and represent my country. And the game taught me a lot of things. It taught me discipline, the importance of setting a goal and achieving it, and the value of hard work. Most importantly, I learnt how to handle failures. This is very important, for success and failure are two sides of the same coin. You must learn to put things in perspective and have a strong foundation to take both the ups and the downs in your stride.” A message from a cricketer father: Don’t fear from the uncertain nature of life. Learn from it and enjoy it! .......... Theodore Roosevelt exemplified some of the fundamental traits of parenting. Being the President of the United States of America, it was undoubted that he always ran out of time. However, irrespective of this fact, he made sure that he spent time with his kids every day. It was a fixed routine that the whole family had breakfast together. Even in the summer of 1905, when Roosevelt was busy consulting experts on building the Panama Canal and preparing for peace talks, he still reserved t…

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आजकल अच्छाई का ज़माना कहाँ है?

एक बार करोड़ों की सम्पत्ति के मालिक ने अपने बेटे से कहा- 'आज मैं तुम्हें बिज़नेस के बारे में कुछ ज़रूरी जानकारी दूँगा। चलो मेरे साथ!' ऐसा कह कर पिता अपने पुत्र को कारखाने में ले गया। वहाँ पर एक 15 फीट ऊँची दीवार के पास ले जाकर उसे कहा-'इस पर चढ़ जाओ!' बेटा पिता के कहे अनुसार दीवार पर चढ़ गया। पिता ने नीचे से आवाज़ लगाई- 'अगर मैं कहूँगा कि नीचे कूद जाओ; मैं तुम्हें संभाल लूँगा... तो क्या कूद जाओगे?' बेटे का तुरंत जवाब आया- 'क्यों नहीं पिताजी... आप हैं तो मुझे किस बात का डर?' तब पिता ने सारी बत्तियाँ बुझा दीं। चारों तरफ घुप अंधेरा हो गया। पिता ने दोबारा पूछा- 'क्या अब कूद सकोगे?' बेटा- प…

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भोजन का प्राइम टाइम

आजकल व्यक्ति यूँ तो हर समय  सोशल नेटवर्किंग साइट्स पर मशगूल दिखता है। पर क्या आप जानते हैं, इसके बावजूद कई सर्वेक्षणों व शोधों के अनुसार साइट्स पर सबसे ज़्यादा हिट्स एक खास समय पर मिलते हैं। इसे सोशल साइट्स का प्राइम टाइम कहा जाता है। ठीक ऐसे ही, भोजन का भी प्राइम टाइम होता है। क्या? आइए, इसका उत्तर प्राप्त करते हैं व भोजन करने से संबंधित अनेक तथ्यों पर चर्चा करते हैं। 1. क्या आपके भोजन का समय निश्चित है? 2. क्या आप पूरे दिन में तीन समय भोजन करते हैं? 3. क्या आप चलते-फिरते अपना भोजन करते हैं? 4. क्या आप वॉट्सएप, टी.वी. या अखबार पढ़ते हुए भोजन ग्रहण करते हैं? 5. क्या आपका सबसे गरिष्ठ भ…

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मस्तक का तिलक

तिलक का मतलब ललाट पर लगी सीधी रेखा भर नहीं है। भारत में अलग-अलग आकार के तिलक लगाने का रिवाज़ रहा है। जैसे कि ज्योति के आकार में, अंग्रेजी अक्षर 'U' के आकार में, बिंदी के समान गोल या त्रिपुंड के रूप में! यही नहीं, तिलक के आकार के साथ-साथ उसके प्रकार में भी विविधता देखने को मिलती है। तिलक अलग-अलग पदार्थों से लगाया जाता है। कुमकुम से, रोली से, हल्दी से, चंदन से, भस्म से... हमारे यहाँ के वीर योद्धा तो कभी-कभी माटी से ही अभिषेक कर लिया करते थे। इन सभी प्रकारों के तिलकों का अपना-अपना महत्त्व है। आइए, इनके प्रभावों को जानते हैं। देखिए, यह है चंदन का

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Yes! The Guru is Worthy to be Worshipped!

Swami Vivekananda, Swami Yogananda, Shivaji the great... -today the whole world is well-versed with these names. Their words, writings, and philanthropic works are today acknowledged and praised by the intellectuals and elites all around the world. However, these great ones who are adored all across the globe, in turn, offered multitudes of gratitude and expressed themselves as indebted to 'someone', ...who they deemed as their most adorable, most beloved, the dearest, was one and the only- their Guru, the Spiritual Master! What to say of the great personages, even the divine incarnations such as Rama and Krishna have eloquently sung the glory of their Guru, despite themselves being the Avatars! That's why their words, encapsulated in the form of scriptures, are replete with appreciation and gratefulness for the Guru! Every year, the full moon day during the Ashadha month (falling on 9th July, 2017 this year) is celebrated as the Guru Purnima Day. This day, which carries a great significance for the disciples of a Satguru, is dedicated for Guru Puja or worship of the Guru. This tradition was started by the disciples of the sage of yesteryears, Ved Vyasa, and is, therefore, also hailed as Vyasa Purnima. On this day, the disciples offer heartfelt reverences and pay respect to their holy Guru. Here are a few references, which are testimonies to comprehend the fact that the Satguru, the Spiritual Master is the power of the highest order of reverence in th…

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The Teresa Principles

"Let us all together thank God for this beautiful occasion where we can all together proclaim the joy of spreading peace, the joy of loving one another and the joy acknowledging that the poorest of the poor are our brothers and sisters. I am sure this award is going to bring an understanding love between the rich and the poor... I never forget when I brought a man from the street. He was covered with maggots; his face was the only place that was clean. And yet that man, when we brought him to our home for the dying, he said just one sentence: I have lived like an animal in the street, but I am going to die like an angel, and he died beautifully..." Mother Teresa's Noble Prize Acceptance Speech, held on December 10, 1979 in the Aula of the University of Oslo, Norway. To any extent for one's Mission It so happened once that the orphanage ran out of food completely. The Mother just could not bear the sight of her children suffering from hunger. She went to the nearby bakery shop and requested the bakery man, the owner of the shop, to give her some bread for her orphan children. She requested humbly by extending her arms. But, what was that! Shocking! The bakery man, instead of offering her bread, spit on her hand! However, the Mother was as calm as before. And, what she did next was something which set an exclusive example as to how dedicated one should be for one's mission. She said very patiently, "I would keep this (spit) for me. (While ex…

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Conferences to Draw Inferences about GOD!

God and Religion have been the subjects of extensive discussions, debates, and talks since time immemorial. The realm of God has remained a mystery for most of the great minds, thus eliciting curiosity in them to explore more in this field. Undoubtedly, time and again several forums have been laid where intense brainstorming, exchange of views, and sometimes raging argumentations were carried out. On such portals, if a handful of queries were attempted to be solved, then hundreds of more such arose seeking answers from man. Let us throw a glance at some of the renowned platforms of discussions that were set in this regard. World Conference on Religion and Peace Date: June 1995 Venue: San Francisco The conference was attended by various spiritual luminaries and political leaders. During the meeting, an idea was proposed by a bishop, William Swing regarding uniting different religions into a single institution called 'United Religions Organisation.' Swing mentioned that there was lack of unity among people of different religion, despite being interconnected with one another through the unified force of that supreme power i.e. pantheism. The underlying idea behind shaping such an institution was to reduce disparities in the name of religion and come up with some common base for all religions. What next? Millions of dollars were spent to spread awareness about sacred beliefs, knowledge, and scriptures of different religions among the people across the world, while…

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नवयुग का शंखनाद होने वाला है!

जब दीपक की लौ बुझने वाली होती है, उस पल उसे देखिए। उस ज्योति में सबसे तीव्र चमक होती है। रात का अंतिम प्रहर सबसे ज़्यादा काला होता है। मृत्यु शैय्या पर आँख मूँदने वाले की साँसों पर गौर कीजिए। धौंकनी जैसी तेज़ चलती हैं उसकी साँसें और धड़कनें! अंतकाल ऐसा ही हुआ करता है! सघन! तीव्र! चरम लक्षणों वाला! ठीक ऐसे ही लक्षण यह वर्तमान युग दर्शा रहा है। कलिकाल अपनी चरम कालिमा में दिखता है। पाप और अज्ञानता की सघनता का ओर-छोर पाना मुश्किल है। पतन की हर सीमा जैसे लाँघी जा चुकी है। क्या ये प्रत्यक्ष प्रमाण नहीं कि कलिकाल अपनी आखिरी साँसें भर रहा है? उसका अंत सन्निकट है? उसके संहार का मंच सज चुका…

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गुरु का शासन अपने प्यारों पर होता है!

गुरुदेव क्या हैं? कैसे होते हैं? कितने गहरे... कितने प्यारे... कितने अपने- से... कितने मीठे... कितने नर्म... और शायद भगवान से भी बढ़कर! ऐसी हूकें इतिहास के हर उस शिष्य से उठी हैं, जिसे सच्चे गुरु रूपी महाग्रंथ के थोड़े-बहुत भी अध्याय पढ़ने का मौका मिला है। मन जब भी उन पन्नों को दोबारा-दोबारा पलटता है, नयन रो देते हैं और होंठ विहंस उठते हैं। हृदय गद्गद होकर कहता है- 'हर जन्म में आप मुझे यूँ ही मिलते रहना, गुरुवर!... क्योंकि आप न होते, तो मेरा क्या बनता?' कुछ ऐसे ही अनुभव 'दया' के थे, जिसे योगानंद परमहंस जी ने 'दया माँ' कहकर प्यार दिया था। आज 'दया' हमें अपने गुरु की महिमा का एक अध्याय पढ़कर स…

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विलक्षण साधना-शिविर!

साधना, करो साधना, करो साधना से प्यार। साधना करके ही होता साधक का श्रृंगार।। साधना करके ही मिलता साध्य गुरुवर का प्यार। संकल्पित हो करेंगे साधना, ये मन में लो अब धार।। मुझे स्मरण है कि अगस्त 2009 में गुरुदेव श्री आशुतोष महाराज जी ने मुझे 'साधना शिविर' लगाने की सेवा प्रदान की थी। उस समय महाराज जी के मुखमंडल पर अपने ब्रह्मज्ञानी साधकों के लिए जो ममता भरे भाव थे, वे आज भी मुझे स्मरण हैं। उन्हीं भावों का प्रसाद वितरित करने के लिए इस गुरुपूजा विशेषांक में साधना-शिविर लगाने की मेरी सेवा लगी है। तो आइए, श्रद्धा और विश्वास से पूरित होकर हम सभी साधक इस साधना-शिविर का लाभ लें। महारा…

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The Vedas- a perfect manual for the making of a man!

Are the Vedas and the Upanishads obsolete texts for the present-day advanced and technologically developed society? Is there no relevance of the teachings embedded in these texts for the past-paced life of man today? When there is so much literature available in the field of science and technology, what then is the need of going through these ancient writings, which are nothing but a set of some verses and mantras? True, we are living in not only advanced, but a supremely-advanced age, decked with the latest gadgets and gizmos. However, it is also true that we are living in an era, which is inflicted with the exceedingly high levels of stress, immorality, depression, negativity, indiscipline and insensitivity. Isn't it? Perhaps you would not need any statistics to justify this remark. Someone has aptly quoted that we have learnt to traverse the vast skies; but, we have not learnt to walk on earth! We have extended our reach to Mars and the Moon; but, we have lost the warmth and humanly touch with our neighbours! We have studded our lives with all sorts of high-styled and advanced gadgets; but, we have drastically missed out on the grounds of humanly qualities and attributes! The Vedas and the Upanishads have the capacity to fill all such missing gaps, which have casted a devastating impact on the complete structure of society. The fact is that these texts of wisdom lay prime focus on the core building block of society, which is a human being. Although, they are s…

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PINEAL GLAND- the Epicentre of Enlightenment

In the language of biology, the pineal gland is identified as a pea-sized gland, which is located in the vertebrate brain, near the pituitary and the hypothalamus gland. In philosophical terms, this region is designated as the seat of consciousness. The famous philosopher Descartes has defined it as the "principal seat of the soul." In the metaphysical parlance, it can be related to an apparatus, which acts as a bridge between the two worlds- physical and cosmic. It is said to be the way to reach the light in the head. Or, analogically, it is essentially a spiritual antenna or the wireless transmitter, which is verily the "Epicentre of Enlightenment". As a matter of fact, this concept credits acknowledgement from various cultures all across the world. In the Vedic perspective, it is represented by the Agya Chakra. On Hindu mythology, it is depicted as the Third Eye. In ancient Egypt, it referred to the Eye of Horus. Dating back around 1224 BC, the Egyptian Staff of Osiris pictures it as a pinecone, where two intertwining serpents converge. ... Biologists say that melatonin is produced by the pineal gland. Now, melatonin is found to be a key player in controlling circadian rhythms; it's a master regulator of time. It affects our stress levels and regulates a number of biological functions, which subsequently control the biorhythms of the body. Meta- physicists consider it to be the doorway to lucid dreaming, telepathy, clairvoyance and cosmic visio…

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Blend Your Trends with Intelligence!

"Hey! What's up! What's trending now-a-days?" These words are very commonly heard in the present times, right? We want to be in touch with all that's buzzing around the globe, either through social media or telly media. We want to keep up with the times! The young generation, so-called neoterics are racing forth the time to catch up with the latest fads to maintain a 'cool-dude' status in the society. Those who are not up-to-the-minute or adhering to the trends are seen as a mossy entity, Isn't it? There is nothing wrong in keeping oneself updated with the latest trends and styles. After all, new trends showcase novel styles, thus giving us an altogether a fresh look. However, problems arise when we fail to comprehend the harms that come complimentary with the vogue. Here are highlighted some of the trends and their effects intimately connected to our personality. After going through them, all we need to do is to contemplate whether to keep them in our style diaries or not. EARPIECES: Be Ready to Face the Music! As soon as our favourite music is turned on, volume goes up and emotions start pouring out from our heart. Music is something, which is enjoyed in all kinds of emotions and places. Thanks to technology, for giving us Earpieces... wherever we are, whenever we want, without disturbing others, we can swing with the song. It has become a common sight when people are walking, talking, (even) sleeping, crossing the road, driving, rid…

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'ध्यान' से नए जीवन की ओर...!

तनाव! चिड़चिड़ाहट! स्ट्रेस! घबराहट! बेचैनी! दुःख!- ये सब विशेषण हो चुके हैं हमारे जीवन के। परिणाम स्वरूप इंसान जीवन को सिर्फ और सिर्फ एक कठिन परीक्षा मान लेता है। परन्तु हमारे वैदिक ऋषि-मुनियों ने इस जीवन को 'सरल' भी कहा और 'कठिन' भी। कठिन तब है, जब जीवन भाग्य और परिस्थितियों का मोहताज़ हो। सरल तब है, जब हम अपनी जीवन कहानी खुद लिखते हैं। इस कहानी को लिखने के लिए एक ही शाश्वत कलम है। वह है, ध्यान-साधना! ब्रह्मज्ञान का ध्यान हमारे अस्तित्व के हर स्तर पर काम करता है। हमारे हर पक्ष, हर रंग, सम्पूर्ण स्वरूप को नव निर्मित कर देता है। कैसे? आइए जानें। ध्यान करने वाले कम बीमार! नियमित स…

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हम उस देश के वासी हैं, जिस देश में गंगा बहती है।

यह उस समय की बात है, जब गंगा पुत्र भीष्म कुरुभूमि बाणों की शैय्या पर लेटे हुए थे। ज्येष्ठ पाण्डु पुत्र धर्मराज युधिष्ठिर अपने पितामह के समक्ष आए। उन्हें प्रणाम किया। फिर धार्मिकता को समझने हेतु प्रश्न किया- 'पितामह! कौन से देश, कौन से प्रांत, कौन से पहाड़ और कौन सी नदियाँ असीम पवित्रता के साक्ष्य हैं। पितामह भीष्म ने पवित्रता के बिंदु पर सबसे महत्त्वपूर्ण साक्ष्य के रहस्य को उजागर करते हुए कहा- 'युधिष्ठिर, वही देश, वही प्रांत, वही पहाड़ पावन हैं, जो गंगा के आसपास स्थित होते हैं और वही नदियाँ पावन हैं, जो गंगा में मिलती हैं।' सत्य है, पावनता और गंगा एक दूसरे के पर्यायवाची ही…

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ए.सी., आइस्क्रीम, कोल्ड ड्रिंक...!

गर्मियाँ आते ही कुछ चीज़ें बड़ी ही सहजता से हमारी दिनचर्या का अंग बन जाती हैं। पर ये हमारे स्वास्थ्य के लिए कितनी सही हैं व कितनी गलत, इसका हमें पता ही नहीं होता। तो आइए, आज इसी पर चर्चा करते हैं- मॉइस्चराइज़र का इस्तेमाल अक्सरां गर्मी आ जाने पर भी हम सर्दियों का मॉइस्चराइज़र ही इस्तेमाल करते रहते हैं, क्योंकि वह बचा हुआ होता है। पर आपको बता दें, जहाँ सर्दियों में ग्रीस व ज़्यादा फॉर्मूले वाला मॉइस्चराइज़र त्वचा के लिए फायदेमंद होता है, वहीं गर्मियों में कम फॉर्मूले व नॉन-ग्रीस मॉइस्चराइज़र का प्रयोग लाभकर है। चेहरा शरीर का सबसे संवेदनशील अंग होता है। चेहरे पर मुहाँसों, ब्लैक …

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युवा क्या सोचते हैं, अध्यात्म के बारे में?

आज के युवाओं का अध्यात्म, धर्म और भगवान- इन सबके बारे में क्या सोचना है? इसके लिए हमने अलग-अलग समय पर, अलग-अलग क्षेत्रों में हुए शोध व सर्वे इकट्ठे किए। उन सबके परिणामों में हमें एक ही स्वर सुनाई दिया, जिसकी झलक कुछ इस प्रकार है- विश्व में सबसे प्रचलित विचार-धर्म की आवश्यकता नहीं! (नेशनल जियोग्राफिक, 22 अप्रैल 2016) -कई वर्ष पहले, 'टाइम' पत्रिका ने अपने कवर पेज़ पर बड़े-बड़े अक्षरों में ये शब्द छापे थे- ' Is God Dead?' ( क्या ईश्वर मृत हो चुका है?) यह प्रश्न समाज की, विशेषकर युवाओं की, धर्म में लगातार घटती रुचि को ध्यान में रखकर पूछा था। हैरानी की हदें तो वहाँ पार होती नज़र आईं,  जब इस हैडलाइन क…

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जब विवेकानंद से मिले तिलक...

सन् १८९२ में अक्टूबर का महीना था।मुम्बई के विक्टोरिया टर्मिनस स्टेशन पर पुणे जाने वाली गाड़ी प्लेटफार्म पर लग चुकी थी। तिलक आए, तो उन्हें डिब्बा एकदम खाली मिला। वे आराम से बैठ गए। सामान जमा लिया। डब्बे के द्वार पर कुछ लोग आ खड़े हुए थे। तिलक का ध्यान अनायास ही उस ओर चला गया। वे लोग डब्बे में प्रवेश कर रहे थे। सबसे पहले जो व्यक्ति भीतर आया, वह संन्यासी था- गेरुआधारी युवा संन्यासी ( स्वामी विवेकानंद)। उसकी अवस्था अभी तीस वर्षों की भी नहीं होगी। उसका व्यक्तित्व प्रभावशाली और कुछ विशिष्टता लिए हुए था। उसके साथ तीन व्यक्ति और थे। वे साधारण गुजराती व्यापारी जैसे लग रहे थे। संन्य…

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माँ, तुझे सलाम!

... मई महीने का दूसरा रविवार... माँ को समर्पित एक विशेष दिवस! हर वर्ष यह दिन माँ के प्रेम, त्याग, तपस्या के प्रति कृतज्ञता तथा सम्मान प्रदर्शित करने के लिए मातृदिवस (Mother Day) के रूप में मनाया जाता है। आइए, इस दिवस के उपलक्ष्य में हम इतिहास की उन माताओं को याद करते हैं, जिनके नाम से माँ शब्द भी गौरवान्वित हो उठा था। ... वह माँ जिसने अपने हर बच्चे का भविष्य गढ़ा... भारतीय इतिहास में मदालसा एक अविस्मरणीय माँ के रूप में चर्चित हैं। उनके चार पुत्र हुए। अपने पहले पुत्र विक्रांत के जन्म पर उसे रोता देखकर उन्होंने लोरी गाई- शुद्धोअसि रे तात न तेअस्ति नाम कृतं हि ततकल्पनयाधुनैव। पञ्चात्मकं द…

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The Hanuman Circle

As times are advancing, we can find a strong nexus building up gradually between the corporate world and spirituality. It is so because the corporate analysts have realised the fact that on diving deep into the writings of these texts of wisdom, they can catch hold of several insights valuable for professionals. On flipping through the pages of the epic of Ramayana, one of the prominent characters that pulls our attention in Hanuman- the monkey God. His personality is a blend of various skills and traits, which if imbibed by professionals of the corporate world can prove to be a boon from all perspectives. Prevalent by the name of "The Hanuman Circle", this concept offers seven characteristics traits vis-a-vis the seven qualities which are desires in current day professionals. If this spectrum of qualities gets reflected from the personality of a corporate professional, s/he becomes an asset to the organisation. Verily, today organisations are taking into account these perspectives while recruiting an employee or at the time of his evaluation for project allocation as well as promotion. Not just the employees, leaders too can find exclusive tenets of leadership latent in these traits. On the whole, Hanuman is symbolic of an ideal professional- a personality worth emulating in terms of his traits and characteristics. ... Each alphabet of seven-letter word 'HANUMAN' highlights the seven key traits which should adorn the personality of a professional. …

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Nature's Mind Case Studies

Nature's potential and competence is far more superior to human abilities. If these hidden capabilities are explored, then, humanity can experience a significant improvement in its living standards. Science today is seeking natural laws that could be used in carving out innovative, energy efficient, reliable and durable products and designs. For this, human engineers, scientists, and designers are heading towards nature to find solutions to their problems. The proof of this inclination is the rise in the number of scientific publications which focus on the area of biomimicry. Here are four interesting and mind-blowing case studies that show how nature's Mind can be mimicked to amazing and unbeatable technologies, designs, and architecture. ... Case Study... Bio-Mimic Water Mixer Spiral shapes are prevalent in the variety of things in nature. For instance, bacteria, seashells, whirlpools, tornadoes, calla lilies, climbing vines, and even galaxies. Researchers adhered to this design as a solution to a variety of practical problems. One example in this regard is the design of water storage tanks. Such tanks are put to application for city water supplies and also as a reserve for the purpose of fire safety. Actually, the main issue of concern is that the stored water can turn into a breeding ground for unhealthy organisms. Thus, for the purpose of prevention, often chemicals and pumps are used to keep the water in motion. Well, there is a wonderful alternative to…

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Pornography- An Imperative Need To Eradicate The Endemic Disease

‘Pornography’ is probably the most dreaded ‘addictive disease’ parents of most teenagers fear their young ones would get infected with. Yet the modern-day urban lifestyle is ensuring that these young minds get infected with this virus just at the click of a mouse. Shockingly, the virus is not only eating away young minds, but also destroying the whole social fabric of our society; and, sadly, we are allowing it to do so. Possibly it is because of the lack of awareness of the devastating harm it is causing or mistakably considering it to be an acceptable norm all youngsters indulge into. And where parents are unaware of its potential damage and feel impelled to accept it as normal, it would be too much to expect the young minds to know about it and make a conscious effort to stay away from it. It is important to make a beginning, and it’s high time that we do it now! Several research studies on pornography and its social/ personal effects provide enough, robust data… to shake both young, as well as the old, out of the slumber they are in, and work proactively to counter it. In fact, Dr. Victor, a noted researcher in pornography and Professor of Psychology says, “the question about the effects of pornography is no longer debated and everybody  (scientists/researchers/professionals) knows that it causes harm.” He further adds, “Pornography is addictive and is a powerful form of negative education which changes human s…

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प्रथा का अर्थ- अनर्थ

... थोड़ी सी भी मिलावट नहीं चलेगी! रूस की परम्पराओं में एक अनोखी परम्परा है। इसके अंतर्गत एक अजीब खेल खेला जाता है। इस खेल में कुछ पुरुष एकत्र होकर एक समूह बनाते हैं। समूह के प्रत्येक व्यक्ति को तीन लोगों के लिए एक-एक बोतल वोदका ( रूसी शराब) बनानी होती है। इसके बाद शुरू होता है- पीने का दौर। इस प्रथा में हर कोई शराब पीने में डूब जाता है। व्यक्ति तब तक पीता है, जब तक कि वह अचेत होकर गिर नहीं जाता। इस खेल में व्यक्ति किसी भी प्रस्ताव को मना नहीं कर सकता। क्योंकि मना करने का मतलब है- अन्य प्रतियोगियों का अपमान! इस विचित्र सी परम्परा का एक नियम यह भी है कि शराब का एक गिलास पीकर रखने और दू…

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एक-के-बाद एक या एक-साथ!

'आज का दिन आपके लिए शुभ होगा। आपको इस कार्य में सफलता मिलेगी... राहु की दशा आपके जीवन को प्रभावित कर सकती है। इसलिये यदि आप सफलता को पाना चाहते हैं, तो यह उपाय करें... यह जगह, यह नम्बर, यह रंग सफलता पाने के लिए शुभ रहेंगे...' अक्सरां जब ऐसे वाक्य हम अपने राशिफल में देखते हैं, तो खुश हो जाते हैं। खुश हों भी क्यों न? भला कौन सफल नहीं होना चाहता? किन्तु विडम्बना यह है कि सफलता के पैमाने राशिफल में लिखे वाक्य नहीं हुआ करते। सफल व्यक्ति केवल अपने भाग्य के भरोसे नहीं बैठा करते। सफलता को प्राप्त करना पड़ता है। पर कैसे? क्या आप जानना चाहते हैं कि सफलता प्राप्ति व उसे कायम रखने का कौन सा तरी…

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प्याज़-लहसुन खाएँ न खाएँ-आपका निर्णय है!

कढ़ाई में तेल डालें। प्याज़ और लहसुन को पतला-पतला काट लें। तेल में जीरा डालें और फिर कटे हुए प्याज़-लहसुन को छोंक दें। धीमी आँच पर उन्हें तब तक भूनें, जब तक वे हल्के सुनहरे न हो जाएँ। उसके बाद कढ़ाई में भाजी डाल दें...। आमतौर पर हर व्यंजन विधि में आपको यही पढ़ने को मिलता है। लज़ीज़ आहार यानी प्याज़-लहसुन का तड़का! विश्व भर में ऐसे भोज-लोलुप समाज हैं, जो प्याज़-लहसुन के बिना भोजन की कल्पना भी नहीं कर सकते। स्वाद तो रही एक बात! भोजन-विशेषज्ञों ने स्वास्थ्य की दृष्टि से भी प्याज़-लहसुन के बहुत फायदे बताए हैं। अनेक-अनेक व्याधियों की औषधि प्याज़-लहसुन को ठहराया गया है। इन पर खूब शोध भी हुए हैं। अ…

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Management Lessons from Lord Shiva

Lord Shiva is considered as the symbol of both Destruction and Creation, which is why He is known as Maheshwara, the ultimate God. A manager can imbibe valuable lessons from Lord Shiva as He is the leader of His team and has to deal with various difficult situations. Let's garner some beautiful lessons from the very persona of Lord Shiva and His ambience. The Ganga Corporate Lesson: Wise delegation When Lord Shiva was called upon for help by King Bhagiratha to stop the ravaging river Ganga, He rescued the Earth by surmounting the river upon His head, allowing only restricted and controlled stream of water to be released from His hair. By taking the Ganga (water) on His head and distributing only that much which could be managed easily, Lord Shiva gives a very vital corporate message. A wise leader is also the one who takes the entire load on his head and thereafter delegates it to his team discriminatively, in consonance with one's capacity to handle. ... The Third Eye Corporate Lesson: Seeing with the mind's eye, beyond what's visible Lord Shiva is also known as "Trinetradhari" (tri: three; netradhari: the owner of eyes). The third eye of Lord Shiva exemplifies wisdom. The irony of the matter is that all of us possess the Third Eye, but most of us are unaware of its presence in our body. The need is to get it activated for ourselves under the guidance of a Perfect Spiritual Mentor. ...In troubled times, it is this Third Eye that sa…

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Our Small Contribution= Big Help to Mother Earth

How much we revere our Mother Earth, here is only a "snapshot", as the complete list is too long... World Wildlife Day, World Sparrow Day, International Day of Forests, World Planting Day, World Wood Day, World Water Day, Greenery Day, Endangered Species Day, World Environment Day, World Ocean Day, Global Wind Day, World Animal Day, World Soil Day... and several more- all in some way or the other dedicated in the name of care and concern for the Earth. And, a comprehensive perspective of all these is represented by yet another day, titled "International Mother Earth Day", marked on 22nd April. So many days and so many ways... still, why is the graph of deterioration in the condition of the   Earth going from bad to World? Reason being, there is an absence of the fundamental parameter of 'sensitivity' towards the torture the Earth is going through. The need is to feel the troublesome condition of the Earth and resonate with her pain. Then, even the smallest of our contributions in her care and concern will yield productive results. It is because then we will remain conscious with respect to her wellbeing everywhere and every time. Then, there will remain no need for these reminders in the form of allocated days to shake us and wake us upto do something to improve her condition. With the factor of 'sensitivity' coming alive, the behavior expected out of us will automatically become an integral part of our life. Then, wh…

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Ergonomics: The Art of Using Smart Gadgets!

The dictionary meaning of ergonomics is "the branch of engineering science in which biological science is used to study the relation between workers and their environment". Let's ponder upon some of the key aspects in this regard: Stress Immobility Syndrome The terminology relates to the 21st century pay back for digitisation revolution. Today's genre digital devices like mobile phones, laptops, and tablets are developed for our comfort and usability purposes. However, when overly used for extensive durations, they may lead to poor postures causing undue physical ailments like- ● Strain in back and neck: Statistical analysis depicts the degree of impact on our necks and backs, considering the fact that every individual spends 2 to 4 hours with his head bent down while texting, reading, and typing on smartphone devices and tablets. In this position, our shoulders are hunched, amounting to 700 to 1400 hours of extra stress per year on the cervical spine. ● Wrist and fingers related issues: While we constantly text and swipe our phone, it strains our wrist and fingers. ● Strain in eyes: The eyes become fatigued by constantly staring on the screens of these devices. The following examples depict as to how dangerous can be the consequences, if we use this gadgets in an improper manner. Smart Phone Blindness According to a study published in the National Academic of Sciences, the blue glow of gadget screens can reduce the production of melatonin…

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Inspiring Youngsters!

Youngsters are often in the news these days... why? Unfortunately, mostly for the wrong reasons! That's why all statistics pertaining to their character, persona, skill-set, contribution, etc. are day by day seeing a steep downfall. It's high time that youngsters are told as to what powers they have inherent in themselves and what great things they can do in their life. For this, let's get acquainted with some beautiful excerpts, which highlight the glorious side of the youth of the past. Certainly, the youth today needs to revive his esteemed image after imbibing inspirations latent in these references. Sightless Youth Brightening The Way For Other Blinds Louis Braille was doomed into sightlessness in an accident, when he was just 3 years old. Actually, Louis was an enthusiastic child, who had set his heart to be like his father. One day, he went to his father's workshop and while he was experimenting with sharp tools, one of the sharp ends of an awl pierced his eyes and rendered him blind. For most of us, it would be a catastrophe. However, for that toddler, the accident turned out to be a challenge for his sky-high morale and indefatigable dreams. He soon took admission in the Royal Institution for Blind Youth, Paris and continued his studies. But the problems seemed to be endless for the 10-year old as the educational system was not satisfactory. It was very difficult for him and his other bind mates to understand and read the book with the raised…

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Morning Walk - Way go Health

Although we don't memorise the day when we started walking, but we are sure our parents would have rejoiced that day. Ask them and they will say, 'Ah! When you started walking, with each passing day you wished to walk fast so as to explore the world around you. Walking was the most beautiful and attractive thing for you. Our happiness knew no bounds when we saw your little feet walking through the paths with excitement, cheerfulness and smiles.’ How strange! Today, when it comes to walking, all our excitement, cheerfulness, and smiles are gone! And, when it comes to morning walk, then... our answer is big 'NO!!!'. Here is the list of excuses- 1. I don't find time to fit morning walk in my schedule. 2. I need to relax; who wants to get up so early just for a walk. 3. It is very monotonous to walk every morning. 4. I am already hale and hearty. 5. I will start from tomorrow. But friends! Mind it, today these excuses (and many other in your list) might appeal your mind, but, with ageing, you will again realise the importance of walking. You will regret as 'walking is the best resort to maintain your health.' Though walking has its own benefits, but it can't beat the importance and benefits of 'a morning walk'. Because- ... As per a 2011 research published in the Journal of Medicine and Science, the timing of walking influences the health benefits. For example, it was noticed that in comparison to those who exer…

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O Women! Be Bold For Change!

International Women’s Day 2017 Every year, world over, March 8th is commemorated as the International Women's Day. Some dedicate it in the honour of women, while some recall values of gender equality on this day. But, in spite of ceaseless efforts of 109 International Women's Days since 1908, the requisite level of status and respect for the women still seems to be farfetched goal. On one hand, women is reaching heights in every field; like- ● Kalpana Chawla, Sunita Williams, Valentina Tereshkova, Ellen Collins, etc. in the field of space travel; ● Sania Mirza, Saina Nehwal, P.V.Sindhu, M.C.Mary Kom, Sakshi Malik, etc. in sports and athletics; ● Arundhati Bhattacharya, Chandra Kochar, Indra Nooyi, etc. in finance and entrepreneurship; ● Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, etc. in biotechnology for the development of industrial enzymes. However, on the other hand, one gets to see the stupendously rising crime and violence against women. This comes as a paradoxical portrayal on the delicate wrap and woof of social fabric, thereby disrupting its fine balance. ... ... In the year 1992, a book titled 'Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus' authored by John Gray, an American writer cum consultant became an international bestseller. Gray's concept of men and women being from different planets, therefore, being 180 degree opposite to each other behaviorally, was endorsed by many people across the world. Also, why to ignore the recent…

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दिव्य अनुभूतियाँ कैसे हो सकती हैं?

वर्तमान में, वैज्ञानिकों की जिज्ञासा केवल 'भौतिक' स्तर तक ही सीमित नहीं रही है। वे 'अलौकिक' या 'आत्मिक' स्तर पर भी खोज करने में लगे हुए हैं। इसके लिए उन्होंने कई ऐसी तकनीकों और उपकरणों का आविष्कार किया है, जिनके द्वारा वे दिव्य अनुभवों को प्राप्त कर सकें। जैसे- ... एडिसन तकनीक थॉमस एडिसन का नाम कौन नहीं जानता? वे एकमात्र ऐसे वैज्ञानिक हैं, जिनके नाम पर 1093 पेटेंट हैं। विद्युत, बल्ब तथा फोनोग्राफ जैसे सैंकड़ों आविष्कार करने के बाद, वे चाहते थे एक ऐसा आविष्कार करना जिससे वे अपनी रचनात्मकता और उत्पादक क्षमता को बढ़ा सकें। इसके लिए उन्होंने 'Hypnagogia' तकनीक को अपनाया। यह तक…

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बुरा मानें या न मानें?

अरे होली है! होली के दिन अगर कोई आपके ऊपर रंग डाले तो क्या बुरा मानने वाली बात है? बिल्कुल नहीं। अगर कोई पिचकारी से रंगों की बौछार करे, तो क्या बुरा मानने वाली बात है? बिल्कुल नहीं। अगर कोई खुशी में झूमे-नाचे, तो क्या बुरा मानने वाली बात है? बिल्कुल भी नहीं। तभी तो जब गुब्बारा पड़ता है, कपड़े भीगते हैं, अलग-अलग रंगों और डिज़ाइनों में चेहरे चमकते हैं- तो भी सब यही कहते हैं- 'भई बुरा न मानो, होली है!' लेकिन यदि रंग की जगह लोग एसिड फेंकने लग जाएँ... खुशी में झूमने की जगह नशे में होशो-हवास खोकर अश्लील और भद्दे काम करने लग जाएँ... पर्व से जुड़ी प्रेरणाएँ संजोने की बजाए, हम अंधविश्वास और रूढ़िव…

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जहाँ मृत्यु भी मंगल है!

भारतीय संस्कृति में तीर्थ-स्थलों का विशेष स्थान रहा है। यहाँ जनमानस मलिन से पवित्र होने की मनोकामना लेकर आते हैं। इन्हीं तीर्थों में से एक है- 'काशी'। काशी के संदर्भ में, स्कंदपुराण (4/96/123) में वर्णित है- विद्यानां चाश्रयः काशी काशी लक्ष्मयाः परालयः। मुक्तिक्षेत्रमिदं काशी काशी सर्वा त्रयीमयी।। अर्थात् गंगा के तीर पर स्थित पावन धाम काशी विद्या, लक्ष्मी, और मुक्ति से युक्त एक सम्पन्न क्षेत्र है। 'वरुणा' और 'असी' नामक उपनदियों के संगम स्थल इस 'वाराणसी' या 'काशी' का उल्लेख महान फ्रांसिसी  इतिहासकार ' आहला द एन्यूल' ने भी खूब किया- 'काशी हमेशा से ही प्राची…

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आभा मंडल आकर्षक कैसे बनता है?

विज्ञान एक बहुत ही विशाल सागर है, जो कई वैज्ञानिक तथ्यों की नदियों के मेल से बना है। हमने अखण्ड ज्ञान मासिक पत्रिका के माध्यम से कई बार दर्शाया है कि यह विज्ञान रूपी सागर अपने अंदर अनेकानेक बहुमूल्य आध्यात्मिक मोतियों को सहेजे हुए है। इस बार हम पुन: इस सिंधु की गहराई में उतरते हुए आपके समक्ष लाए हैं, मनोरंजन व समाजविज्ञान से जुड़े कुछ ऐसे प्रयोग जिनमें अध्यात्म के महान सूत्र संजोए हुए हैं। ... हेलो इफेक्ट 'हेलो इफेक्ट' एक ऐसा 'प्रभाव' है, जिससे एक द्रष्टा किसी इंसान या व्यक्ति के गुणों को देखकर उसकी ओर आकर्षित हो जाता है और उसे पसंद करने लगता है। मनोवैज्ञानिक एडवर्ड थ…

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सर्दी में एक्यूप्रेशर के सरल उपचार

अमेरिका के सी.डी.सी. (Centre for Disease Control and Prevention) ने कुछ आँकड़े जारी किए, जिनके अनुसार- 60 मिलियन (6 करोड़) बच्चों को स्कूल से.छुट्टी लेनी पड़ी!! 50 मिलियन (5 करोड़) कामकाजी लोगों की जमी-जमाई नौकरी/ व्यवसाय प्रभावित हुआ!! 25 मिलियन (ढाई करोड़) डॉलर का नुकसान हुआ, जब अलग-अलग सेक्टर के कर्मचारियों की कार्य-क्षमता कम हुई!! काफी भीमकाय आँकड़े हैं! इन्हें पढ़कर जिज्ञासा होती है कि आखिर क्यों इतने बच्चों की नियमित शिक्षा प्रभावित हुई? कार्यक्षेत्रों और कार्य क्षमताओं में यह उथल-पुथल क्यों मची? सेंटर ने खुलासा किया कि इनका कारण स्वास्थ्य में गिरावट है, जिसकी जड़ में बहुत ही सामान्य रोग हैं- सर्दी, ज़ुकाम, खाँसी …

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स्थिर मन ही स्थायी सफलता का आधार!

घर और ऑफिस के कार्यों से लदी ज़िन्दगी अक्सरां हमारे शरीर के साथ-साथ मन को भी थका देती है। किंतु इससे पहले कि यह मन की थकान हमें हमारी सफलता से दूर ले जाए, आवश्यक है कि हम इस थकान को ही अपने जीवन से दूर कर दें। इसके लिए हम खोजते हैं उन पलों को, उन बातों को, उन विचारों को, उन उदाहरणों को जो हमें प्रेरणाएँ दे जाएँ। अंग्रेजी भाषा में प्रेरणा को 'Inspiration' कहते हैं। 'Inspiration' का एक अर्थ  'Breath-in' यानी 'साँस लेना' भी होता है। तो हम कह सकते है कि प्रेरणाएँ हमारे लिए साँस लेने की तरह ज़रूरी हैं। क्योंकि प्रेरणा से भरे प्रसंग, दृष्टांत, उदाहरण इत्यादि हमारे समस्या से भरे जीवन को सुकून की साँस …

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GO GREEN!

Here is a snapshot of what difference greenery can bring to us: "The study found that an increase of 11 trees per city block was comparable to an increase in annual personal income of $20,000 and moving to a neighbourhood with $20,000 higher median income or being 1.4 years younger."             - The University of  Chicago, reported in 2015 in The Washington Post ... " Desk workers, who can see  a green environment from their desks, experience 23% less time off sick than those that have an entirely urban view. Similarly, these workers also report greater job satisfaction."                - K. L. Wolf; Human dimensions of the urban forest Urban nature benefits: psycho- social dimensions of people and plants (1998) " A study in New York states that asthama rates among children aged four and five fell by a quarter for every extra 343 trees per square kilometer. The presence of street trees was linked with a 29% reduction in early childhood asthama."   -G. S. Lovasi, J. W. Quinn, K. M. Neckerman, M. S. Perzanowski, and A. Rundle (2008) In view of the above and innumerable other benefits, on juxtaposiing these with the depleting green covers all across the globe, a clear inference can be drawn- "Trees are not just significant for living; instead, trees are life  themselves!&quo…

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Connect, Like, Share

The age of digitisation has helped memories stay afloat in our mind in many ways than one... be it sharing our pictures on Facebook, Instagram, or just sharing them through Whatsapp. It has all become so easy  and we truely stay connected by keeping our dear ones updated. Let's peep into the past, when cameras with film rolls  were used... and those rolls had to be taken to the studios to get washed. And then came the age of digital point and shoot cameras with memory slots; SLRs were extensively used by professional photographers. However, in this day and age, while the number of SLRs with the masses is increasing, so is the camera quality in our handy cell phones. Earlier the platform of sharing memories through photographers was occasional, when we met our family and relatives. Physical albums were maintained and a description was shared with each flip in the page of album. Physical albums are a passe now. Not to miss, the traditional photo album acted as a medium to sit together and look at pictures and go back  into the memory lane and discuss extensively about each event that took place when the picture was captured. What is it that we, in the past paced and digitised world, really do to share our memories today? Well, we just click and upload. The word rapid falls short in explaining the pace at which times are changing. The rate of change is exponential! With changing times, not only cameras, there has been a rapid change in telephone technolo…

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Temples around the World

Dear readers! This time the section of 'World View' ha come to take you on an interesting expedition to temples. With a rising trend in tourism, temples are fascinating people from different corners of the world because of their aestheticims and ambience. The fact that actually amazes everyone is the uniqueness and versatility of the architecture carved out in an artistic manner in these structures. The extensive diversity that the earth harbours is further glorified and enhanced by the multifariousness of the temples around the world. Generally, visiting temples is attributed to two main aspects: firstly, as a holy tradition inherited from our ancestors; secondly, as a tourist spot to imbibe the peaceful vibes, thus, giving us a break from the hustle-bustle of today's fast-paced life. However, as a matter of fact, our saints and sages held a different blueprint behind the manifestation of these temples. A bagful of insightful inspirations are concealed in the make-up of these wonderful creations, which we often fail to capture. In this tour, we would try to unveil these latent messages behind the unique architecture of the temples across the world. We hope after this journey, you would be able to comprehend the real meaning and purpose behind the existence of these temples. ... Virupaksha Temple This temple is situated in Karnataka. Its splendid architecture highlights the advancement of science and technology in the bygone era. In the temple, there is a…

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Scientific References in Saints' Utterances

... Imagine there are two sets, A and B. Let's say A represents the 'expanse of spirituality' and B that of the material science (inclusive of all streams- physics, chemistry, biology, psychology, neurology, embryology, etc.). Now, if you are asked to tick one of the options from A>B, A=B, A<B, then, what would be your choice? Perhaps, there would be no ambiguity in the answer, as the majority feels that spirituality is nowhere close to the heights transcended by science and technology of the 21st century. However, as a matter of fact, spiritualists are not just abreast with the latest science; rather, the truly enlightened ones are conversant even with the latent scientific truths that are still far beyond the reach of the scientists. If you think that these assertions are nothing but an exaggeration or have been written by the spiritualists to expel their frustration for the otherwise speedily excelling scientists, then, it's absolutely false! As such, there is no dearth of references, which prove this aspect crystal clear. Let's cite some of them from the discourses and writings of the spiritually enlightened ones, which are indeed sufficient to ingest this truth. ... Have you heard of electrons, protons, neutrons, positrons, photons, etc. Certainly yes; after all these are the talks of the past in the domain of science, as scientists could unfold their mystery long back. True. But, are you also conversant with 'Thoughtrons'? Well…

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Managerial Lessons from Greek Mythology

Greek mythological stories have always demonstrated deep lessons speaking of timeless wisdom. These myths are synced with spirituality to help mankind live a successful personal and professional life. We bring to you some facets of the Greek mythological world catering to our professional life. These myths will decode some important understandings for a better living in the corporate world. Corporate life has two sides to it, namely- 1. Boss/Leader 2. Employee Only when both sides are in the right attitude, a professional life can flourish. Greek myths demonstrate important sutras for each of these two sides. Let us explore them. GREEK MYTH DEMONSTRATING IMPORTANT UNDERSTANDING FOR THE EMPLOYEES! Greek Myth: There is a famous story by the title- 'The Sword of Damocles'. The myth goes like this- Once, there was a king named Dionysius. The king was a man of great power, magnificence, and authority. Seeing the king at such a position, Damocles approached Dionysius and said, "Dionysius, you must be very happy with the pleasures and luxuries in your life! I am really jealous of you because you are enjoying life of a kingly stature." To this the king replied, 'If you wish to take a taste, let me give you the privilege of living my life for a day,' Thus, the next day, Damocles was the king of the state. He went into the chamber of the king, which had a big dining table with different delicacies at display. He saw a queue of servants ready…

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Inspiring Pages from the Lives of Famous Personalities

Often there are times, when one feels low or lethargic. We also encounter many such moments when we find ourselves caught in the quicksand of challenges and problems, which make us restless. In such moments, we look out for inspirations to motivate and enthuse ourselves to revive our life. In this regard, there are a bagful of historical incidents, which serve as a reservoir to motivate us with the words of wisdom. Here is a galore of tales from lives of famous personalities, which will help satiate our hunger for motivation. THE INSPIRATIONAL HOROSCOPE! Horoscopes- one of the most renowned tools that people use nowadays to know about themselves! Their lucky colour, lucky number, personality traits, and their future! Success and motivation are controlled psychologically with the statements and numbers issued in the horoscope. Tarot cards are opened to see what is good for them and what is not. Hold on! We have got a better version of you with respect to the horoscope, from the life of a great saint, Socrates. Once, Socrates was into a discussion with his disciples. All of a sudden, an astrologer came over there and claimed, 'I can tell the nature of a person by reading his face. I am quite skilled in astrology.' He continued, 'Who wants to test me? I am ready to reveal the personality traits of any one of you, right now.' Although no one sitting there was interested, but when the astrologer repeatedly insisted, Socrates said, ' All right, great l…

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यूनान में कब और कैसे पहुँचे-श्रीकृष्ण?

यूनान में श्रीकृष्ण प्रमाण पुरातत्त्व विज्ञान से! 1970 के दशक में, अफगानिस्तान के अय-खनुम जिले में, पुरातत्त्व विशेषज्ञों ने एक बड़ी खोज की। वहाँ की गई खुदाई में उनको लगभग 180 ई.पू. के चाँदी के सिक्के मिले। इन चोकोर सिक्कों के दोनों तरफ दो आकृतियाँ उकेरी हुई थीं। विश्लेषण करने पर सिक्के के एक तरफ श्रीकृष्ण और दूसरी तरफ बलराम चित्रित मालूम हुए। श्रीकृष्ण ने एक हाथ में छह आरे वाला चक्र और दूसरे में शंख पकड़ा है। श्री बलराम ने एक हाथ में हल और दूसरे में मूसल थामा हुआ है। दिलचस्प बात यह है कि सिक्के के दायीं तरफ 'राजाने' और बायीं तरफ 'अगथुक्लयेश' अंकित है। इसका अर्थ हुआ, 'यूनान…

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मकर संक्रांति पर करें अंतर्यात्रा

पाठकों! आप जानते ही होंगे की जनवरी माह की 14 तारीख को मकर संक्रांति का उत्सव पूरे भारतवर्ष में हर्षोल्लास से मनाया जाता है। अधिकांश लोग यूँ तो इस पर्व को सिर्फ फसल-कटाई के त्योहार के तौर पर समझते और मनाते हैं। पर क्या आप जानते हैं? दक्षिण भारत में इस दिवस का महात्म्य अत्यंत पावन और आध्यात्मिक है। खास कर केरल प्रदेश में यह दिन भगवान 'अय्यप्पा' को समर्पित है। इस दिन विश्व-भर से करोड़ों भक्त भगवान अय्यप्पा के दर्शन करने के लिए सबरीमाला मन्दिर तक की यात्रा तय करते हैं। पौराणिक इतिहास भगवान अय्यप्पा की कहानी पर प्रकाश डालता है। कहते हैं कि दुर्गा द्वारा महिषासुर वध के बाद 'म…

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संकल्प के आगे नहीं कोई विकल्प!

हमारे वेदों और उपनिषदों में सृष्टि की उत्पत्ति संकल्प से होने का विवरण है। स्वयं भगवान ने सृष्टि के आरंभ में एक संकल्प धारण किया-  'एकोSहं बहुस्याम:'- मैं एक से अनेक हो जाऊँ। मानव उसी संकल्पवान ईश्वर की अनुपम और सर्वोत्तम कृति है। वह तो बना ही संकल्पवान होने के लिए है- 'संकल्पमयोSयं पुरुष:'। परन्तु क्या हमारे अंदर इतनी संकल्प शक्ति है कि जिस लक्ष्य का हम चयन करें, उसे प्राप्त करके ही रहें? अक्सरां हमलोग नववर्ष या वर्षगाँठ पर कोई न कोई संकल्प लेते हैं। लेकिन जितनी शीघ्रता से उन्हें धारण करते हैं, उतनी ही तेज़ी से वे टूट व बिखर जाते हैं। क्यों? किसी दार्शनिक ने इस विषय मे…

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रोबोट बना मानव या मानव बना रोबोट!

अक्षय- (यू.एस.से अपने पापा के साथ वट्स-एप चैट करते हुए)- हैल्लो पापा! पापा- अक्षय बेटा, कैसा है तू? अक्षय- सॉरी पापा, आपके मैसेज का जवाब थोड़ा देर से दे रहा हूँ... पापा- आज तो रविवार है... मुझे लगा तेरे ऑफिस की छुट्टी होगी... अक्षय- ऑफिस तो बंद था आज। पर पापा, आपको मालूम है, मैं कहाँ घूम कर आया? पापा- ज़रूर कोई नए गैजेट्स निकले होंगे... या फिर नई कार... तू इन्हीं चीजों के तो इर्द-गिर्द घूमता है... अक्षय- ग्रेट पापा! आप मुझे कितनी अच्छी तरह जानते हैं... आज मैं एक रोबोट एक्सपो में गया था। ओ माई गॉड पापा, मैं आपको क्या बताऊँ... ...  ...मेरा बस चले तो मैं सारे रोबोट खरीद लूँ। फिर वे ही मेरा सारा काम करेंगे। आ…

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विध्वंसकारी नहीं है, महादेव का डमरू

...अवश्य ही आपने भगवान शंकर की प्रतिमा को ध्यान से देखा होगा। महादेव एक हाथ में डमरू थामे रहते हैं। पर क्या कभी आपने इस बात पर गौर किया कि ऐसा क्यों? इस वाद्य यंत्र को धारण करने के पीछे भगवान का आशय क्या हो सकता है? क्या यह वाद्य यंत्र शिव की मात्र शोभा बढ़ाने वाला अलंकार है? आखिर भगवान आशुतोष के हाथ मे डमरू का क्या प्रयोजन? क्या यह मात्र एक डुगडुगी है, जो 'तांडव' करते महादेव के हाथ में सुशोभित होती है? या इस डमरू का बजना किसी विध्वंस की ओर इशारा करता है? विचारिए, भगवान शंकर मदारी तो नहीं, फिर हाथ में डमरू क्यों थामा? उत्तर गूढ़ है और आध्यात्मिक भी... अक्सर देखा गया है कि लोग भगवान …

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आओ प्रकृति से अपनी प्रवृति सँवारें!

प्रकृति से हमें जीवन जीने के लिए सबकुछ मिलता है- भोजन, हवा, पानी... और यहाँ तक कि अनमोल प्रेरणाएँ भी। जी हाँ! यदि हम प्रकृति को गौर से देखेंगे, तो उसमें ऐसे बहुत से सूत्र पाएँगे जो हम साधकों की प्रवृत्ति संवारने में सहायक हैं। आइए, इस माह अपने शारीरिक भोजन के साथ-साथ साधकता की खुराक का बंदोबस्त भी प्रकृति के ज़रिए करते हैं। ...   ...जीव का नाम 'प्रेयिंग मेंटिस' है यानी 'प्रार्थनारत कीट'। अपने नाम के अनुरूप यह बिल्कुल सादगी से अपने हाथों को हमेशा जोड़ कर रखता है। साथ ही, इसमें बहुत सी अन्य खूबियाँ भी मौजूद हैं। जैसे- यह जिस वातावरण में रहता है अर्थात जिस भी पेड़-पौधे का संग करता है…

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God, Guru, & Religion: Some Pertinent Queries

Religion- Is it a subject to be scared of or To Be Considered as sacred with man sticking to a set of some practices? Today, the word 'Religion' is viewed by many as a synonym of dogmatism, cultism, sectarianism, terrorism, bigotism, and likewise. It is said that like colourism (referring to bias within the African American community favouring light-skinned individuals), ageism (referring to bigotry on the basis of age, like the elderly are often victimised), a new term seems to have been  added in the English vocabulary- 'Religism', which means bigotry towards other religions or belief systems. Carrying somewhat the similar tone is also the word 'Religiophobia' referring to religiously motivated fear, hatred, animosity, conflict, oppressions, intolerance, etc. However, contrary to this perception, just read the following closing words of Swami Vivekananda in his address on Hinduism, on his ideal of a future religion, which he stated at the World Parliament of Religion in Chicago in 1893, and which was greatly appreciated by the huge gathering of logical and intellectual representatives from all across the world: It would be religion which would have no place for persecution or intolerance... and would recognise divinity in every man or woman and whose whole scope, whose whole force will be centred in aiding humanity to realise its divine nature. As a matter of fact, religion is neither to be scared or nor should be confined to a set of…

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Traditions with a Twist!

Let's make the game even more enjoyable! With time, as new trends in lifestyle come up; likewise, perhaps, new styles of kicking and hitting each other also take shape. La Tomatina occasion in Spain and the stone-pelting festival in India present a striking and stunning example in this regard. La Tomatina refers to the tomato fight, which is held in Spain every year in the Valencian town of Bunyol, located in the East of Spain. The participants hurl tomatoes at each other for around an hour or two, simply for the sake of fun and entertainment. The view of the town after this fight resembles a pool of tomato puree, with the participants submerged in it. Thereafter comes the turn of the fire trucks, which hose down the streets using plenty of water to clean the town. The participants, on the other hand, make use of the hoses provided by the locals, to remove the tomato pulp sticking to their bodies. In 2015, it is said that around 1,45,000 kg of tomatoes were thrown by the participants! Otherwise also, on an average, from seven trucks, 175 tonnes of ripe tomatoes are offloaded into the crowd thronging the streets to participate in nearly an hour- long battle. What more? Well, there are some rules to be followed to 'fight' with each other, as defined by the Bunyol Town Council for the safety of the participants. The limits of the fight have to be maintained, with only throwing of tomatoes; and not going wild by tearing t-shirts or using bottles, etc. to …

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Corporate Challenges and Smart Moves: Some Case Studies

In the real world, corporate organisations are confronted with challenges that need to be dealt with smartly in order to maintain the company’s branding and a positive image. Below we’ll learn through some examples as to how organizations have been able to deal with perplexed issues or rather dooms and solve them with vigour, thus shining remarkably through them. SOUTHWEST AIRLINES AFTER 9/11... James Parker, the CEO of Southwest Airlines met with a crisis situation during Sept 2001, in wake of 9/11 attacks. Due to the Sept 11 terrorist attacks with hijacked passenger planes, the airlines were grounded as people were afraid to fly. Parker wondered if domestic airline industry would even survive. Amidst those chaotic conditions, Parker had to make pressing business pressing business decisions, like what to convey to customers who wanted to cancel their reservations and demanded refunds. In such a calamitous situation confronting the entire airline industry and in the crunch of time for doing economic analysis to figure out the after effects, Parker took some major decisions based on his gut feeling for the most important factors. As a result, some customers accepted a credit for a future flight. Some devoted customers even sent money through envelopes to help save the airlines. Customers were generous enough and repaid the kindness shown to them by the Southwest employees. Outcomes of above decisions: Southwest remained profitable Could offer job…

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Way to Live Life!

Is your moment a ‘Non-Toothache Moment’? ‘On-Boat’ v/s ‘Boat-On’: What’s your way The ‘Bell’ Rule! Knowledge blended with Love! These are not only the highlights of this article, but also amongst the most important pointers of living a spiritual and successful life. These are the spiritual strategies which will help us re-tune the wavering autopilot-mode of our mind to a focused and goal-oriented mindful state. Today, spiritualism- ‘a quest for the sacred’ is what everyone should long for as this pursuit leads to a life of awareness and bliss. The more we become conscious of the higher truths, the more we prosper, the less we suffer, and the more we are satisfied. In order to attain a life of contentment and joy, spiritual principles play a great role. The above mentioned four tenets are some of them. Let us explore what these four tenets say about the way to live life spiritually and successfully. Is your moment a ‘Non-Toothache Moment’? ‘Are you having a toothache?’- A Buddhist monk, with his hand on one cheek, asked this question to each and every person whom he approached. From a passer-by he asked, ‘Excuse me sir, do you also have a toothache? Because like me it appears that you are not happy. Therefore, I think you too are suffering from a terrible pain.’ To another passer-by he said, ‘Why are you so tensed? Are you also in pain because of a toothache?&…

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The New Type of Bond to Combat Anger!

WHAT EXACTLY IS ANGER? Anger is a natural negative response to feeling attacked, deceived, or treated unfairly. Every person has this vice innate in him. It’s a part of being human. Although it is affecting the very humanity at large today, it’s not always a ‘Bad Emotion’. Once, someone asked His Holiness Ashutosh Maharaj Ji- ‘Is anger justifiable?’ He beautifully explained it through an example-“Suppose you have a child who is not paying attention to his studies and is continuously idling away his time. You have made various unsuccessful attempts to make him understand politely and with love. Now if you don’t scold that child and let him follow the whims of his wayward ways, what will be the outcome? When that child grows up, although sacked by his own callous attitude, he will blame you as a parent for not being strict with him. He would say, ‘As a parent it was your duty to have scolded me for my wrongs and guided me towards right’.” Therefore, anger is justifiable in a few cases when its nature is constructive with the pure intention of goodwill to others. But, it isn’t justified when it is destructive in nature and is shelled out in order to harm others. Someone has aptly explained Anger- ‘It is like there’s a ball of fire in the middle of my chest that blurts its way straight out of my mouth and burns the people around me.’ Therefore, it not just harms others but because it eru…

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More Digitisation or Digital Detox?

Trin-trin…! Akshay, who is now based in the US, calls his friend Vinay, settled in India. They both studied in college together and were in regular touch since then. Akshay: Hi Vinay! What’s up? Vinay: All well… nothing new as such… same office, same boss, same deadlines, same responsibilities… Uh! At times, I feel life has become a maze, in which you are entangled so badly that you hardly get time to breathe!! How cool were those college days… when there was fun, enjoyment and specially, no such state of utter time crisis where you are only see rushing and running here and there. Akshay: You seem to be quite troubled and bogged down due to a severe time crunch! I feel you should buy a set of robots for your assistance! Vinay giggles… Akshay: Hey, I am not joking! I recently attended a robo-expo here. Wow! It was just amazing! … There was one driver-robo, designed to drive your vehicle. It manages everything for you, right from selecting the best route, right speed, to getting the fuel refilled at the appropriate time. You only have to tell it your destination and then enjoy the ride. Vinay: That’s wonderful, Akshay! Now that you have told me about such a robot, I would desperately long for it when my driver goes on leave… Akshay: …You know there was one pet-robot as well… …The salesman there told me that sometime back, Sony came up with a robo-pet dog, named AIBO. When …

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पंचदिवसीय उल्लास- दीपावली

दिवाली (कार्तिक अमावस्या) हम सभी जानते हैं कि अमावस्या की अंधेरी रात को हर्षोल्लास से भरा दिवाली पर्व मनाया जाता है, क्योंकि इस दिन प्रभु राम आसुरी शक्तियों का वध करके अयोध्या लौटे थे। सांकेतिक अर्थ यही है कि जीवन की दु:ख भरी काली रात्रि में जब ईश्वर का पदार्पण हो जाता है, तो हर अशुभ घड़ी शुभ में परिवर्तित हो जाती है। दीपावली का यह दिन अन्य अनेक शुभ कारणों को भी लिए हुए है- 1. इस दिन न केवल प्रभु राम रावण का वध कर अयोध्या लौटे थे, अपितु इसी दिन तेरह साल बाद पाण्डवों का हस्तिनापुर लौटना हुआ था। 2. भगवान विष्णु ने नरसिंह रूप धारण कर इसी दिन हिरण्यकशिपु का वध किया था। 3. इसी दिन उ…

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चाहे कुछ भी हो... आगे बढ़ते रहो!

कौन कहता है कि लक्ष्य को पाना आसान होता है? मंज़िल के रास्ते में मुश्किलों के सैलाब भी आते हैं और चुनौतियों के बवंडर भी। कभी डर हमें रोकने की कोशिश करता है; तो कभी लालच अपने चंगुल में फाँसने के लिए हमें फुसलाता है। लेकिन कौन कहता है कि इन मुश्किलों और चुनौतियों के बावजूद भी मंज़िल तक नहीं पहुँचा जा सकता? जब दिल और दिमाग मे लक्ष्य को पाने का पागलपन हो और रगों में ईमानदारी रक्त बनकर दौड़ती हो, तब फिर इन अवरोधों को मुँह की खानी ही पड़ती है। इतिहास में ऐसी बहुत सी हस्तियाँ हुई हैं, जो अपने लक्ष्य तक पहुँचने के लिए जोश और जज्बे की सारी हदें पार कर गईं। जिन्होंने अपने जीवन में सिर्फ एक ह…

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आओ, दिव्य मित्र को ढूँढ़ें!

कवि एडगर ए गेस्ट ने अपनी एक कविता में इस प्रकार 'दोस्ती' को परिभाषित किया है। कविता की कुछ पंक्तियों के भाव इस प्रकार हैं- 'दोस्त वही है, जो दु:ख-सुख के पलों में सदैव आपके साथ खड़ा रहे। जीवन के उतार-चढ़ाव में, हर परिस्थिति में तुम्हारा संबल बन कर हिम्मत दे। आपके स्वप्न चाहे कैसे भी क्यों न हों, सच्चा मित्र तो सदा उनके पूर्ण होने की प्रार्थना करता है... ।' अब ज़रा विचार कीजिये- क्या वास्तव में दोस्त वही है, जो इन दावों पर खरा उतरे? जो रिश्ता इन सभी विशेषताओं को अपने अंदर समेट लेता है, क्या हम उसे 'सच्ची मित्रता' कह सकते हैं? शायद नहीं! वजह यह कि दु:ख-सुख सांझा करने के पीछे छिपा प्र…

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Eco-friendly Diwali Celebrations!

It's a day which reverberates with the message of victory of light over darkness or good over evil! A day which carries great spiritual significance and is one of the prime festivals of India! A day whose aura of radiance is so magnificent that various countries all across the world, such as- Malaysia,  Singapore, Fiji, Guyana, Nepal, Mauritius, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Trinidad &Tobago, Thailand... etc. are found drawn into its divinity, echoing the spirit of celebration inherent in it! Yes, it's the auspicious day of Diwali, which, as per the legend, marks the arrival of Lord Rama to his Kingdom, Ayodhya, from an exile of 14 long years. Everyone was over-whelmed to see their beloved Lord and expressed their joy by lighting their homes and decorating them. Since then, every year this day is celebrated to commemorate the insightful message of treading the path of righteousness while annihilating the evil, as disseminated by Lord Rama. Fire-crackers are burnt, sweets and gifts are exchanged, houses are decorated with lights and lamps, etc. However, with time, as we witness changes in the environment, there is a need to bring corresponding modifications in our style of celebrations, harmonising it with the nature and surroundings, In line with this aspect only, we see the coming up of eco-friendly ways to celebrate a Green and healthy Diwali. Let's know about the various innovative ways that are seemingly in vogue to paint every dimension of this festiva…

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Exclusive CSR Models beautifying the world

Humane acts of compassion and generosity have time and again proved to be instrumental for benefitting the society at large. Maybe small or big ones, such initiatives help fostering the sentimental bond that connects human beings and integrate the society as one family. While people are engaged in a plethora of endeavours for social well-being, corporate sector also has its own unparalleled approach to cater to the deprived sections of society. Like... .... MOM'S TOUCH BY NIVEA INDIA Nivea India, a renowned skin care brand, introduced a CSR initiative named 'Mom's Touch'. Besides coming up with new products to beautify the outer self of a being, via this CSR initiative, Nivea has enhanced its dimension by influencing everyone at the core. Nivea collected stories of some extraordinary mothers and compiled them in the form of a video. Children in the video can be seen appreciating their mothers with words like, 'My mom supports my education; my mother doesn't buy an expensive dress for herself despite her liking for it because she thinks the money spent on the dress can be used to buy something for me instead; ...when i was in the hospital, my mother didn't have breakfast or lunch, she loves me a lot...' Such a heartwarming video helped generating awareness in society. It was an effort to show the importance of a mother as, most of the time, she is not given the value she deserves. They tried to uplift the dignity of a mother by revealing…

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Youth and Religion- a mismatch?

Religion and youth- if these two words are placed together, what do you feel the kind of force between them will be- attractive or repulsive? These days, a new category can come into existence in this context- “Nones”! Nones is the name given to that section of youth which associates itself with the philosophy- “We believe in God, but do not have affinity towards any religion.” Perhaps there is no end to the list of surveys and stats, which align with the notion of the youth. Here is a glimpse- From 1990 to 2008, according to the General Social Survey, the percentage of “nones” doubled to 16.3 percent. Likewise, The American Religious Identification Survey highlighted the jump from 8 to 15 percent in "nones". As per several surveys, in recent decades, statistics show a significant rise in the number of US citizens, especially youth, having no inclination towards the concept of religion.  According to the Pew Research Centre, as compared to their older generations, the youth is nearly 36 percent religiously unaffiliated. “Generation Y” poll by YouGov in Great Britain revealed that less than ten percent of the youth take interest in religion or religious worship. A 2011 Census revealed that in Great Britain, in a poll of young people, carried out by YouGov, young Britons are distancing more and more from religion with time.  .... It is evident... that religion and talks based on this subject hold the…

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क्या सच में 'राहु' व 'केतु' हैं?

श्री मद्भागवत महापुराण में समुद्र मंथन की गाथा उल्लिखित है। समुद्र मंथन का मुख्य उद्देश्य था, अमृत की प्राप्ति। इसी हेतु देवताओं और असुरों ने आपस में संधि कर एक साथ समुद्र मंथन करने का निर्णय लिया। नागराज वासुकि को नेति ( रस्सी) बना कर मंदराचल पर लपेटा गया। फिर पूर्ण उत्साह व आनंद के साथ मंथन का कार्य प्रारंभ किया गया। ... परन्तु  अधिक भार  व आधाररहित होने के कारण मंदराचल समुद्र में धंसने लगा। मंदराचल को समुद्र में डूबने से बचाने के लिए भगवान ने कच्छप अवतार धारण किया।... तत्पश्चात असुर व देवगण बड़े वेग से समुद्र मंथन करने लगे। सबसे पहले समुद्र से हलाहल निकला। इससे चहुँ ओ…

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गणपति- सर्वश्रेष्ठ सी. ई. ओ.

सर्वोत्तम लीडर कैसा होना चाहिए? जानने और बनने के लिए आप भी सादर आमंत्रित हैं, इस वर्कशॉप में- प्रोग्राम- लीडर्स वर्कशॉप स्थान- प्रगति भवन तिथि- 1 सितम्बर, 2016 एक सज्जन ने बड़े ध्यान से इस विज्ञापन- पट (Hoarding) को पढ़ा।फिर अपनी पॉकेट से पेन निकाला और कार्यक्रम का पूरा विवरण अपनी डायरी में नोट कर लिया।... बड़ी-बड़ी कंपनियों के मैनेजर, सी.ई.ओ. और अन्य टीम लीडर सूट-बूट पहन कर बड़ी तहज़ीब से ऑडीटोरियम में बैठे हुए थे। ये सज्जन भी सबसे आखिरी पंक्ति में जाकर बैठ गए। कुछ ही देर बाद वर्कशॉप का शुभारम्भ हुआ।सबसे पहले मंच पर एक बहुत बड़ी कम्पनी के सी.ई.ओ. आए। अपने भाषण का आरंभ उन्होंने इन शब्दों से …

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कुशल कार्य का रहस्य!

श्री आशुतोष महाराज जी कहा करते हैं- 'समाज में अच्छी और प्रभावी योजनाओं की कमी नहीं है। अगर कमी है, तो श्रेष्ठ मानवों की जो उन योजनाओं को क्रियान्वित कर सकें।' जब किसी इमारत का निर्माण होता है, तो यह सुनिश्चित किया जाता है कि उसमें लगने वाली एक-एक ईंट पक्की हो। अगर उसके निर्माण में कच्ची ईंटों का इस्तेमाल होगा, तो वह इमारत कभी भी गिर सकती है। इसी प्रकार समाज को श्रेष्ठ बनाने के लिए उसकी एक-एक ईकाई अर्थात मनुष्य को श्रेष्ठ बनाना होगा। तभी एक सुन्दर व श्रेष्ठ समाज का निर्माण संभव है।  सब जानते हैं, श्रेष्ठ व्यक्ति अपने कार्य की गुणवत्ता से पहचाना जाता है। और कार्य की गुणव…

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Mobile Apps: From the Digital to the Real World

A rampant surge in the number of mobile apps seems to have taken the digital world by a storm. Helping you acquaint family and friends with your whereabouts or latest happenings while being at any corner of the world, these apps have certainly influenced the role of mobile phones. Earlier, making phone calls would ease out the constraint of connecting with distant living relatives and friends. The frequency of social networking apps surfacing nowadays has however drastically reduced the probability of ringing phone bells, for the trend of instant chats has grown extensively. Well, it is not merely about connecting oneself to others. Many informative and knowledgeable apps are also ruling the market today. They are meant to enhance the learning experience of users while saving their time. So is the popularity of apps offering fun and entertainment! They could be gaming or physical appearance transformation apps, arousing joy and laughter. In this backdrop, wouldn't it be right to say that human life is just revolving around the development of these apps? Definitely, it would be. However, this pertains to the outer facet of our lives. How about taking a look at these apps from a yet deeper and subtler perspective? If we do so, we will find a remarkable derivation of facts from the key features of these apps. This will undoubtedly enrich our plot with an altogether different angle as spirituality nourishes the inner facets of human life. So, let's get going and exam…

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Sanskrit- from Vedas to IT!

... Until the early 1980's, villagers in Mattur spoke the state's regional language, Kannada as well as Tamil. "Then there was a movement in favour of Sanskrit. Sanskrit had been criticised as the language of the Upper Caste Brahmins and was suddenly displaced from the pedestal with Kannada," said Prof. M. B. Srinidhi, a resident of Mattur. "The pontiff of the local religious centre, Pejawar Mutt gave a call to make Mattur, a Sanskrit speaking village. It took just 2 hours daily for 10 days for the entire village to start conversing in Sanskrit," he added. Since then, Sanskrit is being spoken by one and all, even by those belonging to the socially disadvantaged sections of the village. … Enter Mattur, and every conversation that you hear is soft and sweet-sounding like a Vedic recital. One is greeted with "bhavati naam kim?" (What is your name?), "coffee ya chayam kim ichchhati bhavan?" (What will you have, coffee or tea?) Exchange of pleasantries takes place by saying "Hari Om" and "Katham Asti" instead of "Hello" and "How are you?" Everybody including men, women, children, literate or illiterate, speaks Sanskrit fluently. Even the Muslims speak Sanskrit as comfortably as Hindus. Children are also found reciting Sanskrit verses on the streets, conversing effortlessly in Sanskrit while quarrelling or playing cricket. Everyone speaks Sanskrit for their day to day use and not only …

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Ganpati Bappa Morya!

An exemplary role-model for children! An inspiration for the youth! An icon of wisdom! A symbol of strength and courage! A stimulus for meditators! A Redeemer for mankind! And, many more to add to the multitudes of roles, all of which can be found assimilated in one God- Lord Ganesha! The Ganesha Purana compiles the description of 32 forms of Lord Ganesha, all of which carry invaluable messages for mankind. Let's gain insight by comprehending some of them with respect to their name, form, and appearance. BALA GANPATI Among the 32 forms, the very first being mentioned in the Ganesha Purana is the 'Bala Ganapati', meaning, the child-like form of Ganesha. In this form, He inspires us to instill in ourselves joyfulness as that of a child. The description of this form of Lord Ganesha is expressed in the sacred text as below: karasthakadaliccta | panaseksucamodakam | baalasuryanibham vamde || devam baalaganaadhipam ||1|| Adorned with a garland of tender flowers, having plantain (banana), mango, jack fruit, sugarcane and sweets (modaka) in His hands and who is effulgent like the rising sun (red colour)... is Bala Ganapati. …All these objects signify something due to which... the Lord serves as a perfect role-model for children, besides being a representative of the future opportunities of growth. How? ... … TARUNA GANPATI ...This form of Lord Ganesha is an inspiration for the youth... to acquire the real traits of youthfulness. ... In t…

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ताकि हम आज़ाद भारत में साँस ले सकें!

प्रत्येक वर्ष 15 अगस्त को, हम भारतीय पूरे जोश व उल्लास से स्वतंत्रता दिवस मनाते है। यही वह तारीख है, जब सन् 1947 में अंग्रेज़ी हुकूमत से हम सभी को आज़ादी मिली थी। इतिहास की एक ऐसी उज्ज्वल सुबह, जब भारतीय स्वतंत्रता सेनानियों की कड़ी तपस्या रंग लाई थी। तब हर भारतीय के होठों पर गुंजायमान था, सिर्फ एक ही तराना- ' अब हम आज़ाद हैं!' पर हाँ, यह युग सत्य है कि इस आज़ादी को पाना आसान न था। इसके लिए स्वतंत्रता सेनानियों को शूलों से भरे लम्बे रास्तों पर नंगे पाँव चलना पड़ा था। बेइंतहां ज़ुल्म और पीड़ा के दरिया को पूरी दिलेरी से पार करना पड़ा था। इस स्वतंत्रता के महासंग्राम में कई दिल दहला देने वाली…

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दिमाग की हार्ड-डिस्क कैसे करें दुरुस्त?

प्यारे बच्चों! आपको पता है एक राज़? भगवान ने हमारे शरीर में डाटा स्टोरेज (संग्रहण) के लिए कितने गीगा बाइट्स( Giga/Tera Bytes) की हार्ड डिस्क दी है? चलिए, आपको आपकी ही भाषा में इसका जवाब देते हैं। यह हार्ड डिस्क है, हमारा मस्तिष्क। इसकी इतनी क्षमता है कि यदि यह एक डिजिटल वीडियो रिकार्डर हो, तो इसमें इतने टी.वी. सीरियल संग्रहित किए जा सकते हैं कि आप लगातार 300 सालों तक टी. वी. देख सकें। परररर... इतनी अद्भुत क्षमता होने के बाद भी हम अक्सर यही कहते हैं- " मुझे तो परीक्षा में याद ही नहीं रहा। मैं भूल जाता हूँ।" ज़रा सोचिए! हमारे पास संग्रहण का इतना जबरदस्त इंतजाम है, फिर भी हम भूलने की बीमारी के शिका…

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कन्हैया के गुदगुदाते खेल

पृथ्वी लोक का एक भाग ब्रह्मलोक बना था। यह था- गोकुलधाम। ब्रह्मा जी ने नीचे झाँका और कारण टटोलना चाहा। अद्भुत... आला-निराला प्रेम का नज़ारा दिखाई दिया। हँसी के फव्वारे... मसखरी... ठिठोली- नटखट प्रेम का पूरा महाभोज यहाँ पक रहा था। हर पकवान में था, कृष्ण- रस का तड़का!... ... आइए, चलते हैं, गोकुल की प्रेमपगी बस्ती में... मिलते हैं, कन्हैया की धमाल-चौंकडी मचाने वाली गोप मंडली से! द्रष्टा बनते हैं उनके गुदगुदाते खेलों के और उनमें छिपे अलौकिक रहस्यों के! ...  कान्हा का पसंदीदा खेल- गो एवं गोवत्सों (बछड़ों) संग आनंद मनाना। ... एक दिन आनंदकंद ने एक नूतन लीला करने की ठानी। मैय्या रसोईघर में थी। सखियो…

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Real Inspiration from the Reel Life of Panda Po!

This whole cosmos is like a school for us, a learning ground, full of inspirations and beautiful lessons. All our texts of wisdom guide us that from wherever we get to learn something good and inspirational, we should embrace it with open arms. Indeed, if we have this bent of mind, then, wherever and in whichever scenario we are, we can took for such tales or massages, that can enhance our thinking, our thought set, our way of living or our overall lifestyle. You would be surprised to know that even in the entertainment world of Hollywood and Bollywood, along with fun and enjoyment, there are insightful inspirations that are worth imbibing. Don't you think with this approach, where recreation relaxes us and learning enriches us, we can make this amusing moments doubly valuable for ourselves! In other words, along with the colours or shades of enjoyment, we also get the dose of knowledge. A free gift with entertainment! Though the 'Cinematic Delight' platform of Akhand Gyan, we intend to nourish your inner being with the golden lessons derived from the entertainment world. This time, the 'Cinematic Delight' section brings to you a movie offline, which many of you must have watched. Well, if not, don't worry! We will give you an offline look into the movie. Not just that, we will also unfold the latent messages, which can be imbibed on the path of spirituality. Movie: Kung fu Panda Character set: * Shifu, the Rabbit- I…

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Bhagavad Gita and the Indian Freedom Struggle

Many of our outstanding freedom fighters took the spark and simulation from the Bhagavad Gita- a universally accepted book of wisdom. Innumerable of them took the noose smilingly holding the Gita in their hands. In 1905, the Swadeshi Movement started in Bengal, where 50,000 people, each holding the Gita in their hands, took to the streets vowing to bycott the British goods and force the British out of India. Following are personal accounts of the life stories of various freedom fighters who were motivated by the Gita: ... The Gita- a spiritual dictionary!... The mere mention of the name of Mahatma Gandhi invokes the image of a great patriot, who revolutionised the Indian freedom struggle through the matchless weapons of non-violence and Satyagraha. Verily, for this great personality as well, the source of grit and stout-heartedness was the Gita. He writes, "I find a solace in the Bhagavad Gita that I miss even in the Sermon on the Mount. When disappointment stares me in the face and all alone I see not one ray of light, I go back to the Bhagavad Gita. I find a verse here and a verse there, and I immediately begin to smile in the midst of overwhelming tragedies... my life has been full of external tragedies; and if they have left no visible or indelible scar on me, I owe it all to the teaching of the Bhagavad Gita." ... For someone, Gita inspires to be a visionary, a fighter... for someone karmayogi, for someone- a scholarly treasure house, …

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The Equation of Dhyana

"Give me the place to stand, and I shall move the earth."- Archimedes, the Greek mathematician, philosopher, scientist, and engineer, said the several years ago. If we try to understand this statement from a surficial perspective, we will certainly land ourselves in confusion.... Archimedes was hinting at such a focal point only. He knew that by discovering that focal point only. He knew that by discovering that focal point, it is possible to control the whole creation. Undoubtedly, his search was up to the mark; but, unfortunately, the direction in which he was conducting the search was wrong. Archimedes continued to lookout for 'that focal point' in the external world of objects and therefore he was unsuccessful in achieving his objective. Similar is the story of man in the present times. Confusion, hurly-burly, and panic are the hallmarks of modern life! Tussle and competition at every step! Every segment of life is aghast with brisk movements! Actions- fast and speedy! Body- each and every molecule surcharged with motion! Mind- pressurized with the whirlpool of thoughts without intermission! Chitta (the psyche)- troubled with the labyrinth of sanskaras!... ... To come out of this uneasiness and instability, there is but one option. It is to discover that stand point and know the art of getting established in it. In this regard, our sacred Scriptures promulgate that the art/method to live a stable life is 'Dhyana.'...  It is not that …

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Discipleship Directory

Albert Einstein once quoted- "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity." Well, this was the observation from an intellectual perspective. Now, ask a disciple of a Perfect Master about his view in this regard. It's 100% guaranteed that you would get to hear these words- "Only two things are infinite: one, my Guru's Grace and two, my Guru's Love." And, why would a disciple not say this statement? After all, it is only by his Guru's Grace that he realises his True Self. Solely by his Guru's Grace, he becomes fortunate to experience the infinite Universe within his finite human garb. ... Infinite salutations to the Perfect Masters whose Infinite Grace and Infinite Love makes an ordinary human being a privileged devotee of God. The full moon day of this month, July 19, 2016 (the day of Guru Puja...) is the most special day for a disciple to pay obeisance in the divine feet of such a Holy Master. He wishes to sing aloud and declare to the whole world about his Master's grace and love. But by what means can a disciple fathom his Master's infinite grace and love? Verily, neither it's possible to measure the gravity of the Master's love and grace, nor can it be reciprocated in its fullest measure by any means and mechanisms of the world. ... On the auspiscious occasion of Guru Puja, let's open some chapters from "disciples' directory" to gather beautiful inspirations of discipleship... …

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Discover the Real Source of Discovery!

Mother Nature encompasses many secrets that are being explored and looked upon as sources of inspiration by scientists, engineers, doctors, mathematicians and inventors. Since ages, Nature has given solutions to many problems. All that is required from the human side is true observance towards Nature, so as to figure out practical and effective methods and mechanisms which can make his life easy and smooth! The need of the hour is that instead of investing time and resources to reinvent the wheel, we should rather observe and decode the ways in which the natural world around us has already solved the issues we are facing today! In this regard, there are indeed various examples wherein Nature gave the ultimate clue to the intellectual minds, and thus came in our hands a wonderful solution! Let's put some of them here so that we are also inspired to extract new concepts from Nature's mind. ... Complete the following series-0,1,1,2,3,5,8,13,_,_,_ This is a famous mathematical series known as 'Fibonacci Series'. The famous mathematician Leonardo Fibonacci was inspired from Nature's mind only because Fibonacci numbers relate with the Nature's numbering system. You will find them applicable everywhere in Nature, right from the arrangement of leaves in plants, to the pattern of the florets of a flower, the scales of a pineapple, or the bracts of a pinecone.  Another aspect of Nature's mind is that it cares for everyone! One such care coded con…

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Easy Twists and Turns for Workplace

In this modern, corporate age, 75% of the day is spent in the offices doing sedentary work. People who have a sedentary lifestyle are jeopardising their health and are vulnerable to serious killer diseases like diabetes, cardiac arreat, etc. In such a scenario, taking short breaks by getting up from your desk and making small movements  can prove to be a wonderful resort in sustaining serenity and physical health. Research has indicated that periodic workplace stretching can subjugate physical problems by up to 72%. Trifle exercise on a daily basis can help one relax muscles and relieve stress to quite an extent both physically and mentally. ... According to WHO, around 60 to 85% of people in the world, from both developed as well as developing countries, lead sedentary lifestyles. Neck and shoulder pain are accompanied free when one has a job that demands sitting all through the day. This is the very reason that the U.S Department of Health an Human Services affirms that 8 in 10 Americans are most likely to experience lower back pain at some point in their lives. As per the figures released by the UK statistics Authority, in 2014, due to back problem, nearly 4.2 million working days were lost by workers aged 50-64, 1.89 million days by those between 25-34, and 3.86 million by adults in the age bracket 35-49, owing to sedentary lifestyle. As a matter of fact, the similar situation replicates almost all round the globe. It is recommended that stretching exercises shoul…

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महाराज जी आएँगे ही आएँगे!

'अंधविश्वासी हो आप लोग! स्वार्थसिद्धि की थाप पर अंध-धारणाएँ फैला रहे हो! अवैज्ञानिक कोरे झूठ को आस्था-विश्वास का जामा ओढ़ा बैठे हो! यह तो दुनिया को बेवकूफ बनाना हुआ! आँखों में धूल झोंकना हुआ! बंद करो यह पाखंड! अपने गुरु की देह का ससम्मान संस्कार कर डालो!...' 28 जनवरी, 2014 की वह रात... जब गुरुदेव श्री आशुतोष महाराज जी समाधिस्थ हुए- तब से ऐसे अनगिनत कटु और ह्रदयभेदी ताने समाज ने संस्थान पर बरसाए हैं। जवाब में, महाराज श्री के साधक-शिष्यों ने अपनी हज़ारों-हज़ार दिव्य अंतरानुभूतियाँ उन्हें सुनाईं, जिनमें उन्हें महाराज जी की समाधि और पुनः प्रकटीकरण का साक्षात दर्शन हुआ था। पर कौन समझा? त…

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वो तूफान, जो तूफानों से भिड़ गए!

महाकुंभ (उज्जैन, 2016) के आयोजन में एक अनोखा दृश्य देखने को मिला। दो तूफानों को आमने-सामने होकर एक-दूसरे से लोहा लेते देखा गया। एक तूफान था, जो प्रकृति की कमान से अंधड़ गति से छूटा था। घनघोर घटाएँ, चक्रवाती हवाएँ... झंझावाती बरसात ... मानो इंद्र ने कुपित होकर इस तपोभूमि पर वज्रपात कर डाला हो! सिंहस्थ का अधिकाँश भाग इस तूफान की चपेट में आ गया। कुछ शिविर तो पूरे के पूरे ढह गए। पंडाल उखड़ गए, तहत-नहस हो गए। तोरण द्वार धराशायी हो गए। लेकिन... इस प्रलयकारी मंजर में एक तपस्या-स्थली गुरुदेव श्री आशुतोष महाराज जी की भी थी। प्राकृतिक तूफान आते ही इस शिविर से उसकी टक्कर का दूसरा तूफान उठा। यह तूफ…

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तसल्ली से तराशा है गुरुदेव ने!

अध्यात्म की डगर, एक ऐसी डगर है जिस पर गुरु के बिना चल पाना असम्भव है। इस सफर का आरम्भ भी गुरु से है और अंत भी। सृष्टि ने आदिकाल से न इसमें कोई परिवर्तन हुआ है और न ही होने की संभावना है। बल्कि सांसारिकता के रास्ते पर भी यही पाया गया कि जब भी कोई व्यक्ति पूरी तबियत से गढ़ा गया, तो वह गुरु के हाथों ही गढ़ा गया! जब-जब भी किसी का सफल निर्माण हुआ, तो एक गुरु के सान्निध्य मेंही हुआ। जिस तरह कोई भी कुम्भ, कुम्हार के बिना नहीं गढ़ा जा सकता; कोई भी मूर्ति, मूर्तिकार के बिना अपने अस्तित्व को नहीं पाती; कोई भी चित्र, चित्रकार के बिना सजीव नहीं होता; कोई भी संगीत, संगीतकार के बिना झंकृत नहीं होता; को…

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Touch New Horizons

Once there lived a king who was a proud possessor of numerous majestic elephants. Out of them, one was exceptionally powerful, obedient and intelligent. The king was particularly fond of this elephant as it had helped him win numerous wars. As time passed by, age caught up with the elephant and the king stopped taking it to the battlefield. One day the elephant went to a nearby pond to drink water when unfortunately one of its legs got stuck in the mud. It screamed loudly. Hearing those screams, the king and his courtiers rushed to the pond. Everyone tried to pull the old elephant out from the mud but in vain. Then, the king sent for his most experienced Minister. After analyzing the whole situation, the minister suggested to blow the war trumpets. The strange suggestion of the minister was indeed astonishing for everyone. But surprisingly, blowing of the trumpets caused a stir in the elephant’s body and it slowly stood up and came out of the mud. The experienced minister then explained that the old elephant had the capability; but the only thing it needed was a stimulus to get up. The moral of the story can be summarized in the following words: “Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. Years may wrinkle the skin but to give up the enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.” (Samuel Ullman) Well, this is what we aim to rekindle in you- the zest, the verve, and the sparkle of life. If you think that the old age means dullness and inactivity... it&rsq…

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Sustain Life the Sustainable Way

Everyone aspires for a rich and advanced lifestyle. Needless to mention, this advancement and richness demands investment. But, how about such an offer, which ensures a better lifestyle and that too without any investment! A lifestyle which not only enriches the appearance of our homes, but also decorates our global or big home- Mother Earth! Well, this brings into the picture the concept of Sustainable Living, which, in the contemporary times, has become a necessity rather than being a choice. It is noteworthy that in 2015, the theme of World Environment Day, which is an International event celebrated annually on June 5th, was “Seven Billion dreams. One Planet. Consume with care.” This underscores the need to make the optimum use of the resources available on our planet and consume them with utmost care. No doubt, changing times have altered or raised the needs and desires of human beings, but the careful management of resources can help strike a perfect balance between nature and mankind. Once we achieve this balance, Sustainable Living will automatically become a part of our lives. Let’s now understand the meaning of Sustainable Living. This concept lays emphasis on the upcycling of available products or resources, which means, they are used in such a way that ultimately, their benefit reaches both the end users, human beings and Mother Earth. ... ...We hope that all of you have care and concern for your Mother Earth. If you have this feeling, you w…

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Ultimate Rescue from the Mind-Trap!

Once a princess, Nanda was now a disciple in the Buddha’s order. Nanda was Buddha’s cousin sister. She was the daughter of King Shuddhodana and his second wife, Queen Maha Prajapati Gautami. Although she had renounced the royal life of the kingdom, but her mind still clung to the past memories. A continuous blabbering bothered her mind... “Ah! Good old bygone days... When I was praised for my exquisite appearance! Even heavenly goddesses must have been jealous of my beauty. Everything was so comfortable and cosy. ...Why did I take this step? I should have told the head sister of the order the very first day when she sought a confirmation from me- ‘The only reason for your coming should be a true urge to tread the path of liberation.’ Why did I mask my feelings then that it was the loneliness of the palace and the craving to be near my mother and friends which I was trying to answer? ...But, today, although I am in the company of the ones I desired to be with, I once again wish to switch over to those luxuries and comforts! But, what will people say- that Nanda was a failure! No... How can I allow such a scar on myself? Oh! But I cannot live a life of renunciation here... What to do... What will people say... Where should I go?’ Nanda was drowned in the pool of inner tussle! The turmoil inside her was awfully unbearable. ... ... ... Dear readers, here, let’s all ask some questions to ourselves. Did it happen only with Nanda t…

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गर्मियों की छुट्टियों में सुधारें विहार और व्यवहार!

प्यारे बच्चों! गर्मियों की छुट्टियाँ शुरू हो चुकी हैं। आप खूब मज़े कर रहे होगे और स्कूल से मिला होमवर्क भी जमकर कर रहे होंगे। इस माह की 'अखण्ड ज्ञान' भी आपको इन छुट्टियों का एक होमवर्क दे रही है। क्या हुआ? ...घबराइए नहीं! क्योंकि यह होमवर्क आपको शारीरिक, मानसिक, बौद्धिक और आत्मिक- हर स्तर पर सशक्त करेगा। यदि आपने पूरी तत्परता से इस गृहकार्य को पूर्ण किया, तो छुट्टियों के बाद आप एक नए क्रांतिकारी व्यक्तित्व के साथ स्कूल में प्रवेश करोगे! अब जानिए कि आपको क्या करना है? इस स्तम्भ में हम विहार और व्यवहार से सम्बंधित आपको 10-10 टिप्स दे रहे हैं। आपको प्रतिदिन एक सुझाव का अभ्यास करना …

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क्या आपने 'ऐसा' संगीत सुना है?

शनिवार, 18 जनवरी, 2014- सनडांस फिल्म समारोह रिलीज़ करता है- 'अलाइव इनसाइड: अ स्टोरी ऑफ म्यूज़िक एंड मेमोरी'! सारांश- 'माइकल बेनेट' की यह डॉक्युमेंटरी संगीत के सकारात्मक और प्रभावशाली असर को दर्शाती है।यह कि कैसे अल्ज़ाइमर के रोगियों की निराश ज़िंदगी में म्यूज़िक कारगर सिद्ध हुआ। फिल्म बयान करती है कि जो काम आधुनिक चिकित्सा व्यवस्था के लिए असंभव सा है, उसको कितनी सहजता से संगीत सुनने मात्र से मुमकिन किया जा सकता है! 'फ्रेडरिक नीत्शू' कहते हैं, 'संगीत के बिना ज़िंदगी एक भूल है।' परन्तु अगर आज हम अपनी दृष्टि घुमाएँ, तो संगीत के कारण कितनी ही ज़िन्दगियाँ पतन की ओर खिसक रही हैं। न …

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क्या जीवन सचमुच इतना जटिल है?

आज की रफ्तार भरी दुनिया में हर कोई दौड़ता नज़र आता है। चाहे वह विद्यार्थी हो या नौकरीपेशा या व्यवसायी या फिर घर को संभालती महिला! हर कोई तेज़ी से भाग रहा है। पर इनमें से अधिकतर को नहीं मिल पाता- सफलता का मुकाम। मिलता है तो दु:ख, दर्द, निराशा और असफलता। इसलिए ज़रूरत है कुछ पल रुकने की। चिन्तन-मनन करने की। उन बातों को ग्रहण करने की, जो अत्यंत महत्वपूर्ण हैं- सफल और खुशहाल जीवन जीने के लिए। ... तेज रफ्तार ने हमारी असहनशीलता को भी तेज़ कर दिया है।ज़रा-ज़रा सी बातों पर हम नफरत के किले खड़े कर देते हैं। कहीं पर भी चले जाएँ- ऑफिस, घर या पार्टी में- सब जगह लोग एक-दूसरे की बुराई करते नज़र आते हैं। बस य…

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Salutes to the Motherhood!

A mother who always cares, A mother who’s always there... A mother who always stays... So blessed God made this mother of mine! May 8, 2016… A day dedicated to the mothers! Let’s celebrate this day by remembering some of the great mothers of the past… She has nurtured the icons of loyalty! It was the time when China was invaded from the north…The army in China was commanded by General Yue Fei. Undoubtedly, the situation demanded of him to show up his real strength and valour for the country. However, in those crucial moments, Yue Fei was trapped in a dilemma. On one end, it was the question of the life of his elderly mother, who was severely ill. On the other hand, his country’s freedom was at stake…He simply sat with watery eyes, looking at his loving mother in the state of utter helplessness. The mother smiled. She asked Yue to take off his shirt…However, without questioning, he handed his shirt to her. Mu, Yue’s mother, took her sewing needle and tattooed in big and bold letters these four Chinese words on it… She has gifted this world with the great philosophers of the time! This relates to the Fourth Century B.C. There was a child named Mencius, who was born in real challenging situations. When he stepped on this earth, he lost the shelter of his father. His mother, Zhang…In those trying times, she could manage to arrange for a dwelling near a cemetery...To her astonishment, Zhang notic…

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Balancing Communication between the Outside and the Inside World

No matter whether you are a teacher, a sales professional, a bank executive, an actor, or a politician, effective communication is the number one quality most of the employees want to have. It’s a quality without which growing up the ladder in our careers seems to be impossible. Not just professionally, personally too, communication plays a very important role... Verily, that’s the reason why for the last few decades even technology has followed the trend and has developed gadgets, software, etc. to enhance the power of communication. That’s why there has been a constant surge in the use of mobile phones, tablets, smart TVs, and other communicating devices... Just think for a moment, how often does it happen that you are busy doing some important piece of work at home or in your office and suddenly an SMS in your inbox, a ping on Whatsapp, a notification on Facebook, a tweet by some celebrity you follow, a picture posted by your close one on Instagram, a phone call by a friend or just a habit of regularly checking your phones disturbs your concentration and makes you lose the focus from work within a few minutes? Pictures and sounds of different types continue to invade our mind making the whole body restless... Besides technology, when we talk about communication, we cannot miss out mentioning another realm where non-stop chatter goes on! Yes, that’s our mind!... We have got engrossed in watching the videos and pictures of this glamorous world…

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Technology to Explore Consciousness!

Science and technology is on a swift rising trend. Besides exploring the outside magnificent world, the scientists have time and again tried to probe into the world of consciousness through their scientific tools and apparatuses... God’s Helmet God’s helmet is said to be so designed that a person wearing it tends to enjoy cosmic experiences. According to Persinger, after wearing the helmet, many subjects have reported "mystical experiences and altered states". Through this method, the scientists intend to prove that so-called divine visions as experienced by the spiritualists through meditation... Edison’s Method Thomas Edison– a name that holds to its credit a plethora of inventions amounting to 1093 patents! Besides working on different subjects, one of his research fields was– how to maximise his productivity and enhance his creative thinking. For this, he practised a method of relaxation which utilised the technique of hypnagogia. Hypnagogia is defined as a state which is experienced when a person is neither fully asleep nor fully awake... Floatation Tank In this method, a person is made to lie down in a dark enclosed chamber. The enclosure is essentially a 10 inch deep pool of water, less than 8 feet by 4 feet in size. This method is basically based on the concept of sensory deprivation...   Cranial Electrical Stimulator (CES) This method was developed in the late 1940’s in USSR. It was found through ex…

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ईश्वर की सेना में सम्मिलित हो जाओ!

सत्य सदा विजयी होता है।  इस शाश्वत बात से शैतान भली प्रकार अवगत है। किन्तु इस सच्चाई को जानने के बाद भी उसके विद्रोह में कमी नहीं आती।  वह सत्य को झुठलाने का निरन्तर प्रयास करता है।  हर युग में शैतान/अज्ञानता का यह हठ ज़ारी रहता है।  ज़रथुश्त्र के समय में भी कुछ ऐसा ही हुआ। ज़रथुश्त्र पारसी धर्म के प्रवर्तक थे।  उनके जन्म से पूर्व ही दुष्कर्मियों को उनके आगमन की आहट हो गयी थी। ... इसलिए उन्होंने ज़रथुश्त्र के पदार्पण की संभावना को ही खत्म करना चाहा।  पर 'जाको राखे साईया मार सके न कोय !' ... आख़िरकार इस दिव्य आत्मा का आलिंगन कर धरा प्रफुल्लित हो उठी।  ... उनके रूप में …

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संघबद्ध होकर हमें चलना ही होगा ...

सद्गुरु श्री आशुतोष महाराज जी अपने शिष्यों को सम्बोधित करते हुए कहा करते हैं - " तुम सब में इतनी शक्ति है कि तुम चाहो तो पर्वतों का सिर झुका दो।  आँधियों का रुख मोड़ दो।  अगर तुम सब ब्रह्मज्ञानी संगठित हो जाओ, तो असम्भव भी संभव हो सकता है।  "... कहते हैं, एक मज़बूत इमारत बनाने के लिए मज़बूत ईंटों की ज़रूरत होती है।  पर यह अधूरा ज्ञान है।  चूँकि आप कितनी भी मज़बूत ईंटे क्यों न ले आएं, आप उनसे तब तक मज़बूत इमारत नहीं बना सकते जब तक उन ईंटों के बीच में सीमेंट न भर दिया जाए। ... संगठित होकर चलने के लिए ऐसे ही कुछ महत्वपूर्ण सूत्र हैं...   पहला - लक्ष्य के प्रति जागरूकता ! अगर हमारा ल…

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ग्रथों की अनखुली ग्रन्थियाँ!

...आइए चलते हैं, द्वापरकालीन युग की ओर। इस युग में महर्षि वेदव्यास जी ने रचना की थी, एक अद्भुत ग्रंथ- 'महाभारत' की। इसकी अभूतपूर्वता के कुछ अनखुले पक्षों से आज हम आपका परिचय कराना चाहेंगे। सर्वप्रथम इस ग्रंथ में 8800 श्लोक थे और इसका नाम रखा गया था- 'जय'। इस नामांकन के पीछे भी महान रहस्य है। उसी ग्रंथि को अब खोलते हैं-वेदव्यास रचित इस महान ग्रंथ में कुल कितने पर्व हैं?- 18 पर्व!  महाभारत का युद्ध कितने दिनों तक चला?- 18 दिन! इस युद्ध में कितनी अक्षौहिणी सेनाएँ सम्मिलित थीं?- 18 अक्षौहिणी सेनाएँ! युद्ध के पश्चात् जीवित रहने वाले योद्धा कितने थे?- 18 ( 15 पांडवों के, 3कौरवों के)! सारतः यह…

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आकस्मिक उपचार!

असावधानी या लापरवाही दुर्घटनाओं का सबसे बड़ा कारण है। सावधानी से दुर्घटनाओं को बहुत हद तक कम किया जा सकता है। दुर्घटना में घायल व्यक्ति को जल्द से जल्द आवश्यक उपचार मिल जाने पर मृत्यु एवं अन्य खतरों से बचाया जा सकता है। अतः इस बार अखण्ड ज्ञान आपके लिए आकस्मिक दुर्घटनाओं में की जाने वाली प्राथमिक चिकित्सा के चुनिंदा सूत्र लेकर आई है। ... आग से जलना अक्सर गृहणियाँ रसोईघर में खाना पकाते समय  अपना कोई न कोई अंग जला बैठती हैं। वहीं बच्चे भी अनजाने में शैतानी करते हुए गर्म बर्तन को छूकर या गैस की आँच के नज़दीक आकर अपने को जला लेते हैं। दिवाली पर पटाखों से जल जाना भी एक साधारण घ…

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क्या हम भी ले पाएँगे कोई प्रेरणा?

मात्र एक इंसान ने बीस लाख से ज़्यादा अजन्मे शिशुओं की जान बचाई। क्या हुआ? चौंक गए! पर यह बिल्कुल सच है... आस्ट्रेलिया के जेम्स क्रीस्टोफर के खून में पाया गया- Rh(D)इम्यून ग्लोब्युलिन। यह दुर्लभ एंटीबॉडी ( रोग-प्रतिकारक) है। गर्भस्थ माताओं की देह में इस एंटीबॉडी का अभाव गर्भस्थ शिशुओं को रीसस रोग से पीड़ित कर उनकी मृत्यु का कारण बनता था। जेम्स ने अपने रक्त-प्लाज़्मा को इन माताओं को दान किया और उनके शिशुओं की रक्षा की। अभी तक जेम्स हज़ार से भी ज़्यादा बार अपने रक्त-प्लाज़्मा का दान कर चुके हैं। इसके लिए उन्हें ' Man with the Golden Arm' की उपाधि से विभूषित किया गया है। साथ ही 'जीवन बीमा कम्पनी' द्…

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विवेकानंद बनने के सूत्र!

इस माह अखण्ड ज्ञान पत्रिका आपके लिए भारत के क्रांतिकारी युवा संत स्वामी विवेकानंद जी के कुछ विशेष चित्र लेकर आई है। इनमें से अधिकतर चित्र मूल प्रतियाँ हैं, जो स्वामी जी के जीवन संघर्ष के विलक्षण पहलुओं को उजागर कर रही हैं। इन पहलुओं ने स्वामी विवेकानंद जी को आकार दिया; नरेन्द्र को विश्व-विजेता विवेकानंद बनाया। यह मौलिक चित्र स्वामी श्री रामकृष्ण परमहंस जी का है, जो अपने शिष्यों के मध्य उपस्थित हैं। परमहंस जी भाव-समाधि की अवस्था में लीन दिखाई दे रहे हैं। यह अवस्था उनकी ब्रह्म-निष्ठता की परिचायक है। केवल ठाकुर श्री रामकृष्ण परमहंस जी के समान सद्गुरु ही ऐसा सामर्थ्य रख…

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How to get rid of the bad pathways?

Have we ever stopped and checked our personality? May be! We have good and bad traits; but have we ever observed and categorised them? No, because we don't care. We are not bothered! We take life as it comes and keep enjoying the free flow (or, better say, the free fall). Mixing with all sorts of people, watching all kinds of films/serials/scenes, doing whatever we like- all this underlines our existence. Not even an iota of thought goes into the "what's and how's" of 'Character'. 'Enjoy and chill'- this is the core principle defining the lifestyle of the current generation. Whatever comes our way, we simply go with it- without segregating the good from bad. Obviously, with greater and effortless availability of bad, we start spending more time on bad stuff. However, like weeds take away nutrition from the good crop; indulgence into bad sucks our energy and keeps us away from doing good. The result is- feeble conscience, lack of control, weaker mind, poor focus and concentration. Sooner or later we start getting bogged down and feel dull. Instead of enjoying life, we start feeling helpless and vulnerable. Therefore, an important question is- 'What is the way out?' 1. The first thing is to recognise that there is a problem. 2. The second is to identify right and wrong. 3. The third is to start feeding the good rather than feeding the bad. A man had two birds which would keep fighting. However, the bird that the ma…

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Health Killers @ Office/Corporate

Office is our second home. Rather, in today's times, it won't be wrong to say that our workplace has become our first home with respect to the time we spend there. Since most of the time is spent in the office, the health or fitness factor at the workplace automatically pulls our attention. Therefore, let's shift our focus to the three major health hazards that can affect our fitness and the ways by which we can protect ourselves from these disorders. SITTING RELATED DISEASES One of the major health killers are the chairs of our offices. We sit for almost the entire day on the chair. Verily, the day is not far when we would come across such headlines- "Sitting has become the epidemic of the era!" Why so? It was published in the American Journal of Epidemiology that mortality and time spent in sitting have correlation with each other. This result came out after studying about 1,85,000 people for a period of around 14 years. Moreover, as per the article published in the Medical Journal of Australia,'prolonged sitting at the desk may account for health hazards'. ... AIR CONDITIONER-RELATED HEALTH PROBLEMS Air conditioners (AC) have become an integral part in offices today. Without an AC, we can't even imagine a corporate world. However, the AC environment has been taken as one of the causes of Sick Building Syndrome (SBS). Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) is used in the context of situations wherein the people experience acute health ha…

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Check the status of your Friendship!

A friend is one who stands to share your every touch of grief and care... And though your need be great or small, his strength is yours throughout it all... No matter what your dream may be... He prays your triumph soon to see... There is no wish your tongue can tell... But what it is your friend's as well... Let's say, one gets a friend who fulfill all the facets as expressed in the lines by the poet. Characterised with these traits, can we assure that friendship to be the 'true friendship'? Surprisingly, no! Reason being,the purpose for which this sharing is done... the objective for the accomplishment of which one pours his strengths... the dream which one aspires to turn into reality... and, the wish which one aspires to fulfill- these matter the most! It is primarily the direction and the intention behind one's goal that decides the cadre of friendship! Yes, friendship has categories. As Buddha says, one can be Kalyan Mitta (the good friend) or a Papa Mitta (the evil friend). In modern parlance, this bifurcation can be stated as animal friendship, human friendship and divine friendship. When the purpose for which one associates with the other as a friend is ill-willed, it is characterised as 'animal friendship'. The fate of such a friendship is nothing but disaster at the individual as well as the societal level. When one extends a helping hand to his comrade for the attainment of worldly aspirations or goals, that association is …

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Mystical Wireless from the Battlefield to the Palace!

In the age of modern science and technology, often the legends recorded on the pages of epics and scriptures are seen from the lens of mysticism and impracticality. However, as a matter of fact, the writings in these repositories epitomise the real heights and advancements of science and technology. This statement holds valid in the light of the fact that over the period of time as modern science has advanced, many aspects of these ancient writings have been found perfectly scientific and logical, that too of fine stature. Moreover, where there are numerous instances of the theories and revelations of modern science being proved incorrect or incomplete, there the legitimacy of the revelations in these texts of wisdom remain unchallengable. ... Let's move to the time frame when, after all possible attempts to reconcile failed, it was finally decided that a massive battle of Mahabharata will take place between the Kauravas and the Pandavas to resolve the feud. At that time, the blind King Dhritrashtra expressed his desire to know about the happenings in the battlefield. The Mahabharata says that considering the King's urge, Sanjaya was provided with the faculty of the distant vision by the sage Ved Vyasa. The sage said to the King- "Sanjaya will give the description of all the incidents of the war. Nothing in the battlefield will go unseen or unheard by him. Whether an accident occurs before his eyes or behind his back, during the day or night, concealed or in pu…

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Come, join the Army of God!

"Truth always triumphs"- the evil knows that this is universally and eternally true. However, it still keeps on tryinf to defy these words. Evident in every age, this was true at the time of Zarathustra as well. Prior to his birth, the wicked people and magicians had an inkling that someone is going to come who would pose as a threat to their existence. Hence, they intended to curb the possibility of Zarathustra taking birth on this earth. However, their intentions could not fructify and hence the earth was blessed with the arrival of a divine soul, who was supposed to spread the message of truth and awakening in times to come. ... where all babies cry when they come in this world, Zarathustra laughed at the time of birth. Such incidences marked a clear indication that Zarathustra was not an ordinary child, but a divine entity who had come for the emancipation of mankind from the evil and wrongdoers. It is an eternal law of creation that from time to time enlightened saints and Spiritual Masters descend on this earth to spread the message of Truth, and thus annihilate unrighteousness. ... This has been the sole philosophy and ideology behind every spiritual movement in every era, which was also exemplified at the time of Zarathustra. After a long wait and craving, at the age of 30, Zarathustra ultimately got the real preceptor who unveiled the secret door to meet the Ahura Mazda (God). ... After receiving the Divine Knowledge...  "Be the warriors of…

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What are we busy about?

Nowadays, mobiles or cell- phones have become  the need of society. They no longer fall in the category of luxurious items, rather have become a necessity. However, have you noticed a fact related to them. It is that 80% of the phone calls are made only to 20% names in the contact list. If we have 50 names in our contact list, then 20% of 50 is 10. That means, most of the time we call only these 10 people, even though there are 50 names in the list. Let's pick up another example. Nowadays newspaper are getting bulkier. With what? With news, with info?...No, with ads! 80% of the news is compiled in 20% of the paper. The rest of the paper is just packed with advertisement. Likewise, ● 80% of the time we wear 20% of the clothes in our closet. ● 80% of the traffic is on 20% of streets. ● 80% of the happiness comes from 20% of relations. ● 80% of the firm's profit is generated from 20% of the customers. ● 80% of the results are achieved from 20% of the activities.... ... This list is endless. Are you amazed? However, dear friends, this is the truth! A validated truth! The figures may not be exactly 80/20 all the time, they may be 75/25,70/30,85/15 or 90/10. But the point of consideration is the striking imbalance. The cause and effects are not in the ratio of 1:1. A small percentage of all the possible causes account for the major percentage of the results. On the basis of these observations, came into existence the 80/20 rule or the Pareto&#…

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महा शिवरात्रि पर करे, शिव- तत्व की उपासना!

हाथ में जल पात्र, बेल पत्र इत्यादि लिए 'रावत' जी के कदम मंदिर की ओर बढ़े चले जा रहे थे। आज फाल्गुन कृष्ण चतुर्दशी के उपलक्ष्य पर उन्होंने महाशिवरात्रि का व्रत जो रखा था। सो शिवलिंग का अभिषेक करने हेतु ही वे घर से निकले थे। पर मंदिर पहुँचने पर उनको श्रद्धालुओं की लंबी कतार देखने को मिली। उनकी बारी आते- आते लगभग डेढ़ घंटा बीत गया। शिवलिंग के निकट पहुँच कर उन्होंने ने भी बाकी सब की तरह उस पर बेल पत्र रखे और जल से अभिषेक किया। पर मन में प्रश्न कौंध उठे, आखिर यह सब क्यों? यह बेल पत्र, जल, दूध इत्यादि से अभिषेक... ऐसा क्यों? खैर, सवालों को किनारे करके वे सरपट घर की ओर मुड़ गए। रास्ते मे उन…

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खेलत रघुपति होरी हो!

होली के रंग विविध हैं। इन रंगों को खेलने के ढंग भी विविध हैं। ' होली' का त्यौहार रूढ़ियों के ढर्रे पर कभी नहीं चला। वह हर युग में नया वेश लेकर आया है। हर युगावतार की शैली में.नाचा है, थिरका है।...जैसा प्रांत, जैसी विभूति, जैसा भाव-वैसा ही रूप बनाकर फाग झूमा है। होली के इन अनेक रंगों और ढंगों में एक बात ' एक' सी रही है। वह है, प्रेम की। होली का उत्सव प्रेम का ही महोत्सव है। आएँ, होली की प्रेम-भीनी फुहारों में झूमें। अवध नगरी नववधू सी सजी थी। रंगोत्सव का प्रभाव धरा और गगन पर छाया था। राजभवन भी रंगभवन में बदल गया था। सूर्यवंश का राजसी परिवार बगीचे में एकत्र था। रघुवीर श्री राम जनक…

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कैसा संगीत हमारी 'प्ले लिस्ट' में हो?

क्या संगीत भी अच्छा- बुरा हो सकता है? संगीत के प्रोफेसर ' टिम फिशर' इसका उत्तर एक उदाहरण से देते हैं। वे कहते हैं- अंग्रेजी भाषा के वर्ण 'e' को लें। तो क्या यह अच्छा 'e' होगा या बुरा 'e'? या फिर दोनों में से कुछ भी नहीं? तीसरा विकल्प ही सही है। 'e' न्यूट्रल है- न अच्छा है, न बुरा है। पर जब इस मूल वर्ण को अन्य मौलिक वर्णो से जोड़ कर पंक्ति का निर्माण करते हैं, तो? मसलन ' Praise the Lord ( प्रभु का गुणगान करें)' या ' I hate God ( मैं भगवान से नफरत करता हूँ )'। स्पष्ट देखा जा सकता है कि पहला वाक्य सकारात्मक या अच्छा है; पर दूसरा वाक्य नकारात्मक या बुरा है। अत: 'e' न्यूट्रल है, मगर उसे जिस स्थान पर और ज…

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Want to Secure Your Job?

It was time for a quarterly business review in our office. One by one, the members of our team were going to meet the manager in his cabin to discuss their performance during the last quarter. His cabin is right in front of my seat and I could clearly see through the glass and get a hint of how the review of others was going. Rahul, my friend from the team, was the next one to go inside the cabin for his review. We all knew that Rahul’s performance during the last quarter wasn’t good at all. All of us could, therefore, anticipate the scenario in the boss’s cabin. After his review got over, the door of the cabin opened. Just when Rahul was about to come out, the Manager made his final remark in a frightening voice-“Rahul, if you can’t do your job well then start looking for another. I will hire someone else.” Though the words were uttered for Rahul, but they had almost an equal impact on all of us sitting outside the cabin. Rahul started to think as to what would happen if he had to leave. How would he be able to carry out the responsibilities of his family? After thinking about it for a long time, he realised the value and importance of his job. Just three days later, I came across a story which somehow reminded me of my colleague Rahul. It was a story of a gardener and the owner of the house. Once, a young boy went to a nearby telephone booth and made a call to apply for a job. While the boy was making a call, the booth owner was quietly…

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Tattoo Making: Building your identity or Ruining It?

Hello Friends, welcome to this ever-trending talk show-‘Make way to stay’. Here is your host Elina Oberoi bringing today an exclusive subject or in fact, one of the trending topics of the contemporary times- ‘Tattoo Making’. Now when we say tattoos, the first thing that comes to our mind is youth. With youngsters going crazy over this fad, it seems tattoos are an inevitable part of their lives, something they can’t afford to miss. Maybe it represents their state of emotions or is just a major life ingredient that defines or completes their personality. But, as we are familiar with the fact that everything has its pros and cons, let’s bring our thoughts to a healthy discussion and kick-start today’s special show on ‘To what extent tattooing is favourable for youth?’  First, let me introduce to you our three panelists present in the studio-Mr. David Treasurywala, a Medical Practitioner; Ms. Stella Fernandes, a Social Analyst and Mr. Robin Khanna, a Tattoo Expert. We extend a very warm welcome to all our guests. Our Reporter Shrey Deol is already present at the CBC University Campus and is among the happening crowd of youth to take their views on the subject. Host- Shrey, let’s start with you. You are amid a bustling atmosphere at the university and I guess, the youth around you must have got a fair idea of what your agenda is going to be. Well, let’s connect with them and begin with the conversation. R…

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Assess the Basis of Your Relationship

 There can be three basis supporting man-woman relationships: Physical and Emotional Basis Intellectual Basis Spiritual Basis Physical and Emotional Basis Physical Basis can be entirely based on just the physical intimacy between a man and woman, wherein the only support which keeps the relationship ignited is sensual gratification. This kind of relationship is bound to fall apart as soon as over-familiarity with the other person is attained, so to say when the other body stops tingling the senses; giving way to boredom. This is where the majority of youngsters stand today- people go out to the pubs/ discos just to find partners for one night stand, where the tickle of a new person brings back spark and excitement in life. This is a very volatile state- every new touch is like a print on the fabric of the body-memory. It’s like you get a  tattoo done, it looks great; then you get another tattoo on top of it, then another one and then another, until the skin starts to wear out. In the same manner, imprint after imprint on the fabric of the body-memory disillusions the body. Just like over-tattooing is abusing the skin; likewise, proximity with multiple partners is abusing the senses. ...Look at the society today- people are not even leaving 2 to 3 years old kids, they are molesting them! Is this because they have a need to get intimate? No. It is because of their compulsive nature. It is a bad circuit in the brain which has been used over and …

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वेलेंटाइन युगल ऑफ त्रेता!

इस माह की 14 तारीख को विश्व-भर मे वेलेंटाइन दिवस के रूप में मनाया जाएगा। इस दिन प्रेमी-युगल एक-दूसरे के प्रति अपने प्रेम का इज़हार वेलेंटाइन कार्ड, फूल, चॉकलेट आदि देकर करते हैं। अमेरिका के ग्रीटिंग कार्ड ऐसोसिएशन के अनुसार इस दिन लगभग एक अरब वेलेंटाइन कार्ड  पूरी दुनिया में लोग खरीदते हैं। भारत के युवा भी अब  इस विदेशी पर्व को मनाने की होड़ में हैं। पर क्या आज के आधुनिक प्रेमी जोड़े प्रेम के सच्चे अर्थ, उसकी गहराई व उसके मोल को जानते हैं?  हम आज आपको भारतीय इतिहास के ऐसे सच्चे प्रेमी-युगल की गाथा सुनाते हैं, जिन्होंने न एक-दूसरे को कभी वेलेंटाइन कार्ड दिया, न गुलाब के फूल भे…

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नई सोच की हरियाली!

अब रचनात्मकता का ज़माना है। हर क्षेत्र में नई सोच नए झण्डे फहरा रही है। नवीन विचारों में ही सृजनात्मकता है। लेकिन यह हमारे हाथ में है कि अपनी नई सोच  को हम कहाँ और किस क्षेत्र में लगाते हैं! पहनावे और खान-पान में लगाते हैं, तो यही नई सोच ' फैशन' बन कर छा जाती है। वैज्ञानिक या तकनीकी क्षेत्र में यह आविष्कार के रूप में उभर कर आती है। कॉर्पोरेट जगत में यह नये प्रोडक्ट्स और नए मुकामों की सीढ़ी बन जाती है। पर इस दुनिया में कुछ लोग ऐसे भी हैं, जिन्होंने अपने रचनात्मकता के परों से स्वार्थ के परे उड़ान भर कर दिखाई है। उनकी यह उड़ान आधुनिकता की चमक-दमक से दूर प्रकृति के आँचल की ओर है। अपन…

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साधकों, धैर्य बनाए रखना!

सोचो, कैसा होता अगर हम आज स्कूल में दाखिला लेते और कल ही डॉक्टर या इंजीनियर बन जाते! आज बीज बोते और कल ही खेतों में बड़ी-बड़ी फसल लहलहाने लगती। घर से निकलते और निकलते ही ऑफिस पहुँच जाते... रास्ते में कोई लाल बत्ती न होती! सचमुच, तब ज़िन्दगी कितनी सुपरफास्ट होती! पर हकीकत में ऐसा नहीं होता! धैर्य, सब्र इंतज़ार- ये ज़िन्दगी के अटूट हिस्से हैं। आप चाहें तो भी इन शब्दों को अपने जीवन के शब्दकोश से हटा या मिटा नहीं सकते। मज़िल की ओर बढ़ेंगे, तो रास्ते में लाल बत्तियाँ तो आएँगी ही और हमें उन पर रुकना भी पड़ेगा। ठहरेंगे नहीं, हरी बत्ती होने तक का सब्र नहीं रखेंगे, तो फिर दुर्घटना के अंजाम को भी भुग…

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Fear and Insecurity

'The only thing we have to fear is fear itself- nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyses needed efforts to convert retreat into advance'. These were the words of the U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt in his first inaugural address after becoming the President in 1933. The U.S. was going through a deep economic depression at that time, and this motivational speech marked the beginning of steering the U.S. economy in a progressive direction. What is fear or insecurity?- An imaginary thought that sometime in the future something will go wrong, beyond our control. For instance- Somebody might think- 'My mom and my aunt both had this disease; so I'll get it too.' Some employee may get insecure of a new joiner, and start feeling that his promotion would be stopped. Some other employee may think that his boss would get negatively influenced due to the wrong information by his peers. Some student might feel- 'I am bad at Mathematics; will I be able to pass the exam?' Another student may get fearful of losing his 1st position in the class. An office-goer may think-'My colleague bought a Merc; I need to buy an Audi now.' Some might fear the loss of a loved one. There are so many imaginary walls we build around us- a wall of a imaginary disease, a wall of imaginary failure, a wall of losing a competition, a wall of losing beauty, etc. What if all this were to happen in reality? Would it not make sens…

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Hot Soups for Cool Winters!

Winters are here once again when everyone cuddles for finding warmth in everything. The hands crave for gloves; the feet want to remain nestled inside the cosy socks; the head demands a scarf and so on! In a nutshell, from top to bottom, we are overloaded with woolen stuff. That's the change from the perspective of our attire. Well, there occurs a change in our cuisine as well. When it comes to beverages, instead of looking for lemonade or shakes, we go for hot, healthy, and delicious soups. Hence, we bring you some recipes for healthy, homemade, vegetarian soups. It is important to note here that these days many packed and ready-to-make soups are in trend. However, often these packed powder soups turn out to be a storehouse of high sodium. This makes the basic concept of 'soup- a healthy food' go in vain. It is because high sodium intake can cause high blood pressure, stroke or heart diseases. So, let's learn some easy recipes of nutrient-dense soups and relish them with their health benefits. Before getting into individual benefits of different soups, let's take a quick glance on the general benefits of soups.   Soups' Health Benefits Soups help us 'maintain weight': In tendency, we have a tendency to stuff ourselves. Due to this, there are greater chances of putting on weight. But soups may work for us as the 'carrot and stick' technique, helping us in maintaining our weight. A research was published in the British…

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Who is the real inventor?

...The day was 28th December, 1928. Alexander Fleming reached his laboratory in the Saint Mary's Hospital in London. ...Fleming was visiting the laboratory after a long break. All of a sudden his sight fell on the Petri dishes kept on the slab. At the bottom of those dishes, some blue-greenish coloured substance remained accumulated. To examine that odd-looking substance ...He placed the dishes under the magnifying glass for observation. What Fleming observed, left him stupefied. He saw thousands of dead bacteria glued to the substance from all ends. ...he began to study the phenomenon in detail, with an investigative approach. ... After all, what was that greenish substance? Fleming's mind and heart remain engrossed in finding the answer to this question. In order to reach the answer ...He prepared the same culture again, which he had prepared in the Petri dishes before going for holidays. He kept the same in a corner for several days to let it dry. The green colour fungus was seen again in the content. Fleming named this fungus as penicillin. After many experiments, it was concluded that the substance which was accidentally discovered had magical curative properties. It proved to be a wonderful antibiotic, which destroyed the harmful bacteria and put the break on their proliferation capacity.  ...With this extraordinary discovery, the medical fraternity got such an invaluable asset that they were able to treat many infectious diseases effectively. ... Th…

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सोशल मिडिया से क्या खोया, क्या पाया?

दोस्तों! 'दिल खोल के बोल' नामक इस शो में आप सभी का स्वागत है। मैं हूँ रजत खन्ना और आज हम एक बहुत ही खास विषय पर चर्चा करने वाले हैं। एक ऐसा विषय, जो हम सब की ज़िन्दगी के साथ इस हद तक जुड़ चुका है जिसके बिना जीवन जीना सम्भव नहीं लगता। जी हाँ, आप बिल्कुल सही समझे- हम बात करने जा रहे हैं- सोशल मिडिया यानी फेसबुक, ट्विटर, वट्स-ऐप की! इस विषय पर बात करने के लिए एक खास पैनल हमारे स्टूडियो में मौजूद है। सोशल मिडिया का समर्थन करते हुए- आज की युवा पीढ़ी का प्रतिनिधित्व कर रहे हैं- रोहित जी। ये एक इंजीनियर हैं और कॉर्पोरेट सेक्टर में काम करते हैं। डॉ. ए. एल. अग्रवाल जी एक जाने-माने मनोचिकित्सक एव…

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'साधना' और 'सत्संग' का विज्ञान

उन्नीसवीं शताब्दी की बात है। विश्व-प्रसिद्ध रसायन शास्त्री लुई पाश्चर की ऑर्लीयन्स ( फ्रांस के मेयर और चेंबर ऑफ कॉमर्स के अध्यक्ष) के संग बैठक हुई। चर्चा का विषय था- ' ईश्वर के नज़दीक लाने वाला विज्ञान'। गौर करने वाली बात है कि इस घटना को  लगभग  150 वर्ष बीत चुके हैं; पर आज भी जब हम अपनी  विज्ञान की पुस्तकें पढ़ते हैं, तो भगवान के नज़दीक लाना तो दूर  ये भगवान के अस्तित्व तक पर प्रश्नचिह्न लगाती दिखती हैं। किन्तु गुरुदेव आशुतोष महाराज जी कहा करते हैं- 'ब्रह्मज्ञान- जो विज्ञानों का भी विज्ञान है, ऐसी स्थिति में बेजोड़ समाधान देता है और आज की वैज्ञानिक शिक्षा  की उक्त कमी क…

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मन इतना चंचल क्यों है?

तिरुवण्णामलै ( अरुणाचल) की घाटी  मे श्री रमण महर्षि का आश्रम था। वहाँ बहुत से शिष्य अपने आत्म-विकास में रत थे। प्रतिदिन की भाँति रमण महर्षि प्रात: भ्रमण के लिए निकले कि अचानक उनके कदम अपने शिष्यों के साधना कक्ष की ओर बढ़ गए। सारे शिष्य साधना की मुद्रा में अपने-अपने कुश आसनों पर स्थिर होकर बैठे थे। रमण महर्षि एक माँ की भाँति  काफी देर तक बड़े ही प्रेम से अपने सभी शिष्यों को निहारते रहे। एकाएक उनकी दृष्टि अपने एक शिष्य पर पड़ी, जो बहुत ही अशांत प्रतीत हो रहा था। उसकी एकाग्रता बार-बार भंग हो रही थी। कभी वह पलकें झपकाता, तो कभी झुकता, कभी हाथों को खोलता... रमण महर्षि कुछ देर वहाँ रु…

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Are You Suffering From FOMO?

After working rigorously for so many days in the office, I decided to take a break and go for a vacation to Jaipur with my wife and parents. It was a pleasant morning when we started from Delhi and by the time we reached Jaipur, it was noon and pretty warm. As we entered the lobby of a 5-star hotel, we were left spellbound. It was miraculously beautiful and the hotel-staff extended a very cordial welcome to us. We were really looking forward to be spending two days in that beautiful hotel. Since most of my friends keep updating Facebook about their trips to different locations, I thought it’s my turn now to tell them how great I am feeling at this hotel. So, I posted an update on Facebook- “Having a lovely time with my family @***** Hotel in Jaipur”. After a few minuted we were escorted to our rooms which were nicely decorated. While my family enjoyed the lovely view from the room, I was hooked up to my phone eager to see the response to my recent post on Facebook. Within ten minutes I got eleven ‘Likes’ from my friends. Suddenly, I got to hear a strict tone... It was my wife’s voice who reminded me that it was supposed to be a trip away from technology and to be spent with the loved ones. But, driven by the Facebook-mania, I continued scrolling through the timeline to see what my other friends were up to. Suddenly I came across a post from one of my friends who stated- “Having a gala time with my wife in Maldives” (with a p…

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Endurance and Patience... Next to Impossible!!

How many times have we failed to keep our resolutions? When an ugly confrontation with a colleague or a family member or a friend or even a stranger saps off all the positive energy in us and leaves us exhausted, stressed and devastated- we make a promise to ourselves. We resolve not to repeat it. We make a promise to ourselves that I will not let this happen again. We make a promise to ourselves that I will try my best to react differently if a similar situation arises again. We make a promise to ourselves that I will be more patient and practice endurance to peacefully straighten out things. But alas! Every time acting subservient to the dictatorship of our unbridled mind, we break this resolution. Our promise is battered and shattered into pieces. We simply fail to keep ourselves composed and to react maturely when things go against our will. Is it so difficult? Or is it practically impossible in today’s fast paced impatient 4G world to practice virtues like endurance and patience in adverse situations? Are sayings like, “For to be poised against fatality, to meet adverse conditions gracefully, is more than simple endurance; it is an act of aggression, a positive triumph” and “Endurance is nobler than strength, and patience than beauty” merely good enough for leisure reading? The answer to the above questions may seem to be ‘yes’ for us; but for the great souls, endurance and patience have been an integral part of their personali…

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Miser or Wiser!

Once, a person was returning from the funeral session of his affluent uncle when someone asked him, “How much did the rich man leave behind?” A pat reply came, “Everything.”       This befits a rich, young man who never earned a single penny on his own but was the last of his granny’s aristocrat family. He lived in a magnificent bungalow studded with every luxury, and all this came to him as a legacy from his grandfather. However, he was a real miser. He tried to save his forefather’s inheritance as much as possible. Thus, in order to prevent his money from taking swift exit from his treasuries, his attempt was always to invest the minimum. He kept only two servants for the whole lot of work, whereas the actual workload demanded two more. One of the servants was supposed to take care of the plethora of household chores and the other was deputed to cook for him. But he was always skeptical about their sincerity. He had this suspicion that the cook must have stolen some utensils for his own use or might be voraciously eating the food. And, he was consciously watchful of his precious accessories handled by the other servant. As a result, he landed into a state of complete unrest. His incessant worry made him decide to sell off everything that he held for so long. He sold all his furniture and belongings, and went on to the extent of selling even the royal bungalow that he resided in. He lay off both his servants and …

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ठंडी बयार

सर्दियों ने धीमे-धीमे दस्तक दे दी है। ऐसे में भले ही आप थोड़े सुस्त हो गए हों, परंतु हम आपके लिए रैपिड-फायर( जल्दी- जल्दी पूछे गए) प्रश्न लेकर आए हैं। उत्तर 'हां' या 'न' में दें। 1. क्या आपका सुबह देर तक बिस्तर छोड़ने का मन नही करता? 2. क्या आजकल आप गरिष्ठ भोजन का सेवन बड़े चाव से कर रहे हैं? 3. क्या एक ज़माना हो गया है, आपको सूर्य देवता की गोद में बैठे हुए? 4. क्या आप नहाने का कार्यक्रम अकसरां एक दिन छोड़ कर करने लगे हैं? 5. क्या आप सैर पर जाने से कतराने लगे हैं? 6. क्या इन दिनों व्यायाम का आपने तर्पण कर दिया है? 7. क्या आप हर समय हीटर के आस-पास रहना पसंद करते हैं? यदि इस प्रश्नावली के किसी ए…

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आपका निर्णय कैसा होना चाहिए?

कॉर्पोरेट जगत में बहुत से लोगों ने अपनी किस्मत आज़माई है। ऐसी बहुत सी हस्तियों हुईँ, जिन्होंने सिफर से सफ़र शुरू किया और सफलता के ऊँचे शिखर तक जा पहुँची। वहीँ, ऐसे उदाहरणों की भी कतारें लगी हैँ, जहाँ अर्श से शुरुआत करके लोग फर्श पर आ गिरे। चाहे बात नीचे से ऊपर जाने की हो या ऊपर से नीचे आने की- दोनों पहलुओं में मुख्य भूमिका होती है- हमारे 'निर्णय' की। मात्र एक निर्णय हमारे बिज़नेस, प्रोजेक्ट, कम्पनी इत्यादि का इतिहास बदल सकता है। अगर आप कोई बिज़नेस चलाते हैँ या किसी कम्पनी के मालिक हैं या फिर किसी प्रोजेक्ट को संभाल रहे हैं, तो ज़रा एक बार अपने आप से ये प्रश्न पूछिए- -> क्या आपके न…

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जीव-जंतुओं ने सुनाई संगच्छध्वं की धुन!

ईश्वर द्वारा निर्मित इस प्रकृति का अंश प्रेरणादायक है। ज़र्रा-ज़र्रा मनुष्य को अमूल्य शिक्षाओं का पाठ पढ़ा रहा है। मानव चाहे तो आसपास के वातावरण व जीव-जन्तुओं से अनेक प्रेरणाएँ ग्रहण कर अपना चहूँमुखी विकास कर सकता है। तो चलिए, इस बार हम भी कुछ ऐसा ही प्रयास करते हैं। इस लेख के माध्यम से सृष्टि के विभिन्न जीव-जन्तुओं  द्वारा उच्चारित 'संगच्छध्वं' की धुन सुनते हैं। इन प्रेरक रत्नों को आत्मसात करने हेतु पग बढ़ाते हैं। ग्रेट बैरियर रीफ- समुद्री जीव-जन्तुओं  द्वारा निर्मित विश्व की सबसे विशाल चट्टान! इतनी विशाल कि अंतरिक्ष से भी दिखाई देती है। यह चट्टान आस्ट्रेलिया मेँ …

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भोजन किसमें पकाएँ व खाएँ?

प्रिय पाठकों! आज तक 'सेहत सार' स्तम्भ  आपको हृष्ट-पुष्ट- तंदुरुस्त रखने के लिए आपके समक्ष  भोजन, खान-पान, रहन-सहन आदि से सम्बन्धित सिद्धांतों व जानकारियों को प्रस्तुत करता आया है। परन्तु जैसे भोजन का हमारे तन-मन पर प्रभाव पड़ता है, ठीक वैसे ही भोज्य पदार्थों को  पकाने  और  सहेजने  वाले बर्तनों  का  भी  हमारे स्वास्थ्य में बहुत बड़ा योगदान है। एल्युमीनियम  के बर्तनों के लाभ/ हानि आजकल हर रसोईघर में हमें एल्युमीनियम के बर्तन जैसे प्रेशर कुकर, कढ़ाई, फ्राइंग पैन आदि दृष्टिगोचर होते हैं। क्योंकि भाग-दौड़ वाली ज़िन्दगी में एल्युमीनियम के बर्तनों में खाना बनाने क…

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भरत के मन के दीप- श्रीराम!

अश्विन शुक्ल की दशमी को यह धरा-धाम अत्यंत प्रफुल्लित हो उठी थी। उसके वक्ष-स्थल से एक दानवी शक्ति का विलोप जो हो चुका था। चँहु ओर ‘विजय' की धूम थी। एक हर्षौल्लास का वातावरण था। आज मानो हिंद महासागर  भी उछालें  मारकर अपनी प्रसन्नता व्यक्त कर रहा था। पर वहीं उत्तर में... सैकड़ों कोस दूर बहती सरयू नदी में न हलचल थी और न ही उल्लास! वह बिल्कुल शांत, निस्तब्ध, स्थिर वेग से आगे बढ़ती जा रही थी। चलायमान होते हुए भी उसके जल में न जीवन था और न ही उमंग। वह गुमसुम सी थी। बहते रहना उसका कर्त्तव्य था, सिर्फ इसलिए  बह रही थी। पर अचानक इस उमंगहीन बेला में जाने कहाँ से ठंडी हवा का एक झोंका आय…

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छठ पर्व पर डूबते व उगते सूर्य को नमन क्यों?

विविधताओं में एकता का प्रतीक है, हमारा भारतवर्ष। अनेक पर्वों व त्यौहारों के लिए विश्व प्रसिद्ध है। यहाँ मनाए जाने प्रत्येक पर्व के भीतर मानवजाति के लिए अनेक प्रेरणाएँ व संदेश निहित हैं। हमारी सभी परम्पराऐं, रीति-रिवाज सांकेतिक रूप से हमें अंतर्जगत की ओर उन्मुख कर हमारा मार्ग प्रशस्त कर रहे हैं। इस माह में भी ऐसा ही एक अनूठा पर्व आ रहा है-' छठ', जो कार्तिक शुक्ल की षष्ठी को पड़ता है। यह अनुपम पर्व भारत के अनेक राज्यों- झारखंड, बिहार, उत्तर प्रदेश, मध्य प्रदेश, छत्तीसगढ़, गुजरात, दिल्ली आदि में हर्षोल्लास से मनाया जाता है।... समय के साथ छठ पर्व विश्व भर में प्रचलित होता जा रहा …

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Golden Lessons from flowers

Sometimes, moments of solace is all that we need to quench our inner thirst. No friend, no relative, no one close to us can help us curb the mental anguish we go through. In such moments, try looking at a flower and experience the peaceful vibes released by it. A legendary American Artist, Georgia O'Keefee, said, "When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it's your world for the moment." A flower shows beauty, showers freshness, spreads fragrance, and gives charm. It is not that flowers have been adored for their beauty or the soothing effect only. In the Victorian Era evolved the concept of Floriography. Comprehending the expressions reflected by a flower, people, during this era, began to communicate and exchange messages using flowers pertaining to their need. ... This era also witnessed the introduction of dictionaries based on flowers. ...Interestingly, names of flowers, along with their meanings were gathered together in a list by the Society of American Florists. For example, Alstroemeria meant aspiring,... Hibiscus implied delicate beauty, and Nasturtium indicated patriotism. Though flowers serve various purposes in our daily lives, they also carry deep messages or hidden meanings that need to be identified. ...All flowers look beautiful in their own ways but they are also blessed with traits which, when imbibed, act as a catalyst of change in our life. These traits inspire us to shape our personality with high moral values and li…

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How to achieve GREATNESS in Life?

Well, the answer to this question takes into account several aspects. What are they? Let's take a look one by one. We are citing below two stories, which talk about altogether different situations that occurred in two different time frames. But, the two stories when put together present before us a clear-cut example as to how the parent's morality contributes to the child's greatness. The first incident- Many years ago, Al Capone was a noted criminal in Chicago. He dealt in everything from booze, prostitution to murder. Al Capone had a lawyer nicknamed "Easy Eddie." Eddie's finesse at legal manipulation kept Big Al out of prison for a long time. Hence Capone paid him handsomely well. Eddie was indifferent to the suffering of the common man, but had a soft spot- his son. He wanted the best for his son. ... One day, Eddie landed in a difficult situation. He wanted to fix wrongs he had done. He went to the authorities and told the truth about Al Capone, to clean up his corrupted name and offer his son some feeling of solidarity. Within a year, Eddie was murdered. But in his eyes, he had given his son the greatest gift, at the greatest price. Now, the second incident- World War II gave birth to several heroes. One such man was Lieutenant Commander Butch O'Hare. He was a fighter pilot. One day his squadron was on a mission, but due to the lack of fuel, he had to return. As he was returning to the mother ship, he saw that a squadron of Jap…

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This Time Let's Celebrate Diwali Differently!

Diwali-the Festival of Lights is the time when air speaks of goodness and prosperity and everyone cherishes the radiance of the joyous ambience. As we all know, the prime historical background of Diwali Celebrations is the victory of Lord Rama (the symbol of virtues) over the demon King Ravana (symbolic of vices). According to the epic 'Ramayana' ...It was after 14 long years when the people of Ayodhya were blessed to see their beloved Lord again in his kingdom. ...They expressed their joy by decorating the entire city and illuminating it with earthern lamps, to greet the return of divinity. That's why the festival was christened as Deepawali, meaning a series of earthern lamps shining bright to spread the light all over.   However, there are other associated facts as well related to Diwali, which too make this day truly auspicious- Goddess Lakshmi's manifestation- During the ocean-churning, the Goddess of wealth 'Lakshmi' incarnated on the new moon day of Kartik. That's why she is also worshipped on this day. Lord Vishnu rescued Goddess Lakshmi... Krishna killed demon Narakaasura... The return of the Pandavas... Coronation of Vikramaditya... The day of Goddess Kali... Special day for the Arya Samaj... ... for the Jains... Mahavira Tirthankara, considered to be the founder of Jainism, also attained his Nirvana on this day. ... for the Sikhs...  The Pope's Diwali Speech... ... Not just…

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आने वाली सुबह शक्ति से युक्त हो!

कुछ साल पहले की बात है। नवरात्रों के विशेष दिन चल रहे थे। उन्हीं दिनों दिव्य ज्योति जाग्रति संस्थान द्वारा' श्री देवी भागवत का' भव्य कार्यक्रम आयोजित किया गया था। मेरे मित्र इस संस्थान से जुड़े हुए हैं। उन्होंने गुरुदेव श्री आशुतोष महाराज जी से ब्रह्मज्ञान की दीक्षा ग्रहण की थी। उन्हीं के आग्रह पर मैं भी देवी भागवत कथा सुनने उनके साथ गया। कथा के दौरान मंच से  'महिषासुरमर्दिनी स्तोत्रम' (श्री व्यास विरचितम् भगवती  स्तोत्रम) गाया गया। इसे मधुर लहरियों में गुँथकर पवित्र साध्वी बहनें गा रहीं थीं- सुरवरवर्षिणि... (अर्थात् नमन है आपको देवी माँ, जो देवों के लिए वरदानी …

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आफिस में आपसी झगड़ों से कैसे बचें?

प्रिय PEACE प्रतिनिधि, मैं एक कॉर्पोरेट हाऊस में एग्ज़िक्युटिव पोस्ट पर कार्यरत हूँ। कुछ महीने पहले ही मेरी ज्वाइनिंग हुई है। मैं 5 सदस्यों की एक टीम के साथ काम करती हूँ। परन्तु मेरी एक उलझन है, जिसके कारण मैं अपनी क्षमता अनुसार आउटपुट देने में स्वयं को असमर्थ महसूस करती हूँ। प्रोजेक्ट मीटिंग्स और डिस्कशन्स के दौरान अक्सर मेरे विचार सहकर्मियों के विचारों से टकराते हैं। अधिकतर मेरे किसी न किसी मुद्दे पर अनबन, मनमुटाव या बहस हो ही जाती है।ऐसा लगता है कि जैसे मुझे जानबूझ कर उकसाया जा रहा हो। अंतत: इन मीटिंग्स से कुछ उत्पादक परिणाम तो निकलते नहीं, बल्कि न चाहते हुए भी सहकर्मियो…

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सावधान! आपके भोजन में यह क्या है?

कुछ दिनों पहले मेरे पिताजी बाज़ार से हमारे लिए आम लेकर आए थे। हम सभी ने बडे़ ही चाव से रात्रि-भोजन में आम का सेवन किया। पर पता नहीं क्यों, हम सभी को उन आमों का स्वाद थोड़ा अजीब व ... लगा। लेकिन सभी के प्रिय आम अब खाए जा चुके थे। मगर अगली सुबह हम सभी के लिए अप्रिय साबित हुई। सभी बीमार पड़ गए। पिताजी के मुहँ में छाले उभर आए। दादी, भाई, माँ और मुझे 'दस्त'  और उल्टियाँ होने लगीं। सभी का पेट भयंकर गड़बड़ी का शिकार हो गया। हम सभी तुरन्त डॉक्टर के पास गए। वहाँ ज्ञात हुआ कि आमों में भारी मात्रा में 'कैल्शियम कारबाइड' के इंजैक्शन लगाए गए थे। उसी कारण हम सबकी ऐसी दुर्दशा हुई थी। क्लीनिक से आन…

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TALK LESS, Relax MORE

Take a piece of paper. Begin to write on it and fill it up. Now, again start writing on the same side of the paper, on the already written text, and write so much that there is no empty space left anywhere. Now, are you able to see what you had written on it in the first go? No. In fact, you can read nothing. Alas! You wrote so much but not a single word is readable. Similarly, throughout the day, if we talk and keep talking and continue doing that, what happens? The paper of our brain and nervous system gets so completely soaked with our talks, that its capacity to comprehend anything sensible is lost. By the end of the day, we feel completely exhausted. Then, when we want to unwind and relax or meditate, we are unable to do so. Why? Because of the law of inertia: A body in motion… Hence, when we sit down to meditate, even though the tongue is not talking, but the mind is still talking due to inertia, and so we get thoughts, thoughts and thoughts! In order to rid ourselves of the unwelcoming thoughts, we need to apply a lot of effort, and time; but we are already so exhausted that the nervous system and the brain do not have any more energy to fight these thoughts. … … If we keep stuffing our brain with anything and everything, it will be so filled in sometime that it won’t remain liveable. We would start having challenges in solving problems, in planning, in remembering important dates and events, and in fact we would start being fearful of ou…

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Is Fear Dear To You?

Mice, cats, heights, insects, hospital, pearls… Guess, what is common in the entities listed above! Couldn’t? Ok, let’s expand a list somewhat more and perhaps then you will be able to crack the riddle. Mice, heights, cats, insects, hospital, pearls, boss, presentation, promotion, challenges, loss of face, deadlines… Now, could you make out the answer? Verily, an instant ‘yes’ must have erupted from the heap of past memories and the circumstances at your workplace! You must have got it right; the common feature among these otherwise disconnected entities is a four letter word- FEAR! Walt Disney, a name which is credited with the making of the well-known comic character Mickey Mouse, himself feared the mice! Gustave Eiffel, the designer of the huge Eiffel Tower, was afraid of heights! Richard Nixon, the 37th president of the U.S was awfully fearful of hospitals. A notion had seeped into his mind that if he goes to a hospital, he would never come out alive. … Julius Caesar, Napolean Bonaparte, Alexander the Great, and Benito Mussolini- all these so called big-wigs in the realm of power and valor became terrified at the very sight of cats! In 2005, a Gallop poll was conducted in the U.S to seek answer to one prime question, which perhaps bears connection with one and all in some way or the other- ‘What do you fear the most?’ …The top reasons for fear from the compiled list came out to be- terrorist attacks, …

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Words Have Power!

‘Words are not simply the packets of alphabets sewn together that go out in the air and then disappear into vapour!’ True, indeed! Words have immense power! If they make their way to the heart of the listeners, they can bring a complete transformation… How? Take a look… This happened long back in Gatlinburg, Tennessee… A seminary professor was sitting with his wife in a restaurant. They had ordered breakfast and were still waiting. Meanwhile, they saw a white-haired man who went to each and every table, and greeted people with a broad smile. He approached this couple as well. With a friendly gesture, he initiated a conversation… Stranger: Hello! Where are you from? Professor: Oklahoma. Stranger: Oh I see! And, what do you do? Professor: I am a teacher in a seminary. Stranger: Great, then I have a wonderful story to share with you… (While speaking, he pulled a chair and began to narrate the story…) (Pointing to a mountain) See there… Near the base of that mountain, there lived a poor mother. She gave birth to a boy. But the boy did not know the whereabouts of his father. As such, it became very difficult for the boy because every now and then people would ask him, “Who is your dad?” This became the talk of the town. Coming across multitudes of expressions- sometimes as taunts, sometimes as sympathy- the boy started avoiding people as he became fearful of the very question. In school also, du…

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Revelations from Lord Krishna!

No matter from which angle you look at the famous painting of Mona Lisa by the ace painter Leonardo Da Vinci, you will find her smiling at you. Similar is the life of our dearest Lord, Lord Krishna. We may look at it from any angle; it only confers benefits on us. Rishi Narada elucidates the same in the Bhagavat Mahapurana- Gopyah, kamat bhayat kumso... The Gopis through their selfless love, Kansa by his fear, Shishupal and other kings by envy, the Yadus by their familial relationship with Krishna, you Pandavas by your great affection for Krishna and we, the general devotees, by our devotional service, have obtained the mercy of Krishna. ... A poem wriiten by Charles C. Finn was titled 'Please Hear What I am Not Saying'. The opening lines read, "Don't be fooled by me. Don't be fooled by the face i wear, for I wear a mask, a thousand masks, masks that I am afraid to take off and none of them is me." This is our story. Many a times we are afraid to show who we are. We conceal from the world our real face. ... Like icebergs, we normally expose only a small part of ourselves and generally just the part we wish to show. We shield those traits of our personality which for some reason we... Wearing masks is a kind of 'Okay' with people today but certainly there is a price that we have to pay for living under the mask. The price is the inability to express ourselves and show our real feelings which might prevent us from experiencing real joy …

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Beware of Trendy Viruses!

These days some viruses are spreading very fast and numerous people are falling in their traps. These viruses are quite trendy and can be suitably named as ‘T-viruses’. How strongly these viruses grab their victims can be estimated from the following fact- In a recent study, scientists picked volunteers from 12 universities around the world. These subjects were asked to stay away from computers, mobile phones, iPods, iPads, etc for 24 hours. The results of the study were quite surprising. The participants began to develop symptoms quite similar to the smokers attempting to give up. Majority of the participants failed to resist for 24 hours and wanted their gadgets back. Below are some of these viruses. Just check, if you happen to be inflicted by any of these. We are enlisting below the symptoms of this virus. Just check, if you also happen to be inflicted by any of these. T-VIRUS 1: WHATSAPPIA! When you wake up in the morning, the first thing is to check your Whatsapp messages. By checking the ‘last seen’ status of your friends, you try to judge when they slept. You keep scrolling through the Whatsapp list checking who all have changed their profile pictures. You block your option for ‘last seen’ but wish that you could see everyone else’s status. If you happen to wake up at night due to some reason, even then you don’t forget to keep track of the messages. If you come across some new message, y…

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Hey Diners! Check and Correct Your Styles!

Food and health are not separable. What you eat makes your physical being. But this time in health bytes we won’t discuss about what food you should eat so that you become healthy. That is to say we won’t take up the implication- Healthy food leads to Healthy Personality.  Rather, we will analyse your personality to gauge the kind of food you have and thus, its effect on your health. So, this time we will look for the following derivation: How our personality is? Leads to what we eat and how healthy we are?   DINERS TYPE 1 (PLEASURE DINERS) These diners are fun seeking persons. They go to the places where they can find pleasure. They have an overindulgent lifestyle. Ask them to eat anytime, and they will immediately turn up on the table, provided yummy food is served. These diners are impatient. Are you of such kind? Ah, Pleasure Diners! Beware because your health is at risk since your personality depicts that you are a foodie, and that you eat for pleasure not health. You have an inclination towards eating junk food. You are also not conscious about the timings when you should eat, nor do you practice eating good habits. You go for food with less nutritional value and high calorie content. That is why chances are that either you are at risk of … or becoming …   DINERS TYPE 2 (…) …   DINERS TYPE 3 (…) …   DINERS TYPE 4 (…) …   DINERS TYPE 5 (EMOT…

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आदर्श मैनेजर- श्रीराम!

ज़रा कल्पना कीजिए एक ऐसी सुबह की, जब आपकी आँख खुली और आपका मन बड़ा प्रसन्न हुआ- 'वाह! आज तो अलार्म बजने से पहले ही मेरी आँख खुल गई!' टाइम देखने के लिए अपने साथ वाली टेबल पर नज़र डाली, तो वहाँ घड़ी नहीं रखी थी क्योंकि कल रात आप वहाँ अलार्म घड़ी रखना ही भूल गए थे। अब आपने दीवार पर टंगी घड़ी में टाइम देखा। यह क्या? ८.०० बज चुके थे! अॉफिस निकलने के लिए... केवल आधा घंटा शेष। आपको याद आया कि आज तो कंपनी के मैनेजर के साथ आपकी मीटिंग है। आप हड़बड़ाकर बिस्तर से लगभग कूद ही पड़े। ब्रश करने के लिए जल्दी से बाथरूम में गए। पर आपको ब्रश होल्डर में आपका टुथब्रश ही नहीं मिला!... तो आपने शोर मचाया। तब आपका बेटा ह…

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गुस्सा नहीं है अच्छा!

इटली के विख्यात कवि टैसो को किसी ने एक बार बहुत आहत किया। तब लोगों ने टैसो से पूछा-तुम उस व्यक्ति से बदला क्यों नहीं लेते, जिसने तुम्हारे साथ इतना बुरा किया? टैसो ने कहा- 'बिल्कुल ठीक कहते हो तुम सब! मेरा मन भी यही कह रहा है कि उसने मेरे साथ जो किया है, उसके बदले मैं उससे एक चीज़ तो लेकर ही रहूँगा...' पूछने वालों ने अनुमान लगाया- 'अ... अ... तुम्हारा मतलब है... उसका मान-सम्मान? ...उसकी सम्पति? या फिर... उसका जीवन ही?' टैसो- मैं उसके... ... अफ्रीका में रंग-भेद के चलते काले लोगों पर अत्याचार ज़ारी था। ऐसे में काले लोगों में जोश भरने के लिए अल्बर्ट अफ्रीका के जंगलों में गए। वहाँ पर एकत्रित काले लोग…

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रसोईघर का आधार- आटा, नमक, गुड़!

बूझो तो जानें- हर घर में ऐसा कौन सा कक्ष ऐसा होता है, जिस पर घर में रहने वाले प्रत्येक व्यक्ति का स्वास्थ्य निर्भर करता है? उत्तर- रसोईघर निःसन्देह, हर इंसान के स्वास्थ्य का रास्ता उसकी भोजनशाला से होकर गुज़रता है। स्वस्थ रहने के लिए चाहिए पौष्टिक आहार! और पौष्टिक आहार बनता है, रसोईघर में उपयोग की गई पौष्टिक खाद्य सामग्री से। तो चलिए सेहत सार की इस कड़ी में बात करते हैं उन पदार्थों की, जो रसोईघर में बनने वाले भोजन के आधारस्तम्भ हैं। सबसे पहले बात करते हैं उस पदार्थ की, जिसके बिना भोजन की थाली अधूरी है। भारत की एक पुरानी कहावत के अनुसार यह है- रोटी। ... आपको यह जानकर हैरानी होगी क…

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5 Reasons for not ignoring your friendship!

A survey was conducted in the year 1985, in which people were asked about the number of friends with whom they shared important matters of their life. When they analysed the scores, it was found that about 60% of the respondents listed the number as three or more. Only 10% said that they do not have any such friends. In 2004, again the same survey was conducted. People were asked to give the number of friends on the question-“How many people are there with whom you could discuss vital issues confidently, over the last six months?” The results were shocking. The most common count was zero. The score of three or more friends was reduced by about 50% when compared with the previous numbers. Moreover it was found that one out of every four persons walks around with no friends to share anything about his life. … In a study about the state of relationships related to friendship in Britain, it was found that almost five million people in Britain have no close friends. Indeed a sad picture! After reading the above survey reports, we can surely say that- ‘Although friendship is not yet a scarce species, but it is definitely on the wane.’ Today one often contemplates on the reasons for modern social problems like divorce, homelessness, poverty, stress or unhappiness. Various causes have been mentioned in this context. But, new researches say that one of the major reasons behind the social problems of the 21st century is that “we are overlook…

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Conversation Between The Tears!

The moment the baby comes out of the mother’s womb and steps in this world, it cries. The same baby, when becomes an adult and deals with the challenges of life, he cries. That adult, towards the end of life, when he meets the physical and mental pain, he cries. People cry out of emotions which could be pain, hatred, anxiety, etc. But there are times when people cry out of empathy, love, separation and sometimes because they have been strong for too long. Let’s witness a story of a true Spiritual Master and his disciple who once cried a lot out of separation. … Once upon a time there was a Spiritual Master who used to live in a small village in India. Devotees would come to listen to his spiritual discourses from different parts of the world. Being a True Spiritual Master he would enlighten people by initiating them into the science of Self Realisation. …For devotees who were close to the Master, eating food and drinking water was not as important as seeing him and paying salutations in his lotus feet every day. For the benefit of one and all, for … mother Earth, the Master once went into a deep state of meditation. …To stay away from the Master was a testing time for all his devotees. They would miss talking to him, but simultaneously tried to be strong and focused on the activities they were supposed to do as a true disciple. Days, months and years passed by, but the Master was still in deep meditation. One of the disciples, who…

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The Power to Choose!

Choice is a part of life! True! Not just that; it’s also the art of life! Every day, we are surrounded by options, which come to challenge our decision-making abilities. As per one of the studies by Cornell University, an adult makes about 70 decisions a day. However, many a times, we are not able to utilize our power of making a choice, which is exclusively gifted to human beings by God. Alex Haley, the writer of “Roots” mentions in his book that after slavery was abolished in the U.S, a strange thing happened. The newly-released slaves were perplexed as to what to do with their freedom. Alex says, perhaps their ‘choice-making pulse’ was not developed. Due to lack of making a proper choice, what those prisoners did after they were released? The majority of them returned to their masters and continued to work for them for the rest of their lives! On somewhat similar lines, was based the story of Brookes, the character of one of the famous Hollywood movies- ‘The Shawshank Redemption’. Brookes was a prison librarian, who was an inmate for 50 long years. After 50 years, he was released from the jail and set free. But, Brooks did not know how to implement his power of choice and utilize his freedom. To him, the freedom appeared so overwhelming that… he committed suicide! … … Life brings challenges in front of us every now and then. But, it is up to us as to how we face them. That, whether we surrender to the s…

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आइए, शपथ लें...

शास्त्र कहते हैं, एक शिष्य निरन्तर चलता है। इस 'निरन्तर' शब्द का अर्थ समझते हैं आप? ऐसा समर्पण, ऐसा चिंतन, ऐसी गति, ऐसी मति, ऐसा अरमान, ऐसा ईमान- जिसमें न कोई अटकन हो, न कोई अड़चन! न कोई रुकावट हो, न ही थकावट! एक ऐसा सिलसिला, जिसका आरम्भ तो है, पर अंत नहीं। वैसे भी, गुरु-भक्तों की डगर और उनका सफर तो हमेशा से संसार से जुदा ही रहा है... चाल में भी और अंदाज़ में भी! संसार में हासिल की गई किसी भी वस्तु पर निर्माण-तिथि के साथ समाप्ति-तिथि भी छपी होती है। सांसारिक नौकरी में भी यदि प्रवेश तिथि है, तो साथ में रिटायरमेंट तिथि भी है। पर ऐसा संसार में होता है, गुरु-दरबार में नहीं। यहाँ से प्राप्त किए ग…

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जीवन की भौं-भौं

एक घर के बाहर एक कुतिया रहती थी। पता नहीं, कहाँ से आयी थी! पर उसने उस घर के आगे के फुटपाथ को ही अपना घर बना लिया था। वह इतनी सीधी- सादी थी कि किसी ने कभी उसके भौंकने की आवाज़ तक नहीं सुनी थी। उनके माता-पिता को कभी भय नहीं होता था कि वह उनके बच्चों का कोई नुकसान कर देगी। फिर एक दिन, उसने उस घर के सामने वाले खाली प्लॉट में छ: बच्चों को जन्म दिया। प्यारे- प्यारे, छोटे-छोटे! उस घर के अड़ोसी-पड़ोसी उसका और उसके बच्चों का खाने-पीने आदि का ख्याल रखने लगे। पर जैसे-जैसे उसके बच्चे बड़े होने लगे, उस मोहल्ले की शांति खत्म होने लगी। कुतिया और उसके बच्चे दिन-रात भौंकते रहते। किसी की समझ में नहीं आ रहा थ…

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स्वास्थ्यवर्धक रेनकोट

ठक्-ठक्...चिलचिलाती ग्रीष्म ऋतु से राहत देने, मै सुहावनी वर्षा ऋतु आपके घर की चौखट पर दस्तक दे चुकी है। टिप-टिप करती मेरी बूँदे वनस्पति व आपको राहत पहुँचा रही हैं। पर अफसोस! आज मेरी रिमझिम बरसती  बूँदों में आनंद देने की उतनी शक्ति नहीं रही, जितनी पहले होती थी। कारण कि दूषित पर्यावरण की वजह से आज मेरे साथ आते हैं, कई  संक्रमण और बीमारियाँ! पर इस बार बारिश में आप लोगों का स्वास्थ्य खराब न हो, इसलिए मैं चाहती हूँ कि आप मेरे आते ही ये स्वास्थ्य-रक्षक  रेनकोट ज़रूर पहन लें। आँखों का रेनकोट बरसात के मौसम में आँखों का विशेष ध्यान रखना चाहिए। इस समय प्रकृति में तरह-तरह के वायरल सं…

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Why Worship a Guru?

The spirit of the festival Diwali dwells in lighting diyas (earthen lamps), which symbolises the inner awakening or enlightenment. The spirit of the festival of colours i.e. Holi, lies in spreading harmony. The spirit of Christmas lies in sharing be it gifts or heartfelt wishes for others. The spirit of eid lies in charity. Similarly, the spirit of the most auspicious festival for all disciples across the world i.e. Guru Purnima lies in expressing the purest and reverential feelings of love and gratitude towards the Guru. Also, this festival marks the dawn of a spiritual new year where disciples embark upon with new enthusiasm, resolutions and rejuvenated spirits on the path of devotion. The festival finds its origin in the era of the great sage Ved Vyasa. It is celebrated every year on Ashadh Punam, the day this legendary figure was born, who classified the four Vedas, wrote 18 Puranas, the Brahm Sutras and … Through his intense literary classification and compositions of …, he opened the portals of the esoteric world of spirituality for the inquisitives. He also, following the eternal Vedic regime, initiated his disciples into the eternal science of Brahm Gyan. In the honour of such divine personage and to worship the Perfect Master or the Sadguru of the time, who by bestowing the same eternal knowledge of Brahm Gyan ushers the disciple towards his ultimate blissful destination, this festival is celebrated with great exuberance and devotion. Verily, worshipp…

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The Power of Love

One does not hesitate to even sacrifice his life for the sake of his beloved; he gets the courage to throw away all kinds of fears which otherwise tend to make him weak. What love can do, punishment and revenge cannot. However, today we have drastically failed to benefit from the real power of love and compassion. Why? It is because the factors of selfishness, attachment, expectation, etc. have immensely spoiled the real glory of this divine trait of love. How these factors distort the face of the love and compassion, let’s know… Lust … As milk is spoiled on coming in contact with sour tamarind; likewise, when the attribute of love (originally, the characteristic of the Soul) comes in contact with sensual pleasures, it gets transformed into lust. This lust, which is never satisfied, ultimately results in anger. Anger further distorts wisdom and the person falls even deeper into the trench of delusions. The end result is ‘an utter collapse’! Expectations Whether apparent or not, love in all relationships that we see in the world is majorly driven by the factor of ‘expectation’. Be it parent-child, husband-wife, boss-colleague, or any other relation- the underlying phenomenon of these bonds lies in ‘expectation’. … Attachment … Selfishness … …In the world, we see different expressions in the name of love. Essentially, the variation arises when this attribute is expressed thro…

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Innovative Ways to be Eco Friendly @ 360°

Innovation is a ubiquitous concept whose existence is not confined to boundaries. Essentially an intrinsic part of our daily lives, innovations have made their way in every nook and corner and have even left their imprint in the field of environment conservation. Indeed, we are in a serious need today to take very possible step, which can save the environment and restore the beauty of our mother earth that has been suppressed by human deeds. Otherwise, crazy humans, oblivious to the path of devastation they have taken to, will have to face the vagaries of nature one day. Here we intend to underscore the use of innovative methods by some people or organisations who have suggested eco-friendly ways to care for the environment and make this earth a pleasant place to live in. So let’s make an insightful journey to their out of the box ideas. ECO FRIENDLY @ TEACHING Barren land turned into an oasis Not a fantasy but it’s a real story that illustrates the creative thinking of a teacher who used to teach in a small village school in Gujarat. You will be astonished to know that there was no greenery in that region, except the school and its surroundings. The school compound was decked with lush green trees. How and why it was so, here is the mystery decoded for you… Actually, one of the teachers used to collect empty bottles of mineral water or empty oil tins found at petrol pumps. Sounds crazy, isn’t it?  But, it was a truly great idea which…

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जो साध्य साध लेंगे, वे श्रेष्ठ बन सकेंगे…!

सर्वात्मा चेतना का जागरण साधना है। जो साध्य साध लेंगे, वे श्रेष्ठ बन सकेंगे। उज्जवल श्रेष्ठ साधक नवयुग ला सकेंगे। इनके सुसंगठन का अवतरण साधना है। गुरुदेव श्री आशुतोष महाराज जी द्वारा प्रेरित भजन की ये पंक्तियाँ स्वयं श्री महाराज जी के प्रमुख आदर्श को उजागर कर रही है। ... इन पंक्तियों में व्यष्टि से समष्टि तक की एक दिव्य यात्रा अंकित है। श्री महाराज जी का आह्वान है- पहले व्यक्ति को श्रेष्ठ बनाओ। उसके देह-राज्य में व्यवस्था कायम करो। किस प्रकार? सर्वात्म यानी परमात्म-चेतना के जागरण से! ... ब्रह्मज्ञान की साधना से! ध्यान- साधना के अभ्यास से एक-एक व्यक्ति श्रेष्ठ व उज्जवल …

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नवयुग पुरस्कार समारोह!

नवयुग पुरस्कार समारोह! New Era's Award Ceremony जो उसका सहयोगी होगा,श्रेय वही तो पाएगा। युग उसके गुण गाएगा, युग उसके ही गुण गाएगा।। गुरुदेव श्री आशुतोष महाराज जी द्वारा प्रेरित ये पंक्तियाँ अवश्य ही सत्य सिद्ध होंगी। आने वाला  'नवयुग' उन श्रेष्ठ शिष्यों का यश-गान करेगा, जिन्होंने गुरुदेव के लक्ष्य की पूर्ति में तन-मन धन से, मन-वचन-कर्म से भरपूर सहयोग दिया। नि:सन्देह, उन शिष्यों को सारा विश्व सम्मान की दृष्टि से देखेगा व पुरस्कृत करेगा। तो आइए, एक झलक पाते हैं उस दिवस की , जब श्रेष्ठ  भक्त अपने श्रेष्ठ सहयोग के लिए श्रेय पाएँगे। नवयुग के बेस्ट (श्रेष्ठतम) शिष्य का अवार्ड (पुरस्क…

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कौन उठा सकता है भगवान आशुतोष को समाधि से?

वक्त है आया ऐतिहासिक वीरों जैसे बलिदान का, कार्यक्षेत्र में ध्यान रहा है जिन्हें गुरु के मान का। भक्ति भाव से ओत-प्रोत हो कुछ तो ऐसा कर जाएँ, सच्चे शिष्य बनकर के हम विजय पताका लहराएँ। गुरुदेव श्री आशुतोष महाराज जी द्वारा प्रेरित ये पंक्तियाँ हमारे सोए हुए शिष्यत्व को जागरण का नाद सुना रही हैं। उसे झकझोर कर उसके हाथों में विजय-ध्वजा थमा रही हैं। एक सच्चे शिष्य की पहचान बता रही हैं। क्या है यह पहचान? आइए, इसे... जानने के लिए हम एक पौराणिक पात्र के जीवन-दर्पण में झाँकेंगे। यह पात्र है- भगवान शिव का वाहन, गणों में परम गण- नंदी बैल! ... नंदी तीन आँखों वाला त्रिशूलधारी गण है।... 'त्…

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ठंडे मीठे शर्बत

आज के आधुनिक लोगों को छाछ, नींबू पानी, जलज़ीरा, शर्बत आदि भारतीय पारंपरिक पेयों का सेवन करने में लज्जा का आभास होता है। इसका कारण यह  है की उक्त पदार्थों का सेवन करने वालों को गरीब, पिछड़ा हुआ और असभ्य माना जाता है। बोतल बंद कोल्ड-ड्रिंक्स पीने में स्मार्टनेस समझी जाती है। पेप्सी, कोक, लिम्का, थम्स-अप, मिरीन्डा, फैंटा, ...बोतल बंद जूस  इत्यादि आज का युवा कभी भी और कहीं भी, कितनी ही मात्रा में पी सकता है। परन्तु ये पेय हमारे शरीर के लिए कितने हानिकारक हो सकते हैं, अब यह बात किसी से छिपी नहीं है। वैज्ञानिक शोधों ने यह पूरी तरह स्पष्ट कर दिया है कि ये पेय हमारे शरीर में विष का काम करत…

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डाइनासोर तक शाकाहारी थे!

दिव्य ज्योति जाग्रति  संस्थान का दिव्य धाम आश्रम! कई वर्षो पूर्व, एक कॉलेज के कुछ उत्साही व जिज्ञासु युवा महाराज जी के दर्शन हेतु इस आश्रम में आए। उन्होंने महाराज जी के समक्ष अपने जीवन से सम्बन्धित बहुत-सी जिज्ञासाएँ एवं प्रश्न रखे। ... संवाद के अंतर्गत उन युवाओं ने कुछ प्रश्न शाकाहार व मांसाहार के सम्बन्ध में भी पूछे। संवाद के विशेषकर इसी अंश को इस लेख के माध्यम से प्रस्तुत किया जा रहा है। युवा(क)- महाराज जी! आजकल एक नयी मूवी(फिल्म) आई है। यह पृथ्वी के सबसे विशालकाय जीव डाइनासोर पर फिल्माई गई है। इस फिल्म में, ये डाइनासोर पूरे का पूरा जानवर एक झटके में निगल  जाते हैं। इनक…

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बिना मरम्मत वास्तुदोषों से छुटकारा!

'वास्तु' शब्द की उत्पत्ति संस्कृत के 'वस्' शब्द से हुई है। 'वस्' अर्थात वास करना या रहना। अतः वास्तु शास्त्र व वास्तु कला का अर्थ हुआ- निवास योग्य भवनों का निर्माण करने वाली कला। आपको जानकार आश्चर्य होगा कि आधुनिक सदी की इस कला की जड़ें वैदिक काल में हैं। पर क्या वैदिक वास्तुशास्त्र का उद्देश्य भी मात्र ऊँचे-ऊँचे भव्य भवनों का निर्माण करना था? या उसके भीतर उच्च वैज्ञानिक तथ्यों का समावेश था? यह भी विचारणीय है कि क्या वास्तुदोषों से मुक्त आवास ही हमारी सुख-समृद्धि के लिए उत्तरदायी है? या फिर कोई ऐसा तरीका है, जिसे हम वास्तुदोषों के कंटकों को परिणत कर सकें? इन अनसुलझी …

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Enjoy Stress!

The mention of the word 'Stress' itself spouts out feelings of pressure, tension, strain, etc. However, as per the Hungarian Scientist Hans Seyle, the first person to recognise the results of Chronic Stress- "Stress itself is neither good nor bad; it is simply challenging." He believed that without stress, life would be so unexciting, a monotonous routine of the same things over and over again. He has written a book on how to enjoy stress. Yes, you read it right- Enjoy Stress!! On the contrary, what happens with us? Due to stress, we suffer badly at both- the physical and psychological dimensions. How? Throw a glance at some of the symptoms listed below and see if you are able to correlate with them... PHYSICAL SYMPTOMS: You feel tired when you wake up in the morning even if you've taken a good night's sleep You have difficulty sinking into sleep and subsequently... You often have headaches; your blood pressure is... You need constant supply of coffee/tea and... ... PSYCHOLOGICAL SYMPTOMS: You are easily offended You are dull and depressed You often have nightmares. You sometimes have an intense longing to cry You find it difficult to concentrate … In the present day world, the word 'Stress' has taken on such negative meaning. ... ... In earlier times people worked hard during the day but incorporated time for meals, prayers, etc. ... But today life seems to be more like a 24 …

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Selfie-ism: Setting apart the Real You

Selfie Selfie, Yes Papa, Day and Night, Yes Papa, Never at Rest, No Papa, What a Trend, Ha Ha Ha! Hey folks, this is your host PK- Peeps Knowledge, signing in to your feverish world of Selfies. Aha... Selfie vibes all around! Atmosphere brimming with Selfie craze, panoramic view of Selfie lovers at hangout spots, social media sites flooded with Selfie shots, one in every group ever busy with Selfie poses and my vivid description continues... Well, I am talking to all of you who are a Selfie enthusiast and I am here to add spark to your passion. Considering the current scenario, it's not wrong to say that Selfie has become an inevitable part of our lives, especially youngsters, who right from proceeding for the day to retiring at night, remain in the Selfie mode. So, what do you say? Shouldn't we get into the deeper aspects of Selfie-ism and figure out what's going around? Yeah, let's get started. Let me share some interesting facts about Selfie. ... The Oxford English Dictionary declared Selfie as the 'Word of the Year' in November 2013. Surprisingly, even the world of dictionary couldn't remain untouched by its increasing influence. ... Nothing could be as amazing as this fact that now Smartphone makers have reinvented their camera features to befit the customized requirements of Selfie lovers. ... The BEST WORD TROPHY GOES TO... Selfie was considered among the top 10 buzzwords of the year by Time Magazine at the end of 2…

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Parental Influence on the Child's Career Choice

Parents play a role that is the most impactful and significant to the intellectual and emotional growth of their child. Beyond the nourishment of the body is the feeding of thoughts, values, lessons, conducts, and beliefs which the child directly or indirectly imbibes from parents. ...Studies have shown that the mother's feelings, temperament, and level of stress in the prenatal stages, is felt or sensed by the foetus. Hence, children start learning from their parents while still in their mother's womb. As the child grows, parents carefully watch his or her development of verbal language, social skills, listening and reading skills, interest in building blocks, numbers, art and science, as well as his or her curiosity with nature, animals, plants, etc. This gives parents an insight into the intellectual potential of their child. Dreams begin to hatch on the subject of the child's eventual career path. Will my child become a lawyer, an architect, a doctor, an engineer, an IT professional, a business executive, or a sportsman? Or will he become an enterpreneur with unique...? Will he be at the top of his class and receive scholarships to a highly ranked university, which will eventually make him or her a more desirable candidate? Such thoughts start frequenting the minds of parents when their child is still in the kindergarten! The time factor, though fleeting, still provides some ease of mind. On the contrary, parents of older children have many more fearful …

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क्या मेरा डब्बू कुछ बन पाएगा?

' मेरा बच्चा जीनियस बने! हर कक्षा में टॉप करे! इसकी बुद्धि कुशाग्र हो! यह खूब प्रगति करे!...'- अपने बच्चों के लिए ऐसे ही अरमान पलते हैं न आपके दिल में! और इन ख्वाबों को हकीकत में बदलने के लिए आप हर संभव प्रयास भी करते हैं। अपने मित्रों, पडोसियों, सहकर्मियों इत्यादि से जानकारी इकट्ठी करते रहते हैं। फिर आपकी पूरी कोशिश होती है कि उन सभी फार्मूलों को अपने बच्चों पर फिट कर दें। है न! लेकिन इतना करने पर भी जब मनचाहे परिणाम देखने को नहीं मिलते, तो आपको टैन्शन सताने लगती है- 'पता नहीं, यह क्या करेगा? इसके साथ के सारे बच्चे आगे निकल जाएँगे और यह डब्बू ही रह जाएगा!' आप सभी अभिभावकों की इन…

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इन्द्रियों का दमन या मन का शमन!

सन् १९७० की शुरूआत थी। मनोवैज्ञानिक प्रोफेसर वाल्टर मिशैल ने स्टैण्डफोर्ड युनिवर्सिटी में 'Delayed Gratification (विलंबित संतुष्टि)' पर एक प्रयोग किया। इस प्रयोग का उद्देश्य था- बच्चों में लुभावने प्रस्तावों का प्रतिरोध करने की योग्यता की जाँच करना। अपने इस अध्ययन के लिए मिशैल ने ४ से ६ वर्ष की आयु के बच्चों को चुना। ... इस प्रयोग के दौरान हर बच्चे को एक कमरे में ले जाया गया। वहाँ उन्हें एक कुर्सी पर बिठाया गया। फिर उनके सामने रखी मेज पर उनकी पसंदीदा मार्शमैलो (एक प्रकार की टॉफी) रख दी गई । ... इससे पहले कि वे अपनी ललचाती जीभ को संतुष्ट करते, शोधकर्ताओं ने उनके समक्ष दो विकल्प रख दिए। प…

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'मेड इन होम' प्रोडक्ट्स

दो मिनट बैठिए, आँखें बंद कीजिए! अब शांत दिमाग़ से अपनी दिनचर्या का आकलन कीजिए- सुबह उठने से लेकर रात को सोने तक, आप अपने शरीर तथा घर को स्वच्छ रखने के लिए किन- किन वस्तुओं का प्रयोग करते हैं? > कुल्ला करने के लिए कैमिकल से भरा माउथवॉश। >हाथ सॉफ करने के लिए कैमिकल से भरा साबुन या सैनिटाइज़र (हस्त-प्रक्षालक)। >चेहरा धोते समय कैमिकल से भरे फेस-वॉश... इस सूची का तो कभी अंत नहीं होगा। यदि घर की साफ-सफाई की बात करें, तो यहाँ भी हर जगह बस कैमिकल से भरे पदार्थों  का ही इस्तेमाल होता है। तो  चलिए, आज इन हानिकारक कैमिकल भरे प्रोडक्ट्स  की दुनिया से बहुत दूर चलते हैं और भरते है ज़िन्दगी क…

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Chanakya Sutras

Is there anything that spirituality has to offer to the corporate world? The two streams appear to be poles apart, isn’t it? But, in reality, it is not so. Classic management sutras are inherent in the words of the spiritual masters and great saints, which can give a stupendous boost to the corporate world, enhancing it qualitatively as well as quantitatively. This time, let’s catch hold of some exclusive management principles from the teachings of Chanakya- a great personality, who enriched mankind through his powerful writings in the form of Arthashastra and Chanakya Niti. These management sutras are helpful in the development of the employees, grooming of leadership skills, and strengthening the employer-employee relationship, thereby benefiting the organization on the whole. Sutra No. 1: Be Honest! Chanakya says: dur-anubandham karyam na arabhet. Meaning by, a task with bad consequences ought not to be carried out at all. As a colrollary, one can say that a task with good consequences ought not to be delayed at all! … … His Holiness Ashutosh Maharaj Ji says- “A dishonest act should be avoided at all costs because bad brings bad in return, just like a plant of cactus yields cactus only and not a rose!” On the contrary, a good act should not be avoided at any cost, whatever may be the excuses! Abe used to work as a clerk in a store. One day, a woman, who visited the store not quite so often, purchased a list of items from the …

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She is not ‘JUST’ a housewife!

“A middle-aged woman, elegantly dressed, stepped inside the Transport Office to get her driving license renewed. The man at the desk, while filling up the details in his software, asked, “Ma’am, are you working or are you ‘just’ a housewife?” Woman: Of course, I am working at my home, as a mother and a wife! Executive: I am sorry ma’am; we don’t list these as the options in our form. So, in that case I am marking the option ‘housewife’ for you. And, he gave the printed copy of the form, indicating her to make it to the next counter…” Mrs. Malhotra was reading this column in the newspaper after she was partially done with her morning chores… sending her husband to the office and two kids to school. She could resonate with the feelings of that lady… Well, the thought came and went by and she got busy with her work. After a couple of months, she found herself in a similar situation when she went to the bank to open an account. The Manager asked, “Ma’am, are you working?” Mrs. Malhotra: Yes. The Manager: Ok. Your occupation please!  Mrs. Malhotra: I am a Research Associate in the field of Child Development and Human Relations! The Manager… : That’s great! (Showing an interest) If you don’t mind, may I ask, what’s your job profile? Mrs. Malhotra (with perfect confidence and a sense of pride): Well, it’s a continuous rese…

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ZZZZZZ… Sleeping Postures!

To live a healthy life, one needs to sleep properly and optimally because- Proper Sleep= Healthy Heart Proper Sleep= Reduced Stress Proper Sleep= Reduced Inflammation Proper Sleep= Perfect Mood Proper Sleep= Right Concentration Proper Sleep= Bolstered Memory Proper Sleep= Repairing of Body Proper Sleep= Perfect Figure However, only a few are privileged with these extensive benefits of proper sleep. Reason being, most of us commit a blunder at the very first level in this regard, i.e., ‘sleeping in the wrong posture’. ‘Is sleeping posture responsible for the quality of one’s sleep and health?’- This question was asked to a Professor of otolaryngology, Steven park, MD at New York Medical College. His reply was- Of course, the position does matter. “Fatigue, sleep apnoea, headaches, heartburn and back pain are some of the complaints that can be aggravated by an improper sleep posture and a bad night’s sleep.” According to researches, there are mainly three sleeping positions- Stomach Position Side Position Back Position    Stomach Position Sleeping on the stomach with the head turned on one side and hands around the pillow is the most inappropriate position for the body. … … People sleeping in this pose are categorised by many researchers into the personality of ‘Free Fallers’- those who wake up with the emotion of anxiety. Side Po…

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Does Life Exist in the Extra-Terrestrial World?

Throw a glance at the golden sky in the evening. It looks as if someone has spread a vast sheet, which has no beginning or an end! Under its protective shade, our Earth was born and brought up. From infancy to its growth to the topmost civilizations- she (Mother Earth) has learnt everything under this caring umbrella. When a child is born, it looks at the world outside with inquisitive eyes, without battling the eyelids, and tries to identify the objects. Modern Science did something similar. As soon as it crossed childhood and stepped into its youth, with the telescopic toys it began to examine, scrutinize and appreciate this sheet studded with the moon, the countless stars and several planets. The scientists were left surprised and stunned on estimating its limitlessness! … The inquisitiveness of the scientists did not restrict that far only. Their further curiosity was, whether these celestial bodies which are millions and millions of miles away from Planet Earth, are simply the rotating balls? Or is there life comparable to the one existing on Planet Earth? In fact, why only scientists, we all have this curiosity in us which bothers us- Is there life anywhere else too under this blue sky? … There was an age when we did not just count the stars while sitting on Planet Earth; we did not just engage ourselves in thinking about the various possibilities regarding the celestial bodies in space; we did not just remain busy in drawing the designs of the galax…

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No Pink Slips in His Domain!

When are people hired in multi-national or global companies? When they prove themselves to be productive assets at the time of interview! When they showcase that they are the first-level enthusiasts, best-fit for the company! What next after recruitment? They strive to bring in their best to the job and their performance is watched on a day-to-day basis. At any point of time, if their efficiency decreases, there is a consequential increase in the risk of losing the job. The challenge doesn’t end here! Even if they put in their best to achieve any target for the company, when the company’s business hits a low, they are offered pink slips! For, they then tend to be a burden for the company. This panoramic description befits today’s corporate culture. Let’s now take a look at the scenario in the world of spirituality that shines bright with the divine radiance of the Perfect Master. A Perfect Spiritual Mentor recruits the inquisitives, i.e. the aspirants of God, in his significant mission… but, on what basis? Contrary to the corporate world, He recruits us even when we are loaded with the feeling of being unproductive! When we are depressed from the life’s hustle-bustle… Then, often it happens that we are sluggish in following the instructions of the Master. Even then, He doesn’t show us the exit door from His mission! He doesn’t give us a pink slip under any condition.  …Not to miss upon the essential fact th…

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The Whys of God!

Why God give us pain in life? Suppose Mr. X purchases a new car. Now, once he drives away with his car from the showroom, is it the manufacturer of the car who should be held responsible for the way Mr. X drives it? Should the manufacturer be deemed accountable if the car gets bumped into something and is smudged with scratches and dents? No! Likewise, the manufacturer alias the Creator of our lives is not the one to be held responsible for the kicks and hits of pain we face in our lives. It can also be answered in this way- God made the law of gravity, thus making it possible for us to walk and remain grounded to the surface of the earth. Now, if you climb a ladder and jump mindlessly, thus violating this law, thereby fracturing your leg, who is to be blamed- the law, the Lord or you yourself? … Why is it said that God made man in his own image? How can the ‘Almighty’ God be the same as a ‘miniscule’ man? It is somewhat like saying- How can the electric current in the bulb fixed in your room be the same as the electric current in the ‘big’ power house? Or, how can the space of your small room be the same as the space of the ‘whole’ cosmos?… … Hate, Jealousy, Violence, Greed, Lust- Why God made these evils that too designed in such a way which tempt us and we are easily doomed? … Why despite so much progress, science has not been able to find God or solve the great mystery? &hellip…

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२१वीं सदी में भगवान और भक्ति!

नमस्कार! मैं हूँ रंजन चौधरी।  आज हमारी टीम जिस विषय पर सर्वे करने के लिए लोगों के बीच उतरी है- वह बेहद दिलचस्प है।  आज का मुद्दा है- 'क्या २१वीं सदी में भगवान और भक्ति फैशन में हैं?' मेरे साथ अभिषेक तैयार हैं अपनी कैमरा टीम को लेकर।  ये लोगों की सोच हम तक पहुँचाएँगे। लोगों की विचारधारा … पर एक्सपर्ट राय देने के लिए हमारे साथ यहाँ स्टूडियो में एक खास मेहमान मौजूद हैं। अध्यात्म में पारंगत, दिव्य ज्योति जाग्रति संस्थान के संस्थापक व संचालक श्री आशुतोष महाराज जी के एक प्रचारक शिष्य। तो चलिये… … अभिषेक (एक युवा से)- भगवान और भक्ति- आप इन विषयों को २१वीं सदी में कौन-सा …

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मन रे! तू काहे न धरे धीरे?

क्या आप जानते हैं? १. थॉमस कारलाईल ने १८३७ में, कई सालों की कड़ी मेहनत के बाद एक ग्रंथ की रचना की, जो उनकी सर्वश्रेष्ठ रचनाओं में से एक है- 'फ्रांस की क्रांति का इतिहास'। परन्तु उनके एक दोस्त, जॉन स्टुअर्ट के नौकर की लापरवाही की वजह से उस पूरे ग्रंथ को आग लग गई। कोई और होता तो शयद वह न कर पाता, जो कारलाईल ने पूरे ग्रंथ को दोबारा से लिखा और साथ ही साथ उसमें दो नए खण्ड और जोड़ दिए। २. अमरीका के विख्यात जीव-विज्ञानी ओडुबन ने अपने पूरे जीवनकाल में पशु-पक्षियों के कई चित्र बनाए।  उनके जीवन में एक समय ऐसा भी आया जब उनके द्वारा बनाए गए २०० चित्रों को, जो उनके जीवन की पूँजी थी, चूहों ने कुत…

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चीन का ड्रैगन- मेड इन इंडिया!

…एक अंतर्राष्ट्रीय सम्मलेन के लंच ब्रेक के दौरान भारत के वैदिक विद्वान श्री देव गोस्वामी तथा चीन के साहित्यकार (मिस्टर चेन), धार्मिक पंडित (मिस्टर चिंग) व इतिहासकार (मिस्टर चाओ) के बीच एक रोचक बहस छिड़ जाती है। गोस्वामी जी प्रमाण सहित चीनी विद्वानों को समझाते हैं कि किस प्रकार चीन के इतिहास, दर्शन, साहित्य, कला, ज्ञान-विज्ञान का आधार भारतीय संस्कृति व संस्कार हैं- यहाँ तक कि चीन का राष्ट्रीय प्रतीक- 'ड्रैगन' भी मूल रूप से भारत का शेषनाग है।  आइये, आगे की चर्चा सुनते हैं- मिस्टर चाओ- आपके तर्कों को मानें तो, हमारी प्राचीन जीवन-शैली बहुत हद तक वैदिक ही रही होगी! हम बिल्कुल आ…

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गुणकारी दही!

दिन के खाने में यदि सूखी सब्ज़ी बनी हो, तो भोजन में कुछ कमी सी लगती है। पर उसी खाने के साथ आ जाए अगर दही या दही का रायता, तो खाने की पौष्टिकता और स्वाद दोनों में ही बढ़ोतरी हो जाती है। जल्द ही ग्रीष्म ऋतु दस्तक देने वाली है। ऐसे में अगर पीने को मिल जाए दही की लस्सी, जिसमें डला हो भुना हुआ जीरा, तो शरीर को कितनी राहत मिलती है! आह! भारतीय संस्कृति में दही को बहुत महत्ता दी गई है। यज्ञ, हवन, प्रसाद आदि मंगल कार्यों में दही का प्रयोग किया जाता है। ऐसा करने में एक सांकेतिक अर्थ यह भी है कि दही हमारे स्वास्थ्य को मंगलमय रखने में आवश्यक है।अमेरिका के सुप्रसिद्ध वैज्ञानिक डॉक्टर बरनार इस त…

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अनेकता में एकता = संगठन

प्रकृति का ज़र्रा-ज़र्रा विविधता की ओर इशारा करता हैं।  कहीं आकाश छूते पहाड़ हैं, तो कहीं समतल मैदान; कहीं रेगिस्तान है; तो कहीं हरी-भरी उपजाऊ भूमि।  एक बगीचे को देखें तो हम पाएँगे कि वृक्षों की पत्तियाँ भिन्न-भिन्न प्रकार की हैं।  वृक्षों पर फूल विभिन्न रंगों के खिलते हैं।  पशु एवं पक्षियों में भी भिन्नता पाई जाती है।  यदि मनुष्य की बात करें, तो यहाँ भी हर स्तर पर विविधता देखने को मिलती है।  हर व्यक्ति का अलग रंग, अलग भाषा, अलग रूप! … शायद इसी विविधता के कारण प्रकृति में खूबसूरती बानी रहती है।  परन्तु क्या मात्र विविधता होना ही काफी है? यदि गौर से देखा जाए तो हम पाएँ…

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क्या आप सूझवान हैं?

एक आधुनिक सोसाइटी मं सांस्कृतिक कार्यक्रम चल रहा था।  कार्यक्रम में भारतीय संस्कृति का आधार- अध्यात्म का पक्ष रखने के लिए कमेटी के सभी सदस्यों ने एक विख्यात अध्यात्मविद् को आमंत्रित किया हुआ था।  उनका परिचय देते हुए, आयोजक महोदय ने सभी लोगों से अनुरोध किया कि वे अध्यात्म से सम्बन्धित अपनी जिज्ञासाएँ तथा विचार उनके सामने रखें।  तब एक सज्जन उठे और प्रश्न रखा- 'स्वामी जी, हममें से बहुत से लोगों को ऐसा लगता है कि हमारे ग्रंथों आदि की बातें बेहद जटिल हैं।  हमें कहाँ ये सब बातें समझ आने वाली हैं…।' स्वामी जी (मुस्कुराते हुए)- आपको यदि ऐसा लगता है, तो आज मैं उन्हीं गूढ़ …

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Dieting or Healthy Eating?

‘Size Zero’ is the need of the hour- this is the modern weight mantra of many people.  Probably, complying with the rule- ‘as is the demand, so is the supply’, we find the media flooded with programmes pertaining to health issues. Advertisements showcasing various slimming centres offering new-diet plans or weight-loss regimes fill the magazines and newspapers. Influenced by these offers, people swing to and fro from one diet plan to another with one desperate desire, i.e. to shed off the weight. But, aren’t we going too harsh with our body? Is torturous dieting good for health in the long run? Isn’t healthy eating a better option than dieting? In lieu of dieting, what should one adopt to keep himself/ herself fit? For this, let’s first have a glance on some diet-related facts- … Studies tell that one out of five women between the age of 20 and 34 who think themselves to be overweight, are actually on the mark of underweight. Out of 100 people losing weight by dieting, 95 are most likely to regain that weight sooner or later. … … Researchers of Brigham Young University in 2001 found in their study of female high school students that 11% used laxatives to lose weight, 15% took appetite control pills, and 9% made themselves vomit after eating. …increased risk of premature mortality. HARMS OF FAD DIETS AND ARTIFICIAL METHODS OF DIETING … Fad diets are fundamen…

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The Foundation Stone of CORPORATE Ethics

‘A’ stands for …...; ‘B’ stands for …..;  …… ‘Z’ stands for …… For a while, switch over to your childhood days and recall how these alphabets were taught to you. Some identifying object or thing was shown, the name of which started with that alphabet. Like, A for Apple; B for Ball; C for … But, times are changing! With time, the A B C D… i.e. the alphabet lessons are also perhaps demanding to get updated- at least for the corporate world! Nothing to be proud of because it’s not actually updation; rather, it is degradation! If you are perplexed after reading this statement for the rapidly advancing corporate world, then, just throw a glance at the following list: AOL Time Warner Bristol-Myers Squibb accounting scandal Clear stream, qualified as “the greatest financial scandal in Luxembourg” Compass Group, bribed the … Deutsche Bank, spying scandal … … … HP Spying Scandal … … … Tyco International, executive theft and prison sentence Don’t forget, this is only a sample. Just type the words “corporate scams” on a search-engine and you will find the list flooded with many names! As per a study (1982), out of the Fortune 500 companies, a staggering figure of 115 companies (23%) was found being convicted of at least one major crime or paid penal…

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God can be seen- A Hundred Per cent Yes!!

… Just examine it by yourself! How many of us are among those who remember God more than just busying ourselves in ritualistic practices? Except conducting rites and rituals, reading religious texts and going on pilgrimage to the holy places, has the desire to seek access to the Kingdom of God ever sprouted in our hearts? Has intense craving for the practical experience of God ever generated in our inner beings? The number of such inquisitives could be minimal! And, even for this handful of people, what is the ultimate fate of their inquisitiveness? Look at the paradox! Such people happen to encounter with the so-called intelligent people, thinkers, hypocrite gurus and pundits who themselves are devoid of the practical vision of God. How a lamp that remains extinguished can light another extinguished lamp? That can only give darkness. One can impart only from the stock of what one possesses. Did not the fox say that the grapes were sour, when it failed to reach up to their height? Similarly, the so-called present day saints proclaim that the practical vision of God is impossible because they themselves haven’t been able to attain it. Thus, these so-called intelligent people succeed in shifting the load of their darkness and ignorance on the inquisitive ones. They repeatedly assert that it is impossible for the human beings to have the practical vision of God. … Consequently, the wick of inquisitives faith that becomes wet to some extent by dipping into…

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To my sis… with love!

Anchal had just received her driving license today. She was on the top of the world! The driving license was like her ticket to freedom! She could drive anywhere without being dependent on anybody else and she loved it! That day, after college, she decided to go out shopping to her favourite mall. She asked a few of her friends to accompany her, but they all were occupied with one task or the other. However, that didn’t dampen Anchal’s spirits and she decided to go all alone. She carefully parked her car in the busy parking lot and walked towards the shopping center. Entering a shop, she found a little boy, just over 9 years, sitting sad and sobbing. She tried to ignore, but… the young boy’s eyes forced her to approach him. Walking up to him, she enquired, “Why are you so sad?” Taking a little while to gather back his voice, the boy replied amidst the uncontrollable sobs, “I want to buy this dress for my little sister, but the shopkeeper says that the money I have is not enough; so he will not give me this dress.” … It seemed as if parting with the dress was something intolerable for the boy. Anchal found it a little awkward. She told the boy to simply go to his parents and tell them that he wanted to buy that dress for his little sister. They could help him. But the boy said, “You know this is the dress that my sister liked the most when we came to the mall last week. She wanted to have it. So I thought that I…

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Be Thankful To HIM!

In a classroom, a teacher asked the children to list down the Seven Wonders of the World. All the students except one little girl had written down the present day wonders. The teacher was amazed when she came across the paper on which the small girl had listed the following 7 wonders: 1. To see 2. To hear 3. To laugh 4. To feel 5. To taste 6. To love, and, more importantly 7. To be grateful. How true!! All these aspects, which are indispensable to our existence itself, are no less than wonders! Yet we never realize their significance in our lives. For instance, if we specifically talk about ‘being grateful’, then ponder- We use the word “thank you” many times a day. We thank others for their favours, their gifts and their concern. But, how often do we really thank the Almighty for his blessings? … However, noble souls find ample reasons to thank the Lord in every situation. The French poet, Lamartine, was talking a walk in a poor quarter of the city when he came across a humble stonecutter at work. The poet was surprised to hear him utter the words, “Thank you!” after each stroke of the hammer. “My good man, whom are you thanking?” enquired the poet haughtily. The stonecutter answered- “I am thanking God.” Lamartine further said, “Had you been wealthy and prosperous, it would be natural for you to thank God. But, God thought of you just once when He made you and hasn’t remembered you sinc…

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Magical Code to Shoo Away FAILURES & DIFFICULTIES

“What is the difference between a ‘champion’ and an ‘average person’?”- This question was once asked to an English football player, Tom Hopkins. An apt and crisp reply came: “The single most important difference between champion achievers and average people is their ability to handle rejection and failure.” Perfectly true! To do a self-analysis check, just try answering genuinely in ‘yes’ or ‘no’ these questions: Do you feel sad and disheartened when you meet with failures or difficulties? What if these failures go on hitting you umpteen number of times? Do you give up your determination when the world labels your idea as ‘impossible’? Do you lose all your hopes, when situations don’t seem to be favouring you despite your maximum efforts? If the answers to these questions are in ‘yes’, to whatsoever decibel of intensity, then here are a few exclusive real-life examples out of the innumerable ones, for you to receive sumptuous doses of inspiration! … The young and inexperienced shoulders of Chester Carlson were charged with the responsibility to look after the ailing parents due to adverse circumstances. When he was seventeen, he met with a sad demise of his mother. At the age of twenty four, his father also passed away. He struggled hard to earn a degree in physics, where after he tried rigorously for a job. Probably, you would receive a shock…

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हाय! ये रूखी, बेजान त्वचा और बाल!

सर्दी का मौसम आ चुका है। इस मौसम में जहाँ शीत-लहर गर्मियों की बीमारियों को ले जाती हे , वहीं दूसरी ओर ले आती है -सूखापन। सर्दियों का समय ऐसा है, जिसमें हमारी त्वचा और बाल दोनों में नमी की कमी हो जाती है। परिणामस्वरूप हमें मिलती है,बेजान त्वचा और बाल। लेकिन आइए, इस बार इन सर्दियों में हम कुछ  ऐसे घरेलु नुस्खे अपनाएँ कि हमारे बाल और त्वचा दोनों ही स्वस्थ बने रहें। घरेलु विंटर हेयर केयर सर्दियों के मौसम में बालों का नैचुरल आयल ( प्राकृतिक तेल) इतना पर्याप्त नहीं होता कि वह बालों को खूबसूरत और मजबूत रख सके। शीत-लहर हमारे मस्तक की खाल को बहुत शुष्क कर देती है, जिससे दो जटिल समस्य…

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अपने लिए जीए, तो क्या जीए?

अनुजा- उठो अमित! जल्दी करो! ८.०० बज गए हैं। ऑफिस नहीं जाना क्या? अमित- उफ! आज बिल्कुल मन नहीं कर रहा। सारा शरीर टूट रहा है ... अनुजा- अरे, तुम तो बिल्कुल रिया की तरह बहाने बना रहे हो।  अमित- क्यों, हम पापा लोग नहीं थकते क्या? अनुजा- और हम मम्मियों को क्या?... अमित- अरे भई, आया कमला है तो... अनुजा- आया आया ही होती है। ... अमित (हँसते हुए)- मान लिया, श्रीमती जी! अब मेरे लिए क्या आज्ञा है? अनुजा- फिलहाल तो यही कि आप जल्दी से तैयार होकर नाश्ते के लिए आ जाओ। आज रिया को भी स्कूल छोड़ते हुए जाना है। अमित- ओ.के. मैडम! ...नाश्ते की टेबल पर... ... रिया (इतराकर)- नहीं! मुझे नहीं पीना दूध। नहीं जाना स्कूल। अनुजा- …

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असली अविष्कारक कौन?

पहली घटना... ...८ नवम्बर, १८९५ की घटना ... विल्हेल्म अपनी प्रयोगशाला में ... बेरियम प्लेटिनो-साइनाइड से पुती हुई स्क्रीन व क्रुक्स ट्यूब की सहायता से कैथोड किरणों पर अनुसंधान कर रहे थे।...  अकस्मात् हुई एक्स-किरण की खोज... दूसरी घटना... २८ सितम्बर, १९२८ का दिन था। ...फ्लेमिंग लम्बी छुट्टियों के बाद अपनी प्रयोगशाला में आए थे। अचानक उनकी नज़र स्लैब पर रखे हुए कुछ बर्तनों पर पड़ी। इनके तल में नीले-हरे रंग का पदार्थ जमा हुआ था। ... ...सम्यक् परिक्षणों के बाद समझ आया कि अकस्मात् पनपा यह पदार्थ तो एक जादुई दवाई है... इस तरह पैनिसिलिन विश्व की ...एक अभूतपूर्व खोज... तीसरी घटना... सन् १८७८... द…

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Be Like the Honey Bees!

Kamal kadaa aani darduri naanuk eke chiyaa Dhari paraag seweeje bhramaraa year chikhlachi ure It’s a great statement by the God incarnate saint of Maharashtra, Shri Gyaneshwar, which says- a lotus flower and frog- both live in the same place, i.e. mud. A humming bee enjoys the nectar of the lotus flower whereas mud and insects remain for the lazy frog. Indeed, it’s the fruit of the hard work that honey bees put in! One can draw an estimate of the extent of hard work of honey bees from the fact that in order to collect 1kg of honey (i.e. nectar), they travel a distance equal to the circumference of the earth! Likewise, what falls in our lot depends on what we choose to become, i.e. whether we wish to be like a honey bee- sincere, dedicated and hard working to enjoy the nectar; or, we wish to be like the lazy frog getting only insects and mud! Saint Gyaneshwar, who wrote this statement… By the age of 8, he had mastered the entire Vedanta and had developed miraculous powers such that he made a buffalo recite Vedas. He completed the commentary on the Bhagawad Gita through a dead man whom he made alive at the age of 15. … History is replete with such examples, where people chose to adopt the pattern of life studded with the traits of sincerity, dedication, and hard work. … … Verily, great personalities, who choose to become like honey bees, harbour great aims from early childhood itself. Maria Golda Mayer used to dream of receivi…

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Stay Organised, Stay Efficient

Not merely adhering to deadlines and actualizing tasks at the workplace signify a bright future for a working professional; it is a bundle of capabilities that trigger the professional’s flight to the pinnacle of accomplishment. What a good thought it seems to be! However, this is not a cakewalk, for a major challenge lies in the fact that how do professionals strategize their ideas and grab every possible opportunity. This ability essentially exemplifies their competence and helps them stand out in the crowd while surpassing plenty of barriers in the corporate world. When it comes to discussing routine affairs at the workplace, we envision what all a professional does to proceed with tasks. The 9AM to 6PM job is jam-packed with the deciding course of action for the current day, setting priorities, completing assignments, and sometimes, attending meetings. This hectic scenario also demands some leisure moments in order to shun a lackadaisical attitude. Here comes the role of organizing skills, instrumental in boosting the work efficiency of professionals. The better they organise their work, the better the results they get. The crux lies in the hard-headed approach followed to streamline the day’s work, while not compromising with pre-set targets. We had an informative session with Mr. ABC, a corporate professional, who addressed our queries with panache. Here are some excerpts from the interesting conversation. Q1. What is the major challenge you need t…

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This is God Signing In!

It was a hot summer day. The priest had already closed the temple doors for the midday meal. As he was about to leave for home to have his lunch, he recalled some pending work that had not been done for a long time, but needed urgent attention then. The priest decided to take care of it before his midday break. Finishing his work, as the priest was leaving the temple, he was surprised to notice somebody entering the temple from the main gate. He thought, ‘Everybody knows that the temple doors are closed for almost 3 hours during the noon, then why would anybody visit the temple at this hour?’ Moreover, due to the scorching sunlight, the mercury levels were soaring to jump to 45degrees! It required real devotion and determination to come out of the comforts of indoors to visit the temple at such an hour! Curiosity and amazement made the priest wonder about the identity of that man. Almost hiding behind a nearby tree, the priest decided to take a better look as to what was going on! … The priest saw a man who… was wearing shabby clothes. … Overall, he seemed to be a person living below the poverty line. …Never before had the priest seen that man in the temple. He was wondering, when this man doesn’t come during the time when the temple doors are open, why then would he come at noon when the temple is closed. …Theft at the temple was the greatest worry that bothered him. So he decided to keep an eye at the mysterious man. …

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क्यों बँट गया परिवार?

आज है अंतरराष्ट्रीय परिवार दिवस! टीचर ने सब बच्चों से अपना फैमिली-ट्री बनाकर लाने को कहा था। सातवीं कक्षा के दो दोस्त रिंकु और निखिल भी तैयार थे अपने-अपने फैमिली ट्री के साथ। पर दोनों के फैमिली-ट्री में काफी अंतर था। रिंकु का फैमिली-ट्री एक बड़े से चार्ट पेपर पर भी समा नहीं पा रहा था। वहीं निखिल का फैमिली-ट्री एक छोटी सी ए-४ शीट पर ही आसानी से फिट हो गया था। पहले मास्टर रिंकु के बड़े से परिवार से मिलते हैं... बाप रे बाप! इतना बड़ा परिवार! आप चाहें तो इस परिवार में से क्रिकेट मैच की दोनों टीम बना सकते हैं। ... अब देखते है, निखिल के फैमिली-ट्री को। इसमें कोई चाचा-ताया-दादा-दादी नहीं ह…

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कर लो दुनिया मुट्ठी में!

'अरे, इस बेचारे को कुछ मत कहो। यह तो दीन-हीन, लाचार व कमज़ोर सा है... 'क्या आप अपने बारे में ये शब्द सुनना पसंद करेंगे?  नहीं! बच्चे तक खुद को कमज़ोर सुनना पसंद नहीं करते। तभी तो बचपन में जब भी हम खेलते-खेलते गिर जाते थे और रोने लगते थे, तो हमारे माता-पिता हमें उठाते हुए अक्सरां ये शब्द बोला करते थे-' अरे, जल्दी से उठो! ऐसे रोते नहीं है। कुछ भी तो नहीं हुआ। छोटी सी चोट है, जल्द ही ठीक हो जाएगी। रोते तो कमज़ोर लोग हैं, पर तुम कमज़ोर थोड़े न हो। तुम तो हमारे शेर बच्चे हो। बहादुर हो ...'इन शब्दों को सुनकर जैसे हमें नवीन उत्साह मिलता था और हम झट अपने आँसुओं को पौंछ कर फिर से खेल के मैदान में…

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भारत की बात सुनाता हूँ!

एयर इंडिया का हवाई जहाज़ अमेरिका से भारत की ओर उड़ान भर रहा है। इसमे बैठे हैं-जॉन रिचर्डसन। उनके मानस-पटल पर अंकित है, भारत की तस्वीर। ऐसी तस्वीर, जो अत्यंत पारम्परिक व रूढ़िवादी मान्यताओं के रंग से रंगी है। जॉन भारत को मात्र साँप- सपेरों वाला दरिद्र व कर्मकांडी देश मानते हैं तथा भारतवासियों को अंधविश्वास व काले जादू में उलझे लोग! कुछ ऐसे ही दृष्टिकोण के साथ जॉन रिचर्डसन अपने मित्र डॉ. प्रणव दास के आमंत्रण पर भारत आ रहे हैं। डॉ.प्रणव भारतीय इतिहास व दर्शनशास्त्र के प्रोफेसर हैं। उनका उद्देश्य जॉन को भारत का कराना है। ताकि जॉन भारत के वास्तविक स्वरूप व संस्कृति से परिचित ह…

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Do You Have The Three Magical Abilities?

It was one of the nights in peak winters. The chill was penetrating into every pore of existence. In that freezing cold, a man was walking down a busy lane, heading to his house after a long day at work. He had a feeling of contentment and was humming in joy as he was passing by the street. While moving ahead, he saw an old man in battered, old clothes sitting around the corner of the street with a bunch of rosebuds. The old man was calling on the passers-by to buy those beautiful rose buds. He was shivering in cold, yet he sang in a peculiar rhythm to extend the warmth of his words to those who were passing by, irrespective of the fact that they bought his flowers or not. Charmed by his spirit, the man at once headed towards him… He instantly took off his warm coat and put it on the shoulders of the old man… Only a smile was exchanged between the two and the old man, with gratitude filled in his eyes, handed 7 beautiful rose buds to the man. While offering the flowers, he said, “One rose for each day of the week when this coat will keep me warm!” With a smile, the man accepted the flowers and … then walked away to his house. That night before going to bed, as per his daily practice, the man sat to pray and extended his thanks to God in these words… “O Lord! I am thankful to the shopkeeper from whom I bought this coat; may you bless him for making it available to me… O’ Lord! I thank the weaver who worked diligently…

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The Power of Spirituality

It’s the source of self-confidence and inner strength! It’s the sole owner of the jewel of perfect character! It has the power to bring a complete change in one’s perspective, thereby, resulting in a U-turn in one’s attitude towards life! In it lies the genesis of real compassion, in terms of its magnitude and depth! It has proved to be the source of strength in the making of a nation! It forms the foundation stone in erecting the edifice of a peaceful world! It bears ample testimonies to its name proving that it is the shield and strength of women amidst challenges! It role and value in the over-all health care of an individual has been well recognised and verified even by the doctors and specialists of the present day world! Perhaps, much to your amazement, you would find it difficult to assimilate that all these ‘its’ fall in the ambit of a subject, which has often been considered as a miscellaneous one, not worthy of inclusion in top priorities of the to-do’s in life. As a matter of fact, supported with ample evidences from the annals of history, all these ‘its’ are credited to the subject of ‘Spirituality’. Being a resident of the 21st century modern-day world, just try to analyse what kind of an image takes shape in your mind when you come across the term- ‘Spirituality’? Probably- something which is philosophical, far away from the zones of reality; something that hardly has any practical…

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Live-In Relationships

…Freedom got in the name of live-in relationships is equivalent to a wandering kite in the sky whose string is cut-off. On being disconnected with the string of discipline and social responsibility (as it is in the case of marriage), one doesn’t reach heights in the sky; instead, he dooms into the ocean of sorrow and grief. Also, the statistics of exceedingly high percentage of break-ups ruled out the perception that a live-in relationship helps in selecting the right life-partner for oneself. Let’s know about some arguments rendered by the youth in their support… … 1st Youth: With time, the world is progressing at all fronts. With technological innovations, changing lifestyles have impacted the level of thinking of the people. Today, even the hi-tech nations like Canada, France, the UK and the US do not consider live-in relationships as ill-founded. In these developed countries, the percentage of live-in relationships is 50% or even more! If we have to match with the pace of the advancing world, then, like these advanced countries, we too need to think broadly. Swami Ji: What is the yardstick for progress and broad thinking according to you? An increasing rate of depression, grief, suicides, teen-pregnancy, devaluation of moral values, anger, sensuality etc. – are these the parameters of progress according to you? Because this is what the so-called broad-minded approach of live-in relationships offers to the society! If in your pe…

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Choose the Enterprise and your Role

If we draw a parallel between the modern day corporate world and Mahabharata, we will find there were two corporate houses involved in the fierce battle. One was the Pandava Enterprise and the other, the Kaurava Enterprise. … Let’s introduce you to the two enterprises. Both had a set of Board of Directors and employees- many times more in number in the case of the Kauravas. Both enterprises had management consultants to advise them- Shakuni for the Kauravas and in case of the Pandavas, this role was played by Lord Krishna Himself. Here is a detailed list of the prime members of both enterprises along with their roles and attributes: THE KAURAVA ENTERPRISE Dhritrashtra- the blind (not only physically, but more catastrophically mentally) boss; a dummy CEO- driven by his ill-willed son Duryodhana. … Duryodhana- the Chief Operating Officer; he is a highly egoistic and blindfolded individual in terms of making decisions. He can also be titled as the … Karna- the unwisely loyal Executive. Although greatly skilled, but all his greatness  gets eclipsed by his indiscriminate personal loyalty, which ultimately leads to his… Dushaasan- … Shakuni- … Dronacharya- … Bhishma- the unwisely committed Senior Executive. … He resembles a senior executive who assists the boss in spite of knowing his incompetence. Undoubtedly, even today, we can find people in huge numbers, who resonate with these profiles. Chec…

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The Art of Giving

…An object appears white when it doesn’t retain anything with itself and reflects all; likewise, when we tread the path of giving, our personality shines bright like white colour. With exclusive incidents from history, we learnt that the best time to give is ‘Now’. And that our service should not be constrained by the paranthesis of selfishness, pride or self-consideration. This issue will throw light on the important aspects in this context i.e. How to give, what to give, Why, when and how much to give so that we are able to extend service to society in the real sense. There are several aspects associated with the question- ‘how to give’. Give unconditionally: … The act of giving or offering service should be done unconditionally and that too with love. Else, if there are expectations for returns for what one has done to help the other person, then, it no longer remains a service but becomes a barter system or a business deal. … Give quietly: … The foremost thing one is concerned about while offering some service is his fame, so that people can find out how kind-hearted and generous he is! However, remember real offering is … Give humbly: While offering help to someone, it is important that the person at the receiving end should not feel humiliated. … … In mathematics, one comes across a concept of ‘necessary and sufficient’ condition. The necessary criteria are tho…

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ठक्-ठक्! क्या ईश्वर है?

क्या ईश्वर है या नहीं है? क्या ईश्वर कल्पना में गढ़ी एक कृति है या फिर इस विश्व का सृष्टा व नियामक तत्व है? क्या ईश्वर मूढ़, अशिक्षित व असभ्य लोगों के भय और अज्ञान का परिणाम है या सभ्य वैज्ञानिक समाज के तकनीकी यंत्रों और पहुँच से बाहर की कोई ऊँची, सूक्ष्म, दिव्य सत्ता है? इन प्रश्नों का उत्तर जब भी खोजना चाहा, समाज दो वर्गों में बंट गया- आस्तिक व नास्तिक। नास्तिक सिरे से ईश्वर को नकारता है, उसकी सत्ता पर प्रश्नचिह्न उठाता है। वहीं आस्तिक ईश्वर में गहरी आस्था व विश्वास रखता है। उसके होने के अनेक दृश्य व अदृश्य प्रमाण समक्ष रखता है। इस विषय-वस्तु को दृष्टि में रखकर प्रस्तुत है एक…

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आप को आपके उसूलों ने क्या दिया!

एक बिज़नेस टाइकून (बहुत बड़े उद्योगपति) ने एक शानदार पार्टी आयोजित की। पार्टी-हाल का हर कोना स्वर्ग को भी मात दे, इस बखूबी अंदाज़ से सजाया गया था।... उस पार्टी में उस राज्य की ही नहीं, देश की ही नहीं, विदेशों की भी दिग्गज हस्तियाँ मौजूद थीं।... पर इस पार्टी हाल के एक कोने में लगी एक टेबल पर मास्टर शंकर बैठे थे, जो वहाँ उपस्थित सभी लोगों से कुछ अलग थे। सादा लिबास! चेहरे पर शांति! होठों पर मुस्कान! उम्र भी कुछ 50-60 के बीच की होगी।... वे वहाँ थे ही नहीं। उनका मन 28 साल पहले की दुनिया की सैर कर रहा था। उनके ह्रदय- पटल घूम रहे थे वे द्श्य, जब वे उस राज्य के सबसे नामी-गिरामी स्कूल ' अभ्युदय' में हि…

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साधना करनी है,करेंगे ही!

प्रिय साधकों! एक बार गुरुदेव श्री आशुतोष महाराज जी से किसी ने कहा था- 'महाराज जी, साधना करने का न हमें समय मिलता है, न उसमें हमारा मन लगता है।' उत्तरस्वरूप श्री महाराज जी ने ये पंक्तियाँ कहीं- ऐसा कहने से काम नहीं चलने वाला। साधना के लिए निश्चयात्मक बुद्धि बनानी है।... ब्रह्मज्ञान की दीक्षा देकर श्री महाराज जी ने हमारे भीतर 'साध्य' या 'ध्येय' भी प्रकट कर दिया है। ... ध्यान-साधना करने के लिए पूरा मंच तैयार है। फिर इंतज़ार किस बात का? आलस्य कैसा? ... महापुरुष कहते हैं- ततु गिआनु लाई धिआनु दृष्टि समेटिआ अर्थात् भृकुटि में दृष्टि को समेटने या एकाग्र करने से ही तत्वज्ञान पर आध…

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Keep Your Desire Alive…

…Schools, colleges and other professional institutes perform the duty of imparting knowledge in today’s world through well qualified teachers. But, a few centuries back, in India, aspiring students would go to a Gurukul to stay with their Guru for the purpose of acquiring gross as well as Divine Knowledge. …The Guru nurtured these young, fragile minds with fathomless love and competent knowledge, and ensured them his divine protection against the evils lurking in society. Strict discipline was observed by the students while staying at the holy feet of their revered Guru, which provided the foundation to their meaningful future life. About 2200 years ago, an incident took place. This is a true incident. Maharishi Patanjali, a revered Guru in the Indian yoga tradition, was imparting knowledge to hundreds of his students who were par excellence and got a lot of attention from the Guru and there were students who were average and would get just enough attention from the Guru. Pushyamitra was a student with average intelligence and average work capacity, so average… so ordinary. He would always look at the extraordinary students of Maharishi and think, “Would I ever be able to make my guru as proud as they do? ... Days and years rolled by… Finally, the day came when the students had to leave the Gurukul as their education was complete. Maharishi had made them competent enough to face the challenges of life, by adorning them with the weap…

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A Rejuvenating Dose for Office Lifestyle

What an awesome vacation! Miles away from the humdrum of life, you are basking in the company of your near and dear ones. Mesmerizing locales, soothing ambience, ecstatic moments… what else cold one want for an enriching experience? Suddenly, trin trin…!!! Your clock needle hits the right time and alarm starts buzzing. Oh! So sad… This breaks your dream and you are forced to step out of your flight of imagination. “Gosh, that escape from the hustle and bustle of routine life was at least better in the world of fantasy,” says your heart. Well, whatsoever it may be, it’s time again to rush to the office and live another day full of tight deadlines. Here you go, reach the office, punch in to mark your presence, and finally get settled at your workstation. Now you perform a desk-bound job while being in the same position or posture. So, this, undoubtedly, becomes monotonous and you start losing the passion you once had on joining your current organization. Now this is the scenario of a sedentary office lifestyle that most of the professionals accept the way it comes. However there are some who actually dare to accept it as a challenging opportunity to rise up and devise ideas to transform such a lifestyle into an enthusiastic one.  … To know a regular health schedule, which can be pursued at the workstation without any hassle  by a corporate professional in toto, read the complete article in October edition of Eng…

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How is Your Nature?

Please answer the following questions in Yes/No: Do you repose trust in yourself? In difficult situations are you able to maintain your courage and patience? Do you have the guts to accept your mistakes and are willing to adopt corrective measures? Do you seek for the positive aspects of an individual instead of looking out for the shortcomings? … … Even amidst the tempest of difficulties do you remain steadfast on your chosen path? … … Are you inclined to change yourself? Are you able to condone the faults of others, just as you do in case of even the biggest of your mistakes? So, how many ‘No’s’ for the answers to the questions given on the left? Dear friends, this each ‘No’ indicates the negative aspect of our personality. How do we treat ourselves and others is an important aspect of our nature and it has salutory effect on our lives. The society essentially judges an individual with consideration of his nature only. His intelligence, knowlledge and other aspects take the second place. … In our personal life also, we give regard to the people importantly on the basis of their nature. There are certain categories of nature which no one likes. To introspect on the basis of categories of nature such as jealous, angry and negativity and inferiority complex nature and examine if our nature also resonates with them, to know the tips related to our nature, read the complete article in Octo…

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कभी- कभी ऐसा भी करना चाहिए...

इस माह 'सफल जीवन के सूत्र' का यह खण्ड जिन सूत्रों की विस्तृत जानकारी आपको देगा, वे इस प्रकार हैं- ज़िन्दगी में हारना बेहद जरुरी है। साथ ही, आपको गिरना, क्रोध करना, संकोच करना और लालच करना भी आना चाहिए। इतना ही नहीं, ज़ेन दर्शन के कथनानुसार- जो भी करो, पूरी तरह यानी अच्छी तरह करो... तो इसका मतलब हुआ-हारो, तो पूरी तरह हारो; संकोच करने में ज़रा सा भी संकोच मत करो; क्रोध भी अच्छी तरह करो; गिरो, तो शान से गिरो; लोभ भी आधा अधूरा नहीं, बल्कि भरपूर मात्रा में करो। चौंकिए मत! न तो आपके पढ़ने में कोई गलती हुई है, न हमारे लिखने में। बस, ठीक से समझने की ज़रूरत है। यह सच है कि हमारे प्रयास हमेशा ऐसे हो…

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दीवाली की शुभ-कामनाएँ कैसी हों?

आप सभी को ग्लोबल दीवाली की हार्दिक शुभकामनाएँ! बधाई देने का यह अंदाज़ कुछ नया लगा होगा आपको! इस बार हम आपके लिए दीवाली पर ऐसी एक नहीं, कई नई शुभकामनाएँ लाए हैं।... सबसे पहले ग्लोबल दीवाली की बात करते हैं।... यह पर्व सिर्फ भारत में ही नहीं... नेपाल, ब्रिटेन, इंडोनेशिया, ... सिंगापुर, थाईलैंड आदि कई देशों में इस पर्व को उत्साह और उल्लास से मनाते हैं। ... सिंगापुर, फिजी इत्यादि कितने ही देशों में तो इस दिन राष्ट्रीय अवकाश रखा जाता है। इस दिन बहुत से देश नई डाक-टिकट भी जारी करते हैं। इस पर्व से जुड़े विभिन्न पहलुओं पर रिसर्च करने के लिए प्रत्येक वर्ष IRC आयोजित की जाती है, जिसमें अनेक देशों क…

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मैं! मैं! मैं! The Journey from 'i' to 'I'

… एक इंसान अपनी यात्रा 'मैं' से शुरू करता है।  'मैं' में ही जीता है, पलता है और बढ़ता है।  मैं, मेरा, मुझसे … इन्हीं दिशाओं को पकड़कर आगे चलता है।  'मैं' के कारण ही वह पल-पल मरता है और मारता है। ऐसे ही एक इंसान की 'मैं' यात्रा ग्रीक दर्शन हमारे सामने रखता है।  इस इंसान का नाम था- नार्सिसस। लेकिन इसके विपरीत भारतीय दर्शन भी एक अद्भुत यात्रा उजागर करता है, जो क्षुद्र अहंकार 'मैं' से शुरू होकर विराटतम 'मैं' में प्रवेश कर जाती है।  अखण्ड -ज्ञान इस लेख द्वारा आपको दोनों ही यात्राओं का यात्री बना रही है। तो चलें? … नार्सिसस अपने भरपूर यौवन में था।  असाधारण रूप …

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स्वतंत्रता क्रांति के ऋषि-तपस्वी!

तेरे ही वास्ते आलम में हो गए बदनाम, तेरे सिवा नहीं रखते किसी से हम कुछ काम।  वतन! न दे हमें तर्के वफा का तू ,इल्ज़ाम, कि आबरू पे तेरी निसार हो गए सरेआम। यह जलता हुआ समर्पण-गीत एक क्रांतिकारी ने लिखा था। लेखन का स्थान कोई खूबसूरत वादियाँ नहीं थीं। ब्रिटिश हुकूमत की जेल की एक काल-कोठरी थी। ज़ाहिर है, यह गीत किसी आशिक द्वारा अपनी माशूका के लिए नहीं रचा गया था। एक सच्चे सपूत ने इसे अपनी माँ भारती को समर्पित किया था।  स्वतंत्रता संग्राम का भी वह क्या दौर था! भारत के छड़े नौजवान सपूत बड़े-बड़े तापसी ऋषि बन गए थे। ऐसे क्रांतिकारी ऋषि, जिन्होंने घोर वनों, कन्दराओं और हिम-शिखरों पर दुर्…

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भारतीय संस्कृति की अद्वितीयता ही है यह! एक धागे के बल पर रक्षा का वचन जीत लेना! एक मंगल- सूत्र की ताकत पर आजीवन सम्बन्ध-बंधन में बँध जाना.... इन्हीं संस्कारों का सबसे प्रखर रूप देखने को मिलता है- रक्षा- बंधन के त्यौहार में! सूर्य-चन्द्राधारित भारतीय पंचांग के अनुसार 'श्रावण' महीने की पूर्णमासी को यह पर्व सकल भारतवर्ष में मनाया जाता है, विशेषकर उत्तर व दक्षिण भारत में।  इसलिए इसे 'राखी पूर्णिमा' या 'श्रावण पूर्णिमा' भी कह देते हैं। हर प्रांत में इसका परम्परागत स्वरूप लगभग एक जैसा  ही है।  बहन अपने सगे या ममेरे-चचेरे-फुफेरे-मौसेरे या धर्म भाई की कलाई पर रक्षा-सूत्र (…

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उपवास- एक उत्तम औषधि!

आज तक आपने 'सेहत सार' के इस खण्ड में कई बार भोजन व उससे सम्बन्धित विभिन्न पहलुओं को पढ़ा है। आपने बहुत से भोज्य पदार्थों व उनके सेवन  से दूर होने वाली विभिन्न बीमारियों की जानकारी प्राप्त की है।  किन्तु इस बार हमारा इरादा भोजन या खाद्य पदार्थों के बारे में न बताकर आपको भूखा रखने का है। क्यों? क्या हुआ? अरे, घबराइए नहीं, ये भूखा रहना आपके लिए प्राण-घातक नहीं, बल्कि स्वास्थ्य-वर्धक होगा।  अब तक आप समझ ही गए होंगे कि हम किस विषय की बात कर रहे हैं।  जी हाँ- उपवास की! क्योंकि उपवास से जहाँ व्यक्ति स्वयं को तंदरुस्त रख पाता है, वहीं अनेक रोगों का इलाज मात्र उपवास द्वारा ही संभ…

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Over-Thinking should be over forever!

Throw a glance at fig. A.  Oops!  In this total mess, are you able to find where these arrows are heading towards? Ok, if this graphic was to represent some aspect of our personality, what would that be… with so many arrows emerging and going haywire? Any guesses? You must have guessed it right. These arrows are representative of our thoughts, which continuously emanate from our mind.  And, what if these arrows are further increased in the figure? Oh! Surely, it would result in a catastrophic situation! Isn't it? The worrying factor today is that in our real lives as well, we believe in following the principle of increasing these arrows of thoughts by means of a chain reaction. What makes the story sad is that, many of these thoughts are either futile or unnecessary. This is one of the major problems of people, and is called the process of over-thinking. It's the over-thinking mind that stops us from moving forward in life. It's the over-thinking mind that brings instability by making us feel anxious and worried about this or that. It's the over-thinking mind that makes simple situations complex.  And so, it's the over thinking mind that must be better controlled in order to stop worrying and start living… STOP OVER-THINKING…BECAUSE IT INDUCES NEGATIVITY IN RELATIONSHIPS! A man met a lady in a market without informing his wife. But, to his misfortune, his wife saw him meeting that lady in the market. When th…

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Sanskrit- The computer language of Vedic age!

Before reading the article, just pronounce "Pitra". Now say "Patar"! After this say "father"! Ok, now say "Padar". Now, repeat all these words together-Pitra! Pater! Father!Padar! Undoubtedly, you must have heard a common sound in all these words. These words appear similar to each other to a great extent. But, you will be surprised to know that these words belong to altogether different languages. "Pitra" is a word from the Sanskrit language. Pater, Father, Padar belongs to the Latin, English, and Persian respectively. It is all the more surprising that the meaning of these words that belong to different languages is the same- Father … Now, a natural inquisitiveness must have kindled within you. Why such a similarity between different languages from different regions? Two possibilities could be there. Either it is a sheer coincidence or else the languages are not basically different at all, i.e. they are born out of each other! If we think of the first possibility to be correct, which indeed is difficult to fathom, it imposes a question mark on the wisdom of humankind. As such, the second possibility seems to be correct, but, if we think this alternative to be feasible, a yet another question arises- Which of these languages actually form the base? Which is the mother-language from which the family of other languages originated? You may say it should be the oldest; meaning, the most ancient. According to the lingui…

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O Disciples! Set Your Efforts Right!

A Sufi mystic Junaid was once taking a morning walk in the garden. All of a sudden, a man came up to him and asked, "How long will it take me to reach the capital of this kingdom?" Junaid looked at the man and without replying he continued walking. Thinking that Junaid didn't hear his question, the man followed him and said again, "Sir, I wish to go to the capital of this kingdom. Can you tell me how long will it take?" Ignoring the question, Junaid again moved forward. After some distance, he looked back at the man who was still walking behind him to reach his destination. Junaid said, "It will take you ten hours to reach the capital of the kingdom." The reply confused the person as to why he didn't answer before. He asked Junaid, "Sir, why didn't you say that before?" Junaid replied, "How could I answer this before? Only after knowing your speed I could tell the time you will take to reach your destination." It's true that without the master's grace a disciple cannot walk on the path of spirituality. But, along with this fact, another very important postulate holds true, that- our efforts also play an indispensable role. To collect the grace of the master, pouring on us like rain, the right effort of a disciple is needed, as he can never absorb the divine grace in his lap for spiritual progress. In the context of the right effort of a disciple, 4-fold elements are mentioned in the sixth part of …

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Ganesha-The Computer God!

Eko vashi sarvabhootaantaraatmaa Ekam roopam bahudhaa yaha karoti… He alone is the divine authority, who dwells in all beings. The same divine authority creates multiple forms out of His one form and expresses and functions through them accordingly. Ganapati is one such divine authority. The owner of that bizarre form! But, that ‘one’ extraordinary form finds multiple expressions, which are currently prevalent in society. Several notations and varied interpretations have been articulated about each part of His divine figure from scientific, spiritual, and philosophical perspectives. Consistent with today’s hi-tech age, let us interpret His persona from another viewpoint-and that is technical or digital angle. …. MOUSE VIS-À-VIS GANAPATI’S VEHICLE! As per the cultural traditions of India, each god/goddess has a vehicle. The significance of that vehicle is according to the divine power or quality of that deity. For example: Goddess Saraswati is the deity of learning and knowledge and her vehicle is swan-known for its power of discrimination to separate milk from water (i.e. the essence from the whole). Goddess Durga is the annihilator of demonic powers and her vehicle is the lion! Lord Vishnu manages and protects the…; as such his vehicle is the mythical bird Garuda that flies with great speed. But, among these gods and goddeses, a mention must be made of an extraordinary god-Ganapati, whose vehicle is the mouse. A s…

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Be Repulsive to Impulsive Decisions

Life is a journey from B (birth) to D (Death). And, in between B to D, there is an alphabet ‘C’ indicating the ‘Choices’ we make along the road of life. These choices are the manifestations of our decisions. However taking decisions is not a simple task. For example, suppose we give you two options: Option A: Receive $15,000 today Option B: Get $18,000 in four years Which option will you go in for? In this case you can easily opt for choice A, as it is the amount you are receiving today. But, according to the time value of money in the financial dictionary, a person who goes with option B will be getting greater benefits in terms of money. Alike such decisions, many a times we come across various situations where instant returns or gains appear to be more beneficial. But, in reality they are not. There are various circumstances when our impulsive decisions make us regret in the long term. Dear friends, are you also among those who have a habit of taking decisions immediately? And, has it ever happened that your impulsive decisions have made you land in trouble? … What did you say? Often? Ah! Then be careful, as these impulsive decisions can hamper your success and will-power.  …Just check, are you… … Going by Pleasure-Driven Decisions? How do you define an impulse? Correct, it is a thought to do something. Impulses originate from our basic drives. And, our basic drives are driven by the things that give …

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The POWER of "WE"

The POWER of “WE” HAS THE POWER TO BRING REVOLUTIONS! For a machine to function properly, its every part works together in harmony and synchronization with every other part. Only then, these machines are able to produce the desired job. Before the concept of ‘assembly line’ was introduced to the world of manufacturing, parts were produced by workers independently and separately on their machines, followed by assembling before the delivery. The assembled product came up not only with the parts held together, but also the errors made at different stages getting accumulated. However, when ‘assembly lines’ came into existence, the whole industrial world got revolutionised! To state the underlying truth, it was the factor of ‘unity’ which brought about this revolution. It is because an assembly line is nothing but the manifestation of the principle of working in unison.  It is an integrated set up, which brings together the separate units to work in coordination with each other. The manufacturing proceeds from one work station to the next, and finally the finished product is delivered in the end, with much less effort, time, and errors, thereby resulting in increased returns and rewards. It’s not just the world of machines which can be revolutionized by integrating the independent units. In fact, unity has the power to revolutionise the world of human beings as well! However, irony today is that the integration of huma…

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परदेसी हृदयों में गुरु भक्ति की गूँज

तुम्हारे गुरु का ओहदा क्या है? -लू, चीन ऐसा कहा जाता है कि कन्फ्यूशियस की शरण में बहुत से शिष्य आए। पर जूमा चेन (चीनी इतिहासकार) के अनुसार,कन्फ्यूशियस  ने एक बार कहा था- 'बेशक मेरे पास बहुत से लोग आए, मेरे शिष्य बनने के लिए। लेकिन, उन हज़ारों में से बस मुट्ठी भर ही ऐसे थे, जिन्हें सचमुच मैं अपना शिष्य कह सकता हूँ। क्योंकि केवल उन्होंने मेरे उपदेशों को वैसे ही लिया, जैसे मैं उन्हें देना चाहता था। मेरे आदर्शों को वैसे ही जिया, जैसे मैं उन्हें जीते देखना चाहता था।' अहोभाग्य उन शिष्यों का, जिनके शिष्यत्व पर गुरु सफलता की मुहर लगा दें। जिन्हें गुरु अपना बना लें और जो सचमुच अपने गु…

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साधक-उपनिषद्

जिज्ञासा महाराज जी, काफी समय से मेरा मन बहुत दुःखी व बेचैन रहता है। मैंने सोचा था कि  जीवन में कुछ बदलाव करके शांति को पा सकूँगा।  पर असफल रहा।  क्या करूँ? मार्ग दिखाएँ। महाराज जी- कैसी विडम्बना है! एक इंसान घर बदल देता है, वस्त्र बदल लेता है, नौकरी बदल देता है, मित्र बदल लेता है; लेकिन वह नहीं बदलता, जो उसके  दुःख़ की जड़ है-उसके …  ।  … इसलिए आहार-विहार बदलने से क्या होगा! अपना आचार-विचार बदलें। … जिज्ञासा गुरु महाराज जी, जीवन पर कदम-कदम पर चुनाव है। कई विकल्पों  में से किसी एक को  चुनना पड़ता है। हम हमेशा सही चयन कर सकें, ऐसा मार्ग बताएँ। महाराज जी- जब एक सांसारि…

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अपनी-अपनी सीढ़ी है, तुलना करना बंद करो!

भौतिक संसार में एक उक्ति की अक्सर चर्चा होती है-'क्रॅब मेनटॅलिटी'- केकड़ा प्रवृत्ति! केकड़े एक-दूसरे की उन्नति से जलते हैं। इसलिए जब एक केकड़ा ऊपर चढ़ने लगता है, तो दूसरा उसकी टाँग खींचकर उसे नीचे घसीट लेता है। सांसारिक संगठनों में यह प्रवृत्ति इसलिए भी देखने को मिलती है, क्योंकि सभी कर्मचारियों के पास ऊँचा उठने का एक ही मार्ग, एक ही सीढ़ी होती है। लेकिन सज्जनों! गुरु-भक्तों का तो संसार ही निराला है। यहाँ सबकी मंज़िल तो एक ही है-गुरु! पर उस तक पहुँचने की सीढ़ी सबके पास अपनी-अपनी है; अलग-अलग है. हर साधक या गुरु-भक्त, अपनी-अपनी गति से अपनी-अपनी सीढ़ी चढ़कर सदगुरू तक पहुँचता है…

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कैसे बनें आकर्षण का केन्द्र?

क्या आप सफल लोगों की सूची में अपना नाम लिखवाना चाहते हैं ? क्या आप चाहते हैं कि आप जहाँ भी जाएँ, लोग सम्मान  के साथ आपका स्वागत करें? क्या आप घर, ऑफिस  व हर स्थान पर आकर्षण का केन्द्र बनने की इच्छा रखते हैं? यदि उत्तर 'हाँ' है, तो यह लेख पढ़ने का कष्ट  जरूर करें।  हाल ही में हुई एक रिसर्च से यह पता चला है कि किसी भी व्यक्ति की १५% सफलता उसके तकनीकी ज्ञान पर निर्भर करती है, जबकि ८५%सफलता उसके व्यवहार पर निर्भर करती है। यह लेख आपसे बिना कोई फीस लिए आपको व्यवहार  की यही कला सिखाएगा, जबकि जॉन  डी. ने कहा था- 'मैं इस कला के लिए दुनिया की किसी भी चीज़ से ज़्यादा कीमत देने के लिए तै…

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एक प्राचीन गुरुकुल की दिनचर्या!

आज जहाँ सुविधाओं व माडर्नाइज़ेशन के संबंध में हमारा ग्राफ प्रगति दर्शाता है, ऊर्ध्वगामी है; वहीं स्वास्थ्य के संबंध में यह ट्रेंड एकदम उलट है।  कहने का मतलब कि मनुष्य की सेहत, शक्ति, ऊर्जा व कार्य करने की क्षमता में निरन्तर गिरावट पाई जा रही है।  इस गिरावट की एक मुख्य जड़ है-हमारी गड़बड़ाती दिनचर्या। इस गड़बड़ी को समाप्त करने तथा अपने आर्य-पूर्वजों जैसा स्वास्थ्य व पुष्ट शरीर पाने के लिए हम आपको उन्हीं की एक वैदिक शाला में लेकर चलते हैं।  यह एक वैदिक कालीन गुरुकुल है, जहाँ छात्रगण अपने आचार्य के निर्देशानुसार स्वस्थ जीवन व्यतीत कर रहे हैं।  आइए, हम भी उनके साथ स्वास्थ्य स…

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बच्चों की परवरिश उत्तम बागवानी है!

प्रिय माताओं-पिताओं! आज आप बहुत चिंतित हैं।  किसलिए? यही सोचकर कि हम अपने बच्चों को- कितना बैंक बैलेंस दे पाएँगे? कैसे रिश्ते दे सकेंगे? कैसा भविष्य उनके लिए निर्धारित करेंगे? कैसा समाज उन्हें देंगे? कैसा वातावरण, कैसी प्रकृति उनके लिए छोड़ेंगे? कितनी सारी चिंताएं हैं न हमें? पर क्या कभी यह चिंता भी की है कि हम अपने बच्चों के रूप में- भविष्य को क्या सौंपेंगे? भावी समाज को कैसे नागरिक देंगे? प्रकृति को उसके रक्षक देंगे या भक्षक देंगे? राष्ट्र को कैसे वासी देंगे? मानव-संस्कृति को क्या धरोहर देंगे? दरअसल, परवरिश का दायित्व अपने बच्चों के लिए सिर्फ 'अधिकार' जुटाना नही…

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Come Out of Your Comfort Zone

Listen to the conversation between two seeds that rested on the lap of mother earth side by side… The first seed: Hey! I am looking forward to those days when I will grow up into a plant smiling under the blue sky amongst my other friends blossoming around. A new life altogether… with new experiences and new learning! Although, I know it will demand a lot of efforts from my end. But, never mind! Why fear? I am all set now to send my roots deep into the soil below and sprout through the soil above. The second seed: I differ. Why unnecessarily make life so troublesome when you can comfortably stay here? By digging the roots into the ground below, you can’t imagine what all you will have to face in the dark. And, by pushing up through the hard soil, your delicate sprouts will get damaged… Therefore, by all means, it is much better to stay here. And, so, the first seed grew while the second one waited. Unfortunately, a yard hen came scratching the ground for food, located the seed and popped it in its mouth. Could you catch the message from the above conversation? It says: Come out of your comfort zone if you want to flourish; else you may perish! …Right from the beginning of life, when a child comes into this world, at every stage, he has to choose struggles and challenges while leaving his comfort zone if he has to grow and live.  …He has to learn to stand on his feet and walk. A big challenge indeed! … Likewise, at…

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Medicinal Music

We often listen to music to feel good. But, do you know, listening to the right kind of music and in a proper way is medicinal, too. How? Let’s explore… Medicinal Music Fact #1 Music can lower the levels of … The number one enemy of man in today’s competitive world is the stress hormone, cortisol. This enemy is known to interfere with our memory, weight, cholesterol and immunity. However, one of the best and free medicinal treatments for lowering the effect of attack of this enemy is to listen to soft music. Music embedded with inspirational lyrics is more effective for this treatment. …In astudy by Miluk et al., they examined on a group of patients the importance of listening to music in reducing stress. The study dealt with measuring the cortisol levels in patients when they were informed that they undergo a surgery the next day. The patients were divided into two groups. One group of patients heard music immediately after the news, while the other group listened to no music. In the experiment, it was found that the news about surgery produced a 50% increase in cortisol within 15 minutes in both the surgical groups. However, the group that listened to music showed reduction in the cortisol level. On the other hand, the patients who did not listen to music displayed a higher level of cortisol. For this reason, R&D is being done on the fact that music can potentially be used in clinical settings, in which negative emotions such a…

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Don’t Restrict but Remove R Rated Movies

It is undeniable that the media casts an influence on the minds of everyone. However, influence on the minds of children is much greater. For, the young nurturing minds are still not mature to discriminate and do not have a clear understanding, but, most importantly, are in the process of potentially shaping their later life. Contextually, in general, modern-day movies, especially R-rated movies (restricted for children below 18 years) are not very healthy to indulge into, due to their violent or sexually explicit content (rape, murder, terrorism, savage beatings/beheadings, torture, etc.), abusive language used, or the horror sensationalism in the cases of horror movies. The context assumes greater importance when R-rated movies seem to be increasingly finding their way among children and teenagers (especially those aged < 14-15 years) and the impression they are creating in these yet not so mature minds. It’s basically today’s technological advancing age of the Internet and cable television, which offers an easy access of these movies to children, and renders even the laws enforced in theatres practically useless. This amplifies the problem for our shaping future generation… …The fact that the media has an excessive influence on children’s mind can be gauged by the fact that with increasing regularity, we hear news of someone, somewhere doing something weird and wacky that he or she saw on television or movie and trying to emulate it. Th…

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