Akhand Gyan

Highlights of August 2013

चोर कौन?

आज एक गोपी ने श्रीकृष्ण को रंगे हाथ पकड़ लिया और ले आई यशोदा के पास। आते ही उसने कहा- 'लो संभालो अपने लल्ला को! देखिये यशोदा जी! हम आपका बहुत मान-सम्मान करती हैं। पर इसकी भी एक सीमा है। हम ग्वालिन हैं और दूध-दही-माखन बेचकर गुज़ारा करती हैं। पर अब रोज़-रोज़ दूध-माखन की बर्बादी हमसे बर्दाश्त नहीं होती है। आपका ये लाडला खुद तो खाता ही है; साथ ही मंडली बनाकर दूसरों को भी खिला देता है। केवल खाने की भी बात नहीं है। खाने-पीने के बाद हमारे माटी के बर्तनों को भी तोड़ जाता है। आज की ही बात सुन लो। आया था ये तुम्हारा नटखट लल्ला! माखन चुराते रंगे हाथों पकड़ा है इसे!' ... कान्हा- नहीं मैय्या, मैंने माख…

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क्या मानवता ऐसे ही लहूलुहान पड़ी रहेगी?

३० ...२९ ... २८ ........४ ... ३… २… १… लाल बत्ती का सिग्नल खत्म हुआ। गाड़ियाँ, स्कूटर, ट्रक, साइकिल- सभी वाहन हार्न बजाते हुए चलने लगे। एक कार में चार दोस्त सवार थे- विवेक, मानव, मनसुख और कामना! चारों आपस में हँसते-हँसाते आफिस जा रहे थे। टाइम कम था और ट्रैफिक ज़्यादा। इसलिए उनकी कार के ड्राइवर ने अगली सड़क से टेक-आफ किया और कार को मेन हाई-वे पर हवा से बातें करने ही वाली थी कि अचानक विवेक ने कुछ देखा। देखते ही ज़ोर से चिल्लाया- 'रोको! जल्दी कार रोको!' बाकी तीनों दोस्तों ने एक आवाज़ में पूछा- 'पर क्यों?' 'अभी तुम्हें भी पता चल जाएगा, क्यों! ड्राइवर! जल्दी से गाड़ी पीछे लो!'- विवेक  पीछे सड़क के …

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सपनों का संसार (स्वप्न विज्ञान पर विहंगम आकलन ...)

अधिकांशतः एक साधारण व्यक्ति के दिवस का एक-तिहाई भाग निद्रा को समर्पित रहता है। यही कारण है कि वैज्ञानिकों के शोध-यंत्रों की दिशा हमारे इस निद्रा-प्रकरण की और भी घूमी।  ... यह पुरुष स्वप्न लोक में कभी ऊँचाई की, तो कभी निचाई की अवस्थाओं से गुज़रता है। नाना रूपों का निर्माण करता है। माया की विभिन्न कृतियों के संग आमोद-प्रमोद करता है। कभी बंधु-बाँधवों के संग हँसता-खेलता है, तो कभी भयावह दृश्यों को देखकर रोता और डरता है। कुछ ऐसा ही है, हमारे स्वप्नों का संसार! दिन भर तो हम इंद्रधनुषी दृश्यों और अनुभवों के साक्षी होते ही हैं। परन्तु रात्रिकाल में, नेत्र मूंदने के बाद, यह रंग-बिरंग…

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Caffeine Jitters -Time to ponder for Habitual Coffee and Tea Drinkers!

The overworked, sleep-deprived, and stress-laden urban world is leading to increasing caffeinated life. On the positive side, caffeine being a central nervous system stimulant, helps elevate mood, fight fatigue, create more energy, and boost the mind. This might have a positive, beneficial psychological effect in terms of better alertness, enhanced concentration, increased endurance and performance. ... On the flip side, the stimulant effect of caffeine has a downside in terms of producing restlessness, headache and irritability.  ...The 'feel good' factor of caffeine is brought about by increased dopamine levels in the brain, which activates pleasure in parts of the brain. However, the same dopamine also contributes to caffeine-addiction leading to caffeine dependence and withdrawal symptoms in its absence.  The ugly fact about caffeine consumption is that it manifests in terms of sleeping difficulties induced by caffeine intake. ... Chances of problems like cardiac arrhythmias, increased blood pressure, and risk of heart disease are higher in caffeine consumers. Upset, jittery gut and heartburn has been seen with increased caffeine consumption.  Interesting facts about Caffeine - Coffee/Tea drinking seems to be considered harmless simply just because it is very widely consumed. - Caffeine lowers the stress threshold virtually in everyone, and caffeine consumers are more prone to emotional or other stress.  - Caffeine disrupts slee…

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O Son, O Father, O Husband, O Brother...

A woman essays herself in various roles. For a son, she becomes an ocean of love. For a father, she becomes a 'true son' who is always there as a support when he becomes old. For a husband, she is life partner who stands by him through all ups and downs. And for a brother, she is ready to make compromises in her life. True, a woman is a home maker and also a society maker. If a son, a father, a husband and a brother are the four fingers of a hand, then a woman is the thumb. A woman as a Mother ... As the team was about to leave, one of the members noticed some movement beneath the woman's body. He bent and saw a child under her. The entire team carefully cleared the piles of heavy stones around the dead woman. They found a 3-month old little boy draped in a flowery blanket underneath. The little boy was sleeping peacefully below his mother who had sacrificed her life to save him. A woman as a Daughter ... Once, passengers were travelling in an airplane. Suddenly, a warning indicating some trouble in the journey flashed- 'Fasten your seat belts. We are facing an attack of a bad weather.' On hearing that, everyone in the plane got tensed. ...  That girl confidently said,'Uncle, why should I be afraid? How can my father who is the pilot of this plane let me die? That's why I am sitting happily." A woman as a Wife ... A husband expects that his life partner should give him space as he has his friends and colleagues who are also …

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Pearls of Discipleship from Shri Ramakrishna

Shri Ramakrishna Paramhansa was on his way to visit one of his household disciples. A devoted disciple accompanied him. When they were moving through a lane, a fisher woman crossed the road in front of them, carrying a basketful of fish on her head.   Once, there were two friends. By profession, one was a fisherwoman and the other was a gardener who raised flowers. One day, the gardener friend invited the fisherwoman to stay as a guest at her place.   They had a wonderful evening, chatting and sharing their experiences. At night, both slept in a room where flowers were kept.  The fisherwoman said," Friend, the fragrance of these flowers is making me uncomfortable. Can you please get me my fish-basket here?'  Whereas, the fragrance of spirituality discomforts them and they express a repulsive attitude towards experiencing God and dwelling in His blissful divinity. Devotee A: Thakur, this world is like the whirlpool. Once you are trapped in it, it doesn't spare you. It is like a thorny bush; we are hardly able to free ourselves from one set of thorns, that the other is found waiting to trap us.  How we are supposed to live in the world? Shri Ramakrishna: A tortoise can be seen moving about in water. But, can you guess where it keeps its thoughts focused? Its thoughts always remain fixed on its eggs lying on the bank of the river where it lays them. You have to follow the similar way. Carry out all your duties, serve …

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