Akhand Gyan

Highlights of December 2014

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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