Akhand Gyan

Highlights of November 2015

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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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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