Akhand Gyan

Highlights of August 2015

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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