Akhand Gyan

Highlights of January 2016

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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