Akhand Gyan

Highlights of October 2016

पंचदिवसीय उल्लास- दीपावली

दिवाली (कार्तिक अमावस्या) हम सभी जानते हैं कि अमावस्या की अंधेरी रात को हर्षोल्लास से भरा दिवाली पर्व मनाया जाता है, क्योंकि इस दिन प्रभु राम आसुरी शक्तियों का वध करके अयोध्या लौटे थे। सांकेतिक अर्थ यही है कि जीवन की दु:ख भरी काली रात्रि में जब ईश्वर का पदार्पण हो जाता है, तो हर अशुभ घड़ी शुभ में परिवर्तित हो जाती है। दीपावली का यह दिन अन्य अनेक शुभ कारणों को भी लिए हुए है- 1. इस दिन न केवल प्रभु राम रावण का वध कर अयोध्या लौटे थे, अपितु इसी दिन तेरह साल बाद पाण्डवों का हस्तिनापुर लौटना हुआ था। 2. भगवान विष्णु ने नरसिंह रूप धारण कर इसी दिन हिरण्यकशिपु का वध किया था। 3. इसी दिन उ…

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चाहे कुछ भी हो... आगे बढ़ते रहो!

कौन कहता है कि लक्ष्य को पाना आसान होता है? मंज़िल के रास्ते में मुश्किलों के सैलाब भी आते हैं और चुनौतियों के बवंडर भी। कभी डर हमें रोकने की कोशिश करता है; तो कभी लालच अपने चंगुल में फाँसने के लिए हमें फुसलाता है। लेकिन कौन कहता है कि इन मुश्किलों और चुनौतियों के बावजूद भी मंज़िल तक नहीं पहुँचा जा सकता? जब दिल और दिमाग मे लक्ष्य को पाने का पागलपन हो और रगों में ईमानदारी रक्त बनकर दौड़ती हो, तब फिर इन अवरोधों को मुँह की खानी ही पड़ती है। इतिहास में ऐसी बहुत सी हस्तियाँ हुई हैं, जो अपने लक्ष्य तक पहुँचने के लिए जोश और जज्बे की सारी हदें पार कर गईं। जिन्होंने अपने जीवन में सिर्फ एक ह…

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आओ, दिव्य मित्र को ढूँढ़ें!

कवि एडगर ए गेस्ट ने अपनी एक कविता में इस प्रकार 'दोस्ती' को परिभाषित किया है। कविता की कुछ पंक्तियों के भाव इस प्रकार हैं- 'दोस्त वही है, जो दु:ख-सुख के पलों में सदैव आपके साथ खड़ा रहे। जीवन के उतार-चढ़ाव में, हर परिस्थिति में तुम्हारा संबल बन कर हिम्मत दे। आपके स्वप्न चाहे कैसे भी क्यों न हों, सच्चा मित्र तो सदा उनके पूर्ण होने की प्रार्थना करता है... ।' अब ज़रा विचार कीजिये- क्या वास्तव में दोस्त वही है, जो इन दावों पर खरा उतरे? जो रिश्ता इन सभी विशेषताओं को अपने अंदर समेट लेता है, क्या हम उसे 'सच्ची मित्रता' कह सकते हैं? शायद नहीं! वजह यह कि दु:ख-सुख सांझा करने के पीछे छिपा प्र…

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Eco-friendly Diwali Celebrations!

It's a day which reverberates with the message of victory of light over darkness or good over evil! A day which carries great spiritual significance and is one of the prime festivals of India! A day whose aura of radiance is so magnificent that various countries all across the world, such as- Malaysia,  Singapore, Fiji, Guyana, Nepal, Mauritius, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Trinidad &Tobago, Thailand... etc. are found drawn into its divinity, echoing the spirit of celebration inherent in it! Yes, it's the auspicious day of Diwali, which, as per the legend, marks the arrival of Lord Rama to his Kingdom, Ayodhya, from an exile of 14 long years. Everyone was over-whelmed to see their beloved Lord and expressed their joy by lighting their homes and decorating them. Since then, every year this day is celebrated to commemorate the insightful message of treading the path of righteousness while annihilating the evil, as disseminated by Lord Rama. Fire-crackers are burnt, sweets and gifts are exchanged, houses are decorated with lights and lamps, etc. However, with time, as we witness changes in the environment, there is a need to bring corresponding modifications in our style of celebrations, harmonising it with the nature and surroundings, In line with this aspect only, we see the coming up of eco-friendly ways to celebrate a Green and healthy Diwali. Let's know about the various innovative ways that are seemingly in vogue to paint every dimension of this festiva…

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Exclusive CSR Models beautifying the world

Humane acts of compassion and generosity have time and again proved to be instrumental for benefitting the society at large. Maybe small or big ones, such initiatives help fostering the sentimental bond that connects human beings and integrate the society as one family. While people are engaged in a plethora of endeavours for social well-being, corporate sector also has its own unparalleled approach to cater to the deprived sections of society. Like... .... MOM'S TOUCH BY NIVEA INDIA Nivea India, a renowned skin care brand, introduced a CSR initiative named 'Mom's Touch'. Besides coming up with new products to beautify the outer self of a being, via this CSR initiative, Nivea has enhanced its dimension by influencing everyone at the core. Nivea collected stories of some extraordinary mothers and compiled them in the form of a video. Children in the video can be seen appreciating their mothers with words like, 'My mom supports my education; my mother doesn't buy an expensive dress for herself despite her liking for it because she thinks the money spent on the dress can be used to buy something for me instead; ...when i was in the hospital, my mother didn't have breakfast or lunch, she loves me a lot...' Such a heartwarming video helped generating awareness in society. It was an effort to show the importance of a mother as, most of the time, she is not given the value she deserves. They tried to uplift the dignity of a mother by revealing…

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Youth and Religion- a mismatch?

Religion and youth- if these two words are placed together, what do you feel the kind of force between them will be- attractive or repulsive? These days, a new category can come into existence in this context- “Nones”! Nones is the name given to that section of youth which associates itself with the philosophy- “We believe in God, but do not have affinity towards any religion.” Perhaps there is no end to the list of surveys and stats, which align with the notion of the youth. Here is a glimpse- From 1990 to 2008, according to the General Social Survey, the percentage of “nones” doubled to 16.3 percent. Likewise, The American Religious Identification Survey highlighted the jump from 8 to 15 percent in "nones". As per several surveys, in recent decades, statistics show a significant rise in the number of US citizens, especially youth, having no inclination towards the concept of religion.  According to the Pew Research Centre, as compared to their older generations, the youth is nearly 36 percent religiously unaffiliated. “Generation Y” poll by YouGov in Great Britain revealed that less than ten percent of the youth take interest in religion or religious worship. A 2011 Census revealed that in Great Britain, in a poll of young people, carried out by YouGov, young Britons are distancing more and more from religion with time.  .... It is evident... that religion and talks based on this subject hold the…

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