Akhand Gyan

Highlights of June 2016

Touch New Horizons

Once there lived a king who was a proud possessor of numerous majestic elephants. Out of them, one was exceptionally powerful, obedient and intelligent. The king was particularly fond of this elephant as it had helped him win numerous wars. As time passed by, age caught up with the elephant and the king stopped taking it to the battlefield. One day the elephant went to a nearby pond to drink water when unfortunately one of its legs got stuck in the mud. It screamed loudly. Hearing those screams, the king and his courtiers rushed to the pond. Everyone tried to pull the old elephant out from the mud but in vain. Then, the king sent for his most experienced Minister. After analyzing the whole situation, the minister suggested to blow the war trumpets. The strange suggestion of the minister was indeed astonishing for everyone. But surprisingly, blowing of the trumpets caused a stir in the elephant’s body and it slowly stood up and came out of the mud. The experienced minister then explained that the old elephant had the capability; but the only thing it needed was a stimulus to get up. The moral of the story can be summarized in the following words: “Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. Years may wrinkle the skin but to give up the enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.” (Samuel Ullman) Well, this is what we aim to rekindle in you- the zest, the verve, and the sparkle of life. If you think that the old age means dullness and inactivity... it&rsq…

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Sustain Life the Sustainable Way

Everyone aspires for a rich and advanced lifestyle. Needless to mention, this advancement and richness demands investment. But, how about such an offer, which ensures a better lifestyle and that too without any investment! A lifestyle which not only enriches the appearance of our homes, but also decorates our global or big home- Mother Earth! Well, this brings into the picture the concept of Sustainable Living, which, in the contemporary times, has become a necessity rather than being a choice. It is noteworthy that in 2015, the theme of World Environment Day, which is an International event celebrated annually on June 5th, was “Seven Billion dreams. One Planet. Consume with care.” This underscores the need to make the optimum use of the resources available on our planet and consume them with utmost care. No doubt, changing times have altered or raised the needs and desires of human beings, but the careful management of resources can help strike a perfect balance between nature and mankind. Once we achieve this balance, Sustainable Living will automatically become a part of our lives. Let’s now understand the meaning of Sustainable Living. This concept lays emphasis on the upcycling of available products or resources, which means, they are used in such a way that ultimately, their benefit reaches both the end users, human beings and Mother Earth. ... ...We hope that all of you have care and concern for your Mother Earth. If you have this feeling, you w…

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Ultimate Rescue from the Mind-Trap!

Once a princess, Nanda was now a disciple in the Buddha’s order. Nanda was Buddha’s cousin sister. She was the daughter of King Shuddhodana and his second wife, Queen Maha Prajapati Gautami. Although she had renounced the royal life of the kingdom, but her mind still clung to the past memories. A continuous blabbering bothered her mind... “Ah! Good old bygone days... When I was praised for my exquisite appearance! Even heavenly goddesses must have been jealous of my beauty. Everything was so comfortable and cosy. ...Why did I take this step? I should have told the head sister of the order the very first day when she sought a confirmation from me- ‘The only reason for your coming should be a true urge to tread the path of liberation.’ Why did I mask my feelings then that it was the loneliness of the palace and the craving to be near my mother and friends which I was trying to answer? ...But, today, although I am in the company of the ones I desired to be with, I once again wish to switch over to those luxuries and comforts! But, what will people say- that Nanda was a failure! No... How can I allow such a scar on myself? Oh! But I cannot live a life of renunciation here... What to do... What will people say... Where should I go?’ Nanda was drowned in the pool of inner tussle! The turmoil inside her was awfully unbearable. ... ... ... Dear readers, here, let’s all ask some questions to ourselves. Did it happen only with Nanda t…

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गर्मियों की छुट्टियों में सुधारें विहार और व्यवहार!

प्यारे बच्चों! गर्मियों की छुट्टियाँ शुरू हो चुकी हैं। आप खूब मज़े कर रहे होगे और स्कूल से मिला होमवर्क भी जमकर कर रहे होंगे। इस माह की 'अखण्ड ज्ञान' भी आपको इन छुट्टियों का एक होमवर्क दे रही है। क्या हुआ? ...घबराइए नहीं! क्योंकि यह होमवर्क आपको शारीरिक, मानसिक, बौद्धिक और आत्मिक- हर स्तर पर सशक्त करेगा। यदि आपने पूरी तत्परता से इस गृहकार्य को पूर्ण किया, तो छुट्टियों के बाद आप एक नए क्रांतिकारी व्यक्तित्व के साथ स्कूल में प्रवेश करोगे! अब जानिए कि आपको क्या करना है? इस स्तम्भ में हम विहार और व्यवहार से सम्बंधित आपको 10-10 टिप्स दे रहे हैं। आपको प्रतिदिन एक सुझाव का अभ्यास करना …

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क्या आपने 'ऐसा' संगीत सुना है?

शनिवार, 18 जनवरी, 2014- सनडांस फिल्म समारोह रिलीज़ करता है- 'अलाइव इनसाइड: अ स्टोरी ऑफ म्यूज़िक एंड मेमोरी'! सारांश- 'माइकल बेनेट' की यह डॉक्युमेंटरी संगीत के सकारात्मक और प्रभावशाली असर को दर्शाती है।यह कि कैसे अल्ज़ाइमर के रोगियों की निराश ज़िंदगी में म्यूज़िक कारगर सिद्ध हुआ। फिल्म बयान करती है कि जो काम आधुनिक चिकित्सा व्यवस्था के लिए असंभव सा है, उसको कितनी सहजता से संगीत सुनने मात्र से मुमकिन किया जा सकता है! 'फ्रेडरिक नीत्शू' कहते हैं, 'संगीत के बिना ज़िंदगी एक भूल है।' परन्तु अगर आज हम अपनी दृष्टि घुमाएँ, तो संगीत के कारण कितनी ही ज़िन्दगियाँ पतन की ओर खिसक रही हैं। न …

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क्या जीवन सचमुच इतना जटिल है?

आज की रफ्तार भरी दुनिया में हर कोई दौड़ता नज़र आता है। चाहे वह विद्यार्थी हो या नौकरीपेशा या व्यवसायी या फिर घर को संभालती महिला! हर कोई तेज़ी से भाग रहा है। पर इनमें से अधिकतर को नहीं मिल पाता- सफलता का मुकाम। मिलता है तो दु:ख, दर्द, निराशा और असफलता। इसलिए ज़रूरत है कुछ पल रुकने की। चिन्तन-मनन करने की। उन बातों को ग्रहण करने की, जो अत्यंत महत्वपूर्ण हैं- सफल और खुशहाल जीवन जीने के लिए। ... तेज रफ्तार ने हमारी असहनशीलता को भी तेज़ कर दिया है।ज़रा-ज़रा सी बातों पर हम नफरत के किले खड़े कर देते हैं। कहीं पर भी चले जाएँ- ऑफिस, घर या पार्टी में- सब जगह लोग एक-दूसरे की बुराई करते नज़र आते हैं। बस य…

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