Akhand Gyan

Highlights of November 2017

GO SOLAR! GO SMARTER!

How about spending a day with no battery in the phone and laptop? A day with no internet, facebook, whatsapp etc.? A day with no fan, AC, cooler, heater, microwave, washing machine and similar electric appliances? Unimaginable! Isn't it? That's why today it is wrong to say that "Electricity is an essential requirement for living."  Reason being, in the present age of internet, gadgets and machines, the real state of affairs declares that "Electricity in life"! However, equally true is the fact that this life-line is in serious danger as the present coal reserves are gradually depleting and soon would run out of the stock owing to the speed of our current consumption. This alarming situation demands for a hunt of an alternative source of energy, which can serve the ever-increasing demand of human beings all across the globe. Well, solar energy comes to our rescue in this regard. Scientific revelations say that in just one hour, the energy that is received by the Earth from the Sun is more than the annual energy consumption rate of humans! But, when the subject of solar energy is mentioned, emphasising on its use in everyday life, a couple of question marks crop up in our minds. Just check how many of the following myths resonate with your notions, which pull you back from accessing this renewable, reliable, clean and plentiful means of energy... Myth # 1: Solar technology is too expensive... ... Myth # 2: You are bound to remain i…

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Is It Possible To See The Infinite God?

In every age, a plethora of discussions are held on the mystical subject of 'God'. While the majority remains engrossed in logics and counter-logics to accept or defy the existence of God, the universality of God, and the supremacy of God; the realised beings gain in absolute clarity in their minds and hearts pertaining to these otherwise mind-boggling queries. In this respect, here are some of the general questions which often crop up in our minds in relation to God. In every era, the realised souls have revealed the answers to these and many more questions. Let's gain insight into the explanations of these questions from the writings of Swami Abhedananda, one of the direct disciples of Shri Ramkrishna Paramhansa. (We have formulated the views and opinions of Swami Abhedananda in the form of Q&A, to enhance the understanding of these subjects.) Is it correct to say that 'Man is an image of God'? If yes, then why do we see the same image of God engaged in sensual pleasure and tendencies? ... What is the difference between an ordinary human being and the incarnation of God?... ... Is there any difference between a holy sage and an Incarnation of God, who is also hailed as the ' Saviour of mankind'?... ... Is salvation the highest goal a seeker should aspire for?... ... God is infinite. In that case, is it possible to know the Infinite, we being finite in our existence? Moreover, what does one gain by seeing the Infinite God? …

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Don't be a Garfield!

You know Garfield? Garfield is a stout, lazy, and orange brinded cat often seen in cartoons. It has only two favourite daily activities- Eating (specially lasanga) and sleeping. Two more traits that make Garfield popular are- Garfield cannot stand diets and it completely hates Mondays as it is marks the start of another week of work. This is the character sketch of the famous cartoon Garfield, which is noted for its laziness in the cartoon industry. Well, at present, Garfield is not just confined to the cartoon world. The Garfield phenomenon is contagious and is found to have gripped in its trap almost everyone today. It is attracting every being of 21st century to become lazy and unfit. ...The following statistics are speaking aloud on the phenomenon Garfield attraction law- •   Approximately only 5% adults engage themselves in 30 minutes of physical activity daily. ... •   Everyday 3 or more hours are spent in playing mobile or video games by nearly 1/3rd of teenagers. •   Consumption of (junk) food has seen an exponential rise from 1978 to 2016. Daily intake of calories has increased to nearly 600 units. ... •   Countries are struggling with the physical inactiveness of people. Worldwide, approximately 23% of adults and 81% teenagers are not as active as they should be. These statistics must be making Garfield happy as its laziness and food- i- ness is going viral with people. But please mi…

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शिव बड़े या विष्णु?

'एको ब्रह्म द्वितीयो नास्ति'- ब्रह्म एक है, उसके अतिरिक्त दूसरा कुछ और नहीं है। सभी में अधिष्ठित परब्रह्म ही मूलभूत तत्व है। अद्वैतवाद का यह सिद्धांत हिन्दू धर्म का आधार है। पर साथ ही हिन्दू धर्म अनेक संस्कृतियों, मत-मतांतरों, पूजा-पद्धतियों, विधि-विधानों का संगम भी है। आरंभ से ही इसमें बहु देवतावाद का विधान प्रचलित रहा है। 33करोड़ देवी-देवताओं के पूजन का प्रावधान रहा है। श्रद्धावान हिन्दू समाज अपनी-अपनी आस्था के अनुसार भिन्न-भिन्न आराधना पद्धतियों का अनुसरण करता है। इन विविध मत-मतांतरों में जो दो मुख्य मत देखने को मिलते हैं, वे हैं- शैव मत और वैष्णव मत। शैव मत के अनुया…

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जहाँ सफाई नहीं, वहाँ खुदाई नहीं!

भारतवासी बनाम विदेशी- क्या लगता है आपको, इतिहास की दृष्टि में कौन ज़्यादा सफाई-परस्त लोगों की श्रेणी में आते होंगे?... आप सोच रहे होंगे, इसमें लगने की क्या बात है... साफ-सफाई के मामले में विदेशियों से भारतवासियों का क्या मुकाबला? शुचिता में हम तो उनके कहीं इर्द-गिर्द भी नहीं ठहरते। वर्तमान हालत देखते हुए, आपकी ऐसी प्रतिक्रिया बिल्कुल सही है।परन्तु वास्तव में आपकी यह सोच, यह धारणा एवं यह उत्तर बिल्कुल गलत है। प्रमाण के तौर पर नीचे लिखे कुछ तथ्यों पर ज़रा एक बार नज़र डालिए- पुराने ज़माने में यूरोप के सैनिकों का नहाने से दूर-दूर तक कोई वास्ता नहीं था।सन् 1750 में कहीं जाकर यह नियम बना क…

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इतने अधीर क्यों हो भाई?

पत्रकार ( अपने मित्र साहिल से)- उफ! पता नहीं आजकल लोगों को यह जल्दी की बीमारी क्यों लगती जा रही है? साहिल- क्या हुआ भाई? जल्दबाज़ी से इतने परेशान क्यों हो? अरे! तेज़-रफ्तार वाली 21वीं शताब्दी के मॉडल हैं हम सब। हमें तो सबकुछ झटपट ही चाहिए होता है। खाना जल्दी, नौकरी जल्दी, कमाना जल्दी... पत्रकार- साथ ही गुस्सा जल्दी, परेशान जल्दी, और तो और दुर्घटनाएँ जल्दी! पता है अभी-अभी कल के अखबार में एक बुरी खबर छापने के लिए देकर आ रहा हूँ। साहिल- ऐसा क्या है उस खबर में? पत्रकार- यही कि कल हाई-वे पर एक कार का बहुत बुरा ऐक्सिडेंट हो गया। कार में बैठे पति-पत्नी की उसी समय मृत्यु हो गई।... जानते हो, ऐक्स…

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