Akhand Gyan

Highlights of January 2018

मनोविज्ञान में अध्यात्म के रत्न

'मानवीय मनोवृत्ति' सदा से ही शोध का विषय रही है। यही कारण है कि माओविग्यान के क्षेत्र में अनुसंधानों का सिलसिला चलता रहता है। इस बार अखण्ड ज्ञान के इस मंच पर भी ऐसे ही मनोवैज्ञानिक शोधों को हम गहराई से जानेंगे। कहने को तो ये प्रयोग मनुष्य के मानस को जाँचने-परखने के लिए हुए। किंतु यदि इन्हें आध्यात्मिक आईने से देखा जाए, तो ये समाज के लिए 'आत्मज्ञान' जैसी अमूल्य प्रेरणाएँ समेटे हुए हैं। तो आइए, इन आधुनिक प्रयोगों को विस्तार से जानते हैं तथा इनसे सुगंधित जीवन-पुष्प चुनते हैं। मानव! मत बन वानर! पाँच वानरों का प्रयोग वानरों के इस प्रयोग की चर्चा सन 1996 से हो रही है। इसे सबस…

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अपने न बनें कभी बेगाने!

यह ज़िन्दगी क्या है? भावनाओं का ताना-बाना ही तो है। कहीं एक भावना से अंधेरे और आँधियों भरे रास्तों पर उम्मीद की किरण फूट जाती है। कहीं भावना को ठेस पहुँचने पर परिवारन में दरारें पड़ जाती हैं और कुनबे बिखर जाते हैं। तो कहीं भावनाएँ इतनी शक्ति दे देती हैं कि फिर से जीने की चाह स्पंदित हो जाती है। प्रमाण के तौर पर प्रस्तुत हैं कुछ घटनाएँ। ये सभी दृष्टांत सच्चे हैं... लोगों के जीवन में घटे हैं। इनमें वर्णित आँखों की नमी, दिल का दर्द, अकेलापन, खोकर भी मुस्कुराने की कोशिश- सब कुछ सच्चा है- जिनसे ये लोग होकर गुज़रें हैं, जो कुछ सहा है और जिया हैं। इन घटनाओं को पढ़ते वक्त ज़रा सोचिएगा कि कैसा …

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मेरा कढ़ी पत्ते का पौधा!

बात बीते हफ्ते की है। रविवार का दिन था। ऑफिस की छुट्टी थी। सोचा, क्यों न आज अपनी मनपसंद डिश- 'डोसा' और 'नारियल चटनी' बनाई जाए। तो शुरू हुआ 'मिशन-डोसा'! झट से जाकर मैं मार्किट से ताज़ा पिसा डोसे का बैटर ले आई। आलुओं को उबालने के लिए माइक्रोवेव कर दिया। चटनी के लिए नारियल का पेस्ट बना लिया। फिर मैं बाकी मसलों को इकट्ठा करने लगी। अरे! कढ़ी-पत्ता तो मैं लाना ही भूल गई! दरअसल, अपने किचन गार्डन में मैंने कढ़ी-पत्ते का एक पौधा रोपा हुआ था। इन दिनों मौसम अनुकूल था। इसलिए हल्के हरे रंग की पत्तियाँ भरे-पूरे गुच्छों में उग आई थीं। कढ़ी, साम्बर और अन्य साउथ इंडियन डीशिज़ के लिए मैं उन्हें त…

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The Great Material Mania!

One of the strongest forces affecting our lives in the modern world is consumerism. Consumerism is the ideology that places value upon the excessive consumption of material goods and services beyond one's basic needs. An internal drive is created in an individual. "I can imagine it; therefore, I want it. I want it; therefore, I should have it. Because I should have it, I need it. Because I need it, I deserve it. Because I deserve it, I will do anything necessary to get it." Advertisers tap into this artificial internal drive. You are made to "imagine it" because they bombard your consciousness with its image until you move to step two, "I want it... etc." This is one of the things that allows people to surrender to consumerism... ... ... The desire, greed, drive to have more of everything is going to be detrimental for the human race. The idea of "ye dil maange more" (my heart yearns for more), which is propagated through advertisement, is leading us into a downward spiral. We want more of everything- more market share, more recognition, more success, more clothes, more shoes, more bags, more sports gears, more utensils, more furniture, more cosmetics, more of fancy packaged food, more crockery, more decorative items, more watches, more gadgets, etc. Obsession for 'more' has led us to buy stuff for the immediate rush of gratification. It would not be wrong to say that we have in many ways become slaves of material po…

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New Inspirations for the Year 2018

Japan Jan 1, 2018 Vietnam Feb 16, 2018 Mongolia Feb 26, 2018 India Mar28, 2018 Assyria Apr 1, 2018 Sri Lanka Apr 13, 2018 Ethiopia Feb 26, 2018 Any guesses about these country-date pairs? Well, these dates mark the beginning of a new year in these dates. Dates may vary, the calenders may vary... but one parameter remains common, i.e. ‘celebrations’. However, one gets to see the shades of diversity in the pattern of these celebrations. These customs and traditions are associated with the belief systems of the natives of those countries. Whatsoever be those belief systems, we can always capture some nuggets of inspiration for ourselves from them. DENMARK The tradition marks the collection of dishes all round the year and then? Then, throw them, smash them, bang them in front of the door on the New Year’s eve! The Danish believe that the no. Of broken dishes are directly proportional to the number of friends one shall have in the New Year. It’s quite different, isn’t it? But it does signify a fantastic hint to wipe off all differences from the hearts by smashing all prejudices, past impressions, pre-conceived notions, etc. about those we come in contact with. The bonding strength of friendship thus achieved would undoubtedly be unmatched and unbeaten! SPAIN Here, the moment the clock strikes 12 at midnight, everybody is ready to eat grapes! Yes! Twelve grapes, one at each strike of the clock! The Spanish believe that your goo…

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Gems to Live and be a Success in life

Let's ponder on some incidents that direct us to be positive in our outlook and perspective towards life. Forget the past When Cyrus Hermann Kotzschmar Curtis was 12 years old, he expressed a desire for firecrackers and demanded money for the same from his mother. His mother, like any other good mother, did not succumb to his demand. So, he thought of an alternate route. He utilised the meagre three cents in his pocket to purchase three newspapers, which he sold on the corner at some profit. By the end of the day, he had 9 cents. 71 years later, at the time of his death, his net worth was $43.2 billion today! Cyrus H.K. Curtis was born in Portland at the corner of Brown Street and Cumberland Avenue 167 years ago. His father gave him the middle names Hermann Kotzschmar after a German music teacher who once lived with the family. Curtis started his publishing career at the age of 13 and later went on to become one of the richest publishers in the world. However, from the start till the end, it was a very tough struggle. With the money he made by selling newspapers, he bought a hand-powered printing press. He kick-started his career by being a reporter, editor, and pressman. He came up with his own neighbourhood daily called 'Young America'. He also acted as his own debt collector, waking people at dawn to get his pending dues. Unfortunately, he lost his press in the Great Fire of 1866 that burned the shed that was housing it. Deeply shaken and heartb…

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