Akhand Gyan

Highlights of October 2018

Decoding Epitaphs: The conclusions of life

Many great people have lived on this planet. And, all of them had that 'one' learning that summarised their life. These learnings or epitaphs can often be found engraved on their tombstone or final resting place. Let's decode some of these epitaphs and catch the message latent in them for ourselves. ...           "The best is yet to come." Francis Albert Sinatra was a renowned actor and singer. His optimistic epitaph comes from his 1964 song title, "The best is yet to come." As a matter of fact, these words do not apply post our departure from this world. Rather, they deserve manifestation while we are still alive. The hidden message is that by living at the level of our mind and body, we are not able to decode the 'best' that is present within us, and even outside us. This "best" is truly our Real Self which, when realised, brings a holistic transformation in our life. Post this transformation, we live the best way we should, be it in terms of quality, purity, or scale, etc." ...           "Go away- I'm asleep." Actress Hain Hacket was often known to drive the directors nuts with her demands, which include a full 10 to 12 hours of sleep for her to perform at her best. While she was resting, she didn't want to be disturbed; so she used to hang a note on her door that read, "Go away- I am asleep.…

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Superstitious Youth'- A Strange Irony of 'Open Minded Youngsters'

'Science' and 'Superstition' are poles apart. Same as the notion held by many of us when we consider the adjective superstitious' for the 'Youth of the 21st century'. However, the irony is that our otherwise open-minded youngsters do follow many superstitious even today. Don't agree with us? Here are some glimpses of the use of good luck charms by today's 'modern' youth- We all know that Japan is popularly known for its Sushi dish rather than sweet treats, besides it's quality products. But how it has become a leading pioneer in the world of Kit Kat is surprising. There is a very interesting story behind this: There is a Japanese phrase known as Kutto katai, which means 'you surely will won't. Kit-Kat sounding similar to this got the fortune of good charm in Japan. The strong connection appearing between kit kat and kutto katai propelled the customers to buy Kit Jata in the month of January, as a sign of good luck for the students appearing in University Exams. Thus having a Kit Kat bar became a good-luck charm or superstition in the examinations of Japanese universities. Once a student was asked about Kit-Kat, to which he said, "I don't know why but having a Kit Kat bar in my school bag gives me more confidence to pass my exams." However, when he was again asked about the taste of the chocolate, he replied, "I don't know, I otherwise don't have liking for chocolate; so I can't …

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Personality Make-up Of Spiritual Soldiers

Spirituality, i.e. the path of awakening, inner as well as outer, has attracted many in every age. When such aspirants get the refuge and guidance of a true Spiritual Mentor, they find themselves ushering on the path of real evolution. However, amongst them, only the ones who truely abide by the instructions of the Master, emerge as the real models of awakening- the real spiritual soldiers, whom the world salutes! They are remembered and hailed as the source of inspiration, worth emulating in all times. One such spiritual soldier was Sarat Chandra Chakravarty- one of the direct disciples of Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa, who later became Swami Saradananda. The following snippets from his life... are embedded with invaluable messages for all those who aspire to become and excel as true spiritual soldiers. Inculcate Humility! That day, the Master called each one of them. The situations were such, or rather, purposefully orchestrated in such a manner, in the light of Master's divine plan that he had to ask them to go for collecting alms in order to procure food. Young boys, belonging to respectable families, were not seen faltering even for an iota of a second, in acceding to the commandment of the Master. The Master wanted to instill humility in them and crush every single trace of pride pertaining to their status or families. The project was not that easy. It demanded surrender; it required the trait of acceptance to whatever situation God wills for us.  When…

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कर्म पहाड़ न टरे, टारेगा कोई संत!

रचनाकार ने इस सृष्टि की रचना इतने समुचित और सुनियोजित ढ़ंग से की है कि इसका हर पक्ष प्राकृतिक नियमों के अनुरूप ही कार्य करता है। आज के विज्ञान ने ऐसे बहुत से नियम और सिद्धांत उजागर किए हैं, जो प्रकृति की अनूठी छवि प्रस्तुत करते हैं। चाहे वह आण्विक स्तर (Atomic Level) पर पाउली अपवर्जन नियम (Pauli's Exclusion Principle) हो या हाइज़नबर्ग अनिश्चितता सिद्धांत (Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle) हो! या फिर दृश्यमान भौतिक जगत में लागू न्यूटन के गति नियम ( Newton Laws of Motion),  उर्जा-संरक्षण का सिद्धांत (Law of Conservation of Energy) आदि हों! या फिर ब्रह्मांड में ग्रहों-उपग्रहों की गति से सम्बंधित केप्लर के ग्रहीय गति के नियम (Kepler's Laws of Planetary Motion) हों। ये सभी दर…

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नवरात्रों में व्रत करें या न करें?

भारत में शक्ति पूजन की कई विधाएँ हैं, जो श्रद्धालुओं ने अपनी आस्था के आधार पर निर्मित की हैं। इनमें से एक है, आदिशक्ति के पूजन-दिवसों  यानी नवरात्रों में किए जाने वाले व्रत! 'व्रत' का सामान्य अर्थ है- संकल्प या दृढ़ निश्चय। नवरात्रों के नौ दिनों में व्रत का मतलब है- तामसिक-राजसिक को त्यागकर सात्विक आहार-विहार-व्यवहार अपनाकर आदि-शक्ति की आराधना का संकल्प।  चूँकि शक्तिपूजन का अवसर वर्ष में दो बार आता है, इसलिए यह सोचने का विषय है कि क्यों इन्हीं दिनों में अन्न त्यागकर फलाहार या अन्य सात्विक खाद्य पदार्थों को ग्रहण किया जाता है? पहली नवरात्रि चैत्र मास में तथा दूसरी …

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सफलता रूपी फल पाने का बीज क्या है?

अधिकतर लोग सफलता के केवल सपने देखते हैं। कुछ लोग सफलता के सूत्रों को अपनाने की कोशिश करते हैं, पर मुट्ठी भर लोग ही ऐसे होते हैं,  जो सफलता के सूत्रों को प्रमाणित कर पाते हैं। तो चलिए, इन मुट्ठी भर लोगों से ही सफलता के सूत्रों को जानते हैं। कल्पना करते हैं कि वे हमारे सामने हैं और हम उनसे बातचीत कर रहे हैं। सबसे पहले बात करते हैं, टेलिफोन की सुविधा देने वाले वैज्ञानिक- अलेक्ज़ेंडर ग्राहम बेल से। लेखक- नमस्कार सर! आपके सफल आविष्कार ने लोगों के जीवन को बहुत आसान कर दिया है।फोन के माध्यम से वे देश-विदेश के किसी भी कोने में बैठे अपने संबंधी से बात कर सकते हैं। इसके लिए हम सब आपका ध…

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