Akhand Gyan

Highlights of June 2018

Effects vs. Defects in finding God

The field of psychology lists a couple of effects correlatiing with different aspects of the psychological dimension of a human being. As a matter of fact, many of these effects find a perfect correlation with the spiritual dimension as well, as far as our perceptions, beliefs, search and worship of God is concerned. In fact, these present a picture of the plethora of flaws and lacunas pertaining to man's approach towards God. Below are listed some of these psychological effects vis-a-vis the corresponding 'defects' in relation to our search for God. These effects are annexed with the tenets of wisdom from one of the enlightened saints of India, Shri Ramakrishna Paramhansa, whose simple yet profound analogies throw light on the correct facet of God-realisation corresponding to that psychological concept. ... Snowball Effect In the parlance of psychology, this effect throws light on the expansion of a process in magnitude as it progresses with time. The effect derives its name from the fact that a small-sized snowball, rolling on a snow covered hill, picks up more snow, subsequently gaining mass, surface area and momentum. Indeed, the same applies to the realm of God-realisation, when the Perfect Master of the time initiated the spiritual revolution via the inner evolution of man. With time, gradually, the revolution gains strength, amplitude and speed as more and more people become awakened and join the caravan of reformation. It happens in every era, when…

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Can We Deny the Need of SPIRITUALITY?

Power, prestige, luxury, affluence...  These aspects seem to possess some extraordinary magnetic pull, that man in every era is found 'madly' running after them! This 'madness' has the tendency to touch high degrees and magnitudes, as has been expressed through the writings of the wise and also via real incidents in the history of mankind. In 'The Republic' (Book II), Plato mentions the story of shepherd, named Gyges. As a customary practice in their community, the shepherds were required to report about their flocks to the King every month. One day, while feeding his flock, Gyges found a golden ring. He wore the ring while going to attend the meeting. Everything was going as usual. Gyges was sitting with the other shepherds while various issues were being discussed in the meeting. During those discussions, Gyges happened to furl around with the ring casually. However, a strange thing occurred the moment Gyges turned the collet of the ring round to the inner side of his hand, i.e. towards himself. People around him started talking as if he was not sitting there. Yes! He had, all of a sudden, become invisible to others. Gyges was left astounded! He just could not believe his eyes!  He then turned the collet to the outside. Aha! He was visible again. Gyges tried it once again. And, it happened this time as well. Wow! It was a magical ring that could make Gyges turn visible or invisible at his will... just at one flip of the collet! No…

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How do you deal with NEGATIVITY?

Biased Behaviour of our Brains Have you ever wondered why our mind tends to always slide down to the negative slope of the thought graph until subjected to positive or optimistic conditions? Such phenomenon is termed as negativity bias by psychologists. According to this, a person's mind has more inclination towards negative thoughts than the positive outlook of the same situation. Let us check out with an example. Your father gives you $20 for a shopping expedition but you mistakenly lose it somewhere. Will you get upset? Of course, it's a depressing situation for anyone. But if your father, under love and empathy, gives you another $20 for shopping, what will be your thoughts now? 1.  Happy and immediately forget the $20 loss. 2.  Still sad for the $20 loss. 3.  Thinking how good it would have been if I had lost the money as then I would have $40 for shopping. Which option do you resonate with? There are seemingly higher chances of our answer matching with 2nd and 3rd points, isn't it so? Well, that simply goes to say that our brain is suffering from a negativity bias. Learned Helplessness or Just Give Up It is a condition in which we succumb to the tough situations. It is due to the tendency of our mind to rely on the future consequences based on the past experiences. This phenomenon was highlighted by Martin Saligman and Co. through a study conducted on dogs in the University of Pennsylvania. The experiment involved administerin…

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रंगीन, स्वादिष्ट और पौष्टिक पानी!

उफ! आज की दौड़-भाग भरी ज़िन्दगी! इतनी आपाधापी! ऐसे में अपना ख्याल रखने का समय ही कहाँ मिलता है?कितनी बार तो पूरा-पूरा दिन पानी पीना तक याद नहीं रहता। जबकि हम सब जानते हैं कि शरीर में पानी की सही मात्रा का होना कितना आवश्यक है। पानी की कमी से प् थकावट, प्रतिरोधक शक्ति कम होना, पाचन शक्ति (मेटाबॉलिज्म) में कमी आदि अनेक स्वास्थ्य संबंधित परेशानियाँ देखने को मिलती हैं। इससे शरीर में फुलाव और अफारे की समस्या भी हो जाती है। खासकर गर्मी के मौसम में, अधिक पसीना आने के कारण शरीर कई पोषक तत्त्व और लवण भी खो देता है। इन सभी समस्याओं से निज़ात दिलाने के लिए हम आपके लिए लेकर आए हैं, कुछ ऐसे पेय ज…

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बेशक पाँव में छाले हों, पर साँसे रखो बुलन्द!

कुछ वर्ष पूर्व, एक धारावाहिक आया था। उसकी एक कड़ी में 'नारी' के लिए एक गीत बनाया गया था। उस गीत के कुछ प्रेरणादायक शब्द यहाँ प्रस्तुत हैं-             दीवारें ऊँची हैं,             गलियाँ हैं तंग             लम्बी डगर है,             पर हिम्मत है संग।             पाँव में छाले हैं,               साँसे बुलंद              लड़ने चली हूँ              आज़ादी की जंग... निस्संदेह, ये बोल नारियों के लिए जागृति का आह्वान हैं। ऐलान है उस पुरुष प्रधान समाज के लिए जो स्रियो…

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कुदरत के करिश्मे! करिश्मों में सीख!

यह सत्य है कि कुदरत हैरतअंगेज़ और मंत्रमुग्ध करनेवाली वस्तुओं और जीवों से भरपूर है। कुदरत की सुन्दरता इन नेत्रों को तो लुभाती ही है, पर उसके साथ-साथ अपने आँचल में कई प्रेरणाएँ भी सँजोए हुए है। दार्शनिक अरस्तु कहा करते थे कि प्रकृति की हर कृति में कुछ न कुछ अद्भुत अवश्य है। इस लेख के माध्यम से हम कुदरत के कुछ ऐसे ही करिश्मों से सकारात्मक और आध्यात्मिक विचारों को प्राप्त करेंगे, जिससे हमें बेहतर जीवन जीने के रास्ते मिल सकें।   बोक्यूला पौधा (Boquala Plant) बोक्यूला एक बहुत ही विचित्र पौधा है, जो मुख्यतः अर्जेंटीना और चिली नामक देशों में पाया जाता है। इस पौधे की विशेषता है कि यह अप…

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