Akhand Gyan

Highlights of January 2019

जीवन की बिसात-साँप-सीढ़ी!

हर बच्चे का पसंदीदा खेल है- साँप-सीढ़ी (Snake & Ladder)! केवल बच्चे ही नहीं, यदि समय मिले तो बड़े भी इस पर अपने हाथ आज़मा लेते हैं। कुछ घरों में अक्सर दादा-दादी मज़े से पोते-पोतियों के साथ इस खेल में भाग लेते हैं। जहाँ यह खेल खेलने में अत्यंत सरल होता है, वहीं इसमें जीतने के लिए भी न तो किसी प्रकार के अभ्यास की आवश्यकता होती है, न अनुभव की और न ही बुद्धिमता की। सब कुछ केवल पासे फेंकने के हुनर और खिलाड़ी के भाग्य पर निर्भर करता है। यदि पासे सही पड़ें, तो अंतिम बिंदु तक पहुँचने की दौड़ में सबसे पीछे चल रहा खिलाड़ी भी लम्बी सीढ़ी चढ़कर सबसे आगे निकल जाता है। पर वहीं अगर पासों पर अंकित अंकों ने खिलाड़ी की …

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क्या आपको अध्यात्म की आवश्यकता है?

  आज के तकनीकी और विकासशील युग में 'अध्यात्म' की क्या सार्थकता है? इस प्रश्न का उत्तर समझने के लिए आइए सबसे पहले इतिहास के पन्नों पर दर्ज कुछ प्रसंगों को पढ़ते हैं। जब धन का आधिक्य भी रुग्ण मन को स्वस्थ नहीं कर पाया! ओलिवर ब्लैक अमेरिका के एक उद्योगपति थे। बाहर से बेहिसाब समृद्धि हासिल करने पर भी आंतरिक दरिद्रता उनको किस स्तर तक छू चुकी थी, इसका विवरण ओलिवर खुद अपने शब्दों में देते हैं- '... उस समय मेरी स्थिति बेहद दयनीय थी। इतनी कि मैं आधा मील दूर दवाई की दुकान तक जाने में भी घबराता था। मुझे रोगभ्रम (hypochondria) था।... कहने का मतलब कि तन से भले ही भला-चंगा दिखता था, लेकिन मन से का…

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गुड़ या चीनी!

भारत वह देश है, जहाँ के वासियों को मीठा खूब भाता है। सर्दियों में, विशेषतः भोजन के बाद, मीठा खाने की प्रबल इच्छा होती है। पर मीठे से जुड़ी सेहत सम्बन्धी समस्याएं और बढ़ता वजन भी चिंता का सबब बनता जा रहा है। ऐसे में, स्वाद और सेहत दोनों के बेजोड़ संगम को बनाए रखने का हिट फार्मूला है- चीनी की जगह गुड़ से बने खाद्य पदार्थों का सेवन। गुड़ हर प्रकार से चीनी से अधिक फायदेमंद होता है। भारतीय परम्परा में तो शुरुआत से रोटी के साथ गुड़ खाया जाता रहा है। आज भी पारम्परिक रेस्तरां में भोजन के बाद गुड़ व सौंफ परोसने का प्रचलन है। गाय को गुड़-चना खिलाना अच्छा माना जाता है। सर्दियों में गुड़ व मूँगफली …

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People Could Hear My Thoughts- Blessing In Disguise

Neither in the corner of a dark room nor while having the morning stroll; but his thoughts confronted him in front of his best friend in his college’s cafeteria. He didn’t have time or space to think as the deepest defences of his mind had been breached; his mind became an open book that apparently anybody could read. Each and every thought, every insecurity, every conflict was clearly audible in the outside world. What followed was a feeling of disbelief running with the speed of light among his neurons, looking for an escape from the dire situation he was caught in. But even that was audible to his friend. Unable to comprehend anything, he just ran away. Think! What would you have done id your friends could suddenly hear your thoughts? Such an incident could freak out anyone. And for Raj, it was one of those days. But sometimes, something worthwhile may seem to be nightmare at the onset. It was a nightmare as Raj was the personification of the word ‘caution’. Think twice before saying; thrice before doing; and indefinitely before taking an unprecedented step. In class 9, the chapter permutation and combination became his favourite because that’s what he was good at. A player of ‘what ifs’. always 2 steps ahead! But this development in his friends being able to hear his thoughts was somewhat that his bran couldn’t fathom at all. And so, in the response of fight or flight, he chose the latter. Ram - Hey! You Ok? …

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Lesser-known Facts from Ramayana

Ramayana is the world-renowned epic of India. Verily, each one of us is conversant with the legend of Lord Rama, who was exiled from His kingdom of Ayodhya as a hermit for fourteen years on account of the wish of His step-mother, Kaikeyi. The epic narrates as to how Queen Kaikeyi was misguided by her maid, Manthara, who provoked her to grab the throne in the name of her own son, Bharata and send Rama, the eldest son of the king, to the woods for a long span of fourteen years. The legend further states that during this exile, Rama annihilated the wrong-doers, including the demon king Ravana, who kidnapped His divine consort, Goddess Sita. With the help of the great devotees like Hanumana and Sugreeva, Rama waged a war against Ravana and freed his domain, Lanka, from all atrocities. After accomplishing this task, He returned to Ayodhya and was crowned as the King, who exemplified greatness and perfection in all respects. This is the gist of the entire epic, which on a broader note is known to almost one and all, not only in India, but across the globe. However, there are a bagful of incidents and events, which are embedded in this great text, which are probably unknown to the majority. By throwing light on these aspects, one realises that when the great ones descend on this earth, the entire cosmos enacts like a puppet in their divine hands. All circumstances tend to get accustomed as per their plan, which their supremacy and great power. It so happens at times that what…

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Sometime around lunch break in Aught 1996, a little boy had visited the brookfield zoo in the US. Out of eagerness to see the big animals from close by, he climbed up to the danger level and suddenly became imbalanced. The young boy rolled over and fell almost 20 feet down into the gorilla habitat. At that time, Craig Demitros, the lead zookeeper, had gone outside the exhibit to have his lunch. It was from people’s screams and families frantically pushing through the emergency exit that he become aware of something alarming to have happened. In the sequence of events, they saw an 8-year-old female gorilla, named Binti Jua approach the fallen boy’s body. Craig recalled that by the time he and his colleagues looked over the wall, “Binti was below us with her 17-month-old baby on her back and a 3-year-old human boy on her right arm.” The zoo staff cautiously herded. Using water hoses, the rest of the gorillas were kept away from Binti and the boy. Simultaneously, Binti carried the little boy away from other animals, for around 75 feet. In between, she patted the child just like a mother would do to her sleeping baby. Then, Binti put him down and the boy started regaining consciousness. The Zoo staff and paramedics took the boy out from there. A terrifying and dangerous animal like gorilla happens to be so humane and helpful towards a child of human species - doesn’t that surprise you? ... To take another set of altruism classes from animals, r…

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