Akhand Gyan

Highlights of October 2019

Don’t Slouch! Sit Straight!

Dear meditators! Any guesses, what impact can a hunched back have on you? From the bagful of risks/losses/ harms, here are listed some of them that we invite for ourselves by sitting in a droopy posture. Brings Negativity: Depletes Positivity! A study was conducted by a group of psychologists in Germany at University of Hildesheim and the Ruhr-University Bochum on 30 psychopath patients. These patients were suffering from severe depressive disorders. During the experiments, the subjects were made to sit comfortable on a chair in front of a computer screen. Then, 16 positive and 16 negative words were flashed on the screen and patients were asked to visualise those words with similar incidents in their minds. During the entire course, some participants were left undisturbed and were given the freedom to sit in a posture of their choice. Most of them were found slouching. However, the others were made to sit with back straight. After the end of this round, the subjects were asked to recall the maximum number of positive and negative words they saw on the screen. On the basis of their answers, the psychologists made a striking observation. They found that the subjects with a slouched back had an inclination towards recalling more negative words. On the contrary, those with straight backs recited maximum positive words. Observation #1: A slouched back makes us more negatively-inclined. Or, in other words, a slouched back, a slouched back depletes us of our positive energy. …

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Has he changed or is it me?

Our trio had finally been breached. Sohil was getting hitched, and it called for a much-needed reunion. We were inseparable in college, be it a mass-bunk or preparing for any exam; you would have found us hanging together. And like that, the four years of engineering made our trio the Bindassss Trio. But life surprises you when you least expect it. I still remember the day when Rohan disclosed that he would have to leave the country for his uncle in London. Sohil and I were flabbergasted as the reasons seemed to be half-baked and it was quite unusual from Rohan. Before we could have inquired further, , he left us with the promise of seeing us very soon. The promise took 5 years and a wedding to get fulfilled. Meanwhile, I too had to leave my home state due my job at an MNC, whereas Sohil joined his family business. Though we all are connected on our WhatsApp group, but with time, responsibilities, pressure, and almost very little interaction from Rohan, it was only used for birthday wishes, failed attempts to make reunion plans, and photos of Sohil’s new car every year. The monotony broke when one day Sohil shared the photo of his Roka (engagement), when even Rohan couldn’t stop from breaking his usual silence. Nonetheless, I was very excited. We all planned to meet at a place nearby, two days before his engagement. I was geared with my rage towards Rohan who didn’t even attempt to meet in all those years. He did meet Sohil whenever he came from Lond…

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Dare Not Challenge the Faith of True Spiritualists!

That day, yet another episode of throwing an open challenge to one another was on between Mukunda (pre monastic name of Yoganand Paramhansa and Ananta (Mukunda's elder brother)… Ananta- So you are very confident of your God?? May I challenge you to go to Brindaban along with Jitendra and survive for one day without a single paisa of currency? The rules are that you will not beg, you need to find ways to have all your meals, and you don't have to get stranded in Brindaban due to lack of money. If you are able to return to my house before 12 clock midnight fully complying above rules, there will be no one more surprised in this world than me. Mukunda- I accept the challenge. With the Grace of God, this should be easily achievable. Ananta- Haha! I like your confidence Mukunda! But the harsh realities of life point to the opposite. Mukunda- Trust me, you will be surprised! Jitendra- Huh! This is the matter between two of you. Why I am unnecessarily being dragged and thrown into this insurmountable and unrealistic challenge? This obviously got no response from the brothers who, at that moment, were fully geared to prove their point using this challenge. Ananta went to drop Mukunda and Jitendra to the Railway Station with one way tickets to Brindaban. While Mukunda was beaming with confidence, Jitendra was feeling extremely helpless with what lay ahead. ... Bidding them good bye, Ananta, for a change, spoke with compassion: Mukunda if you pass this t…

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घर-ऑफिस से कलेश मिटाने का सूत्र!

एक बार गुरु और शिष्य प्रचार के लिए एक से दूसरे नगर की ओर जा रहे थे। राह में एक वन पड़ता था। गुरु-शिष्य उस वनमार्ग के मध्य में पहुँच चुके थे। किंतु अब सायंकाल हो गई थी। सो गुरु ने शिष्य को कहा- 'अब यहीं रुककर रात को ध्यान-साधना कर विश्राम करेंगे।' रात्रि का पहला पहर बीत चुका था और शिष्य इस पहर में पहरा दे रहा था। तभी कहीं दूर से हवा की गति पर दौड़ता हुआ एक खूंखार लाल आँखों वाला राक्षस आया। इस दैत्य ने पूरे वेग से शिष्य पर कटु वचनों का वार किया। प्रतिक्रिया स्वरूप शिष्य ने भी पिशाच पर क्रोध करना प्रारम्भ किया। नतीजा यह निकला कि दोनों में वाक् युद्ध छिड़ गया। आखिरकार पिशाच क्रोध मे…

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गुरु की आवश्यकता- ज्ञान में भी, ध्यान में भी!

गुरु- एक ऐसा विषय, जो बहुत से लोगों को बहुत गुरु यानी भारी-भरकम और बोझिल सा लगता है। गुरु धारण करने के सम्बंध में अनेकानेक धारणाएँ हैं, शंकाएँ हैं, प्रश्न हैं! इतनी भ्रांतियों और भ्रमों के बीच, ज़्यादातर लोग इस विषय से दूर रहना ही बेहतर समझते हैं। परंतु जिस विषय से हम परहेज़ करते हैं, उसी को हमारे शास्त्र-ग्रंथ खुलकर हमारे सामने रखते हैं। गुरु तत्त्व में निहित महिमा और गरिमा के सत्त्व की एक-एक बूंद को अच्छी तरह जज़्ब करने का संदेश देते हैं। हमारे और शास्त्रों के मत में यह विरोधाभास क्यों? द्वन्द्वों से लैस इस विषय से जुड़े कुछ अहम् मुद्दों व प्रश्नों पर यह लेख रोशनी डालेगा। आशा क…

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बस्तर का अनूठा दशहरा

'दशहरा' भारतीय संस्कृति का एक अनुपम पर्व है, जिसे सदियों से असत्य पर सत्य की विजय के रूप में मनाया जाता है। कहीं श्रीराम  द्वारा अभिमानी रावण का वध और कहीं जगजननी माँ दुर्गा भवानी द्वारा महिषासुर-मर्दन... ऐसी विभिन्न ऐतिहासिक घटनाओं का साक्षी रहा है यह दिन। परंतु हमारी विश्ववारा भारतीय संस्कृति की विशेषता इसकी विविधता में बसती है। इसी कारण विविधता के ये बहुरंग इस दशहरे पर्व में भी देखने को मिलते हैं। आपको सुखद आश्चर्य होगा यह जानकर कि भारत के कई प्रान्त ऐसे हैं, जहाँ दशहरा पर्व का राम-रावण युद्ध से कोई संबंध नहीं है। इन क्षेत्रों में यह पर्व नितांत निराले ढंग से और अल…

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