Akhand Gyan

Highlights of November 2019

Are you eating enslavement, grief and diseases?

We no longer eat food only to nourish the body with the required nutrients. It’s relished by the taste buds and enjoyed by all our senses. The urge of satisfying the taste buds is so overpowering that we don’t care about what really goes behind preparing the food and its impact on our physical, mental and spiritual well-being. This uncontrollable urge easily crosses limits and we don’t even mind taking the life of a living creature to satisfy our senses. What we may not realise is that the impact of eating meat has far reaching effects and it does not only affects us but the society and the planet at large. The meat industry has become so damaging to the planet that never was there more demand to be considerate and compassionate towards the other living species. Let’s take a bird eye view to understand how damaging meat industry has really become. According to ADAPTT (Animals Deserve Absolute Protection Today and Tomorrow), more than 150 billion animals are killed each other by the meat, egg and dairy industries. This is devastating for the planet as well. It results in the wastage of limited natural resources such as land and water. Livestock production accounts for 30% of the entire land surface of the planet. On an average, it takes approximately 2,400 gallons of water to produce just 1 pound of meat, which is close to full 50 bathtubs. Animal agriculture accounts for 51% greenhouse gas emissions and it is responsible for about 15 to 18% of the wo…

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Real Dhyana vs. Other Methods

Just imagine for a while... You are sleeping and revelling in the world of dreams. All of a sudden, your sub-conscious mind conjures up a jungle, wherein you are walking all alone at night. Peculiar sounds are quite evident, but you somehow try to ignore them and continue moving forward.  After walking a few steps, you are able to sense that someone is mischievously chasing you. Being all alone in that jungle, that too, in the dead of the night, shivers runs down your spine. With bated breath and speed paced up, you move forward. As you notice the footsteps behind you speeding up, your heartbeat shoots up, and not being able to muster courage to even look back, you start running. Guess, what happens next? You land up just in front of a fierce tiger, his eyes glued at the poor and helpless you! Seeing no other alternative, you at once turn to your left and run for your life! Completely drenched in sweat, and your heart beating wildly, you run and run, knowing that your death in the form of tiger is chasing you! And, right at that moment, you... topple over after hitting a log of wood that lay there covered with the leaves! Gosh! Before you could balance your wobbling self, the tiger, with its claws precisely directed to grab you by your face takes the final leap. You scream at the highest pitch and with that... your dream abruptly ends and you wake up with a startle to find yourself in the world that's yours... Ah!  Perhaps no words can describe the magnitude …

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Relation + Intention + Expression!

“Shyam broke a wooden chair as his son passed 12th with just 35%. He grounded his son in a dark room to showcase the perils of not being sincere in life. Although he himself also remained restless till the time he kept his son locked!” “Rahul brings left-over sweets for the labourers at his factory because he wants them to think that he likes them and thus propel them to work more sincerely out of reciprocity.” “Soham missed his class to prepare for his parents’ anniversary surprise. However, he got severely scolded by his dad before he could do the arrangements, as he had a surprise test that day and his teacher didn’t miss calling him about the same.” “Sheila packed the breakfast and kept it in her son’s bag as he woke up late that day. Her son was lovingly remembering her while eating the rolled chapatti with a delicious stuffing in his school bus.” Out of the aforementioned incidents, if asked to pick the odd one out, you all would choose the fourth one. Right? Why? “It’s the happy one,” you might say. What would be your remark if I say that all the instances above are at least 50 per cent happy stories? You don’t believe me? See again. 1.      Failing early in life is okay; but Shyam intends a better future for his son. 2.      Labourers are delighted to have a sweet next to their lunch boxes, which otherwise they can…

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दिव्य ज्योति का दर्शन

सत्गुरु दीक्षा में क्या देते हैं? यह बात हमने बहुत बार सुनी है- "गुरु बिना ज्ञान नहीं हो सकता।" संत कबीर दास जी भी कहते हैं- गुरु बिन ज्ञान न उपजै, गुरु बिन मिलै न मोष। गुरु बिन लखै न सत्य को, गुरु बिन मैटैं न दोष।। परन्तु बात यहीं पर खत्म नहीं होती। इसके साथ यह जानना भी बहुत ज़रूरी है कि सत्गुरु ज्ञान- दीक्षा में देते क्या हैं? क्या शास्त्र-ग्रंथों का पठन-पाठन ज्ञान है? क्या माला-मंत्र मिल जाने को दीक्षा कहते हैं? क्या ज्ञान दीक्षा का मतलब ऋद्धि- सिद्धि प्राप्त कर लेना है? क्या ज्ञान हठयोग की क्रियाएं सीख लेना है? या फिर आंखें बंद कर के, कल्पना के जगत में उड़ान भरना ज्ञान- ध्…

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हनुमान! आपभक्त नहीं हैं!

एक बार नारद मुनि और  राम- भक्त हनुमान के बीच एक रोचक संवाद हुआ। यह संवाद मीठा भी था और भक्तिमय मणियों से सुसज्जित भी था। हुआ यूं कि नारद जी के मन में एक भोली सी शरारत उचक पड़ी। उन्होंने हनुमंत को घेरने की योजना बना ली। एक रसीला व्यंग्य कसते हुए बोले- 'अंजनीपुत्र! जब भी मैं तुम्हारे कर्मों पर दृष्टिपात करता हूं, तो मेरी आत्मा सिहर उठती है। ऐसा प्रतीत होता है कि तुममें तो भक्त का एक भी गुण नहीं है।' हनुमान जीने यह सुना, तो थोड़े असमंजस में पड़ गए। 'मुनिवर! आप महाज्ञानी हैं। जो कहते हैं, वह मर्मभेदी होता है। इसलिए मैं आपके मंतव्य को स्पष्ट रूप से समझना चाहुंगा' – हनुमंत ने …

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जोमैटो, स्विग्गी… क्या आप इन्हें जानते हैं?

आज के आधुनिक, तार्किक, बुद्धिजीवी युवाओं को जब उनके बड़े-बुज़ुर्ग और अभिभावक बाहर का भोजन खाने पर टोकते हैं, तो उनका सीधा सपाट प्रश्न आता है- 'आखिर इसमें हर्ज़ ही क्या है? हम इन एप्स द्वारा खाना किसी घटिया ढाबे से नहीं, बल्कि अच्छे रेस्तरां से मँगवा रहे हैं।' युवाओं के इस प्रश्न का हम उत्तर देते हैं। हम आपको बताते है- बाहर के खाने का आपके स्वास्थ्य पर क्या दुष्प्रभाव होता है- लगातार बाहर खाने वालों के शरीर में 'थेलेट्स' की मात्रा बढ़ती पाई गई। 'थेलेट्स' प्लास्टिक रसायनों का एक समूह है, जो फ़ूड पैकेजिंग और प्रोसेसिंग में इस्तेमाल किया जाता है। भोजन के ज़रिये ये केमिकल शरीर म…

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