Deepavali–The Festival of Lights.


Deepavali symbolizes the glory of light, the lifting of spiritual darkness.All the glory of Diyas(lights from sun, moon, stars or oil lit earthen lamps) of the world cannot be compared even to a ray of the inner light of the Self. Merge yourself in this light and enjoy the Happy Deepaavali!
”Deepavali is the festival of lights. This day the primary element Fire is at its peak with millions of oil lamps lit to celebrate the
triumph of good(Lord Krishna) over evil(Demon Narakasura). Deepavali is also welcomed as harvest festival, marking the last harvest of the year before winter. Businessmen close accounts and begin new accounts thanking Goddess Lakshmi.In some parts of India , this day is the return of Lord Rama from his 14 year exile, when he is welcomed with lamps(Deepa) that are lit row after row(avali). Jains celebrate this festival as Lord Mahavira’s nirvana(salvation) on 527BC; while Sikhs celebrate it as the release of their sixth preceptor Guru Hargobind Singh from the prison by Jahangir in 1619.”–(Niranjan Babu)
Sikhs refer to Diwali as ”Bandhi(prisoners) Chodh(released) Diwas(day).” Hindus calculate the date of Deepavali as 15 days from the full moon of Kartik. Thus Deepavali falls on the amavasya or the no moon day in the month of Ashwija. Incidentally, this is 20 days after Dussehra(Vijaya Dashami). Mahavira shaka(era) begins from the day of Diwali.
”Children and the young heart play with firecrackers, activating in the process fire power all over!Deepavali is a festival that brings together different generations of the family to tell the world that fire power need not always create aggression but also conduce to assertive harmony. Chandi(Goddess Durga)Homa performed on this day can contribute to enhanced finances, better health, success in worldly matters and wipe out inimical forces.”–Niranjan Babu.
Deepavali involves the lighting of small clay lamps filled with oil.Naraka chaturdashi is the first day of Deepavali and is observed on the 14th day of the dark half of Ashwija month.(2012) Narakasura was the son of Bhoodevi(Goddess Earth) and Varaha Devaru(one of 10 incarnations of Lord Vishnu). He ruled the kingdom of Pragjyotishapura(now in Assam). He tortured people and people suffered a lot of hardship. The day on which he was killed by Lord Krishna is called as Naraka Chaturdashi.Abhyanga(massage the entire body with scented oil) snana(bath) is one of the rituals of Deepavali festival.It is observed before sun rise.Abhyang snan helps to boost blood circulation and removes dead cell from the surface of the skin;it makes the skin smooth and soft to touch; it cleans the body thoroughly and finally aromas used while performing this ritual calms the mind.
Bali Padyami falls on the first day of Shukla Paksha (bright half) in Karthik(comes after Ashwija) month(2012).Maha Bali,the king of Pathala Loka(nether world) was the great grandson of King Prahlada.He was given a boon by Lord Vishnu to visit the earth once a year. He is worshipped on this day of Balindra Pooja or Bali Padyami.Yama dwitiya is observed on second day of Shukla Paksha(bright half) in Karthik month. Lord Yama Dharmaraja , the god of death, visits his sister Yamuna on this day.This day is also called as Bhai-Dooj and is the symbol of love between brothers and sisters.
Diwali is considered a national festival in India and Nepal.
Source:Collection.

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Views on different subjects.

1.The process of performing a role in a play/movie
is more than just portraying a character truthfully
and serving the script. It is about to learn about
yourself and the world and building compassion for
the way, other people approach life. It’s about
listening, staying curious and open to new things.
It is to discovering and digging deeper into yourself
and to find your own point of view.
–Noah Bean.(American actor)
2.A photograph never grows old.You and I change,
people change all through the months and years but
a photograph always remains the same. How nice to
look at a photo of a mother or father, taken many
years ago.You remember them as you see them.
-Albert Einstein.
3. According to Hindu scriptures, a husband is more
than just a life partner.He becomes her protector after
she leaves her parents home. Her husband provides her
with food, shelter, clothing, respectability, comfort
and happiness and so this bond is primarily a sacrosanct one.
4. People measure objects in 3 ways: length,width and depth.
These 3 ways of measuring are known as dimensions. Albert
threw in a fourth dimention–time; e.g., when measuring something
really big like outer space. To measure the size of outer space,
it takes time for something to travel through that space.
5.In spite of International ban on ivory trade,thousands of elephants
die each year so that their tusks can be carved into religious
objects. Religious art and ivory jewelry markets fuel ivory smuggling.
Source:Collection.

आरती|

ॐ जय जगदीश हरे , स्वामी जय जगदीश हरे।

Glory to the Creator of the world;

भक्त जनों के संकट, क्षण में दूर करें ।

Who takes away the troubles of the
devotee in a flash;

दास जनों के संकट क्षण में दूर करें ।|1||

जो ध्यावे फल पावे, दुःख विनाशे मन का ।

He who prays gets the fruit; troubles
of the mind are set at peace;

सुख सम्पत्ति घर आवे, कष्ट मिटे तन का ।।2।।

Peace and prosperity come home; problems
of the body disappear;

माता पिता तुम मेरे, शरण कहूँ मैं किसकी |

You are my parents, who else can I surrender to;

तुम बिन और न दूजा, आस करुं मैं जिसकी ।।3।।

Without You, there is no one else whom I can
rely upon;

तुम पूरण परमात्मा, तुम अंतर्यामी ।

You are omnipresent, You are omnipotent;

परब्रह्म परमेश्वर , तुम सब के स्वामी ।।4।।

You are the Supreme Lord; You are
everyone’s Master;

तुम करुणा के सागर, तुम पालनकर्ता ।

You are extremely merciful; You are
the protector;

मैं सेवक तुम स्वामी, कृपा करो भर्ता ।।5।।

Iam Your servant, You are my Lord;
Have mercy on me;

तुम हो एक अगोचर, सब के प्राणपति ।

You are the one invisible; You are
dear to everyone’s heart;

किस विध मिलूँ दयामय, तुमसे मैं कुमति ।।6।।
How can I meet You, O, compassionate one,
I being so ignorant;

दीनबंधु दुखहर्ता, तुम रक्षक मेरे ।

O, friend of the helpless and feeble, remover
of all sorrows, O, my protector;

करुणा हस्त बढ़ाओ, द्वार पड़ा तेरे।।7।।

Offer me thy hand of compassion; I am lying
at Your doorstep;

विषय विकार मिटाओ, पाप हरो देवा ।

Remove all my worldly passions and desires,
Free me from sins of this life;

श्रद्धा भक्ति बढ़ाओ, संतन की सेवा ।।8।।
Enhance faith and devotion in me and the spirit
of service for the saintly beings.

तन मन धन सब कुछ है तेरा ।

तेरा तुझ को अर्पण ।तेरा तुझ को समर्पण ।

क्या लागे मेरा ।

माता पिताजी की आरती ।जो कोई नर गावे |

मनवांछित फल पावे ।।ॐ ।।

मूल:संग्रह

Health Corner.

1)Sound sleep is essential for both the elder and the
younger generation.Proper sleep helps in keeping the
elder’s health good and their body and soul together.
Sleeping with the head towards the south will enable
one to go with nature and draw the maximum positive
energies from the cosmos to keep one mentally fit and
physically healthy. Ancient masters of wisdom Garga
and Markandeya tell us that one should lie with his
head placed southward if one wants to be healthy and
live long.
Ayurvedic texts speak of lunar and solar energies.
Certain tridosha(vata, pitta and kapha) disturbances
can be brought back to normalcy by sleeping either to
the left or to the right.
It is said that by sleeping on your left, the solar
energy is enhanced and can contribute to better sleep
to the Vata and Kapha constitutions.
By sleeping on your right, the solar energy is suppressed
and therefore recommended to Pitta constitutions.
School and college going youngsters can develop their
assertive and winning traits by sleeping with their heads
to the east.
(Vastu solutions-w w w .niranjanbabu.com)
2)Happy thoughts make happy days!
One of the best formulas for longevity and good health is
not just taking a walk outdoors but taking our walk while
holding the hand of God. When we walk in gratitude for each
and every moment, we empower ourselves by empowering our
spirits; when we breathe in nature through our eyes, ears
and lips we become certain that not only our souls eternal
but that God knows how to manage our lives, our troubles,
our worries and our days better than we do; so today and
everyday ”Let go and let God”.(=Let us walk with God and
let Him manage our affairs.)
(An article ”Grace”- from ”Philosophy”-the perfumed body lotion.)
3)Researchers have discovered a protein from the depths
of the ocean that actually protects our brain cells as we age.
CaBPs(Calcium-Binding Proteins) are found throughout
the body. They bind with excess calcium in our cells and keep
it from rising to toxic levels. At around age 40, these vital
CaBPs start to decrease and this will lead to cell damage and
even cell-death, which may result in loss of memory, forgetting
names etc.
As you age, you lose about 30,000 brain cells a day and
that impacts every aspect of your life…how you think,
and how you feel.
-Dr.Robert Pastore.(scientist)

A page from my diary.

———————-Hari Oum—————————
Quote of the day:
Life is a bridge. Cross over it but build no house on it.
Do you know?
1.Chamcha means spoon in Hindi, Urdu, Kannada and Tulu languages.
It means ”Yesman” i.e.,a person who slavishly follows his superior
and enthusiastically agrees with everything his superior says.
2.Fan is a device for producing a cooling current of air about a person,
by the movement of surface or surfaces. ”Fan” from fanatic means
admirer, enthusiast, or fan who is devoted to someone.
3.a)Cat breeds:American curl,Cornish Rex,Manx,Persian,Ragdoll,
Siamese, Canada lynx.
b)Dog breeds:Beagle,Collie,Dalmatian,Pointer,Pug,Whippet.
c)Kinds of monkeys:Gibbons,Lorises,Macaques,Langurs.
4.State rulers of an ethnic minority group:
a)Napoleon, who was born in Corsica, but ruled France.
b)Georgian born Stalin ruled Russia.
c)Catherine II, the empress of Russia, was a German-born.
d)British Conservative statesman Benjamin Disraeli was a Jew.
e)Peruvian President Nicolas Sarkozy was the son of a Hungarian
immigrant father.
5.The word ”Sanskrit” means complete or perfect
6.Panini was a Sanskrit Grammarian(520BC-460BC) who wrote a
treatise called ”Ashtadhyayi.”Panini is an Italian word
which refers to little breads
7.”Hypertrichosis”- is a condition which causes excessive
body hair on the face and chest.
8.Namasthe means”I bow to the God within you.”
9.Bhagavant means one who possesses fortune and wealth.
(Bhaga=fortune, wealth; vant=possessing)
10.We have evidence that solar storms have over geologic time
reversed Earth’s magnetic field.
Views:
a.Earth without ”art” is just ”Eh.”
”Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the
same time.”-Thomas Merton, ”No man is an island.”
”Art is not what you see but what you make others to see.”
-Edgar Degas.
”Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth.”
-Pablo Picasso.
”Art washes away from the soul, the dirt of everyday life.”
-Pablo Picasso.
Take away the paintings and plays,novels, poems, music dance,
film and other creative endeavors and what you have got?
A planet/a life that’s a lot less interesting.
b.Traditions keep a community connected and committed.
Traditions are based on value systems, handed down from
generation to generation.
Humour:
An elderly passenger who couldn’t sleep, asked the cabin
crew of the plane, if the captain could turn down the noise.
”Do you mean the engine?”, the crew asked.”Yes, yes the
engine!” replied the passenger.
-Readers Digest.”
Diary:
During my stay for one month with my daughter and her family at
Connecticut, I spent my days in reading and collecting various
informations on different subjects and playing fun with my grand
children.
Connecticut is a state in the New England region of the north
eastern U.S. It is named after Connecticut river. It’s capital
is Hatford.Some of the famous Natives are-Katharine Hepburn(actress),
Mark Twain(author).Dr. Robert K. Jarvik, a Stamford native
invented the world’s first artificial heart in 1982.
Different names of Connecticut are-a)Nutmeg State(named after nutmeg,
the state spice of Connecticut);b)Land of Steady Habits(the name is
applied in allusion to the strict morals of its inhabitants;
c)The Provisions State(During the American Revolution and to support
the cause of America’s independence from Great Britain, Connecticut
gave freely of her blood and wealth and contributed ammunitions for
the continental forces)
d)The Constitution State.
Connecticut is the most industrialised state in the nation,
producing weapons, jet engines, helicopters, motors, hardware
and tools, submarines, sewing machines etc. Nicknamed as the
”Insurance capital of the world”, Hatford houses many insurance
company headquarters.
Attractions:-Mystic Seaport,Mystic Aquarium,Connecticut river cruise
ships, homes of Mark Twain and Harriet Beecher Stowe, Hartford,
Connecticut Valley Hindu Temple Society, Spirit of Broadway
theatre at Norwich known for unique performances.
State emblems:
The state song:Yankee Doodle.”
—-do—bird:”American Robin.”
—-do—mineral:”Garnet.”
—-do—flower:”The Mountain Laurel.”
—-do—tree:”White Oak.”
—-do—animal:sperm Whale.
—-do—insect:Praying Mantis.
—-do—hero:Nathan Hale.
—-do—heroine:Prudence Crandall.
While abroad,you are forced to question your own lifestyle,
morals and language daily in order to fully understand and
learn from the diversity around you.What experience you gain
while travelling abroad, is most other-worldly and eye- opening.
(All informations are collected)

कहावतें |

अधजल गगरी छलकत जाए |

सावन के अंधे को सब हरा ही हरा दिखायी देता है|

ओखली में सर दिया तो मूसलों से क्या डरना?

सर सलामत तो पगड़ी हज़ार |

सौ सुनार की एक लौहार की |

जल में रहकर मगर से बैर ठीक नहीं|

घर का भेदी लंका ढाए|

ऊँट के मुँह में जीरा|

चोर की दाढी में तिनका |

अंधों में काना राजा |

जिसकी लाठी, उसकी भैंस |

अब पछताए होत क्या, जब चिड़िया

चुग गई खेत |

आगे कुँवा, पीछे खाई |

ऊँची दूकान फ़ीके पक्वान|

आप भला तो जग भला |

मूल:संग्रह |

ಕನ್ನಡ ಸೌರಭ.

೧)ಭಾವ ಸೌರಭ.
ಸಿರಿವಂತನಾದರೂ ಕನ್ನಡನಾಡಲ್ಲೇ ಮೆರೆವೆ

ಭಿಕ್ಷುಕನಾದರೂ ಕನ್ನಡ ನಾಡಲ್ಲೇ ಮಡಿವೆ

ಸಂಗೀತ ಕಲೆ ಮೆಚ್ಚಿ ವೀಣೆಯ ಪಿಡಿದೊಡೆ

ಶೃಂಗೇರಿ ಶಾರದೆಯ ಮಡಿಲಲ್ಲಿ ನಲಿವೆ

ವೀರ ಖಡುಗವ ಝಳಪಿಸುವ ವೀರ ನಾನಾದೊಡೆ

ಚಾಮುಂಡಾoಬೆಯ ಕರದಲ್ಲಿ ಹೊಳೆವೆ

ಶರಣಗೆ ವಂದಿಪ ಶರಣೆ ನಾನಾದೊಡೆ

ವಚನವೇ ಬದುಕಿನ ಮಂತ್ರ ವೆನುವೆ

ವೀರನಿಗೆ ವಂದಿಪ ಶೂರ ನಾನಾದರೆ

ಕಲ್ಲಾಗಿ ಹಂಪೆಯಲಿ ಬಹುಕಾಲ ನಿಲುವೆ

ದಾಸರಿಗೆ ವಂದಿಪ ಅಭಿಮಾನಿಯಾದೊಡೆ

ಕನ್ನಡ ಸಾಹಿತ್ಯ ನನ್ನಾಸೆ ಎನುವೆ

ಪುಣ್ಯ ನದಿಗಳಲಿ ಮೀಯುವೆನಾದೊಡೆ

ಕಾವೇರಿ ತುಂಗೆಯರ ಮಡಿಲಲ್ಲಿ ಮೀಯುವೆ

ಇನ್ನೊಮ್ಮೆ ಮರುಜನ್ಮ ಪಡೆಯುವೆನಾದೊಡೆ

ಕನ್ನಡದ ಮಣ್ಣಲ್ಲಿ ಮಣ್ಣಾಗಿ ನಿಲುವೆ.

-ಚಿತ್ರ ಗೀತೆ (ಕನ್ನಡ ಕುವರ)

ಕಲ್ಲಾದರೆ ನಾನು ಬೇಲೂರಿನ ಗುಡಿಯಲಿ ಇರುವೆ

ಮಣ್ಣಾದರೆ ನಾನು ಕೋಲಾರದ ಮಣ್ಣಲಿ ಬೆರೆವೆ

ಮರವಾದರೆ ನಾನು ಚಾಮುಂಡಿಗೆ ನೆರಳಾಗಿರುವೆ

ಮಗುವಾದರೆ ನಾನು ಕಾವೇರಿಯ ಮಡಿಲಲಿ ನಗುವೆ

ಹೂವಾದರೆ ನಾನು ಮೂಕಾಂಬೆಯ ಕಾಲಡಿ ಇರುವೆ

ಹುಲ್ಲಾದರೆ ನಾನು ಆಗುಂಬೆಯ ತಳದಲಿ ನಲಿವೆ

ಮಳೆಯಾದರೆ ನಾನು ಮಲೆನಾಡಿನ ಮೈಯನು ತೊಳೆವೆ

ಹೊಳೆಯಾದರೆ ನಾನು ಆ ಜೋಗದ ಸಿರಿಯಲಿ ಮೆರೆವೆ

ಮೊಗವಾದರೆ ನಾನು ಪಂಪನ ಪುಟದಲಿ ಮೆರೆವೆ

ಧ್ವನಿಯಾದರೆ ನಾನು ಕೋಗಿಲೆ ದನಿಯಾಗಿರುವೆ

ನುಡಿಯಾದರೆ ನಾನು ಸಿರಿಗನ್ನಡದ ನುಡಿಯಾಗಿರುವೆ

ನೆನಪಾದರೆ ನಾನು ಹಂಪೆಯ ಚರಿತೆಯ ಮೆರೆವೆ

ಮಂಜಾದರೆ ನಾನು ಕೊಡಗಿನ ಶಿರದಲಿ ಮೆರೆವೆ

ಬೆಳಕಾದರೆ ನಾನು ಕರುನಾಡಿಗೆ ಕಿರಣವ ಸುರಿವೆ

ಸ್ವರವಾದರೆ ನಾನು ದಾಸರ ಕಂಠದಿ ಮೆರೆವೆ

ಖಡ್ಗವಾದರೆ ನಾನು ಚನ್ನಮ್ಮನ ಕರದಲಿ ಮೆರೆವೆ

ಮರವಾದರೆ ನಾನು ಓಬವ್ವನ ಒನಕೆಯ ಮೆರೆವೆ

ಏಳೇಳು ಜನುಮದಲೂ ಕನ್ನಡದ ಕುಲವಾಗಿರುವೆ

ಮುದ್ದು ಮುದ್ದು ಕಂದ ಕನ್ನಡದ ಕಂದ

ತವರಿಗೆ ಇಂದು ಕೀರ್ತಿಯ ತಂದ

ಸಿರಿಗನ್ನಡಂ ಗೆಲ್ಗೆ.

ಚಿತ್ರ:”ಸಹ್ಯಾದ್ರಿಯ ಸಿಂಹ ”(ಹಾಡಿದವರು-S.P.Bala subrahmanyam)

೨)ಹಾಡು ಹಳೆಯದಾದರೇನು? ಭಾವ ನವ ನವೀನ

ಎದೆಯ ಭಾವ ಹೊಮ್ಮುವುದಕೆ ಭಾಷೆ ಒಂದು ಯಾನ.

ಹಳೆಯ ಹಾಡು ಹಾಡು ಮತ್ತೆ , ಅದನೆ ಕೇಳಿ ತಣಿಯುವೆ

ಹಳೆಯ ಹಾಡಿನಿಂದ ಹೊಸತು ಜೀವನ ಕಟ್ಟುವೆ

ಹಮ್ಮು, ಬಿಮ್ಮು ಒಂದೂ ಇಲ್ಲ ; ಹಾಡು ಹೃದಯ ತೆರೆದಿದೆ

ಹಾಡಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಲೀನವಾಗಲೆನ್ನ ಮನವು ಕಾದಿದೆ.

-ಭಾವಗೀತೆ.(G.S.Shivarudrappa)

ಮೂಲ:ಸಂಗ್ರಹ.