Do You Know?

1.Dogs don’t sweat. They pant to cool down. They actually sweat through their paw pads.

2. Skinks(lizard) can see with their eyes closed. They have a permanent, transparent

eyelid cover over their eyes.

3.Goddess Saraswati is hamsa(swan)vahini. Swan is symbolism of spiritual perfection,transcendence and moksha.

4.Owl of Lakshmi is a warning against distrust and isolationism even selfishness.

5. The human body contains trillions of micro organisms, outnumbering human cells by 10 to 1. Because of their small size, however micro organisms make up only about 1 to 3 percent of the body’s mass ( in a  200 pound adult, that’s 2 to 6 pounds are micro

organisms) but play a vital role in human health.

6. River Dolphin is the national  aquatic animal.

Royal Bengal Tiger is the national animal.

Peacock is the national bird.

India Banyan tree(Fig) is the national tree.

Lotus is the national flower which is auspicious symbol of Indian culture.

Mango-National fruit.

National language—Under the 8th schedule of Indian Constitution, there are 22 languages as official  languages of India and no  National Language. There is also a demand for adding 38 more languages under 8th schedule.

National Song–The first two verses of ”Vande Mataram” penned by legendary Bengali writer and novelist Bankim Chandra Chattopaddhyay was selected as the National Song of India on January 24, 1950. The song shares the same status as the National Anthem ”Jana Gana Mana” barring  certain official dictates.

National Emblem is an adaptation from the Saranath Lion Capital of king Ashoka.

National flag is a horizontal tricolor in equal proportion of deep  saffron on the top,

white in the middle and dark green at the bottom.In the centre of the white band there is a wheel in navy blue to indicate Dharma chakra, the wheel of law in the Saranath Lion  capital.

7.Rabindranath Tagore bestowed the title ”Mahatma” on Gandhi in 1915, while writing his autobiography after the latter called him ‘Gurudev’.

8.The kingdom of Great Britain was replaced by the United kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on January 1, 1801 with the Acts of Union, 1800.

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Divine Pathways.

1 .Spectre Of A Treeless Landscape.

A lone crow sitting on a lonely dry  twig of a tree

Seems to be brooding over the fate of this

Fast-disintegrating world in the coming years.

When trees all around, will become victims of

The greedy population;Perhaps, its anxiety is centred

Not only on its survival, but also on the mankind’s

Funeral sans wood.

2. A Pebble.

A poet is not a superhuman,

But only a pebble, capable of causing

Eve -widening ripples of love

On the lake of humanity.

3.In Search Of An Invisible Boatman.

Lone is the boat in the mid-river;

Alone I stand on the bank.

I want to go to the other end,

But the boat will not come to me

Sans a boatman. So I build

A bridge of desire between me and the boat

And walk upon that bridge;

I keep on walking…But I reach nowhere

And remain where  I am.

O, I am helpless, for, I cannot reach the boat,

Leave alone the other end!

O,where is the invisible boatman

I have ignored hitherto?

Source-Poems  by Dr. Venkataramana K.V.

4.Death

Death is man’s ultimate refusal

To move with Time.

5.Facts And Fiction.

Birth and death are facts of life;

And in between, it is a fiction of mind.

6.My Philosophy.

My philosophy is not meant for

Dispelling sorrow, pain or chaos in the world,

For, they can be tackled by an ordinary mind;

But it is meant for those who want to fathom

The spiritual depths while crossing the ocean of life.

Poems by Dr.Venkataramana K.V.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Slogans of Indian Freedom Fighters.

1.A deeply patriotic Hyderabadi who gave up his  engineering studies in Germany, went on to become Netaji Bose’s closest aide, Abid Hasan Safrani was the man who created the  iconic slogan ”Jai Hind”.

2.Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, who in his address on Singapore Radio on July 6,1944 had addressed Mahatma Gandhi as ”Father of the Nation”.

3.Bankim Chandra Chatterjee gave the slogan ”Vande Maataram”. Vande Maataram is a Bengali poem written by Bankim Chandra Chatterjee in 1870’s, which he included in his 1881 novel, ”Ananda math”The poem was composed into song by Rabindranath Tagore.

4.The slogans ”Quit India” and ”Simon Go Back” were coined by Yusuf Meher Ali.He was an Indian freedom fighter and socialist leader.

5.M.K.Gandhiji on 8th August 1942 addressing the congress delegates, gave the slogan,”Karo Ya Maro”(Do or Die)

6. The slogan ”Satyameva Jayate” was given by Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya in1918.

7.Slogan of Subhash Chandra Bose–”Give me blood and I will give you freedom.”

Another  clarion war cry was ”Dilli Chalo.”

8.Slogan of Lal bahadur Shastri-”Jai Jawan Jai kisan.”

9”Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan, Jai Vgyan” -Atal Bihari Vajapayee coins new slogan.

10.The slogan, ”Swaraj is my birth right and I shall have it” was given by  Bal Gangadhar Tilak.

11. ”saare jahaan se achchaa Hindustaan hamaara” (Hidusthaan is best in the world)

This poem was composed by Muhammad Iqbal.

12.The slogans ”Who lives if India dies”,”Purna swaraj”(complete independence) and

”Aaraam haraam hai( Rest is taboo)-were composed by Jawaharlaal Neharu.

13.”Vijayi vishva tirangaa pyaaraa”(the conqueror of the world, our loving tri-colour ) this poem was composed by Shyaamlaal Gupta ”Parshad”

14.”Sarfaroshi ki Tamanna ab hamaare dil me hai” (the desire for revolution is in our hearts) This poem was composed by  Bismil Azimabadi.

15.The slogan,”Inquilab Zindaabad”(Long live the revolution) was composed by Maulana Hasrat Mohani in 1921.

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Face Book Quotes.

1.Stop surviving and start living.

2.If you don’t want a sarcastic answer, then don’t ask

a stupid question.

3.Secrets and lies kill relationships. No matter how careful

you are, you will get caught.

4.Women are made to be loved, not understood.–Oscar Wilde.

5.Friendship always compromises and relationship always

sacrifices.

6.It’s  ok to cry if you are in pain. Remember, tears are prayers too.

They travel to God, when we can’t speak.

7.Life is a question  which nobody can answer and death is an answer

which nobody can question.

8.A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything.

9.Life’s tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.

–Benjamin Franklin.

10. He has the right to criticize who has the heart to help.

–Abraham Lincoln.

11.Bath purifies body; Meditation purifies mind;

Prayer purifies soul; Charity purifies wealth;

Fast purifies health and forgiveness purifies relations.

12.The best thing about the worst time of your life,

is that you get to see the true colors of everyone.

13.Tears are how our heart speaks when our lips

simply cannot find the words to describe the pain.

14.Remember, on this earth we are for a while…

Smile and make everyone smile;

That’s the way to live in style.

15.Everything is ”Pre Written” but with prayers it can be

”Re Written”.

16.Power and money are fruits of life!

But, family and friends are roots of life!

We can manage without fruits;

But can never stand without ”roots”.

17.It’s nice to be important…But, it’s more important

to be nice.

18. The value of people is realized only in their absence.

19. Try to be happy without reason and you will be happy

in every season.

20.Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is

what dies inside us while we live.–Norman Cousins.

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Celebration of Diwali.

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There  are 12 mythical and historical reasons why Diwali is celebrated.

1.Goddess Lakshmi’s birthday. According to mythology she was first

incarnated  on the new moon day of the Kartik month during the

churning of the milk by Gods and demons.

2.Lord Vishnu rescued Lakshmi  from the prison of king Mahabali.

Lord Vishnu in His 5th incarnation as Vamana avatara approached

Bali for some charity. King Bali couldn’t refuse the Brahmin’s offer.

He was tricked  into giving up his kingship and wealth(of which Lakshmi

is said to be the Goddess)

3.Demon Narakasura could only be killed by his mother Bhudevi and

Shri Krishna’s wife Satyabhama who was an incarnation of Bhudevi  killed him.

4.The return of Pandavas from their 12 years of banishment as a result of

their defeat in the hands of the Kauravas, at the game of dice(gambling).

The subjects who loved Pandavas celebrated the day by lighting the

earthen lamps.

5. The victory of Rama who vanquished the demon king Ravana

on new moon day of  Kartik and returned to Ayodhya. The citizens

of  Ayodhya decorated the entire city with the earthen lamps and

illuminated it like never before in honour of Rama;s victory.

6.Coronation of  king Vikramaaditya.

7. Special day for the Arya Samaj. Swami Dayananda Saraswati

19th century scholar, the founder of Arya Samaj attained his nirvana.

8.Mahavira Tirthankar who the founder of  modern Jainism also

attained Nirwana on Diwali day.

9.Goddess Kali is worshiped to help in destroying evil both external

and internal to us and also to get her blessings for general happiness,

health, wealth and peace.

10, Diwali also falls  in the time of Kharif crop.

11.Hindu New Year Day. Hindu businessmen offer pujas, start

new books of accounts and pay off all the debts to start a new

year afresh.

12.Special day for the Sikhs. The foundation stone of the golden

temple at Amritsar was laid on Diwali day in 1577. Diwali is

important for Sikhs because it celebrates the release from

prison, of the 6th Guru Hargobind and 52 other princes with

him in 1619, imprisoned by Emperor Jahangir.Sikh’s festival

Bandi Chhor Diwas coincides with the day of Diwali.The third

Sikh Guru Amar Das institutionalized Diwali as a Red Letter Day,

when all the Sikhs would gather to receive the Guru’s blessings.

The 5 days of Diwali are-

Day one-Dhanteras(Day of fortune)

Day two-Naraka Chaturdashi (Day of knowledge)

Day three-Diwaali (Day of light)

Day four-Annakut (New Year)

Day five-Bhai Duj (Day of love between siblings)

Whatever the cause behind its celebration,

Diwali is undoubtedly a national festival of India,

enjoyed by most Indians regardless of faith.

The festival of light celebrates the victory of light

over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over

ignorance.

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All About Plants.

These plants bring luck, wealth, prosperity and

health to home.

As per Vastu experts, Bonsai plants speak to

hindered development; hence one should abstain

from keeping them in the house.

Plant an orange or lemon at the primary passageway

of your home. These will avoid fiendish(wicked) spirits.

Fragrant plants like Champa, Chameli, Nagchampa,

Bela etc not to be set inside the home. Plant them in the

yard or in a gallery. Try not to keep Cactus plants in your

room or at your workplace, where you work.

Keep cash plant in the south-east heading as it is the

zone of  Kuber or cash. Stay away from artificial plants

inside the house. Evacuate old flowers after their leaves

dry or petal shrivel. Anything spoiling or rotting speaks

to death and subsequently draws in negative vitality.

List of some plants and herbs considered lucky

around the world:

Money plant-produce positive energy flow that attracts

good luck and fortune.

Aloe is luck bringer, ornamental and medicinal plant.

Archids attract love, deepen friendship and help soothe

the soul.

Jade plant bring prosperity and success when placed

near the entrance.

Snake plant absorbs poisonous gases from the air.

Rubber plant is believed to be auspicious in the wealth

area or even the front hall of the residence.

Shamrock plant is lucky according to Irish folklore.

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Epic Characters of Puranas, Ramayana And Mahabharatha.

1.Veda Vyasa was the son of Satyavati(mother) and sage

Parashara(father).He was called Krishna(the dark one)

due to his colour and Dvaipayana(one born on an island)

Later became known as Vyasa-compiler of the Vedas and

author of the Puranas and the Mahabharata.

2.Satyavathi was the daughter of Chedi king Vasu and a

cursed Apsara. She was brought up by Dasharaja, a tribal

fishermen chieftain.

3.Sage Parashara was the father of Vyasa and grandson of

sage Vasishta.

4. Kartikeya was the first born and elder.Ganesha is the

younger son of Parvathi and Shiva. Kartikeya is the Lord of war.

5.Pradyumna was son of  Lord Krishna and Rukmini.

6. Manmatha was son of Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi.

7.Aniruddha was the son of Pradyumna and the grandson of

Shri Krishna.

8. Valmiki was the son of a sage named Prachetasa. His birth name

was Ratnakara. He got lost in the jungle as a child and was founded

by a hunter who raised him as his own son. When he grew up, he

became a hunter like his foster father and also took to being a bandit

to supplement his livelihood. Narada convinced him of the evils of his

ways and converted him into a religious scholar.He narrated the

story of Rama to him and asked him to write it down for posterity.

Ratnakar did penance for many years and an ant-hill grew around

him. Hence his new name Valmiki. Valmika in Sanskrit means an

ant-hill.He came out of the ant hill and penned the great epic, Ramayana

between the 4th and the 2nd century BC.

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