PULIHORA RECIPE

PULIHORA:-THE TASTE OF SOUTH

PREPARATION TIME:-25MINS

SERVES 3

PULIHORA, a traditional tamarind rice of ANDHRA PRADESH also known as chintapandu pulihora.Often prepared during festivals and is offered as naivedyam to the God.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 CUPS OF RICE
  • 3 TBSP OIL
  • 1 TBSO SESAME OIL
  • 2 SPRIGS OF CURRY LEAVE
  • 2 RED CHILLIES BROKEN
  • HALF TSP MUSTARD
  • 1 TBSP CHANNA DAL
  • 1 TBSP URAD DAL
  • FISTFUL OF PEANUTS
  • GENEROUS PINCH OF HING
  • SALT AS NEEDED
  • TAMARIND PULP
  • 2 GREEN CHILLIES SLIT
  • HALF TSP GINGER
  • TURMERIC AS NEEDED
  • HALF  TSP LIGHTLY ROASTED MUSTARD POWDER
  • HALF TSP JAGGERY (OPTIONAL)

STEPS

  • Sprinkle turmeric powder, salt, a 2 tsp of oil and fried curry leaves to the cooked and cooled rice and keep aside.
  • Heat the remaining oil in a cooking vessel, add the mustard seeds and let them splutter.
  • Add dry red chillies , cumin seeds, chana dal, urad dal and fry for a minute till light brown.
  • Next add the slit green chillies, ginger, asafoetids(hing) and few curry leaves and fry for a few seconds.
  • Add the cooked tamarind mix well.
  • Finally sprinkle the roasted sesame seeds powder and roasted peanuts and mix all the ingredient well .
  • let it sit for 1 hour for the flavors  to set in.

NUTRITIONAL FACTS

CALORIES-277.6

TOTAL FAT 6.9 g

CHOLESTROL:-0.0mg

SODIUM:-2,804.1mg

POTASSIUM:-129.6mg

PROTEIN:-5.1g

Dr.Shireesha Maddali

 

 

 

CONFIDENCE and YOU

TELL ME I CAN’T, I WILL SHOW YOU HOW

“Have confidence!” is one of the most important pieces of advice you will receive in life. In the purest sense, confidence is knowing what you are good at, the value you provide and acting in a way that conveys that to others.

KEY TO ACHIEVE YOUR GOAL

To achieve even the smallest of goals, and to get through life’s daily responsibilities, you have to have some self-confidence. The importance of developing a self-confident attitude allows you to wade through the push and pull of different voices and opinions telling you “yes, no, maybe, do this, do that” etc.

The University of Illinois article notes that your parents may have instilled self-confidence in you by encouraging self-reliance and giving you love even when you made mistakes.

Sitting quietly with your eyes closed and mentally visualizing yourself in great detail as a confident person is a great way to start being confident. After repeatedly visualizing yourself being and acting confident, and achieving what you wish by confidently going after it.

Becoming self-confident doesn’t mean you are unrealistic about yourself and your situation. You understand that you are not Superman, but being confident means still moving forward towards your goal achievement and desire even when things don’t seem to be going your way.

TIPS FOR BOOSTING A STUDENT’S SELF CONFIDENCE

STEP 1

Tell them when they have done a good job on an exam or report.

STEP 2

Give only genuine praise. If you provide empty praise, they will not feel as motivated to push themselves harder

STEP 3

Set realistic goals for each student. Recognize that every child is different and has different learning capabilities. Make goals realistically achievable so that the children will feel a  sense of responsibility. Don’t make a task too easy or too challenging

STEP 4

Create an open, positive environment for learning. Get to know your students on an individual level. Call them by name when you ask them a question. Give them credit for trying even when they give the wrong answer.

A Study published in the INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF COSMETIC SCIENCE showed that giving men some cologne improved their confidence enough to be rated as visibly more attractive in a photograph. Similarly, researchers at WEBSTER UNIVERSITY found something as simple as confident, direct smile from a woman was enough to catch the attention of a potential date.

The importance of confidence in romantic relationships doesn’t end at the dating phase, either. The researcher published by JOURNAL OF PERSONALITY AND SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY  showed that men in particular can have a tendency to feel worse about themselves or their relationship when their partner has a higher level of success.

Underneath it all, most of this trick all the centre around one theme: making you feel better about doing things you are good at or who you are. Confident people believe in success. And more importantly , they believe in their ability to succeed.

“Believe in yourself”

Dr.Shireesha Maddali BDS ,FMC,MBA

Wonders Of Art

Ever been able to describe the feeling and the effect it has on your mind when you listen to an impeccably beautiful piece of music; the peace or the exhilaration when dancing on your favourite number! Without art, the stars would collide and all life as we know it would cease to exist. Let us see how these various art forms work wonders in our lives. We all know the art of dance keeps us physically fit. Different kinds of art have different remedial characteristics. Over and above the mental relaxation one attains, learning certain forms of art helps to cure physical problems.

In the age of machinery and gadgets lot of the arts pursued by our grandmothers and great-grandmothers have disappeared knitting is one of them. The art of knitting and crocheting helps to reduce heart rate and blood pressure. The repetitive action of needlework brings a rhythm in the mind and body and brings the mind to a relaxed state. Thus helping to regulate the blood pressure.

The art of singing can help cure stuttering. Stuttering is a speech disorder where a person breaks or repeats words or parts of words. For example instead of saying come to a person says – c..c.. come, instead of to he says t..t.. to. One generally uses a smoother and easier voice while singing compared to when speaking. The words are also prolonged and sung in a tune with a continuous flow. In this process, the brain gets trained to continue the flow of speech and speak without breaks.

Learning to play a musical instrument helps overcome learning difficulties in children such as ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). In some cases, the child can hear but has difficulty processing what he hears. This can affect his ability to concentrate. Music strengthens the auditory and visual areas of the brain. These areas are connected with speech and reading, comprehending, problem-solving and concentration. When children with learning disabilities learn a musical instrument, attention, impulse control, self-esteem, self-expression and memory improve.

The art of painting helps to vent out a number of emotions stored in a person. Such stored emotions which would otherwise result in hypertension, depression, anger or arguments can get away out on the canvas. Art is very often described as an expression of feelings to describe something felt or seen by an individual to others who have not felt or seen the same. All the negative emotions like anger, sadness and depression can be safely expressed using crayons, color pens, and paper. Very often people paint pictures of a person yelling or alone in red, orange and black colors to express their negative feeling. It is better to handover a canvas and paints rather than hammer and nails and who knows venting out may eventually lead to creative painting. In fact, spastic children are encouraged to indulge in art like painting, apart from a definite improvement in physical skills, the fun factor can also bring the mental benefits and stress relief.

Every art in itself gives a joy of creativity and inner satisfaction to an individual. The satisfaction also builds the self-esteem. It takes away the mind from the usual stressful thinking, without actually running away from the problems. As rightly stated by Twyla Tharp “Art is the only way to run away without leaving home”. Art has the power to transform both the mind and the body.

So which form of art are you taking up?

 

By NSS

20th Jan2018

CHEMICAL PEELING

WORLD OF AESTHETICS

THE MYTHS AND TRUTHS ABOUT CHEMICAL PEELING

Peelings are among the oldest and most widespread aesthetic procedure used in aesthetic dermatology world wide. The classification of peels comprises SUPERFICIAL,MEDIUM DEPTH AND DEEP PEELS. Superficial peels exfoliates the epidermal layer whereas the medium depth exfoliates epidermal to papillary dermis layer and the depth helps in reaching up to reticular dermis layer for regeneration.

HOW PEELING IS DONE:-

It involves the application of a chemical substance to destroy layers of the skin such that they are then spontaneously eliminated over several days and repair mechanism of the epidermis and dermis are induced.

  • PRE-PEELING PREPARATION (PRIMING):-Preparing the skin for peeling  and for the regeneration process.(TRETINOIN,AHA).
  • PRE TREATMENT :-It is very important  for homogenous penetration of the peel and thus the uniform result. The skin is cleansed to remove oil and grease to eliminate debris from the stratum corneum(ACETONE),skin is then rinsed and dried.
  • TREATMENT:-The peeling agent is then applied using an applicator/brush. Contact time depend on the caustic agent used and the desired depth .The peel is neutralized with sodium bicarbonate  or water.
  • POST PEELING CARE:-To accelerate healing moisturizers are prescribed. As the skin become sensitive post chemical exposure ,sunscreen is must before going out in the sun to protect the new skin forming.

Skin sags, bulges and more severe wrinkles do not respond well to chemical peels. Generally fair skinned and light haired are better candidates. Darker skinned people likely to have an uneven skin tone after the procedure.

PEELING AGENTS:-

  • ALPHA HYDROXY ACID AHA:-The most commonly used product is glycolic acid. Concentration varying between 25%-70%.The higher the concentration ,the lower the pH, the more intense the peeling will be.
  • BETA HYDROXY ACID :-A’ peel using a lipophilic derivative of salicylic acid  has recently been introduced. The LHA is used in 5%and10% con.
  • RESORCIN:-The most widely used being jessner’s solution. This provide a superficial peel.

 

SIDE EFFECTS:-

SUPERFICIAL PEEL

  • Redness
  • transient hyperpigmentation
  • pimples

MEDIUM DEPTH PEEL

  • Redness
  • herpes
  • hyperpigmentation
  • lentigines

DEEP PEELS

  • Heart failure (phenol)
  • permanent achromia
  • hypopigmentation
  • infection
  • pain

Chemical peels represents flexible and useful tools for improving skin texture and the effect of aging. This technique is indicated for wrinkles,acne,pigmentary changes. The level of expertise of a dermatologist is crucial for the rate of side effects and the final peel results.

“Be your own kind of Beauty”

Dr.Shireesha Maddali BDS,FMC

 

 

WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF MODERN AESTHETICS

DO WE REALLY LOVE THE KISS OF INJECTION

BOTOX

WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE 15 YEARS LATER…………….

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From those who swear by it to those who have sworn off of it, BOTOX is a controversial topic in Bollywood as well as in Hollywood. There was a time when BOTOX was treated like Voldemort: Everyone knew it had magical powers, but no one said its name. Today BOTOX  is well accepted treatment in field of aesthetics due to its immediate result. BOTOX is actually a commercial brand name of a drug. It is administered through injection. It contains a substance called BOTULINUM TOXIN, which is made from a neurotoxin produced by bacteria called clostridium botulinum. A few other species from clostridium family also produce this toxin. It is the most lethal toxin known to man, one gram could be enough to kill one million people.

“I AM JUST SAYING BOTOX CHANGED MY LIFE” Kelly Ripa

THE SCIENCE BEHIND BOTOX

A muscle contracts when a nerve sends it a signal to do so. The signal travels to the end of the nerve and reaches a gap between the nerve and the muscle referred to as the neuromuscular junction. Once the signal reaches a gap between the nerve and the muscles referred to as the neuromuscular junction. Once the signal reaches that point, a chemical named acetylcholine is released from the end of the nerve and binds to receptors on the muscle. This starts a series of reactions that causes the muscles to contract. BOTOX blocks the muscles acetylcholine receptors. when the muscles cannot detect acetylcholine, no contraction occurs. Basically ,the muscle becomes paralyzed because  it cannot receive the signal for movement ,even though there is no damage to it or to the nerves. This blockage of acetylcholine cannot be reversed and will begin 48 hours upon injection of the drug.

HOW IT HELPS TO ACHIEVE WRINKLE FREE SKIN?

  • It relaxes tense muscles which will prevent wrinkles and fine lines.
  • it relaxes the over activity of muscles and stop uncontrollable movement.

“I LOVE BOTOX SO I WILL KEEP ON THAT” Lala Kent

IS THIS THE PERMANENT SOLUTION FOR AGING,FINE LINES AND WRINKLES

  • Absolutely No; the blocked acetylcholine receptors can never be unblocked permanently. Once new receptor develop,acetylcholine will be detected again and muscle contraction will resume.

MEDICAL USES OF BOTOX :-STRABISMUS(CROSSED EYES),BLEPHAROSPASM,CERVICAL DYSTONIA,CHRONIC MIGRAINE,OVER ACTIVE BLADDER.

ADVERSE EFFECT:-ALLERGIC REACTION,BLEEDING IN THE BACK OF THE EYES,AUTONOMIC DYSREFLEXIA,LIMITS THE RANGE OF FACIAL EXPRESSION.

HOW SUCCESSFUL IS IT ?

BOTOX results have an extremely high success rate in both men and women, it provides noticeable results within days following an injection. These fountain-of-youth bringing results will remain in the skin for between four and six months.

“You can’t buy happiness but you can buy BOTOX and that’s kind of the same thing”

 

Workplace Communication Skills

Communication works for those who work at it. Thus said John Powell.

Just because we have been talking all our lives does not mean we have good communication skills. It takes a conscious effort on the part of an individual to develop the ability to communicate. In the world of business with increased sophistication, it is imperative that people at all levels develop effective skills for communication
Our day to day business communication is an amalgamation of email and text messaging interspersed with face to face communication.
Let us acquaint ourselves with each skill

Verbal Communication Skills

  • Saying the right thing at the right time is the most important point
  • Be friendly and approachable. Be loud and clear while talking. Keep the audience engaged by interaction
  • Know your audience, use words familiar to them. Do not hesitate or fumble making them lose confidence in you
  • The audience has loads of things on their minds, their mortgages, their assignments, family issues because of which the attention span is limited. Know what are the most important points you want them to retain and take with them. Reiterate the key points. Tell them what you are going to tell them, tell them what you have to tell them, tell them what you told them. Make sure, the speaker and the listener are on the same page by summarising and asking for feedback
  • Do not lose focus of the topic of discussion. Do not let your train of thought derail. Be precise and to the point.

Non-Verbal Communication Skills

  • It enhances the expression of the message. Statistics quote that the non-verbal component constitutes 93% of the communication, wherein 38% constitutes the vocal element, your volume, pitch, tone, how you sound. 55% is the non-verbal elements, the facial expressions, the body language, the gestures, the posture and so on. Only 7% is conveyed through the words.   Though the weight of the different elements depends on the situation and the individuals involved, HOW we say is more important than WHAT we say.
  • Making eye contact is very important when interacting with someone, it signifies the gravity of the statement.
  • You also need to appear confident by maintaining the correct posture. People would be more keen on listening if you stand straight appear balanced and relaxed rather than when you slouch and appear bored.
  • A smile opens communication doors.
  • The tone of voice conveys a wealth of information from enthusiasm to disinterest

Listening Skills

  • Communication is not only about talking and presenting your ideas but also about listening and comprehending
  • Giving undivided attention to the speaker without being distracted by external stimuli or internal thought process; thus listening without distortion and incorporating the views in the communication
  • Listening shows that you have an open mind, respect and accept others’ opinions resulting in an active collaboration
  • Acknowledging, summarizing and paraphrasing by the listener promotes two-way communication
  • Asking questions affirms your engagement in a conversation and asserts clarity
  • More often than not, we are preparing our own dialog while listening to someone which results in distortion of the message received

Writing Skills

  • Written communication must be as clear and concise as possible. Long enough to cover all the important points and short enough to qualify as business communication
  • Avoid ambiguity
  • Review the writing before sending. A grammar check and spell check  would be advisable
  • Make sure to involve only the relevant people while addressing written communication
  • Follow up to ensure that the person on the other end has understood and is able to undertake the task

Follow these pointers and be a better communicator.

Happy Communicating!!

By N.S.S

14thJan, 2018

 

Simple Money Saving Tips For Students

Penny saved is Penny earned, how often do our parents quote Benjamin Franklin. This quote teaches us life’s important lessons of self-control and discretion so we can save and spend the money well on the right things at the right time.

Here are a few tips on how as students, you can not only make do with the tight budget but also save money to spend it well on that dream you secretly guard.

*Plan your budget and stay focused. Know your recurring expenses and keep some amount aside for the accidental expenses that you might encounter.

*Pay bills on time or even before the due date to avoid late fees and get early bird discounts

*Buy grocery from the supermarket that offers maximum discounts, plan your visit to the supermarket so that you have a list ready to avoid impulsive buying. Negotiate and haggle on purchases that permit it

*Make sure you have no dues on your credit cards, lest you waste your money paying unwanted interests. This will even help you have a better credit score for future loans and purchases

*As far as possible use Public Transport or carpooling or a two-wheeler pooling to save on fuel. Short distances can be walked to or cycled to, thus saving your Gym membership expenses as well.

*Join a local library so you can borrow the books you like to read. Buy used textbooks or reference books, they would be cheaper and often have the important stuff highlighted 😉 and tips written on the corners of the books that turn out to be more helpful than the material in the textbook itself. Photocopying a reference book also can be done.

* Say NO to tempting and expensive brands. Brands are for the future you, not the present you.

*Party at home rather than in extravagant places. Where ever possible, encash on student discounts or bulk discounts, like a food joint or lounge. Also, there are weekdays when these places allow free entry to students, party on those free days.

*Kick the butt, stay away from vices that leave you in debt.

*Try earning scholarships for various courses

*Use WiFi where ever possible, make sure you have a pre-paid data plan so you do not overindulge

*Plan your travel well in advance to get cheaper deals

Now that we have gone through tips on saving money, here are a few on how to get the extra income*Coach other students on academics or any form of art like playing a musical instrument or a dance form or a sport which helps you make the extra bucks

*If something is not useful to you anymore, try selling it to someone who can find a use for it personally on various websites available thus making the extra pocket money

*Working at the local coffee shop is also an option that can be considered.

With power packed determination and dedication “Mission Savings”
here we come!!!

Dhanteras

Dhanteras

Dhanteras is the beginning of Diwali the biggest festival of Hindus, the festival of lights. On this day Hindus worship Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Kuber. (Lord Kuber is treasurer of money and Gold). It is believed that Goddess Laxmi came out from Kshir Sagar (Milky Ocean) holding a pot of gold and money in her hand on this day. As per Hindu rituals, on Dhanteras people buy some new things of metal like steel utensils, silver coins, gold jewellery, or items made of iron and copper. This festival falls on thirteenth day of Kartika month. On Diwali people wear new cloths and decorate their houses, offices, shops, and industries to welcome Goddess Laxmi. In front of the houses people also make rangoli, and make foot prints signifying the presence of Goddess Laxmi. People light colourful diyas and welcome Goddess Laxmi.
Housewives light diyas after sunset for Lord Yama.

There is story of King Hima’s son, whose death was predicted on the fourth day of his marriage by a snake bite. As the new wedded bride came to know about it, she built a heap of her gold ornaments on the door of the bedroom and kept her husband awake the whole night by talking and singing for him. When Lord Yama in form of snake visited in the palace to bite the prince, he was blinded on seeing dazzling metal. Since Yama missed the set time of death of prince and prince was saved, also leading to the celebration of Dhanteras. Even today some people keep lamps burning through the night on Dhanteras.

In the evening, the family members get together and pray first Lord Ganesha, after that they worship Dhanwantri, for good health and wellbeing of their family. People also pray God, who holds the kalasha full of nectar of immortality, Lord Dhanvantri removes all the fears and diseases. The Lord Dhanvantri is empowered to heal our souls also. Dhanteras is also called Dhanvantari Trayadashi. Dhanvantri is also worshipped on the occasion of Dhanteras, is the God of Ayurveda for betterment of man and help to get rid of the suffering of disease. National Ayurveda Day was first observed on 28t Oct., 2016.

During the Pradosh Kaal which is the time after sunset and remain for about two and half hours, Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped on Dhanteras. A piece of new red cloth should be spread on the raised platform. A handful of grains in the middle of the cloth, a kalash filled with water and mango leaves, water mixed with Ganga jal, a fruit, a flower, a coin and some rice grains are also kept together. The idol of Lord Ganesh and goddess Lakshmi are kept on grains. The important business books are also kept. Also (Diyas) light is lit, and offer prayers for the success, happiness and prosperity.

This year Dhanteras festival will be on 5th November 2018. We wish you all happy and prosperous Dhanteras in advance.

Eight forms of divine Goddess Lakshmi

Eight forms of divine Goddess Lakshmi –“ Ashta Lakshmi”

Devi Lakshmi –The Hindu Goddess has eight forms :- Prosperity, Health, Wealth, Beauty, Knowledge, Strength, Progeny and Power. T

1.Aadi Lakshmi– The Great Goddess – Maha Laxmi
This form of Goddess Lakshmi is portrayed as four hands, wearing red sari, holding a lotus and a white flag in her two hands while the other two hands are in Abhaya and Varada mudra.
The Aadi Lakshmi is daughter of sage Brigu. Wife of Lord Vishnu.
Aadi Lakshmi or Maha Laxmi is the Goddess of wealth, beauty, prosperity and fortune. She came out of the kshir sagara (the milky ocean)

2.Dhana Lakshmi– The Goddess of Wealth and Prosperity
This form of Goddess Lakshmi is portrayed as six hands, wearing red sari, holding a discus, a conch, the holy pitcher, bow, arrow and the sixth hand is in abhaya mudra with gold coins rolling from her palm.
Dhana Lakshmi is Goddess of money, gold and power.

3.Dhaanya Lakshmi– The Goddess of food Grains.
This form of Goddess Lakshmi is portrayed in green sari and having eight hands. Holding two lotuses, a mace, a sheaf of paddy, sugarcane, bananas and other two hands are in abhaya and varada mudra.
Dhaanya Lakshmi is Goddess of food grains. The basic need.

4.Gaja Lakshmi– The Elephant Goddess
This form of Goddess Lakshmi is portrayed by two elephants bathing her with water posts as she sits on a lotus, she is in red sari and having four hands, holding two lotuses, other two hands are in abhaya and varada mudra.
Gaja Lakshmi is Goddess of transportation.

5.Santana Lakshmi- The Goddess of Progeny
This form of Goddess Lakshmi is portrayed as six hands, holding two pitchers, a sword, and a shield, in one hand she is holding a child and remaining one hand is in abhaya mudra.
Santana Lakshmi is worshiped in this form to beget children and continue the name of the family.

6. Veera Lakshmi- The Goddess of Courage
This form of Goddess Lakshmi is portrayed as wearing red sari and is having eight hand , holding a discus, a conch, a bow, an arrow, a sword,a book, remaining two hands are in abhaya and varada mudra
Veera Lakshmi is Goddess of courage to fight against evil.

7.Vida Lakshmi- The Goddess of Knowledge
This form of Goddess Lakshmi is portrayed as sitting on lotus, wearing a white sari, having four hands, holding two lotuses on both hands, with other two hands are in abhaya and varada mudra.
Vidya Lakshmi is Goddess of knowledge (Goddess Saraswati or sharda)

8.Vijaya Lakshmi- The Goddess of Victory
This form of Goddess Lakshmi is portrayed as she is sitting on a lotus wearing a red sari and having eight hands, holding a discus, a conch, a trident, a shield, a noose, a lotus and remaining two hands are in abhaya and varada mudra. Vijaya Lakshmi is worshiped for victory and the success in all our ventures.

These are eight forms of Laksmi mata , all Hindus worship Maa on Diwali. The biggest festival of Hindus and seek her blessing.

Why do good people suffer?

Why do good people suffer is question of many people. Many people say why me? What have I done wrong? I have harmed or hurt nobody. Then why me? Again and again this question arise, it comes in mind. People say till I remember I have not done anything wrong. Then why I am suffering. I pray many times in a day. I ask God for help and protection. Every morning and night I offer a prayer. I also think about God and keep praying. Why of all the people did this happen to me?

This is the answer to the repeated question that why do people suffer? It becomes clear when we understand, the Law of Karma ( what you sow so shall you reap.) and reincarnation. Law of karma is cause, and effect. Every effect must have a cause, the effect we see now must have a cause, recent or remote, whatever suffering I am getting today is cause of behind. Dhritrashtra King of Hastanapur. When Mahabarata war was over he asked Shri Krishna why I am blind and I have lost my hundred sons? I have been good to everyone. And shri Krishna told him that an earlier incarnation he had been a tyrant King, one day as he walked by a lake side, he saw a swan bird surrounded by a hundred signets. He asked his people to remove the eyes of the swan bird and kill all the hundred signets just to please his passing fancy. And Krishna also said that what you sow so shall you reap, one cannot sow thorns and reap apples. The low of karma is universal in its application , it applies equally to all we are sowing seeds every day in the field of life. Every thought that we think, every word that we utter, every deed we perform, every emotion we arouse within me every feeling fancy wish that awakens within me, are seeds I am sowing in the field of life, in due course the seeds will germinate and grow into tree and yield fruit, we have to eat whether bitter or sweet. Some causes produce their effects immediately and some after a long time. You are the builder of your own life. Therefore, be careful of your thoughts. The theory of Karma is wide to understand and it kept secret and our karmic links are not known to us? Else it may be difficult for us to live in the world. For example there may be a woman whose husband, in the present incarnation, was her enemy in an earlier incarnation and has now become her husband to settle previous accounts.

The natural law is “As you think, so you become” and another Law is “As you sow, so shall you reap” and these two law together becomes the law of karma, There is an incident, a little boy, one night came home, and felt thirsty he drank few sips of water than he noticed that there was something wriggling which looked like a snake in the water. The very thought that came in his mind that he had taken poisoned water, he dropped down on the floor muttering “ I am dying, I am dying”. Family members rushed to find what had happened to him. One of them rang to doctor. Another asked, what made him feel that he was dying. In a frightened voice, he said that he had taken water from a glass that had a snake in it. Other family member went to kitchen to investigate and found that what had happened in the dark, to be a snake was actually, a string. As he heard those words, he jumped up, strong as ever. Thought has great influence on the body and mind. Therefore take care of thoughts. We need to understand that thoughts have force, thoughts are things, every thought generate for my good or evil. Every thought has form and colour. The though may have the form of an angel or demon depending up to its contents. If I think thought of peace, purity, love, prayer, sympathy or service, it will stick me wearing the form of an angel. If I think a thought of envy, jealousy, hatred, greed, dishonesty it will stick to me wearing the form of demon.

Take care of your desires also. With whatever desires, impulses, ambitions, feelings and thoughts you are building your own life, no one else is to blame for your present condition. You have built with your own thoughts and desires generated in the near or distant past. The forces of thoughts and desires have magnetic power. If we are surrounded by demoniac forms they attract to themselves many more demons. The desire to make easy and fast money, drives to cheatings.

Whom God loves send trials and tribulations. Those who love God with bottom of their heart, God also love them. Whoever would be chosen of God must gladly submit to a process of purification. He must be prepared to pass though the fire of suffering and he purified as thrice-burnished gold. There was a black smith who loved God deeply, even though he had to face many a sufferings. He was asked how can you lay your trust in a God who sends sufferings? Immodestly he replied as I have to make a tool I take place of iron and put it into the fire. Then I strike it on the anvil to see if it will take temper. If it does I know I can make something useful out of it. If not, I toss it on the scrap-heap. This has made me pray to the Lord, again and again “Lord put me into the fire of suffering.”