Do people think about God in their lives? Some would be yes all the time, or in the time of the need, and rest of people would say No, that they don’t believe in him, or too busy to think about it. God is our creator, We are the clay, you are the potter, we are all the work of your hands. If God made us .. he knows what ’s best for us! God gives us wisdom, If God is for us, who can be against us? It all depends on our Karma. Have you ever really wanted something? Yes everyone replies, But when then when you got it again they started wanting something else? Life is like this, It’s like we all have an empty spot in us, so we try to fill it with things like family and friends. But nothing seems to fit quite Right, even after friends, family, job, and vacation we still feel empty because there is no love for God. Coming from a religious background, I Strongly believe in God. Whether or not God exists is up to each person. Some do not believe in a higher power, Some firmly believe and there is nothing wrong with not believing. Believing in God is entirely up to you. But if you believe, you know he is on your side even at your lowest times. When you are feeling hopeless, you pray and when you pray, you stand up again. You are ready to take your hardest challenges and look forward to brighter days. God gives us the capacity to help others in the time of need. You have done it before. But have you helped others while you needed help yourself? In other words, you are battling something strong in your life. You put your needs and wants on hold to give that person a sense of love and hope. Even strength is given by God to us, For example – You lose your job. You realize there is not enough money to support your family and you have no one to depend on. Finding a job is not as easy as it sounds. It takes too long . You know things will get better. Through the help of the God, you will find a solution because you have a family to support and in god all good things are possible. Mental – health experts tell us that people need spiritual values in order to be truly happy. God did not design humans to live independently of him, they have a need to communicate with their Maker. God is your environmental. GOD IS TIME AND YOU LIVE WITHIN HIM. God lives inside you and in contact with the living force is possibly known as ‘Karma’ dictates what happens to you. God is already in your life whether you need him or not.
Rang means colours, panchmi means 5th day. Rangpanchmi is celebrated just 5 days after the Hindu colorful festival “Holi”. Rangpanchmi resemble like Holi. On this day people play colors with family and friends, also throw Gulal (red, fragrant powder) on each other, they also splash colored water on each other. Color is also thrown in air to start this special festival. As per Hindu calendar it is celebrated on the dark fortnight, of Krishna paksha of Phagun month. It comes, in the month of February end or starting of March.
This day of Rangpanchmi, people worship Lord Krishna and Goddess Radha. Puja rituals are also done to pay homage to divine union of Shree Krishna and Radha. Rangpanchmi is played in Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and some parts of North India. In small towns the main celebration of this event happens by procession headed by a water tank with high pressure jet, two ceremonial cannons and a camel, circumambulated the town dousing everyone on the street and anyone visible in neighboring houses with colored water. Bhang intensify the heightened of this festival. People of Maharashtra know this Rangpanchmi festival of colors. It is celebrated as shimgo or shimga, is characterized by the traditional Palki dance. Palki dance is mainly done by the fishing community, the festival is particularly popular amongst fisher folk. They celebrate it on a large scale and revel in the festivities by singing, dancing and merry-making. This special dance provides them means to release all their repressed felling needs and desires, people also utter sound through their mouths in a peculiar fashion by striking their mouths with the back of their hands. In temples of Vrindavan and Mathura, the celebration of Rangpanchmi is same like the festival of Holi.
The universe and human body is made of the five elements (elements- earth, light, water, sky, wind), the main objective of this festival is to activate five elements or panch – tatva. The festival invokes these five basic elements that helps to restore balance in life.
It is believed that the Holka Dahan on Holi festival purifies all the rajasic and tamasic particles, which are present in the atmosphere, with lot of positive energy. According to scriptures, this festival is symbolic of victory on rajasic guns and tamasic guns, which are the barrier to spiritual advancement. Rangpanchmi festival is associated with Holi festival, but it is not popular because it is a traditional festival and is limited to Maharashtra. Some people get confused between Rangpanchmi and Holi as both are celebrated with colours.
Happiness is state of mind. And also happiness is not complete until it is shared. Have you ever thought, what makes you feel good. What, is it that makes you, happy. The reason makes happy can be anything. Some of them could be- socializing, close relationship, prayer, shopping, eating, travelling, watching move, talking on phone etc. Whatsoever it may be, they are related to positive activity that leads to cheerfulness and enjoyment.
Stated below are the following sum factors which can help you to feel good always:-
• Trick you mind to believe that you are happy:-
Our thought influence our being, we are what, we think. Always think that you are better than fine, if you think you are happy, you will really be happy. Next time somebody asks you “ how are you?” “don’t say I am fine .“ “Say I am fantastic!” By during this you are making your mind believe, to feel good about yourself. This also help to enhance self-esteem.
• Be more social:-
One of the main factor to feel good is to have healthy relationship with self, family, friends, and society. In today’s time, it is very essential to have strong relations within the family, and outside with friends, it is equally important to have a figure number of friends an acquaintances . This large network of people also helps you to be more successful. Suppose you are in search of a new job, or you want to increase you business, or you in search of good life partner, networking will be a great help to you.
Ignoring or running away from facts does not change the fact, it is always better to accept the fact. It is always better to appropriately adopt with the situation. The journey of life is never smooth and therefore adjustment is not a onetime activity. Over a period of time due to various reasons, you may need to make different adjustment with different situation. Thus being passion, balance and alert can help you feel good even in difficult time.
• Leisure time:-
You feel better when you relax. It is very necessary to take a break from time consuming duties or activities. There are various ways people choose to relax, like gardening, writing, watching TV, singing, playing, meditating or nurturing a hobby, or helping someone etc. These activities refresh your mind and body.
Sleep is also a state of rest for mind and body. Adequate amount of sleep is essential for a happy living.
All these above mentioned activities and sleep helps to relive the stress.
Few steps to feel good.
1. Drink lot of water– Not drinking enough water can make you dehydrated, which in turn can make you tired and not function as well.
2. Exercise- This helps you to enhance your mood and aid with happiness, self-esteem, proper sleep etc.
3. Take walks- If you live close to the store, walk instead of drive. Walk in your lunch break.
4. Yoga- Yoga helps to manage stress, improves breathing, heals body.
5. Put on some music and dance- This will release happy brain chemicals from exercise and it’s fun.
6. Sing- Singing especially group singing creates a feeling of bonding and community.
7. Help others- Philanthropy is about using your time, energy, money to help others. It provides you with a sense of perspective and a sense of purpose.
Change is Inevitable
Everything in universe works in perfect hormone and is in slow with life, the different seasons (beautifully aligned in a sequence) teach us how to accept and let go of things in life. Trees are a classic example of how they are exporter in letting go things. Every year they shade all their leave, and are ready to welcome new leaves, fruit and flowers.
To elaborate further, whenever there is something better is ready to come in our life, we go through a change. Just like a small seed, turn into small plant and then becomes huge tree, so do we, go through particular changes and grow up. Thus, we experience and evolution in nature and in us, these changes are not only in our physical being, but also in the time and people in our life.
Some times in our life become or some people come in your life for a reason, a season or a life time. When somebody is in your life for a reason it is usually, to help you or assist you or guide and support you. They are there in your life, only till you need them. Then at one time these people they will walk away without any wrong doing. It almost feel like God had specially sent these people for a particular role in your life, and one set role is over they go away. For an example- you have a job where people were not good with you, and had to leave that job. But this made you realize that you deserve better job. Learning from this could make you more- strong, confident, and self- respect.
When people come in your life for a season it is because they come to teach you something, it is your time to share grow and learn, may be they teach you to do something, that you have never done before. They give you joy and enrich you experiences, but it only for a season. For an example – A widow woman, suffering from cancer. She had no body in her family, she was staying alone fighting with dieses. All of sudden her far of relative were migrated from aboard and came to stay with her, looked after her at the end of her journey, and she could die peacefully.
Life time relationship teach your life time lesson, they teach you to build a sold emotional foundation. Your job is to accept the lesson, love the people and put what you have learnt to use in all other relationships and areas of your life.
Significance of Holi
Holi is festival of colors- Faith, Hope & Love.
Holi is mainly Hindu festival celebrated in India but it is also celebrated in other parts of the world . This festival welcomes the spring season. It is celebrated in the end of the February or starting of March, Phaguna month as per Hindu calendar the full moon day. It is celebrated for two days. The first day is fire holi or Holika dahan, people gather to pray and perform religious rituals in front of bonfire. And on the second day of holi people play with colors, water balloons and guns are filled with colors. Also color powder is thrown on each other, people also laugh, gossip, share delicacies food and drink Bhang (marijuana). It is the festival of colors and sweets, love sharing festival.
Good over Evil
It is celebrated in the honour of Hindu God Vishnu. The Prahlada son of demon king Hiranyakashipu, was devotee of Lord Vishnu, father wanted everyone to worship him as only God but his own son disagreed him. The king made Prahlada’s life miserable by giving him many punishments and also tried to kill him, but he was saved by Lord Vishnu. One day king called his sister Holika , she had a magical robe, which has the power to save the wearer from the fire, he asked his sister and son to sit on fire. As the fire roared, the robe flew from Holika and encased Prahlada. Holika was burned and Prahlada was saved. It proved that one cannot harm the person who has God as his savior. The day is called Holi after the name of Holika and it makes the Victory of good over evil. The burning of Holika has spiritual meaning, on this occasion, people put seeds (sheafs) of grain in fire, it signify that if the grains are burnt, they do not serve as seeds to grow a crop. It means if our actions are burnt into the fire of devotion, meditation, yoga, prayer, then they will not give rise to vicious actions and, then, there will be no rebirth (crop) of sufferings.
Festival of Love
Lord Krishna is worshiped eighth Avatar of Lord Vishnu, grew up in the Braj region of India. In Braj this festival is celebrated in remembrance of the divine love of Radha for Krishna. It is said that when Lord Krishna was baby and demon Putana poisoned him with her breast milk and Shree Krishna had become dark blue skin color. Radha and other ladies of Braj liked Lord Krishna because of his skin color, and situation became bad and impossible to deal with. His mother asked him to color Radha’s face of any color, he wanted and fromthat day Radha and Krishna become a couple of eternal Love.
Shiva and Shakti
Holi is also linked to Lord Shiva when he was in deep meditation, and Parvati wanted to bring Shiva into the world, She asked Kama devta to help him, and he shoots arrows at shiva, in turn Shiva, opened his third eye and burnt him. Rati wifeof Kamadevta became upset and worshiped for 40 days to forgive her husband. Lord shiva restores the Kamadevta the God of Love on the 40th day which is called Vasant Panchami is also celebrated as festival of holi.
It is called forgive and forget day, so people get together and enjoy. It is true, Faith makes everything possible, hope makes everything work & Love makes everything beautiful.
Mind is defined in different ways by people. It is not an organ in the body, but it is a powerful tool in human body. Definition of mind as per oxford dictionary “The element of a person that enables them to be aware of the world and their experiences, to think, and to feel, the faculty of consciousness and thought. A lot of thoughts run through my mind everyday.
Man is always in search of happiness, the mind is only instrument available to him. The mind can be a tremendous help, but it can also be a great barrier. The mind could be your friend or foe. A positive mind is your friend and mind with negative and evil thoughts is your foe. The function of the mind is to think, which is conditioned by the background of memory.
Even the greatest thinker can never know where he was before he came in this birth or where he would go after death. Even the greatest scientist does not know what life is, who is making our pulse beat, what is in other person’s mind and what will come in his mind in next moment.
The function of the mind is to think and to know, thinking is a sort of mental aberration, a form of a sickness of mind sometimes and sometimes it is productive, helpful. A perfect and healthy mind is devoid of thoughts and such a mind is free from all problems. There are two types of problems 1) Genuine 2) Created by the mind. People waste their time and energy in fighting problems created by the mind which rob them of their peace and happiness in life. Whereas a healthy, sorted mind plays a big role fighting for a genuine problem. What is important is to live in the deep earnestness with inner sincerity and to remain always frank, open and receptive, without any resistance of the mind.
Materialistic minded people think of money, business and success all the time. And religious minded people think of self-realisation, helping others. And too much clever and cunning people have been responsible for the erosion of spiritual and moral values in life. How can love and affection go together with cleverness and cunning? When one is solely concerned with one’s own ambitions and achievements, even if he wants to be religious, he is forced to become callous, brutal, inhuman and intolerant.
Man become intellectually brilliant, skilful and efficient by educating himself, but it does not help him to sharpen the feeling of the heart and to develop his kindness and consideration for others. From childhood, people spend a great deal of their time in developing their mind through different means. But they seldom do for the development of their heart which is essential for a happy and harmonious life.
How true is the saying that a good heart is better than all the heads put together? When a person has true love and affection for others, he will not compete against them for his own success by depriving them of their chances. When one has all-embracing love and boundless compassion, his only ambition will be to go beyond all ambitions.
The world which we see with our mind and react against in various ways can be changed only by bringing about a real change in the structure of the mind itself so that we may have a totally different approach and outlook to deal with the world and its problems. This is the most effective tool to deal with the people around.
But such a transformation will not come by mere change on the surface or by giving up certain old values, ideas and ideologies, but by persistent quest, constant knocking on the door of consciousness.
Laxmi is the Goddess Continue reading “Laxmi”
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 –“ Ashta Lakshmi”
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.
Here are some hints or suggestions:-
1. Always be aware of your thoughts. “As you think so you become”. Every time a thought approaches you, push it out of your mind. An effective way of pushing out a thought is to slap or pinch yourself the moment an undesirable thought enters your mind. Or else say to yourself wrong number, as we receive any wrong phone call.
2. As you sow, so shall you reap. Therefore, be aware of every little thing that you do. Everything has its effect so be aware of your own karmas. Everyday spend sometime in silence. Preferably at the same time and at the same place. As children go to school at same time and in a same class room. By sitting in a silence, go over all that you did during the earlier in whole day i.e. twenty four hours. If you think first of what you did a little while ago, then of what you did a little while earlier, and so on. You will surely find that there were things which you did but, which you should not have done as there are things which you did not do but should have done – many errors of commission and omission. Repent for them all and pray to the Lord for wisdom and strength never to do similar things again.
3. “As the company so the colour” so take care of your company the people with whom you associate. If you move in the company of holy ones, something of their holiness will penetrate your life and fill you with holy aspirations and vibrations. Hence the value of company of a holy man.
4. Develop the spirit of detachment. Attend to your duties and be inwardly detached, knowing that nothing, nobody belongs to you,you are only an actor and also a spectator, in the ever unfolding, cosmic drama of life. You must do your duty, in doing so, you will sow the right kind of karma.
5. Grow from more to more, in the spirit of surrender to God, “Not my will, but Thy will be done, O Lord” repeat the divine name and pray with a sincere heart that you may rise above the dwandas(conflict). The pairs of opposites, above pleasure and pain loss and gain for it is only then that suffering will not be able to touch us and we shall be at peace with ourselves and with those around us.
6. Do as much good as you can, in as many ways as you can. Help as many as you can to lift the load on the rough road of life. The day on which we have not helped a brother here, a sister there, a bird here, an animal there is a lost day, indeed.
7. Believe that the effects of karma can be mitigated through namajapa. In any case the suffering can be reduced, because namajapa acts as a sort of chloroform. It is like going through an operation. The surgeon puts you under anaesthetic and you come out of the operation without felling acute pain. Evil karma can be mitigated or lessened by Namajapa and selfless service (Nishkamseva) to those that suffer and are in pain.
8.Keep watch on your body organs. As tortoise uses his organs as and when required, otherwise keeps them under control. Keep Watch on your eyes for what it sees , ears what they hear, tongue what it speaks, hands what they do, feet where they go, mind what it thinks. How many of us live in this consciousness ?
9. Surrender yourself to God. As a child surrenders and trusts his mother.
10. Count your blessings and appreciate God for every little thing. For everything repeat Thank you God, Thank you God, Thank you God.