498. Try to be a Rainbow in someone else’s cloud

In our life we might have set some goals to achieve. Even after sincere efforts, we may not be able to achieve a goal. At the same time, someone close to us, may try to achieve the same goal. We may be in a position to help him/her to achieve it.  By our help, they can achieve that goal. This is known as being a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.

No matter how it happens, we can all appreciate that life’s moments are not always filled with sunshine. We have not failed in life as we could not achieve that goal. Goad has chosen us for helping someone else for achieving the same goal. We should be happy about it.  We should understand  that each person we come across is fighting a battle we know nothing about. Whether it is internally or externally, every person we meet is dealing with something that is challenging for him/her.

It is really a blessing for being a rainbow  to others and we offer ourselves to them. When we have no belief left in ourselves, sometimes we need somebody else to provide that belief. Sometimes we need a rainbow in a cloud of our own. When we are longing for something and if it is not possible to achieve, God will send a rainbow to us, for fulfilling our desire.

Everyone, not just you, has bad days. Days that are filled with oppressive clouds where the person just can’t see their way out of the darkness. These days, weeks or months may seem unbearable to live through. That is where the rainbow comes in. A rainbow can make the darkest days brighter. You may see a rainbow after a storm passes and no matter how bad the storm was you have a sense of peace that the outcome of it is a beautiful rainbow. You can be someone’s rainbow. Simple as that.

Let us try to be a rainbow for someone else atleast once in our lifetime.

 

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497. Jwalamukhi

In Himachal Pradesh State of India, many important places are situated. One such place is a Shakthi Peetha known as Jwalamukhi.  The tourists whoever visit Himachal Pradesh will definitely visit this place.  Jwalamukhi is a famous temple dedicated to the Goddess  Durga, another name for Jwalamukhi. She is  the deity of flaming face.

     Raja Bhumi Chand  of  Kangra, a great devotee of Goddess  Durga,  dreamt of the sacred place and the Raja set people to find out the whereabouts of the site. The site was traced and the Raja built a temple at that location.  The building is modern with a gilt dome and pinnacles, and possesses a beautiful folding door of silver plates. Under the gaze of the  Dhauladhar mountain range and set amidst the undulating hills that character sub-Himalayan Himachal Sathi’s tongue is believed to have fallen at Jwalamukhi and the goddess is manifest as tiny flames that burn a flawless blue through fissures in the age old rock. Nobody knows how the flame comes.

The temple located on a small spur on the Dharamshala-Shimla road at a distance of about 20 km from the Jwalamukhi Road Railway Station attracts hundreds of thousands of pilgrims every year. No idol is located in the temple and the deity is worshipped in the form of flames which come out from the crevices of the rock. There is a small platform in front of the temple and a big mandap where a huge brass bell presented by the King of Nepal is hung. Usually milk and water are offered and the ahutis or oblations are offered to the sacred flames in the pit, situated in the centre of the temple in between the floor pillars supporting the roof.

The temple also has a mystic Yantra or diagram of the goddess, which is covered with, shawls and ornaments. The puja in the temple goes on almost the whole day with the aarti being performed five times in a day, and the havan once.

Please visit this temple atleast once in your lifetime.

496. American Culture Values

I had been to America thrice from India. I noticed some unique culture values which Americans had.  I was motivated by their independent nature. Every human being respect other’s individuality.  They give way to others privacy and own space. In India, whoever we meet may try to interfere in all our personal matters and they also think that there is nothing wrong in that attitude, as they care for them.

Americans are very proud of being self-reliant, or being able to take care of themselves, and they tend to think others should be self-reliant as well. When someone reaches a goal, that is typically seen as the result of his or her own hard work.  The recommendation does not enter  into the official career.  The children leave home at early  age to look after themselves.

Elders in particular typically need more peace and quiet and may not want to be disturbed. Nobody can start to gossip with them.  This means they often tell you what they think and they will be assertive about what they want. Being assertive is generally seen as a good thing in America. They won’t talk something keeping in mind. They are more expressive.

Americans like to believe the idea that all people should have equal opportunities.  Men and women should be treated equally, and men are not viewed as better than women.   When greeting someone, Americans tend to say, “Hi” or, “Hello.”  Americans can be competitive and often work hard to achieve their goals. Competition often leads Americans to be very busy. Many Americans view competition is a good thing. They value time and efficiency very much.

Really, the above qualities captured my mind and I also wish to follow them.

495.Role of women in changing generations

We know very well that the role of women is very important in all generations.  In the very old days, women took a lead role in the society. After that, gradually women were kept in houses with the remarks that they are fit for household works only and men only can take care of worldly affairs. Now, women started to realise their capability.

Women’s role has changed at an accelerating rate. Now, women have entered in all the tough fields, equal to men.  Women’s impact is due to the fact that they are getting educated sincerely. The women’s rights movement is a good example of how women have come across very strongly, fighting for their political, social and economical status.

In our grandmother period, women were getting married at young age and the married women are not allowed to study in school or college. Next, in our mother period, women got the opportunity to study in school  and some had the chance to study in college also. Some women worked as teachers, nurses and in Government offices. In our generation, women were allowed to study in Engineering and medical colleges. Some more professions are allotted to women. The next generation has come and sky is the limit for them. They can do anything and everything they like.

The gender myth of old where men work and do the hard labour or women stay at home and raise children is becoming a thing of the past. Women have entered in all fields and proved they are fit for all works. The world is changing everyday, every minute, and even every second. Significant generational differences occurred on attitude items relating to sharing of child care, parent care, and household tasks by men and women. Men of present generation are willing to accept this change.

So, even if the role of women in the society has changed in generations, they didnot forget their duty. They discharge it efficiently and smartly. Let us congratulate all women for their duty-consciousness.

494. Vedic Mathematics

The youngsters of today need a computer even for doing a simple arithmetic calculation. The old generation were doing everything in memory. Our ancestors have several easy ways to remember many things.

Vedic Mathematics is a system of mathematics which was discovered by Indian mathematician Jagadguru Shri Bharathi Krishna Tirthaji in the period between A.D. 1911 and 1918.  Vedic Mathematics is a collection of Techniques/Sutras to solve mathematical arithmetics in easy and faster way. It consists of 16 Sutras (Formulae) and 13 sub-sutras (Sub Formulae) which can be used for problems involved in arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, conics.

Vedic Maths is a system of reasoning and mathematical working based on ancient Indian teachings called Veda. It is fast, efficient and easy to learn and use. Vedic mathematics, which simplifies arithmetic and algebraic operations), has increasingly found acceptance the world over. Experts suggest that it could be a handy tool for those who need to solve mathematical problems faster by the day.

Benefits of Vedic Mathematics :  It eradicates fear of Math completely. So, If you have Math-Phobia,  High Speed Vedic Math is a Fun-Filled way to do Math and arises interest in you. Many people have experienced much improved academic performance in school and instant results. It sharpens your mind, increases mental agility and intelligence. It increases your speed and accuracy. You will become a mental calculator yourself. It improves memory and boosts self confidence. It cultivates an interest in you for numbers. It develops your left and right sides of your brain hence using intuition and innovation. It has been noted that Geniuses have been using the right side of the brain to achieve exceptional results.

Let is make the young generation to learn Vedic Mathematics and reap its benefits.

 

493. Maruthamalai Murugan

The Coimbatorians are very proud to live in Coimbatore, as Marudhamalai Murugan is there. Lord Muruga temple at Marudhamalai was built in 12th century. It is known as Seventh House of Lord Muruga. As many other murugan temples, it is also situated upon a hillock, part of Western Ghats, about 15 Kms west of the Coimbatore city.  We have to climb about 50 steps to reach the temple. The Devasthanam Bus is also available to take us to the top.

Many health-concious people wish to settle in Vadavalli, Marudhamalai areas to visit the Lord Murugan often and also the pure air & serene atmosphere calm the body.  Many small mandapams are on the way for relaxing on the way, to reach the temple.  At the foothills, where the steps to the temple begin, is the Thaan Thondri Vinayakar Temple. The 18th step above the Vinayakar Temple is another significant spot because those, who are unable to make it to Sabarimala find praying at this place equally gratifying.

Another important deity is Idumban.  High above these are the Paambaatti Siddhar Cave, Uchchi Pillaiyar Temple and Pancha Vriksham that convey a lot about the hoariness of Marudhamalai.  Many devotees have contributed for the proper maintenance of the temple, clearing the hilly route for devotees to climb up easily, building resting houses, providing lights on the path to the temple and so on.

 The major  festivals  are celebrated in the temple are Chithra Pournami, Vaigasi Visagam, Aadi Krithigal, Thai Pusam, Aippasi Sashti and Thiru Karthigai.  Please visit Marudhamalai Murugan and get His blessings. 

 

492. Karthigai Deepam

     Karthigai Deepam is a Hindu festival which is celebrated mainly by Tamil Hindus and synonymous with lights. The day of Karthigai Deepam is fixed based on Tamil Solar Calendar and falls in the month of Karthikai (between November and December) when Karthigai Nakshathra prevails. This is also the time when Karthigai Nakshatra coincides with Pournami, the full moon day in the month of Karthikai and observed in most Hindu homes and temples.

Lord  Shiva appeared as an endless flame of light before Lord  Vishnu and Lord Brahma, who each considered himself supreme and said that the matter could be tested if the two could search for Lord Shiva’s Head and Feet. Lord Vishnu took the form of a Varaha  and delved deep into the earth, Lord Brahma that of a Swan and flew towards the skies. Lord Vishnu failed in his search and returned. But Lord Brahma, chancing upon a piece of  Thazambu, a flower, learnt from it that it had been floating down for thirty thousand years from Lord Shiva’s head. He seized upon this and claimed to Lord Shiva that he had seen the other’s top. Lord Siva realized the falsehood and pronounced that there would never be a temple for Lord Brahma in this world. He also interdicted the use of the flower Thazhambu in his worship. Lord Shiva appeared as a flame, this day is called Maha Karthigai Deepam.

This day is celebrated grandly in Thiruvannamalai. Hindu people respect and have complete faith on Lord Shiva. They consider him as the protector of the world and pray to him at all times. They have a strong faith that HE will see to all their sorrows and will take great care of them. He will try to fulfill all the desires of the humans coming to him with prayers. Sri Annamalaiar Hill is considered as Lord Shiva’s great presence in Thiruvannamalai. People believe that the huge light lit during 5 pm will make people close with Lord Shiva on Karthigai Deepam. Lord Shiva will shed all his blessings during this special time of the year. He is rigidly worshipped during this time. Great care is taken to light the huge fire in this place. People gather around the place and call in the name of Shiva to put an end to all the troubles and bring in peace in every life.

Karthigai is essentially a festival of lamps. The lighted lamp is considered an auspicious symbol. It is believed to ward off evil forces and usher in prosperity and joy. While the lighted lamp is important for all Hindu rituals and festivals, it is indispensable for Karthigai.   The wick in the lamp symbolizes our ego, the oil in the lamp denotes our inborn nature that cultures the ego and the flame signifies the spiritual wisdom that can inflame the ego  by burning out the innate behavior. Therefore, the lighting of the lamps represents the victory of good over evil. On  Karthigai Deepam, people light lamps in their houses to usher in prosperity and auspiciousness in their lives and ward off negativities and evil forces. Let us also worship the God, by lighting lamps in our houses.

491. Self-Worth

Self-worth is a feeling that you are a good person having all good qualities and who deserves to be treated with respect.  Many people think that they are greater than others and their self-worth is much more than others.  Our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are intimately tied into how we view our worthiness and value as human beings.

The act of competing with others can help us feel like we have impressive good achievements under our belt, which then makes us feel proud of ourselves and enhances our acceptance of ourselves. Our ability, effort and performance helps us to measure our self-worth. Self-worth is determined mostly by our self-evaluated abilities and our performance in one or more activities that we deem valuable.

People compare their self-worth with others by comparing the factors like appearance, smile, behavior,  income, material possession, the kind of attention they get from others, social circle, importance, influence,  career and achievement. But, in reality, are the above factors only decide one person’s self-worth. His qualities like kindness, love towards others and the quality of fogiving others only decide self-worth of a person.

How can we improve our self-worth? We have to concentrate on improving self-esteem, boosting self-confidence, building a healthy self-image and developing courage to face our problems.  Self-worth is an internal state of being that comes from self-understanding and self-love. Our self-worth will increase when we have unshakable faith in ourselves.

 

 

490. Madhwanama mahimai

We all know the mahimai of Vayu Devaru. Madhwanama speaks the glory of His three incarnations in Kannada.  It is one of the famous works of Sripadarayaru.  He has infused this sthothra with pristine bhakthi and gyana. So, in terms of spiritual content and value, it is worthy of adoration and worship.

Sripadarayaru is revered by all religions. The Madhwas consider him as their guru. It is believed that he was an Amsam of Dhruva.  His contributions to Dwaitha, Haridasa Sahithya are remarkable. In this potent work of “Madhwanama”,  Sripadarayaru has captured the essence of Hari Vayu Sthuthi.  The incidents related to Hanuma in Ramayana and Bhima in Mahabharatha are described in Madhwanama.

     Since Sri Hari Vayu Sthuthi was in Sanskrit, he decided to write on the same subject in Kannada. Thus was born the Madhwanama. The Sri Hari Vayu Sthuthi and Madhwanama are sung in all the Madhwa households even today and they best represent in a concise manner the greatness of Hari. As Dhruva, he perhaps had the best credentials to wrote about God whom he had meditated upon, seen and even been blessed.

     There should be a meaning for our life in this world. Madhwanama helps us to recite hari nama.  It improves our thinking process. We get power of speech, good thinking, relief from diseases, freedom from mental stress and get relief from bondages, by saying and listening to Madhvanama.

 

 

 

 

 

489. Pancharathna Suladigalu

Vijaya dasaru was born in Chekalaparvi of Manwi Taluk, Raichur district. He went to Kashi for studies. One day in his dreams Purandara Vitala appeared, initiated him into order of dasas and gave him ankita ‘Vijaya Vitala’.  He is affectionately called Dasa Shreshta, for his personality, knowledge and the brilliant disciples he left behind.

     The contribution of Shri Vijaya Dasaru in particular to Suladi form of Sahithya is very immense.  He is popularly known as “Suladi Dasaru“. Five Suladis are very popular.  They are called Sri Vijayadasara Pancharathna suladigalu.

  1. Sri Narasimha Devaru Suladi
  2. Sri Durgadevi Suladi
  3.  Sri Mukyaprana Devaru Suladi
  4. Sri Kapila Devaru Suladi
  5. Sri Dhanvanthri Suladi.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   The suladis were a form of poetry that was introduced in this world by the Haridasa of Karnataka. The word Suladi comes from the Sanskrit word Sudha, which means Gita. The Suladi is a composition rather very similar to the gita, another musical genre, in its arrangement and its musical structure.

    In a Suladi, each section is independent by itself. The pallavi is not sung at the conclusion of each section in a Suladi. In Suladis, some sections are sung in different tempos. The suladi starts in Malavagaula and ends with Sriraga. The other ragas used in between are Daruva, Matya, Rupaka, Jhampa, Trivida, Ata and Eka.

    All the suladis of Haridasas have mythological, spiritual and religious themes.  The followers of Madhwa sampradhaya should listen, sing and understand the Suladis.