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Happy HOLI ....!!!!

Posted by Jeevan ॐ Mirthu Gupt on March 26, 2013 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)


Happy Chinese New Year 2013 ....

Posted by Jeevan ॐ Mirthu Gupt on February 9, 2013 at 2:05 AM Comments comments (0)


Fromwhat I read online long time back, China, in 1995, enjoyed a very successfulyear. The economy continued to grow, however, the excessively rapid rate ofgrowth of recent years was brought under control and the rate of inflation wasreduced substantially.Ivisited Beijing in 2007. Like everyone else, i took the tour to the Great Wallof China, the Forbidden City, the Tiananmen Square, the Summer Palace and theLama Temple. As we all know, China possesses the great ancient civilization. Tosee it with my eyes, it added astonishing feels, breathtaking and inspiring.

 

1Chinese Yuan coin, minted in 1995 is Nickel plated Steel, weight of 6.1g, 25mmin diameter. I got this coin from the trip to The Lama Temple. To me it's acoin minted in the prosperous year of China. It's the coin of wealth and luckwhich i'd like to share the blessings to you all.

 

Wishing you a very happy Snake Year :)


By: Petra I.

http://petra-antique-shop.blogspot.com



East Meets West: La Bible dans L'Inde ....

Posted by Jeevan ॐ Mirthu Gupt on December 13, 2012 at 11:05 PM Comments comments (0)



In the year 1869 a Frenchman ... Louis Jacolliot ...

who had been a chief judge in Chandernagore, West Bengal ....

A former colony of French India ...

Wrote a book named ... "La Bible dans I’Inde" ...

In French, which was translated the following year into English ...


Jacolliot had said ...


“Land of ancient India

Cradle of humanity ... Hail !!! 

Revered Motherland ...

Whom centuries of brutal invasions ...

Have not yet buried ...

Under the dust of oblivision ... Hail !!!

Fatherland of Faith ...

Of love ...

Of poetry And of Science ...

May we hail a revival of thy past ...

In our Western future !!!


-Louis Jacolliot

Human Rights: Through The Vedic Tradition ....

Posted by Jeevan ॐ Mirthu Gupt on December 10, 2012 at 10:50 PM Comments comments (0)



Vedas believe in brotherhood of man and fatherhood of God ...

According to Vedic philosophy ... All men of the earth are brothers to one another ... God is the kind Father of all ...


In the eyes of the Lord none is superior or inferior ...

He treats all alike bestowing divine bliss and benediction on all ...

Irrespective of caste ... Colour and Creed ...


Vedic religion is based on universal brotherhood ...

The philosophy of Vedas revolves round fraternity ...

And equality of all men of the Globe ...

All men have equal rights on the earth ...

All belong to Nature and Nature belongs to all ...


If Nature is kind to all ...

Why should men hate one another on the pretext of difference of religion ?

Holy Vedas ... therefore ... emphatically urge all men of the earth ...

To love one another from the core of their hearts ...



---Beth Ksanti Amado Uzeda


HAPPY DIWALI...!!!!

Posted by Jeevan ॐ Mirthu Gupt on November 13, 2012 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)


Come out into the universe of Light ...

Everything in the universe is yours ...

Stretch out your arms and embrace it with love !!!


~Swami Vivekananda


May the light that radiates from the center of my heart ...

The "eternal" and infinite source of creation ...

Be extended as a "gift" of pure divine love to shower you ... Your beloved ones ...

During this auspicious and benevolent occassion of Diwali ...

May lights guide and light your path in life and beyond ...

And create a safe haven eternally enshrouding you with Bliss ...


- Beth Ksanti Amado Uzeda





Happy Navratri & Durga Puja....

Posted by Jeevan ॐ Mirthu Gupt on October 16, 2012 at 11:10 PM Comments comments (0)

 



     Navratri means "As we take nine months in our mother's womb, before we are

born, we take these nine days to go back to our source. These nine days are to be

spent in meditation, satsangs, silence and knowledge."


 

     In Bengal, Mahalaya (Bengali: মহালয়া) marks the beginning of Durga Puja

festivities.  Mahalaya is the day when the goddess Durga is believed to have

descended to Earth.  People in West Bengal, traditionally wake up early in the

morning on Mahalaya to recite hymns from the Devi Mahatmyam (Chandi) scripture. 

Offerings to the ancestors are made in homes and at puja mandaps.  Goddess

Durga has finally been awakened with the morning song of Mahalaya .  It is

symbolically seen that Goddess Durga awakens to fight back darkness and slay the

devil wrecking havoc on Earth.



Happy Raksha Bandhan...

Posted by Jeevan ॐ Mirthu Gupt on August 3, 2012 at 8:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Brother is a precious gift of a sister from GOD




Lord Ramacandra's Nrisimha-Panchamrita

Posted by Jeevan ॐ Mirthu Gupt on July 23, 2012 at 1:30 AM Comments comments (0)



ahobalam narasimham gatva ramah pratapavan

namaskutya sri nrisimham astaushit kamala patim

 

(The glorious Rama once visited Ahobala where He saw the Deity of Lord Nrisimha. He offered His obeisances to Lord Kamalapati (husband of the Goddess of Fortune) and prayed as follows:


1. Govinda keshava janardana vasudeva

vishvesha-vishva madhusudana vishvarupa

shri padmanabha purushottama pushkaraksha

narayanachyuta nrisimho namo namaste

 

O Govinda, Keshava, Janardana, Vasudeva, Vishvesha (the controller of the universe), Vishva, Madhusudana, Vishvarupa, Sri Padmanabha, Purushottama, Pushkaraksha, Narayana, Achyuta. O Lord Narasimha I offer my respectful obeisances unto You again and again.

 

 


2. Devah samastah khalu gopi mukhyaha

gandharva vidyadhara kinnarash cha

yat pada-mulam satatam namanti

tam narasimham sharanam gato shmi

 

I have taken shelter of Lord Nrisimha unto whose lotus feet demigods, prominent yogis, gandharvas, vidyadharas and kinnaras are constantly offering their obeisances.

 

 


3. Vedan samastan khalu shastragarbhan

vidyam balam kirtimatim cha lakshmim

yasya prasadat purusha labhante

tam narasimham sharanam gato shmi

 

I have taken shelter of Lord Nrisimha by whose mercy people receive all the Vedas, the essence of all scriptures, knowledge, strength, reputation and wealth.

 

 


4. Brahma shivas tvam purushottamash cha

narayano ‘shau marutam patish cha

chandrarka vayvagni marud-ganash cha

tvam eva tam tvam shatatam nato’shmi

 

You are Lord Brahma, Lord Shiva and the best person Lord Narayana. You are the master of the Marutas and You are the sun, the moon, air and the fire as well as the Marut-ganas. I offer my obeisances unto You.

 

 


5. Snapne’pi nitya jagatam ashesam

srashta cha hanta vibhura prabheyaha

trata tvam eka strividho vibinnaha

tam tvam nrisimham satatam nato’smi

 

I offer my obeisances unto Lord Nrisimha who is the creator, the maintainer and the destroyer of the entire universe. Although You perform all of these three acts simultaneously, You are completely beyond these activities. You are the all-pervading, unlimited supreme spirit.

 

 


Iti stutva raghushreshthaha

pujayamasa tam harim

pushpa vrishtih papatashu

tasya devasya murdhani

 

Praying this way, the best of the Raghus, Lord Ramacandra worshipped Lord Hari. At that time the demigods showered a rain of flowers on the head of Lord Nrisimhadeva.

 

 


Raghavena kutam stotram

panchamrita manuktamam

pathanti ye dvijavaraha

tesham svargastu shashvataha

 

This is the best of prayers, called pancamrita or five nectars compiled by Lord Rama Himself. One who reads this will be liberated eternally.



(These prayers are from the 47th chapter of the Harivamsa Purana which narrates the story of Lord Ramacandra’s visit to the holy place of Ahobalam to see the Deity of Nrisimha, where Lord Nrisimha appeared and saved His devotee Prahlada.)


Source:- http://templodenrsimhadeva.blogspot.com

 


Love & Better Halves...

Posted by Jeevan ॐ Mirthu Gupt on April 1, 2012 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (0)





When Philanthropy & Fashion Comes Together....

Posted by Jeevan ॐ Mirthu Gupt on November 20, 2011 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)

MONTE CARLO, Monaco - Daniela Hantuchova's passions for charity and fashion come together in her new calendar, and now's your chance to help out a great cause. Read on as the Slovak star writes about the whole experience...


Hello everyone :) I hope you're all doing well.


     Starting today my calendar is available on Tennis Warehouse. It's the second year I've done this and just like last year, it was a lot of fun. We did it in Monte Carlo, where I live, and the whole team involved in the photo shoot was great and so professional. We all knew it was for a great cause, too.


     The House Of The Smile in Cambodia is something I have been supporting for a long time now. We're treating kids who are HIV positive - we're currently taking care of 120 kids. We supply them with all the doctors and medications they need. The improvement we've seen in their health the last few years has been incredible and keeps us motivated to work even harder and help as much as we can. We're trying to make as much of a difference in their lives as possible.


     This all started for me a few years ago. My brother's girlfriend was already doing something in Cambodia, then me and my brother - who is very successful in his business - talked about how we've been so lucky in our lives, and that we really wanted to start giving back. So it all just fell into place really...


     People in general - including tennis players - often complain about little things, like the hard work, the travelling... but if they came and saw these children for two weeks I think they would change their minds about it all. Helping these children means more than any tennis trophy in the world. These children are what keep me going. I'm trying to do as much for them as I can.


     It's so easy to find the motivation now, on and off the court. And I'm still very motivated in my tennis career. As long as I'm enjoying it, there's no reason at all to stop. I still have so many things I want to achieve in my career.


     Thanks for reading everybody and have a good weekend! And hopefully you enjoy the calendar - not just for what it is, but for what it can do.


                                                                                                  Love,

                                                                                                           Dani.


Order your copy of Daniela's 2012 calendar from Tennis Warehouse now!


Source:- WTA Tennis Player Blogs.

 


Valmiki Jayanti...

Posted by Jeevan ॐ Mirthu Gupt on October 12, 2011 at 5:40 AM Comments comments (0)


     Sri Valimiki jayanti is the appearance day celebrations of Maharishi Valmiki, the author of the famous Hindu Epic, Ramayana.  It falls on the full moon day of the month of Ashwin (September – October).  In 2011, Valmiki jayanti is on Tuesday, 11th October. 


On the day of Valmiki jayanti, devotees of Lord Rama pay special gratitude to Shri Valmiki for his unparalleled contribution of writing the Ramayana.  He is glorified for his staunch devotion to Lord Shri Rama.  The temples dedicated to Shri Rama are thronged with devotees where Valmiki Ramayana is read with great devotion.


By: Peaceful Soul.





 


FESTIVAL: Sharad Purnima...

Posted by Jeevan ॐ Mirthu Gupt on October 12, 2011 at 5:15 AM Comments comments (0)


     The Sharad Purnima is a harvest festival which is celebrated in Ashvin (One of the Indian Calendar months), generally in September or October.  It is also known as Kojaagari Purnima, Kumar Purnima, Kaumundi Festival, Sharath Purnima or Rasa Purnima.  The festival is celebrated differently across India by the Hindus.

 


     On this day Lord Sri Krishna fulfilled the desire of Gopis of Vrindavan by dancing with them.  That’s why the day is also called as Raas Lila day or Raas Leela Diwas.  It is also believed that Goddess Lakshmi was born on the occasion of Sharad Purnima, and anyone who worship on this night and observe fast will be blessed with prosperity and wealth by Lakshmi.

 


     There is also a belief that on this night Goddess Laksmi visits many places and ask for “Kojagari” which means “Who is awake” and those persons who are awake are blessed by her.


By: Peaceful Soul.




 


FESTIVAL: Saraswathi Pooja...

Posted by Jeevan ॐ Mirthu Gupt on October 5, 2011 at 4:25 AM Comments comments (0)


     Saraswati Puja is an important part of the Navaratri festival for Hindus, especially in South India.  Sarasvati Puja is observed at different times in different parts of India.  The last three days of Navratri is dedicated to Goddess Saraswathi in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala.

 


     In the above picture,The image of Goddess Saraswati depicts her sitting on a vehicle that symbolizes her supreme power.  The white swan of Saraswati symbolizes Satwa Guna (purity and discrimination),  Saraswati is shown possessing four hands and plays "Veena", an Indian string musical instrument.

 

     Saraswati Puja is celebrated with great enthusiasm and Hindu temples and households are full of activity on this day.  This is also a special day for school children as they observe it with great reverence.  This is because she is represented in Hindu Mythology as the Goddess of Knowledge, Music, Arts, Science, etc.


Festival: ONAM...

Posted by Jeevan ॐ Mirthu Gupt on September 9, 2011 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (0)



     Onam is the biggest and the most important festival in the Indian state of Kerala.  It is a harvest festival and is celebrated with joy and enthusiasm all over the state by people of all communities.  

 


     Onam is celebrated in the beginning of the month of Chingam, the first month of Malayalam Calendar (Kollavarsham).  This corresponds with the month of August-September according to Gregorian Calendar.

 


     Carnival of Onam lasts from four to ten days.  First day, Atham and tenth day, Thiruonam are most important of all.  Popularity and presentation of rich culture of the state during the carnival made Onam the National Festival of Kerala in 1961.  Elaborate feasts, folk songs, elegant dances, energetic games, elephants, boats and flowers all are a part of the dynamic festival of Onam.


     According to the popular legend, the festival is celebrated to welcome King Mahabali, whose spirit is said to visit Kerala at the time of Onam.   Story goes that , a long long time ago, the Asura (demon) king called Mahabali ruled Kerala.  He was a wise, benevolent and judicious ruler and beloved by his subjects.  Soon his fame as an able king began to spread far and wide, but when he extended his rule to the heavens and the netherworld, the Gods felt challenged and began to fear his growing powers. 


     Presuming that he might become over-powerful, Aditi, the mother of Devas, pleaded with Lord Vishnu to curtail Mahabali's powers.  Vishnu transformed himself into a dwarf called Vamana and approached Mahabali while he was performing a yajna(prayer) and asked for alms(favor). Pleased with the dwarf brahmin's wisdom, Mahabali granted him a wish. The Emperor's preceptor, Sukracharya warned him against making the gift, for he realized that the seeker was no ordinary person. But the Emperor's kingly ego was boosted to think that God had asked him for a favor. So he firmly declared that there is no greater sin than going back on one's promise.


     Mahabali kept his word & Vamana asked for a simple gift — three paces of land — and the king agreed to it.   Vishnu in the guise of Vamana then increased his stature and with the first step covered the sky, blotting out the stars, and with the second, straddled the netherworld. Realising that Vamana's third step will destroy the earth, Mahabali offered his head as the last step.


     Vamana's fatal third step pushed him to the netherworld, but before banishing him to the underworld, he granted Mahabali a boon.  Since he was attached to his kingdom and his people, he was allowed to return once a year from exile.  Onam is the celebration that marks the homecoming of King Mahabali.  It is the day when a grateful Kerala pays a glorious tribute to the memory of this benign king who gave his all for his subjects.

 


 

     It is this visit of Mahabali that is celebrated as Onam every year. People make all efforts to celebrate the festival in a grand way and impress upon their dear King that they are happy and wish him well.

 


     Government of India has taken due notice of this vibrant and colorful festival.  So, the Indian Government promotes Onam internationally in a big way and celebrates 'Tourist Week' for Kerala during Onam celebrations. Thousands of domestic and foreign tourists visit Kerala to be a part of Onam.


P.S.  I would like to thank  my friend, Sivasankari, for this well written summary on the festival of Onam & I have also borrowed some lines from the below source....


http://hinduism.about.com/od/festivalsholidays/a/Onam-Legends.htm


Festival: "EID & RAMADAN..."

Posted by Jeevan ॐ Mirthu Gupt on August 31, 2011 at 9:40 PM Comments comments (0)

    


     Eid Mubarak(Eid), is a Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting (sawm).   Eid is an Arabic word meaning "festivity," while Fiṭr means "breaking the fast". The holiday celebrates the conclusion of the thirty days of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the entire month of Ramadan. The first day of Eid, therefore, falls on the first day of the month Shawwal (According to the Muslim Calendar).


 

     During the blessed month of Ramadan, Muslims all over the world abstain from food, drink, and other physical needs & desires during the daylight hours.  As a time to purify the soul, refocus attention on God, and practice self-sacrifice, Ramadan is much more than just not eating and drinking.

 


     Muslims are called upon to use this month to re-evaluate their lives in light of Islamic guidance.  It is a time to make peace with those who have wronged us, strengthen ties with family and friends, do away with bad habits -- essentially to clean up our lives, our thoughts, and our feelings.

 

The Arabic word for "fasting" (sawm) literally means "to refrain" - and it means not only refraining from food and drink, but from evil actions, thoughts, and words.

 


During Ramadan, every part of the body must be restrained:-

 


(1)  The tongue must be restrained from backbiting and gossip.

(2)  The eyes must restrain themselves from looking at unlawful things.

(3)  The hand must not touch or take anything that does not belong to it.

(4)  The ears must refrain from listening to idle talk or obscene words. The feet must refrain from going to sinful places. In such a way, every part of the body observes the fast.

 


     Therefore, fasting is not merely physical, but is rather the total commitment of the person's body and soul to the spirit of the fast.

 


     Ramadan is a time to practice self-restraint; a time to cleanse the body and soul from impurities and re-focus one's self on the worship of God.



 




Festival: VINAYAKA CHATURTHI...

Posted by Jeevan ॐ Mirthu Gupt on August 31, 2011 at 8:55 PM Comments comments (0)

 

 


     "Vinayaka Chaturthi" or "Ganesh Chaturthi" is the festival that celebrates the birthday of the Hindu Diety, Lord Ganesha in India.

 


     This year the festival is celebrated on 1st September 2011 in Maharashtra and most North Indian States.  Its also a very famous festival  in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Tamilnadu, Karnataka and Goa.

 


     Vinayaka Chaturthi festival is observed in the Hindu calendar month of Bhadra.  It starts on Shukla Chaturthi and ends with Ananta Chaturdashi(According to the Indian Astrology). Lord Vinayaka(Ganesha) is the son of Shiva and Parvati.

 


 

     Vinayaka Chaturthi Festival is usually celebrated with clay Idol of Lord Vinayagar, which is made 2-3 months prior of Vinayaka Chaturthi.  The Vinayagar Idols are installed in home and street corners and are used for Pooja(prayers).Vinayagar idol is anointed with sandal paste for the poojas.

 


 

     On the 11th day of the festival, Vinayagar idols are carried throughout the streets in a procession with dance and songs to be eventually immersed in sea/river/well at the end of the festival processions.

 


     The elephant headed deity, Ganesha is highly regarded as the Supreme God of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune, among Hindus in India. According to the believers, praying to Lord Ganesh during the festival will bring good luck and prosperity for the family.




 

 


Festival: "JANMASHTAMI..."

Posted by Jeevan ॐ Mirthu Gupt on August 22, 2011 at 11:45 PM Comments comments (0)



     Janmashtami also known as Gokulashtami marks the celebration of the birth of Lord Sri Krishna. Sri Krishna was born in the 'Rohini' nakshatram (star) to King Vasudeva and Devaki Devi on the eighth day of the dark fortnight in the month of Sravana. This festival is also known as Sri Krishna Jayanti and Krishnashtmi. The actual day of celebration can be on two different days as the star 'Rohini' and Ashtami may not be on the same day. These days correspond to the August and September months on the Gregorian calendar.

 


     Sri Krishna is considered as the eighth avatar (incarnation) of Lord Vishnu's, (one of three major Hindu Gods) on earth. He is considered to be the Lord's most glorious incarnations. It is said that his remembrance true heart brings extreme joy and pleasure because Sri Krishna himself was a manifestation of joy at all levels and in all walks of life. No other God in the Hindu pantheon, or for that matter in any other religion, is associated with so many romantic tales and so fully radiating with all the divine attributes as Sri Krishna.

 


     Since Sri Krishna lived in luxury throughout his life, Sri Krishna Jayanti is celebrated with pomp and splendor. Plenty of sweets are made on this day. Among these are laddus (yellu oonde), chakli, cheedai, payasam (kheer), and so on. In addition, plenty of milk products especially butter, which was Sri Krishna's favorite childhood food, is given in offerings. A wide variety of fruits are also offered. The most common sweets made laddus and payasam.

 


 

     The life and message of Sri Krishna is the most stirring saga of one of the greatest saviour and profounder of Dharma. Born in the dungeons of Kansa who was out to kill him at the very moment of his birth, Sri Krishna's life is replete with many such mortal dangers which he successfully triumphs over. He was the unchallenged hero of his times both in terms of his bodily prowess and his intellectual brilliance.

 


     Sri Krishna Jayanti, therefore, signifies not merely the birth of a great and Divine teacher of mankind in some distant past but the lighting of the spark of the Divine Power in every one of us, which spurs us on to play our dynamic part in this world of practical and hard realities with a sense of high spiritual purpose. Krishna represents the total power of attraction (Aakarshna Shakti) like a magnet of infinite rise. Hence Krishna is the source of joy.


Source:- http://festivals.iloveindia.com/janmashtmi/



 


  


Archangels

Posted by Joyan Tharakan on June 2, 2011 at 9:42 AM Comments comments (0)

Roman Catholic:

In Roman Catholicism, three are honoured by name:

St. Michael

St. Gabriel

St. Raphael (Tobit 3:17, 12:15)

Pope St. Gregory the Great in a sermon gave the names of the other four:

Uriel who is named in 2 Esdras,

Phanuel, (Orfiel, Ophaniel)

Zarachiel (Saraqael) who were both named in the Book of Enoch

Simiel (Proclaimer of God).

Eastern Orthododox:

Eastern Orthodox Tradition mentions "thousands of archangels; however, only seven archangels are mainly venerated by name, but there is an eighth one sometimes mentioned. 

1.Michael

in the Hebrew language means "Who is like unto God?" or "Who is equal to God?" St. Michael has been depicted from earliest Christian times as a commander, who holds in his right hand a spear with which he attacks Lucifer/Satan, and in his left hand a green palm branch. At the top of the spear there is a linen ribbon with a red cross. The Archangel Michael is especially considered to be the Guardian of the Orthodox Faith and a fighter against heresies.

2.Gabriel

means "Man of God" or "Might of God." He is the herald of the mysteries of God, especially the Incarnation of God and all other mysteries related to it. He is depicted as follows: In his right hand, he holds a lantern with a lighted taper inside, and in his left hand, a mirror of green jasper. The mirror signifies the wisdom of God as a hidden mystery.

3.Raphael

means "God's healing" or "God the Healer" (Tobit 3:17, 12:15). Raphael is depicted leading Tobit (who is carrying a fish caught in the Tigris) with his right hand, and holding a physician's alabaster jar in his left hand.

4.Uriel

means "Fire of God," or "Light of God" (III Esdras 3:1, 5:20). He is depicted holding a sword against the Persians in his right hand, and a flame in his left.

5.Sealtiel

means "Intercessor of God" (III Esdras 5:16). He is depicted with his face and eyes lowered, holding his hands on his bosom in prayer.

6.Jegudiel

means "Glorifier of God." He is depicted bearing a golden wreath in his right hand and a triple-thonged whip in his left hand.

7.Barachiel

means "Blessing of God." He is depicted holding a white rose in his hand against his breast.

8.Jeremiel

means "God's exaltation." He is venerated as an inspirer and awakener of exalted thoughts that raise a person toward God (III Ezra 4:36).( As an eighth, he is sometimes included as archangel.)


Angelology

Posted by Joyan Tharakan on May 27, 2011 at 1:58 PM Comments comments (2)

Angelology is a complex subject that has been studied for millennia. The tradition is shared Judeo-Christian, Islamic and Hermetic traditions, developed from much older traditions of the ancient Egyptians, Chaledeans, Babylonians, and Zoroastrians. All of them agree that different groups, or choirs of angels are arranged hierarchically. It's also in the same manner of the Tree of life of the Kabbalah.

~Francis Melville

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