Devoteess, Jai Mata Di, Let me prepare for a record breaking length of October 2016 newsletter as compared to all of my previous ones. But Bhakto this monthis my MOTHER’S NAVRATRI and I had to prepare special one to let you know everything on NAVRATRI. This month have so many important Hindu festivals and I thought I must write about them. They are-
SHARAD NAVRATRI
DURGA ASHTAMI
KARWA CHAUTH
AHOI ASHTMI
SHARAD PURNIMA
DHAN TERAS
NARAK CHATURDASHI or CHOTI DIWALI
THE GREAT FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS DIWALI
GOVARDHAN / ANNKUT PUJA AND GUJARATI NEW YEAR.
along with Pradosh, Ekadshi & other regular monthly religious days.

Please take your time and read it in pieces spending few minutes every day. I promise it will keep you entertained and provide loads of information.
I hope you will enjoy the same way as I have enjoyed it by compiling it and preparing specially for you.
Please do not forget to provide feed back or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me at parbhatsood@gmail.com or call at 905-738-2323 I wish you all the best for a peacful, happy and healthy Diwali and to my Gujarati friends – Saal Mubarik.
JAI MATA DI

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In this issue (OCT 2016)
  1. Invitation to attend Navratri Puja (Videos)
  2. Feedback
  3. October 2016 – Religious & Other events
  4. Read of the month – Sadhguru 1) Navratri – Making Use of Nature’s Support  2)  The benefits of being volunteer
  5. Temple Indoor and Outdoor events (Oct 2016)
  6. Your October month 2016 astrological forecast
  7. Temple Upcoming & Ongoing activities
  8. Temple Photo Album
  9. Hinduism News & Views (English)
  10. Book Review – Rearming Hinduism
  11. Health News & Videos.
  12. Spiritual Humour
  13. Hinduism News & Views (HIndi)
  14. Spiritual Videos
  15. Live Video Streaming of Temple programs – daily Live streaming of Temple programs – daily.
  16. Doobay Medical Centre – Annandale

1. INVITATION TO ATTEND – NAVRATRI PUJA & GARBA NIGHT from OCT 1-10

Navratri Day 1 Vishnu Mandir Richmond Hill Ontario Canada

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Navratri Day 2 Vishnu Mandir Richmond Hill Ontario Canada

NAVRATRI PUJA VIDEO AT VISHNU MANDIR (CLICK TO PLAY)

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3. October 2016 Religious & other events 

Oct 1 Sat – First Navratri puja & Devi chowki starts at 6 pm,
Oct 2- Sun – Gandhi Jayanti, Morning regular puja at 10 am Second Navratra puja at 6 pm followed by Garba
Oct 3 Mon – Third Navratra puja at 6 pm followed by garba
Oct 4 Tue – Fourth Navratari puja at 6 Pm followed by Garba
Oct 5 Wed – Fifth Navratri Puja at 6pm followed by Garba.
Oct 6 Thu – Fifth Navratra puja continues on the second day from 6 pm follwed by garba.
Oct 7 Fri – SIxth navratri puja at 6 pm followed by garba
Oct 8 – Sat – Seventh Navratri puja at 6 pm followed by Chowki
Oct 9 – Sun – Durga Ahtami – Morning at 10 am & evening at 6 PM followed by Garba
Oct 10 Monday – Mahanavmi & Dussehra
Oct 12 Wednesday – Papakunsh Ekadashi
Oct 15 Saturday – Sharad purnima, Purnima vrat & special Garba at the temple at 2 pm
Oct 18 Tuesday – Karwa Chauth- puja from 3 pm onwards
Oct 22 Saturday – Ahoi Ashtami (no program at the temple)
Oct 25 Tuesday – Rama Ekadashi
Oct 27 – Thursday – Pradosh Puja (call for time) & Dhan teras puja
Oct 28 Friday – Narak Chaturdashi
Oct 29 Saturday – Diwali (amavas starts at 11:10 am)
Oct 30 Sunday – Jalaram satsang (amavas ends at 13:38 am)
Oct 31  Monday – Govardhan/Annakut Puja – Gujarati New year- saal Mubarik

For more info. on time etc please call: Vishnu Mandir 905-886-1724

NAVRATRI SPECIAL

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Significance of Navratri

Navratri’ means the ‘nine nights’. ‘Nava’ means ‘nine’, and ‘ratri’ means ‘night’.

Nights provide rest and rejuvenation. At night you turn inward (you sleep) and you feel refreshed and rested in the morning. In the same way, Navratri or the Nine Nights is that time (of the year) when you turn inward towards your source. It is the time of the year to spend with yourself, nurturing and rejuvenating yourself through prayers, chants, meditation, fasting, and other spiritual practices, and coming out feeling refreshed, renewed and creative.

This is the significance and the true spirit of Navratri.

Navratri is celebrated to glorify the spirit in us. The spirit in us alone can destroy all negative qualities (inertia, pride, obsession, cravings, aversions, etc). By turning inward during Navratri, and getting in touch with the spirit within, we can overcome these negative tendencies and invoke the position qualities that are within us, thus feeling elevated and renewed.

Navratri is traditionally celebrated at the beginning of autumn every year, when everything in nature starts undergoing transformation. These nine nights are said to be precious as there are subtle energies in the creation that are enriched at this time of the year. These energies enhance and assist the experience of going inwards, making prayer, chanting and other spiritual practices more fruitful.There are 64 divine mother impulses which govern the subtle creation. These are responsible for restoring all earthly and spiritual benefits. They are simply part of one’s awakened consciousness. These nine nights are celebrated to rekindle those divine impulses and celebrate the innermost depth of our lives.. 
– As said by Sri Sri The Art of Living Founder


What to do during Navratri?

 

Navaratri when literally translated to English means nine nights. Night is the time for relaxation and rejuvenation of the mind and the body. If we don’t rest at night, it becomes hard to carry on with our activities the next day, isn’t it? Similarly, Navratri is the resting time for the spirit in you. It is the time when you withdraw yourself from all sense activities (eating, talking, watching, touching, listening, smelling), and rest in yourself. This withdrawal from all sense activities takes you deeper within yourself which is the actual source of bliss, joy and enthusiasm in our lives.

Most of us don’t get to experience this because we are constantly engaged in some activity or another. We are constantly engaged with the mind. Navratri is the time to withdraw from the mind, and rest in the spirit, or soul. It’s the time to feel your soul!

So this Navratri, take the opportunity to transition from the gross material world to the subtle spiritual world. To put it simply, take some time off from your day-to-day activities and entanglements and focus on yourself. Think of your origin, of who you are and where you have come from. Go within, and rest in the remembrance of the love of the Divine Mother.

We are connected to this universe, to some power that makes this whole creation happen. This power is filled with love. The whole creation is filled with love. Navratri is the time for you to realize that you are loved, and rest in this feeling of love. When you do this, you come out feeling stronger, wiser, rejuvenated, refreshed and harmonious.

The way to feel your soul

Now, the way to transition to the spiritual world, or make the journey to the inner self is through Silence, Fasting, Chanting, and Meditation.

Silence and Navratri

Silence: What stops you from experiencing inner peace is your mind thinking about this or that. Keeping silence for some time can help bring rest to the chattering mind. When the mind is quiet, you experience such deep rest, peace, and clarity. This in turn enhances your ability to express yourself much better. So take out some time to observe silence, as it is one of the ways to clean the mind.

With silence, the mind becomes sharper, you become more aware of what you are speaking, and your intuition also becomes stronger.

Everything we see in this world is made up of energy. From the rays of the sun to the flowing rivers, from buzzing mobile phones to silent pacemakers – energy is present everywhere. As Newton’s law rightly states, energy can neither be created nor destroyed; it can only be converted from one form to another. But what is the source of this energy? What powers all objects, animate and inanimate, to exude energy, every single moment?

According to Hinduism, the Mother Divine or Devi is the source of all energy. Due to this attribute, she is also referred to as Shakti, which literally translates to power or energy. The Mother Divine powers everything in this existence and sustains it. And Navratri is nothing but a means to honor and worship the Devi for our very existence.

Like a child who grows in the mother’s womb for nine months, the nine nights of Navratri offer us a chance to go back to our source to rest and rejuvenate. But here, resting not only implies absence of physical activity but mental activity too. The constant clamor in the mind drains us and doesn’t allow us to experience deep state of rest.

The world is full of energy – energy that can be used to recharge ourselves. To tap into this vast reservoir of energy, we simply need to attune ourselves properly. When the mind is still, it draws energy from its surroundings, and expands. This leads to increased awareness, a calm state of mind, and better productivity. And, spiritual practices such as meditation and fasting are ways to attune to such a state of mind.

While meditation and fasting help calm down the mind and reduce mental chatter, silence is what really enhances the experience. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar says that silence not only purifies our speech but also develops our skills. Further, being in silence lets the mind settle down and turn its focus completely inwards, thus letting you dive further inside.

However, silence is not only about refraining from speaking but has a bigger dimension to it. In a nutshell, silence can be divided into three different types:

  • When one does not speak to anybody

  • When the mind is not interested in the things around but is just focused inwards

  • When there is total oneness and contentment

In the first type of silence, we conserve our energy by not speaking out and avoiding use of gestures. In the second type, we go one step further and abstain from indulging in sensory pleasures. Every time we indulge in a sensory pleasure, the mind is active and feeding on the activity. So to rest the mind, sensory pleasures are avoided. Another notch up is the third type of silence where we don’t feel the need for anything and are at peace and contentment with everything around us. This enables the mind to become still and come back to its source.

You think celebration is only in noise, and silence is only mourning. When people are celebrating, they make too much noise and when people are silent, they simply mourn. Somebody died, or someone is in a horrible situation, then they keep silent. Our celebration is totally different, our silence is completely opposite. This is being joyful and yet keeping silence. That is how joy gets its depth, and silence in its true sense becomes a dominating force in our life. So this silence is not that silence of sadness, and the celebration is not just very frivoling and superficial. For celebration to get depth, you need silence. For silence to manifest in its total glory, you need celebration.
- As said by Sri Sri The Art of Living Founder

As Navratri draws closer, make a conscious effort to keep silent as much as possible and see the difference for yourself. While the Mother Divine is being honored, give yourself a chance to soak in her real power and take a glimpse at the eternal divine energy of the Devi.

Fasting is done to detoxify the body. Specific food has a specific effect on the body, and also the quantity of food consumed affects the body. Fasting is done to cleanse the body by eating the right kind of food in the right quantity.

The body and the mind are very intimately connected. So when the body is purified through fasting, the mind is also purified. And a pure mind is calm and peaceful. So this Navratri, fast with a little bit of fruit and water, or small quantities of easily digestible food to keep the body light and you will see the difference it makes to your mind.

Meditation: Meditation takes you deep into your own being. It helps you transcend the mind and go beyond it. It is the pathway to feel your soul. So this Navratri, make it a point to meditate every day.

Meditation also makes your body strong, health better, mind clear, and your emotions become softer and positive. It also improves your intuitive ability, improves your vibrations, and brings positive energy around you. And if you do meditation in a group, it becomes a Yagna. When done in a group, the benefits are multiplied as the group consciousness has the power to elevate you faster.

Chanting: Mantras are sounds that are charged with energy. Most words have energy associated with them. If someone insults you with a word that is not very pleasant, it has an effect on your mind. And when someone praises you and calls you beautiful, or kind, that uplifts something in you.

Mantras are very ancient sounds that carry a deep and transformational energy with them. And since the same Mantras have been used for thousands of years, these sounds have gained much power.


our day to day lives, we get so caught up in different activities, and there are all kinds of noises that are constantly going on in our minds, such as bickering, judgments, etc. Navratri is a time to overcome these tendencies and unite with the source


.Understanding Devi

The energy, which is the womb of the entire creation, which has given birth to all that is,is called Devi, or Divine Mother. Everything in this creation, your body, mind, intellect, ego; the physical and subtle energies, are all the manifestation of the one energy into many different forms. And this one energy is called Devi.
That is why Mother Divine is also called Shakti which literally means energy.

If you have to lift your hand, it requires certain energy, certain strength for something to happen. So, this whole universe is governed by Shakti and tapping into this Shakti is what Navratri is all about. And Pooja (worship) and spiritual practices are a means of tapping into this Shakti. So during the nine nights of Navratri, the Devi is worshipped in all Her names and forms.

The divinity is everywhere but it is dormant, and Pooja is the process to awaken it.

~ Sri Sri  The Art of Living Founder

 

Durga, Lakshmi, Saraswati

During the nine nights and ten days of Navratri, the three forms of the Devi (Durga, Lakshmi, and Saraswati) are invoked.

Durga


The first three days of Navratri celebrate the Devi in the form of Durga. In the presence of Durga Shakti, negative forces fade away. She transforms negativity into positivity.

Durga is also referred to as ‘Jaya Durga’ or the one who brings victory.

  • Durga and the color red.

    Durga is associated with red. She is depicted as wearing a red saree. Red is color of dynamism – the ‘moving’ energy. You may be trained and skilled, but if you are not able to move things, people, and efforts in unison, then the results are delayed, and you can’t be effective. When you pray to Durga, she brings forth dynamism in you to make things move.

  • The Nav Durga

    The Nav Durga are the nine aspects of the Durga Shakti which act like a shield to ward off all negativities. When you have obstacles or mental blocks, just remembering these qualities of the Devi can remove your mental blocks. For people suffering from anxiety, self-doubt, fear, simply chanting the names of the Devi can elevate your consciousness and make you more centered, courageous and composed.

  • Mahishasuramardhini form of Durga

    The Devi Durga, in Her form as Mahishasuramardhini, is the destroyer of Mahisha. The word Mahisha means buffalo which is a symbol of laziness, lethargy, and inertia. These are the qualities which impede the spiritual and material progress of an individual. The Devi is a storehouse of positive energy and any trace of laziness or inertia dissolves in her very presence.

    LAKSHMI

     

  • The next three days of Navratri honor the Devi in the form of Lakshmi. Lakshmi is the goddess of wealth and prosperity. Wealth is a vital ingredient bestowed upon us for the maintenance and progress in our life. It is much more than just having money. It means abundance in knowledge, skills and talents. Lakshmi is the energy that manifests as the complete spiritual and material well-being of a person.

There are eight aspects to this divine energy that may be bestowed upon us:

Adi Lakshmi :Is the memory of the source. When we forget that we are part of the entire creation, we feel small and insecure. Adi Lakshmi is that aspect which connects us to our source, thus bringing strength and calmness to the mind.

Dhana Lakshmi :Is the aspect of material wealth.

Vidya Lakshmi:Is the aspect of knowledge, skills and talents.

Dhanya Lakshmi :Manifests as wealth in the form of food. It is said that we become what we eat. The right amount of food and right type of food, eaten at the right time and place, affects the body and mind positively.

Santana Lakshmi: Manifests as wealth in the form of progeny and creativity. People full of creativity, skills, and talents are bestowed with this aspect of Lakshmi.

At different stages in life, different aspects manifest in a person. For example, Dhairya Lakshmi may make a person courageous, but without Vijaya Lakshmi, one would not be victorious. So on the three days dedicated to Devi Lakshmi, we pray to the Divine Mother to bestow us with all these aspects of wealth.

Dhairya Lakshmi : Manifests as wealth in the form of courage.

Vijaya Lakshmi :Is the aspect that manifests as victory.

Bhagya Lakshmi: At different stages in life, different aspects manifest in a person. For example,
Dhairya Lakshmi may make a person courageous, but without Vijaya Lakshmi, one would not be victorious. So on the three days dedicated to Devi Lakshmi, we pray to the Divine Mother to bestow us with all these aspects of wealth.

 

SARASWATI

 

  • The final three days of Navratri are dedicated to Saraswati.

    Saraswati is the goddess of knowledge – the one who gives the essence (Saara) Self (Swa). She is often depicted as being seated on a rock. Knowledge, like a rock, is a steadfast support. It stays with us at all times.

  • Saraswati plays the veena, a musical instrument the mellifluous notes of which bring harmony and peace to the mind. Similarly, spiritual knowledge brings relaxation and celebration into one’s life.

    Her vehicle is a swan. It is said that if a mixture of milk and water is given to a swan, it will drink just the milk. This symbolizes the power of discrimination (viveka), using which we must take the positive from life and leave the negative.

    There are peacocks accompanying the Devi. A peacock dances and displays its glorious colors just before the rains, and not all the time. This energy of the divine gives one the ability to express the right knowledge in the right atmosphere, and at the right time.

    Devi Saraswati is the consciousness which vibrates with different types of learning. She is the source of spiritual light, remover of all ignorance and the source of knowledge.

    5 reasons why you should meditate during Navratri
     

    Navratri is a vibrant festival, known for its array of colors and gaiety. It is also associated with silence, with a strong focus on chanting shlokas, fasting, and prayers. Many people look at it as a time to turn inward through meditation.

    If you’re a meditator or looking at starting meditation, here are 5 reasons why should meditate during Navratri:

    1. During Navratri, the nature is in balance, so meditating at this time brings our body and mind into balance.

    During the summer solstice (when the Sun reaches its northernmost point of equator, marking the beginning of summer) and the winter solstice (the astronomical phenomenon marking the shortest day and the longest night of the year), the sun goes to extremes. But during Navratri, the sun is right in the middle. This helps to bring balance, and when the nature is in balance, meditation helps us to also get into that balance mode.

    2. If you have been wanting to meditate but have not with your practice, it’s a good time to start or restart.

    Sometimes we feel that we ought to have done so much meditation, but we just get the chance, or maybe we got too bogged down with life to take out time for meditation. You need not

    Navratri is the time where you can press the Ctrl+Alt+Delete button and make a new beginning. Vijaya Dashami is particularly the time to start off anything new. So, it doesn’t matter if you forgot to meditate or have not been able to yet, Navratri is the time to make a fresh beginning.

    3. The impact and fruits of your meditation are much more during the days of Navratri.

    It is believed that when we do any practice in a group, its benefits are multiplied and obtained faster. So, when everyone joins together and does meditation during Navratri, the group consciousness has the power to elevate you faster.

    4. The positive impact of your meditation gets carried over even long after Navratri is over.

    If you meditate for these nine days of the Navratri festival, its effect lingers on for more time. It’s like Immunization. You do it once but its effect lingers for much longer. The mantras, the chanting during Navratri, help us to get into a meditative state much more effectively. This rejuvenates us and the energy gets carried forward for many months.

    5. During Navratri, deep, restful meditations are inevitable.

    When you take a shower, you have to make an effort to get wet. However, in the rain, getting wet is inevitable. Similarly, meditating round the year normally takes a little effort to get started. But during Navratri, the environment is such that your meditation

     

    Quick Tip

    Want to get started with meditation?
    You can meditate on the chants, Devi Kavacham and Lakshmi Astotthara, once a day, for all the nine days of Navratri.
     


    Nav Durga

    The Mother Divine: Nav Durga

    The nine nights of Navratri celebrate and honor the nine different aspects of Mother Divine known as Nava Durga.

    Shailaputri

    The first among the Navadurgas is Shailaputri. Shaila means stone, and putri means daughter. Praying to this aspect of Mother Divine brings strength (like a stone). It brings commitment. When the mind is wavering, chanting the name of this Devi Shailaputri helps the mind to be centered and committed. It gives us strength, courage, and composure.

    Brahmacharini

    Brahmacharya means celibacy. Celibacy brings a lot of strength.

    Brahmacharya also has a higher meaning than just celibacy. Brahma means infinity and charya means moving. Put together, Brahmacharya means moving in infinity, which signifies knowing your vast nature. You are not just the body, you are like a glow of light. When this truth comes to your awareness, then you are in Brahmacharya.

    The more joyful you are, the less you feel the body. The more you are in the infinite consciousness, the less you feel the tension or the physical weight of the body – that is Brahmacharya.

    When we pray to this form of Mother Divine, we invoke the quality Brahmacharya. And our consciousness starts moving in the infinity, in our true nature. When we recognize our true nature, we become vast and powerful with a lot of vigor, valor and strength.

    Chandraghanta

    On the third day of Navratri, the Divine Mother is worshipped in the form of Chandraghanta. This form of Devi is depicted as wearing a bell-like ornament in the shape of the moon.

    The moon is connected with the mind, and the Ghanta (or the bell) is an instrument connected with alertness. The ringing of the bell brings the mind to the present moment. Just as the moon waxes and wanes, the mind also wavers. Chanting the name of this Devi brings the mind in our control with increased alertness.

    When the qualities of alertness and steadfastness arises, then the mind is like an adornment. Such a mind adds beauty to one’s nature. Chandraghanta represents this aspect of beauty in the mind. A beautiful mind is an adornment.

    Kushmanda

    Kushmanda means pumpkin. A pumpkin has many seeds and each seed contains the potential for many more pumpkins. This is representative of the creative power and its eternal nature. The whole creation is like a pumpkin. As Kushmanda, the Devi contains the entire creation within her. She is the Devi who can give you the highest prana (creative energy).

    Skandamata

    Skandamata is the mother of Skanda or Subramanya (Lord Karthikeya). She is depicted as riding a lion with the baby Skanda on her lap. This signifies courage and compassion. The lion signifies courage, while Mother Divine is the embodiment of compassion.

    Skanda is the skillful one. Often when one is very skillful, they tend to be arrogant. Most of very talented people have arrogance. But here the skill is combined with a humility that nurtures innocence.

    When we pray to this form of Mother Divine, we are bestowed with the qualities of skill along with innocence, and courage along with compassion.

    Kathyayini

    Kathyayini represents the nurturing aspect of the Divine Mother. She embodies the values of sharing and caring. Young girls pray to Devi Kathyayini for a good husband. Marriage comes with a sense of security, commitment, togetherness, team spirit and belongingness. She signifies the finer qualities of being in a relationship.

    The ultimate relationship is the union with oneself (soul).

    Kaalaratri

    Kaala is time. Time consumes everything in creation, and time is a witness to everything as well. Ratri means deep rest, absolute rest at the level of the body, mind and soul. Without rest, how can you be bright? Kaalaratri represents the deepest rest so that you can attain dynamism.

    Maha Gauri

    Gaura varna means white color. White represents purity. Purity comes out of innocence. Maha Gauri is the combination of brilliance and innocence. Gau also means knowledge. When we pray to Maha Gauri, she gives you the wisdom that is the elixir of life.

    Siddhidhatri

    Siddhidhatri is the one who gives all the siddhis. Siddhi means perfection. When you want something, and if before the want arises it is available to you, that is called Siddhi (when you receive before you even feel the need, and when you receive more than what you need). A sadhak or seeker will get many siddhis on the path. However, if you misuse or run behind them, they will be lost.

    Only when you are centered, you receive the true knowledge; one who knows never loses equanimity. The tradition of the Master is very important here. The sadhak should follow the footsteps of the parampara and move on the prescribed path of knowledge. Siddhidhatri fulfills all desires and bestows powers naturally. Perfection and enlightenment are the gifts of Siddhidhatri which are attained in the presence of the Master.


  • What do the Dusserah or Vijaydashami Celebrations Signify?

    What do the Dusserah or Vijaydashami

    After nine days of Navratri, the tenth day, which is celebrated as Dusserah or Vijayadashami signifies the victory of good over evil.

    On this day, we celebrate the victory of magnanimity over pettiness, of the big mind over the small mind.

    According to the Ramayana, Vijaydashami marks the day that Lord Rama defeated the demon king Ravana. The tenth day after Navratri also signifies the victory of Goddess Durga over the demon Mahishasura.

    Normally, when the mind is taken over by negative tendencies, we keep fighting with it. This is when we surrender it to the Divinity by saying, “I can’t fight with my own mind, so You take care of it and you show me the path”.

    This is what the nine days of Navratri signifies, i.e., the victory of the spiritual power, the higher self over pettiness and small things.

    There are many situations or states of mind, but generally you can categorize them into three kinds:

  • When there is craving or longing for worldly or spiritual experiences
  • When there is dullness. There is neither longing nor there is any interest in anything. A sense of inertia in our mind. You just go on with inertia. This situation can set now and then in life
  • When there is contentment, happiness and joy. The purpose of all this celebration is to move from inertia to joy; to move from longing to contentment.
  • There are those who do not even look at their mind, they just keep working. Then there are others who keep looking at their own mind all the time. Both are not good. Take the middle path. Take a look at the mind, once in a while but not all the time. Do you see what I’m saying? Otherwise you will become self-centred, thinking all the time, ‘What do I want?’ or ‘I am feeling like this’.

    Forget about how you feel. Feelings keep changing – one minute they are good, next minute they are not good, so what! Move with valour and courage. Winning over the small mind is Vijaya Dashami.

    In the small mind there is bickering, judgements and all kinds of noise that goes on. Navratri is a time to overcome these tendencies and unite with the source.


4. Read of the month -

Navratri – Making Use of Nature’s Support

Oct 1st the first day of Navratri, a celebration dedicated to the feminine nature of the Divine. Sadhguru speaks about the qualities which are associated with the different days of the festival and how they can be used for one’s spiritual wellbeing.

Navratri is dedicated to the feminine nature of the Divine. Durga, Lakshmi, and Saraswati are symbols of three dimensions of the feminine.

Sadhguru: Navratri is dedicated to the feminine nature of the Divine. Durga, Lakshmi, and Saraswati are symbols of three dimensions of the feminine. They also represent the three basic qualities of existence – tamas, rajas, and sattva. Tamas means inertia. Rajas means activity, passion. Sattva, in a way, is the breaking of boundaries, dissolution, melting and merging. Among the three celestial objects, with which the very making of our bodies is very deeply connected – the Earth, the Sun, and the Moon. Mother Earth is considered tamas, the Sun is rajas, the Moon is sattva.

Navratri is dedicated to the feminine nature of the Divine. Durga, Lakshmi, and Saraswati are symbols of three dimensions of the feminine.

Those who aspire for power, for immortality, for strength, will worship those forms of the feminine which are referred to as tamas, like Kali or Mother Earth. Those who aspire for wealth, for passion, for life and various other gifts that the material world has to offer, naturally aspire towards that form of the feminine which is referred to as Lakshmi or the Sun. Those who aspire for knowledge, knowing, and transcending the limitations of the mortal body, will aspire for that aspect of the feminine which is referred to as sattva – Saraswati is the representative of that – or the Moon.

Tamas is the nature of the Earth, and she is the one who gives birth. The gestation period that we spend in the womb is tamas; it is a state which is almost like hibernation, but we are growing. So tamas is the nature of the Earth and of your birth. You are sitting on the earth; you must just learn to simply be one with her. You are anyway a part of her. Only when she wishes she throws you out; when she wishes she sucks you back.

Making use of little-little supports that nature offers is good to make use of. Going on your own steam is not impossible, not many people made it, that’s all. So make use of these nine days. If you’re here for these nine days, please make use of it for what it is. You should spend some time with the Devi; it’ll be very good to do that in these nine days.

Navratri : Sadhguru explains the spiritual importance of the nine days

Navratri, also known as Durga Puja, is on and we are sure the devout among you must be celebrating the Hindu festival with full fervour. You know all about the nine forms of Goddess Durga and the various ways in which to celebrate the festival, including the food and the dancing in the form of Dandiya and Garba. But do you know the importance of the nine-day festival on a spiritual level?

Spiritual guru Sadhguru explains what Navratri means on a spiritual plane. “Navaratri is dedicated to the feminine nature of the Divine. Durga, Lakshmi, and Saraswati are symbols of the three dimensions of the feminine. They also represent the three basic qualities of existence — tamas, rajas, and sattva. Tamas means inertia, rajas means activity and passion. Sattva, in a way, is the breaking of boundaries, dissolution, melting and merging. Among the three celestial objects, with which the very making of our bodies is very deeply connected — the earth, the sun, and the moon. Mother Earth is considered tamas, the Sun is rajas, the Moon is sattva,” he says.

Love & Grace

Sadhguru

The Benefits of Volunteering

Think about the last time you volunteered your time and talents to an important effort or cause. How did it make you feel? With the busy lives we lead, just the thought of volunteering might seem overwhelming, but in reality it could be very beneficial. It’s easy to think about the positive impact that volunteers have on others, but we don’t often consider how rewarding it can be for a volunteer to reach out and make a difference in someone’s life. As we approach the summer solstice, put those many hours of daylight to good use. Here are five good reasons for seniors and caregivers alike to volunteer:

1. Find Meaning and Purpose at Any Age: Sharing what you’ve learned with others can be a rewarding opportunity to give back. It’s also an opportunity not relegated to the young. Between 2009 and 2011, the average national volunteer rate of older adults was 23.9% per year, as compared to baby boomers at 29.2% and young adults at 22.1%. Average older adult volunteer rates for states ranged from 17.4% to 39.3%. For older adults, a study showed that formal volunteering moderated the loss of a sense of purpose for those who had experienced the loss of major role identities, such as wage-earner and parent. Residents, and family members of residents, at Sunrise Senior Living volunteer through ongoing community service projects. At Sunrise, there are many family members who volunteer as ‘family buddies’ to give advice and encouragement to families of new residents in Reminiscence Memory Care Neighborhoods. They say that they receive satisfaction in knowing they are helping others and that sharing their own personal stories is therapeutic.

2. Experience Improved Health and Well-being: Many people who volunteer say that helping others gives them a good feeling inside, something that researchers call a “helpers high”. There seems to be an actual physical sensation that occurs when people help others that makes them experience greater energy and strength, less depression and increased feelings of self-worth, reports Psychology Today. Another survey of a large group of older adults showed that while those who received social support did not experience a marked improvement in health, those who gave support to others had lower mortality rates. That means that caregivers actually benefit the most when they help others.

3. Make New Friends and Improve Your Mind: Volunteering provides an opportunity for seniors and caregivers alike to increase their social engagement as well as their brain power. A study conducted by the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center showed that there was a link between higher levels of social connections and participation in social activities with better cognitive function.

4. Learn New Skills: It’s never too late to learn a new skill or develop a new hobby. Volunteering can open the door to new learning opportunities that you may have not previously considered or thought you were capable of doing. For example, I know someone at Sunrise that started as a volunteer who is now a memory care coordinator at a Sunrise community. Volunteering gave her the opportunity to discover just how much she loved working with the senior population and was a springboard to a fulfilling career where she has a positive impact on the quality of life of residents and their families every day.

5. Know That You Can Make a Powerful Difference: Regardless of your age or situation, you can also have a positive influence in someone’s life. The simple act of visiting with a resident in a retirement home or dementia care neighborhood, holding their hand or offering a listening ear may seem like a small thing, but is actually quite powerful because that simple act of caring brings them immeasurable comfort, joy and encouragement.

In addition, volunteering not only provides us with the opportunity to get involved in a cause that we are passionate about, but also provides the chance to look beyond our own circumstances and appreciate what others are experiencing. The difference that you’ll make in someone else’s life will make an even bigger difference in yours.

5. Temple – indoor/Outdoor events in Oct 2016
Prathamam Shailputri cha Dwitiyam Brahmacharini
Tritiyam Chandraghanteti Kushmaandeti Chaturthakam 
Panchamam Skandmaateti Shashtham Kaatyayneeti cha
Saptamam Kaalraatriti Mahagauriti Chaastamam
Navamam Sidhhidaatri cha Navdurgaah Prakeertitaah
 

OCT 1st – First Navratri on Sat Oct 1st – Devi Puja in the form of  Devi Shailputri – The first among the Navadurgas is Shailaputri. Shaila means stone, and putri means daughter. Praying to this aspect of Mother Divine brings strength (like a stone). It brings commitment. When the mind is wavering, chanting the name of this Devi Shailaputri helps the mind to be centered and committed. It gives us strength, courage, and composure. Also DEVI CHOWKI

Oct 2 – Second day of Devi puja in the form of Devi Brahmcharini at 6 pm  followed by garba –

Brahmacharya means celibacy. Celibacy brings a lot of strength.

Brahmacharya also has a higher meaning than just celibacy. Brahma means infinity and charya means moving. Put together, Brahmacharya means moving in infinity, which signifies knowing your vast nature. You are not just the body, you are like a glow of light. When this truth comes to your awareness, then you are in Brahmacharya.

The more joyful you are, the less you feel the body. The more you are in the infinite consciousness, the less you feel the tension or the physical weight of the body – that is Brahmacharya.

When we pray to this form of Mother Divine, we invoke the quality Brahmacharya. And our consciousness starts moving in the infinity, in our true nature. When we recognize our true nature, we become vast and powerful with a lot of vigor, valor and strength.

Oct 3 – Third day (Oct 3rd) Navratri puja in the form of Devi Chandarghanta at 6 pm followed by garba,-

On the third day of Navratri, the Divine Mother is worshipped in the form of Chandraghanta. This form of Devi is depicted as wearing a bell-like ornament in the shape of the moon.

The moon is connected with the mind, and the Ghanta (or the bell) is an instrument connected with alertness. The ringing of the bell brings the mind to the present moment. Just as the moon waxes and wanes, the mind also wavers. Chanting the name of this Devi brings the mind in our control with increased alertness.

When the qualities of alertness and steadfastness arises, then the mind is like an adornment. Such a mind adds beauty to one’s nature. Chandraghanta represents this aspect of beauty in the mind. A beautiful mind is an adornment.

Oct 4 – Fourth day devi puja in the form of Devi Kushmanda on Oct 4 at 6 pm followed by garba – Kushmanda means pumpkin. A pumpkin has many seeds and each seed contains the potential for many more pumpkins. This is representative of the creative power and its eternal nature. The whole creation is like a pumpkin. As Kushmanda, the Devi contains the entire creation within her. She is the Devi who can give you the highest prana (creative energy).

Oct 5 – 5th navratri in the form of Devi Skandmata Oct 5 at 6 PM followed by garba-

Skandamata is the mother of Skanda or Subramanya (Lord Karthikeya). She is depicted as riding a lion with the baby Skanda on her lap. This signifies courage and compassion. The lion signifies courage, while Mother Divine is the embodiment of compassion.

Skanda is the skillful one. Often when one is very skillful, they tend to be arrogant. Most of very talented people have arrogance. But here the skill is combined with a humility that nurtures innocence.

When we pray to this form of Mother Divine, we are bestowed with the qualities of skill along with innocence, and courage along with compassion.

Oct 6 – Fifth Navratra puja continues at 6 pm followed by garba.

Oct 7 – Sixth navratri devi puja is done in the form of Devi Kathyani on Oct 7th at 6 pm followed by garba.-

Kathyayini represents the nurturing aspect of the Divine Mother. She embodies the values of sharing and caring. Young girls pray to Devi Kathyayini for a good husband. Marriage comes with a sense of security, commitment, togetherness, team spirit and belongingness. She signifies the finer qualities of being in a relationship.

The ultimate relationship is the union with oneself (soul).

Goddess Chandraghanta is the married form the Goddess Parvati. After getting married to Lord Shiva Goddess Mahagauri started adorning her forehead with half Chandra and due to which Goddess Parvati was known as Goddess Chandraghanta.

Oct 8 – Seventh Navratri day puja is done in the form of Devi Kaalratri on Oct 8 at 6pm (please note no garba today) – Kaala is time. Time consumes everything in creation, and time is a witness to everything as well. Ratri means deep rest, absolute rest at the level of the body, mind and soul. Without rest, how can you be bright? Kaalaratri represents the deepest rest so that you can attain dynamism.. Also Mata Chowki.

Oct 9 – It is Durga Ashtmi day. Today she is worshipped in the form of Devi Mahagauri – Gaura varna means white color. White represents purity. Purity comes out of innocence. Maha Gauri is the combination of brilliance and innocence. Gau also means knowledge. When we pray to Maha Gauri, she gives you the wisdom that is the elixir of life.To destroy demon Mahishasura, Goddess Parvati took the form of Goddess Katyayani. It was the most violent form of Goddess Parvati. In this form Goddess Parvati is also known as Warrior Goddess. Chandi path at 7:15 am, Sunday service at 10 am and Ashtmai night puja at 6 pm

Oct 10 – Mahanavami day is on Mon Oct 10th at 6 pm followed by Garba. Today Devi is worshipped in the form of Devi Siddhidhatri –

Siddhidhatri is the one who gives all the siddhis. Siddhi means perfection. When you want something, and if before the want arises it is available to you, that is called Siddhi (when you receive before you even feel the need, and when you receive more than what you need). A sadhak or seeker will get many siddhis on the path. However, if you misuse or run behind them, they will be lost.

Only when you are centered, you receive the true knowledge; one who knows never loses equanimity. The tradition of the Master is very important here. The sadhak should follow the footsteps of the parampara and move on the prescribed path of knowledge. Siddhidhatri fulfills all desires and bestows powers naturally. Perfection and enlightenment are the gifts of Siddhidhatri which are attained in the presence of the Master.

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Other tyohars – 

  1. Tue Oct 18 – Karwa Chauth puja for ladies. Priests will be available to do puja from 3 pm onwards.
  2. Sat Oct 22 – Ahoi Ashtami
  3. Thu Oct 27 – Pradosh Puja & Vrat also Dhan teras -On Dhanteras, Lakshmi – the Goddess of wealth – is worshiped to provide prosperity and well being. It is also the day for celebrating wealth, as the word ‘Dhan’ literally means wealth and ‘Tera’ comes from the date 13t
  4. Narak Chaturdashi(also known as Naraka Nivaran Chaturdashi) is a Hindu festival, which falls on Chaturdashi (14th day) of the Krushna Paksha of the Ashvin month, which is the second day of the five-day-long festival of Diwali
  5. Diwali will be celebrated at the temple on Sat Oct 29 from 7 pm.Amavas starts at 11:10 am
  6. Sun Oct 30th – Jalaram Satsang from 4 pm
  7. Mon Oct 31st – Gujarati New year, Govardhan & Annakut Puja. Saal Mubarik to our Gujarati devotees.

 (During the month several events gets added & time can change, please check Vishnu Mandir website or call temple at 905-886-1724 for latest time & info)

 

6. YOUR HOROSCOPE FOR SEPTEMBER 2016

Aries October 2016 Horoscope Predictions: Pay Attention To Your Eating Habits And Stick To Routines

YOUR VIDEO HOROSCOPE (IN ENGLISH) JUST CLICK AND ENJOY (PROVIDED FOR ENTERTAINMENT)

Taurus October 2016 Horoscope Predictions: Prosperity Is Strong, Expect A Pay Raise Or A Bonus

Gemini October 2016 Horoscope Predictions: Work Ethics Remain Strong, Great Period For Job Seekers

Cancer October 2016 Horoscope Predictions: Family Circle Expands; This Means Nirvana For Cancerians

Leo October 2016 Horoscope Predictions: Creative Abilities Are Enhanced, Indulge In Your Passions

Virgo October 2016 Horoscope Predictions: Miracle Money Happens For You, Finance Guidance In Dreams

Libra October 2016 Horoscope Predictions: Get Responsible For Your Own Happiness, Do Things Your Way

Scorpio October 2016 Horoscope Predictions: Wealth Is A Great Romantic Turn On From 18th Onward

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Sagittarius October 2016 Horoscope Predictions: You Feel Healthy And Your Personality Enamors Others

Capricorn October 2016 Horoscope Predictions: You Are Honored For Charitable And Spiritual Activity

Aquarius October 2016 Horoscope Predictions: Venus Will Enhance Status And Success Of Family Members

Pisces October 2016 Horoscope Predictions: Detox Regimes Are Very Effective This Month

7. TEMPLE UPCOMING & ONGOING EVENTS

8. TEMPLE PHOTO ALBUM (SEPTEMBER 2016)
GANESH VISARJAN 2016 AT JACK DARLING PARK (MISSISSAUGA)

50′ HANUMAN STHAPNA – TALLEST HINDU STATUE IN NORTH AMERICA

PASSED AWAY IN SEPTEMBER 2016

Shri Ramesh Gupta (husband of Rani Gupta) passed away in September 2015.

Auntie Marie (mother of Cliff Rajkumar)also passed away in September 2015
9, HINDUISM NEWS & VIEWS (ENGLISH)

How Common Are Fake Rudrakshas?

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Addressing concerns about Hinduism’s most celebrated prayer bead

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HINDUISM TODAY’S CORRESPONDENT Rajiv Malik recently went on a short venture to collect rudrakshas from an array of local vendors in order to have them tested for authenticity. He purchased rudrakshas from various puja shops west of New Delhi and more from shops in Varanasi. For rudrakshas with fewer faces Rajiv paid around US$15, and more for those with higher face counts, for example $52 for a 11-faced rudraksha. He selected 19 beads of various face counts and qualities and brought them to the Indraprastha Gemological Laboratory (IGL) in New Delhi for testing. IGL tests not only rudrakshas, but diamonds and other gems as well.

The rudraksha has long been held sacred throughout India. The term is variously trans­lated as “Siva’s teardrops,” or “Eye of Rudra [Siva]” and refers to the third eye. According to legend, rudrakshas are Siva’s teardrops which fell to the Earth as He witnessed humanity’s self-created suffering. In another, they are tears of joy that He wept while emerging from meditation. The seeds thus represent the Lord’s compassionate blessings.

A rudraksha has segments, like those of a walnut or an orange, called faces. Most have five faces, neatly corresponding to Siva’s five powers of creation, preservation, dissolution, concealing grace and revealing grace. Those with more or fewer faces are rarer and hence more expensive. Being so common, a standard five-faced rudraksha costs very little. But beads with rare configurations, such 21 or more faces, can sell for thousands of dollars. Vendors abound, and unfortunately not every rudraksha sold is authentic. But the problem of fake beads is not as extensive as we had been led to believe.

Of the 19 seeds that we purchased and tested had tested at IGL, not a single one was flagged as fake. These included from three single-faced seeds, to one each of 2-faced to 11-faced seeds. This is good news for the average rudraksha purchaser, as it is at least anecdotal evidence that fake rudrakshas are less than common. We should note, however, that we did not test the most expensive seeds. Anyone seeking to spend thousands of dollars on a seed with a high face count, especially online, should consider buying only certified specimens.

When it comes down to it, faking seeds is not that easy. One method is to alter the apparent number of faces by carving additional lines into a regular rudraksha, creating more faces, or filling in lines to create fewer faces. Some fakes are carved from different woods or even plaster, and fakes with many faces—such as 21 or more—may be carved from betel nuts. This would likely not be economical but for the rarest forms.

We learned of various tests determining authenticity. The most infallible is to cut the seed open, but that destroys your rudraksha. Another common suggestion is the water test: It is thought that the average real rudraksha will sink, while other woods used in replicas will float. But is not always the case. A rudraksha picked while immature may rise to the surface. And apparently some rudraksha forgers add lead their beads.

A third test rumored to work is the copper coin test. The idea is that when a real rudraksha is placed between two copper coins or plates, the seed will rotate, or rotate in a certain direction. However when most any rounded object is put between two coins, it will at least move. Thus, there is little science to this test

There are twoimages reliable nondestructive techniques which IGL uses. The first is to examine the seed with a microscope, watching for alterations, such as glue or carving strokes. The second is to x-ray the seed. Each segment of a rudraksha contains a seed compartment. If the number of seed compartments shown by x-ray does not match the number of outward faces, it’s likely there has been tampering. If there are no compartments at all, then it is a complete fake.



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This School Replaced Detention With Meditation and the Results Are Impressive

If kids misbehave at school, they get punished-it’s a system we’ve all come to accept as normal. But now, Baltimore’s Robert W. Coleman Elementary School is trying to change the system by replacing detention with meditation.

Students who act out in class are sent to the “Mindful Moment Room” to calm down with breathing exercises that help them reflect on their mistakes. This space is was decorated with bright colors, plush purple pillows to sit on, and lamps. It’s about as far from forcing kids to sit quietly in an empty classroom with their peers as you could get.

Of course, misbehaving isn’t the only way for students to get involved with meditation. In partnership with the Holistic Life Foundation, the elementary school also hosts an after-school program called Holistic Me to teach its students mindfulness and yoga.

Apparently, the school has already seen a change in attitudes, which has caused other nearby schools to adopt the program, too. According to Upworthy, Robert W. Coleman Elementary didn’t issue a single suspension last year. On the Holistic Life Foundation’s testimonial page, students say the program has helped them focus during tests, avoid fighting with their peers, and even to keep calm around their parents.

Here’s how one 5th grader explains it:

Sometimes when I get mad I just breathe deep… I just, like I picture me being in a certain place I like, and I just thought I could overcome everybody and then I just stop being mad…I think of being a bigger person and doing something maybe a wise man would do… I think of something that a stronger, a mentally stronger person would do.


‘Mindful Moments’ Program Has High School Students Begin And End Each Day With Meditation

Many schools have experimented with incorporating mindfulness programs in their curriculums to boost focus and lower stress levels, but one Baltimore school is taking mindfulness a step further, making meditation a central part of the students’ everyday lives.

Patterson High School is looking to adopt mindfulness programs in their daily schedules. The Mindful Moment program, developed by the Holistic Life Foundation, is engaging the school’s faculty and students with a 15-minute yoga and mindfulness practice at the beginning and end of each day. The goal of the program is to help the students and teachers release stress and create focus for a better learning environment. A mindfulness room will also be available throughout the course of the day for student usage, as well as before and after school.

According to the Holistic Life Foundation (HLF), the high school currently hosts a number of at-risk students and has a four-year graduation rate of only 86 percent. Of the more than 1,100 students who attend, more than 60 percent of the students are absent at least 20 days per school year. The HLF program hopes to changes these statistics at Patterson and in other under-served communities.

Studies have shown that mindfulness in schools can fight burnout in teachers andreduce stress and increase happiness in students. Practicing mindfulness has also been linked to increased brain activity in the regions associated with positive emotions
 


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83-Year-Old Woman Opts For Ritual Suicide In West Bengal

Sohini Devi Duggar, 83, has opted for ritual suicide or Santhara in West Bengal. 

West Bengal:  83-year-old Sohini Devi Duggar, who was diagnosed with terminal cancer of the throat last year, has opted to undertake the Jain practice of Santhara – a fast unto death – in West Bengal.

Ms Duggar, who was being treated for throat cancer since July last year, stopped responding to medication earlier this month. While her doctors advised alternate lines of treatment, Ms Duggar instead opted for ritual suicide.

“Throat cancer was not the sole reason for this. The decision has also to do with her spiritual background, and the fact that she wants to attain moksha,” said her son Anant Duggar.

“She took this step when she felt that it was no longer possible to sustain her life on just medicines and treatments, and that it was time to let go of all attachments and welcome death as per her spiritual beliefs. The concept of Santhara has to do with preparations for the next stage of life,” he added.

Ms Duggar has been on a fast – shunning food, and even water – since September 20.

On August 10 last year, the Rajasthan High Court banned Santhara or Sallekhana, calling it an act of suicide. However the Supreme Court had subsequently stayed the order, allowing people of Jain faith to practice the ritual.

 

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TANOT MATA MANDIR – INTACT AFTER SEVERAL TANKS & ARTILLARY ATTACKS & WARS WITH PAKISTAN

Tanot Mata Mandir & Longawala Post

Tanot is a place located at a distance of 120 Km from Jaisalmer and name Tanot is named on goddess Tanot. Tannot Mata is a temple in western State of Rajasthan in District Jaisalmer of India. The village is close to the border with Pakistan, and is very close to the battle site of Longewala of the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. Praisee is said to be incarnation of Goddess Hinglaz now located in Lasvela Distt of Bluchistan. Bhati Rajput King Tanu Rao made Tanot as their capital. In AC 847 foundation of Goddess Tanot was kept and idol was installed. Temple is revered by generations of Bhati Rajput and people of Jaisalmer and surrounding areas. Later on with the advent of time, Bhati Rajput brought their capital to Jaisalmer but temple remained located at Tanot. Since then this temple came into prominence and its popularity spread over other region also . Again in 1971 when Pak Army launched sudden attack in Longewala in the night of 4th Dec, due to inspiration and spritual strength drawn from this temple, only one coy of Punjab regiment alongwith one coy of BSF (14 Bn BSF) repulsed their attack which is a unique operation in the world history of battles. Longewala is called as a graveyard of Pak Tanks where their entire Tank regt was made to bite the dust due to exemplary coverage shown by our troops. In the memory of victory in this historic battle of Longewala a Vijay Memorial has been constructed at the entrance of temple where on 16th Dec every year a celebration is organized with fervour and gaiety to remember the heroic deeds of our soldiers. The place is one of the best place to explore in the Thar Desert in Rajasthan. This temple was shown in the movie Border.

United Hindus walk for Terry Fox cancer research

About 130 Indo-Canadians, most of them wearing United Hindus of Canada T-shirts and caps, did the Terry Fox Run last week to raise awareness and money for cancer research.

By Ajit Jain, Special to The Indian Diaspora, Sep 29, 2016

Paul Sayal (right) at the Terry Fox Run with the United Hindus of Canada tee and cap

Paul Sayal (right) at the Terry Fox Run with the United Hindus of Canada tee and cap
 
Toronto: About 130 Indo-Canadians, most of them wearing United Hindus of Canada T-shirts and caps, did the Terry Fox Run last week to raise awareness and money for cancer research. 
 Indo-Canadian businessman and philanthropist Paul Sayal, founder of the United Hindus for Terry Fox Run, said during the last six years they had raised $60,000. 

Sayal said he started walking for the Run in 1989. For the first 10 years, he used to be a single Indo-Canadian, in fact a single South Asian, walking 20-30 km, but remained undeterred. 

“It took me 10 years to coax my wife to walk with me and many more years before I could coax some others to join me,” Sayal told The Indian Diaspora. 

“Our aspiration is to have the Hindus participating from coast to coast to coast in their local Terry Fox Run sites,” Sayal said. 

Canadian Terry Fox was diagnosed with malignant tumour in his right leg, which was later amputated. When he realized his life may be short, Fox, with the help and support of the Canadian Cancer Foundation, started walking from coast to coast. He walked almost 3,339 km for 143 days, when he couldn’t walk any more. But through his walk on the roads and highways all over the country he succeeded in creating awareness about the disease not only in Canada but globally. 

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Manu Prakash inventor of $1 microscope wins ‘genius grant’ fellowship

An Indian-origin scientist has won the prestigious MacArthur ‘genius grant’ fellowship for his low-cost paper microscope, that he built last year which costs less than USD 1.

IIT alumni Manu Prakash was among the 12 people who won USD 625,000 award this year. He is an assistant professor of bio engineering at Stanford University in the United States.

Achievements:

  • Low-cost paper microscope, Foldscope which costs less than USD 1, is designed from a single sheet of paper and also contains lenses and electronics. It has been widely appreciated from all over the world and helps in promoting practical education in the rural area
  • This young scientist also stunned the world last year by making a computer clock, using tiny water droplets that move in a precise direction and distance when the magnetic field is rotated which holds that droplets of water.

Breaking the myth : Sutak

 

Life has so many different phases and there are so many different events attached with each phase of life. In Hinduism, each event has a traditional history. Birth and Death are one such part of these events, whenever some person dies or whenever a new child is born, Hindus follow the tradition of Sutak.Sutak is the period of abstention observed by the Hindus after  birth or a death of a family member. Traditionally, it has a great spiritual and religious importance. But is there any scientific reason or logic attached to it as well? Or is it just a plain myth and a form of superstition attached with the people. We, find out.

Sutak during Birth

Sutak is observed during the time, when a child is born. The family members of the new born observe a period of Sutak for ten days. They restrict themselves from going to temples and attending any ceremonies, etc. Though, the overall environment is jubilant and joyful. The mother of the child is restrained to go in the kitchen and the newborn is not brought outside of the home. After the delivery, the mother does not mix with people and remains confined to the house. Family members call a priest for the spiritual Puja. Sweets and other gifts are distributed among the people.

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Scientific Aspect

A woman after giving birth to a child becomes very weak and tired. She requires a period of great rest, so that her body replenishes the strength, lost while giving birth. Her body also secretes many fluids and odor, thus she is refrained from entering or using the kitchen for cooking. She is confined to her room for a period ten to fourteen days, so that her body recovers well. She is not allowed to work and do any task because of this reason only.

Traditionally, the period of Sutak is ten days for Brahmins, twelve for Kshatriyas, sixteen to twenty days for Vaishyas and thirty days for Shudras. As in the medieval times, women of Shudra caste had to do a lot of physical hard work in the fields and homes of upper caste people. Their bodies didn’t remain in great shape due to the physical stress and poverty. This was the reason that their Sutak period was the longest, so that their bodies completely recover to sustain their daily chores. The Sutak period of other castes was also relative to their work nature.

Moreover, the newborn child is very sensitive and fragile to infections. Its body is not immune to antigens and its immunity develops slowly with time. It could catch infections from the people around it. That’s why, Sutak forbids touching or going near the newborn for ten to thirty days. Our ancient system made sure the proper development of every newborn child with the help of Sutak. In modern times, doctors keep weak infants in incubators for weeks, so that their bodies slowly acclimatize to the earthly environment. But, Hinduism had this system thousand years back in its own style.

Sutak during Death

Sutak observed during Death is also known as Patak. It is the period of renouncing daily life activities for twelve to sixteen days after the death of a family member. It is observed by all the family members and relatives of the dead individual.

According to the Garuda Purana, when someone dies, the family must observe Patak for twelve days. They should call a priest to narrate the Garuda Purana and dictate them the rules and regulations of Patak. The execution of Patak includes restriction to – any worship or Puja of a deity, recitation of  holy books, consuming spicy food, visiting temples, attending a public function or a ceremony, and exchanging gifts.

On the thirteenth day, the “kriya” ceremony is observed, narration of the Garuda Purana is concluded and that ends the Patak period. The belongings of the dead person including its new and old clothes are distributed among the poor and needy.

Scientific Reason

Observation of Sutak after the death of a family member is a highly meaningful ceremony. As death may occur due to any reason – Sickness, disease, old age, accident, etc. The duration of Patak is corresponding to the reason of death.

If a person dies from a serious sickness, the environment of its home could be very contagious for others. So, the people gathered there for mourning, must take a bath after returning to their respective homes to ensure hygiene. Even after cremation of the dead body, a bath is compulsory according to our traditions. Scientifically, the fumes and ashes arising from the burning pyre may infect us. Thus, a proper bath and change of clothes prevent such a case.

Even the family members of the dead individual may act as carriers of the infection. Scientifically, a “carrier” is a person who himself is not infected by the disease but may transfer the disease into another person by coming into direct contact.

That’s why to prevent such a happening, Patak is observed and the family members are forbidden to attend any public ceremonies, visit any temple and go out more frequently. Only, because their contact with others may result in spread of a sickness. In ancient times, Patak acted as a great method to quarantine such sicknesses. But today, ignorance has blinded our thought process and we consider it as a superstition.

Moreover, If a family member dies in a foreign country, irrespective of the reason of the death. No abstention for twelve days is observed by its family. Only a bath completes the Patak.

Ancient Hindu scholars and scientists had researched on every issue and life aspect deeply. They had devised proper techniques and methods to cope up with differing circumstances in a scientific and rational manner. But with time, our society has started to forget our traditions and started to label them as mythology or superstition. We tend to follow the western lifestyle, culture and ethics but in return we are disgracing and disrespecting our rich cultural heritage.

Sutak and Patak are traditional ceremonies with great scientific logic incorporated into them. 


The concept of Sutak is based with the context of Ritual Purity in the Vedic tradition. Ritual Purity and its understanding is a major aspect of any religious tradition. At its heart, there is a belief that humans exist in a natural state of uncleanliness, and this ‘uncleanness’ is not just physical, but spiritual as well. However, any emanation from the body is considered unclean. Association with the divine requires purification at all levels. For example, within Christianity, the act of Baptism cleanses the child and allows him to receive God’s grace. The act of Confession is necessary to receive the Eucharist, the body of Christ. So on and so forth.

Within Hinduism, Ritual Purity is understood to occur at many hierarchies. The Gods (and deities) exist at a different level of purity. The Priests who tend to them must exist at a similar level of purity. For the Priest, this purity is achieved by the thrice daily recitation of the Sandhya Vandanam (ie, the Gayatri). This allows the Priest to now associate with the deities. However, if he contacts anything (or anyone) ‘unclean’, he must repeat the process. Unclean acts include sex, sleep, eating, sneezing, vomiting, etc. Any emanation from the body is unclean. By the same logic hair & nair clippings are also considered unclean, once they’re separated from your body. A menstruating woman is thus considered ‘ritually unclean’, due to active emanation from her body. Similarly a Priest with an oozing wound (or a runny nose) is ritually unclean. There are also levels of purity. Normally, leftovers are considered highly contaminating. The emanations, or leftovers of people higher up the purity scale are purifying for people lower down. The leftovers of the Gods is purifying for us humans. Tirtha, the bathwater of the deity, is purifying for us. Similarly, the leftovers of the Guru is revered by his followers. In traditional families women eat the leftovers of her husband. A mother can eat the leftovers of her children and not be contaminated.

Sutak describes a state (temporary or continous) of being where ritual purification is not possible, for any number of reasons. A woman who has given birth needs time to heal, and due to the continuing secretions from her body, cannot undergo ritual purification.
Death in a household affects all members of the same Gotra, who share the burden of the deceased. Members of the household must perform ceremonies on behalf of the deceased. These ceremonies are for the Pitras (ancestors) not the Gods. For the Pitras, you wear your sacred thread on the other side, and do not tie a knot in your shikha, and so forth. All the members of the same Gotra as the deceased must do this, and this makes them unable to perform ritual purification. So no chanting of Mantras, or puja. 

 This is the time when you remember your ancestors, and honor them.

I will say that most people have a great misunderstanding about what Sutak means. Contrary to popular belief, Sutak is not a state of EXTRA uncleanness, but rather a condition in which ritual purity has been reset. Perhaps it would be informative to indicate the conditions in which Sutak does NOT apply. As per the Garuda Purana, if a person dies abroad, Sutak does not apply. If a soldier dies in battle, Sutak does not apply. If a person dies while carrying out his dharma, Sutak does not apply. The death of young children doesn’t bring Sutak. Similarly, a Brahamana performing a Yagya is not subject to Sutak. There are many exceptions like this, which most people do not understand. The Garuda Purana also describes levels of Sutak, most of which are removed by bathing. These are understood to simply be conditions where the pre-existing ritual purity is lost, and can be regained by the regular methods. For example, upon the birth of a child, the father also has sutak, but in his case this is removed by bathing and the usual ablutions. The mother, however, has Sutak for 10 days, due to the continuing secretions from her body, which would nullify her attempts at ritual purification. This is no different from a person with a runny nose… or diarrhea.

The way most people behave around death, however, is based more on hearsay and superstition, rather than a scriptural basis. For example, the Preta-kanda of the Garuda Purana describes many types of death where sutak doesn’t apply, such as in war or abroad. Young children and virgin girls are meant to be buried, not cremated. The vast majority of people believe sutak to be all pervasive, with no exceptions, and applicable within all ‘relatives’, no matter how distant, or if the relation is by blood or marriage.

Is there a scientific basis behind Sutak? Simple answer…. no. The concept of ritual purity was always understood to be more spiritual, rather than material. Yes, physical cleanness is a prerequisite, but not all of it.


Also, everything after a death is for the living people and not the dead. As far as I have studied Vedanta, dead person has nothing to do with activities by his/her family members. Its not like he will go to heaven if more people cries more loudly. Maybe yearly Shraddha could mean- remembering the person, what all he has done for us when he was alive.

Hindu practices are very scientific.

  1. Dead body at home will have lot of bacteria which can be deadly. To ensure these are not spread, Sutak is observed where person cannot touch any outsider and vice versa. This was the basic idea
  2. Secondly, family of the dead person will be completely disturbed (expected to be). Sutak ensures person stays at home and doesn’t go out in disturbed mind and interact with outside world. Travel is also prohibited during this period.
  3. During this period, it is important to spend time praying god to keep the soul in peace. Also, it is good to remember the person who died and calm down the mind gradually. Generally food is given to birds to neutralise the negative energy.
  4. This time is also believed to be utilised to plan for future or how to proceed further in the absence of the person. After all no body can control births and deaths. Moving on should be the way !

10. EXCERPT FROM BOOK
Boldly Proclaim Core Hindu Values to Make a Better World

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Vamsee Juluri exhorts us to confront the dangers of Hinduphobia by bravely positioning Hindu wisdom as the teacher for humanity’s future

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ONLY THE TIMELESS WISDOM of Hinduism, says Vamsee Juluri in his book Rearming Hinduism, can bring peace and harmony to this war-torn world. Yet academia and the mass media have jointly espoused a Hinduphobic view. By definition, phobia means “an extreme or irrational fear of or aversion to something.” In a modern context, Hinduphobia refers to the penchant of certain scholars, writers, editors and media producers to focus on negative constructs of Hinduism: what they deem to be culturally strange, backward, oppressive, a perpetration of social injustice through the caste system, religious nationalism, right wing extremism and even fascism. To those who were born into or have come to the Sanatana Dharma through family traditions, rich temple culture, art, scriptures, guru lineages and yoga, this view seems unthinkably ignorant of Hinduism’s true nature, yet it exists. Juluri believes that Hinduphobia is a very real problem for the future of Hinduism that we must all take seriously.

The back cover explains, “Rearming Hinduism is a handbook for intellectual resistance. Vamsee Juluri shows us that what the Hinduphobic worldview denies virulently is not only the truth and elegance of Hindu thought, but the very integrity and sanctity of the natural world itself. This must be recognized, exposed and countered with the truth wherever it appears. Rearming Hinduism links Hinduphobia and its hubris to a predatory and self-destructive Western culture that perhaps only a renewed Hindu sensibility can effectively oppose.”

Acharya Vamadeva Shastri writes, “Juluri’s book is arguably the best study available on the challenges to Hindu dharma in the media age, and richly deserves a wide examination in order to correct prevailing ­deep-seated misconceptions about Hinduism.”

Juluri believes a renewed understanding and integration of the wisdom of Sanatana Dharma can rearm Hindus not only for the defense of our faith but for the work of healing the planet. His expectations are high—even imagining a future in which Hinduism is regarded as humanity’s world leader, making Hinduism the World Teacher for all of humanity. In his preface the author writes: “Hinduism is a resource, most of all, for living intelligently. It is a form of culture, an expression of sensibility, a way of harmonizing science, philosophy and ethics in a people’s every thought, word and deed. You can call it a religion, a way of life, or a civilization; you can call it what you will. But no word will suffice. A billion people on this earth still call God by the same names that people did thousands of years ago. What exists on this earth unchanged for that long? Your culture’s existence is a triumph of survival.”

But Juluri counsels against complacency: “Will your Hinduism still remain when your children grow up or when their children come? We have scientists and CEOs everywhere. We are considered a model minority in foreign countries. We build temples, enjoy our yoga and our wisdom being discovered by everyone. We feel triumphant that someone who respects Hindu sentiments has won the election in India.

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“But what we don’t quite realize is this: there will be, and there already is, an intellectual and political backlash. Rebuilding Hindu civilization is something that everyone of us must be doing, one personal, meaningful vision of Hinduism at a time. It has to be done, because even our Gods and Goddesses, even our past glories, real and imagined, and most of all, even our success and pride, cannot guarantee the survival of Hinduism if we do not intellectually confront the existential challenge threatening Hinduism today.

“We Hindus stand accused of being the Nazi-like conquerors of India. Hindus stand accused of being fundamentalists. Hindus are accused of being everything we are not. What we face today is extremely devious and dangerous. The attack comes from not only those who openly differ from us on religious grounds, but through a very ingenious device: they say they are not against Hinduism, but only against Hindu extremism. Virtually every book, article and argument made by the world’s supposedly leading important and celebrated intellectuals today says the same thing: in the name of criticizing Hindu extremism, they savage the entirety of our religion. If they are not challenged, intellectually and culturally, soon our names, Gods, Goddesses, festivals, sacred scriptures, everything that makes us who we are, will be defined by them as something that it is not.

“If the things that they write about Hindus as truth were written about women, blacks, gays, Muslims or any other community today, they would be laughed out of their offices for their bizarre 18th-century racism. But the ignorance against Hinduism is not a joke. It has consequences.”

The Ideologies of Anti-Hindus

In the first part of his book Juluri exposes and refutes what he calls the Academic Maya Sabha (which could be translated as the Congress of Academic Illusion) and four key myths that non-Hindu Western intellectuals propound about the religion. He has a chapter for each myth: The Myth of an ‘Alternative History,’ the Myth of Aryan Origins, the Myth of Vedic Violence and the Myth of Hindu History Without a Hindu View of God. He writes, “I focus on Wendy Doniger’s controversial The Hindus: An Alternative History as an example of Hinduphobic historiography, because this book, more than any other, now defines current thinking in academic and media circles about Hinduism.”

He continues, “The challenge that Hinduism faces today comes not from governments or armies, but from two institutions, modern academia and the mass media. Hardly one hundred years old, yet the ideas in each have become tremendously influential around the world. So influential, pervasive and normative, that unless we learn how to question them, and how they tell the story about the world, we will forget who we really were altogether.

“There are three things going in the discourse about Hinduism today. The first trend, the one with the most urgency and authority, comes from the left-secular academic position that narrates alternative histories and promises subaltern recuperations. This is the position published exclusively by the New York times and the Guardian, the liberal beacons and in elite circles in India, too.”

A second trend is that any Hindu reacting to the absurdity of the Western portrayal of their culture is treated as a straw man by critics. Any and all advocacy or defense of Hinduism or attempts to change the discourse by Hindus who seek simply to ‘find a rational, meaningful story about themselves in the modern, global world’ are characterized as ‘Hindu nationalism, extremism, fascism or fundamentalism.’”

“We are not a religion of dead Gods, but living ones. With each generation, our Gods and Goddesses live anew.”
The third and almost invisible trend makes academics study a movie like slumdog millioaire with all its caricatured Hollywood hoax Hindu jargon about fate, its Hindu villians oppressing poor little Muslim boys and describe it as enforcing Hinduism on us. Believe it or not. That is how blind academia is today to its most pernicious prejudice. This, simply is Hinduphobia. Our goal in this book is to name it, expose and demolish it.”

A Hindu View of God

In the second half of his book Juluri passionately advocates several Hindu paradigms that he feels relate directly to humanity’s modern condition. “We are not a religion of dead Gods, but living ones. With each generation, our Gods and Goddesses live anew, seen perhaps in the limited mirrors of the idioms and meanings that each desa(region) and kala (time period) give us, but undiminished still in the hope and exultation they embody for us, that sanatana(eternality) of love. Our turn to the past must be about that, the duty we have to teach our children not just facts and figures, but the eyes to see beauty in this world, the heart to know gratitude and kindness and most of all the hands to build it all anew, ever more.”

The chapter “Tvameva: You Alone” describes the Hindu sense of origins and the voice of our Vedic scriptures. “Hinduism’s view of God is rooted not just in the texts and philosophies that come later in history, but in the love that all lives know. Our eternities are protoplasmic, Our origins are in life. We cannot presume to know it, that one thing from which all has come, so we just call it Mother. We don’t reject science, and we can accept a physical view of our cosmic origins too. But in the beginning, modern Hindus are fond of saying, the Sanatana Dharma was everywhere, then all the other faiths and religions emerged out of it. What if the sensibilities that inform Hinduism go back even further than that? What if the Sanatana Dharma really was the primeval and universal way of knowing the world? Sanatana Dharma, for me, began whenever a living being held its young with love and affection in this great earth.”

Drawing from the heritage of the Vedic Upanishads, he writes, “Brahman, the One that is Everything. One thing that seems like many things. Everything is Everything. To think it is one thing, to feel it is one thing. To know it is, above all, to also be it. Hinduism is sensibility, not doctrine. It is what we feel and not what the experts say it’s about.”

The chapter “Cousins and Friends” speaks of the immediacy and closeness with which Hindus relate to God and Gods. “Our Gods are our investment in the greatest meanings we can give to our existence and to our struggles as human beings.” Juluri talks about the animal manifestations of Lord Vishnu and, unexpectedly, opens up the huge issue of Homo sapiens’ relationship to other animals and our diet. “We humans do not have to kill to eat anymore, unlike the eagle or the tiger. Yet, we still do. And we humans kill each other, too, massively. How can we ever learn not to do so? Only the great love will teach us. We are speaking a language of the heart that goes back to a time when human beings did not see themselves as different from the animal world.”

The closing chapter, “Teacher,” proposes that it was the interface between the violence of foreign colonialism and Hinduism in India that has given rise to a new era. “The history that created the present is only this: foreigners steeped in violence collided into Hinduism five hundred years ago and the first truly world civilization was born. We might have been conquered, but we were never defeated. We retreated strategically for a few generations so that Sanatana Dharma could learn the customs of this modern world. Now that we have learned, we will teach again. We asked who we are. Krishna answered. ‘Jagat Guru, World Teacher.’”

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Vamsee Krishna Juluri is an author and professor of media studies at the University of San Francisco. Born in Hyderabad, India, in 1969, he studied journalism in New Delhi and received a PhD in Communication from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His books include The Mythologist: A Novel and The Guru Within. His writings have appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle, Foreign Affairs, The Times of India, The Huffington Post, Patheos, and The Hindu.

11. HEALTH NEWS


A Revolutionary Approach to the Future of Medicine – Sadhguru at Duke University with Tracy Gaudet
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Are Ayurveda and Siddha Better Than Allopathy? – Sadhguru
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Healthy Attitudes About Aging

A lot of our clients are in their 50s-70s, so although they may not be “young” in the classic sense of the word, some of them certainly are youthful.

            After thinking about our clients who are over 50, yet talk, act and behave like people decades younger, I noticed a few common things about their attitude. There are healthy attitudes towards aging, and unhealthy attitudes towards aging.

            In this article, we’ll delve deep into those attitudes.
 
Healthy Aging Attitude #1: Looking for Evidence that You Are Getting Better
 
            Your brain has a part in it called the “reticular activating system.” It looks for proof and similarities. For example, when you buy a car that you think is unique, after you buy it, you start to see a lot of other cars just like it.

            Same thing with aging. If you start looking for evidence that you’re getting old, you’ll find it. And then, once you find one piece of evidence, you’ll find more and more and more. To the point where you’re 55, but behave like you’re 95.

            On the flip side, you can start looking for evidence that you’re getting better at something. Want to get stronger, even though you’re 60? Start strength training. If you’ve never strength trained, to go from doing no strength training to doing strength training, you can be stronger at 61 than at 60. Do strength training consistently for 10 years, and you’ll be stronger at 70, than you are at 60.

            For instance, one of our honourable mentions for client of the year for 2015 was Gord. He started training with me 6.5 years ago, when he was 70. Now, at almost 77, he’s stronger than he was 6.5 years ago, at 70.

            
Healthy Aging Attitude #2: Participate in Activities that Make You Feel Younger
 
What are activities that are associated with youth? Sports, strength training, travel, learning new things, etc.

So what should you participate in? Those exact activities. Participate in sports, like tennis, squash, racquetball, etc. One 73-year-old gentleman I know even started doing jiu jitsu less than a year ago. World’s oldest person to ever live, Jean Calment only started fencing in her 80s.

As you age, you get weaker. Want to counteract that? Participate in strength training. To my earlier point, it’s cool to see yourself getting stronger, while your same-age peers are getting weaker.
 
Healthy Aging Attitude #3: Spend Time with Younger People
 
            As the same 73-year-old gentleman says, “want to feel old? Spend time with old people. Want to feel young? Spend time with younger people.”

            When I visit my grandma, I hear the conversations that other people in her building have.
 
“Oh, my back hurts.”
 
“I’m not sleeping well.”
 
“My doctor put me on insulin.”
 
“My friend just had a knee replacement.”
 
            Not exactly things that give you hope for yourself. But if these are the kinds of people you spend most of your time with, you start to feel old. You want to contribute to the conversation, so you start to think about your own aches and pains. Even if they weren’t all that bad to begin with, the more you talk and imagine them, the worse they get.

            Eventually, you might catch these statements coming out of your own mouth.
 
Healthy Aging Attitude #4: Have Something to Look Forward to
 
            You should have something in the short-to-medium term (3 months-2 years) that you can look forward to. If you sign up for a competition, like a 10K, or powerlifting, there is obvious training that goes into it. And eventually, once you reach that goal, you feel very accomplished. But it also gives you something to get better at.

            Likewise, there are other things to look forward to. If you like to travel, set up trips to places that you want to visit that require some level of fitness. After all, travelling isn’t fun if you spend most of your time out of breath and tired.
 
Healthy Aging Attitude #5: Reframe Your Pains
 
            Sure, you may get injuries or certain pains, but what you attribute those injuries and aches/pains to is what will make the difference in your body.

            A lot of people attribute their aches and pains to their age. “My back hurts because I’m old.” Too bad, because that’s not something that you can control.

            Whenever you catch yourself thinking like that, you have to reframe it as “my back hurts because I have imbalances around my back, core and hip muscles, and if I correct those imbalances, the pain will go away.”

            As you read about in my feature article on how Anne got rid of her hip pain, we had identified the muscular imbalances surrounding her hips, and fixed those. No imbalances, no pain. If she had attributed her hip pain to her age, she would have had to live with it getting worse over time, and possibly needing a hip replacement.

            With anything, there are controllable factors, and uncontrollable factors. So with the uncontrollable factors, fogedaboutit (that’s “forget about it” with an Italian gangster accent), and with the controllable factors, identify what they are, and well… control them.


Dangers for diabetics

Dangers for diabetics

Dr Peeyush Jain The writer is Director and HOD, Non-invasive and Preventive Cardiology, Fortis Escorts Heart Institute

Diabetes accentuates the risk of a heart attack by two to three times in men and three to seven times in women. Besides blood glucose (sugar), patients with diabetes should also have blood pressure and cholesterol levels within the desirable range; they should not smoke, keep their weight at an optimum level and exercise regularly. 

Blood glucose

Stringent blood glucose control in diabetes reduces the risk of kidney failure, nerve degeneration, and blindness. Heart disease and stroke risk is also reduced but stringent control may be counterproductive. It seems that attempting strict control of blood glucose, particularly in patients prone to excessive lowering of blood glucose (hypoglycemia), may increase the risk of angina and rhythm disorders. Therefore, in such patients it may be enough to achieve a glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c) of 6.5-7.0%. HbA1c is a measure of average control of blood glucose over past three months or so. Reducing blood glucose per se may be more important than choosing a particular class of drugs for reducing blood glucose. Metformin is one medicine which has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease in patients with diabetes and is administered in newly diagnosed diabetes mellitus when drug therapy is being contemplated.  

Cholesterol

When blood cholesterol level is high, it tends to deposit in arterial wall. Reduction of blood cholesterol may result in removal of cholesterol from arterial wall, thus improving the blood flow. Keeping cholesterol level under control by diet and exercise reduces the risk of heart attack. Excessive dietary cholesterol comes with foods from animal sources. Reducing their intake reduces blood cholesterol levels. Every patient with diabetes over the age of 40 should also take statin drug treatment to reduce cholesterol level. 

Blood pressure

Blood pressure should be kept normal to prevent adverse effects on the heart. For each decline of 1 mm Hg. in diastolic blood pressure, the risk of heart attacks is reduced by 2 to 3 per cent. Since high blood pressure can only be determined by measurement, a regular 6 monthly check-up is essential after the age of 18 years. Anyone with a pressure persistently more than or equal to140/90 mm Hg needs drug treatment. Patients with diabetes generally require 2 or 3 antihypertensive drugs to control their blood pressure. Unless contraindicated, antihypertensive treatment of diabetes patients should include a class of drugs known as ACE inhibitors or ARBs  that reduce the risk of kidney failure, besides BP reduction. 

Smoking and tobacco chewing

The combination of diabetes and smoking is deadly as it markedly increases the risk of heart disease as well as stroke and occlusion of lower limb arteries. The latter compromises blood flow in the legs and when fairly advanced, may cause gangrene leading to limb amputation. Cessation of smoking has been shown to reduce the risk of a heart attack by 50-70 per cent.  

Regular exercise

Walking 30 minutes daily protects against heart attack. Walking is most beneficial when performed on empty stomach, 2-3 hours after meals. Early morning walks in winters are not desirable and  morning walk in winters should be replaced with pre-lunch or late afternoon walk. 

Obesity

The risk of heart attack goes up if the girth at the waist is more than 90 cm for men and 80 cm for women. Bringing down the weight to ideal level (or within 2 kg of ideal weight) reduces the risk of heart attack by 35 to 55 per cent. 

Aspirin

Some patients with diabetes at high risk of heart attack may benefit by low dose aspirin. A low dose of aspirin (75 mg/day) reduces the risk of heart attack by about 33 per cent. Aspirin should not be taken unless recommended by a doctor.


Asthma alert

 Asthma alert
Asthma is a chronic, reversible inflammatory disease characterised by recurrent attacks of breathlessness and wheezing. It has an inheritable component with complex genetics and environmental interaction. Though asthma does not have a direct relationship with heart disease, certain issues need to be emphasised: 

1. Aspirin is a cornerstone of prevention of heart attack in patients with coronary heart disease. Some people with bronchial asthma may experience aggravation of asthma with aspirin. An alternative to aspirin should be chosen.

2.Those with exercise-induced asthma have to pace their exercise routines to prevent precipitation of acute asthma. 

3.Many people with coronary heart disease have concomitant asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, obstructive sleep apnoea, and gastroesophageal reflux disease.

4.Stress and depression are consequences of asthma and heart disease and should be dealt with as part of these disorders. 

5. Acute asthma is often confused with aggravation of heart failure symptoms, particularly at night. The clue to asthma as the possible cause of nocturnal breathlessness is onset of breathlessness in wee hours of morning and wheezing associated with breathlessness. Breathlessness and suffocation due to aggravation of heart failure in night-time usually occurs beyond midnight and may be associated with pink, frothy sputum.

6. Certain medication for asthma may increase heart rate and precipitate angina in susceptible people. Theophylline and its derivatives should be avoided in patients with severe or unstable angina. 

7. Overuse of nebulisation therapy for asthma relief in heart failure patients may be deleterious. It should be reserved for patients who cannot take inhalation therapy with spacer. The latter is more effective and associated with lesser side effects. 

8. Severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is known to cause right heart failure (cor- pulmonale). This is unlikely in asthma as most cases have reversible airways disease. Nevertheless, severe, persistent bronchial asthma may be complicated by cor-pulmonale.

9. Bronchial asthma and various forms of heart disease often co-exist and proper management of the patient requires identification and adequate treatment of both of these.             — Dr Peeyush Jain 


Young man, you may be at risk

With the number of cardiac arrests and strokes going up among the young and apparently fit men, it’s high time you sat up to think about matters of the heart
Young man, you may be at risk
World Heart day was on September 29

Dr Amar Singhal

Amit Chauhan (name changed to protect privacy) was a 22-year-old boy whom I had seen growing up. One evening, when he was out for dinner with his parents, he complained of a burning sensation in his chest. He dashed to the restroom to throw up, but before he could be rushed to the hospital, he died. He had experienced a sudden cardiac arrest.

As dreadful as it may sound, let me tell you that such an incident can no longer be labeled ‘bizarre’ or ‘rare’. I cite this example not only to alarm you, but also because I do hope it will spur you into taking some action. No parent can imagine surviving their child, and no young person should have to go through this.

The fact of the matter is that a toxic cocktail of reasons is leading to younger and younger people getting heart attacks. Of course, prevention is better than cure is what we all know, right? So pay attention to your heart health, especially if you are in your late 20s or 30s. Because, the truth of the moment is–heart disease is no more a preserve of the retired.

Risk Factors: Beyond the Conventional

High blood pressure and high cholesterol levels account for most cardiovascular disorders. Naturally, the stereotype that pops up in our minds for a heart attack victim is a plump middle-aged man who always uses the lift instead of the stairs, and is a couch potato, surfing TV channels after a stressful day at work. However, that is not even the half-truth.

Young men, who seem fit are also at risk of heart attacks. While classic and traditional risk factors for heart-related problems include smoking, a sedentary lifestyle, and obesity, just a mix of the first two are enough to trigger heart trouble. This is because offices are hotbeds of stress. Sleepless nights because of targets and deadlines seem to be the norm. Now mix in nicotine, stress, the lack of sleep and exercise, and you have a potential heart attack victim.

In some cases, the genes are to blame. There are certain hereditary factors that lead to heart problems in young people. Children who have at least one parent with a history of a cardiovascular disease are more likely to have a heart attack as compared to any other person.

Also, sometimes the risk factors for heart disease and stroke aren’t immediately visible. For example, men who look slim may have hidden visceral fat covering internal organs within the chest or abdomen.

Young men and women today have similar risk factors, but women are protected, to a great extent by the hormone estrogen. Also, women are more likely to get to a doctor in their 20s and 30s because of pregnancy. This helps detect any problems such as diabetes and blood pressure, both risk factors for heart trouble. Men, on the other hand, are far less likely to go for a health check, unless they experience a serious issue.

A number of young people these days have hectic weeks, and unfortunately, use the weekend to ‘experiment’ with drugs and alcohol. This adds to the load on the heart. Leisure should be a time to relax both body and mind, and that is lacking. The negative effects of this hectic lifestyle, may not show itself on the body in obvious ways, but there is an internal turmoil going on, which many may not be aware of, or even ignore.

You are never too young to take care of your heart. Do not be overconfident about your fitness. Unfortunately enough, heart attacks in young men often strike without prior symptoms. So, stay alert and stay protected. Even if you are experiencing breathlessness after your daily gym workout session, or if you have been noticing that unusual amount of sweat for the last few days, consult a doctor—it may just save your heart, and your life.


Have You Heard the Alarm Yet?

You lay the foundation stone to your well being in and around 20s and 30s; so be careful not to mess with your heart and other vital body organs. Here are some dos and don’ts, which will help you in the long run to remain hale and hearty:

1. Quit Smoking, and quit today. You’re educated enough not to need those dreadful anti-tobacco ads; just think about your health and your near and dear ones and start to stop, now.

2. Know your blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Undergoing a regular check-up, at least once a year—more often if there is a problem. Also, getting tested for diabetes is a must, especially if you have a family history.

3. Exercise regularly and moderately. Include both cardio and weight training to rev up your metabolism. Don’t use this as an excuse to binge drink or binge eat.

4. Eat a heart-healthy diet. Add plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, and more importantly, eat at home. Food outside home most often contains bad quality fats that accelerate clogged arteries.

5. Avoid junk food. Say a big ‘No’ to foods containing more saturated fat and trans-fat, such as deep-fried food, margarine and chips. Try to cut down on your red meat and salt intake, as much as possible. Also limit alcohol consumption.

6. Consult a dietician or an expert regarding your BMI. The weight that we put on in our youth doesn’t always show, but can be harmful in future. Get rid of the slight weight you’ve added since college.

7. Get enough sleep. People who don’t get appropriate sleep have a higher risk of obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes and depression or in short, everything that can lead you to stress and a heart attack.

The writer is a Senior Interventional Cardiologist and Head, Department of Cardiology, Action Heart Institute, Sri Balaji Action Medical Institute, New Delhi

           

Did you know that intelligence is inherited from mothers?

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Smart people should thank their mothers because, according to researchers, their mothers are the principal responsible for transmitting the intelligence genes. Thus, gender stereotypes that survived over centuries are perhaps about to disappear. Single women who want an intelligent child don’t need to look for a Nobel Prize at the nearest sperm bank and it is likely that men begin to re-evaluate the intelligence of women.

At the basis of this idea there are those known as “conditioned genes”, that behave differently depending on their origin. Basically, these genes have a kind of biochemical tag which allows to trace the origin and reveals even if they are active or not within the progeny cells. Interestingly, some of these affected genes work only if they come from the mother. If that same gene is inherited from the father, it is deactivated. Obviously, other genes work the opposite, are activated only if they come from the father.

Mother’s genes go directly to the cerebral cortex, those of the father to the limbic system

We know that intelligence has an hereditary component, but until few years ago we thought that much of it depended on the father as well as on the mother. However, several studies revealed that children are more likely to inherit intelligence from the mother, because intelligence genes are located on chromosome X.

One of the first studies in this area was conducted in 1984 at the University of Cambridge, to this research followed many others over the years. In these studies was analyzed the co-evolution of the brain and the conditioning of the genome, to conclude that the maternal genes contribute most to the development of the thought centers in the brain.

During the first experiment, researchers created the embryos of special rats that only have genes of the mother or the father. But when came the time to transfer them to the uterus of an adult rat, the embryos died. So it was discovered that there are conditioned genes which are activated only when inherited from the mother and that are vital to the proper development of the embryo. On the contrary, the genetic heritage of the father is essential for the growth of the tissue that will form the placenta.

At that time, the researchers hypothesized that if these genes were important for the development of the embryo, it was also likely that they could play a major role in lives of animals and people, maybe they could even result in some brain functions. The problem was how to prove this idea, because embryos with genes from only one parent died quickly.

The researchers found a solution: they discovered that embryos could survive if normal embryonic cells were maintained and the rest were manipulated. This way they created several genetically modified laboratory mice that, surprisingly, did not develop the same way.

Those with an extra dose of maternal genes developed a bigger head and brain, but had little bodies. Conversely, those with an extra dose of paternal genes had small brains and larger bodies.

Deeply analyzing these differences the researchers identified cells that contained only maternal or paternal genes in six different parts of the brain that control different cognitive functions, from eating habits to memory.

In practice, during the first days of the embryo development, any cell can appear anywhere in the brain, but to the extent that the embryos mature and grow, cells that had the paternal genes accumulate in some areas of the emotional brain: hypothalamus, amygdala, the preoptic area and the septum. These areas are part of the limbic system, which is responsible for ensuring our survival and is involved in functions such as sex, food and aggression. However, researchers have not found any paternal cells in the cerebral cortex, which is where they develop the most advanced cognitive functions, such as intelligence, thought, language and planning.

New studies, new lights

Of course, scientists continued to investigate this theory. Robert Lehrke, for example, revealed that most of childrens’ intelligence depends on the X chromosome, and he also showed that since women have two X chromosomes are twice as likely to inherit the characteristics related to intelligence.

Recently, researchers at the University of Ulm, Germany, studied the genes involved in the brain damage and found that many of these, especially those related to cognitive abilities, were on chromosome X. In fact, it is no coincidence that the intellectual disability is 30% more common in males.

But perhaps, one of the most interesting results in this sense comes from a longitudinal analysis conducted by the Medical Research Council Social and Public Health Sciences Unit in the Glasgow, Scotland. In this study they interviewed every year since 1994, 12,686 young people aged between 14 and 22 years. The researchers took into account several factors, from the color of the skin and education to socio-economic status. This way they found that the best predictor of intelligence was the IQ of the mother. In fact, the ratio of young people’s intelligence varied only an average of 15 points from that of their mothers.

Genetics is not the only responsible

If we leave genetics we can also meet other studies that reveal the mother plays an important role in the intellectual development of children, through the physical and emotional contact. In fact, some studies suggest that a secure bond is intimately tied to intelligence.

Researchers at the University of Minnesota, for example, found that children who have developed a strong attachment with their mothers develop a capacity of playing complex symbolic games at the age of two years, are most persevering and show less frustration during the troubleshooting.

This because the strong bond gives the necessary security to allow children explore the world and the confidence to solve problems without losing heart. In addition, these mothers also tend to help the children solving problems, thus helping to further stimulate their potential.

The importance of the emotional relationship for the development of the brain has been demonstrated by researchers at the University of Washington, who revealed for the first time that a secure bond and the love of the mother are crucial for the growth of some parts of the brain. These researchers have analyzed for seven years the way mothers relate with their children and have found that when supported emotionally their children and adequately gratified their intellectual and emotional needs, at age 13 the hippocampus of the kids was 10% greater than that of children of mothers who were emotionally distant. It is worth mentioning that the hippocampus is an area of ​​the brain associated with memory, learning and stress response.

Can we really talk about hereditary intelligence?

It is estimated that between 40-60% of intelligence is hereditary. This means that the remaining percentage depends on environment. stimulation and personal characteristics. In fact, what we call intelligence is nothing more than the ability to solve problems. But the curious fact is that to solve problems, even a simple mathematical or physical one, comes also into play the limbic system, because our brain works as a whole. Thus, even if intelligence is closely linked to the rational thinking function, it is also influenced by intuition and emotions, that genetically speaking, are influenced by the contribution of the father.

Moreover, we must not forget that even if a child has a high IQ, we must stimulate his intelligence and nourish it throughout life with new challenges which are constantly improving. Otherwise intelligence will disperse.

Beyond what was stated by genetics, fathers should not be discouraged, because they also have much to contribute to the development of their children, especially being emotionally present. The IQ with which we are born is important, but not decisive.

Dig into healthiness

Let experts decide your diet and a chef cook it for you. You just sit and count your gains – Gurnaaz Kaur

We all know healthy food is good food, but who would trade taste for health? Not many. What is food unless peppered with butter and spices? Well, there are those who’ve found a middle ground. Dieticians are now working with chefs to deliver you food that not only scores on health, but on taste too.

Two months ago, Mohali-resident Harpreet Kaur, along with five members of her family, did what they hadn’t ever thought of. They let a Chandigarh-based company plan their menu for the day. “The food tastes good; chefs act promptly on feedback; the dietician works on diet plans weekly,” she says.

Harpreet says four of them are still continuing with the meals as the results were there for them to see. “In the first month itself, I lost 6 kg while my husband saw a difference of 4 kg. We’ve stopped going out for dinners because here every day feels like eating out, and we still lose weight,” she gushes and says that while it did feel a bit expensive in the beginning, the results felt every bit worth it. 

Welcome to the times. Here health consciousness is rising and money seems cheap. So while people are waking up to the need of being healthy, there are those who are capturing this upcoming “market”. Harpreet’s family spends approximately Rs 25,000 per person per month. However, not all diets cost a bomb.

On offer

There’s DietShala, an online service that promises a calorie-counted healthy meal at a reasonable price in Chandigarh. The six-month-old start-up by four young people caters to the needs of those who do visit dieticians but fail to live up to the diet plans, are regulars at gyms and need that extra bit of protein in their meals. In short, it is for those who want to be fit but have no time to spare in the kitchen. Harpreet’s family is one of the customers.

Diet Shala customises every meal, every day and delivers it at your doorstep. “There’s young working population that is independent, cash-rich but strapped for time. Eating out has increased but healthy food options are limited if not non-existent. We decided to bridge the gap,” says one of the partners, Rohit Bhatia.

Chandigarh is also home to Poshtic by Ashima Aggarwal and Gaurav Sikriwal, who promise dietician-recommended cuisines. “We want to make eating healthy food simple for everyone. We have pre-workout and post-workout recipes for gym goers,” says Ashima, an IIM-pass out, who left her job as an area sales manager to set up this venture.

Poshtic was set up in January and Ashima says the response is positive. From daily and weekly orders by individual customers to having corporate clients such as Uber and PepsiCo, there’s enough on Poshtic’s plate. One of their customers, Carolyn Glover, from the Canadian Embassy, says, “I’ve been a lunch subscriber at Poshtic for four months now. I’ve dined at many 7-star hotels in India and almost every time I have fallen sick because of the food. But, now it is guilt-free indulgence.”

Small cities, big awareness

The trend isn’t limited to the ‘modern’ Chandigarh alone. Punjab, too, is ditching butter chicken for healthy food. In Jalandhar, Deliver My Diet has been running for two months. The owner, a teacher-turned-entrepreneur, got the inspiration to set up a café after her own failed attempt to live up to prescribed diets. “Going to a dietician is not even the first step towards getting in shape or achieving a healthy lifestyle. I realised this when I paid for consultations, bought memberships at gyms, but couldn’t include all those complex ingredients in my diet,” says  owner Sonia Bembey. She has collaborated with Bangalore-based NutriLife for designing its menu and executing the recipes.

If we are talking of a trend in Punjab, can Ludhiana be left behind? Of course not! The city where women love to flaunt their beauty and diet has Diet Saga by a brother-sister duo that has brought together a health café-cum-diet clinic. Sania and Yogansh Gupta say: “There are no frying pans or white sugar in our kitchen. People come here for a sinless indulgence.”

Healthy food is a nationwide movement and took off full throttle in Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai and Hyderabad years ago. Delhi has many such customised healthy food delivery options like Leanbodies.in, Fitness Fuel, Innerchef and Healthy Box; there are TLC Kitchen and Etonomist in Gurgaon.

As business booms

Innerchef’s spokesperson says 40 per cent of its orders come from housewives. However, it is not all about making money. It requires a lot of hard work. Certainly not when you are one of the first ones to get started with something like this.

Tarani Kapoor, founder of TLC Kitchen, was a textile designer by profession but a cook by passion. She knew how difficult it was for people to go home and cook after long working hours. She felt the pain herself and ended up realising her dream of cooking. “It’s been two and a half years and it’s not been easy. There have been times when breaking even also became a challenge. But I am convinced about what I am doing. It’s high time people realised that spending on healthy food is not a luxury but a necessity,” she says. 

Sai Gundewar, who runs Foodizm, a tiffin delivery system in Mumbai, says when he started out in 2011, there weren’t many players. “This industry has seen a steep rise. It’s a multi-crore business today,” he says.

From the city of nawabs to the country’s Sillicon Valley, there are tailor-made meal delivery options. Nuts Over Salads in Bangalore has a menu of 350 different salads, each costing just Rs 99. Fitmeals, which started as an inspiration to heal an unwell and unhealthy friend, has become quite a sensation in Hyderabad. The subscription-based service for healthy foods is not only famous amongst the locals but also has fans like VJ Bani. “As soon as I land into Hyderabad, all that I look for is the specially handcrafted Fitmeals for me. Their quinoa sushi is one of my favourites,” vouches VJ Bani, who is all praise for the food startup that caters to your nutritional/calorie needs at a click.

Food and fitness that once seemed two opposite ends of the same spectrum have been blend together like an art by these gastronomists. What are you thinking?

DIY

Take to healthy eating now. Superfoods, known to be rich in much-needed vitamins and minerals, are also source of antioxidants that keep diseases at bay. Among these are spinach, beans, sweet potatoes, salmon, fruits, nuts, whole grains and berries. Include these in your diet and feel happy. Healthy too!

Start worrying, lady!

India’s women are more likely to be obese than their male counterparts, a new research shows. There were 20 million obese women in India in 2014 compared with 9.8 million obese men, according to a study published in the British medical journal, the Lancet. Severe obesity was observed in an additional four million Indian women. There were less than 8,00,000 obese women in India in 1975 compared with 4,00,000 obese men.

Plump figures

A study has revealed that India has the third highest number of obese and overweight people (11 per cent of adolescents and 20 per cent of all adults) after America and China..

What is your management style – like Lord Rama or Lord Krishna..
What’s your managerial style: like Lord Ram or Lord Krishna? Nice one… Read on..

In Hindu mythology there are two great epics. One is called Ramayan and other is called Mahabharata. The centre story of both these books is around victory of good on evil. In one story Lord Ram leads his army to defeat Ravana in his land,
While in the second Lord Krishna oversees Pandavas defeat Kauravas in the battle at Kurushektra.

In Ramayan, Lord Ram is the best yodhaa of his side.
He leads his army from the front. Strategizes & directs different people to do things which will meet the objectives. His people are happy to follow orders & want to get all the appreciation for being the best executors. Lord Ram set direction & also tells people what to do during difficult times.

Ultimately they won the war & the final outcome was achieved.

On the other hand Lord Krishna told Arjuna, I won’t fight the battle. I won’t pick up any weapon; I would only be there on ur chariot as a charioteer. And he did what he said. He never picked up the weapon & he never fought.

Still, Pandavas won the war & final outcome was achieved.

So, what was different? It was their managerial style & it was also the type of people who were being lead.
Lord Ram was leading an army of ‘MONKEYS’ who were not skilled fighters & they were looking for direction. While on other hand,

Lord Krishna was leading Arjuna who was one of the best archer of his time. While Lord Ram’s role was to show it & lead from the front,

Krishna played the role of a coach whose job was to remove cobwebs from his protégée’s mind. Krishna couldn’t teach Arjuna archery but he could definitely help him see things from a very different perspective.

Here are some of the basic differences in two styles:
Lord Ram- A skilled warrior, lead monkeys, was emotional, gave precise roles & instructions, motivated the army to fight for his cause

Lord Krishna: works with best the professionals, provides strategic clarity, allows team members to take lead, fights for the cause of the team, did not depict his true emotions

Look at ur team/family & reflect what type of leader/parent u are, One who keeps answering/solving problems for people/kids  Or Who asks relevant questions from their people/kids so that they can find their own solution.

Are u someone who tells/directs all the time  Or
Someone who clarifies doubts & allows their people/kids to find their own ways.

Are u someone who has monkeys in the team & the way u deal with it Or u have the brightest experts in their area getting stuck with issues?

Younger generation doesn’t want you to tell or show how things are done, they want to know the meaning of their task and how it makes a difference in this world.

They are Arjuna’s who don’t necessarily seek more skill/knowledge but they need someone to clarify the cobwebs in their mind, if u still apply Lord Ram’s style on them, u are bound to fail as a manager.

On the other hand if there are people who aren’t skilled enough but rely on ur expertise to sail u through Lord Ram’s style is appropriate.

Isn’t it good for us to reflect & think what managerial style will bring the best result for u and ur team/family ?

Is it Lord Ram or Lord Krishna?

The Managing Leader vs the Coaching Leader!

12. SPIRITUAL HUMOUR

13. HINDUISM NEWS & VIEWS (HINDI)

भूत-प्रेत से बचने के लिए हुआ था बैंकाक के इस ब्रह्मा मंदिर का निर्माण

दुनिया में तीन-चार ही मंदिर हैं जहां ब्रह्माजी की पूजा की जाती है। उनमें से एक है बैंकाक का ब्रह्मा मंदिर। हालांकि इसका इतिहास कोई 60 से 70 साल पुराना ही है। फिर भी पर्यटन की दृष्टि से बैंकाक का ये मंदिर बहुत महत्वपूर्ण माना जाता है। इसके बनने की कहानी भी बहुत रोचक है। कहा जाता है इस मंदिर का निर्माण भूत-प्रेत से बचने के लिए किया गया था।
​काक में भगवान ब्रह्मा के प्रसिद्ध मंदिर को ईरावन तीर्थ का नाम से जाना जाता है। इस मंदिर की स्थापना लगभग 1956 में की गई थी। यहां ब्रह्मा की एक बहुत ही सुदंर सोने की मूर्ति है। कहा जाता है इस स्थान पर लगभग 1950 में एक ईरावन नाम की होटल बनाने का काम शुरू किया गया था। जिस दिन से निर्माण कार्य शुरू किया गया था, उसी दिन से यहां कोई न कोई बुरी घटना और काम में रुकावट आ रही थी। इसी बीच कई मजदूरों की जान भी चली गई। इन सब परिस्थितियों की वजह से लोगों में इस स्थान पर कोई बुरी शक्तियां होने का डर फैल गया। जब तक इन बुरी शक्तियों का कोई समाधान नहीं किया जाता, कोई भी व्यक्ति इस स्थान पर काम करने को तैयार नहीं था।
इस समस्या का हर निकालने के लिए होटल बनवा रहे लोगों ने ताओ महाप्रोम नाम के एक ज्योतिष से इसका उपाय पूछा। तब ताओ महाप्रोम ने इस स्थान पर भगवान ब्रह्मा के एक मंदिर का निर्माण कराने को कहा। भगवान ब्रह्मा संसार के रचियता है इसलिए ताओ महाप्रोम उन्हें ही इस निर्माण कार्य को पूरा करवाने में समर्थ मानता था। तब होटल से कुछ दूरी पर भगवान ब्रह्मा के एक मंदिर बनवाया गआ। मंदिर की स्थापना करने के बाद होटल का निर्माण भी बिना किसी परेशानी के हो गया।

जिटर पिंकवित ने किया था मूर्ति का निर्माण

मान्यताओं के अनुसार, भगवान ब्रह्मा की चार मुंह वाली मूर्ति का निर्माण जिटर पिंकवित नाम के एक कलाकर के द्वारा किया गया था। कहा जाता है कि इस मूर्ति का निर्माण प्लास्टर ऑफ पेरिस पर सोने का पानी चढ़ा कर किया गया था। कहा जाता है इस मूर्ति की स्थापना 9 नवम्बर 1956 में की गई थी।

भगवान ब्रह्मा को जाना जाता है ताओ महाप्रोम का नाम से

यहां भगवान ब्रह्मा को ताओ महाप्रोम के नाम से भी जाना जाता है। ताओ महाप्रोम ने ही यहां भगवान ब्रह्मा की स्थापना करने को कहा था, इसलिए ताओ महाप्रोम को भगवान ब्रह्मा का ही रूप मान कर उनकी पूजा की जाती है। ईरावन होटल की वजह से इस मंदिर का निर्माण किया गया था, इसलिए इस मंदिर को ईरावन तीर्थ के नाम से जाना जाता है।

मंदिर बन चुका है आस्था का केन्द्र

मंदिर की स्थापना के दिन से लेकर आज तक यह मंदिर भक्तों के लिए आस्था का केन्द्र बना हुआ है। न की सिर्फ हिंदू बल्कि बैंकाक के और अन्य स्थानों के लोग भी पूरी आस्था के साथ यहां दर्शन और पूजा-अर्चना करते है। कई लोग अपनी निर्माण कार्य से संबंधित समस्या लेकर यहां आते है और भगवान ब्रह्मा से उस समस्या को खत्म करने की प्रार्थना करते है।

 

ACIDITY – WHAT CAN YOU DO

14. SPIRITUAL VIDEOS (to play click on the image)

Navaratri, Making Use of Nature's Support - Sadhguru

TO WATCH CLICK ON THE IMAGE ABOVE.

Sadhguru-If you stuck with your gender..

Why so many Gods ?

Why so many Gods ? (click on the image to view it)

Are Many Gods Better Than One? (The Big Questions)

Are Many Gods Better Than One? (The Big Questions) Click on the above image to watch the video.

BK Shivani English Speech on Happiness and Expectations

BK Shivani English Speech on Happiness and Expectations

TU HAI MATA MERI Bhents By Narendra Chanchal,Anuradha Paudwal, Lakhbir Lakkha I Audio Juke Box

TU HAI MATA MERI Bhents By Narendra Chanchal,Anuradha Paudwal, Lakhbir Lakkha I Audio Juke Box

15. Live Video Streaming – Daily

We are now streaming live daily. This includes our Sunday service led by Dr. Doobay between 10:15 AM and 12 Noon, EST.
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Previous editions
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16. Doobay Medical Centre, Guyana      
        

DOOBAY MEDICAL CENTRE, Annandale, Guyana is a Registered not for profit organization active since October 15, 2011, Funded and supported by donations.
The hospital building was donated by the Doobay family.
Dr. Budhendra Doobay is a Chairman of the Vishnu Mandir, an eminent Guyanese Canadian Philanthropist and vascular surgeon. He has received the Order of Ontario, the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee medals and a number of other awards.
How you can help this great cause, please call Leonard Sanicharan at 416 497 3555 or Pandit Bhoj at 905 886 1724

 



 

          

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