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In this issue (DEC 2016)
  1. LIVE CLIP FROM VISHNU MANDIR
  2. Feedback
  3. December 2016 – Religious & Other events
  4. Read of the month – Tulsi Gabbard on Gita Jayanti, Sadhguru on Karma Theory, Osho on Gita Darshan.
  5. Temple Indoor and Outdoor events (Dec 2016)
  6. Know your festivals – Dec 2016 – Gita Jayanti & Ayyappa Puja & Ghee filling ceremony
  7. Your December month 2016 astrological forecast
  8. Temple Upcoming & Ongoing activities
  9. Temple Photo Album
  10. Hinduism News & Views (English)
  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.
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3. December 2016 Religious & other events 
For more info. on time etc please call: Vishnu Mandir 905-886-1724
 
Dec 3 – Sat – Bhajan sandhya by Vishnu Mandir Music Academy at 6 PM
Dec 9 Fri – Mokshada Ekadashi, Gita Jayanti
Dec 11- Sun – Pradosh
Dec 13- Tue – Purnima & Satyanarain Katha
Dec 15 – Thu – Sankranti
Dec 24 – Sat – Saphala Ekadashi
Dec 25 – Sun – Annual Ayyappa Ghee flling ceremony & Jalaram Bhajans
Dec 26 – Mon – Som Pradosh Puja
Dec 28 – Wed – Amavas
Dec 31 – Sat – New Year’s eve bhajan sandhya 10 PM to midnight

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

4. READ OF THE MONTH

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard sends greetings on Gita Jayanti

Gabbard quotes from the Bhagvad Gita.

By Sujeet Rajan

NEW YORK: Hawaii Democrat Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard has sent her greetings on the occasion of Gita Jayanti, which marks the birthday of Bhagvad Gita, the sacred text of the Hindus.

Here’s the full text of the message from Gabbard, the first practicing Hindu in the US House of Representatives, as made available to The American Bazaar:

“Namaste. Greetings and aloha from Hawaii to you all. All glories to Lord Krishna! I’m happy to again join you in this wonderful celebration of Gita Jayanti.

The Bhagavad Gita is non-different from God Himself. As such, the Bhagavad Gita is the Supreme treasure and the most wonderful property of all mankind.

No matter what our nationality, race, religion, gender, economic or education status, the message of the Bhagavad Gita is for all of us.

Simply by following Lord Krishna’s instructions in the Bhagavad Gita, even an ordinary person can achieve inner peace, happiness, the highest state of enlightenment.

In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna makes it very clear that our true identity is spiritual, not material:

For the soul there is never birth nor death. Nor, having once been, does he ever cease to be. He is unborn, eternal, ever-existing, undying and primeval. He is not slain when the body is slain.
~ Bhagavad Gita 2.20

As a person puts on new garments, giving up old ones, similarly, the soul accepts new material bodies, giving up the old and useless ones.
~ Bhagavad Gita 2.22

The soul can never be cut into pieces by any weapon, nor can he be burned by fire, nor moistened by water, nor withered by the wind.
~ Bhagavad Gita 2.23

Although we are spiritual in essence, we have material bodies and live in the material world. So the question is, how should we live in this world?

Krishna answers:

O son of Kunti, all that you do, all that you eat, all that you offer and give away, as well as all austerities that you may perform, should be done as an offering unto Me.
~ Bhagavad Gita 9.27

In this way you will be free from all reactions to good and evil deeds, and by this principle of renunciation, you will be liberated and come to Me.
~ Bhagavad Gita 9.28

The steadily devoted soul attains unadulterated peace because he offers the results of all activities to Me; whereas a person who is not in union with the Divine, who is greedy for the fruits of his labor, becomes entangled.
~ Bhagavad Gita 5.12

Krishna further instructs:

In all activities just depend upon Me and work always under My protection. In such devotional service, be fully conscious of Me.
~ Bhagavad Gita 18.57

Krishna is not only the Supreme Lord, He is also the Supreme Friend. And out of His love for us, He has manifested as the Bhagavad Gita.

So by contemplating upon, following, and embracing the Bhagavad Gita, we are embracing the Supreme Lord, the Supreme Friend Himself.

Jai Sri Krishna!”

Tulsi's Gita Jayanti Message 2014

Click on the image above to watch the video.
“What an amazing presentation from an amazing person!  High achiever, who has given to USA in a few years more than most give in a life time.  Veteran, sincere, dedicated, clear thinking – what more can we ask for from a leader?  it is a privilege  to meet and support Tulsi, not only an amazing person but a great Congressperson excelling at winning bipartisan support from totally messed up US Congress.  Support Tulsi and help her serve America and Hindus and take all our people forward.”

KARMA THEORY – NEW ANGLES – SADHGURU JAGGI VASUDEV – LORD KRISHNA


interview with Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev

Karma Theory

SOME NEW ANGLES

Karma Theory  is an EXACT SCIENCE. It does not falter or alter in any circumstances. 

That said, it is difficult to appreciate its operation in  some specific circumstances.

The other day, I was listening to a conversation between an actor (Vivek) and Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev.
Vivek’s question is : why do most Rowdies and criminals live healthy lives when small children fall sick and die of cancer and other horrible diseases? Is there any explanation beyond the previous janma theories?

Sadhguru explained it very neatly, very beautifully – as usual. Briefly, it is as follows :
If you and a Rowdy plant Mango seeds, water, them, manure them and grow them, finally, when the fruits come, your tree should yield very sweet, tasty mangoes because you are a good man. But, the tree of the Rowdy should yield sour mangoes. Right? Sadhguru asked.

That example partially drove home the point. But, Sadhguru explained further. The tree does not differentiate whether you are a good man or a bad man. It does its duty, based on the water, soil, manure etc that it needs and what you give. It gives sweet mangoes to whoever takes care of it well, based on its own nature. That is all. 
The mosquitoes will bite, whether you are an actor, singer or Sadhguru and they won’t spare because someone is a Sadhguru.
Neither Mosquitoes nor the bacteria (or virus) which they may carry, will ever care whether you are a good person or Bad person. Mosquitoes will grow  if your house and its surroundings have stagnant water. Once they grow, they will bite all those who are nearby households. That is their job. Whoever has lesser immunity will get the diseases first. So children will get. Rowdies may not get.
What can be remedied with some cleanliness, why should we see them as karma of past Janmas?
Now, Let me add a few more comments to the above explanation from Sadhguru – from Karma theory.
Lord Krishna has said much the same thing. Karmanyevaadhikaarasthe Maa phaleshu kadaachana (..and so on) – means, doing action is your right. You must never obtain from your actions. Do whatever you think, is needed, as your duty. The results will flow from me. I am the giver of the result. You have no right there. But, I will give what you deserve, when you deserve.
The Mango tree will not give you mangoes when you want. It will give based on its nature. Every result flows from the intrinsic nature of the objects you handle. Be they Mosquitoes or Mangoes.
Most of our problems can be handled through appropriate Karma or action. They don’t involve Punyam or Papam. 
So what is Punyam and Papam?  The simplest definition given in scriptures is , “paropakaaraaya punyaaya, paapaaya para peedanam” 

Punyam is – helping the needy; Paapam is – tormenting others. A very simple definition in deed. For every help you do to a needy person, God is also grateful to you. He will want to do something in return for you. He may give it in some shape, some time, some where, where you  least expect it.
Paapam is – your actions which trouble and torment others. You do deserve punishment  for it. That too will come at unexpected times and places. Punyam and Paapam flow from good and  evil intent basically. Can you really escape from their consequences? No way. Unless you change your self drastically and become a Jnani or Yogi yourself.
But for most of our usual, routine suffering, our neglect and ignorance are mostly responsible. In such cases, the present karma recoils on us immediately or with little lapse of time.
The development of an Individual, a state or a country depends on their present and Past efforts both. The Health of individuals and the nation also depend on the care they exercise for it. As simple as that. Lord Krishna’s Karma theory goads us into action; and never asks us to avoid it

Osho’s discourse series: Gita Darshan 

For the first time Osho gives a series of commentaries on religious sutras, and which he will continue to do for the rest of his life. On November 29th 1971, in Ahmedabad, Osho begins his 34-part series of commentaries on the most popular Hindu scripture Shrimad Bhagvadgita, which are published under the title: Gita Darshan, and are much loved throughout India*

*Note: earlier Osho had given single lectures on the teachings of certain mystics. Then in September 1969, in Kashmir, Osho gave a series of talks Mahavir: The Man and His Philosophy, and in September 1970, in Manali, He gave a series Krishna: The Man and His Philosophy, without commenting on their scriptures.

In India a person is called an acharya, a master, only if he has written a commentary on three things: first, the one hundred and eight Upanishads; second, Shrimad Bhagavadgita, Krishna’s celestial songs; third, the most important of all, Badrayana’s Brahman Sutras. I have never spoken about him. I was called acharya for many years, and people used to ask me if I had written all the commentaries—the Gita, the Upanishads and the Brahman Sutras. I laughed and said, “I only tell jokes, I don’t write any commentaries whatsoever. My being called an acharya is a joke, don’t take it seriously.” books05

Sutras are very small maxims, aphoristic. The reason why sutras were used in the past was that until writing came into existence, everything had to be memorized. You cannot memorize a big book, but you can memorize small sutras in the seed.
So all the ancient awakened ones have spoken in sutras, so that those sutras would reach the coming centuries just by memory. There was no other way of conveying to the future generations. Hence all old languages are very poetic, for the simple reason that poetry can be memorized more easily than prose. You can sing it….
When there was no way of writing, sutras came into existence; very small, aphoristic, two lines at the most—and that too written in a poetic form, so you can hum, recite, sing, and let them settle in your memory.
So there are sutra priests, and when writing came into existence, shastras, scriptures, were written. Now there was no need to write aphoristically, because in an aphoristic style there is the possibility of misinterpretation….
You will find in India a strange phenomenon which has not happened in any place outside India. Every sutra book has been interpreted in thousands of ways, because the sutra is so small, so condensed, so full of meaning, that you can take any viewpoint. It opens in all dimensions; you can interpret it in such a way that nobody has ever thought of.
So there are interpretations of sutras, but these interpretations are also sutras. So then there are interpretations of the interpretations…. Sometimes it goes on until one sutra has been interpreted, then the interpretation has been interpreted—twelve times, fifteen times, thirty times. I have come across one thousand interpretations of Shrimad Bhagavadgita.
Such a thing has never happened anywhere else in the world, because never were such condensed sutras given. Seeing the difficulty of sutras, that they can be interpreted in millions of ways contradictory to each other and create many schools of thought…. This was not the purpose. There was a single meaning, but who knows which is the right meaning? When there are a thousand meanings available, how are you going to choose which was the original meaning?
Hence, shastras came into existence. `Shastras’ mean prose scriptures. You don’t have to interpret. Every detail is given; not just a condensed aphoristic form, but everything that the person wanted to say has been explained by himself. You don’t need any interpreter….
The sutra priests exist for sutras; they are just biological computers carrying sutras. You ask them for sutras, they will give you sutras. And there are shastra priests; they don’t know anything on their own authority, but they can give you the whole shastra with all the interpretations possible. But it is all games, gymnastics of intellect and language. yaku02

Those who knew me for years, who knew that I had always been against God, were really puzzled, absolutely puzzled.
One of my teachers, whom I had tortured for three years continually in my high school because he was a very pious type of man: praying morning and evening, and continually keeping on his forehead the symbol of his religion…. I was continually harassing him about everything; he was incapable of answering any question….
This teacher met me almost twenty years afterwards in a discourse in Bombay. I was speaking on the most popular Hindu scripture, the Shrimad Bhagavad Gita. He could not believe it: thousands of people…and I was speaking on Bhagavad Gita! And not only thousands of people but hundreds of sannyasins too. He came to the back and waited there for when I came out.
He said, “What has happened? You are transformed!”—and he touched my feet.
I said, “Don’t touch them. I am not transformed, I am the same man. And I am very stubborn: I am going to remain the same man to the last breath. Don’t touch my feet”—but he had already touched them.
He said, “You must be joking! If so many sannyasins….” That’s why I had chosen the orange robe, just to sabotage the whole idea of ancient sannyas. There was now no difference between my sannyasins and their sannyasins: it was difficult to figure out who was who. And my sannyasins were increasing every day, in every place all over the country. And when he said that so many sages were also sitting there, I said, “None of them is a sage! Keep your eyes open and close your ears. You should not come here—you are a simple person, this is not for you.”
But he said, “I have heard you, the whole lecture, and I have been reading the Gita my whole life, and nobody has ever interpreted Krishna’s words the way you have. I have read many commentaries, but listening to you I found that all those were third rate.”

5. Temple – indoor/Outdoor events in December 2016

 (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)
Dec 3 Sat – Bhajan Sndhya by Vishnu Mandir Music Academy at 6 PM
Dec 9 Fri- Gita Havan & Gita discourse (Gita Jayanti)
Dec 13 Tue – Purnima, Satya Narayan Kathaat 6 pm
Dec 25 Sun – Ghee Filling Ceremony 9 am
Dec 25 – Sun – Jalaram Bhajans at 4 pm
Dec 26 – Mon – Som Pradosh puja
Dec 31 – Sat – New Year’s even bhajan satsang from 10 PM to midnight.

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

6. KNOW YOUR FESTIVALS DECEMBER TYOHARS

GITA JYANTI – FRI DEC 9th

Sadhguru on the Bhagavad Gita: From Action to Yoga

Sadhguru answers a question on Krishna’s words about yoga and activity, and their place in a spiritual seeker’s life.


Questioner: Krishna says that in the initial stages, yoga can be attained by action, and then, for perfection, all activities will have to be terminated. In some other place he says, even a sanyasi cannot be free from activity. Can you explain?

Sadhguru: Let me read this for those of you who don’t have the book with you.

“The Lord of Sri said, ‘One who does his duties properly and renounces the fruit of his action is both a renunciate and a yogi. It is not possible to become a sanyasi merely by forgoing work and sacrificial fire. O Son of Pandu! Sanyasa is yoga, because only by giving up all selfish impulses can one attain yoga. For someone who has just begun yoga, accomplishment of yoga can be attained by action. But for those who have already attained yoga, perfection is possible through termination of all activity. When all attachment towards sense objects and action cease, all material impulses stop, one attains yoga. Whether one attains elevation or degradation through one’s mind is up to oneself, for the mind can be one’s friend or one’s foe.”

When he says, “One who does his duties properly and renounces the fruit of action is both a renunciate and a yogi. It is not possible to become a sanyasi merely by forgoing work and sacrificial fire,” it means that it is not the action which is entangling. To give an example – let’s say you are an accountant. Going to the office, counting numbers, coming home does not entangle you. But you are going to the office because it gives you a certain prestige, access, and other benefits. You are going to the office not because you love to count numbers but for the fruit of action. He is trying to take that away from you. If you do not get any salary, no prestige, no social access, no benefits of any kind – would you still be willing to work? It is not that you should not eat or enjoy what is around you, but if those things were not there, would you still work with the same intensity? That is what is of utmost value and significance here.

It is never what you do which entangles you. It is the expectation of what you should get which entangles you.

The volunteers here who are cooking in the kitchen, arranging all these flowers, doing all this work, are not getting a prize. They are not getting paid; they do not even get to sit in the hall. But do you think they do anything with resentment, like “I do not get to participate in the Leela, so why the hell should I do all this”? There is none. They are simply doing it. This is renouncing the fruit of action. Enormous effort is being made, without expecting the fruit of action. Often, there is not even a word of acknowledgement from me, because I do not want them to get entangled with that either.

Once you renounce the fruit of action, action will come easily. Once someone simply does it for the love of what they are doing, and above all because they want someone else to enjoy it, it does not matter whether they get to sit there too or not. Once you renounce the fruit of action, action is not entangling. It is never what you do which entangles you. It is the expectation of what you should get which entangles you. Just observe yourself – wherever you do action without expectation, what is your experience? Wherever you do action with expectation, what is your experience? If you look at that, you will speak Gita.

Since you will not drop the fruit of action out of awareness, there is so much talk about love. When you have a deep sense of love for someone, it is easier to drop the fruit of action. In this sense, generally everywhere in the world and especially in this culture, women are better karma yogis than men. Being a housewife with husband and children is a full-time job. If they cook, whether they themselves eat or not, they want the child and the husband to eat. Everything they do is done without expecting any fruit of action. Somehow, they have a different quality about themselves, a certain sense of peace and life. In this generation, it is dissipating because they are getting educated, and unfortunately, the way education is structured right now, it creates endless want.

Once you are educated, there is no question of sitting and relaxing. You must be “on” endlessly. Modern education has brought this madness in progress. During the 60’s, one of the hippies slogans was “Even if you win the rat race, you’re still a rat.” Do you want to be one? The hippie movement’s intention was right – longing to break away, longing to know another dimension of life – but unfortunately, it happened without guidance. Some opportunistic people misused this, and the whole thing floundered. People used drugs, killed themselves, got drunk and only hastened their destruction rather than getting anywhere. Some people got their lives straightened out, others got washed away.

Absolute inaction is samadhi.

Becoming free from the fruit of action is a complete release. Action is never a suffering. It is expecting the fruit of action which causes suffering. If you did not expect anything, you would work joyfully, and with tremendous ability, because what comes in the end is not the point. If you enjoyed doing something, you would simply throw yourself absolutely into it. That is the culture we want to create.

“O Son of Pandu! Sanyasa is yoga, because only by giving up all selfish impulses can one attain yoga.” This is the same thing said in a different way. He clarifies here that sanyasa does not mean not doing anything. It just means you have given up selfish impulses – “selfish” not in social terms but in the sense of being too concerned about the fruit of action. No matter if it is not for you but for other people – your family, your community or whoever – you should do all this without any great expectation of the fruit. If you get a fruit, eat it – there is nothing wrong with that. It is not the fruit that kills you. It is the expectation of the fruit of action that kills you.

“For someone who has just begun yoga, accomplishment of yoga can be attained by action. But for one who has already attained yoga, perfection is possible through termination of all activity.”

Many people ask me, “Shall I just come to the ashram?” Their idea is to drop all the action that they have been doing in their lives – their responsibilities, their family, their work, their business – and come here to just meditate. No – even here, we put people to action, because the part of their prarabdha that is dedicated to action is not yet exhausted. Prarabdha is an allotted amount of karma. Certain amounts of your life energy are dedicated to different aspects, including action, thoughts, and emotions. You have to either expend or transcend the energy dedicated to action. The simplest way is to expend it. If you work more, the energy allotted for action is expended sooner.

Unless you expend the allotted energy, you cannot sit still. If you want to sit here without any movement within you, without a single thought or emotion or anything else, simply like empty space, you have to work to expend that energy. Otherwise, you must do the necessary sadhana to transform this energy into something else, which is much subtler and takes a deeper level of sadhana. Expending energy through excessive action is good in the earlier phase of sadhana. That is why he says, “For someone who has just begun yoga, accomplishment of yoga can be attained by action.” Here, he does not mean accomplishment in the sense of ultimate accomplishment.

The next sentence is: “But for one who has already attained yoga, perfection is possible through termination of all activity.” Once you have expended your prarabdha karma, which means the energy allotted for action is used up, you terminate all activity and attain perfection. One level of human consciousness or experience is referred to as yoga – another level is translated as “perfection.” Do we have the original Sanskrit? Chapter Six, Verse Three.

Participant: Yogarudhasya tasyaiva shamah karanam ucchyate

Sadhguru: The English translation may not be accurate. Anyway – for a beginner, action is good. First you have to bring yourself to the point where you transcend the basic force of physical existence – the karmic bondage or prarabdha. When all attachment to sense objects and actions cease and all material impulses stop, one attains yoga. Instead of talking about the mind, he talks about the senses. Both are connected – the five senses are the mouths of the mind. Without the five senses, the mind has no feed. If the sense organs do not take in anything, the mind has no food to go on with.

Absolute inaction is samadhi. In samadhi, you drop both external and internal activity – even the physiological activity drops. Termination of activity is not only about outer activity but also inner activity – thoughts, emotions, bodily functions – everything is still.

Sacrifice for Sabari (AYYAPPA DARSHAN & GHEE FILLING CEREMONY SIGNIFICANCE)

In Kerala, 50 million pilgrims will spend about twelve million dollars in three months doing hard penance to earn the grace of Lord Ayyappan.

Some say the pilgrimage to Sabarimala, which is performed by millions every year in the southern state of Kerala from November through the middle of March, is over before it starts, meaning its blessings are sown during the elaborate preparation for it. This consists of “mandalakalam,” an intense 41-day penance. The pilgrimage, which is like a celebration for completing the preparation, may be taken via one of several routes which varies greatly in length and difficulty. But no pilgrimage route, challenging or not, is ever embarked upon without first completing the rigors of mandalakalam.

During mandalakalam, the devotee prepares an offering of ghee in a very special way. He husks and cleans a coconut and pours the milk out through a small pierced hole. He then fills the coconut with ghee and seals it shut with wax. Throughout the pilgrimage, he carries one, two or three of these ghee-filled coconuts like gold, because at Sabarimala this golden ghee will be ceremoniously poured upon the icon of Ayyappan.

The ghee-filled coconut symbolizes man’s ego shrouding his soul essence. When the ghee is released from the coconut and anoints the icon of Lord Ayyappan, the essence of the soul of the devotee is said to unite with the essence of God, thus bringing the pilgrimage to its zenith. 

Journey’s Preparations

There is no difference between Lord Ayyappan and us. For the 41 days, each pilgrim call each other “Ayyappan.” or “Swami”. Lord Ayyappan is a form of the God and therefore dwells in all. 

Swamis wear a black shirt and dhoti and applies sandalwood paste and kumkum (red powder) to forehead. Traditionally, on this pilgrimage Kerala pilgrims wear purple clothes, Tamil Nadu pilgrims wear black and those from Karnataka wear blue.

On the first day of mandalakalam, pilgrims learn how to fill a coconut with ghee and seal it. Also a small packet called irumudi kettu is also prepared.  This packet has two compartments. One compartment was for ghee-filled coconuts and other one for camphor, incense sticks, saffron and other puja items. The second compartment is for two towels, two sets of appropriate clothing, and food to be eaten en route. A bag tied in the middle keeps the two compartments separate. The portion carrying the offerings to the Lord is always kept in front.

At the appropriate time near the conclusion of the 41-day penance. irumudi kettu is prepared in the proper way with the ghee-filled coconuts. 

Life-Transforming Pilgrimage

Of the several routes that can be taken to Sabarimala, the traditional and longer one is via Erumeli. From there pilgrims trek barefoot for 15 miles through dense forests to arrive at Pamba. It takes about two days. Another route is about six miles long and is usually taken by those coming into Kerala from Tamil Nadu through Vandiperiyar. Recently, a third route has been made available. This is the fastest and easiest of all. Following this route, a pilgrim can drive straight to Pamba and from there trek only about three miles to Sabarimala.

Every year, tens of thousands of ardent devotees arrive in Nilakkal, Chalakkayam and Pamba from out of state during this special festival season.

Arriving at Pamba, along the Pamba river irumudi kettu is placed on the heads. Chanting the Ayyappa mantra, pilgrims  wade across the river, which is usually about knee deep.

Thousands of pilgrims take bath. Wherever there is room on the banks of this sacred Pamba river, pilgrims are busy in doing some sort of rituals.

Pilgrims emerge from the water and move toward the Pamba Ganapati temple. Pilgrims take out a coconut and break it at a designated spot in front of the temple and then offer prayers at all the secondary shrines in the complex. Then pilgrims are ready to climb the hill.

Pilgrims starts their climb. The first portion is muddy and wet. As the trekking progresses, the path becomes steep. After nearly a mile up steps that are unevenly constructed turns into tough task. This one is hardest walk even youth needs to rest intermittently. Aged devotees who are unable to endure the strain of the hike can be carried on a simple palanquin made of cane.

A little less than a mile before the sannidhanam (the main Sabarimala Temple), one arrives at a holy altar. Here prayers are offered and devotional camphor fire is lit. Several hundred feet after that, one come to saramkuthi aal, a sacred banyan tree famous as the place where Lord Ayyappan asked His legion to throw their weapons down and prepare for worship. Some pilgrims actually places arrows here. From here one has to pass through a narrow path for a long time through a dense forest, finally one arrives at a valley dividing the mountains of Neelimala and Sabarimala.  Here one reaches a platform that can accommodate about 6,000 pilgrims at a time. From here it takes about two more hours to reach the temple. From here the famous 18 steps starts. Each of these 18 steps symbolizes one of the 18 Gods of the 18 surrounding hills. 

The Crowning Moment

It takes about one more hour to arrive at the final destination in front of the sanctum sanctorum, where simply having a glimpse of Ayyappan is considered the blessing of a lifetime. This particular Ayyappan icon, called “Panchaloha,” or “five-metaled,” is very powerful. 

To the right of the main sanctum is a small shrine to Lord Ganesha. One pays the homage here and prepares for the main puja (ceremony) to Panchaloha. This special puja, called “Neyyabhishekam,” consisted of anointing the Panchaloha icon with the huge amounts of ghee brought by the thousands of devotees.

Here ghee-filled coconuts filled are broke open and pilgrims pour the contents into one clean steel vessel. 

At the main shrine, the vessel with ghee is handed over to the priest, and it is ceremoniously poured. The primary goal of the pilgrimage is fulfilled.

Pilgrims join thousands of Ayyappans to chant, “Saranam, swamiye. Saranam, Ayyappa,”

7. YOUR HOROSCOPE FOR DECEMBER 2016


YOUR VIDEO HOROSCOPE (IN ENGLISH)
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Taurus December 2016 Horoscope Predictions: Online Activities Boost Earnings And Benefits

Gemini December 2016 Horoscope Predictions: Unstable But Exciting Love, Sexually Active Period

Cancer December 2016 Horoscope Predictions: Health Needs Serious Attention, 6-Planet Stress Aspect

Leo December 2016 Horoscope Predictions: Party Time! Enjoy Social Networking, Keep Worries Aside

Virgo December 2016 Horoscope Predictions: Old Memories And Trauma Will Surface And Need Resolved

Libra December 2016 Horoscope Predictions: Dreams Of Past Experiences Happen, Confront These

Scorpio December 2016 Horoscope Predictions: Venus Into Your 4th House Indicates Socializing At Home

Sagittarius December 2016 Horoscope Predictions: You Exude Star Quality And Unbridled Optimism

Capricorn December 2016 Horoscope Predictions: Extrasensory Perception Is Sharper Than Ever

Aquarius December 2016 Horoscope Predictions: You'll Express More Forcefully Than You Realize

Pisces December 2016 Horoscope Predictions: Mars In Your 12th House Shows Great Financial Intuition

8. TEMPLE UPCOMING & ONGOING EVENTS

New Year Eve’s Bhajan Sandhya from 10 pm to midnight. For latest info please call temple closer to Dec 31st
9. TEMPLE PHOTO ALBUM (NOVEMBER 2016)
Fund raising dinner – Radha Krishna Mandir Kitchner

PROSTATE CANCER SEMINAR – SUN 27 NOV 2016

9, HINDUISM NEWS & VIEWS (ENGLISH)


Having ‘Peace of Mind’ is not a strenuous job

This is priceless……Don’t skip,
Please read this .

You will find great relief ,
if you are disturbed.

It’s  a request…….

Once Buddha was traveling with a few of his followers.

While they were passing a lake, Buddha told one of his disciples,
“I am thirsty.
Do get me some water from the lake.”

The disciple walked up to the lake.

At that moment,
a bullock cart started crossing through the lake.
As a result,
The water became very muddy and turbid.

The disciple thought,
“How can I give this muddy water to Buddha to drink?”

So he came back and told Buddha,
“The water in there is very muddy.
I don’t think it is fit to drink.”

After about half an hour, again Buddha asked the same disciple to go back
to the lake.

The disciple went back,
and found that the water was still muddy.

He returned and informed Buddha about the same.

After sometime,
again Buddha asked the same disciple to go back.

This time, the disciple found the mud had settled down, and the water was clean and clear.

So he collected some water in a pot and brought it to Buddha.

Buddha looked at the water, and then he looked up at the disciple and said,
“See what you did to make the water clean.
You let it be,
and the mud settled down on its own,
and you have clear water.”

Your mind is like that too ! When it is disturbed,
just let it be.
Give it a little time.
It will settle down on its own.

You don’t have to put in any effort to calm it down.
It will happen.
It is effortless.”

Having ‘Peace of Mind’ is not a strenuous job,

it is an effortless processso keep ur mind cool and have a great life ahead…

Never leave Your close ones.
If you find few faults in them just close Your eyes
‘n Remembr the best time You spent together…

because

Affection is More Important than Perfection..!

Neither you can hug yourself….
nor you can cry on your own shoulder….

Life is all about living for one another,
so live with those who love you the most…

Relations cannot be Understood by the Language of Money…
Bcoz,
Some Investments Never Give Profit
But They Make us rich…!

“Family n Friends are such investments.

NANDI & MEDITATION
I wanted to share this with you a  beautiful explanation


Generally, we see Nandi sitting directly opposite the main door of the temple where Shiva’s idol or Shivalingam is located.

He is not waiting for him to come out and say something.

He is in waiting.

Nandi is a symbolism of eternal waiting, because waiting is considered the greatest virtue in Indian culture.

One who knows how to simply sit and wait is naturally meditative.

He is not expecting anything. He will wait forever.

Nandi is Shiva’s closest accomplice because he is the essence of receptivity.

Before you go into a temple, you must have the quality of Nandi – to simply sit.

So, just by sitting here, he is telling you, “When you go in, don’t do fanciful things.Don’t ask for this or that. Just go and sit like me.”

The fundamental difference between Prayer & Meditation is that – Prayer means you are trying to talk to God. Meditation means you are willing to listen to God.

You are willing to just listen to existence, to the ultimate nature of creation.

You have nothing to say, you simply listen.

That is the quality of Nandi – he just sits, alert, not sleepy. He is not sitting passively. He is very active, full of alertness, full of life, but just being – that is Meditation!

ROLE – REVERSAL :

A Western HiImage may contain: 1 person , indoorndu priestess is blessing an Indian origin Hindu at a temple in Moscow.This shows Sanatan Dharma is evolving with time.You neither have to be a male nor a born Hindu to be a priest.You dont have to be a Brahman to be a priest also.This is the equality that is preached in Hinduism but today some people fail to implement it.

In Tamil Nadu many dalits are undergoing training to be priests in a temple.I would love to see them take charge as priests.Also we see many women doing duties as priests during religious ceremonies.

10. HEALTH NEWS

Lose Weight Before Your Special Day
by Following This Diet Chart

  
Plan out a healthy diet chart a month ahead of your wedding, if you want all your bulges and excess fat to disappear, says an expert.
Nutritionist and wellness expert Preeti Seth suggests how: 
Follow this sample diet plan one month before your wedding:

1. Early Morning: Two glasses of water and 10 almonds
2. Breakfast: One bowl of oats porridge or poha or upma or sandwich
3. Mid Morning: One bowl of fruits and a glass of buttermilk
4. Lunch: Salad and two bran rotis or one cup of brown rice, vegetables and pulses
5. Evening: One cup of green tea and a fist of sprouts or roasted chickpeas
6. Dinner: Soup or salad and two bran rotis, vegetables
7. Bedtime: One cup of slim milk

Follow this plan a week before your marriage:

1. Early morning: Two glasses of water and 10 almonds
2. Breakfast: A toasted multigrain bread and a glass of milk
3. Mid-morning: A bowl of fruits
4. Lunch: Salad and a bran roti or half a cup of brown rice, vegetables and pulses
5. Evening: One glass of fruit juice and a fist of sprouts or roasted chickpeas
6. Dinner: Soup or salad and a bran roti and vegetables
7. Bedtime: A cup of slim milk

5 easy yoga asanas that will revolutionise your beauty routine

Yoga can be a fabulous way of becoming, and staying, beautiful–and these simple exercises will show you Posted by Shreya Goswami
November 28, 2016 | UPDATED 11:18 IST

Ever wonder where that “yoga-glow” was coming from? Well, it’s certainly a result of using makeup or skin creams! Yoga can be a fabulous way of becoming, and staying, beautiful. These simple exercises target each part of the face–from getting rid of pesky pimples to keeping wrinkles away. This yoga sequence is the final word in your beauty routine.

1. Cupping–Get rid of dark circles
Photo: Parveen Negi
– Cupping is a simple and easy way of getting rid of dark circles. You can do it anywhere at any time.
– Rub your hands together, generating heat in your palms and then place the base of your palms on your eyes. Stay like that and breath. Hold for 30 seconds.

2. Kapala randhraa dhauti

– Place your thumbs on your temples. Take two or three fingers and make circles around your eyes, starting from your eyebrows to under your eyes. Move in one direction only.
– Now move to your forehead, and create brush strokes on your forehead in gentle but swift motions.
– Concentrate and breathe in deeply while doing this.

3. For sagging chin/jowls

– Inhale and turn your head to the right. Exhale and lift your chin up, and pucker your lips, pulling the skin of your neck up.
– Come back to centre.
– Inhale and do the same on the other side.

4.Kapala bhati

This is a fantastic way of getting that “yoga-glow”.
– Sit in a comfortable meditation posture. The head and spine should be straight, with the hands resting on the knees in either chin or jnana mudra.
– Exhale through both the nostrils with a forceful contraction of the abdominal muscles. The inhalation should take place passively by allowing the abdominal muscles to relax. Inhalation should be spontaneous.
– Continue doing this in a rhythmic fashion.

5. Sasang asana

This is a great asana for circulation–by bringing the blood to the head, you are promoting rejuvenation and regeneration of the facial skin. This asana also help stabilise hormones–like the thyroid gland which helps in prevention of acne.
– Sit in vajra asan.
– Now bend forward and touch the crown of your head on the floor, bringing it as close as possible to your knees.
– Hold the heels with your hands.
– Stay here and breathe.
 

Rajiv Dixit : What Next If You Have Cancer | कैंसर हो जाए तो क्या करे

Rajiv Dixit : What Next If You Have Cancer | कैंसर हो जाए तो क्या करे(in Hindi)

Nani ke Nuskhe: 7 all-natural packs and scrubs to get the perfect glow this Christmas

Nutrition, stress, unhealthy food choices, improper skin care and excessive exposure to pollution contribute to our skin looking dull and lifeless. Though you may find a wide variety of beauty products that promise instant glow, no one can deny the fact that they are packed with chemicals, which can prove harmful for your skin in the long run.o, what if I told you that you can turn your glowing-skin dreams into a reality, with just a little hard work from your side, without having to spend too much money or exposing your skin to harmful chemicals?
o, what if I told you that you can turn your glowing-skin dreams into a reality, with just a little hard work from your side, without having to spend too much money or exposing your skin to harmful chemicals?

Here are some DIY face masks and scrubs with ingredients just from your kitchen that can make you look like a million bucks:

1. Honey and lemon face mask

Honey is known to be a great moisturiser for the skin–it cleans pores and lightens skin tone, leaving you with glowing skin. Mix a tablespoon of lemon juice to three parts of honey and apply it on your face after a wash. Let it dry and wash it off with cold water for soft, supple skin.

2. Banana and almonds face pack

Banana helps your skin look dewy and fresh. It is a rich source of vitamin C and can also aid in removing acne and pigmentation. It has also been proven to have whitening effects on the skin. Almonds, on the other hand, are a rich source of vitamins E, A and D, and also work as an effective natural antioxidant. Mash some bananas and almond oil and apply it on your face and neck.Leave it on for 15-20 mins, wash it off with cold water.

3. Potato face pack

Potato is known to be rich in vitamin C and plays an important role in maintaining skin health. It also acts as a natural skin-whitening agent. Take a grated raw potato and apply it directly on your skin. Let it dry and wash it off after 15-20 mins. Do this regularly and you will find your skin look more bright and clean.

4. Saffron and milk pack

Saffron and milk together are a great remedy to get rid of acne. This pack acts as a moisturiser and cleanser. Use raw milk, as it aids whitening. Mix a few strands of saffron in a spoon of milk and massage it on the skin. Let it dry and rinse it with cold water.

5. Yogurt and oatmeal pack

Oats is a natural exfoliator and aids in cleaning the skin by removing dead skin and impurities. It is ideal for oily skin and has a drying effect. Yogurt aids in removing sun tan and pigmentation, thereby moisturising the skin. Mix yogurt and oats and scrub the mix on your face in circular motions. Wash it after 20 mins and feel the difference.

6. Aloe vera and honey pack

Everyone is aware of the myriad benefits of aloe vera separately. Combine it with honey and you will crack the code to beauty secrets. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, aloe vera helps even out skin tone and reduce hyper pigmentation. It makes your skin look fairer and aids in brightening the skin. Mix 2 teaspoons of raw honey and 1 teaspoon of aloe vera gel and apply this mix onto your face.

7. Cucumber face pack

Cucumber helps bind the collagen in your skin and makes your skin look supple. It also lightens your skin tone. One method is rubbing peeled cucumber slices over your face in order to let your skin absorb the juice. The other way is to make a pulp of the cucumber slices and apply it over your face. Wait till the juice/pulp dries up and then wash it off with cold water.

15 Minutes With Deepak Chopra

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Reader’s Digest: Over the past three decades, you’ve written more than 85 books on wellness of both body and soul. How have your ideas changed over time?

Deepak Chopra: I’ve gone from just treating the physical body [as a medical doctor] to a more holistic approach. I look at health as well-being on many levels-physical, mental, emotional, spiritual-and expand that to what we call social well-being. That includes career, community, even finances.

How did you initially become interested in mindfulness and spirituality?

As a physician, I was able to see the interface between our emotional well-being and what happens in our bodies. If you experience resentment, hostility, guilt, shame or fear, your biology is totally different from when you’re experiencing love, compassion, joy or peace. The word “mindfulness” is technically not right because [this state] has more to do with being aware. Awareness is the highest intelligence you can have-it spontaneously shifts your modes of thinking, feeling and behaving.

What’s your biggest challenge in maintaining awareness?

I don’t have any challenges. I live in awareness and self-awareness. If there’s melodrama around me, I just observe-I don’t get drawn in.

Can you offer any words of wisdom to someone who’s interested in awareness but doesn’t know where to start?

Slow down. Stop. Inhale deeply and be grateful for every breath. It will expand your awareness of yourself. That’s the first step.

As we get older, many of us experience a decline in our physical and cognitive abilities. Do you have any tips?

Make sure your senior years are enjoyable and productive. Retirement is overrated. I don’t plan to retire. Hopefully I’ll die gracefully, either on the road or in meditation. I’ll be 70 this year and I think this is my best period yet.

In your experience, what is a life well lived?

It’s one where at the end you can say, I lived well, I loved well and I contributed well. To live well is to live in the moment. Loving well requires being passionate about everything around you-a person, an animal, a plant, an idea. You begin to recognize that love isn’t just a sentiment but the ultimate truth at the heart of the universe. And by “contributed,” I mean, what did you do that was in service to the planet?

Speaking of living well, humour is often linked to good health.

Yes! You can’t feel stressed and have a laugh at the same time. We underestimate the power of laughter in modulating everything in our biology, including our immune systems.

Do you have a favourite joke?

Yes. A patient goes to a doctor-like me-and I give him all the advice and he says, “So if I stop smoking, stop drinking and start exercising and meditating, will I live longer?” And I say, “Even if you don’t live longer, your life will seem a lot longer.”

 

Joint pains is one of the most common and painful health condition. Living with joint pains is not easy. Ayurvedic remedies therapies, treatments, herbs and home remedies have been providing relief since ages.

Ayurvedic view of Joint Pains and Arthritis

According to Ayurvedic understanding, joint pains develop mainly due to accumulated toxic matter which further results in imbalance of the three doshas. Due to weakness of the gastric fire or the agni, when the food remains undigested, then the undigested juice (Ama rasa) intermingles with the vitiated doshas viz.Vata, Pitta and Kapha. This results in causing pain and inflammation in the joints and thus production of the disease of joint pains and arthritis.

Joint Pains Symptoms

Joint pains may show symptoms like – Tenderness and enlargement of the joint with limitation of its movements. There generally is pain in the affected joints, which increases on movement and decreases with rest. Joint pains are generally accompanied by joint stiffness and wasting of the muscles. The pain might increase with change in the weather. Also, in joint pains there is loss of flexibility, grating sensation and bone spurs may emerge. The ailment of joint pains and arthritis may also include symptoms like anorexia, weakness, loss of weight and difficulty in movement of the joints as the disease progresses.

Knee Joint Pains

The knee joint pains are one of the most common and dreaded joint pains which are much weakening and distressing. These joint pains are mainly the form of osteo-arthritis which is a degenerative joint disease due to the lack of lubricating (Synovial) fluid in the joints, leading to the damage in cartilage, bone, joint capsule, ligaments and muscles. In Ayurveda, this medical condition is described as Sandhi Vata. It is a Vata Dosha disorder affecting joints, mainly Knees, where the vata dosha gets aggravated and dries up the Kapha (Synovial fluid-Shleshak Kapha) in the joints. This causes roughening of the smooth surfaces of the joints and later, bone rubs on bone and movements become painful. Although, the modern medicines rests on relieveing the pain with pain killers, but in Ayurvedic treatments for joint pains and osteo arthritis there are long lasting results with least side effects.

This must be understood that the disease of joint pains particularly the knee joint pains, the condition gradually worsens if not properly taken care of. Therefore timely relief with Ayurvedic treatments is the way out.

Ayurvedic Medicine for Joint Pains

Ayurveda medicine is rich natural source of herbs and herbo-mineral products that ensure sufficient relief from problems of joint pains and arthritis. A number of herbs like Garlic, Ginger, Guggulu, Turmeric, Bishop’s weed, Shilajit, Rasna, Nirgundi etc have been recommended time and again in Ayurveda text so as to attain relief from joint pains. Also, combinations of herbs like Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus ), Bala(Sida Cordifolia) , Eranda (Ricinus Communis) Medicated ghee , Sallaki ( Boswellia serrata) , Guggulu (Commiphora mukul) etc are generally given to the patient suffering from joint pains. Of these, Guggulu is one herb I would like to emphasize on that is highly popular Ayurveda drug of choice for joint pains.

Ayurvedic Cures for Joint Pains

Surprisingly, people in most part of the world have not recognized one of the most ancient and powerful systems, Ayurvedic approach tojoint pains and arthritis gives excellent results when treated at regular intervals with the detox (Panchakarma) and Rejuvenation therapies combined with internal medications. At Indus Valley Ayurvedic centre, there are a number of Ayurvedic cures, Ayurvedic treatments and therapies for joint pains and related ailments. These are designed to help you recover from the joint pains as well as keep the ailment of arthritis away. The lifestyle modifications with Yoga and Ayurvedic diet will significantly increase the quality of life by reducing pain. We receive patients from over 50 countries and many come each year regularly. Undergoing Ayurveda therapies once a year provides excellent relief.

Ayurvedic Panchkarma for Joint Pains and Arthritis

Ayurveda emphasizes on preventative and healing therapies along with various methods of purification and rejuvenation. Panchakarma therapy of Ayurveda is primarily detoxification remedy which aids in removing toxins from the body system. Panchkarma encompasses five techniques that aim at disintegrating the Ama or the toxic matter. The detoxification effect of Panchkarma treatment is used to manage arthritis in Ayurveda treatment. Janu Basti is a specific treatment for treating joint pains or Osteo Arthritis of knee.

Yoga for Joint Pains

Yoga asanas and Yoga techniques like Pranayama (Deep Breathing techniques), Physiotherapy and Aqua Yoga are beneficial add-on therapies for joint pains. Therapeutic Yoga as is being practiced and taught at Indus Valley Ayurvedic centre comprises of a wide range of mind and body practices, from postural and breathing practice to deep relaxation and mediation. It acts as a conventional supportive medical treatment. This is particularly recommended for those suffering from joint pains as these yoga techniques aim at providing holistic treatment to the health ailments of joint pains and arthritis at the same time provides with much needed mental relaxation for stress management and positive mental attitude to help you in living with joint pains.

60-Second Health Tests: 6 Important Screenings You Can Do Right At Home
Pay more attention to your health this year! Here are 6 important screenings you can start on right now at home!
1. Cross-Legged Squat Test For Agility And Longevity

Start off with 10 points. Cross your legs, squat down and sit down on the floor; then get back up. If you don’t use hands, feet or wobble at all, you keep your 10 points. If any part of your body touches down, you lose a point. Aim to score an 8 or higher in this test of muscle strength, balance, flexibility and agility. The lower your number, the greater likelihood it is that you’re going to die in the next six years.
2. Bad Breath Test

Scrape the back of your tongue with a spoon, seal the spoon in a plastic bag and put it under a bright light for one minute. Then, smell it.
A healthy tongue coating should be clear, but if what you find on the spoon is thick, colored or has an unpleasant odor, it could be an early sign of problems with your respiratory system, liver, kidneys, hormones or gut. Most cases of bad breath will be related to gum disease or tonsils, but really ominous odors could be a sign of a larger health problem.
3. Clock Test For Dementia

Draw a clock on a piece of paper, add the numbers in the right order and make the hands point to 3:40. You get one point each for drawing a closed circle, properly placed numbers, getting all 12 numbers and properly placed hands. A score lower than four points could be a cause for concern.
The test assesses cognitive functions like memory, problem solving and executive functions like planning. It’s a good predictor of cognitive health.
4. Window Test For Eyes And Vision Loss

Look at a door frame or large window frame from across a room where you can see vertical and horizontal lines. Cover one eye and look at it for 30 seconds and repeat on the other side. You should be able to see the edges of the frame as vertical and horizontal parallel lines without any wavy or missing parts. If the door frame edges seem like they have kinks or are distorted, or bow in or out, this may indicate that you have macular degeneration, one of the most common causes of vision loss in people over 50.
5. Wobble Test For Faulty Thyroid

Stretch out your hand with your palm down, and place a piece of paper on top of it. Look for trembling or shaking of the paper, which could be a sign of hyperthyroidism. The condition, in which the thyroid is revved up and causes the body’s functions to go into hyperdrive, is more common in women, who are four times more likely than men to have it.
The movement could be too small to see on its own, but the paper accentuates any shaking. Keep in mind, though, that a slight tremble is common, and can be caused by caffeine, asthma medication, anxiety or low blood-sugar levels.
6. Cushion Test For Artery Problems

Lie on your back on a bed and elevate both legs to a 45-degree angle on cushions. Hold them there for one minute then quickly hang your legs down over the side of the bed at 90 degrees. If one or both of your feet or legs become very pale when elevated but take several minutes to return to their regular color, it could be a sign of peripheral arterial disease.

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Ontario 

Health Study - Imagining a healthier future.
 
Ontario Health Study - 

Imagining a healthier future.
 
 

Dear participant,

Thank you for your interest in the Ontario Health Study (OHS). Your contribution to this Study will help researchers better understand the causes of chronic diseases like cancer, heart disease and diabetes. By providing valuable information and samples to the Study, you can help to guide the development of new prevention, diagnosis and treatment strategies that will help future generations.

Below you will find some detailed information from the Alliance about the purpose of their study and what it involves. Participating in the Alliance is completely voluntary and is separate from the Ontario Health Study.

If you have any questions about the Alliance, please call 1-866-414-7474 or email alliance@phri.ca

How to access your Ontario Health Study account:

  1. Visit study.ontariohealthstudy.ca.
  2. Enter the username and password you selected at registration.

About the Canadian Alliance for Healthy Hearts and Minds (The Alliance):

The Alliance team is excited to introduce to you our new study that aims to determine the causes of heart disease, stroke, cancer, and other chronic diseases and their risk factors. Your participation will help us to understand the factors that influence the overall health and disease of Canadians.

You will be asked to:

  • Answer questions about your health, diet and physical activity;
  • Visit our assessment center at Osler Vascular and Vein where physical measurements such as weight, height and blood pressure will be taken.
  • Undergo a state-of-the-art MRI scan of your brain, heart, and the blood vessels of your neck and abdomen.

You will receive a cardiac risk score report that is calculated from the information you provide and is designed to predict your risk of having future heart attack, stroke, or other major heart disease. You will also receive an electronic copy of your MRI as a 3D movie of your heart and brain that can be viewed for non-medical purposes.

To learn more about the Alliance study, please click on the link below:

Alliance Website: allianceheartsandminds.ca

If you have any questions about the Alliance study, please email alliance@phri.ca or call 1-866-414-7474.

 
 
 
 
  Ontario Health Study - Imagining a 

healthier future.

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12. HUMOUR

A kindergarten teacher was walking around observing her classroom of children while they were drawing pictures. As she got to one girl who was working diligently, she asked what the drawing was.
      The girl replied, “I’m drawing God.”
      The teacher paused and said, “But no one knows what God looks like.”
      Without looking up from her drawing, the girl replied, “They will in a minute.”


The secret of a good sermon is to have a good beginning and a good ending; and to have the two as close together as possible.

      A Sunday school teacher asked the children just before she dismissed them to go to church, “And why is it necessary to be quiet in church?”
      Annie replied, “Because people are sleeping”
A funeral service is being held in a chuch for a woman who has just passed away. At the end of the service, the pallbearers carrying the casket accidentally bump into a wall jarring the casket. They hear a faint moan. They open the casket and find that the women is actually alive. She lives for 10 more years and then dies. A ceremony is again held at the same church and at the end the pallbearers are again carrying the casket out. As they are walking, the husband calls out, “Watch out for the wall!”


It was Palm Sunday but because of a sore throat, 5-year-old Johnny stayed home from church with a sitter. When the family returned home, they were carrying several palm fronds. Johnny asked them what they were for.
      “People held them over Jesus’ head as he walked by,” his father told him.
      “Wouldn’t you know it,” Johnny fumed, “the one Sunday I don’t go and he shows up.”


An engineer dies and reports to the Pearly Gates. Saint Peter checks his dossier and not seeing his name there, accidentally sends him to Hell. It doesn’t take long before the engineer becomes rather dissatisfied with the level of comfort in Hell.
      He soon begins to design and build improvements. Shortly thereafter, Hell has air conditioning, flush toilets and escalators. Needless to say, the engineer is a pretty popular guy.
      One day, God calls Satan and says: “So, how are things in Hell?”
      Satan replies: “Hey, things are going great. We’ve got air conditioning, flush toilets, and escalators. And there’s no telling what this engineer is going to come up with next.”
      “What!” God exclaims: “You’ve got an engineer? That’s a mistake – he should never have been sent to Hell. Send him to me.”
      “Not a chance,” Satan replies: “I like having an engineer on the staff, and I’m keeping him!”
      God insists: “Send him back or I’ll sue.”
      Satan laughs uproariously and answers: “Yeah, right. And where are you going to get a lawyer?


Visiting his grandparents, a small boy opened the big family Bible. He was fascinated as he fingered through the old pages. Suddenly, something fell out. He picked it up and found that it was an old leaf that had been pressed flat between the pages. “Mama, look what I found,” he called out.
      “What have you got there, dear?” his mother asked.”
      With astonishment in his voice, the boy answered, “I think it’s Adam’s underwear!”

13. HINDUISM NEWS & VIEWS (HINDI)

इस मंदिर में देवी को चढ़ाई जाती है जूतों की माला

लकम्‍मा देवी का मंदिर

कनार्टक के गुलबर्ग ज़िले में लकम्‍मा देवी का मंदिर है. यहां हर साल ‘फुटवियर फेस्टिवल’ होता है, जिसमें दूर-दराज के गांवों से लोग माता को चप्‍पल चढ़ाने आते हैं.

इस फेस्टिवल में मुख्‍य तौर पर गोला (बी) नामक गांव के लोग बढ़-चढ़कर हिस्‍सा लेते हैं. यह फेस्टिवल अजीबोगरीब रिवाजों के कारण प्रसिद्ध है.

हर साल यह फेस्टिवल दिवाली के छठे दिन आयोजित किया जाता है. लोग मन्‍नत मांगते हैं उसे उसके पूरा होने के लिए मंदिर के बाहर स्थित एक पेड़ पर चप्‍पलें टांगते हैं.यही नहीं लोग इस दौरान भगवान को शाकाहारी और मांसाहारी भोजन का भोग भी लगाते हैं.

लोगों का मानना है कि इस तरह चप्‍पल चढ़ाने से ईश्‍वर उनकी बुरी शक्तियों से रक्षा करते हैं. कोई कहता है कि इससे पैरों और घुटनों का दर्द सदैव के लिए दूर हो जाता है. इस मंदिर में हिन्दू ही नही बल्कि मुसलमान भी आते हैं. कहा जाता है कि माता भक्‍तों की चढ़ाई गई चप्‍पलों को पहनकर रात में घूमती हैं और उनकी रक्षा करती हैं.

नोटबंदी के कारण नहीं हो पा रही ‘भगवान’ की शादी…

नोटबंदी के कारण रूका तुलसी विवाह

नोटबंदी से हुई नकदी की कमी के कारण केवल इंसान का ही नहीं, बल्कि भगवान का भी विवाह समारोह मुश्किल में पड़ गया है. यह सुनने में कुछ अजीब लग सकता है, मगर यह हकीकत है.

मध्य प्रदेश के रतलाम में एक दिसंबर को चार भुजानाथ और तुलसी का विवाह होने वाला है और इस आयोजन के लिए मंदिर संचालकों को बैंक से दो लाख रुपये नहीं मिल पा रहे हैं. 

वर्षों से चली आ रही परंपरा पड़ी खतरे में
देश के अन्य हिस्सों की तरह मध्य प्रदेश में भी शादियों में नकदी की कमी की खबरें आ रही हैं. मगर रतलाम जिले के नामली कस्बे सेनोटबंदी के कारण भगवान की शादी संकट में पड़ गई है. यहां कुमावत समाज के चार भुजानाथ मंदिर में वर्षों से चली आ रही परंपरा के मुताबिक चार भुजानाथ और तुलसी का विवाह समारोह आयोजित किया जाता है. मंदिर के बैंक खाते में काफी रकम है, लेकिन आयोजकों को रकम निकालने की इजाजत नहीं मिल रही है.

बैंक वालों ने कहा, भगवान के पिता को साथ लेकर आओ 
कुमावत समाज के राजेश भरावा ने बताया कि बैंक से उन्हें दो लाख रुपये नहीं दिए जा रहे हैं, उन्हें मंदिर के खाते से अधिकतम दो हजार रुपये निकालने को कहा जा रहा है. समाज के लोगों का कहना है कि वे जब कार्ड लेकर ग्रामीण बैंक रकम निकलने पहुंचे, तब बैंक के अधिकारियों ने उनसे कहा कि चार भुजानाथ के पिता को लेकर आओ, तभी दो लाख रुपये निकाले जा सकेंगे. 

विवाह समारोह में लगती है अच्छी खासी भीड़
रतलाम के जिलाधिकारी ने कहा कि यह बात सही है कि नामली के एक मंदिर में चार भुजानाथ व तुलसी का विवाह समारोह आयोजित हो रहा है, जिसके लिए आयोजकों द्वारा बैंक के खाते से दो लाख रुपये निकालने की मांग की गई. मगर रिजर्व बैंक ऑफ इंडिया का ऐसा कोई निर्देश नहीं है जिसके तहत ढाई लाख रुपये की रकम उन्हें विवाह समारोह के लिए दी जा सकती है. 

इस समारोह में रतलाम के अलावा मंदसौर, नीमच, झाबुआ, इंदौर, बड़वानी आदि स्थानों से बड़ी संख्या में लोग हिस्सा लेने आ

पाकिस्तानी सेना को धूल चटाने वाली मां घंटीयाली का मंदिर…

माता घंटीयाली
जैसलमैर से 120 किलोमीटर दूर और माता तनोट मंदिर से 5 किलोमीटर पहले माता घंटीयाली का दरबार है. माता घंटीयाली और माता तनोट की पूजा बीएसएफ के सिपाही ही करते हैं. 1965 की जंग में माता का ऐसा चमत्कार दिखा कि पाकिस्तानी सेना वहीं ढेर हो गई. कहा जाता है कि पाक सेना एक-दूसरे को ही दुश्मन समझकर लड़ पड़ी, माता के मंदिर में घुसे पाक सैनिक आपसी विवाद में ढेर हो गए और तीसरे चमत्कार में पाक सैनिक अंधे हो गए.

कितना पुराना है मंदिर
मंदिर के मुख्य पुजारी भी बीएसएफ सिपाही ही हैं. इनका नाम है पंडित सुनील कुमार अवस्थी. अवस्थी की मानें तो मंदिर 1200 वर्ष पुराना है. माता का यहां ऐसा चमत्कार दिखा कि 1965 की जंग के दौरान पाकिस्तानी सेना, अपनी ही सेना को भारतीय सैनिक समझ एक-दूसरे पर गोलियां दागने लगे. कुछ पाकिस्तानी सैनिक घंटीयाली माता मंदिर तक पहुंच गई थी. 

मंदिर को नुकसान पहुंचाया तो माता का और चमत्कार हुआ और आपसी विवाद के चलते सारे पाकिस्तानी सैनिक आपस में लड़कर मर गए. अवस्थी ने बताया कि घंटीयाली तक पहुंची एक अन्य पाकिस्तानी टुकड़ी ने माता घंटियाली की मूर्ति का श्रृंगार उतारने की कोश‍िश की तो वे सभी अंधे हो गए

बीएसएफ करती है पूजा
माता घंटीयाली और माता तनोट की पूजा बीएसएफ के सिपाही करते हैं. 1965 और 1971 की जंग में दोनों देवियों के आशीर्वाद से तथा चमत्कार से पाकिस्तानियों को धूल चटाने के बाद बीएसएफ ने दोनों मंदिरों का जिम्मा अपने हाथों में ले लिया. दोनों मंदिर में बीएसएफ का सिपाही ही पंडित होता है. अभी यह जिम्मेदारी बीएसएफ की 135वीं वाहिनी के पास है.

रोजाना खाएं तीन इलायची, फिर इस जानलेवा रोग से दूर रहेंगे आप  
रोजाना खाएं तीन इलायची, फिर इस जानलेवा रोग से दूर रहेंगे आप
कई बार लोग स्वाद के चक्कर में ज्यादा इलायची का सेवन करने लगते हैं, यह भी उनके लिए सही नहीं होता। इआज हम आपको बता रहे हैं इलायची के सेवन से आपके शरीर को होने वाले फायदे। साथ ही यह भी बताएंगे कि यह आपके स्वाद के अलावा भी कई तरह से आपको फायदा पहुंचाती है।

ये हैं भारत की सबसे कठिन धार्मिक यात्राएं…

 

  • ये हैं भारत की सबसे कठिन धार्मिक यात्राएं...

    कहते हैं आस्था में वह शक्ति होती है जो हर कठिन परिस्थ‍ित‍ि के बावजूद भक्त को भगवान के पास ले जाती है. यही वजह है कि देश में कई धार्मिक स्थलों की मुश्किल यात्रा के लिए हर साल लाखों श्रद्धालु उमड़ते हैं. अमरनाथ यात्रा भी इन्हीं में से एक है. जानते हैं देश की ऐसी ही और धार्मिक यात्राओं के बारे में… 

  • ये हैं भारत की सबसे कठिन धार्मिक यात्राएं...

    1. कैलाश मानसरोवर 
    यह भारत के सबसे दुर्गम तीर्थस्‍थानों में से एक है. पूरा कैलाश पर्वत 48 किलोमीटर में फैला हुआ है और इसकी ऊंचाई समुद्र तल से लगभग 4556 मीटर है. इस यात्रा का सबसे अधिक कठिन मार्ग भारत के पड़ोसी देश चीन से होकर जाता है. इस यात्रा के बारे में कहा जाता है कि वहां वे ही लोग जा पाते हैं, जिन्‍हें भोले बाबा स्‍वयं बुलाते हैं. यह यात्रा 28 दिन की होती है. 

  • ये हैं भारत की सबसे कठिन धार्मिक यात्राएं...

    2. अमरनाथ
    अमरनाथ भी बेहद दुर्गम तीर्थस्‍थलों में से एक है और यह श्रीनगर शहर के उत्तर-पूर्व में 135 किलोमीटर दूर यह तीर्थस्‍थल समुद्रतल से 13600 फुट की ऊंचाई पर स्थित है.  यहां तापमान अक्‍सर शून्य से चला जाता है और बारिश, भूस्‍खलन कभी भी हो सकते हैं. सुरक्षा की दृष्टि से बेहद संवेदनशील और संदिग्ध मानी जाने वाली यात्रा के लिए पहले रजिस्‍ट्रशेन कराना होता है. बीमार और कमजोर यात्री अक्‍सर इस यात्रा से लौटा दिए जाते हैं. 

  • ये हैं भारत की सबसे कठिन धार्मिक यात्राएं...

    3. वैष्‍णोदेवी 
    वैष्‍णो देवी जम्मू-कश्‍मीर के कटरा जिले में स्थित हिंदुओं का प्रमुख तीर्थ स्‍थल है. यह मंदिर 5,200 फ़ीट की ऊंचाई और कटरा से लगभग 12 किलोमीटर (7.45 मील) की दूरी पर मौजूद है. माता के मंदिर में जाने की यात्रा बेहद दुर्गम है. कटरा से 14 किमी की खड़ी चढ़ाई पर मां वैष्‍णोदवी की गुफा है. हालांकि अब हेलीकॉप्‍टर से भी आप यहां पहुंच सकते हैं. 

    • ये हैं भारत की सबसे कठिन धार्मिक यात्राएं...

      4. शिखर जी
      झारखंड के गिरीडीह जि‍ले में छोटा नागपुर पठार पर स्थित शिखरजी या श्री शिखरजी या पारसनाथ विश्व का सबसे महत्वपूर्ण जैन तीर्थ स्थल है. 1,350 मीटर (4,430 फ़ुट) ऊंचा यह पहाड़ झारखंड का सबसे ऊंचा स्थान भी है, पारसनाथ पर्वत विश्व प्रसिद्ध है. पहाड़ की चढ़ाई और उतराई की यह यात्रा करीब 18 मील की है जो बेहद दुर्गम होती है.

  • ये हैं भारत की सबसे कठिन धार्मिक यात्राएं...

    5. पावागढ़
    गुजरात की प्राचीन राजधानी चंपारण के पास स्थित पावागढ़ मंदिर वडोदरा शहर से लगभग 50 किलोमीटर दूर और ऊंची पहाड़ी की चोटी पर स्थित है. काफी ऊंचाई पर बने इस दुर्गम मंदिर की चढ़ाई बेहद कठिन है. अब सरकार ने यहां रोप-वे सुविधा उपलब्ध करवा दी है.

  • ये हैं भारत की सबसे कठिन धार्मिक यात्राएं...

     6. नैनादेवी 
     हिमाचल प्रदेश के बिलासपुर जिले में शिवालिक  पर्वत श्रेणी की पहाड़ियो पर स्थित है मां नैनादेवी  देवी का मंदिर है. यह देवी के 51 शक्ति पीठों में  शामिल है. 

    • ये हैं भारत की सबसे कठिन धार्मिक यात्राएं...

      7. हेमकुंड साहेब 
      हेमकुंड साहेब सिखों का पावनधाम है. यहां पहुंचने की यात्रा बहुत ही दुर्गम है. यह तकरीबन 19 किलोमीटर की पहाड़ी यात्रा है. पैदल या खच्‍चरों पर पूरी होने वाली यात्रा में जान का जोखिम भी होता है. 

  • ये हैं भारत की सबसे कठिन धार्मिक यात्राएं...

    8. बद्रीनाथ
    उत्‍तराखंड में अलकनंदा नदी के बाएं तट पर नर और नारायण नाम के दो पर्वत श्रेणियों के बीच स्थित बद्रीनाथ देश के महत्‍वपूर्ण तीर्थ स्‍थल में से एक है. यहां पहुंचने की यात्रा भी बेहद दुर्गम है. हर साल यहां लाखों लोग पहुंचते हैं.

  • ये हैं भारत की सबसे कठिन धार्मिक यात्राएं...
  • 9. गंगोत्री और यमनोत्री
    गंगोत्री और यमुनोत्री दोनों ही उत्तरकाशी जिले में हैं. दुर्गम चढ़ाई होने के कारण श्रद्धालु इस उद्गम स्थल को देखने की हिम्‍मत नहीं जुटा पाते. यहां पांच किलोमीटर की सीधी खड़ी चढ़ाई है. इसी तरह गंगोत्री गंगा नदी का उद्गम स्थान है. गंगाजी का मंदिर, समुद्र तल से 3042 मीटर की ऊंचाई पर स्थित है. यह स्थान उत्तरकाशी से 100 किमी की दूरी पर स्थित है.

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David Letterman Narendra Modi Interview

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Published on Nov 4, 2016

David Letterman India tour on climate change.
If you’re only interested in the Prime minister’s interview, It’s from 45:29 – 48:05,But I encourage you to watch the full episode.
I do not own ANY of the soundtrack, property and rights for audio go to National Geographic. I do not own the right of the video footage, for rights go to nationalgeographic.com. Video is uploaded for educational purposes and not intended for commercial profit or copyright infringement. All copyright National Geographic 2016.

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Brilliant stuff !! Why Cow is Holy ? - By London Based Physicist Jay Lakhani

Brilliant stuff !! Why Cow is Holy ? – By London Based Physicist Jay Lakhani

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.
You can watch live and recorded video in 2 formats:
http://livestream.com/accounts/12417283/events/3849321 (Opens new window. We want your comments!) Live Video only, embedded below The best way to watch our live stream is to install the Live stream app on your device (Apple AppStore, Google Play, Roku box).
Previous editions
The previous editions of Sunday Service are available on our YouTube Channel.
https://ww.youtube.com/user/vovtoronto

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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