April 19th-GOOD FRIDAY!

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Oh! Lord My Jesus! Creator of this world
Thee have blessed me with birth to live good and bold
Let me be a good Christian and follow
All Thy teachings and preaching- not shallow!

Yes that is what I pray on this holy day GOOD FRIDAY nineteenth April
Not indeeda GOOD Friday but an event sad and bleak but the day
Remembering a day of suffering and death for Jesus. a crucial day
Of the year.The death of Jesus and his soul was raised,
The cross and resurrection of Jesus turning point for all creation.
Jesus died for our sins, was buried, and then again raised to life
On the very third day following the divine promises.
Love all serve all, help ever hurt never-He lived and guides us!

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17th March Saint Patrick Day

 

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World without religion is dead wood and religion without the world is soul-less!

What is Religion?

While religion is hard to define, one standard model of religion, used in religious studies courses, was proposed by Clifford Geertz, who defined it as a

“system of symbols which acts to establish powerful, pervasive, and long-lasting moods and motivations in men by formulating conceptions of a general order of existence and clothing these conceptions with such an aura of factuality that the moods and motivations seem uniquely realistic.”

A critique categorized religion as “an anthropological category.” Many religions have  narratives, symbols,traditions      to give meaning to life  or to explain the       origin of life or the universe. They tend to derive morality, ethics,religious laws , or a preferred  life style from their ideas about the cosmos  and human nature. According to some estimates, there are about 4,200 religions in the world.

Major Religions in the World:

There are twelve classical world religions—those religions most often included in history of world religion surveys and studied in world religions classes: Baha’i, Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, Shinto, Sikhism, Taoism, and Zoroastrianism.

ADI SANKARA ON HINDUISM
Adi Shankara was an early 8th century Indian philosopher and theologian who consolidated the doctrine of  Advaita Vedanta. He is credited with unifying and establishing the main currents of thought in    Hinduism.

His works in    Sanskrit discuss the unity of the ātman and Nirguna  Brahman  “brahman without attributes”. He wrote copious commentaries on the Vedic canon (  Brahma Sutras  , principal  Upanishads  and  Bagwat Geeta ) in support of his thesis. His works elaborate on ideas found in the Upanishads. Shankara’s publications criticised the ritually-oriented Mīmāṃsā school of Hinduism. He also explained the key difference between Hinduism and Buddhism, stating that Hinduism asserts “Atman (Soul, Self) exists”, while Buddhism asserts that there is “no Soul, no Self”.

Shankara travelled across the Indian subcontinent to propagate his philosophy through discourses and debates with other thinkers. He established the importance of monastic life as sanctioned in the Upanishads and Brahma Sutra, in a time when the Mīmāṃsā school established strict ritualism and ridiculed monasticism. He is reputed to have founded four mathas (“monasteries”), which helped in the historical development, revival and spread of Advaita Vedanta of which he is known as the greatest revivalist. Adi Shankara is believed to be the organizer of the Dashanami monastic order and unified the Shanmata tradition of worship. He is also known as Adi Shankaracharya, Shankara Bhagavatpada.

Likewise every religion major or minor has its own Saints and Seers and 17th March being St.Patricks today’s Sunday Story is on him.

It’s 17th March  one of the most celebrated festivals in Ireland – St. Patrick’s Day. The St. Patrick’s Day is also known as a three-leaved festival because St. Patrick used to explain Holy Trinity to pagan Irish with the help of three leaves.

Patrick was a 5th-century Romano-British Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland. His father was a deacon and his grandfather was a priest in the Christian church. According to tradition, Patrick returned to Ireland to convert the pagan Irish to Christianity.

How do we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day…?

India is a festive country. It has a festival of colors, festival of lamps and firecrackers, festival of kites, festival of dance, a festival of the boat race, etc. but  it is always  open to foreign festivals. We always love to adopt new cultures and celebrate life as much as we can.

For many years, we have been celebrating Christmas, Halloween, Thanksgiving as well as St. Patrick.

Wearing something green: As per tradition, people wear something green. All the corporate offices, who are known to this festival, wear green, especially companies dealing with Canada, USA and Ireland. The one who does not wear green gets pinched.

 

Click pictures: Click pictures: Clicking pictures and uploading them on social media is a must activity in India. No matter what is celebrated, clicking photos, taking videos, etc is a must.

The decoration of workplace: The workplace is decorated with green. It is decorated with green balloons, ribbons, and other decoration which makes the office look beautiful and green. People also keep something green on their desk like leaves or petals or paper cuts.

A parade like dancing: Here actual parade is not done but instead, people sing and dance and enjoy like parade. Some offices also have DJ parties which relaxed people from hectic schedule and participate in co-curricular activities. Also, some offices take their employees to church to pray to celebrate this fest in a religious way.

Food: Different offices have different ways with their food. Some believe in having green food and juices while some go out for lunch or dinner. The Indians are quite a foodie and St. Patrick is a perfect celebration and excuse to eat healthy and yummy food. Some also drink green drinks which range from Green smoothies to bottle-guard juice to honey-mint cocktails.

We are enthusiasts and eager and curious souls. These festivals allow us to pour ourr enthusiasm out during this period. So St. Patrick is not limited to Ireland or Canada or USA, it’s for India too.

 

Saint Patrick

Patrick was a 5th-century Romano-British Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland. Much of what is known about Saint Patrick comes from the Declaration, which was allegedly written by Patrick himself. It is believed that he was born in Roman Britain in the fourth century, into a wealthy Romano-British family. His father was a deacon and his grandfather was a priest in the Christian church. According to the Declaration, at the age of sixteen, he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and taken as a slave to Gaelic Ireland. It says that he spent six years there working as a shepherd and that during this time he “found God”. The Declaration says that God told Patrick to flee to the coast, where a ship would be waiting to take him home. After making his way home, Patrick went on to become a priest.

According to tradition, Patrick returned to Ireland to convert the pagan Irish to Christianity. The Declaration says that he spent many years evangelizing in the northern half of Ireland and converted “thousands”. Patrick’s efforts against the druids were eventually turned into an allegory in which he drove “snakes” out of Ireland (Ireland never had any snakes).

Tradition holds that he died on 17 March and was buried at Downpatrick.

Today it is March 17th Saint Patrics Day and I am sure , my esteemed viewers would have found this post quite interesting and informative. Let us invoke the grace and blessings of St. Patrick  for universal welfare.  I am  proud to be an UNIVERSALIST and I use to tell my good friends that I am for Andavar, Palani Andavar and Nagore Andavar!

We shall meet tomorrow with our usual post.Till then GOOD BYE!

(Lot of inputs from my revered GOOGLE GURU)

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March 1st. WORLD DAY OF PRAYER

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More things are wrought by prayer than what the world dreams of nicely said!
First of March -today first Friday of March-World Day of prayer held!
Informed Prayer. Prayerful Action. Christians from hundred and seventy
Countries come together in spirit, uniting on a common day to pray
For relevant issues affecting women and children. This is a reality:
The movement active for nearly hundred years. Each year, a different
Country writes the service materials. This year, the writing country
Is Slovenia: “Come – Everything is Ready”.Let us all join and pray efficient!

We in India believe in prayer and resort to action sans fear or favor
“Action is Thy duty, fruit is not thy concern” Lord Krishna\s words
All religions have their own respective system of prayer
May the world enjoy peace and prosperity sans violence and vendetta!

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CANDLEMASS DAY-2nd February

 

Second February tomorrow one of the holiest days
In Christianity one of the oldest religions in world
Has its own principles and practices, culture and custom
Observed all over the world-all to know and appreciate!

Candlemass day is tomorrow-the Feast of the Presentation
Of Lord Jesus and the Feast of the Purification
Of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the presentation of
Jesus at the Temple. a woman was to be presented
For purification by sacrifice- the fortieth day
Of the Christmas–Epiphany season. The day
To remove Christmas decorations on Twelfth Night!

On Candlemas, day they bring their candles to Church
Get blessed and then use for rest of year.
These blessed candles a symbol of Jesus Christ,
Who referred to himself as the Light of the World.

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December 25th CHRISTMAS DAY

 

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The holiest day for the humanity- the day on which
Jesus Christ was born and blessed the world-all to live sans hitch!
The sacred day marked by Gift-giving, family and social
Gatherings, symbolic decoration and feasting with all!

Christmas annual festival commemorating the birth of Christ,
Observed on this day December twenty fifth as a religious
And cultural celebration among billions of people
Around the world promoting peace and harmony simple!

Jesus Christ Quotes- essence indeed of all religions:
And know that I am with you always; yes, to the end of time..
Do not let your hearts be troubled.
I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
A new command I give you: Love one another.
For what shall it profit a man, if he gains the whole world, and suffers the loss of his soul?

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CHRISTMAS EVE 2018

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Almighty Lord created the Universe with all living beings
To live in peace and poise, joy and harmony with noble doings!
Man practiced religions with the founders respective all over
Of the many Christianity is one to be practiced ever!

Christmas Eve is today the twenty fourth of December
Heralding the great sacred day Christmas tomorrow all over
Happy day to be celebrated from today – Gift-giving,
Family and social gatherings, symbolic decoration,
Feasting- providing feast to the have nots in homes!

Christmas to come tomorrow is a festival to commemorate
The birth of Jesus Christ, observed as a religious and
Cultural celebration among billions of people around
The world! Let all of us wish HAPPY CHRISTMAS to all around!

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VIRGIN MARY’S BIRTH DAY-September 8th.

Sept. 8- Nativity of the Virgin

In the creation of the Lord Omnipotent, Omniscient
And Omnipresent, man has made religions based on faith!
Christianity or Islam, Hinduism or Buddhism, Jainism and all
Have their special, holy, sacred and important day to observe!

Eighth September today is a holy day for Christians
Entire Church joyfully celebrates the beginning of the
Redemption of the entire humanity when, after a long
Wait she the Mother would be, our Savior was born.

Blessed Virgin Mary has unique role and place in salvation.
Most Blessed Trinity reserved for Mary the highest mission
Ever extolled to any creature. Through her generous “fiat”
(Be it done!) to God’s will, salvation has come into the world!

St. Anne and St. Joachim a wealthy member of the Twelve Tribes
Of Israel, grieved by their childlessness, prayed to God for child. Prayers granted together with promise that the child will
Commence God’s plan. And she was born this day-to redeem!