GLOBAL HANDWASHING DAY -15th October

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Very rightly said cleanliness is next to Godliness to be followed
By all for a healthier life which many do not take serious enough
One important aspect is keeping hands washed and thus clean at all times
More for children to be trained right from their young days for their healthy future!

Global Hand Washing Day is today the  fifteenth October all over
.This year, the Global Handwashing Day theme focuses on the links
Between Handwashing and food – including food hygiene and nutrition.
Important to keep food safe, prevent diseases and help children grow strong.

Quite essential to teach and train the children in all possible ways
Equally applicable to elders who are not very much in that habit
Ultimately purpose is to maintain cleanliness by all means
For a life of health and happiness, peace and poise, joy and strength!

‘Hand washing’ has other meanings too! Washing away one’s responsibility
Not to bother about the other who is supposed to be taken care of
“Hands must be washed to keep it clean” clean from corruption of any sort
For the society to be clean -free from ignoble thoughts, words and deeds!

 

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WORLD STANDARDS DAY October 14th.

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The world as a whole -created by the Omnipotent, Omniscient Lord
To be happy and healthy, peaceful and prosperous, friendly and joyful!
Absolute need for maintaining a standard is there- for all to follow
Standard should be high, noble, causing harm to none and yielding  great!

World Standards Day is today  the Fourteenth  October. to honours
The efforts of the thousands of experts who develop voluntary standards
Within standards to raise awareness among regulators, industry and consumers
As to the importance of standardization to the global economy.

THe day was  chosen to mark the date, in Nineteen Forty Six
When delegates from Twenty Five countries met in London and
Decided to create an international organization focused on standardization.
Let us fix moral, ethical, personal, societal -and follow with determination.

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October 6th-MAHA SAPTAMI

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Religions’ noble objective is to unite the entire humanity with the bonds of LOVE and HARMONY, RESPECT and REGARDS. In India our holy Motherland in particular, by our tradition and culture respect all Religions and coexist with the followers of all religions and with the freedom of worship enshrined in our great Constitution we have temples and churches, mosques and Gurdwaras are abound in all places-East to West and North to South!
Rightly our Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi always stressed upon religious unity and all Indians-Hindus and Muslims, Christians, Parsis and Jains all involved voluntarily in our freedom struggle under Gandhi’s leadership and won historic freedom purely with the weapon of NONVIOLENCE AND TRUTH.
Very nobly he sang Ramdun every day in his prayer meetings:
ரகுபதி ராகவ ராஜாராம்
பதீத பாவன சீதா ராம்
ஈஸ்வர அல்லா தேரே நாம்
சப்கோ சன்மதி தே பகவான்!
Sunday the sixth October today is MAHA SAPTAMI day -Seventh day of Festival of Nine Nights called DUSSEHRA and NAVRATRI.
The seventh day of the Navratri festival is celebrated as Maha Saptami. During the grand Durga Puja festivity of 9 days, there is vital importance of the seventh day which is observed as Maha Saptami. As per the Hindu calendar, the day is celebrated in the month of Chaitra during Shukla Paksha on Saptami. According to the Gregorian calendar, the day falls in the month of March or April.

What is the Significance of Maha Saptami?
The day of Maha Saptami holds great significance as devotees worship Goddess Durga and seek her divine blessings. During all the nine days of the Chaitra Navratri, devotees worship and offer prayers to Hindu Goddess Shakti. It is believed that during the festivity, nine different incarnations of Goddess Durga are revered and worshipped across India. The day is also celebrated as Gudi Padwa in the states of Maharashtra, Ugadi in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and various other southern states and also as the beginning of the Hindu New Year.

The festivity and celebrations of Maha Saptami begin with offering a sacred bath to Navapatrika. It comprises of nine different plants including Paddy, Banana, Jayanti, Colacassia, Pomegranate, Ashoka, Turmeric, Arum Plant, and Bel. All these plants are together tied with Koyala and Aparajita plants and then Navapatrika is formed. This represents the win of Goddess Durga over the demon Mahishasura.

At the time of war with Mahishasura, Maa Durga created eight different war partners called ‘Ashtanayika’. These nine different plants are the symbols of these eight war partners and Goddess Durga.
TOMORROW the seventh October is Durgashtami:
2019 Mahashtami, Durgashtami
Mahashtami, also known as Maha Durga Ashtami, is second day of Durga Puja. Maha Ashtami is one of the most important days of Durga Puja. Durga Puja on Maha Ashtami begins with Mahasnan and Shodashopachara Puja (षोडशोपचार पूजा) which is very much similar to Maha Saptami Puja except Prana Pratishtha (प्राण प्रतिष्ठा) which is done only once on Maha Saptami.

On Maha Ashtami nine small pots are installed and nine Shaktis of Durga are invoked in them. All nine forms of Goddess Durga are worshipped during Maha Ashtami Puja.

Young unmarried girls, being treated as Goddess Durga itself, are also worshipped on Maha Ashtami. Worshipping of young girls during Durga Puja is known as Kumari Puja. In many regions Kumari Puja is done during all nine days of Durga Navratri. Kumari Puja on a single day during Durga Puja is preferred on Maha Ashtami.

The legendary Sandhi Puja is also falls on Maha Ashtami. The time window of the last 24 minutes of Ashtami Tithi and the first 24 minutes of Navami Tithi is known as Sandhi Time or the holy juncture during Durga Puja. Sandhi time is considered the most auspicious time during whole Durga Puja. Sandhi Puja is the culmination point and the most important ritual of Durga Puja. It is customary to perform Balidan or animal sacrifice at this sacred juncture. Devotees who abstain from animal sacrifice perform symbolic Bali with vegetables like banana, cucumber or pumpkin. For Brahmins any type of animal sacrifice is prohibited by scriptures and Brahmin community does only symbolic Bali. Even the famous Belur Math in West Bengal does symbolic Bali with banana during Sandhi Puja. It is customary to light 108 earthen lamps during Sandhi Kaal.
Here is a poem composed by Mahakavi Subramanya Bharathiyar on Navratri in Tamil, its transliteration and translation:
1.உஜ்ஜயினீ, நித்ய கல்யாணி
ஓம் சக்தி ஓம் சக்தி ஓம் சக்தி (உஜ்ஜயினீ)
2. உஜ்ஜய காரண சங்கர தேவி
உமா சரஸ்வதி ஸ்ரீ மாதா ஸா (உஜ்ஜயினீ)
3. வாழி புனைந்து சங்கர தேவன்
தோழி, பதங்கள் பணிந்து துணிந்தனம் (உஜ்ஜயினீ)
4. சத்ய யுகத்தை அகத்தி லிருத்தி
திறத்தை நமக்கருளிச் செய்யும் உத்தமி. (உஜ்ஜயினீ)

TRANSLITERATION

1. Ujjayinnee nithya kalyaaNi!
Ohm Sakthi, Ohm Sakthi, Ohm Sakthi (ujjayinee)
2. Ujjaya kaaraNi sankara devee
Uma saraswathi sri maathaa sa (ujjayinee)
3. Vaazi punaindhu maheswaradhevan
Thozhi, padhangkaL paNindhu thuNindhanam (Ujjayinee)
4 Sathya yugaththai agaththi liruththi
tThiraththai namakkaruLich cheyyum uththami. (Ujjayinee)
TRANSLATION

1. Primal Goddess of readiness
Auspicious eternally
Mother Might of the sacred syllable!
2. Cause of readiness in us
Consort of Sankara,
Uma, Saraswathi, Mother Mahalakshmi!
3. Praising the companion of Maheswara
We bow at Her feet and get ready.
4. She i9s good, she gives us strength
And encapsulates in us the Age of Truth!

Let us on this auspicious festival of Nine Nights invoke the grace and blessings of Durga for valor, Lakshmi for Wealth and Saraswati for learning and knowledge- three eternal needs of human beings!
With this we end this week’s Sunday story and we shall meet as usual tomorrow. Till then GOODBYE!

Navratri golu-Doll show at Bangalore by Sharadha

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Navratri Golu Doll Show at US by Sruthi.

Saraswathi Pooja at Chennai by Srivalli

WORLD TOURISM DAY September 27th

 

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Man bound by his routine day in and day out needs relaxation
Means not spending all one’s time in front of the idiot box
Can be a morning and evening walk, visiting a park and garden
Reading a book of ones choice and like, listening to music sweet!

Taking a tour with kith and kin sure is a relaxation-for all
Twenty Seventh September  today is World Tourism Day to relax
Started by the United Nations World Tourism Organization
In Nineteen Eighty. was selected as on this day the laws
Came into force in nineteen seventy- the big landmark for
The global tourism to bring in awareness in people about
The significant role of tourism inside the international
Community and to exhibit how the social, economic, cultural,
Political values are influenced globally. Let us all take to
Tourism within our capacity and get relaxed for a few days!

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INTERNATIONAL PEACE DAY-September 21st

 

 

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Ultimately man needs peace, peace, peace! Rich or poor, read or unread
That is why our holy Motherland-India that is Bharat
Gives all importance to SHANTHI PAATA running like this:

Asathomaa sath gamaya
Thamasomaa jyothir gamaya
Mruthyomaa amrutham gamaya
OM SHANTHI! OM SHANTHI!! OM SHANTHIHI!!!                  (1)

sarve bavanthu sukhinaha
Sarve santhu niraamayaaha
Sarve badhraani pasyanthu
Maa kaschith dhukhavaag baveth
OM SHANTHI! OM SHANTHI!! OM SHANTHIHI!!!    (2)

Sarvesham svasthir bavathu
Sarveshaam jyothir bavathu
Sarvesham shaanthir bavathu
OM SHANTHI! OM SHANTHI!! OM SHANTHIHI!!!     (3)

Rich man may not find peace in his crores
Healthy man may no9t find peace in his health robust
Highly educated may not find peace in his MAs and PHds!

Peace lies in the minds and attitudes of men- may be sick, may be poor, may be uneducated yes he enjoys peace! Paradox of life it is!
On this international peace day let us pray for peace and harmony all over the world.

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INTERNATIONAL LITERACY DAY 8th September.

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A post in the blog due for Eighth September-Sunday Story due
Literacy rate of the society speaks on its quality sure
Rightly observed “International Literacy Day on Eighth
September every year to highlight its importance!

Eighth September declared international literacy day
By UNESCO on Twenty Sixth October Nineteen Sixty
At Fourteenth session of UNESCO’s General conference.
Celebrated for the first time in Nineteen Sixty Seven!

Aim is to highlight the importance of literacy to all-
Individuals, communities and societies of many countries.
Let us in our own way try to make our neighbors take up
Literacy as a part of their duty to spread where needed

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GLOBAL FORGIVENESS DAY August 27th.

 

 

“Forget and forgive” is the normal advice we come across in the society!
I have heard people say “I will forgive but not forget” that is not to my like!!
“To forget is human but to forgive is divine” yet another statement we
Come across! appears normal human behavior acceptable all over!

August twenty seventh today GLOBAL FORGIVENESS DAY!observed great!
The Forgiveness Day conceived by the Worldwide Forgiveness Alliance educational Foundation. The days have one significant theme and aim to uphold: forgive.No new theme every year, since the objective  clear!

Spiritual traditions,human values embrace the concept of forgiveness
As a trait of virtue. Let us think about how many times our parents
Forgave us, throughout the time we grew up? All our mistakes did
Not stop them from showering all their love. Making mistakes are
A part of our human journey, while forgiveness allows the growing
Process to continue lovingly. Let us forgive and be forgiven.

Photoed by Dr.Lakshman Subbaraman

Yes to FORGET IS HUMAN, FORGIVE IS DIVINE!