15th January-MAKARA SANKARANTHI.

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A major Hindu festival with a lot of fervour in our country.
Is today the Fifteenth Of January “MAKARA SANKARANTHI”
Majorly observed in our holy Motherland and also by Indians
And Hindus around the world. Festival is a religious  as well as
A seasonal observance and marks the winter solstice,
And the shift of the sun leads to ever-lengthening, longer days.
Also known as Maghi,  a major harvest festival and dedicated
To the sun god Surya,  marks the first day of the sun’s transit into Makara (Capricorn) .
Happy Makar Sankranti   kite flying is an important aspect
Also known as Uttarayan as from the day of Makar Sankranti, the sun begins it’s northward journey.The harvest festival Is observed throughout India
Under different names and traditions. The festivities related to
Makar Sankranti have many names depending on the region  observed.
North Indian Hindus and Sikhs,  call Maghi Called Makara Sankranti
As Poush sôngkrānti in Maharashtra, Goa, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal,
Karnataka and Telangana,Sukarat in central India,Magh Bihu by Assamese,Thai Pongal  by Tamils.In Gujarat, kite flying is organised
As part of Makar Sankranti festivities. Happy Makara Sankaranthi!

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BYE TWENTY NINETEEN!

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That is the LAW of TIME and Nature ordained by the Lord Almighty- Omnipotent, Omnipresent and Omniscient! Seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months and years to blossom and pass on yielding place to new! In the last of the TEENs we are in! Hardly less than seventy hours to say BYE to TWENTY NINETEEN and extend a HEARTY WELCOME to the great TWENTY TWENTY!  Shortest version of the Game in cricket has come to stay! People have no patience and time to watch 5 day-long Test matches, nor FIFTY-FIFTY!!!!!This week’s Sunday Story on the above theme- once a year experience! I am sure it will be well received by my esteemed readers. A year gone by nd the one to blossom -a mixed basket of good and not so good!

Already warnings have appeared in several forums!

The complex El Nino weather pattern that can bring disastrous heavy rainfall and long droughts to countries around the Pacific — from Peru to Indonesia and Australia — will probably emerge again in 2020, researchers have predicted.

An international team of scientists forecast an 80% chance next year of an El Nino, which occurs when sea-surface temperatures rise substantially above normal in the east-central Equatorial Pacific.

This week they said their model — which uses an algorithm that draws on analysis of links between changing air temperatures at a network of grid points across the Pacific region — could predict an El Nino at least a year ahead.

“Conventional methods are unable to make a reliable ‘El Nino’ forecast more than six months in advance. With our method, we have roughly doubled the previous warning time,” said co-developer Armin Bunde, a physicist at Germany’s Justus Liebig University Giessen.

The term El Nino, meaning “boy child” in Spanish, was first used in the 19th century by fishermen in Peru and Ecuador to refer to the unusually warm waters that reduced their catch just before Christmas, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

The phenomenon occurs every two to seven years and typically lasts for 9 to 12 months, often beginning mid-year and peaking between November and January.

Another warning:

Friends, while writing a date in upcoming year 2020 (especially in financial transactions), we should write that in its full format, e.g. 31/01/2020 and not as 31/01/20.,bcoz anyone can change it to 31/01/2000 or 31/01/2099 or in between any year to his/her convenience, just by adding last two digits to it.

This problem will persist only this year. So be cautious about this.

Don’t write and also don’t accept it while receiving any documents.

 

This very day, the last week of the year– and as we sit and ponder on the days gone by & the Spring & summer ahead, presents our greatest opportunity.

To start on a new journey.

To be a lion not a sheep.

To walk with giants versus among the meek.

To celebrate our best instead of succumbing to the worst.

To lift others up versus tear others down.

To pour creativity, mastery, courage and light into a world aching for marks of heroism.

So let us step up. Release all chains. Dispel all doubts. Start our dream project And change the world.

We are responsible for no less.

Let us stay blessed forever.

Important events in India in 2019:

January

2 January – Government approves merger of Dena Bank and Vijaya Bank with Bank of Baroda.

3 January – Rajya Sabha Passes National Council for Teacher Education (Amendment) Bill.[2]

4 January – Arunima Sinha becomes world’s first woman amputee to scale Mount Vinson.]

7 January – Centre clears 10 per cent quota for economically weak in general category.

February

14 February – Pulwama attack: A convoy of vehicles carrying security personnel on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway was attacked by a suicide bomber near Pulwama District, Jammu and Kashmir.

21 – 25 February – 2019 Assam alcohol poisonings: At least 168 people died after consuming poisonous liquor and more than 300 admitted in hospitals in Jorhat and Golaghat districts.

26 February – 2019 Balakot airstrike was carried out by Indian air force crossing the Line of Control directed against a terrorist training camp.

March

27 March – India becomes 4th nation to have Anti-satellite missile.[5]

April]

11 April – Voting for the 2019 Indian general election began

May

3 May – Cyclone Fani arrives on the coast of Odisha

23 May – Counting and declaration of results for the 2019 Indian general election. Narendra Modi secures landslide victory.

24 May – Surat Fire Tragedy; 22 Deaths and 17 Non-fatal injuries.

30 May – Narendra Modi takes oath as 14th Prime Minister of India.

July]

July 19 – Vidisha Baliyan becomes the first Indian to be crowned as Miss Deaf World after winning the Miss Deaf World 2019

July 23 – ISRO launches India’s second mission to moon chandrayaan 2

July 30 – India bans triple talaq.

August]

August 5

Article 370 and Article 35A revoked from Constitution of India that gives special status to Jammu and Kashmir. Government also bifurcates Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh into separate Union Territories.

Schools and Colleges are shut down in Pune, Mumbai, Nashik in Maharashtra due to floods.

August 7 – Over 1.32 lakh peoples are evacuated in Sangli and Kolhapur districts of Maharashtra state due to heavy rains.

August 16 – Millions of residents in Jammu and Kashmir still have no communication with the outside world, eleven days after the Government of India imposed restrictions on August 5 Meanwhile, 11 deaths (3 Pakistani soldiers, 6 Indian soldiers, 2 Pakistani civilians) have been reported in the Kashmir region.[

August 17 – Fire broke out in Emergency Ward of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. No casualties reported.

August 22 – Former Finance minister P Chidambaram is arrested by CBI under INX media scam charges after 27 hours long drama.

September]

September 5 – Erramatti Mangamma becomes the world’s oldest living mother after giving birth to twins.

September 6 – Chandrayaan-2, India’s second lunar partially successful. Vikram, the lander, crashes into the surface of the moon.

September 16 — Jammu & Kashmir National Conference president Farooq Abdullah is arrested under the Public Safety Act (PSA), a law that allows detention without trial for two years.[11]

September 22 — U.S. president Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi address 50,000 Indian Americans at the Howdy, Modi: Shared Dreams Bright Feature rally in NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.[12]

October]

October 24 – India and Pakistan sign a memorandum of understanding opening the Kartarpur Corridor for visa-free border crossings, allowing Indian citizens to visit the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Sikh shrine.

October 31 – Jammu and Kashmir (union territory) and Ladakh (union territory) will come in effect.

November]

November 9 – India’s Supreme Court rules in favor of Hindu over ayodhya temple.

November 27 – 2019 Hyderabad gang rape

 

The year it was a mixed box. Let us ring in the New Year 2020 to bring greater peace and prosperity, health and happiness all over the world.

This much is for this week’s Sunday story last for the year 2019. We shall meet tomorrow as usual and till then happy times –current year to go and new year to blossom!

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Jaimal Singh (Radha Soami Sant Satguru) 29 December 1903)

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Yet another Indian saint gifted to us by Mother India that is Bharat
Is Jaimal Singh (Radha Soami Sant Satguru) who entered his heavenly abode
On Twenty Ninth of December one hundred nineteen years ago
A sacred day to pay our homage with all respect and reverence!

Jaimal Singh popularly called ‘Baba Ji’ by disciples and devotees.
The son of a Punjabi farmer who as a young teenager set out on a spiritual quest. He became A spiritual successor of Shiv Dayal Singh, the Sant of Āgrā.
Jaimal Singh served in the British Indian Army as a sepoy from age of seventeen
And attained the rank of havildar (sergeant). After retirement, settled
In a desolate and isolated spot outside the town of Beas now East Punjab)
Spread the teaching of his guru Shiv Dayal Singh. place developed
Into a colony called the “Dera Baba Jaimal Singh” and today
Is the world centre of the Radha Soami Satsang Beas organization.
Jaimal Singh was the first spiritual master and head of
Radha Soami Satsang Beas his death in nineteen hundred and three.
Before his death he appointed Baba Sawan Singh as his spiritual successor.

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OCCULT DAY-November 18th

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Hope, faith, belief, disbelief, superstition- human beings are beset with!
“GOD IS NOWHERE” “GOD IS NOW HERE”- groups of people to assert-thick!
November Eighteenth today is OCCULT DAY-a day to think and ponder over
Secret mysterious , hidden from view-occultism study of philosophy.

History has rich and mysterious religions, practices, and beliefs
That shaped the world , hinting at powers below the surface of the mundane
World. Occult Day to delve into this mystery, to commune with spirits
Seek truths that hide behind the stars and between the shadows.

Had we heard ever  strange whispers or had dreams that became prophetic,
Then Occult Day is our chance to listen a little closer, dream a little deeper,
And reach for those mysteries that lie beyond the reach of  common man.
Let us try to analyse by experience the beliefs,disbeliefs we have!

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HERE IS A PLEDGE -11th November

A Pledge For Holistic Abundance
Communication with the world outside very important
For social, official and domestic life and for success!
Quality of communication with our own self is equally so.
Our conscious mind trains our subconscious mind to believe.

Prayer,  is a communication from our conscious mind
To our subconscious mind, – it is between me and God.
We derive benefit from this auto suggestion- self-Communication.,
The self is communicating to the self!,

My resolve:
I will read and repeat this pledge everyday.
“Day by day,
in every way,
I am becoming Most and more..
Healthy, Wealthy, Loving, Blissful, Spiritual.”

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This post is in commemoration of INFINITHEISM DAY 11/11.

FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS! Part I

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Our Brahadaranya Upanishadic prayer:

Asathomaa sath gamaya, thamaso maa jyothir gamaya
Mruthyomaa amrutham gamaya om shanthi, shanthi, shanthi!

 

Sanskrit Lyrics Lyrics transliterated in english Meaning in English
असतोमा सद्गमय ।

तमसोमा ज्योतिर् गमय ।

मृत्योर्मामृतं गमय ॥

ॐ शान्ति शान्ति शान्तिः ।।

asato mā sadgamaya

tamasomā jyotir gamaya

mrityormāamritam gamaya

Oṁ śhānti śhānti śhāntiḥ

From ignorance, lead me to truth;

From darkness, lead me to light;

From death, lead me to immortality

Om peace, peace, peace

 

Yes “FROM DARKNESS LEAD ME TO LIGHT”

Here are two specific days today and tomorrow- Deepavali Day –twenty Fifth and twenty Sixth October this year- FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS.!
In any religion, festivals and prayers have deep meanings which many do not seem to appreciate well. Many a time criticize also unfortunately!
This DEEPAVALI, otherwise called DIWALI is one such. Those against would refer to the exorbitant expenses the festival imposes, air pollution thanks to crackers, likely accidents due to indiscriminate fire crackers etc. etc.

Coming from a family of humble means, I recollect Deepavali in my childhood days-say right up to my teens- when we had to make the purchases of dress just on the night of the first day when the merchants will  sell at a cheaper rate to clear their stock! I mean nineteen forties and early fifties!!! Similarly crackers for a couple of rupees!! My mother will do sweets and snacks at the cheapest cost!!! We used to look at those rich who used to fire 1000 valas and 5000 valaas with awe!!!

DEEPA AVALI-Deepavali –is ‘keeping the lamps in line’ that emit lot of light around and thus expelling darkness. The festival has religious, spiritual and social significance and dimensions making this Festival an all India pervasive!

RELIGIOUS SIGNIFICANCE
Like every other festival in India, Diwali has a rich history. The reasons to celebrate the festivals of light can be traced back to ancient India. As several religions developed, more and more explanations and stories got attributed to this day. There are different legends associated with Diwali, which vary from region to region in India.

Legends of Diwali

Following are the Hindu legends associated with the festival of Lights: :
Return of Ram to Ayodhya
The most popular legend associated with Diwali is the legend of King Rama. Diwali is the day when Rama returned to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile and defeating the demon king Ravana who abducted Sita, wife of Rama. People of Ayodhya were absolutely ecstatic at the homecoming of Rama and rejoiced by lighting up their houses and distributing sweets to each other, a tradition still followed by all those who celebrate the festival.

Legend of Narakasura

According to this legend, Diwali is the day when Narakasura was killed by Krishna. It is believed that Narakasura had availed a boon of long life from Vishnu. He created havoc in all the three worlds and started assaulting women. It is said that Narakasura requested Krishna that his death should be remembered by all, and this is the reason why the day is celebrated as Narakachaturdashi.

Incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi

Goddess Lakshmi was born when Devas and Asuras were fighting over nectar while churning the ocean. Goddess Lakshmi decided to give nectar to the Devas.

Return of Pandavas

It is believed that Pandavas returned to their capital Hastinapura on this day after twelve long years of exile. And the occasion was marked by people by lighting earthen lamps (diyas).

Legend of King Bali

Diwali is also believed to be the day when King Bali was sent to Patala by Lord Vishnu in his Vamana avatar. Fearing the rising influence of King Bali, Vishnu asked for as much land as he can measure with three of his steps. He measured the entire earth and heaven with two steps and by placing third at the head of Bali (at his request), sent him to Patala.

Coronation of King Vikramaditya

It is believed that legendary king Vikramaditya was coronated on the day of Diwali, giving another reason to people to celebrate the festival.

Diwali as a Harvest Festival

Diwali was initially celebrated as the festival of harvest. It is the time when farmers in India reap their harvest and worship the Goddess Lakshmi (Goddess of prosperity & wealth) by offering Her portions from fresh harvest.

History of Diwali in Sikhism

Also known as the Bandi Chorr Devas among Sikhs, the festival is celebrated to mark the release of the sixth guru of Sikhs – Guru Hargobind Singh from the Gwalior Fort, along with 52 other Hindu princes in 1619. When Emperor Jahangir agreed to release the Guru at the demand of the Sikhs, the Guru announced that he would not leave without other captive princes. Clever Jahangir declared that only those princes who would be able to hold the Guru while he is leaving the prison would be released along with him, knowing that all the princes won’t be able to hold the Guru. The Guru got a garment made which had 52 strings. Each prince held one string and thus the Guru was successful in getting all the princes released. Sikhs celebrated this day by lighting Golden Temple. Also, the foundation stone of Golden Temple was laid on the day of Diwali in 1577.

Significance of Diwali in Jainism:

Festival of Diwali is of importance to the Jains as it is on this day that Lord Mahavira (Last Jain Tirthankar) attained Nirvana. It is said that Mahavira attained Nirvana in the presence of several Gods who enlightened Mahavira and eliminated darkness from his life. Also, Ganadhara Gautam Swami (Chief disciple of Mahavira) gained Kevalgyan (complete Knowledge) on this day.

Importance of Diwali in Buddhism:

Buddhists celebrate Diwali to mark the conversion of emperor Ashoka to Buddhism on this day. The festival is known as Ashoka Vijayadashami among the Buddhists and they celebrate it by praying and decorating the monasteries.

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PART II will be posted tomorrow

VALLALAR BIRTH DAY IS*37

IS*37-Indian Saints 37

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Proud Indians we are blessed with the great Saints and Seers all over
Gifted by the great Bharata Mata ! East or West, North or South
To make Indian society noble, harmonious with peace and poise
One from Tamilnadu is the great Poet Saint Ramalinga Vallalar!

Arutprakasa Vallalār Chidambaram Ramalingam born on this day
In Eighteen Twenty Three lived upto thirtieth January Eighteen Seventy Four,
Ramalingam as his name, but known as Vallalār- Ramalinga Swamigal-Ramalinga Adigal,
Most famous Tamil Saints-one of greatest Tamil poets belonging “gnana siddhars”.

Samarasa Suddha Sanmarga Sathya Sangam passed on by him in theory and practice
By his personal way of living- an inspiration for all.Suddha Sanmarga Sangam,
Succeeded in eliminating caste system. prime aspects of human life- love with
Charity and divine practice leading to achievement of pure knowledge.

He worshipped the flame of a lighted lamp as a symbol of eternal Power
He could make the lamp glow with water- with his divine power
Musician and poet, composed nearly six thousand poems teaching
Universal love and peace, ‘Six Thiru Muraigal’, Thiruvarutpa holy book of grace.
Manumurai Kanda Vāsagam describing the life of Manu Needhi Cholan yet another work.