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Navratri 2021 Day 2: Worship Devi Brahmacharini for virtue and peace

Navratri 2020 Day 2: Worship Devi Brahmacharini for virtue and peace

Maa Brahmacharini is worshipped on the second day of Navratri. She is depicted as walking bare feet, carrying a Japa Mala (rosary) in her right hand and a Kamandalu in her left hand respectively. 

Her stance reflects utmost piety and devotion. Her meditative form signifies the austere penance undertaken by Sati and Parvati in their respective births to attain Lord Shiva as their beloved consort.Her sage like demeanor has also earned her the name of Tapasyacharini.

It is believed that when Parvati was engaged in her deep meditation to please Lord Shiva, she was reduced to a mere skeleton. She went on meditating for years through severe circumstances and weather and no food or water.

Due to her austere penance, she was named Bharahmacharini by all the devtas and Gods who were awestruck by her reverence. It is believed that Lord Brahma descended upon earth to praise her diligence to seek Lord Shiva and gave her the name ‘Brahmacharini’.

Worshiping this form of Durga is believed to invoke the spirit of penance, renunciation, virtue and nobility. Goddess Brahmacharini, the second form Shakti is a tapaswani or a sage who loves simple offerings.

Jai Mata Di

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A glass of water.

How heavy is the glass of water?

For the last few weeks, I was telling all the stuff about couples. How to find love and then how to maintain relationships and everything about which I experienced, or I have learned from other’s experiences?

Today I would like to discuss the weight of our thoughts which we carry in our mind unconsciously. I agree that the world has become more vulnerable and unpredictable. The struggle to survive is at its peak now. So it’s not surprising that many people are facing anxiety and depression nowadays.

 Every one of you must have heard the age-old adage “Is it glass half full or glass half empty”? But did anyone ever ask you,” How heavy is the glass of water you are holding?

Your answer to this question can vary from six ounces to a couple of pounds.

However, from my perspective, the weight of this glass doesn’t matter. It depends on how long you hold it. If you hold it just for a few minutes it’s fairly light. If you hold it for one hour maybe your arm aches. If you hold it for a day straight maybe your arm feels completely numb and you may drop the glass to the floor. 

In any case, it doesn’t matter how heavy the glass is. What matters is how long you are holding it. The longer you hold it the heavier it feels. Right?

Now as we are going through so many worries and pressures in this pandemic time, it feels like we are holding something heavy on to us. If you just think about it for a while you will not feel that much anxiety or depression but if all the time you are thinking about the bad situation everyone is going through, you will feel completely numb and paralyzed. You will not be capable of doing anything else until you drop all of them.

This life is a gift of God for all of us. If we have a job to feed ourselves and our family, If we have a nice family and our loved ones around us, think of it as a blessing and stop cribbing about small things which are not going according to you. Think of the people who have lost their jobs and their loved ones during this pandemic. 

Whenever you feel that the “glass of thoughts” is getting heavier, just think about those people who do not have the privileges as you. Still, they are coping with their situations. 

Many times people feel depressed not being able to live life as they did before 2020. Everyone is suffering in their own ways.

My point is that you learn to let go of your worries and stress. Don’t take them to your bed, no matter what happens during the day. Early in the evening you just put them down. Feel light and get ready for new sunshine every day. If you always carry the weight of stress from past days with you, your glass of water will be getting heavier day by day.

Learn when to put that glass down. Put all your problems on a table in front of you and try to solve them one by one. Thinking and rethinking will not solve anything. On the contrary, if you try to find a solution by looking at those problems objectively you may find some solutions.

Make a few rules and follow them diligently throughout your life. A few examples can help a lot:

  • Create boundaries for yourself and make your own rules.
  • Press a pause button before making decisions. Take a few deep breaths and feel calm.
  • Do an audit for your pain points daily. It will help you find solutions for those things in life which are giving you stress. When you will do it intentionally, you will see things -problems and solutions-with new eyes.
  • Simplify your finances and make a budget. Financial problems can make you very difficult at times. Making a  budget and taking care of small or big expenditures accordingly can relieve you of unexpected stress conditions. Mindful budgeting can help to ease your life in many ways.

Don’t push yourself unnecessarily. I know you can work harder than you are doing right now but slow progress will pay more in the end. Being very hard on yourself will tire you up earlier in life. Don’t set unrealistic goals and stress yourself. Instead, allow yourself to enjoy small wins and make your life easy.

No matter whether you find a solution for them or not just doesn’t carry the weight of them.

Hope life will feel like the “glass is lighter”.😊😊

Carrying the burden of sorrows from past or present could prove to be the heaviest for anyone. If you can keep yourself positive and ready to fight the circumstances this will definitely feel lighter.

None of the blogs or opinions expressed within is meant as advice to you or anybody else on any matter, including but not limited to, personal finance, health, or other matters of life. If you need advice, speak to a professional!

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IS GETTING BACK TO AN EX RIGHT OR WRONG

When a relationship ends, there usually comes a time when you question your decision. You ask yourself, “should I have given it another try?”

A tweet was circulating on meme pages recently that said, “if you’re not dating to marry, you’re dating to break up. Let that sink in.” 

If we are not intending to marry that person, this is perhaps true. However, for those of us who end up in a marriage which ends in a break-up, its a different matter.

My question is should you try to get back to your ex?. There are so many success stories about it.

For example, there are many celebrity couples who broke up and got back together over the years. Not all of them worked out (while they gave it their best shot) and many others ended up making their love last.

To quote a few examples, Justine Timberlake and Jessica Bieber, Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard, Kate Middleton and Prince William, Cardi B and Offset, Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin to name a few.

I know many of you are also struggling with the issue already. I would like to mention that the coronavirus pandemic of 2020 has been a time during which scores of people (quarantined and self-isolating) reconnected with their ‘exes’.

The scenario and thought process has changed and perhaps relatedly, exes around the world have been coming out”, sending texts or emails to their previous time partners. In normal times, the act of initiating contact with an ex-partner was unspoken of and seldom done. But in today’s extraordinary circumstances the hesitation seems to have been suspended.

Next question is, should you try to rekindle the relationship or look for a new partner?

I think everyone who is giving a second thought to get back to an EX should keep a few points in mind.

First, what was the reason for the breakup? If the reason you two broke-up is no longer a problem, then go for it.

You both are on the same page now. Sometimes, when you are dating you realise that priorities in your lives are different. For example, it could be that you didn’t want kids and your partner did. However, people change with time and so do our desires and limitations. If both of you want the same things in life now, why not give it another shot!

Second, you are more experienced now. As we grow older, we get wiser with experiences we gather along the way. Moreover, you may have had other relationships during this time which perhaps taught you a few valuable lessons. That may make your prior relationship with your EX look like the best thing that ever happened to you!

Third, you may still be in love with your EX. If you realised that life is not worth living without each other, there is no point in suffering. After a long period of time if both of you are not being able to get over each other it is better to give your relationship another chance.

Fourth, sometimes LDR (long-distance relationship) also result in a break-up. If you are in the same city now considering getting back is a good idea.

The main thing to keep in your mind is, if he was abusive in a relationship (any type of abuse) don’t give it a second thought ever.”There is this story that(says) if you toss a frog into a pot of boiling water, it will scramble to get out,” Benton explains.”But if you put the frog in while the water is still cold-and slowly raise the temperature-the frog will (stay)until it is boiled to death. The same kind of things happens in relationships.

Abuse of any kind is complicated and it can be difficult to identify. This is especially true for emotional abuse. Physical abuse has evidence of violence but emotionally abusive relations can involve toxic mind games. So getting again in trouble is not advised.

The moral of the story? There is not anything right or wrong when it comes to relationships. Break-ups happen and they are survivable over time with help. They are not the end of the world, only the end of the relationship. Winning your ex back is not hard, the hard part is keeping them.

Give your luck a chance and see what it has in store for you.

None of the blogs or opinions expressed within are meant as advice to you or anybody else on any matter, including but not limited to, personal finance, health, or other matters of life. If you need advice, speak to a professional!

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Do you desire a life of idleness?

Embrace the idleness and see the magic

What exactly is idleness? An activity that has an absence of purpose.

Did you ever think of living an idle life? I think none of you will agree to this. Our whole life we try to improve ourselves and get better in every sphere of life. In this race of getting better from peers we just put so much effort that sometimes our motto of life is just work, work and only work. Some people take life as a challenge and forget to live …without thinking that life is short and it has an expiry. 

It makes sense to enjoy before that expiry. Right?

A few days back I went on a trip to Oregon in the USA. While sitting by “Crater Lake” I was mesmerized and felt lost in the beauty of nature.

For ten days I just did nothing except enjoying nature where everything is perfect and nothing is perfect. Looking deep into nature can make anyone understand everything better. 😊

After coming back this thought of enjoying idleness gave me a new subject to write my perspective on idleness. 

I already have been to at least 26 countries to date but this trip was special. Because I was not in a hurry to rush to another sightseeing or next destination to cover. I was there for the whole ten days doing nothing and just enjoying the surroundings and natural beauty. This period of no activity in fact recharged my mind and soul.

I was compelled to think that what is the reason we always feel so much pressure in life? The reason might be, this world drills into our heads that we have to improve and get better because we are not perfect. That is the reason we are always running a marathon, and not living life.

Now the question is …Is it really fruitful to live life like we are here for an ongoing competition or exam which we have to pass in first class?

I myself have a very active and busy life and keep myself immersed in something or another. But suddenly I liked this idleness…😇😇

The reason might be that I needed a break from my routine life and work schedules !!

Doing nothing and just venturing in nature gave me peace of mind and food for my thought.

There are many points which I would like to discuss:

Being idle or lazy are two different things.

Idle means we are inactive and unproductive. Assuming waste of time by doing nothing of value.

Lazy is when we ought to do something but are reluctant to do it because of the effort involved.

Sometimes we see people who are not ambitious at all and happy with whatever they have. They don’t want to improve their life or they don’t starve for more success.

These people are not idle but lazy to put extra effort into anything where it is not necessary. In other words, they don’t want to beat themselves after a stipulated limit.

I think it depends on people’s perspective on life. Some people think “If “they have a reasonable amount of disposable wealth, they will quite happily do nothing more than reading, paint, study the sky, learn things just for the sheer joy of it. They will do a lot of things but not anything which makes economic sense. If someone doesn’t like that they don’t care. 

On the other hand, there are lots of people who have immense wealth but still yearning to earn more as they think it will give them a greater sense of security and achievement. They don’t care about the beauty of nature or how the sky looks on a starry night. Sitting idle seems to them like wasting time and losing something in life.

Both the perspectives are personal choices of different people. It will not be wise to comment on it.

 But I would like to share my perspective here.

For me taking a break from busy life is always welcome. That was the reason I went on long vacations every year. But still, work was always on my mind and the type of relaxation I felt was different from what I felt now. This time I just switched off my mind from everything in my life and just focussed on staring at the stars, walking on the spongy grass and feeling the sky as being in heaven.😊😊

Nature has its own language. When it speaks we have to concentrate to understand it. It speaks through the trees, the animals, the cool breeze, rocks, water…everything speaks and sings if we try to listen to it.

However, being totally indoors for over a year might be the biggest reason for this soul-soothing experience.😇

This period of idleness gave a new meaning to my life. Now I use my idle moments to gather inspiration, develop and maintain perspective, sidestep nonsense and pettiness and conserve health and stamina for important tasks and problems in life.

So I am not lazy but I like periods of idleness.😂😂

“Lord Melbourne”, Queen Victoria’s favourite prime minister, extolled the virtues of ‘masterful inactivity.’ As chairman and CEO of General Electric, Jack Welch spent an hour each day in what he called ‘looking out of the window time.’

Now is the time to enjoy your idle moments as work from home is the new normal. Take some time out to relax and enjoy.😊😊

None of the blogs or opinions expressed within is meant as advice to you or anybody else on any matter, including but not limited to, personal finance, health, or other matters of life. If you need advice, speak to a professional!

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Do you know how to love yourself?

I am sure you would like to know…😊

This article is in continuation to my last article. I discussed about the importance of self-love and how to make up your mind to get yourself ready for that without feeling selfish. But do you really think it is easy to do that?

No one can pour anything from an empty glass. So, the first step to love yourself might be filling that glass…Right?

Now the question is How? What to do so that the glass of self-love within you is always full?

We all know that life is full of negative things and messy situations. One issue closes and another one pops up. One challenge is completed, and another is ready to disturb the peace of mind. In such a crazy situation isn’t it unworthy to expect anyone to find time to nourish their mental health? 

I know this is asking for too much sometimes. That’s the reason people keep doing what comes their way and never think of healing their mind and soul. The result is often an unhappy and negative mindset.

It’s obvious that if you yourself don’t have a mental state of tranquillity you can’t make anyone happy and cope with the ups and downs of life successfully.

Self-love starts with independence of mind in the first place. If we depend on others for our happiness, we will always be vulnerable. Any time someone or other will be able to intrude our happy state of mind and make us feel depressed and neglected.

However, as you know if there is a problem there is always a solution to it. 

Now that you have decided to take good care of yourself and agreed to the importance of self-love, you must learn about self-help.

Don’t expect others to be responsible for your happiness.

 We all are special in a way or other. Our own hero. Everyone in this world is fighting their own battle. So why not brace yourself for fixing your problems and boost your mental health at the same time.

 Taking accountability for your actions in life will give you confidence and courage to face the outcomes of your actions.

 For that make a “Happiness Nest “of your own.

What is a “Happiness Nest”?

Let’s make a “Happiness Nest.”😇

We all have good things in our life but as time passes by, we just forget about those moments and things that gave us so much satisfaction and emotional support at a time. Those moments, feelings or achievements we forget, or the dust of time blur those memories.

How about writing your feelings for those people who bring positivity in your life, nice memories, meaningful incidents, stories of your own achievements in life.

If you don’t like writing, it’s ok. Just make a few notes and keep them in a place where you can read them when you are going through low self-esteem. 

Some nice gifts which you got from your dear ones who admire you. Thinking about those moments will again make you happy and those gifts will again remind you of those good times.

Birthday cards, mother’s day cards or anniversary cards with nice messages written on those cards can rekindle the love you felt while receiving those cards.

If you have those old-time handwritten letters, save them, and read them when feeling low or depressed. Handmade cards made by your kids when they were small and learning to write can give immense pleasure when they are offshore for work. This can be a valuable part of your” Happiness Nest.”

Some old DVD’s or cassettes can give you what nothing else can. Save those moments and cherish those memories when you need them the most.

Audio or video clips of the family enjoying themselves together will be a treasure for you when they are not around.

Put all these things together in a box or in an almirah and give it a name of your choice.😄

 Whenever you need some courage from within yourself just immerse yourself in those happy moments and forget about present problems for the time being. Rejuvenate yourself and feel strong.

Creativity can boost your self-esteem like nothing else.

Doing something creative is always good for mental health and it can give you a sense of achievement. If you like writing, nothing like that. If you like painting, drawing or anything else which can make you feel happy…just go for it.

Creative expression can help overcome problems is proven now.

 Pouring all your feelings and thoughts into a creative activity can help you drain them from your body and mind and giving you an understanding of what you feel.

A University of Toronto neuroscientist recently completed a different study where he explored the diverse ways people observe and appreciate art using fMRI.  This study found that, in addition to the visual cortex being activated, other, deeper state areas of the brain were also activated.  These areas include the brain’s pleasure and reward (serotonin) system. In addition, a sort of “daydreaming” brain mode was activated during conscious processing of the images.  The brain is processing and judging the imagery even though the participants were not instructed to analyze the images. (Campbell, 2014)

Any type of art involving writing, poetry, ceramics, drawing, mosaic or painting is helpful with mental conditions like depression, chronic pain or even stroke.

So, what are you waiting for?

Now that you know how to destress and make yourself happy just invest in creativity. Get started…write, paint draw, sing, dance…do whatever you like. Live your passion and your life will be a constant balance.

My passion right now is writing. What is yours?😊😊

None of the blogs or opinions expressed within is meant as advice to you or anybody else on any matter, including but not limited to, personal finance, health, or other matters of life. If you need advice, speak to a professional!

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10 Interesting Facts About Lord Hanuman That You Definitely Did Not Know #5

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After Lord Ram became the King, once, when the court was adjourned, Narada – known for creating disharmony between Ram and Hanuman – asked Hanuman to greet all the sages except Vishwamitra, since he was a King once. Hanuman did so, but it did not affect Vishwamitra.

Narada went on and instigated Vishwamitra, which angered him so much that he went to Ram and asked him to punish Hanuman to death. Vishmamitra being his guru, Ram could not ignore his command and punished Hanuman to death by arrows. The next day in the field, the statement was to be executed, but all arrows failed to do any harm to Hanuman as he kept chanting Ram!Since Ram had to abide by his Guru’s word, he decided to use the Brahmastra. To the surprise of all, Hanuman’s chants of Ram even failed the most powerful Brahmastra! Seeing this, Narada went to Vishwamitra and confessed his mistake, stopping the ordeal!

Jai Shree Ram🙏🏻🙏🏻

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Are you working from home?

A few points to remember to save your marriage😇 

I know the topic may make you wonder! But it is indeed taking a toll on the married life of a few people. Living so many years with your spouse was easier than it is now. The reason is he (or both of you) was out for work the whole day and the time spent together was less. As you all know, too much of anything reduces the perceived value and you used to wait for the time when you both will be together after a long day in the office.

The need to exchange details of the day and feeling closer was much desired by couples. 

Now since this new culture or I should say compulsion of Working from home has emerged, new problems and misunderstandings are also being seen in many households. It can be really challenging to suddenly be under one roof 24/7 when you are used to being apart for many hours a day or many days amonth.

Let us discuss the pros and cons of “WFH “and how to save your marriage while you are working from home.

When it started in the early 2020s, many people were happy to get more time for themselves. They were satisfied with a flexible schedule as it allowed for more control over their work life. They believed that they can achieve a much better work-life balance working from home.

I hope all of you agree with this and for the time being, it worked for everyone. Slowly when it started being a new norm, many started feeling claustrophobic. Especially people who were travelling a lot due to their work commitments. Staying home, in the same environment with spouse 24/7…  persistent proximity triggered new problems in relationships.

According to the survey, eight days is the longest the average person says they could work from home in a shared space with their partner before tensions shoot up.

 What’s more, on a lighter note that one in three, currently working from home don’t shower or bathe every day and 15% don’t even bother to change out of their bedclothes. 😜

In such a scenario there are some rules to follow to survive your marriage: It hardly matters if you are sharing the same room for work or are sitting in the next room just a few feet away from each other. (For working couples)

Now as the commute is a thing of the past you have to decide when your day starts. Wake up at a mutually decided time and have some” me time” together during which you can have coffee, have breakfast or get ready together at a relaxing pace.

You can work out a work from home fitness routine where both of you can decide when and who will work out without disturbing the other one, especially while on a video call.

Make a daily schedule with your partner as when your meetings are so that you won’t get disturbed during zoom meetings.

If there is no meeting, agree on playing some nice music to cut through the silence.

You can take breaks together but make sure you are not interrupting your partner.

To avoid that you can schedule a break beforehand.

The best thing to do is figure out where each of you will have your workspace and separate. It is ideal to have your own workspace that both of you can call yours. Even if you are doing it at your kitchen table. It will give comfortable space and a friction free environment to both of you.

Practising a few things will make your home like a co-working place instead of a battleground. 😄

If it is just  one of you who is working from home, it’s a good idea to create some physical space between WFH employee and the rest of the family. If possible try to stay on different floors if not keep the WFH person behind a closed door. 😇

Keep the kids away from the WFH person as much as possible but remember they are still kids.

Designate a daily routine when things can be really loud and everyone can feel alive. Life can be noisy. Don’t try to become a ninja and make your home like it was before your partner started WFH.

If you love playing music while cooking or cleaning you can still enjoy that, just buy a pair of earplugs. It will not make the sounds echo house-wide during his work hours.

You(wife) should be mindful of kitchen noise while the husband is on a phone meeting. Try to keep it to a minimum or wait for half an hour.

Life can get monotonous while both spouses are home 24/7. It can devoid your married life of the romance and courtship a marriage thrives in. However, if you put some effort it can be managed easily. Have lunch together whenever possible and keep your office-related problems or conversations aside while with you significant other.

Don’t unnecessarily burden your wife with always demanding something or else as she is already coping with your presence and compromising on her privacy the whole day.😄

On a lighter note don’t try to get your wife angry as you are home and are dependent on her for everything you need. Be calm and don’t let her go insane. 😂

Have date nights like you used to have pre covid, don’t mind if it’s in your backyard; so at least both of you will get ready and feel the romance.

Lastly a few advantages for wives who are making adjustments while their spouse is working from home. Now that he is around all the time you can have some flexibility in your daily routine also. If you feel sick he’s there to take care of you and noisy kids. When you are not in a good mood he can help with household chores and can be a soundboard and safe place to vent.

So, enjoy it. It may take some time to find your WFH groove, but it’s definitely possible to find it and make it work for you.😊😊

None of the blogs or opinions expressed within is meant as advice to you or anybody else on any matter, including but not limited to, personal finance, health, or other matters of life. If you need advice, speak to a professional!

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10 Interesting Facts About Lord Hanuman That You Definitely Did Not Know #4

Although he was a brahmachari , Lord Hanuman had a son – Makardhwaja.

Hanuman is the son of Anjana and Kesari. Wikimedia Commons

The Story of Makardhwaj – Son of Hanuman appears in the story of Ahiravana, which in itself is a relatively lesser told story from Ramayana. This incident in Ramayan shows a difference in Hanuman.

 It shows how devoted Hanuman Ji is to Ram and to what lengths can he go for his beloved Lord. In popular scriptures and cultural references, Hanuman is presented as the lifelong celibate ascetic or Bal Brahmachari. However, in some scriptures, you’ll find reference to Makardhwaj Balaji, who is believed to be the son of Hanuman.

Well, the story goes like this… after setting Lanka on fire, Lord Hanuman flew off from the blazing city, his tail still inflamed. As he was feeling too hot, he decided to take a dip in the seawater. Here a drop of his perspiration fell in the mouth of a mighty Makara.

This Makara or fish was caught by the fishermen in the kingdom of Ahiravana, the king of Patal. When the Makar was cut open, a monkey face baby with a fish’s body was found. Ahirvana saw his strength and named him Makardhwaj, the guardian of Patal.

Later when Ram was fighting a war against Ravan, Ahiravana cast a spell on Ram and Lakshman and took them to Patal. Hanuman followed them. But at the gates of Patal, he was challenged by Makardhwaj who introduced himself as the son of Hanuman.

Hanuman was most amused. At his behest, the guard narrated the story of his birth and asked for blessings from his father. However, Hanuman still had to fight a duel and defeat him to get into Patal to get Ram and Lakshman. On his return and upon Ram’s Advice, Hanuman appointed Makardhwaj as the new king of Patal.

Temples dedicated to Makardhwaj can be found in India, especially in Gujrat. Some of them include

1. Odadar Village near Porbandar

2. Idols of Hanuman and Makardhwaj are worshipped together at the Hanuman Dandi Temple in Bhet Dwarka

3. Chinchwad in Beed district of Maharashtra

4. Balaji Hanuman and his son are worshipped together at the Balaji Makardhwaj temple in Beawar, Rajasthan

                 Jai Bajrang Bali Ji 🙏🏻🙏🏻

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Finding love in quarantine

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Now that the new variants of coronavirus and the illness it causes are spreading again in communities all over the globe, words such as self-quarantine and social distancing are showing up again in the media.

After 14 months into this new way of living, most of us are tired and frustrated already.

The other day I was watching “Love Is Blind” on Netflix. The series follows 30 men and women hoping to find love. For 10 days in a speed dating format, the men and women date each other in different ‘pods’ where they can talk to each other but not see each other. Whenever they decide, the men were able to propose to the women they wanted to marry.

I Watched 'Love Is Blind' With My Eyes Closed

After the proposal, and meeting face to face for the first time, the engaged couples headed to a couple of resorts. During this trip, they spent time together and got to know each other more.

After they all met their partner’s families and explored their partners living conditions, they carried out wedding ceremonies and needed to make their final decisions about whether to split or get married, answering the question, ”Is Love Blind?”

However, in practical life even today before making a decision about whom to marry people consider several things such as height, looks, even race (still!), financial status etc. 

Therefore, the question that popped up in my mind was: Is it really practical to choose a life partner on a dating app?

As we all are confined at home and going out to meet new people is difficult, if not impossible, is it truly possible to make lasting friendships or lifelong relationships without actually seeing them? Is the quote “Love Is Blind” finding new roots in these quarantine times?

I don’t know if it is good or bad but if you think of singles who are quarantined and practising social distancing in their apartments it’s just like being in a pod.

The dates are the phone calls. Connecting on chats and phone calls or video calls is very common these days. 

Virtual dating is more concentrated on humour, communication skills, consistency, and empathy. You can discover how patient, kind, and romantic another person is. You can build a strong friendship before committing to a relationship and you don’t need to rush into anything.

In a way, quarantine forces one to focus on what truly matters for a long and healthy relationship by engaging in often, deep, and perhaps long conversations.

For those who haven’t tried it yet, maybe it’s worth giving it a shot during the pandemic. If you get lucky spread the word.😊😊

It’s 2021, pandemic is beyond painful in so many ways, however, as always, we must look for the silver lining on a dark cloud. Finding meaningful relationships while being in lockdowns may be one of those silver linings! 😍

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None of the blogs or opinions expressed within are meant as advice to you or anybody else on any matter, including but not limited to, personal finance, health, or other matters of life. If you need advice, speak to a professional!

None of the blogs or opinions expressed within are meant as advice to you or anybody else on any matter, including but not limited to, personal finance, health, or other matters of life. If you need advice, speak to a professional!

None of the blogs or opinions expressed within are meant as advice to you or anybody else on any matter, including but not limited to, personal finance, health, or other matters of life. If you need advice, speak to a professional!

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Spicy Friday Story #2

Chalo Singapore #2

Sentosa Island

Hope all of you enjoyed last Friday’s story.😊

 I am here again to take you on a tour of  Santosa Island. I agree it’s not as enjoyable as it would be if you are actually in Singapore. But I will try to make it entertaining for you. Singapore isn’t exactly known as a beach destination, but if you’re really craving some fun in the sun, Sentosa Island is the place to find it. Siloso Beach is a good spot for getting in beach time, and visitors can play volleyball on free courts or go kayaking and skimboarding. There are several other beach attractions as well, plus an Underwater World aquarium, where you can swim with dolphins.

A must-see on Sentosa Island is the Merlion, Singapore’s famous statue that has the head of a lion and the body of a fish. You can take an escalator to the top of the statue and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding area. Adventurous types will want to check out The Flying Trapeze and the SeaBreeze Water-Sports @ Wave House, where you can try your hand at flying strapped to a water-propelled jet pack.

Merlion Singapore, Singapore - December 22, 2013: The Merlion fountain lit up at night in Singapore. Singapore Stock Photo

For all information about Sentosa here is a link…

Official site: www.sentosa.com.sg/en

On this site, you get all relevant information and enjoy visiting Santosa … it is virtually but hope it’s fun 😊😊

Thank you

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Spicy Friday Story : Chalo Singapore # 1

From now on I will bring a new story for you every Friday. I have travelled to so many countries and I want to share that experience with all of you.

As I have lived many years of my life in Singapore I would like to start from Singapore. But before sharing all my experiences regarding tourist places, lifestyle, food choices and everything I would like to give you a short introduction to this country.

In 1819, British statesman Stamford Raffles negotiated a treaty whereby Johor allowed the British to locate a trading port on the island, leading to the establishment of the crown colony of Singapore in 1819. During World War II, Singapore was conquered and occupied by the Japanese Empire from 1942 to 1945.

When the war ended, Singapore reverted to British control, with increasing levels of self-government being granted, culminating in Singapore merger with the federation of Malaysia in 1963.

However, social unrest and disputes, between Singapore and Malaysia ruling parties resulted in  Singapore’s expulsion from Malaysia. Singapore became an independent republic on 9th August 1965

Singapore, officially the Republic of Singapore is a sovereign island city-state in maritime Southeast Asia.

Collyer Quay, 1900. National Archive Singapore

Singapore 1900s

in the mid-1990s, Singapore had a weird reputation. On the one hand, it was a dream country for Western expatriates: developed, modern, clean, peaceful, English-speaking, with great housing and plenty of international restaurants—if you were living there for work, you were likely making serious bank. On the other, it was boring and repressive.

20 years later, however, tourism became a big business in Singapore.

Singapore has never tried to be something it’s not. It’s 278 square miles of shopping, eating, and relaxing place. The rest of Asia (and the world) have evolved in ways that make Singapore—respectable, comfy, colourful, tasty Singapore—stand out like it never used to.

Over 50 per cent of this island city is comprising of greenery, Singapore has some amazing tropical wilderness and nature-oriented attractions to be enjoyed by visitors. 

So we will visit one place every Friday from now on.

Coming up next Friday … 

Let us explore and enjoy Sentosa Island

Sentosa Island

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Are Indian MEN Mama’s boys?

Are Indian MEN Mama’s boys?

Are Indian men mamma’s boys? I honestly don’t believe this TAG is right for the boys who love and care for their mothers.

Our culture is far different from a western culture where kids just leave their homes as soon as they become adults. I am not saying that their bonding with mothers is in any way different or less. It all depends on your families and how you were brought up in your childhood years. In a country like India where at least three generations live under one roof and are bonded tightly to each other, we can’t blame our boys for being attached to their families or mothers.

Many families are not financially well but still their emotional bonding is very strong because adversity brings them closer. IN a typical Indian family, a father can be abusive, or an uncle can be an alcoholic but when it comes to the mom she is always there for her son and acts as a barrier between her son and anyone who wants to hurt him. She is there to help, be it financially or emotionally.

Now one question which is consistently asked: “Why are Indian mothers so possessive towards their sons”.  I believe there are always some reasons behind anything we do. In most of our households, we have always seen dictating fathers, controlling husbands, etc. Now when a son is born, he is the sole possession of a mother. He is her one and only prized possession. The most precious one.

Since a son is born he needs a mother for all his needs like food, managing clothes, school bag, etc. Slowly as he grows up, all his requirements, be it small or big are taken care of by his mother. Even so many times she fights with his father for him. The bond grows with time and a mother-son relationship gets stronger.

Once they are full-fledged adults and out on their own, the dynamic change, to the point that either parent is seen as an equal. Sons often look for a girlfriend that is a lot like their mother. I don’t think it is a concious act on their part. It just happens.

I agree that we desi moms are very much concerned about little things such as “has he eaten his food yet”, “is he eating properly”? So many times, we are laughed at for this. Like my son told me that when his friend said “I am feeling hungry and have not eaten good food for long”, I told him to go and grab a Punjabi mamma and she will stuff him with food lovingly.” Jokes apart, it’s true for desi moms actually.

After so many years of pampering and all the care, when a boy becomes a man it’s a different world for him. If he has not learnt to be independent. So this is also a mom’s duty to help her son grow as a man, who can take care of everything independently in his life. Be it cooking a few dishes and taking care of his stuff himself. Learning these small things will immensely help him in managing the next part of his life.

After marriage, men cannot behave with their wives as they did with their mother. Most of them must be in a loving-shouting relationship with their mom. Am I wrong? You can shout at your mom for small things like where is my socks mamma… I am not hungry mom why are you insisting me to eat, and so many other things where you shout on your dear mamma knowing that she is right. And the beauty of this relation is she still smiles at you and helps you finding your socks or small stuff.

But when you come home late after having a couple of drinks with friends and you dare to shout at your wife, be ready for the consequences!! You have to learn to behave like both of you are partners not parent-kid. So grow up man.

However, men who were always being taken care of ,now feel that life is different from what it was. As we have heard that there is a small child hidden in every man. This is true to a certain extent. That is the reason most boys want a wife resembling their mom in terms of taking care of them.

So, is it harmful for boys to be close to their mom? Not at all. The man who cares for his mom cares for his wife and daughter as well. Because he knows how emotional a woman can be. He will be equally caring for other female relations also as he has learnt to be a soft person, not a MAN who cannot cry.

The truth is for so many years from birth to adulthood a child is in the care and protection of a mother, who is always there for every need. How is it possible not to bond with her? It is the same for daughters as well. They also keep constantly talking to their mothers about small things happening in their lives. In my opinion be it girls or boys both are supposed to bond with their mothers because, since their birth, mom was the selfless protector and provider for them. It’s very much natural for both …boys and girls…to be attached to mothers. Why do we call men mamma’s boy? Girls are also mamma’s girls.

And so back to my point on “not believing this TAG” of Mama’s Boy. There is no such thing as a mama’s boy…because each and every one of us is a mama’s child. 

None of the blogs or opinions expressed within is meant as advice to you or anybody else on any matter, including but not limited to, personal finance, health, or other matters of life. If you need advice, speak to a professional!

10 Amazing Stories Of Lord Hanuman 

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Rama and Lakshmana Confer with Sugriv, Hanuman and Others

When Riksha died, in accordance with the law of the jungle, the monkeys fought each other for becoming the leader. Vali successfully killed or maimed every other contender to the throne and became the undisputed ruler of the monkey world.

 As one who had successfully earned his dominant place among the apes, Vali was not obliged to share the spoils of power with anyone, but being of a magnanimous nature he shared everything with his younger brother Sugriva.

 It was in these circumstances that Hanuman entered the companionship of Sugriva who later became the king of monkeys himself.

 It was under Sugriva that the massive army of monkeys helped Lord Rama reclaim his wife Sita Ji who had been abducted by the demon Ravana.

Jai Bajrang Bali Ji 

To be continued next week…

 Shararty badal/ Naughty cloud

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Aj aasman hai kyun viraan sa,

Ya sirf mery najron ka dhokha hai!

Na taare na sitaare kahin,

Chaand bhi kahin ja chhupa hai!!

                 Soona sa dikhta hai aasmaan ka patal,

                 Badlon me na hai kahin koi, jara si bhi halchal!

                 Najren dhund rahi hain jaise kisi ko,

      Itny khamoshi, aisi udasi ki, kya hai koi khas wajah!!

Are achanak se ye hua kya,

 Vo nanha badal shararat se muskuraya!

Jaise chori se nikla ho ghar se,

Ya bhul gaya ho rasta fir se!!

                Achnak gadgdaya jor se,

               Jaise awaz di ho apnon ko fir se!

               Kuch aur sathi kahin se aa mile,

              Athkheliyan karte ghumadne lage!!

 Kuch palon me hi asmaan jaise saj gaya,

 Badlon ki garaj umad ghumad se chehak gaya!

Jam ke shor machaya sabne,

Ambar ki udasi ko kahin door bhagaya sabne!!

            Ye kali ghataen, ye khush najare,

            Aise barse tapte dil ki ret pe sare!

           Tapish sary jaty rahi sehra se, 

           samandar bhi jal gaya jab dekhe ye najare!!

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Why is the sky so deserted today,

Or is it just my eyes!

Neither stars nor their reflection anywhere,

The moon is hiding somewhere!!

                The screen of the sky looks like a deserted one,

                There are no movements in the clouds!

                Eyes are looking for someone,

                Is there some special reason for such silence, sadness!!

Oh, what happened,

That little cloud smiled mischievously!

As if came out silently from home,

Or if forgot the way back home!!

               Suddenly it thundered loudly,

               Like it’s calling friends!

               A few clouds also joined,

              Thunder started more loudly!!

In a few minutes, the sky was decorated,

With the voice and arrival of clouds!

The clouds made a rumbling voice,

Amber’s sadness was driven away!!

            Those black clouds and happy view,

            It rained like this on a burning heart!

            Like all the heat was taken away from the desert,

            The sea also felt so jealous viewing this!!

Ram Navami 2021 Date: Ram Navami Celebrations, History And Significance

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Ram Navami or Rama Navami, one of the biggest and most auspicious Hindu festivals in India, is celebrated on the last day of Chaitra Navaratri. This year Ram Navami is on October14. Ram Navami marks the birth of Lord Ram. According to Hindu scriptures, Lord Ram was born on Ram Navami in Ayodhya on this day. Devotees believe that Lord Ram is the incarnation of Lord Vishnu. He was born on Navami Tithi during the Shukla Paksha or Full Moon phase in the month of Chaitra, according to the Hindu calendar.

Ram Navami celebrations

It is believed that Lord Ram was born during the Madhyahna or afternoon hours of the day and hence that is the most auspicious time to perform Rama Navami puja. The Madhyahna moment marks the exact time when Shri Ram was born and special pujas and yagyas are performed at temples. The chanting of Shri Ram’s name and mantras and bhajans are sung at this time. 

Ram Navami celebrations in Ayodhya are remarkable. On this day, Ayodhya is decked up with lights and devotees visit the temple but this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there are restrictions in place. People come to Ayodhya from far and wide. They usually take a holy dip in the river Sarayu river before visiting the Ram temple.

Durga Ashtami 2021: When to End Fast, Timing For Kanya Pujan, Significance

This year, instead of distributing prashad or calling kanya (girls) for puja at home, help the needy, in view of the Covid-19 outbreak.

Chaitra Durga Ashtami 2021: When to End Fast, Timing For Kanya Pujan, Significance - All You Need to Know

Navratri is a nine-day Hindu festival and today is the eighth day, known as Durga Ashtami or Maha Ashtami. This day is dedicated to Goddess Mahagauri, where worshipping this avatar of Goddess Durga is considered auspicious. 

Ashtami marks the eighth day of Navratri and on this auspicious day, devotees tend to observe rigorous fast, feast and worship for Goddess Durga who symbolizes strength. On the day of Ashtami, before breaking the fast, nine girls below the age of ten are worshipped and are fed sumptuously and, amongst other things, presented with new clothes.

  As per Hindu philosophy, these girls are considered as the manifestation of the natural force of creation. Legend has it that it was on the eighth and ninth day of Navaratri that Shakti had taken the form of goddess Durga, on the request of the devas to kill the demon Kalasura.

Jai Mata Di

Navratri 2020: Worship Maa Kalratri on Day 7 — Singnificance, mantras, puja vidhi

Devi Kalratri is regarded as one of the many destructive forms of Maa Shakti which includes Kali, Mahakali, Bhadrakali, Bhairavi, Mrityu, Rudrani, Chamunda, Chandi and Durga.

Navratri 2020: Worship Maa Kalratri on Day 7 — Singnificance, mantras, puja vidhi

On the 7th day or Saptami, Maa Kalratri or Kalaratri, also known as Kaalratri is prayed to. Devi Kalratri is regarded as one of the many destructive forms of Maa Shakti which includes Kali, Mahakali, Bhadrakali, Bhairavi, Mrityu, Rudrani, Chamunda, Chandi and Durga.

Goddess Kalratri is believed to be the fiercest form of Durga, and her appearance often invokes a feeling of fear. She is the destroyer of all demon entities, ghosts, spirits and negative energies, who flee upon knowing of her arrival.

Kalratri is also associated with the crown chakra (the sahasrara chakra). She bestows the believer with siddhis and niddhis, namely knowledge, power and wealth.

Often Kali and Kalratri are used interchangeably but the two deities are separate.

Her weapons include hooked vajra and curved sword, Abhayamudra, Varadamudra. She is mounted on a donkey, lion or tiger as per various legends.

                                              Jai Mata Di

Navratri 6th Day: Maa Katyayani Puja Mantra, Stotra And Aarti

Navratri 6th Day: Maa Katyayani Puja Mantra, Stotra And Aarti

Today marks the 6th day of Navratri 2021: Katyayani Devi is worshipped on the sixth day on Navratri. Maa Katyayani symbolizes knowledge and courage. Devotees worship Katyayani Devi during Navratri for happiness and trouble-free life. Katyayani is the destroyer of evil. According to Hindu scriptures, Goddess Durga assumed the form of Katyayani to destroy the demon Mahisasura and that is why she is also known as the ‘warrior goddess’.  Maa Katyayani is depicted as riding a lion. She has four hands, two on her left has lotus flowers and the right hands are in Abhaya and Varada mudras (hand gesture), symbolizing fearlessness and abundance.

Maa Katyayani puja vidhi

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Katyayani Maa is worshipped on Shasthi in the Shukla Paksha tithi. Puja for Katyayani is usually done with red or yellow flowers. Devotees perform the puja early in the morning. As the colour of Katyayani is red, many women wear a red saree today. The Sanskrit mantras are recited in front of the Kalash that was established as the seat of Goddess Durga on the first day of Navratri. Devotees place a photo of Katyayani Devi near the Kalash. The puja of Katyayani is complete with aarti off the goddess. For aarti, a piece of camphor and incense sticks are lit.  

                                         Jai Mata Di

Navratri 2020 5th Day: Know all about Skandamata Devi ‘mantras, stotras, puja vidhi’

Navratri 2020 5th Day: Know all about Skandamata Devi 'mantras, stotras, puja vidhi'

Today marks the 5th day of Navratri 2021 and Skandamata Devi is worshipped on this auspicious day of Navratri. Skandamata is the fifth avatar of Navdurga. Below is a list of the ‘mantras’, ‘stotras’, and ‘puja vidhi’ for Skandamata Devi. The colour of the fifth day of Navratri is royal blue.

Speaking about Skandamata Devi, the Hindu scriptures say that when Goddess Parvati became the mother of Kartikeya, also known as Skanda, she came to be known as Maa Skandamata. Shardiya Navratri is one of the most auspicious periods of the Hindu calendar when Maa Durga descends on Earth from her abode in Kailash. 

Today is also celebrated as Maha Panchami of the Devi Paksha and Durga Puja officially starts on Thursday. Goddess Durga will be welcomed on Maha Shasthi tomorrow.

Maa Skandamata Puja Vidhi, Mantra, Stotras 

‘Puja Mantra’: Devotees of Skandamata Devi chant ‘Om Devi Skandamatayai Namah’ a hundred and eight times. 

Prarthana: Simhasanagata Nityam Padmanchita Karadvaya || Shubhadastu Sada Devi Skandamata Yashasvini

                                   Jai Mata Di

Navratri 2021 4th Day: Know About Kushmanda Devi Puja Vidhi, Stotras

Kushmanda Devi is known as Ashtabhuja as she has eight hands and rides a lioness. She holds the Kamandal, Dhanush, Bada and Kamal in the four right hands and Amrit Kalash, Jap Mala, Gada and Chakra in the left hands.

According to scriptures, when Lord Vishnu started creating the universe, Kushmanda Devi smiled like a lotus flower and dispelled the darkness. Maa Kushmanda is hence said to create the universe from ‘nothing’. Her smile is the source of the universe and the planets and stars appeared after that.

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Devotees chant Om Devi Kushmandayai Namah a hundred and eight times in front of the Kalash that was installed on the first day of Navratri.

Prarthana: Surasampurna Kalasham Rudhiraplutameva Cha || Dadhana Hastapadmabhyam Kushmanda Shubhadastu Me

Stuti: Ya Devi Sarvabhuteshu Maa Kushmanda Rupena Samsthita || Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah

                             jai Mata Di

Navratri 2021: Worship Maa Chandraghanta on day 3 — Mantra, significance, puja vidhi

Navratri 2020: Worship Maa Chandraghanta on day 3 — Mantra, significance, puja vidhi

The auspicious nine-day festival of Navratri is underway and Thursday is the third day of the festivities. The day three of Durga Puja,  tritiya, is dedicated to Maa Chandraghanta. 

Adorned with the crescent moon on her head, Chandraghanta is the one who is responsible for the establishment of justice and dharma in the world.

The ten-armed Goddess, Mata Chandraghanta is the destroyer of evil and enforcer of good sense and morality. According to some legends, she holds a bell-shaped like a crescent moon in her hand and hence her name -is Chandraghanta. 

This form of Devi Durga is responsible for establishing justice (dharma) in the world. Seated on a tiger, Goddess Chandraghanta is depicted with Dashabhuja or ten hands.

It is believed that Maa Chandraghanta blesses her devotees with grace, bravery and courage. Therefore, all the sins, physical sufferings, mental tribulations and ghostly hurdles of the devotees are eradicated.

Jai Mata Di

Shardiya Navratri#1

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Shardiya Navratri is a Hindu festival which is celebrated from the first day of Shukla Paksha of the Ashvin month, according to the Hindu calendar. As per the Gregorian calendar, it usually falls during the month of September-October. It is a nine-day-long festival. The word Navratri translates to nine nights.

Navratri is one of the most important and celebrated festivals in India. Devotees of Goddess Durga celebrate this festival with utmost devotion and fervour.

All nine days are dedicated to nine different avatars of goddess Durga.

This year, Shardiya Navratri will commence from Thursday, 7 October, and will end on Friday, 15 October 2021.

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10 Amazing Stories Of Lord Hanuman 

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Hanuman’s Education

As he grew up, Hanuman sought to educate himself and for this purpose he chose Surya the sun god as his guru saying: “You see everything there is to see in the universe and you know everything there is to know. Please accept me as your pupil.” Surya hesitated. “I don’t have the time,” he said. “During the day I ride across the sky, and at night I am too tired to do anything.”

“Then teach me as you ride across the sky during the day. I will fly in front of your chariot, facing you from dawn to dusk.” Impressed by Hanuman’s zeal and determination, Surya accepted him as his pupil. 

Thus Hanuman flew before the chariot of the sun god, withstanding the awesome glare, until he became well versed in the four books of knowledge (the Vedas), the six systems of philosophies (darshanas), the sixty-four arts or kalas and the one hundred and eight occult mysteries of the Tantras.

Having become a master of all that he set out to learn, it was now time for Hanuman to pay for his education (guru-dakshina). Surya asserted that watching the devoted pupil study was payment enough for him but when Hanuman insisted on giving something to express his gratitude, the sun god asked him to look after the welfare of his son Sugriva, who was the stepbrother of Vali, the king of monkeys.

Before Vali became the lord of apes, a simian named Riksha ruled over them. Once it so transpired that Riksha fell in an enchanted pool and turned into a woman. Both the sky-god Indra and the sun-god Surya fell in love with her and she bore each of them a son.

 Indra’s son was her first born Vali while Sugriva her second offspring was the son of Surya. After bearing the sons, Riksha regained his male form. 

To be continued next week

 Janamdin/Birthday

Lo fir aa gaya vo din,

Kehte hain jise janamdin!

Umar me ek aur saal jud gaya,

Jindagy se ek aur saal kam ho gaya!!

           Har naya saal kuch naya lata hai,

           Beeta saal kuch yaaden chhor jata hai!

Yaaden!!

Kuch khatti kuch meethi,

Baten kuch kadvi kuch namkeen!

Han vo sab yaaden!!

        Jo jindagy bhar yaad reh Jaty hain,

        Vo yaaden jo lout kar kabhi na aaty hain!

        Kis bat ki khushi manaun main,

        Umar badhne ki ya jindagy kam hone ki!!

Maana ki jindagy ne bahut kuch dia mujhe,

Har Jakham ka marham dia mujhe!

Shukriya aye jindagy tera,

Jeene ka sahi hunar dia tune!!

      Aaj mar bhi jaun to koi gham nahi!

     Ek kamyab jindagy jeene ki khushi koi kam to nahi!!

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Again today is that day,

Which is called a birthday!

Another year added to age,

One more year short of life!!

       Every new year brings something new,

       past year leaves some memories!

              Memories!!

Some sour some sweet,

Some bitter some salty!

     Yess, all those memories!!

That last a lifetime,

Memories that never come back again!

For what should I rejoice,

For aging or shortening of life!!

      Believe that life has given me a lot,

      Gave me courage to heal every wound!,

      I thank you o life,

      You gave me the right skills to live life!!

Even if I die today, there is no sorrow,

The joy of living a successful life is no less!!

10 Amazing Stories of Lord Vishnu you must read #1

We all know that Lord Vishnu married Goddess Lakshmi. Do you want to know the story of how they married?

The story of their marriage starts with Indra – the Lord of the Devas.

Now Indra was a very powerful God. He was the king of Heaven and the ruler of the other gods. However, all this got into his head. He became arrogant and became disrespectful to others.

Indra had a four tusked, beautiful white elephant called Airavatha. Whenever Indra felt like going out of the kingdom, he would occasionally travel on Airavatha.

One such time when Indra was travelling on Airavatha, he met Sage Durvasa coming from the other side.

Sage Durvasa was a powerful sage. As he was immersed in meditation most of the time, he had enormous yogic powers within him However he had one drawback. Sage Durvasa got angry exceptionally fast and also cursed people often.

Sage Durvasa while travelling the world had found a fragrant garland. The flowers of the garland never faded and remained fresh always. He was carrying the garland with him when he met Indra coming on Airavatha.

Sage Durvasa felt that Indra being the King of Gods should be given the garland.

On seeing Sage Durvasa, Indra curtly greeted the Sage without saluting him. In those days, it was customary to salute the wise and learned sages, giving them due respect.

Sage Durvasa however did not get angry at this. He handed over the garland to Indra. “Take the garland, Indra. It befits you well.”

Indra carelessly took the garland and placed it on Airavatha’s head. The aroma from the garland was so strong that Airavatha took the garland from his head and flung it down.

Looking at the careless manner in which Indra had treated the garland, Sage Durvasa got enraged, “Have you forgotten how to greet people and how to behave when you receive a gift. You insolent…”

Indra had the fright of his life. He suddenly remembered the long list of people whom Sage Durvasa had cursed and reduced them to nothing. He swallowed…Lord of the Gods or not, Sage Durvasa was not someone to be taken lightly.

He hastily got down from Airavatha and rushed forward fell on the sage’s feet to prevent the sage from saying anything further. Before the sage could complete his words, Indra cried, “Forgive me, Sage. I behaved badly. I should have respected you and…”

Sage Durvasa if anything got angrier and snorted, “Hah!” He blazed, “Now that you know I am going to curse you, you say you are sorry…Am I supposed to believe that you have realized your folly?…’

To be continued next week...🙏🙏

TOOTA PATTA / Broken leaf

Kal tak tha ik shakh pe,

Aj jameen pe gira hun,

Uper dekhta hun hasrat bhari nigahon se, 

Mere sathi mera pariwar to vahin hai,

             Kyun mujhe hawa ka ek jhonka,

              Itna kamjor kar gaya,

              Kahan se itny himmat de gaya,

              Jameen per pada hun akela

Uper dekhta hua,

Peela padta hua,

            Akhir sookh hi gaya,

            Kabhi yahan kabhi vahan udta raha,

            Shakh se wapis judne ki raah takta hua,

           Sach jaan ker bhi nasamajh banta hua.

Aye bande, jara dhyan se pair rakhna mujh per

Sukha hun lekin main hun abhi kuch jinda,

Dard hoga to churmuraunga tere pair tale,

Ek aur mout ho jaegy is asmaan ke tale.

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Was on this branch till yesterday,

Fell on the ground today,

I look up with eager eyes,

My friends my family is still there,

Why a gust of wind,

Made me so weak,

Where did I get so much courage,

Lying on the ground alone,

Looking up,

Turning yellow,

I have dried at last,

Flying here and there,

Looking for a way to reconnect with my branch,

Foolishly thinking this after knowing the truth,

O man, please pay attention to me,

I am dry but I’m still alive,

If there is pain, I will cry under your feet,

There will be another death under this sky.

10 Amazing Stories Of Lord Hanuman 

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Hanuman is known to be the embodiment of infinite power and strength. However, Hanuman has far more qualities and virtues, which play a major role in shaping his character. Valmiki’s Ramayana has detailed accounts of the stories that lead to the development of Hanuman, who is worshipped as the Lord with immense strength in Hindu mythology.

Birth and Childhood of Hanuman

Hanuman was the son of Kesari, a vanar, and the grandson of Brihaspati, the king of Sumeru. His mother Anjana, was an apsara of the heavens and had descended to the earth as a human, due to a curse. She and her husband had performed 12 years of penance and intense prayers due to which, Shiva granted them a child, as a boon. 

The child was Hanuman himself, due to which he is also interpreted as the reflection or shadow of Lord Shiva himself. Other mythological accounts are often called Hanuman, as the son of The God of Wind, Vayu Dev, due to the popular story of the Wind God delivering a sacred pudding to Anjana, which originated from King Dasharatha’s ritual of Putrakama Yagya. 

The same pudding was eaten by the three wives of King Dasharatha, leading to the birth of Rama, Lakshmana, Bharata and Shatrughna. This pudding was delivered to her while performing her prayers to Shiva, who steered the Vayu God’s energy into the womb of Anjana. 

Hence, Hanuman is popularly known as Vayuputra.

Hanuman’s childhood tales are a source of great entertainment, told by grandmothers to the children. Hanuman was a very adventurous and restless child. 

He is believed to have mistaken the sun to be a ripe and mango, and he pursued it in order to eat it. Rahu, a Vedic planet, was also pursuing the Sun at that time for a scheduled eclipse, and Hanuman thrashed him in order to reach the Sun first. 

This angered Lord Indra, who struck Hanuman with a thunderbolt. Hanuman fell back to the earth, unconscious, and also damaged his chin, leaving a permanent mark on it. This incident enraged Vayu Dev, his father figure, who sucked out all the air from the universe.

 When all the humans and animals began to struggle for air, Lord Indra withdrew the effect of his thunderbolt, and revived Hanuman, and was also blessed with multiple boons, by the devas, to pacify the Wind God.

Brahma provided Hanuman with the irrevocable Brahma’s curse, which ensures no one would be able to kill him with any weapon in war. He was also blessed with the power of inducing fear in enemies, destroying fear in friends, and being able to change his form to travel anywhere. 

Shiva was blessed with the boons of longevity, scriptural wisdom, and the ability to cross the ocean, and also gave a band that would protect him for life. Lord Varuna blessed him with the boon of immunity from water. The Lord of Fire, Agni Dev, blessed him with the protection of burning by fire. Surya Dev gave him two blessings of yoga “Lagrima” and “Garima”, using which he can attain the smallest or the largest form respectively. 

The God of Death, Yama, blessed him with the boons of health and immunity from weapons, thus securing him completely from death. Kubera, the treasurer of the Gods, blessed him with eternal happiness and satisfaction. Kamadeva, the Hindu God of love, blessed him to be free from lust, thus declaring him to be a celibate.

 His father also blessed him with even more speed. Hanuman then became of student of Surya and acquired a great deal of knowledge from him. Hanuman then asked Surya to charge a guru Dakshina from him, which he denied. However, Hanuman insisted a lot, and finally, Surya asked him to help Surya’s spiritual son, Sugriva, as guru Dakshina. Hanuman then became Sugriva’s minister.

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हैं जिनके पास अपने..वो अपनों से झगड़ते है..!!

नहीं जिनका कोई अपना..वो अपनों को तरसते है..!!

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Those who have their own  people.. they fight with their own people..!!

Those who do not have anyone close to them.. they crave for their own people..!!

10 Famous Temples Dedicated To Lord Vishnu And His Avatars#10

Sarangapani temple, Kumbakonam

Sarangapani Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Vishnu, located in Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu, India. It is one of the Divya Desams, the 108 temples of Vishnu revered in Nalayira Divya Prabandham by the 12 poet saints, or Alwars.

 This temple is along Kaveri and is one of the Pancharanga Kshetrams. The temple is believed to be of significant antiquity with contributions at different times from Medieval Cholas, Vijayanagar Empire and Madurai Nayaks

The temple is enshrined within a huge granite wall and the complex contains all the shrines and the water bodies of the temple. The raja gopuram (the main gateway) has eleven tiers and has a height of 173 ft (53 m). The Potramarai tank, the temple tank, is located opposite to the western entrance of the temple.

Sarangapani is believed to have appeared for sage Hemarishi. The temple has six daily rituals at various times from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., and twelve yearly festivals on its calendar. The temple chariot festival is the most prominent festival of the temple, celebrated during the Tamil month of Chittirai (March–April). The twin temple chariots are the third-largest in Tamil Nadu, each weighing 300 t (660,000 lb).

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  Nabalig yaaden

                     Minor memories

Na jaane kahan chale gae vo din,

Na jane kahan gum ho gai vo raten,

        Vo bachpan ka sawan,, vo masoom baten,

        Vo bebat pe unka ladna jhagdna.

        Vo girna sambhalna vo fir ruth jana,

        Vo daud ke aana aur mere anchal me muh chhupana.

Vo massom kilkariyon se goonjta mera aangan,

Vo khanakty hansi se chehak jata poora ghar.

Vo nanhi ungaliyon se mera hath pakdna,

Vo totali awaz se mujhe kuch samjhana.

        Na samajhne par bhi samjhane ki koshish karna,

        Aur mere dhyan na dene pe rona chillana.

        Mana ki ab tum bahut bade ho gae,

        Utny door ki yaaden baten sab bhul gae.

Suna hai ki tum balig ho gae,

Ye sach hai ki tum balig ho gae.

Magar mery yaadon ka kya karun main,

Un anmol  yadon ka kya karun main.

        Un chhoty chhoty harkaton ko kaise bhul jaun main,

        Jinme ab bhi tum nabalig hi ho.

         Mery godi me chhup jane wale  chhote bachhe hi ho,

         Un bholi nigahon se lubhane wale mere nanhe hi ho.

             Aye kash,ki agar aisa ho jata!

         Mera ladla mery yaadon me bhi balig ho jata 

Shayad uski judai ko bhool pana asan ho jata,

Kash ye nabalig yaaden aj balig ho jaen

Shayad baki jindagy judai ka gham kuch kam ho jae.

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Don’t know where those days went,

 Don’t know where  those nights, went missing .

 Those childhood rains, those innocent things,

 Those innocent fights, those fights without meaning.

They fall, they stand up and go back to tantrums,

That laughter echoed with screams in my courtyard,

 It chirped with a clanging laugh. 

You would hold my hand with your little fingers, 

To explain something to me with that parrot voice.

Trying to explain even if you don’t understand,

 And cry at my lack of attention,

 That you are now too big to recall those memories,

 You have forgotten things because you have become an adult.

 It is true that you have become an adult,

 But what do I do with my memories,

 what should I do with those precious memories.

  How to forget those little things,

 In which you are still a minor,

How to forget your innocent talks,

Where you are still a minor.

A little kid who tried to hide in my lap,

Trying to impress me with those innocent eyes,

You are still minor in my memories.

I wish if it was possible,

My darling would have grown up in my memories too.

Maybe it would have been easier to forget his memories,

I wish these minor memories become adults today,

Maybe for the rest of the life, the sorrow of separation can subside.

Ten Famous Temples Of Lord Hanuman            You Must Visit #10

Trinidad Hanuman Temple

A magnificent 85-foot tall statue of the Hindu god, Lord Hanuman is located in the village of Carapichaima, Trinidad. Built according to the Dravidian style of architecture of South India, this is the largest Hanuman murti outside India.

Hanuman is known as the best warrior among the Hindu gods since he protects others from evil. He is considered the most revered disciple of Lord Rama for his efforts and bravery in defeating Ravan and assisting Lord Ram, Seeta and Ram’s brother Lakshman.

 Devotees pray to him for strength, courage and protection. No wonder he stands tall at 85 feet on the grounds of the Dattatreya Yoga Center and Mandir in Carapachaima. His magnificence is a reminder to all devotees that they should grow in height spiritually.

 The statue, consecrated in 2003, is the tallest in the Western hemisphere and second tallest in the world. To get to the temple from Port of Spain: Proceed south on the highway. The Temple is in the Sea.

Jai Bajrang Bali

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