GARJANA"Nagpur Brahmins" or "FBIL” ( Facebook Brahmins International Ltd. ), some may take as a verynarrow minded thought but at the same time it is equally important to think out of the box becausesuch unification is need of the day and need of an hour. With this realization NB & FBIL came intobeing on 4th April 2011 that is on Varshapratipada / Gudipadwa.Though Facebook is used as a main medium to bring together people of our community, till datemany weekly as well as monthly meets have been held (at Nagpur), Picnic and events have beenarranged. As a result, members are now contributing hand in hand, with great zeal.It is true, "Pen is mightier than the Sword" so lets make E-magazine a tool to embark with ouractivities. But for this purpose to fulfill, every member needs to participate voluntarily and give hisshare in the best possible way.Talking specifically about E-magazine, the team is working for making every edition interesting inthe best feasible way and in a year or two, we will be starting with its hard copy too but again forthis, member’s response matter!Well, we Brahmins are supposed to have high intellect & knowledge of the "Brahmanda", may bethis is the only reason why knowingly or unknowingly we are parted today or are on the verge of it.If we have a closer look, dealing with outsiders (critics) is not something we need to do initiallybecause we already have people best at autodeconstruction .But it’s high time now, we need toget rid of the persisting evil thoughts. As stated earlier, let’s think differently and act practically.Let’s know in detail what exactly our culture says.With No Discrimination as our theme and Humanism as our religion, let’s make "Unite and Rule"our motive."Together we stand, divided we fall"...So, again to enjoy the long last confluence of Brahmins andfeel the real power of Brahmnatva, lets come together and make a difference.Jai Hind!DISCLAIMER : Content in this issue may or may not be an original work, shared by the memberswith no intentions to offence. Garjana has no copywrites owned.-Udita Desai.Editor.email@example.com
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FriendI had a sweet dream last nightMy friends and I were traveling in a flight,It was a scene of our picnic tour,We were visiting the palace of MysoreI woke and saw no one aroundLike a lonely bird fallen on barren groundI want to cry, but there aint anyone to wipe my tears,I want to die, but there aint anyone who really caresI want to show my scars, but there aint anyone with caring eyes,I want to see the stars, but they also left making way for sunriseI am not a freak; I was flying like any other birds,I want to speak, but there aint anyone listening my words,A fear rushed in my mind that morningIs it the beginning of an end or end of the beginning?This is not what I had planned,Sitting alone on No Mans LandSo I thought of writing a suicide noteThere was no point sailing in a sinking boatAs I begun to write about my glorious pastThe clock started to move fastI stopped as I felt absence of lightIn the moment came the starry night,It felt so good looking at the silver moon,And thought of dying went so soon,I looked at the piece of paper that I wrote,I found that I am not alone like I thought,I realized I can make this paper as my friendWho will stand with me till the EndOne who can listen what I want to say,One who will be with me all night and day,Now I have someone who never jealous of me,I found my best friend, it was within me..- Prasad Hatsak. ( www.prasadhastak.blogspot.com )HE – THE HEROTo see happiness on her face,his pains and sufferings he will never revealTo meet her needs,his hard work and efforts,he will always try to concealHer innocent acts and stupid gestures serve as medicine,for all his illness to healIf at all due to any reason sadness reflects on her face,he will die for that reason to killHe will fulfill all her useless demands and vague desires,and will never show that for him it is a bitter pillLet her be imperfect or let her be obstinate,he will always be cool and never shrill
Her ugliness or wilderness will never affect his billFor her, he will always be rich,even though his account shows the balance as nilTo let his princess enjoy her life to the fullest,he will never mind to make bread as his mealShe is an angel for him,so much of love to feelNone other than a daughter’s dad is this hero and forever he will- Udita Desai.www.uditadesai.blogspot.com.
A walk I will remember It was a rainy evening. Usually calm blue sky today was covered with dark, black meanclouds ornamented with occasional thunders. I was staring out of window lost in my thoughts.“Why can’t I get anything right? Will I ever be happy? Why am I so lonely on the road to my brokendreams?? Is it raining or those are just my tears I see? Even the nature is angry and depressedlike me.” Suddenly he came behind me, closed my eyes and said, “why do u think u are lonely? Iam always there for you.” Perhaps it was his presence that dried my tears and I said, “No, I am allalone, I am useless. you see those clouds covering the sky; even my mind is clouded with darkthoughts. Nature and I both are depressed today. But unlike nature I can’t express myself.” I wasstill thinking when he said, “Come, Let’s take a walk.” “A walk!!!! At this time???? No, I won’t.” Irefused. “Why not?? Are you scared?” he said smiling, “I promise it will be a walk you willremember. Let’s go.” We started walking in silence. I was angry and a bit scared and suddenly lighteningthundered, increasing my fear. As if reading my mind, he said, “Never get scared of nature, honey.It’s the most beautiful thing in the world if you just observe.” “I see nothing beautiful about thisstorm. It’s just mud and water everywhere. Look at that tree over there. It is lonely just like me.” Isaid angrily. “Your eyes see what your mind thinks.” He said, “When I look at the tree I see awarrior facing storm bravely still holding his head high in the sky. And it is not all alone. Because ithas his roots, branches, leaves with it and all those make it what it is. You can never be lonelybecause you have yourself.” “You are right.” His silent smile said everything. Rain had increased and it was darker but we kept walking. He was with me and I feltbetter. But I was unhappy and sad. “Hey look there.” His voice broke into my thoughts. A small boywas playing with his dog in mud and water unaware of surrounding. The dog shook his body andwater drops spread everywhere delighting the child. The boy hugged the dog and they startedplaying again. I was watching them with envy when he whispered in my ear, “See they are soblissfully happy. Enjoying themselves without worry. If you learn to enjoy those small moments andlose yourself in joy you won’t have to worry about anything. Don’t forget those small momentswhile running behind the bigger ones.” We went ahead and I saw an old leaf fallen on the ground covered with mud. He picked itup and said, “You might see just an old leaf fallen on the ground but I see here the satisfaction ofcompleting the work, of living a good life. When the time came it fell down to give place for a newlife to develop leaving its mark there. Don’t you think same thing happens in our life? We get olderand get replaced by new. We just have to make sure; we leave our mark in that work. Nature isalways trying to teach us something. It’s up to you to see and learn.” The sky was clearing and so was my mind. Rain had decreased and we started goingback when he showed me a rose plant. The roses were destroyed and petals scatteredeverywhere. A small bud was blooming trying to open its petals. The rain drop fell on it and it wasthe most beautiful thing I had seen. This time he asked me, “what do you see?” I searched for ananswer and I found it. “I see one life destroyed in storm and still there is a new hope opening itseyes starting a new life. The raindrop fallen on the leaf is as beautiful as the one falling in shellturning to pearl. We don’t always get best of the circumstances. It’s up to us to make it the best.” We had reached home. He smiled, ruffled my hair and turned to leave. “Please don’t go.” I pleaded. “I will always be present around you, honey. I am wind. You may not feel me but I willalways be there. Whenever you feel sad just close your eyes and I will be there.” Wind was movingaway from me. The rain had stopped and sky was clear. Suddenly a flower flowing with wind fell inmy lap, promising his presence. He had kept his promise. It was a walk I will alwaysremember
Ideal GaneshotsavGanpati Bappa Morya !!!Every year, the month of August witnesses a lot of activity andexcitement in every nook and corner of the city. All this activityand excitement is the indicator to the much awaitedfestival Ganeshotsav!This festival marks the presence of our favorite Ganpati Bappa inour homes and hearts.Mass celebration of Ganeshotsav was started by Lokmanya Tilakin the year 1894. The motive behind this was to increasecommunication between people, share thoughts of Swaraj andthus fuel the freedom struggle with the common man’scontribution. But, over the period of times, this mass celebrationhas changed agendas. Every year, the city witnesses thousandsof Ganeshotsav celebrations from various areas. The trends ofthese celebrations tend to change every year.To make any Ganeshotsav ideal and productive of colony level, some of the following pointsprove to be useful:1. Ganesh Murti: The idol of the lord is the most important factor while conducting this festival.Recently, idols in various shapes colors and sizes have come in the market. One must realize thatevery god has a stereotypical look and feel that should not be tampered with. One may seeganesh idols with unacceptable props and clothes. This is one front where we cannot and shouldnot experiment.The murti should look serene and calm. Everyone comes to god with a host of wishes andgrievances. A calm looking sweet idol is always comforting and it amplifies the sacredness of theplace.2. Vargani: The donation that comes to the organization conducting the festival must be handledcarefully. Money matters should be clean and transparent. Valid bills and receipts must be anintegral part of the calculation of expenses. One must not forget that this money belongs to thesociety and hence one is answerable to people. All this money must be put to good use. Any foulplay in money matters will have serious implications. When one works for god, one must work witha clean heart and character.3. Programs: All the programs for the 10 days must be carefully planned taking into considerationthe various age groups in a society. The programs must be of interest to everyone.One must not forget the vision the celebration was started with- Communication amongst masses.All the programs must aim at active participation from every age group and gender. Children,youth, mid-aged and senior citizens all are a part of the society and hence must be given equalimportance.One must include programs that aim on health, sports, entertainment. One must address anyimportant health, social or political issue of public interest.4. Ambience: One must not forget that when one works for spiritual events, the complexity of thesituation increases. It is very important to maintain the ambience and serenity of the place. We asyoung people sometimes end up using foul words or unacceptable exclamations. It is essential toavoid such mistakes at a place of spiritual importance.All the musical programs that are conducted must take into consideration senior citizens, babies, illpeople and students while they play loud music. The celebration is for the society and not just forthe bunch of people organizing it.If one takes into consideration all the above points, one can organize an ideal Ganeshotsav thataims at the social development of our country’s children and youth and will definitely contribute inmaking a healthy nation.Sei Deshpande
Veer Savarkar - A legend The first political leader to daringly set Absolute Political Independence as Indias goal (1900). The first Indian political leader to daringly perform a bonfire of foreign (English) clothes (1905). The first Indian to organize a revolutionary movement for Indias Independence on an international level (1906). The first Indian law student who was not called to the English Bar despite having passed his examination and observed the necessary formalities, for his activities to seek Indias freedom from the British (1909). The only Indian leader whose arrest in London caused legal difficulties for British Courts and whose case is still referred to in the interpretations of the Fugitive Offenders Act and the Habeas Corpus (Rex Vs Governor of Brixton Prison, ex-parte Savarkar) The first Indian historian whose book on the 1857 War of Independence was proscribed by British Authorities in India even before its publication. The Governor General had asked the Postmaster General to confiscate copies of the book six months before the book was officially banned (1909). The first political prisoner whose daring escape and arrest on French soil became a cause célèbre in the International Court of Justice at The Hague. This case was mentioned in many International Treaties at that time (1910). The first graduate whose degree was withdrawn by an Indian University for striving for Indias freedom (1911). The first poet in the world who, deprived of pen and paper, composed his poems and then wrote them on the prison walls with thorns and nails, memorized ten thousand lines of his poetry for years and later transmitted them to India through his fellow-prisoners who also memorized these lines. The first revolutionary leader who within less than 10 years gave a death-blow to the practice of untouchability in the remote district of Ratnagiri while being interned there. The first Indian leader who successfully started - A Ganeshotsava open to all Hindus including ex-untouchables (1930). Interdining ceremonies of all Hindus including ex-untouchables (1931). "Patitpavan Mandir", open to all Hindus including ex-untouchables (22 February 1931). The first political prisoner in the world who was sentenced to Transportation for Life twice, a sentence unparalleled in the history of the British Empire. The first political leader to embrace death voluntarily by way of Atma Samarpan in the highest tradition of Yoga (1966). Find out more at http://www.savarkar.org- Prasad Hastak.
Varsha Rutu Charya (Life style in Rainy season) - AnAyurvedic viewVarsha Rutu lakshan/symtomps:-1. The wind blows from the vaaruna direction, so all the greenery starts growing.2. The sky is covered with Indra neela-coloured clouds.3. Due to heavy rains the steps of the ponds are immersed in the water. The river gets filled upand appears like oceans. The ground is not properly visible as it is covered by rain water.4. Sounds of clouds, peacock, frog etc are heard.5. The earth appears as if it is decorated with indragopa (a kind of red or white colored insect),vidyudhota (a flash or luster of lightning)6. One can see green plants, grass, shileendhra (fungus) all over. One can also see the plenty ofkutaja flowers.Changes in the body:- Due to the effect of the aadana kala the body as well as the agni becomes weak. In varsharutu it gets affected further by rains, humidity, water, amla paka and the dushita jala(impure water).So it is adviced to undergo purification procedures followed by vasti panchkarma. Due to thisweak agni vataetc doshas gets vitiated very easily. Due to the effect of clouds, cold wind andcold water plants are in their tarunavastha (young or tender) and have amla vipaka(sour vipaka).Soone should not do excess exercise.Pathya:- Yusha(soup),samskruta yusha(processed soup) of purana shali(old rice), godhooma(wheat),yava(barley), jangala mamsa can be taken to protect the weak agni. The food should benatisnigdha(not very unctuous), nati rooksha(not very dry), nati ushna(not very hot) and shouldhave deepana qualities. Madiraa(spirituous liquor), arishta, madhweeka can be taken mixing with honey in very littlequantity of water or drink boiled and cooled water from mahendra/Divyajala(rain water)/ kupa(well)/sarasa(pond) or water mixed with honey. The food and the drinks also should be mixed with honey. One should adopt kleda hara(which depletes moisture) and vata hara food and drinks. Oneshould eat parishushka(dry), laghu(light), snigdha(unctuous), ushna(hot), amla, lavana tasting foodsto pacify the vata dosha on the days which have more rains and wind. To reduce the moisture andto balance the doshas one should take kashaya, thikta, katu tasting foods and alpadrava(lessliquid) foods. Praghrsha, udwartana (powder massage), snana, dhoomapana,gandhamaladharana(wearing perfumed garlands) are to be practiced. Paste of sugandha dravyas(fragrantdrugs) are to be applied on the body. Should live in a place which is protected by reptiles, moist, cold, wind, drizzle (sheekara),mosquito, rats etc. The living room should be warm(should be kept warm with the help of fire). Oneshould avoid the exposure to humidity, so should live in a house which is built above the groundlevel(vihayasi).The room should not be windy. Should wear light and clean cloths after bath.Should wear cloths which have different designsand should wear different types of garlands around the neck.Use thick blankets to cover the bodywhile sleeping. Apply agaru lepa on the body while going out of the house. Should travel in any veicle and not in open wind.Apathya:- Avoid nadijala(river water), udamantha(barley water), divaswapna(day sleep), atidravabhojana(liquid food intake), maithuna(sexual intercourse), exposure to cold or frost(tushara),padacharana(walking with naked legs), vyayama(exercise) and exposure to sunrays.Avoid exposure to frost and avashyaya(drizzle), sunrays. Avoid excess vyayama,atijalapana(drinking more water). Avoid the exposure to drizzle.Avoid ajeerna etc digestiveproblems.- Anand Kulkarni.
BIG NANO WORLD...Nanotechnology is the branch of technology in which the manipulation of nano (tiny) materials atatomic or molecular scale is done due to which its properties differ significantly from those largerscale molecules. In the past the phenomena was already put to use in the field of sunscreen andcosmetics. But now the new technology will be used enormously in the field of healthcare, filtration,Infrastructure electronics, power etc. The first time the idea of Nanotechnology wasintroduced in 1959 when Richard Feynman, a physicist at,Caltech gave a talk titled “There is plenty of room at thebottom” and then Drexler’s vision of molecularmanufacturing evolved the field in 21st century. In this new technology all the materials are measured inscale of Nanometers (nm)and the particles of size1-100nm are considered as Nano –materials 1nm=10 -9(10 to the power minus 9) meters and 1000 nm=1micrometer.We have thousands of applications of these tinymolecules:-(Very few of them are given below)PURIFICATION - Much water today is wasted because it is almost but not entirely pure. Simple,reliable mechanical and electrical treatment technologies can recover brackish or tainted water foragricultural or even domestic use. These technologies require only initial manufacturing and amodest power supply. Physical filters with Nanometer-scale pores can remove 100% of bacteria,viruses, and even prions. The ability to recycle water from any source for any use can save hugeamounts of water, and allow the use of presently unusable water resources. It can also eliminatedownstream pollution; a completely effective water filter also permits the generation of quite "dirty"waste streams from agricultural and industrial operations.This was the very basic working process of these Nano particles. Nano particles play veryimportant role in the following fields too..Healthcare, infrastructure, drug delivery, solar power,electronic equipments, power and what not Currently used bulbs convert approximately fivepercent of electrical energy into light. With Nano technological approach, light emitting diodes orquantum caged atoms could lead to strong deduction of energy consumption for illumination.So now i began to tally up the ways that Nano technology might change laptops. This indicateshow powerful Nano technology is and has lot of potential for further growth too.Mobile MannersCell phones are all around us every day and they produce numerous experiences of obnoxiousbehaviors. And to make matters worse, there is an onslaught of new ways to use our cell phones.The annoying behaviors range from annoying ring tones interrupting movies, meetings, and otherplaces to people talking loudly on their cell phones in meetings and public places. So where are theboundaries, the guidelines and the etiquette for cell phone use?Here are ten (10) positive etiquette rules for cellphone users.1. Put your cell phone, pager or other PDA device onmute or turn it off during meetings and publicperformances.2. Select ring tones that you will not regret.3. Speak softly rather than talking loudly.4. Excuse yourself before talking a call.5. Commit to not talking on your cell phone inelevators, libraries, museums, restaurants, theaters, places of worship, and other public places.6. Use the hands free device if you must use your cell phone while in your car.7. If there is a true emergency, take the call.8. Keep your cell phone conversations private, rather than subjecting others to your conversations.9. Keep calm and avoid displaying anger and becoming emotional during a call in a public place.
10. Follow the rules that restrict or prohibit cell phones in public places.11. Respect the personal space of others by keeping 10 or more feet away from people whenspeaking on your cell phone.12. Avoid interrupting a face-to-face conversation to take a cell phone call because it will show youdo not believe the person is important to you.Sei Deshpande.Guru PurnimaGuru Purnima is traditionally held to be Bhagawan Vyasas birthday. According to the Indiancalendar it falls on the 15th of the month of Ashada. Bhagawan Vyasa is called Veda Vyasa - orthe Compiler of the Vedas. Bhagawan Vyasa saw that, in the coming yugas, men would be ofgrosser mind and would lack the ability to learn and retain all of the Vedas. So he compiled theVedas into four parts – the Rig, Yajur, Sama and Atharva Veda. Furthermore he wrote the Puranas so that the common people could also benefit from the knowledge of the Vedas - he conveyed the same spiritual principles through the medium of stories and parables. He is also the author of the Brahma Sutras - the quintessence of Vedanta. So it is but fitting that his birthday is celebrated as Guru Purnima. What is it that you are supposed to know on this day of Guru Purnima? You must understand that God is in you, with you, around you, above you, below you. In fact, you are God. Recognise this truth in the first instance. Do not entertain excessive desires and become beggars. Do your dutysincerely. That is the true Sadhana. When you are in office, do office work only; do not think ofyour family matters. Likewise, when you are at home, take care of the needs of your wife andchildren. Do not make your home an office. But today because of too much work in office, peopletake office-papers to their homes to complete their work. They are thus facing difficulties becausethey mix up their office work, household work, business and spiritual matters.Right from this day, try to reduce your attachment to the world to the extent possible. Be happyand make others happy. Do not hurt anybody. Consider difficulties as passing clouds. You havedeveloped family relationships and there are bound to be some worries. But do not be perturbedby them. When you look at the vast sky, you find many clouds. Likewise, in the sky of your heartthere are clouds of attachment. They just come and go. Do not worry about them. What is theshape of worry? It is a mentally created fear. It is the result of your imagination. Every man isbound to encounter difficulties and losses. We should face them with courage. From this day of Guru Purnima, make your hearts sacred. Just as you wave away the mosquitoes that bite you, brush aside any difficulties that assail you. Do not be depressed by sorrow nor be elated by happiness. Develop equanimity and strive to attain Divinity. Today is described as Guru Purnima Day. This is not quite correct. The day got its name because of some gurus who wanted to have an occasion for receiving offerings from their disciples. Theright name for this day is Vyasa Purnima.Vyaasa was born on this full moon day. He completed thecodification of the four Vedas on this day. He completed thewriting of the eighteen puranas on this day. Owing to the passageof time Vyasa Purnima came to be called Guru Purnima.Serving the Guru
According to Shvetashvatara Upanishad (6/23) :Yasya deve para bhaktir yatha deve tatha gurau |Tasyaite kathitaa hi arthaaha prakashante mahatmanaha ||Translation:Guru be worshipped in the same manner as the deity - God, to attain all there is toattain on the path of God-realization.When this Self is within you where is the need to search forsomeone to teach you?A teacher who teaches others has had a teacher himself. Theone who has no Guru above him is the true Guru. The Sanskritstanza which hails the Guru as Brahma, Vishnu and Maheswaraand as Parabrahman is mis-interpreted. The right approach is toconsider Brahma, Vishnu and Maheswara as the Guru. Thesethree are symbolised by the three gunas: Brahma is Rajas,Vishnu is Sathva and Siva is Thamas. The whole cosmos isconstituted by the three gunas. The three gunas are present in man. Thetrinity are present in theform of the three gunas in every human heart.- Gajanan Deshpande“IMPORTANCE OF GURUPURNIMA” “ å ” “ [ : : ¢× ^ : “The above written lines, fully describe thesignificance of a teacher in life of a person. ThePurnima of Ashad Shukla Paksha is called GuruPurnima. It is also called Vyas Purnima.Tradition of celebrating this day is carried onsince ancient days when students used to haveeducation in Gurukul. This day, Pujan ofteachers is performed. There are given special welcoming and respect. In the year 2011, this daywill be on 15 July.Person should wake up early in the morning and complete all his routine work like bathing etc. Thenhe should go to meet his teacher. Guru should be seated on a high pew and given respect. Money,fruits, flowers, clothes etc. should be donated, according to the capability of an individual.Worshipping teacher increases wisdom of an individual.India is an ancient and traditional country. Here, Guru is worshipped before God. On GuruPurnima, teacher is given respect and their blessings are taken by offering them Guru Dakshina.Guru Purnima is also known as Vyas Purnima. On this occasion Vyaso Narayana, the Guru ofworld is worshiped. Hence, this day of Guru Puja is called Vyas Puja. In order to walk on the pathof knowledge and goodness in life, it is must to have a teacher.Guru Purnima UtsavOn Guru Purnima, birthday of Maharishsi Vyas is celebrated in whole with full excitement. It isconsidered auspicious to worship Guru and have their blessings on this day. By the blessings ofGuru, a person leads his life on a spiritual path. The relationship between Master and disciple ispurely a spiritual connection which is not effected by their ages. This relationship of devotion isbased on maturity and manhood. A Student should always have a feeling that by the guidance ofmaster, he will have spiritual growth and a teacher should think of his disciple’s welfare.Guru Puja is a day of bowing to the spiritual connection between teacher and student. If teacherwould not have told about the significance of becoming a human and the made them have theknowledge of soul, then no one would have had the vision of soul.Guru Purnima Agricultural ImportanceOn the day of Guru Purnima that is Vyas Purnima, nature’s air test is taken. It is useful foragricultural and gardening work during monsoon. Vyas Purnima is considered favourable for airtest. This day, prediction is made for the new crops by testing monsoon. And, drought and floodcondition for the next 4 months is forecasted. India is country of agriculture. Hence, this daybecomes more significant.Maharishi Vyas Jayanti MelaMaharishi Vyas composed the great Granth, Mahabharata. Additionally, he wrote 18 Puranas,
Srimad Bhagwat, Brahma Sutra, Mimansa etc. He was the son of Rishi Parashar, father ofastrology. Srimad Bhagwat Geeta is a part of Mahabharata. On this occasion of Guru Purnima,fair are organised in many parts of the country.Importance of Guru PurnimaGuru is given a higher position than God, because of his qualities and qualification. Guru is calledBrahma. Teacher gives a new birth to his students. Guru is true Mahadev because he forgives allflaws done by his disciple.In India, Guru is given spiritual, religious and political significance. During the times of trouble,teachers have shown a new path to this nation. They don’t just a teacher but, they tell a person thathow to come out from any kind of problem and danger.Guru takes an individual to light from darkness. In simple words, he can be called the mass ofknowledge.Hindus attach paramount importance to spiritual gurus. Gurus are often equated with God andalways regarded as a link between the individual and the Immortal. Just as the moon shines byreflecting the light of the sun, and glorifies it, all disciples can dazzle like the moon by gaining fromtheir Gurus.What is Guru Purnima?The full moon day in the Hindu month of Ashad (July-August) is observed as the auspicious day ofGuru Purnima, a day sacred to the memory of the great sage Vyasa. All Hindus are indebted tothis ancient saint who edited the four Vedas, wrote the 18 Puranas, the Mahabharata and theSrimad Bhagavata. Vyasa even taught Dattatreya, who is regarded as the Guru of Gurus.Significance of Guru PurnimaOn this day, all spiritual aspirants and devotees worship Vyasa in honor of his divine personageand all disciples perform a puja of their respective spiritual preceptor or Gurudevs.This day is of deep significance to the farmers, for it heralds the setting in of the much-neededrains, as the advent of cool showers usher in fresh life in the fields. It is a good time to begin yourspiritual lessons. Traditionally, spiritual seekers commence to intensify their spiritual sadhanafrom this day.The period Chaturmas ("four months") begins from this day. In the past, wandering spiritualmasters and their disciples used to settle down at a place to study and discourse on the BrahmaSutras composed by Vyasa, and engage themselves in Vedantic discussions.The Role of the GuruSwami Sivananda asks: "Do you realize now the sacred significance and the supreme importanceof the Gurus role in the evolution of man? It was not without reason that the India of the pastcarefully tended and kept alive the lamp of Guru-Tattva. It is therefore not without reason thatIndia, year after year, age after age, commemorates anew this ancient concept of the Guru,adores it and pays homage to it again and again, and thereby re-affirms its belief and allegiance toit. For, the true Indian knows that the Guru is the only guarantee for the individual to transcend thebondage of sorrow and death, and experience the Consciousness of the Reality."At the Sivananda Ashram, Rishikesh, the Guru Purnima is celebrated every year on a grand scale.1. All aspirants awake at Brahmamuhurta, at 4 oclock. They meditate on the Guru and chant hisprayers.2. Later in the day, the sacred worship of the Gurus Feet is performed. Of this worship it is said inthe Guru Gita: Ú [ : [ [ ] [È ¢ ["The Gurus form should be meditated upon; the feet of the Guru should be worshipped; his wordsare to be treated as a sacred Mantra; his Grace ensures final liberation".3. Sadhus and Sannyasins are then worshipped and fed at noon.4. There is continuous Satsang during which discourses are held on the glory of devotion to theGuru in particular, and on spiritual topics in general.
5. Deserving aspirants are initiated into the Holy Order of Sannyas, as this is a highly auspiciousoccasion.6. Devout disciples fast and spend the whole day in prayer. They also take fresh resolves forspiritual progress. , ]The Gurus AdviceSwami Sivananda recommends: "Wake up at Brahmamuhurta (at 4 a.m.) on this most holy day.Meditate on the lotus feet of your Guru. Mentally pray to him for his Grace, through which aloneyou can attain Self-realisation. Do vigorous Japa and meditate in the early morning hours."After bath, worship the lotus feet of your Guru, or his image or picture with flowers, fruits, incenseand camphor. Fast or take only milk and fruits the whole day.In the afternoon, sit with other devotees of your Guru and discuss with them the glories andteachings of your Guru."Alternatively, you may observe the vow of silence and study the books or writings of your Guru,or mentally reflect upon his teachings. Take fresh resolves on this holy day, to tread the spiritualpath in accordance with the precepts of your Guru."At night, assemble again with other devotees, and sing the Names of the Lord and the glories ofyour Guru. The best form of worship of the Guru is to follow his teachings, to shine as the veryembodiment of his teachings, and to propagate his glory and his message."At the end of my article I would like to say. ]Compiled from Net-Gauri Wasudeo Khatkhedkar.
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QUOTESThe greatest gift on planet Earth is the rare event of an enlightened Master happening in ones life.He is the ultimate luxuryThe Guru is like dynamite because he has exploded in 360 degrees and he has the capacity tocreate that same explosion of enlightenment in each and every one. When you are around a livingMaster, your potential to experience pure, eternal bliss or nithya-ananda gets heightened.Be Grateful towards whoMet you with yourselfAs you walk with the Guru, you walk in the light of Existence, away from the darkness of ignorance.You leave behind all the problems of your life and move towards the peak experiences of life.It is an incomparable journey where the Guru leads you from the visible to the invisible, from thematerial to the divine, from the ephemeral to the eternal.Guru Brahma Gurur Vishnu, Guru Devo Maheshwaraha. Guru Saakshat Para Brahma, TasmaiSree Gurave Namaha.As you walk with the Guru, you walk in the light of Existence, away from the darkness of ignorance.You leave behind all the problems of your life and move towards the peak experiences of life.Guru is the important part of our life, guru plays a vital role in boosting the aspirant frequently,when he becomes despondent or simply runs out of steam. Gurus can lead one on the path ofhappiness and help in attaining salvation from worldly existence. The “Gurus” are considered torepresent God himself. Guru is the one who dispels the darkness of ignorance and infuses the lightof awareness into our lives.-Chaitanya Kulkarni(Source : Internet)
Photographs from Ajinkya Sathe Habitual Photographer
Glimps of Group ActivityFrom April 2011 to 15th July 2011