Friday, October 28, 2016

Diwali Parva 2016

Diwali Parva 2016

Diwali is a festival of billion plus Hindus living all over the world. After the harvesting of good crops, the people express their gratitudes to the deities through prayers and offerings. It's a "Shakti Parva of upasana" (worshiping the power of the Almighty), in which three major goddesses Maha Sarasvati, Maha Lakshmi and Maha Kali are worshipped. Maha Sarasvati is the Goddess of knowledge and wisdom. One has to acquire the knowledge and wisdom first to prosper. Maha Lakshmi is the Goddess of Wealth. Wealth comes from the skill, acquired with the help of Sarasvati. Wealth is generated from work. Maha Kali (Parvati) is the Goddess of regeneration, recycling the waste. Remove the waste and preserve the best. They are name of the three powers of the God: generation, operation and destruction; creation, maintenance and regeneration.

Diwali Festival starts with Vak Baras (shukla dwadashi), a day of worshipping Goddess Maha Sarasvati, the Goddess of Knowledge. Second day is called Dhan Teras (shukla trayidashi), a day to worship Maha Lakshmi. People worship their wealth and the means of wealth. The third day is kali chaudas (kali chaturdashi), a night to worship Goddess Kali to destroy the evil forces. It is a night for tantra mantra upasana and many sadhaks do acquire black magic from the universe. Then comes the night of Dipavali, the night of lights. The day and night to celebrate with joy. Joy of the year sparkles through crackers. Family, relatives and friends meet and greet; forgive and forget; reunite and rejuvenate; to bring more happiness, more prosperity in the life for all.

Next day of the Diwali, Gujarati people celebrate their New Year. New year of new beginning. It is followed by Bhai Bij (bhaiya duj), the day when sister welcomes her brothers at home. Tritia and Chaturthi are rest days and then comes the Labh Panchami, the first day to start the work in the new year. Labh means benefit - profit. So no loss to count, only to aim at benefit. Benefits to earn for the betterment of life, for self and for the community; for family and for the Country; for us and for the universe.

Wishing you all

Happy Vak Baras

Happy Dhan Teras

Sadhana Chaturdashi

Happy Diwali

Happy and Prosperous New Year Vikram Samvat 2073

Enjoy the festival of light, the Dipavali.
Light up with joy and with knowledge.

Punamchand
28 October 2016, Dhan Teras

Monday, October 24, 2016

It was not that easy

It was not that easy

After the loss of battle of Placy by Siraj-Ud-Daula in 1757, the outsourced British East India Company entered into the rule of India. Within 100 years, they were able to capture major part of the Country. But after the mutiny of 1857, direct rule of Government of England was established over India. Organised freedom struggle was started by INC but it got momentum by involvement of common people after the entry of Mahatma Gandhi in 1915. Gandhi lead the freedom struggle from 1918 to 1947. Starting with Champaran and Kheda (1918) agitation and supporting Khulaphat (1919) movement he came in lead role. But accepting Lacknow Pact of separate electoral votes for Muslim was a Himalayan Blunder. Jalianvala Bag massacre (1919) woke up the country against British atrocities. By introducing swadeshi and khadi, Gandhi launched nation wide freedom struggle of "Non Cooperation" in 1920 using non violence method of passive resistance. He was jailed. In 1930, he lead Dandi March, Salt Satyagraha and "Civil Disobedience Movement". Following Round Table Conferences, British allowed Indian voice in Provincial and National Governments under the Act of 1935. Gandhi remained busy is social issues of untouchability and women rights. But involving India in WW-II without the consent of INC opened the way for "Quit India" movement of "Do or Die" in 1942. The movement was crushed. Gandhi, Nehru and Sardar were put behind the bar and Jinnah (never been jailed) had an opportunity to establish his influence over the British and the Muslims. Cabinet mission plan (1946) for Indian unity failed. Jinnah's "Direct Action Day" (Great Calcutta Killings) call on 16 August 1946 for separate Muslim home land made India wild, put the country on fire of widespread riots and masslaughter of Hindus and Muslims. 

British won the WW-II but lost the lives and wealth. They could have continued for further more years, but Hindu Muslims riots, Naval Mutiny, and poor economy compelled them to quit India. They tried to keep the Country united under Cabinet mission plan but couldn't find compromise formula between INC and Muslim League and finally divided India in 1947. Hindu majority and Muslim majority countries were established but at the cost of masslaughter of thousands of people.

British population in India was 125,945 (84,000 officers and army) in 1861; 238,409 in 1891; 165,485 in 1921. A lakh of British were ruling India of 13-36 crore for two centuries. But after formation of Provincial Governments in 1935 and with the start of WW-II in 1939, they down sized the British establishment in India. When they left, they were less than 100,000. The country where they lived for 190 years, suddenly became unsafe for them. They had worked out alternative plan for the safe departure from India. They had identified Salaya port of Jamnagar to quit India by a sea route in case of emergency. For safe passage to the British ship in water, they had approached the Jam Saheb of Jamnagar. However, it was later not required. 

Most of the Princely States were against freedom struggle. They were with the British Vice Roy as their powers and perks were more safe in the hands of the British. They knew, once the local governments established, they have to quit. Therefore, they somehow managed to get the third option of independence under Indian Independence Act 1947. But they failed to exercise it. Gandhi Sena didn't allow that to happen. Gandhi thoughts, actions and movements woke the Indian mass up. They didn't want less than the independence. Ultimately, with the firmness and wisdom of Sardar Patel and his team, compelled them sign the "Instrument of Accession", and made them the part of the Indian Union. They and their families were the greatest loser in the freedom of India. One third of India (560 States) were under the rule of the Princely States, under the suzerainty (indirect rule) of British, became free from the Kings rule of centuries. Two third of India was already freed from Kings rule of centuries by the British. Both left the power and we won the democracy, the rule of the people of India. 

In 1950s, on Independence Day the children of Princely States studying in the schools were not standing up when the National Anthem was sung because they lost their powers and positions in freedom of India. A ruler of yesterday becomes a common man today. The olds in the family had a very hard time. Suddenly the kingdom vanished. Servants disappeared. The Royal families were given annual Privy Purse to integrate with India in 1947 and than merging with India by losing ruling rights in 1949. They surrendered their sovereignty and as a quid pro quo they were granted handsome Privy Purses (₹5000 - ₹ 2,000,000, as revenue share) and other privileges (gun salute, antiquity of dynasty, etc). But that was also discontinued by Mrs Gandhi in 1971, by 26th amendment of the Constitution. The bill was introduced in 1969 but lost by one vote in Rajya Sabha. It was proposed again in 1971 and passed. The official recognition of titles was abolished. All citizens become equal.

It was not easy for anyone of the Stakeholders. The British to Quit India, the Princely States to surrender sovereignty, the people to get freedom. Finally the people won. Gandhi won. Salute India. Salute the freedom fighters. 

Punamchand
24 October 2016

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Shopaholic

Shopaholic

A visitor was explaining a story of a lady in Ahmedabad. She had made a purchase of ₹1.5 lakh from his shop, but was carrying ₹100,000 in pocket. She requested the counter boy to collect the difference from her home. The boy telephoned the shop owner and after knowing her credentials of frequent buyings from the shop allowed the boy to collect the money from her home. The boy, following the lady went to her home. The lady went inside but her husband and her son were waiting for her at the entry gate. When the boy explained his purpose of visit of collecting ₹50,000, both the males explained the shopaholic condition of the lady. Everyday she picks up cash from the cupboard and go for shopping. She doesn't know what she bought yesterday or day before. Just buying and dumping the bags in the house. Her husband has to keep some money in her cupboard everyday. Otherwise, she would disturb the peace of the family. The family had lost their bank balance and were tired of her psychic behaviour. Both the males requested the shop boy to carry the bags of the goods she has purchased and return as much as money he can from the paid amount of ₹100,000.

This is a psychological disorder called shopaholic, an addiction to shopping. It is also called CBD (compulsive buying disorder), an uncontrollable, irresistible urge to buy excessive and expensive goods. Some people make credit cards available to their wives but if she is oniomania, the guy has to destroy the credit cards to avoid bankruptcy.

Modern world is a world of consumer lead GDP. People stimulate their desires, earn and spend. Those invested in 1980s in land become billionaires in 2016. Some empty pockets investor entrepreneurs borrowed money from the lender at 24-36% interest rates and invested in lands in 1985-86 became billionaires. The lenders level went down and the users of their currency have gone up. The value of money went down under the inflation, but the prices of land shot up 1000 times!  One guy bought a land in Surat worth of ₹80,000 in 1988, today the value of the land is ₹800 million. A man purchased 125,000 Sqm land with some sheds by paying ₹30 million (that too from the borrowing) in Mumbai in 1986, today the land value is of ₹7 billion. When we were preparing for IAS, they were buying lands through borrowing!!!

The Surat diamond traders have grew up through the bank finance. Those continued in diamond business grew well but those invested profit of the diamond business into the lands become very rich. No higher education, no rocket science, no harakiri, just they took one decision at one fine moment to purchase land and their life style changed. They live in billions. What do they do? They may spend money on food, house, cars, home appliances, interiors, hotels, travels, functions, ceremonies, charity, donations, etc. Suddenly a society or an area picks up the value as status symbol. Coal mines becomes diamond mines. And the prices just go on increasing under the rule of high demand and low supply. The female family members of such families have nothing much to do except to do shopping in the malls or to do online shopping. Shopping becomes a status symbol for some families. But there is a risk involved. Some people may become shopaholic. Till they family is in a condition to put the currency daily in the cupboard of the shopaholic, the family peace can be maintained, but the day they drain out, the trouble starts. The life become miserable.

With the growth of economy, many people earn more than they need. If they save in Banks, there are Malyas to use the bank money. Some of them spend more beyond the need of good quality of life. They or their family members become shopaholic to some extent, may be in the range of 10-100%. It is good for the society as a whole that the currency move from the rich pockets to the poor pockets. If all do savings and nobody spends, then how the economic activities are generated, how the employment opportunities are created and how the better quality of life to be provided to the people at large. 

Modern age is making the farmers also smart. They sale the high value lands in millions and buy new and more land in thousands little away and hold it for sometime. Again the thousands become millions and they move further. The GDP is going up with the spread of people in urban conglomerates. 

Ancient Sanskrit proverb of Charvak was Rinam kritva ghritam pibet, yavan jivet sukham jivet. (Live in happiness so long you have a life and enjoy all comforts and luxury of life (like eating butter) even if you have to take a loan). But it is changed in modern growth context. Yavan jivet sukham jivet, rinam kritva bhoomi krinite. (Live the life in happiness, borrow the money and buy lands, the butter of life will flow automatically). Lol

But beware of the shopaholic tendency of your spouse? Your Credit Cards may turn into debits. Butter may be replaced with quarrels. Lol

Punamchand
19 October 2016

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder

Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder

It was my first visit to Kenya. It's a country of black people, divided into 42 tribes. From a stranger, everybody look the same. As brown skin we have our own set of standards to identify beauty amongst the humans. The whites have their own set of standards. But when all carry almost the same look, it is difficult for the outsider to remember the faces as well as to differentiate through their look.

I didn't resist my curiosity and asked a direct question to a young man standing in the lobby of the hotel. When all the girls look the same, how do you select your girl friend or a spouse amongst them? He laughed at the question. Then slowly explained his viewpoints. Each individual has different perceptions for the beauty. Some may be looking at the height, some at the skin and some at the muscles, some prefer slim body and some go for body mass. Some like the talkative and extrovert girls, and some prefer the silents. The criteria can't be the same for all men. But it is just a liking at first sight. You look at her, like her and that's it. Thereafter, you don't bother about anything. Just a click of the mind with the heart. He concluded. Within few minutes he became friendly, therefore, I asked him a personal question. What is your criteria? A tall, brown skin lady may be the best. He replied. He must have developed his taste high while watching the visitors of the hotel.

Now the counter view was necessary to conclude. Easter was found in the lobby. What is the meaning of your name, Easter? I have asked. Queen, she replied. Whose queen are you? I asked the second question. My husband, obviously. She replied promptly. She and her husband are working. They have a son. Both of them earn 100,000 Kshiling/a month. The living cost is very high in the city, therefore, they are unable to buy a house of their own and live in the rental house. As I was progressing to the talk, few of our group mates arrived and I had to conclude my talk. The question remained unanswered. How could a girl find her boy from the blacks, with similar look, more or less the same height-body and moving around with shaved heads!!!

No merits or drawbacks to be discussed. Just to conclude that beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder. Look at, like at first sight. That's it. Lol

Punamchand
18 October 2016
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Monday, October 17, 2016

Galo, the wonder drug of Ayurveda

Galo, the wonder drug of Ayurveda

Galo, the (Tinospora cordifolia) is one of the wonder drugs of Ayurveda. It is a creeper available in forest and harvested mostly in Summer month of May. It generally grow on Neem and Mango trees with arial roots. It's bark are creamy white or grey and the leaves are heart shaped. Generally, the Galo stem of Neem tree is used as medicine. It is a health tonic that removes the poisons and toxins from the body. The juice from the fresh plant is diuretic but the roots and dry stems are used in treatment of chronic diarrhoea and chronic dysentery. It is indian quinine used in fever. It is used by type2 diabetics. It is a nectar (amrita), a divine property, therefore some people who didn't wish to grow old, take it regularly. It's a rasayana, used for balancing three doshas: vata, pitta and cough. It improves HB, therefore given to cure anemia. It is recommended for liver disorder, diabetes millitus, gout and rheumatic arthritis. It has antipyretic, anti analgesic and anti inflammatory properties. It stimulates the functions of the cells, therefore, given to jaundice and tuberculosis patients.

'Galo Satva' (extract) is the most effective drug of galo. One can get only 4 gm of satva from 4 kg galo stems. The method is simple but labourious. One has to wonder around Neem trees, climbing them up and collect the galo stems from the trees. Then the stems will be cut into pieces of one inch size and grinned in the mixture. Thereafter, it will be washed with hands in the bucket of water. The pieces of the stems will come up on the top, but go on washing till the extract of the stem settles down. Over the night, the extract will settle down at the bottom of the bucket. Remove the water and collect the extract settle in the bottom. It's sticky and will turn into powder after drying up. One may take 4 mg (a capsule full) of the extract with honey, preferably in the morning and start the day of energy.

Wish to remain young? Want to rejuvenate? Tired of acidity? Want to stimulate cells? Start the day with Galo Satva, the wonder drug, the nectar of Ayurveda.

Punamchand
17 October 2016

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

What makes them Great? Happy Vijaya Dashami

What makes them Great?

In the Prayer meeting at Ahmedabad, Pujya Mahant Swami (BAPS) was narrating the great human values acquired by Shri Pramukh Swami Maharaj. When asked to him, what do you want to be? Sevak (Servant) he replied with a bullet speed. Today, BAPS is one of the biggest religious organisations of Hinduism in the world. But can you imagine, 66 years ago, when Pramukh Swamiji was 28 years old, what he did on the day when he was nominated as President of BAPS? He had cleaned the utensils of the guests who were served food on the occasion. Visiting 250,000 houses, reading and replying 700,000 letters, building 1100 temples across the world, making a young cadre of 1000 Sadhus, etc, are giant works he did with his Nirmani (non egoless) nature. But what I noticed the most in him was his Sambhav, the Samyak Darshana in all. 

Human society is a society of relations. Each one of us interact with other humans as per our relation, custom, work and need. Over the years the teachings, leaning and experience make us indifferent in terms of behaviour pattern to each individual. We maintain the intimacy, distance or aloofness with other humans as per our beliefs and understandings developed through experiences and teachings. It is mostly linked with selfishness of motive in most cases. It is called Chaturai/wisdom.

But when a person or a Saint maintains Sambhav, equal and positive treatment to all, imagine the status of his/her mind. Rich or poor, kind or cruel, pious or cheater, big or small, powerful or powerless, healthy or sick, young or old, etc, he/she will maintain Sambhav with them irrespective of their position. His/her love, sympathy and blessings will be the same for all. 

For a Saint, every living being is equal. They identify each living being by their souls and since all souls are equal, they consider all living beings to be equal. The only difference being the quantity and quality of Karma attached to the soul. They look at the gold (Soul) whether it has come from the gold mine carrying impurities or a shiny yellow material. Therefore, they become a magnet of all. 
It is Samyak Darshan (truth Darshan) of Jin Shasan or a Samyak Dristi (Right View) of the eightfold path of Buddhism or a Sam Darshi (Vaishnav Jan of Narsinh Mehta). 
Let us develop such eyesight in us. 

Dash Hara is a Sanskrit word which means removal of ten bad qualities (Ravan) within us: These are Ahankara (Ego), Amanavta (Cruelty), Anyaaya (Injustice), Kama vasana (Lust), Krodha (Anger), Lobha (Greed), Mada (Over Pride), Matsara (Jealousy), Moha (Attachment), Swartha*(Selfishness). 'Vijaydashami' signifying victory over  these ten bad qualities, the Celebration of Victory of Rama the Soul over the Ravana the bad qualities. 

In Buddhism it is celebrated as "Dhammachakrapravartan Day". Great Ashoka and Dr Ambedkar embraced Buddhism on Dashhara day. It is also known as Ashoka Vijayadashmi Dashani. Till inequality and injustice prevails in the society, such events will record in the history. Let all become victorious in the battle of our fight against the evil forces.

Happy Vijaya Dashmi to all.

Punamchand
11 October 2016

NB: "हृदयहीन मस्तिष्क से रावण व कंस तैयार होते है जवकि हृदय और मस्तिष्क के समन्वय के परिणाम स्वरुप रामतत्व व कृष्णतत्व जन्म लेते है "दशहरा की शुभकामनाएँ" 

Sunday, October 9, 2016

7 October ✌️️

7 October ✌️️

15 years ago, TODAY, he joined as a Public Servant, made the post of CM as the post of Common Man. Facing all constraints and challenges, he converted all difficulties and disasters into opportunities and became the PM of the country with his Purusharth (self made) without the background of caste, community or silver spoon in the mouth. Circumstances always helped him. Opponents added into his popularity and strength. He maintained utmost discipline in his personal life style and in public appearances, and become the Public Icon and a role model of millions of people in the World. It was a journey of a Common Man to become a World Leader. Our salute to Shri Narendrabhai Modi🙏.

Punamchand
7 October 2016

October rains, Venus transit in Scorpio

October rains, Venus transit in Scorpio

This is a deficit year of rains for Gujarat. But farmers in general are happy as it rains periodically at the time of needs. But the most important spell of rain showered in the month of October. Generally, Gujarat has average 100 mm in June, 300 mm in July, 300 mm in August, 100 mm in September and 10-20mm in October. The withdrawal starts in the 3rd or 4th week of September and by the start of October, the season ends. This year, when the IMD declared the withdrawal of the monsoon, suddenly the system revived and Gujarat received 74 mm widespread rains SG, Saurashtra and Kutch in the first week of October 2016. (June 74, July 224, August 284, September 108, October 74)

From astronomical point of view, Venus, Moon and Jupiter transit in watery signs (Cancer, Scorpio and Pieces) are positive for the rainy season. And the transit of Saturn and Mars in these signs are negative.

When I analyse the season on 30 April 2016, it was predicted, "One combo (Saturn+Mars) is in watery sign and another combo (Jupiter+Rahu) in fiery sign and their position at quadrant to each other will keep many minds in worry and their hearts in drying. At One combo (Saturn+Mars) is in watery sign and another combo (Jupiter+Rahu) in fiery sign and their position at quadrant to each other will keep many minds in worry and their hearts in drying....Dry Saturn is not changing the watery sign Scorpio and hot Mars is again drying the water from it, indicate the scarcity of rains over the upper ends... However, when Moon or Venus is transiting in Scorpio, it will rains through cyclonic storm. That may ease the condition of the deficient areas...Venus transit from Cancer to Scorpio during the season will be beneficial. However, October showers may damage some crops ready for harvesting."

Retrograde Saturn and transit of Mars in Scorpio have created war fever over the borders. Direct Saturn on 13 August and Jupiter transit to Virgo on 14 August eased the scarcity condition but Mars exit from Scorpio on 18 September left us with the burns of Uri.

Earth's twin Venus, the closest planet in the inner circle and Mars the another nearer planet of the outer circle are very important planets for the natural events on Mother Earth. Venus just approaching the watery sign Scorpio on 13 October, Hurricane Mathew hits the Florida coast of America. Whether cyclonic storms or earthquakes, rotation and orbiting of Venus affects our life.

Do you know that, all the planets in the Solar System orbit the Sun in an anti-clockwise direction as viewed from above Earth's north pole. Most planets also rotate on their axes in an anti-clockwise direction, but Venus rotates clockwise in retrograde rotation. The anti-clockwise rotation of Earth and clockwise rotation of Venus may be one of the reasons of cyclonic storms and earth plats movements, apart from the force of thermal convection, where heat from the interior causes currents of hot rising magma and cooler sinking magma to flow, moving the plates of the crust along with them.

The ✨ Stars, the ☀️ Sun, the 🌎 planets of the Solar system affects our day to day life. 🌙 Moon controls our Minds and Venus controls our 💕 Hearts. Let us live in harmony and bring peace on Mother Earth following the advice of our ancestors, "Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam", the world is ONE FAMILY. (Mahopnishad)
"ॐ सर्वे भवन्तु सुखिनः सर्वे सन्तु निरामयाः ।
सर्वे भद्राणि पश्यन्तु मा कश्चिद्दुःखभाग्भवेत् ।
ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ॥"

(May all become happy, may all be free from illness; may all see what is auspicious, may no one suffer. Om Peace, Peace, Peace)

Happy Durgastami

Punamchand
9 October 2016
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