Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Significance of Diwali

There are several reasons for celebrating Deepawali. The most important one is the commemoration of the return of Lord Ram to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile.

Lakshmi Puja during Diwali is observed as it is believed that Goddess Lakshmi emerged from the ocean on this day during the ‘samudra manthan’ (churning of ocean) by demons and gods as mentioned in the Puranas. So for the business people, the new business year begins on Diwali.
In south India, Diwali is the day in which Lord Krishna killed the demon Narakasura.

The word Diwali is made of two words; deep (lamp or diyas) & avali (row), which means a line or a row of lamps. During the festival of Diwali lamps are lit in every home, office, etc. that is why this festival is also known as the ‘Festival of Lights’. Diwali is also called as Deepavali.
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Friday, October 10, 2014

Women in Hindu Dharma . Part III

"Let women be always propitiated (worshipped) by their fathers and brothers, by their husbands and the brothers of their husbands, in other words, they should speak sweetly to them and provide them with good food, nice clothes and ornaments, and thereby keep them happy. Those who seek great prosperity and happiness should never inflict pain on women." 
~ Manu ( Hindu Law Giver) Manu Smrithi 3: 55 (Hindu Law Book) .
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But everything changed once Hindu-India went under the foreign rule of Muslims and Christist Britishers . Many of malpractices creeped into our Hindu system . When Mughals invaded us , with them they bought the Supremacy of Men as told in their Holy Book Quran. Later , during the British rule the misinterpretation of caste system had proved costly on Womanhood . The real suppression has started from here.

Women should understand that physical equality by all means is not possible. Feministic meaningless approach of Equality & Fight for Rights in family has dampens the relationships. In a family there are no Rights but Responsibilities.

Feminism has done more damage than reviving the quality of Women in Modern society. Talk of superior Rights led to disintegration of Families. If Feministic equality is all about money, power & position then this western concept is not applicable to Bharateeya culture. In India respect & dignity are more important than physical or materialistic equality.

What does equality mean ?? Aping the Men ??? Dressing like men , smoking/boozing like men , hair-cut like men , roam around like men ??? By doing so in the name of Equality arent women more trying to look like Men and in turn loosing her own identity. What kind of pride do feminist get by imitating Men ? Why in the name of Equality Woman should forego of being her own-self ?? Modern Woman should understand ,Being herself does not lower her outlook or dignity.

But what is the status of Women in modern India ? Who is to blame for their sorry state ??? Definitely its chauvinist mindset . Its the egoistic dirty tribe of Media & Capitalists, which have degraded the dignity of Women . In modern world , these materialists to continue their supremacy have downgraded Women by showcasing her as an Sex object. This is clever ploy invented by materialist world and spread it very fast across the globe. This theory has taken such a deep roots that plucking out has become next to impossible .

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

On Dussehra do not defoliate Shammi tree.

As you all know on Dussera its a ritual for Hindus to cross the village/town border in North-East direction and perform pooja to "Shammi" tree. Crossing of village border is called as "Seema Ullangan" . Shammi tree happens to be Lord Rama's favorite tree. In its branches, Pandava's during their "agnatavaas" hid their Arms.

Apart from Shammi , "Apta" tree too is worshiped on Dussera. On Dussera Shammi leaves are treated as Green-Gold and given to elders before touching their feet to take blessings.

My call for all Hindu's , please do not pluck the Shammi leaves unceremoniously from twigs. God's will bless you if its untouched and not defoliate. For your love of taking blessings on festival do not defoliate and make this Holy tree go extinct. Shammi tree has lot of Medical values in its trunk , twigs & leaves. Understand the medical importance of Shammi and if possible have it in your backyard. If you wish, gift your friends/relatives a sapling of Shammi tree on eve of Dussera.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Women in Hindu Dharma - II

In Ancient Hindu – India , women were treated on par with Man . Courage, Valour, Strength were feminine and was represented by Women . Goddess Durga Mata was one such symbol of Shakti, The Power. Hindu Scrip
ture’s says, that all the power in this Universe comes from Shakti , The Mother . Hindus believe that the Universe was created on behest of Gayatri Mata, She again an Woman. Lord Brahma whom we often credit him with creation of Universe is just an tool in the hands of “Shakti”.

Many of Holy scripture in India were written by women. Women were rulers too , not just rulers they went into battlefield and fought with the enemy . Rukmini fought for her husband Sri Krishna , in fact she saved his life . How can one forget the Heroic episode of Jhasi Ki Rani , Laksmi Bhai . It clearly shows that Hindu Women were not confined in to Kitchens . They were Rulers, Warriors, Poetess , Spiritualists and excelled better than men in many fields .

Hindu scriptures are the only religious texts which gave a status of Divinity to Mothers . Hindu texts says that God have created Women coz God cannot be visible every time and one can see God himself in her . I remember reading a Sanskrit Sloka from ancient Hindu Scriptures in my childhood days , “Janani  Janmabhoomisha Swargadapi Gariyasi”, it meant “Mother and Motherland are greater than Heavens “. Where wud you find such a beautiful saying which says even Heaven is not equal to Mother . That’s the respect a woman use to get in ancient Hindu-India.

(will be continued)