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An Optimistic Attitude With Faith

I liked this post by a blogger “God Promised A Rainbow”

It is a very inspiring attitude to keep faith on God and carry on your business without any fears or doubts. Be positive and keep loving life as it comes. The almighty is there to help you in all your moments of life.

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Life During Corona Virus Disease Environment

Hi, Friends,

I hope all of you are safe and healthy during this scary, hard times.

Please be positive and strong. No need to panic at the devastating news pumped out every day with new figures.

Keep indoors and enjoy your life adhering to the safety precautions provided by your administrations.

All official work is nowadays done from home through the internet, phone, and laptops. So, I hope the work and time passes peacefully (better than when you were required to be at office at a particular time). Now, you can choose your own time for work, leisure, and entertainment, etc. So, through a blend of all these things, you can enjoy more spare time spending with your family. You can actively participate with your children in their education and games, thereby boosting their spirits.

So, stay blessed.

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My Mornings Start Like This

I get up early in the morning (my wake-up alarm is set at 6:15 am) on all days. But, it becomes 10:30 by the time I have my breakfast.

It goes like this. I get up, offer thanks and salutations to God for another day. Then head to the toilet to fresh-up and after drinking water, go to the front hall. Open the balcony doors and the front door of the hall. Pick up the paper lying there and place it on the diwan (it’s the wooden bed found in our Indian homes) to be read later after lunch.

Next, I enter the kitchen, open the other door towards the small and long room-like wash place that is intended for the use of the maid (that comes at 12 noon) for washing the kitchenware. I prepare my tea for two people (my self and my unmarried son). Thereafter, having brushed my teeth, I take the tea in two cups and enter my son’s bedroom. Sit there and have our tea.

Thereafter, I clean my kitchen and make it ready for the day. First, wash and clean the stove and burners (it’s the LPG 2-burner stove). Then clean the kitchen platform and sink. It takes more than 30 minutes. And, one small cooker that is for cooking the puja offerings only is cleaned. The clock strikes 8am by now.

I will sweep the puja room and thereafter enter the bathroom. I emerge out by 8:45 or so. And, change into my puja dress (the silk dhoti and towel). Change the cotton wicks and the oil before lighting the oil lamps. If any flowers were offered the previous day, I will remove them too before lighting the diya. After lighting, I play the prayer cassettes (but I recite my own prayer slokas or hymns while they play their own set routine-verses). Now, I enter the kitchen and wash the copper hollow-deep plate and the two small copper-mugs. Fill water into the plate, go to my balcony and facing my self towards the east, offer the water to the Sun God with my cupped hands chanting the Gayatri Mantra 10 times. The water gets poured into the tulasi plant there from my hands.

Thereafter, I return to the kitchen and washing some rice put into the cooker and place it on flame for cooking. Taking water into the two mugs and the empty plate, I return to my puja room and start worship. First, sprinkle water around the Gods and then offer 3 times with the spoon in the mug as Parisheshan. The water, after shown to God each time, will be dropped into the plate. The water in the other mug is for washing God’s mouth or hands after the naivedyam is offered to him (it is also poured into the plate). Thereafter, recite all the stotras and slokas. In between, when the rice gets cooked, I will put off the flame and return again for puja. It takes around one-hour time.

Then, offer agarbatti incense, deepam darshan, and the naivedyam to Gods. You can view the whole procedure of doing my daily puja at this link: How to Do Puja or Worship at Home

Now, changing the clothes, I prepare breakfast and eat along with my son.

That’s how my day starts daily.

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Happy Holidays

Wish you all Happy Holidays, my Dear Friends. And, a Merry Christmas in advance.

I hope all of you celebrating Christmas must be right now engaged in the preparation of the Christmas Tree, collecting various types of unique items for decorating it. In my apartment above my own flat, there are friends joyfully enjoying this occasion by engaging in the singing of carols and cheerful celebrations.

I have been viewing and reading some of your articles all these days regarding Thanksgiving and other, spiritual as well as all other, articles.

Wish you all my thanks and blessings.

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Shayana Ekadashi – Toli Ekadashi

Today (July 12, 2019, this year) is an auspicious occasion for us. It is the Sleeping Ekadashi on which day, God Vishnu starts his sleep and keeps sleeping for the entire period of 4 months.

It is believed that Vishnu sleeps from the eleventh day of the month of Ashada till the eleventh day of the month of Kartik which is a four-month period. One year for human beings is equal to one day for celestial beings. As per that calculation, 8 hours of sleep comes to a 4 month period. So, God is taking his 8-hour sleep during this period.

People observe this occasion by worshiping Lord Narayan and Devi Lakshmi every day with special austerity and by keeping fast on each first Ekadashi of all the four months during this period.

The devotees throng the temples of God Vishnu and his other forms. Special pujas take place in those temples. In Maharashtra, Pandharpur Vithal Swamy is famous where people of all creeds get together and participate in processions during these days.

So, wish you all Lord Narayan and Goddess Lakshmi’s blessings.

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Healthy Relationships

I was watching a movie titled “PINK” yesterday.

It is a great movie dealing with one of the most serious social issues being encountered in our daily lives by women. It needs to be watched by all our younger generation (and older too) who indulge in their enjoyment without any iota of concern for the other person that gets affected by it. It imparts a very good lesson to one and all.

The movie clearly reminds you of the fact that men and women are equal in all respects and there should be no distinction as to their dignity and respect in society. It further asserts that both of them enjoy the same degree of “freedom of choice” in their decisions. The judgments and the final verdict convey to one and all the basic fact that a “No” is always a “No” and it doesn’t mean otherwise.

Even though I appreciate the story and the entire plot of it all, I personally feel that a person should be ever loyal to his partner throughout his/her entire life. That is the healthiest and happiest way of leading your life.

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Meditations

I am reading books nowadays, extensively.

This one book I came across recently is beautiful, “Meditations” by MarcuIMG_20190226_150910s Aurelius!

You will be stunned to know that Marcus Aurelius was a Roman Emperor some 2000 years ago. And, he practiced whatever he preached or spread among his people.

In this wonderful book that is a collection of all his preachings and revelations, Marcus shows us how to capture our desires and emotions through continuous vigil and watch of each one of our actions or thoughts and through impartial analysis of the goodness or badness of each such action or thought.

Marcus defines good acts or thoughts are those that contribute to or result in the welfare of the society and not for one’s own self.

If I perform an action or even feel something to do, I should first consider whether it contributes to the betterment and happiness of people around me. Then only I indulge in that action or perception. Otherwise, discard it.

He reminds us continuously in all his preachings that our body is just temporary. It can perish at any moment. So, one should always live in his present moment and try to use his body for performing a good job.

He always believed that God gave us this body only for carrying on his mission of keeping this universe wonderful and beautiful for all his living beings alike. So, men are provided reasoning power and the body to perform his work on his behalf. He provided us with the hands and legs and the brain for all this mission. So, carry on the mission at each moment of your life as you may not know when you will die and leave this body.

It is a very interesting book to read and to know the purpose of your life. But, you need to digest each sentence of it before proceeding further. Make up your mind to get to dive into this wonderful knowledge of the purpose of life. It is a very short book of only 62 pages. But, full of Gems.

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Happy Basant Panchami and Valentines Day

Hi, Dear Friends,

It’s the Indian Festival of Basant Panchami on 10/02/2019 which is also celebrated as a Valentine Day by young people.

It is the celebration of welcoming the spring season. Spring season enters in some of our regions at this time even though it is still much cold in most parts of India. Nature gets decorated in yellow color with the blooming mustard flowers all over those fields at this time.

Goddess Saraswati (or even Parvati, Lakshmi) are worshiped on this occasion by adoring them with yellow clothes and, white and yellow flowers. Younger generations celebrate it with their friends expressing their love towards each other.

Devotees visit temples wearing yellow clothes and worship the Goddess offering yellow food dishes as offering to Her along with the yellow flowers.

And, parents with younger children celebrate the occasion by introducing their children to the learning of vocabulary and schooling. The function is known as “Aksharabhyasam” wherein the child is made to draw some vowel on a slate with the chalk amid puja done to the Goddess either by the parents themselves or through a Pandit. Neighboring children are also invited on this occasion and gifts like pencils, pens or color-boxes distributed to them.

Any kind of festival is celebrated by inviting relatives, friends, or neighbors and it is enjoyed by all the participants jointly. Festivals are always occasions for spreading love, culture, generosity, and humanity among people.

So, let us spread the message of love to all humanity on this occasion.

Be kind and generous to all alike discarding hate or jealousy at any being. Let us love humanity as it is without drawing any differences between them.

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It is the Pongal Festival

We, Indians, are celebrating the Pongal festival these four days. It started on Sunday (13 January) evening and continues till 17 January. We celebrated the bonfire in the morning today and worshiped the Vishnu Bhagwan and celebrated His marriage with a great devotee of him known as Andal. The bonfire is a kind of discarding old things by burning them and welcoming the new season. The harvesting is done by this time and the fresh stock of food grains and vegetables arrive in houses by this day. So, people celebrate that occasion.

Tomorrow is Makar Sankranti which is more popular as it is celebrated by the whole of India with that name. People take bath in holy rivers and visit temples and express gratitude to Lord for the bounty granted to them. They prepare the Pongal and offer it to God and then enjoy it with family and relatives. They celebrate the festival by flying colorful kites all over in the sky from the roof of their buildings.

The next day is celebrated as Kanum Pongal, mostly in Southern India. It is the festival of cattle. Cattle are bathed and decorated with colorful clothes. Their horns are also decorated with flowers and even colors. Then they get worshiped. People cook a food item known as Vada with the batter of black gram lentil which is fried in oil. It is considered as a must food on this day. It is made round with a big hole in the center.

The fourth-day people enjoy watching cockfights and bullfights. But, this practice is dwindling gradually as it involves violence towards living beings. Nowadays, they simply enjoy some outings or picnics with friends and family or in watching movies, etc.

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Merry Christmas

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Wish you all “A Merry Christmas”.

As you all know, Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus, the son of God.

God has gifted us his own son to protect us from all the troubles of life and to lead us towards Light by dispelling the darkness of ignorance and sin.

Jesus has taught us to love all humanity and other beings on earth.

He has taught us to pardon people in spite of their wrong deeds and shortcomings.

He has taught us to be generous by introducing Santa who gives away gift always.

So, we should practice all these habits in our daily lives and be always helpful and noble in our thoughts and deeds.

Let us contribute to the welfare of the society by extending our love and support always to the needy.