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.

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.

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.

Thanksgiving Day

Hello All,

Wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving Celebration.

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source: flicker.com by Oriana, Italy.

This is a wonderful occasion to be thankful for so many blessings and bounties from  Nature and God. We witness and experience so many beautiful and blissful scenes and events occurring around us for which we need to be always grateful to God. Even though we may be witnessing some negative experiences also in our lives, treat them as the unavoidable rules of nature and try to be always optimistic and hope for good times ahead.

Let us count all those positive points for which we need to be thankful to God.

Express thanks for the life we are gifted with.

Be thankful for the air we breathe in, the sunlight that we enjoy, the blue skies, the glowing and blinking stars, and the blue seas that we witness, the wonderful bounty of nature, the birds flying and singing, the good people around you, and everything in our life.

Express thanks to your parents, teachers, friends, and all neighbors around, and the whole humanity for the Love, Care, and Support you receive.

Keep the Mind Cheerful for a Happy Life

Our mind is a clutter of thoughts.

All of you agree that thoughts are evergrowing and they keep on coming unless one is asleep.

So, after a period of time, your mind will be dumped with an innumerable number of thoughts and you will get much perplexed and disturbed.

Now, most of these thoughts can be of no use at all. They are merely repetitions of our old memories which may make you feel either sad or pleasant depending upon their nature. Nothing more than that.

Or, most of them can be about your future perceptions and fears of survival. You can develop worries and anxieties by a mere thought of going to face a certain situation or a particular person. It can make you fearsome or much disturbed.

But, all these unnecessary fears and worries are wholly due to those thoughts in your mind only. Those are not real circumstances. It is only your imagination that such and such a thing happened in your past life or that something is going to happen in your future. It makes you worried and develops fear or disturbance in your life.

So, in order to be well balanced and cheerful, you need to drive away those unnecessary thoughts from your mind and keep it clean. You need to keep only those constructive thoughts which aid your life and discard all the other clutter from your mind.

Just like a fruit seller or a vegetable seller sorts out all rotten items from his stock and keeps only the fresh and useful ones for next day, we also need to sort out all those useless thoughts from our mind and keep in stock only the positive thoughts that are beneficial for our progress in life. Otherwise, the entire stock will decay and create much loss.

So, let us make our minds clutter-free and keep them healthy and pleasant to achieve success in life. Thereby, our body will also be healthy and strong.

Spiritual Life and Karma

Most people assume that spirituality or leading a spiritual life implies renunciation of the worldly life and leading a secluded life by refraining from all your worldly responsibilities.

But, it is not so in my opinion. I do not recommend that kind of life escaping from all your responsibilities and seeking the refuge of spirituality.

One should live in this world as it is the basic purpose for which you came into your existence as a human being.

A human is created to live in this world and perform his karma.

If we negate that primary purpose of our life, then there is no meaning in ourselves being called as human beings.

God wanted us to be humans and created us to be human. Being human implies spreading humanity through all your actions.

If you renounce your actions and go to a secluded place and seek for God, does He appreciate you and gift you with your desires?

Live in this world, do all the actions that are required to execute your responsibilities as a child, as a parent, as a friend, as a responsible member of society, and overall, as a human being that is qualified by love, kindness, humbleness, care, and generosity, etc.

So, let us live here in this present world that requires all the love, care, and protection by performing our duties that always do good to people and contribute to the welfare of the universe as a whole.

Let us see God in each one of us. Let us love and respect each other and their feelings.

Come, spread peace and love and thereby please our Universal God.

You Can Do It – You are the Master

Every person is born with the same energy and powers.

Do not look at the colors or forms. They are not important.

What matters is our own mind and soul. It is the same for each one of us.

We need to recognize this fact and drive away all the fears or feelings of inferiority and any doubts regarding our capability.

So, you can also perform equally all kinds of tasks as others. The only thing is that you need self-confidence and positive-thinking mentality.

Once you are positive-minded and confident in yourself, you can perform any task successfully. Any hindrances are temporary and you need to march bravely in your path to success.

You can do it. Once you master your own capacities and innate powers, nothing is impossible.