Ganesh Chauth Celebrated- A Festival of The Lord of Obstacles (Remover)

We celebrate this festival every year on the auspicious day of the fourth day of Bhadrapada màsa (the sixth month of Hindu calendar) that generally falls at the middle of August or first week of September.

This festival is celebrated for nine days and on the tenth day, the idol is immersed in rivers or tanks with due respect.

All Ganesha temples are a place of the congregation of devotees during all these days. Cultural programmes are also arranged in which music and dance programs take place during daytime or late evenings after the worships are over.

The roads are filled with idols being carried by groups of devotees in carriages for immersion on the last day of the festival with bands of music and shouting of farewell slogans to God with a request to come earlier next year to protect them from problems.

Live a Simple Life and make Living Better for others

Living Better is not merely confined to your own life or to making your own family’s life better. It is a much wider term. It implies making the life of others also better through your actions.

Be an ideal for others.

Live a simple, but happy life. Control your desires and wants by refraining from excessive indulgence in satisfying them.

Differentiate between needs and luxuries or extravaganza. You must satisfy your needs up to a certain limit and reject others that are only unnecessary for your life and without which you can lead a happy life.

If you are indulging in excessive purchases and consumption of goods, you may be indirectly depriving the other members of your society even from their bare necessities.

When people gifted with an abundance of purchasing power make excessive purchases, the producers need to produce more goods to meet the demands of the entire people of that place.

But, you must be knowing that the available resources are always lesser than demand. Ultimately, prices will go up and poorer sections of the society can not buy things enough to meet even their immediate necessities at such increased prices.

The result will be the insufficient satisfaction of even the basic needs of those sections of society. Added to that will be the diminishing state of resources available for future generations and an inflation spiralling upwards.

So, leading a simple life (I am not saying that you should forego all your wants, but try to control them) will make your life happier along with those lives of all sections of the society. This will definitely yield you a greater satisfaction and happiness than you ever expected as you are contributing to the happiness of your whole society by simply acting with prudence and economy.

 

The panther that created panic and laughter!

She entered his house without giving any prior notice to surprise him. She had been to the city on some sudden visit and thought of giving a surprise to him.

It was late evening hours and the lights were dim when she entered the hall. Suddenly her heart sunk in fear and began beating fast. She noticed a panther standing in one corner of the hall in its full length, with its emerald green eyes staring towards the entrance door, as if ready to pounce upon the entrant. A loud scream went out through her mouth. She was shivering completely with her body fully wet in perspiration at the shock of seeing the  animal.

Hearing the scream, a young man came down from the upstairs through the same corner where that wild animal was standing. He lighted the lights and was surprised to see her and quickly understood the state of her mind. He was unable to control himself and laughter broke out from his mouth evaporating her tension.

She realised her foolishness and got angry over him. What could anybody else have done in her condition? After all the panther was so much realistic and huge in size.

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This post is in response to the literary lion blogging event organised by Laura Gabrielle Feasey against this fortnight’s prompt of “panther”. You can view all stories of participants by clicking at this link

Bhagavad Gita – The Gospel of Lord Krishna for attaining Peace and Happiness

Bhagavad Gita is delivered to humanity by God himself as a guideline and solution for the everyday problems and doubts arising in their daily lives. It shows the path for reaching moksha or a state of bliss.

I think moksha is not a reference to our life after death. Most believe and associate moksha with other world life after the soul leaves our body. But, for me moksha is happiness, peace and bliss that we experience in this own present life.

It is attained by overcoming the selfishness attitudes and materialism of this materialistic world. Our own senses guide us wrongly through shortcuts to achieve physical pleasures of life and engage ourselves in selfish acts and materialistic pleasures. Thereby we ignore the human values and indulge in unhealthy practices hurting or embarrassing our own neighbours and weaker sections of society.

Bhagavad Gita has shown the path for attaining happiness and a peaceful state of mind by overcoming the 6 enemies of life, namely,- kama, krodha, lobha, moha, mada, matsarya – ie. by refraining from lust, anger, selfishness, attachment, ego and addiction.

  • Three paths have been prescribed for overcoming these enemies of happiness in the Gita which are the paths of Devotion, Knowledge and Detachment.
  • One can attain bliss through utter devotion and faith and loyalty in his actions.
  • Or, he can seek wisdom and truth behind everything and thereby attain happiness and bliss.
  • Otherwise, he can adapt the path of detachment and then also attain happiness and peace.

Tasty Thursdays: Vegetable Pasta Salad recipe

Vegetable pasta salad

Vegetable pasta salad is a great dish which can be taken as a starter before meals or even as a substitute for whole meal or as snacks in between meals. It is a multi-purpose recipe containing many nutrients based on the ingredients you add.

I like this very much for my evening times. I take it as a light snacks in a very limited quantity at evening times to fill the gap between lunch and dinner. No tea or coffee is required with it. And it is very healthy too.

Preparation tips:-

  • Cut 3 or 4 varieties of green vegetables like bell pepper, tomato, carrot, beans, peas, cucumber, broccoli,green onions, legumes – all cut into small thin pieces; and saute them using refined oil or cheese and spices including salt according to your tastes.
  • Boil water and add macaroni and / or noodle pieces (broken into small pieces) and cook them for 5 minutes in it.
  • Add the cooked macaroni / noodles into the sauted vegetable mix and mix them well on heat for one minute or lesser time.
  • Now, your vegetable pasta is ready for serve. You can add some vinegar and tomato sauce also if you like before serving.

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This post is in response to the tasty thursdays blogging event sponsored by Razel. You can view the original and others’ responses at this link.

 

Literary Lion: “Pool”- Dreadful pool

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The pool in her village

She was sitting at the pool with her feet touching the water. Her eyes are looking at the water, but her thoughts immersed deep into memories of her childhood. She is on a visit to her grandparents after so many years, but her memories are afresh. She can clearly visualise that dreadful day when she was playing paper boats with her tiny brother who drowned into the pool in an attempt to catch her boat. She could not forgive herself for not being able to save him in spite of the fact that she did not know swimming.

This post is in response to the literary lion blog event sponsored by Laura Gabrielle Feasey which can be viewed at this link for more reads.