A Hindu Ceremony- Upanayanam

Upanayanam is a sacred thread ceremony meant for boys after they attain the age of 8. But sometimes, it is lingered and celebrated before the marriage. It is the stage when a child is able to perceive the imparted knowledge and digest it thoroughly.

It is the wearing of a sacred thread that is to be worn till his death. The person gets entitled to receive enlightened spiritual education along with other arts and science knowledge. It is believed that a person becomes eligible to perform sacred rituals only on wearing this thread that is called as “yajnopavita”. The thread is worn to the child by his parents after purifying it through the chanting of mantras and performance of some rituals during the thread wearing ceremony performed with the guidance of the priest in the presence of relatives.

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Getting treatment for Foot Ulcers

Recently, I have been getting treatment for my ulcers under my both feet. I have been suffering from these ulcers since long. But, I didn’t experience so much trouble with them all through this long period as of recently. So, I had to get them treated by surgery and through medicines.

operated (right) on 5th day

Operated foot on 5th day

In the first week of April, I got the surgery for one foot and it took 2 weeks to get fully cured. They removed the ulcers by minor surgery and prescribed some antibiotic medicines and pain relief tablets. Further, I have been advised to wear some special shoes that put lesser pressure to the operating portion of the foot while curing. They are soft sandals with holes (actually they cut and remove a portion of the layers from the shoe according to the size of the ulcer) to accommodate the sensitive part of the foot for curing without inflicting pain or pressing the sensitive portion. You can wear it very easily with full comfort even over the bandaged foot.

I got the second foot surgery on 5th of this month and I am still wearing the bandage as it is not fully healed. But, I am feeling very much relieved from the pain, stress, and inconvenience that I had been experiencing all through those years. I am able to perform all my work including cooking by standing in the kitchen for long durations (presently I am living with my son who is still unmarried and we are only two here at present as my wife passed already 4 years back) by wearing those sandals.

Now, within next week, I hope I will be fit again with my feet. I am sharing this experience as it may help others undergoing such problems.

A Kindle e-book “Economics for Beginners”

Hi, all friends and viewers!

I have been inactive here for more than 6 months. You might be wondering what held up me from visiting you people here and in sharing my views here.

I have been occasionally reading an article or two of our friends here and lieconomics-bookking or commenting on them.

But my major time was focused on compiling and editing a book on Economics for the beginners. And, I got it published on Amazon.com now.

So, my e-book on Economics for Beginners is available now on Kindle at a very lo
w cost of $2.99 only.

It is a book for economics students as well as for start-up businesses. Published in a very simple language so that even a fresher or a common man can understand it very easily.

I wanted to share this news with you here and receive your best wishes for the success of my first project in this publishing field.

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.