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Hindu Rituals, ceremonies, lifestyle

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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celebrations lifestyle

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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Human Values lifestyle Personality development

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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festival lifestyle Uncategorized

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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celebrations lifestyle

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.

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blogging lifestyle

How Do You Adjust to Changes in Your Daily Life?

I think changes are always there in anybody’s daily routines according to some circumstances and environments.

Suppose you are indulging in your daily activities according to a preset schedule. Now, something happens and you are required to change your schedule according to your new requirements.

Changes can take place due to two major reasons: Change happening due to any unforeseen or unexpected incident in your life or change emerging as a result of your own actions.

Both of them result in the re-scheduling of your daily routine.

Unforeseen change can be due to a calamity taking place or due to the transfer of your job unexpectedly.

Change as a result of our own actions can be like seeking a new job, seeking for shift-duty, changing your residence, or changing your routine according to your own volitions.

Whatever change takes place, you should always try to reschedule your timetable so that you can utilize your time with utmost advantage for bettering yourself.

Each part of the available time needs to be efficiently allocated proportionally to all of your requirements like reading/writing, entertainment, exercise, job, food intake, sleep and all other daily chores of life.

I got this query because I had to adjust my TV time and reading/writing time since this week due to a change in the telecast of a TV serial that used to be shown at 8 pm now shifted to 2:30 pm thereby disturbing my schedule for these 2,3 days.

I adjusted my rest time after lunch accordingly. Further, I want to tell you that I don’t take the nap after lunch. I simply lay in the bed and either read a magazine (spiritual) or any novel or watch some nice insightful videos during that 30 minute time.

Even while watching a TV serial, I read the articles in newspapers on the Editorial page which I admire very much during those commercial breaks.  My TV time used to be one hour during 8 pm to 9pm but, now, it got increased by another half-an-hour due to the shift of my one serial time to 2:30 pm after lunch.

I may like to know about your experiences regarding the changes in daily-life through your comments here.

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Health lifestyle Personality development

Yoga For Health

We celebrated the 4th International Yoga Day yesterday. Many events were organized in different parts of the world to practice Yoga on this day. One gathering at Kota in Rajasthan registered a thumping participation of 105,000 people creating a Guinness record of performing yoga at a single platform in a single day.

But, Yoga is not for a simple display of events. It should be a part of your life. Regular performance of yoga or fitness exercise is good for one’s health.

You need not indulge in rigid formats of it. Choose some simple exercises for the movements and motion of your limbs and the complete body.

Some simple exercises are:

  • Moving your neck left and right, and, up and down rhythmically.
  • Stretching your arms sideways and up and down just like it used to be taught in primary schools.
  • Jumping while stretching the arms is also good.
  • Bending your body without bending your legs and touching the tips of your feet. This can be done both front and to your sideways also. When bending towards the front, you will keep your legs in attention position. When doing it sideways, you shall keep your legs in the stand-at-ease position.
  • If you can do it, you can try to bend towards your back also. But is very hard and risky. So, I do not advise it.
  • Lay on your stomach and lift your head forward along with your entire body, balancing your weight on your hands and toes. You will stretch forward slowly and bring your front portion up keeping the backside lower. Then again, slowly bring back your back body up keeping your front portion lower. You will not be touching the floor except with your hands and toes while doing the entire process.

 

The above are some of those simple exercises for your body to keep yourself fit always. Do each exercise for 5 times before proceeding to the next one.

Wish you all a Healthy Life.

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life lessons lifestyle Personality development

More About Happiness

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  • Everyone is born with the ability to create Happiness. You can create the happiness for yourself and for people around you also.
  • Feel happy with whatever you do or enjoy. Find out what pleases you that is within your reach and affordability. And, pursue those habits or activities. Don’t crave for things that are out of your limits. You should possess the stamina and a suitable atmosphere to achieve anything. So, you need to improve yourself to achieve anything or else be content with whatever you have. Try to make the best of everything that you have.
  • By being happy, you are able to spread Happiness to your friends and family members also.
  • If you are happy, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you possess the best of everything. It simply means that you are able to find happiness in everything.
  • People around you can also become happy simply looking at your happy, smiling face. So, keep a smiling face always.
  • Keeping content with life by enjoying even the smallest moments of life creates Happiness. So, never miss any moment. Enjoy Happiness in a child’s laughter, in the beauty of flowers, in the aura of the blue sky or the rising sun and the setting sun.
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lifestyle Purpose of Life

What is Happiness?

Happiness is the inner feeling in our hearts that keeps us in a pleasant and joyful mood.

It has no monetary value. It’s par all material enjoyments.

Most people generally believe that material success brings them happiness. Happiness, for most of them, means having a good job or business, living in a comfortable house, possessing all comforts of life.

But, it is not so. Even after possessing all the wealth and other comforts or luxuries of life, one may not find happiness in his life. All that can only lead to a more complicated and worrysome life. You are always worried of your position and assets of life. You can’t live as you wish. You always feel compeled to act in a restricted way to maintain your position and everything. So, that can’t provide you a happy life.

On the other hand, even a poor man dwelling on the pavement can feel vey happy in his life because he is free to live under the sky enjoying the fresh air and consuming whatever he gets from the nature and from the generous people around there. He has nothing to worry for in his life. So, he lives the most satisfied life if he keeps away from other distracting factors.

So, we are able to see that Happiness is not a result of wealth and material possessions. It is the result of one’s own satisfaction and joyful mentality.

Let us all try to refrain ourselves from running after those material possessions of life and be content with whatever is enough for our real existence on this earth.

Let us all aim at that simple, blissful Happiness as our goal of life.

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life lessons lifestyle

Seven Tips for a Happy Life

  1. Remember that life is too short to spend it on trivial matters of disagreement or disputes. Everyone has his own point of view. You can’t force him to look from your point-of-view.
  2. Do not try to compare yourself with others. Everyone has his own uniqueness and identity. Comparision only leads to dissatisfaction or disputes.
  3. God has created you. So, he has some purpose for your life. Try to find out that purpose.
  4. Treat your Failures and problems as the stepping stones for your successes.
  5. Don’t stick to the memories of your past failures or problems. Simply let them go by learning some new lessons from those experiences.
  6. Share your experiences and thoughts with people so that you may spread happiness in their lives. By doing so, you may also learn something unique and useful for your life through their experiences.
  7. Remember that you are the in charge of your Happiness and nobody else, even though some of them may have helped you in achieving it by providing suitable guidance.  So, never complain about your happiness or unhappiness to anybody as it is an outcome of your own preferences and actions.