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16 February 2017

Symbols of Shiva


Lord Shiva is one of the prominent Hindu gods. Shiva is one of the chief deities of Hinduism. His name means"Auspicious one".  Siva is also known by other names, including Shambhu("Benignant"), Shankara("Beneficent"), Pashupati("Lord of Beasts"),Mahesh("Great lord") and Mahadev("Great God"). Shiva is both the destroyer and restorer. He is the benevolent herdsman of souls and the wrathful avenger.In the most famous myth concerning Shiva,he saves humanity by holding in his throat the poison that churned up in the waters and threatened mankind.For this reason he is often called as Neelkanth("the one with blue neck").

Shiva is a great ascetic. lord Shiva is symbolized by various things associated with Him. He destroys out imperfections to ensure our spiritual progress. He destroys the evil and negativity within us and detaches us from mortal and materialism so we can make an upward movement and progress towards the next level of inner spiritual transformation. It is a positive nourishing destruction that builds and transforms life energy for the welfare of the world.During this movement, our desires,illusions, ignorance is destroyed and we are eventually being readied to meet the Lord.

Unclad body smeared with ashes/Vibhuti: Vibhuti is the three lines of ashes drawn on the forehead of the Lord Shiva.It signifies the Immortality of the Lord and his manifested glory. The ashes on the Lord's body is cemetery ash, which points to the philosophy of the life and death and shows that death is the ultimate reality of the life. Most things in the universe reduce to ashes when burned and this aspect of nature is suggested by the ash-smeared appearance of Lord Shiva, who is held to be the God of destruction in Hindu mythology. The Lord is beyond the cycle of birth and death.
Jata (Matted Hair): The flow of his matted hair represents Shiva as the Lord of Wind or Vayu, who is the subtle form of breath present in all living beings. It shows that Shiva is Pashupatinath, Lord Of All Living Beings.
Ganga: The river Ganga (or Ganges) is the most sacred river for pious Hindus. According to a legend, the river Ganga has its source in Shiva and flows from his matted hair. This is symbolically represented by depicting Ganga as a jet of water sprinkling out of the head of the Lord and falling on the ground. Legend has it that the Lord allowed an outlet to the great river to traverse the earth and bring purifying water to human being. Thus the name Gangadhara or "Bearer of the river Ganga". The river Ganga also denotes fertility, one of the creative aspects of the Rudra. It also indicates that Shiva is not only the Lord of destruction but also the bestower of knowledge, purity and peace on the devotees.
The Third Eye: In the great Hindu mythology, Lord Shiva is depicted as a three-eyed God. The third eye is aye of wistom or occult knowledge. While his other two eyes indicate his activity in the physical world, his third eye in the center of his forehead looks beyond the obvious. It stands for spiritual knowledge and power, and is thus called the eye of wisdom or knowledge. Like fire, the powerful gaze of Shiva's third eye can search evil from anywhere and annihilate it completely. This is the reason why evil-doers fear his third eye.
Crescent: Lord Shiva is typically pictured as wearing a crescent-shaped ornament on one side of his head. The Crescent is actually the moon and symbolizes the movement of time and cosmic proportions.
The Snake around the neck: Lord Shiva is often shown with a snake curled three times around His neck and looking towards His right side. The three coils of the snake symbolize the past, present and future - time in cycles. The snake looking in the right direction of Lord Shiva signifies that the Lord's perpetual laws of reason and justice preserve natural order in the universe. The snake with its raised hood is suggestive of Kundalini Shakti, the ever awakened, that resides within Him.
Tiger Skin: In Hindu mythology, the tiger is the vehicle of Shakti, the Goddess of power and force. Lord Shiva is the source of creative energy that remains in potential form during the dissolution state of the universe. He activates this energy using his own Divine Will to project the universe.Lord Shiva is often shown seated upon or wearing a tiger skin, which emphasizes the fact that he is the master of Shakti and is beyond and above any kind of force.. The Lord's sitting on Tiger skin indicates that he has conquered lust.
Rudraksha Necklace: Lord Shiva is almost always shown as wearing a necklace having 108 beads made with seeds of the Rudraksha tree. The beads represent the elements used in the creation of the world. The Rudraksha necklace points to the ‘Rudra’ aspect of the Lord, which is also His other name. The word 'Rudra' means "strict or uncompromising" and aksha means "eye." It illustrates the fact that Lord Shiva is firm about His cosmic laws and strictly maintains law and order in the universe.
Damru (Drum): The damru denotes the connection with the cosmic or primal sound of AUM,which can be heard during deep meditation. According to Hindu scriptures, Nada is the source of creation.The damru is also symbol of sound. Sound is nothing but rhythm and energy.Just as in a heartbeat,of one sees a heartbeat it is not a straight line but a rhythm that goes up and down.The whole Universe is a wave function of rhythms.This is exactly according to the theory of Quantum Physics. It is a wave that creates a sound.So the damru also signifies non dual nature of the universe.
Trishul (Trident): The trident, or the spear with three arrow-like heads, is one of the accessories of the Lord and symbolizes His three fundamental powers iccha(will), kriya(action) and jnana(knowledge).It also signifies the three gunas or characters;satwa,raja` and tamas. These qualities  represent the activities of creation, preservation and destruction which are personified with the Hindu trinity of Brahma,Vishnu and Mahesh (Shiva) That is the emblem of sovereignty. As His weapon and instrument of punishment the trident represents Lord Shiva's manner of punishing the evil doers on all the three planes - spiritual, subtle and physical. The trishul also represents the 3 nadis or energy channels viz;ida, pingala on the sides and sushumna in the cent re through which the Kundalini shakti/energy ascends to travel through the chakras.
Kamandalu: The water pot (Kamandalu) often shown adjacent to the Lord is another of his accessories. The carrying of the Kamandalu shows the yogic nature of the Lord.
Kundalas: The Kundalas refer to the two ear rings. The dual type of Kundalas represent the Shiva and Shakti (male and female) principle of creation.
Mount Kailash: Lord Shiva is most often shown to be seated at the peak of beautiful beautiful Himalayas serving as his backdrop. Mount Kailash in the Himalayas is said to be His traditional abode. In Hindu mythology, Mount Kailash is said to represent the center of the universe. Thus the name 'Kailashadhipati' meaning "Lord Of Mount Kailash".
Nandi: Nandi, the bull is the vehicle of Lord Shiva. The bull is the symbol of both power and ignorance which suggests that Lord Shiva removes ignorance of his devotees and gives them the power of wisdom. Nandi is a symbol of eternal waiting though he is alert. Waiting is considered to be a virtue and the Nandi is nor anticipating anything neither expecting anything. That is his meditation.
Shivling: In most Hindu temples you will not see an idol of Shiva. Rather it will be a shining black or gray shivling in an ellipsoid shape. It represents the essence of Shiva.The Shivling is an ellipsoid shape-everything in the universe has has begun as an ellipsoid and will end so.(science talks about it too!) It is known as the cosmic egg-referring to creation and destruction. Physically, Shivling is phallic symbol representing the male and female in a state of conjugal bliss. Mentally it symbolizes the union of mind and body. Spiritually it's an union between the Purush and Prakriti  which manifest the highest principles of universe. It's a powerful source of divine energy.


07 April 2016

Gudhi Padwa

Gudi Padwa, marks the beginning of the New Year, new month and new day for the Hindus falls on Chaitra Shukla Pratipada. It is known as Gudhi Padwa (in Maharashtra), Ugadi (in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh), Navroz (Kashmir), Baisakhi (Punjab), Cheti Chand (Sindhi), Naba Barsha (Bengal), Goru Bihu (Assam), Puthandu (Tamil Nadu), Vishu (Kerala)
It is believed that Lord Brahma created the Universe. This day carries special importance for Hindus. The day starts  with an auspicious bath  followed by decorating the doorway with a ‘toran’, rangoli and performing ritualistic worship and hoisting the Gudhi. It symbolizes the victory of King Shalivahana over Sakas and was hoisted by his people when he returned to Paithan.  Gudhi symbolizes the Brahmadhvaj  (Brahma’s flag) mentioned in the Brahma Purana, because Lord Brahma created the universe on this day.
Gudhi is believed to ward off evil, invite prosperity and good luck into the house.

The Gudhi is positioned on the right side of the main entrance of the house. This symbolizes active state of the soul. 
Women make sweets, people wear new clothes and celibrte the day with a new fervour to welcome the spring!!

31 July 2015

GuruPurnima significance

गुरुर्ब्रम्हा गुरुर्विष्णु: गुरुर्देवो महेश्वर: l
गुरू साक्षात परं ब्रम्ह तस्मै श्री गुरुवे नमः ll

Guru is often regarded as God; a link between the individual and Him. Scriptures often define Guru as the God, or nothing less to a God. A guru could be anyone who has given you knowledge and wisdom. In Hinduism, a guru could be a spiritual leader, a head of a sect or a mentor. Guru Purnima falls on full Moon day of Ashadh and is celebrated in the sacred memory of Ved Vyasa.Ved Vyasa was considered the first guru rather aadyaguru for he wrote 18 Puranas, Mahabharata and Shrimad Bhagvatam.

This day is recognized to be highly important as it reflects upon the wisdom or knowledge gained by an individual in this journey of life.Traditionally,this day marks highly important for a spiritual seeker as the individual tries to increase his Sadhana from this day. It also marks the start of " Chaturmaas" four months of the year reserved for penance, austerities, fasting, bathing in holy rivers and religious observances.
A Guru throws light on your life. It wouldn't be an exaggeration to say that he lamps the path of life for you. This is the day to feel grateful for all the wisdom that life has taught you because if you honor the wisdom gained you are actually honoring the Guru who trained you to gain this wisdom. 
The Manusmriti regards our Mother as our first guru with father and teacher following. It is the mother who teaches the child a lot of first things that child learns including taking his first step. The basic tenets of Guru and Guru Purnima remain the same through many generations evolving as time passes by. In days gone by, Guru was a teacher, a hermit who would impart knowledge on different temporal subjects to the students in the hermitage. With evolution of mankind the hermitage turned into academic institutions like schools and Universities.However, the significance of guru hasn't changed. He is still regarded as a guide and mentor to attain the ultimate knowledge; leave a lasting impression on mind and train oneself to be his own guru going forward.

Guru Purnima therefore signifies the day to reflect on what we have learnt, be grateful for our knowledge, what we achieved and thank our teacher for the knowledge that was brought to us.......Without the knowledge we will be no where.....

#gurupurnima #significance of guruPurnima

22 June 2015

being back......

I am actually feeling happy to be back to blogging after my long hiatus.Its a feeling of rejuvenation, a feeling of being liberated and just a wonderful feeling to be able to reconnect and interact with the world.
 So many things to share so much to write....looking for a wonderful relationship ahead.

1st International Yoga day.

Its been wonderful to be a part of 1st International Yoga day.

Thousands of people came together for a healthy cause. Yoga is practiced since ancient times in India...but unfortunately Indians had forgotten about yoga and its health benefits.
Yoga was born in India.... thousands of years back. It was then that the rishis practiced Sun Salutations and other yog-kriyas and eventually transferred the knowledge to common man.

Yoga has lot of benefits. However apart from benefiting for a healthy mind, body and soul the international acceptance of Yoga will lead us to train minds to universal peace and harmony.

A number of yog kriyas are practised for different benefits related to better health or curing diseases. It also helps in restoring balance of mind at the same time. Some forms may bring you inner peace.

Once a person starts recognizing its holistic benefits we sure will be practising it in long run and transfer our knowledge for the generations to come.

20 June 2015

once again.......

I never thought I will turn to blogging again... its been a hell long time but maybe I felt this sudden urge to get back my thoughts in black and white.

World is really a small place but an extravagant resource of knowledge.
Over a last couple of years I had a number of experiences on my whirlwind movement crossing places and continents and oceans and seas. Though I may not be able to put all of those now but time and again I will do so surely. Its been a journey now on......
Lots of things to write now on and so many things to share and do....
Some of them will be my own and some of those will be wonderful thoughts that I have come across but want enthusiastic readers to go through.

So a happy start to blogging and hope it continues this time.....not to stop after a couple a couple of posts.

21 July 2011

A Dream is a Seed

A seed of a tree,
A tree full of life,
And the things you can be.

Your Dreams are the windows,
Through which you can see
A hint of your future and the things you will be
Each night when you sleep.

You are feeling the seed,
The seed of the tree
Of who you will be.

02 December 2008

Siege is over..... but terror is not

I am finding it desperately impossible to express my anger about the terror in Mumbai and the ruckus caused by the terrorists.

I am writing this blog, thousands of miles away from the city that I love the most.
I am a Mumbaikar,born and brought up in Mumbai and this city has seeped so much into my veins,my being that whatever happiness or tragedy happens here, it happens to my mental being....

Ironically, the events that took place at Taj Hotel, Leopold cafe, etc has made me restless and angry.
To an extent I feel defeated by the city's security force, cheated by the politicians and incompetency of the Naval forces.....

The 30 years I spent in this city has me bound me to its roots which are in impossible to cast off.
However, every new day I find myself asking are my friends and family members going to be safe? Why are we mumbaikars becoming so incresingly insecure? Now, we are not just ready to trust any stranger...and I would always wonder if the gentleman standing next to me in line or sitting at the opposite table in cafe is just a localite enjoying his food or waiting for the ticket or may be another terrorist.

Even though the people are talking about the "spirit of the city", using the "bounce back attitude' to go on with their businesses, or even "getting back on tracks" I feel totally humiliated and let down in terms of Crisis management.
It has left me wonder if there was ever,if any a program of Crisis Management run by the police force.

Why does our police force look so out of tune when in action? Why did the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh issue such a weak statement? Where have otherwise smart orators like AB Vajpayee and Bal Thackrey and Raj Thackrey gone?Have the thoughts of politicians who rule this great land become impotent?
Why does Vilasrao Deshmukh need the company of Ram Gopal Verma to tour the Taj? does he plan to make another RGV ki aag? Thats simply ridiculous.

Not only me but my my fellow mumbaikars and my countrymen have been felt cheated and humiliated by this bandwagon. We feel let down.
Now, a Gandhigiri attitude is not going to be of any help. Its time we realise this blantant truth and act accordingly or there could be more Taj and nariman Houses at risk.

It's time to get an access to where the taxes go? Why does our Police force seem so ill- equipped? and are there not enough naval force to secure our borders then its time to start a placement campaign for security force too......

it's time to repay the dead... all those who died without a reason.
I salute the commandos and all the men who died in action.

14 January 2008

Taare Zameen Par- Review.....

I loved the film. It's really an amazing film which the masses can relate to....
An everyday story, which everyone ,the teacher, the student and family members can relate to. It was also a good experience to watch a nice clean Hindi film with kids.
A perfect movie for all to watch from a perfectionist..... Aamir Khan.

In the movie its title itself specifies“Every child is Special”...and once you come out of the theatres you can really understand why it says so.One thing I liked about the film is that it relates to most of the kids and not just the Special Child, who may have some disabilities. As Aamir points out in one of the dialogues…all the fingers of our palm are not of the same size or shape. Its so true....I wish we were taught the same right from the start of our education instead of just throwing all the students in the rat race. Its a good lesson for parents who need to understand their child well as an individual and go slow with their kids at their learning stage and slowly mould them to the shape that they are willing to be moulded into.
The movie correctly shows what the unfriendly,insensetive education system can do to jeopardize a kids life, mentally and emotionally.

Ishaan(Darsheel) is a dyslexic child who hates to learn, read, write or simply "study".
He is constantly pressurised by his teachers to study and by his parents to show outstanding grades like his elder brother.Aamir Khan is able to bring out the real disaster in the education system when the teachers themselves point that they are not able to provide enough attention to the students and all they want is to get them ready for the race to excel in life.
It talks about the emotional churning of a Dyslexic child who is left alone with this inability that he is ignorant about but even his parents and teachers are not aware of. The poor kid is not able to match up with the expectations of everyone around him who wants Ishaan to excel in academics, sports and extra- curricular activities.

It is here, when the energetic, fun loving child Ishaan retreats into the shell of timidness and low self-esteem and loss of confidence, that Ram Shankar Nikumbh( wonderfully potrayed by Aamir Khan)carefully guides the boy’s attention to the fact that he was not the only one to face the problems that he had gone through. This he very easily does by listing out the names of those very famous and prominent entities as Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci and many others in front of the class but excluding Ishaan's name and telling it to him in privacy. That catapults the little boy’s confidence back to its peak and he is slowly able to cope up with his disability with the help, care and love of Nikumbh sir. Towards the end, the scene in the movie, when Ishaan wins the drawing competition and he’s given standing ovation he can’t believe it. He runs crying into the safe and secure zone of his loving friend, guide and teacher
The movie looks so realistic in terms of treatment
It is not just an entertainment masala movie for three hours that one can just watch and walk out. It makes you think and ponder your own faults as parents, teachers and responsible adults.
So it’s a tale of effective parenting, a tale of insensitivity in our Indian educational scenario, and a tale of love of teachers who think and work for their students…..I wish that even if a 2% of teacher would learn a lesson from this movie, I am sure we would save a lot of kids from inferior complex and make them better individuals to lead their chosen path of life with self esteem.

03 December 2007

some awsome snaps

Food for thought!!!!

1. When dog food is new and improved tasting, who tests it? (To be given a thought)

2. If the "black box" flight recorder is never damaged during a plane crash, why isn't the whole airplane made out of that stuff? (Very good thinking)

3. Who copyrighted the copyright symbol? (Who knows)

4. Can you cry under water? (Let me try)

5. Why do people say, "you've been working like a dog" when dogs just sit around all day? (I think they meant something else)

6. Why are the numbers on a calculator reversed? (God knows)

7. Do fish ever get thirsty? (Let me ask and tell)

8. Can you get cornered in a round room? (By ones eyes)

9. Why do birds not fall out of trees when they sleep? (Tonight I will stay and watch)

10. If corn oil is made from corn, and vegetable oil is made from vegetables, then what is baby oil made from? (No comments)

11. What should one call a male ladybird? (No comments)

12. If a person suffered from amnesia and then was cured would they remember that they forgot? (Can somebody help )

13. Can you blow a balloon up under water? (Yes u can)

14. Why is it called a "building" when it is already built? (Strange isn't it)

15. If you were traveling at the speed of sound and you turned on your radio would you be! Able to hear it? (Got to think scientifically)

16. If you're traveling at the speed of light and you turn your headlights on, what happens?

17. Why is it called a TV set when there's only one? (Very nice)

18. Why do most cars have speedometers that go up to at least 130 when you legally can't go that fast on any road?

19. If drink & drive is not allowed why the hell they have parking in Bars?

18 July 2007

Self discipline

Foundation of character is self discipline. Self discipline is manifested in several ways:
self control
self mastery
self restraint
Self discipline is the ability to make yourself do what you should do, when you should doi it, wheater you feel like it or not. This is a good defination to work with. Studies have proved that people with higer degree of self discipline are admired while those with weaker character have weak or no self discipline at all. They are basically out of control. They cannot constraint or control themselves.

what type of self descipline are you following in your life?

25 June 2007

Paris Hilton hiatus

Authorities in California have confirmed the release date for Paris Hilton. After
serving 24 days in the jail, the social butterfly is set to leave jail on Tuesday,
26 June.

The 26-year-old hotel heiress was originally sentenced to 45 days in jail for driving with a suspended license while on probation. She started with her sentence on 3 June, but crowded jail conditions and her good behaviour got her the much needed relief.

Earlier this month she was briefly freed on medical grounds but the court sent her back to jail, and told she would have to serve her full sentence.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, who ordered Paris’ release, had different opinion. He wanted Paris to complete her sentence at home as he felt she was being turned into a ‘criminal justice football’. But Baca’s treatment is questioned by opponents who feel that Paris was given preferential treatment because of her social status.

Life has changed quite a bit for Paris Hilton, who is all set to be released from the jail soon. The 26 year old hotel heiress feels that her “gratitude” has increased manifolds since she has started serving the rigorous jail sentence in the special-needs unit of the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood.

Miss Hilton sounded extraordinarily humble when she said that she is even grateful to have the most basic of needs like those of food and bedding fulfilled. The socialite also revealed that life behind bars was tough and she felt emotionally touched.

In the interview Paris was quoted saying, I am behind glass and I want to give my dad a big hug and they won’t even let me do that. I’m not a criminal, I’m not dangerous. ... It’s hard but I’m stronger every day.

The social butterfly who once used to emblazon the party pages of almost all famous glossies feels that her fame has been misused by media, which she thinks has poked fun of her and thoroughly used her social status.

Looks like Paris Hilton is making real good use of her time at the jail…

she is doing something that she never did before in her life……… Retrospect!

Idolizing Indians

Personally, I think its truly corny that singing talent from around the country has to face a jury consisting of people like Anu Malik (with more reputation for western music rip-offs than for his talent), Alisha Chinoy (the one-song wondewith very few songs to remember which she can call her singing talent with Made in India most would remember Milind Soman in one!! and Kajra Re), Udit Narayan (an exceptional vocalist but too soft to really be a judge) and Javed Akhtar (who is a lyricist and has more to do with word pronounciation and little to do with voice modulation).

Its alright if they're looking at Indian Idol as a platform for modelling, acting skills or even if just to say hullo world -in true sense of copying their American counter-parts but its completely unacceptable if they even remotely want to use that to show off their vocal talents.
I agree that they are good singer ,but then they will still need about a few thousand hours of practise to be a talent like asha Bhosale or Lata Mangeshkar or even our own Anuradha Paudwal.

Firstly, I don't 'idolize' Abhijeet Sawant - the first Indian Idol and don't know anyone who remembers even more than one song from his album that hence launched. The same signs off for people like Amit Sana or even Prajakta Shukre or Mr.Vidya for that matter.
God!!they are so many there these days without the real talent to show off that I cant even remember their names though.

Wasn't it apparent with shows like Channel [V] Popstars, that these stars are a couple of night's wonders before disappearing behind dark clouds forever? And still people continue to humiliate themselves in front of incompetent judges, sms for their favorite singers and even pray they win.
And if it weren't enough, now each channel plans to launch their own talent hunt. So we have the bandwagon with Indian Idol, Sa Re Ga Ma Pa and Voice of India - and God knows how many to follow.
We're a country brimming with vocal talent - its a fact. But we need platforms better and less commercial than the likes of what have come along. And at least the awardees need to get somewhere in life rather than depending on the publicity to pull their gears towards success.

And then dont you think that we need equally competent panel to judge them by their talentand not just get hooked on to their style just the way we see Alisha doing it for Suhit all this time? And then I fail to understand if Suhit doesnt even have any co-ordination of taal and Sur then why is he in the music talent show in the first place?

There is a lot of budding talent in the American Idol this time but then are they really worth the hype? They do need a lot of polishing and finishing and thats going totake a lot of hardwork and steam to be around for a long time otherwise they are just another one night wonder to join the bandwagon.

Till then I am just content as a bathroom singer...

06 June 2007


For hundreds of years we have known that it is the regular and predictable cycles of the moon and sun that regulate the ocean’s tides, but the tides in the affairs of humans have not been so easily forecast. It was almost as if they moved erratically of their own accord, unmotivated by outside forces.

The influence of the moon and behavior has been called "The Lunar Effect" or "The Transylvania Effect." The belief that the full moon causes mental disorders and strange behavior was widespread throughout Europe in the middle ages. Even the word "lunacy" meaning "insanity" comes from the Latin word for "moon."

The extensive cycle research of the past thirty years and more has proved otherwise. It has established numerous links between regularly occurring human behavior and external natural cycles ranging from weather and solar radiation to phases of the moon and planetary cycles.
The full moon has been linked to crime, suicide, mental illness, disasters, accidents, birthrates, fertility among other things. Some people even buy and sell stocks according to the phases of the moon,, a method probably as successful as many others. Numerous studies have tried to find lunar effects.

An earlier report by the American Institute of Medical Climatology to the Philadelphia Police Department entitled “The Effect of the Full Moon on Human Behavior” found similar results. That report showed that the full moon marks a monthly peak in various kinds of psychotically oriented crimes such as murder, arson, dangerous driving, and kleptomania. People do seem to get a little bit crazier about that time of the month.
That’s something most police and hospital workers have known for a long time. Indeed, back in eighteenth-century England, a murderer could plead “lunacy” if the crime was committed during the full moon and get a lighter sentence as a result.

The human body, which, like the surface of the earth, is composed of almost 80 percent water, experiences some kind of “biological tides” that affect the emotions. When a person is already on psychologically shaky ground, such a biological tide can push him or her over the edge.
82 percent of postoperative bleeding crises occurred nearer the full than the new moon — despite the fact that fewer operations were performed at that time! Clearly, the full moon is a dangerous time for surgery, and the dissemination of this knowledge should result in planning operations for the new moon.

Scientists, however, like to have a hard physical model to explain their discoveries, and so far there isn’t a fully accepted one.

01 June 2007

quickies for the day

Advice for the day: If you have a lot of tension and you get a headache, do what it says on the aspirin bottle:"Take two aspirin" and "Keep away from children."

Why does Sea World have a seafood restaurant?? I'm halfway through my fish burger and I realize, Oh my God.... I could be eating a slow learner."

Take a break.
As one person said to us, “Some people think they are doing you a favour by working through their lunch break, but don’t realise how grumpy they get because they have not eaten.

11 May 2007

In Pursuit of Happyness- A must see film

"In Pursuit of Happyness," starring Will Smith, begins with one of those "inspired by a true story" notations letting us know we are in for an uplifting anthem to the human spirit.
"The Pursuit of Happyness," by Chris Gardner is the astounding yet true rags-to-riches saga of a homeless father who raised and cared for his son on the mean streets of San Francisco and went on to become a crown prince of Wall Street.It is the gripping story of his refusal to give up on his quest for the American dream and his duties to his toddler son, or give into the despair that threatened to devour him from birth.
Chris Gardner (played by Will Smith) is a bright and talented, but a struggling salesman who spends his days trying to sell expensive, unnecessary medical equipment to doctors who don't need it.

Anyway the hook is that he's also a single father, Struggling to make ends meet, Gardner finds himself and his 5-year old son (played by Smith's real-life son, Jaden Christopher Syre Smith) evicted from their San Francisco apartment with nowhere to go.No longer able to cope, his wife (played by Thandie Newton) leaves him and moves to New York. He lands an internship at a prestigious stock brokerage firm, and although there is no salary, he accepts, hopeful he will end the program with a job and a promising future.
So the drama comes in how this guy can find shelter for his son, wash his clothes in a sink, then get to the firm on a bus, carrying all of his belongings, Without a financial cushion,he gets kicked out of his apartment, gets arrested for not paying parking tickets, gets kicked out of a hotel, and there's not always room at the homeless shelter so he even ends up sleeping in a public bathroom at one point., He and his son endure many hardships, including living in shelters,and then be the best stock broker trainee in the place in pursuit of his dream of a better life for the two of them.At one point he's on a break, he gets hit by a car and loses a shoe and then has to go back in and play it cool wearing only one shoe.
Despite his troubles, Chris continues to honor his commitment as a loving and caring father, using the affection and trust his son has placed in him as an impetus to overcome the obstacles he faces.

But what feels most striking about this film is this isn't the story of a black man learning how to succeed in a white world, or a poor person becoming rich, but the achievement of one man who looked past the litany of obstacles to which he could have easily surrendered. The fact that no one in the film looks down on him because of his sometimes unkempt appearance, much less the color of his skin, is a testament to the unfiltered purity of the real Gardner's story, and what makes the movie accessible to all audiences.

03 May 2007

The following facts are something that I noticed here in USA. You may not necessarily find them on any websites. So iam not doing any ^c and ^v here. So let me take you on a virtual tour of USA. Brace yourselves.

  • Here, Indians are referred to as desis amonst themselves. But for Americans, we are still Asians. So when you say Asian it can be Indian, Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Chinese, Japanese. So if your an Indian you dont have a seperate identity. So what if you contribute to the IT.....

  • A car is a must. Its a necessity here, not a luxary. You are helpless without one. Though big cities do boast of public transport, its really pathetic and really get on your nerves.

  • Most of the time you will find people here chewing gums.You are in a mall, driving, chatting with friends,in lecture at must have a gum in your mouth. Probably they are having a good mouth exercise..what say?

  • Every 2nd person driving a car is found to be talking on his cell phone while driving. Survery found that 80% of Americans have breakfast, make up, write cheques(its checks here!), sms friends and fix their appointments while driving.....

  • Most people are glued to their i-pods, anywhere and everywhere.So you know the sales of I pod must be sky roketing here.

  • A box of Coke is cheaper than Water. People here drink more coke/pepsi than anywhere else in the world. Refills are just available at no cost!!!

  • Large Chain of Supermarkets are found everywhere. this is the main hub of grocery, shopping for clothes, pharmacy items, Toilettories everything available under one roof...yes..not to forget Jewellery...Unlike India where you have specialized stores for the clothes...even the type og clothes that you want to go out for.

  • Jogging in US has no time factor you will see people jogging at any time of the day and night. At 9 in the nite or 2 in the noon, windy or rainy or sunny. Jog till you drop.

  • I dont know if the people here even cook. They get everything from all those superstores so all they do is shop for a dozen of microwaveble meat and fish. store it in fridge and just heat it and eat, unlike us who make so much effort to cook so many dishes - roti,sabji,dal.Cooking is indeed a big process in our country and for them its no big deal.

    • Then there are Indian stores for desis like us who store the basic items that we need for daily bread....Some big and highly Indian populated cities do boast of Mithai shops!

    • Here you can have a variety of yogurts in different flavour, fat free, low fat and regular ones.... This goes well with the regular American food too.

    • Most of the people stock their lunch for the coming week in the refrigerator in offices. All they need to do is microwave it before they it. This way, you never forget to carry your lunch box...and no need to make a tiffin everyday!

    • Majority of the US population is on the obese side of the weight scale. However, you'll find lot of people going looking for the contents on the box of food in Supermarkets and opting for Fat free/Low fat food including Cheese and Butter and Milk.

    • The labour cost here is so high that the rate of a car mechanic equals that of a doctor!! No work bias here....Cannot afford a maid here like we have in India. Probably they are the highest paid individuals here....
    Let me just stop with this now. Iam going to be in USA for a couple of months more and I am sure I will come across more facts.
    I promise to keep you all posted with it. Till then its Chao from me...

    26 April 2007

    Colour therapy and Chakras.

    Colour Therapy uses colour to balance the Chakras of the body. "Chakras" is a common concept in several disciplines of alternative medicine. It forms a part of holistic cleansing of self and the body. A chakra is a centre of energy which has several functions. In addition to being 'representative' of a particular organ or group of organs, a chakra also controls our being on different levels.
    The " chakras" form the base of meditation.

    The word chakra is a Sanskrit word that means wheel. From a side view, a chakra looks like a cone with its point plugging into your spine to receive energy, and its opening about four inches from your body.

    There are seven main energy centres (chakras) of the body which resonate with the seven rainbow colours.
    Chakras are like spirals of energy, each one relating to the others.
    If you can imagine the main chakras as the energy centres of the body.These are a set of wheels, working smoothly non stop like a clock with its speed. You can imagine it as a set of motion.

    Thus good health and well being is achieved by a balance of all these energy centres or chakras.

    Colour Therapy uses colour to balance the Chakras of the body

    There are seven main energy centres (chakras) of the body which resonate with the seven rainbow colours.

    The Base Chakra: Mooladhar Chakra
    This is the chakra that is situated at the base of the spine. Its the first chakra and therefore called the base chakra.However, according to meditation or holistic teaching this chakra is know as the Mooladhar Chakra.This chakra relates to self awareness. It is the area of survival and stability, security and your place on this earth.
    The kidneys and the Bladder relate to this chakra.
    Some associated problems relating to the base chakra are:- constipation, diarrhoea, piles, colitis, Crohn's disease, cold fingers and toes, frequency of urination, hypertension (high blood pressure), kidney stones, impotence, problems with hips, legs and feet.
    RED stimulates brain wave activity, increases heart rate, respirations and blood pressure. It warms us and awakens us physically and energizes our blood.

    The Sacral Chakra:
    SACRAL chakra situated in the lower abdomen. The organs to which this chakra relates are uterus, large bowel, prostate, ovaries and testes. Sacral Chakra relates to self respect. It relates to give ourselves the freedom,respect our boundries and therefore those of others.The most common problems arising due to imbalace of this chakra is low back pain.
    It relates of the orange colour.ORANGE is the color of joy and wisdom. It gives an energy, stimulates appetite and it is a good color for illnesses of the colon and digestion. Spiritually it is the color of joy. It connects us to our emotional self.

    The Solar Plexus Chakra:
    This chakra is situated just below the ribs.It is associated with the liver, spleen, stomach and small intestine. The endocrine gland is the pancreas.This chakra relates to the self worth.
    This is the area of the personality, the ego,super ego and the intellect.
    The imbalance of this chakras can cause diabetes, pancreatitis, liver disease, peptic ulcer, Coeliac's disease, gall stones.
    YELLOW is the solar plexus chakra. It energizes, relieves depression, improves memory, stimulates appetite and helps in digestive problems. Spiritually it is the color of wisdom and connects us to our mental self.

    The Heart Chakra:
    As the name suggests, it is related to the heart.It relates to the ability to give and take unconditionally. When balanced we are able to give this love and also love and nurture ourselves.The main organ associated with this chakra is the heart.
    Imbalance of this chakra can cause heart diseases , diseases of the Immune System, chronic fatigue.
    GREEN affects the heart chakra. It has a calming effect and balances the nervous system. Green color is soothing, relaxing mentally as well as physically, helps those suffering from depression, anxiety, nervousness. It is a good color for cardiac conditions, high blood pressure and ulcers. Since green stimulates growth, it should be avoided in cancers and other tumors. Spiritually it is the color of love. Many a times you may find a lot of this colour in hospitals.

    The Throat Chakra:
    It is associated with the lungs, throat, the thyroid glanda and endocrine glands.
    It relates to self expression. Speech, communication, the ability to communicate our needs and requirements.The spirit of truth.
    Imbalance can cause thyroid problems, Anorexia nervosa - this is a multi-chakra problem, but has a strong connection to the throat chakra; sore throat, asthma and bronchitis.
    BLUE is the color for the throat chakra. It is a good color in respiratory illness or throat infections. Blue is calming and cooling to our system and hence, a good color to counteract hypertension. Spiritually it is the color of health and connects us to holistic thought.

    The Brow Chakra:
    This chakra is in the centre of the forehead. It relates to relates to self responsibility.It's being responsible about one's own life , follow the soul path and trust one's intution.
    The related organs to this chakra are the eyes, lower head and sinuses and the endocrine gland is the pituitary gland.
    At this stage , the self has to let go of ego,where he can see things from a different dimmension and has a major role to play in self growth.
    Imbalance can cause tension headache, migraines,sinus and even visual defects.
    INDIGO is the color for healing of the brow chakra. It is a good color for sinusitis, immunity problems, and all face problems. Too much of this color can cause depression. Spiritually it is the color of intuition and connects us to our unconscious self.

    The Crown Chakra:
    This Chakra is at the top of the head.The related organ to this chakra is the brain and the endocrine gland is the pineal gland.
    It relates to the knowledge and spiritual awareness. It is the union with your higher self, with spirituality, and your higher consciousness. It leads to idealistic way of life.
    Imbalance may causeDepression, Parkinson's disease, Schizophrenia, Epilepsy, Senile dementia, Alzheimer's and many mental disorders.
    VIOLET is the color of the crown chakra. It is cleansing, strengthening, and awakening, suppresses appetite, provides a peaceful environment. It affects the skeletal system of the body. It is a good color for improving immunity, cancerous conditions, and arthritis. It also purifies the system and is an excellent colour for headaches and migrains. Spiritually it is the color of faith and connects us to our spiritual self.

    20 April 2007

    Most eligible bachelor weds the most beautiful woman. Abhi-Ash wedding saga....

    The Big Fat wedding of the year is finally over.As the most eligible bachelor of the country, Abhishek Bachchan, wed the most beautiful woman in the world, Aishwarya Rai.
    Touted as the marriage of the year, finally the Bachchan scion managed to take a plunge by marrying the ice maiden.

    And what a wedding..... complete filmi style with choreographed naach-gana-and egos and dramebaazi.....not to forget the physical absence of the "so called villains" with their names constantly present at the back of everyones mind......

    HuFF!!! what a relief from the "will he?", "wont he?","will she?", "wont she?".
    Finally the decision was made about "I Do".But this relief was really shortlived, after the media started announcing the probable dates of marriage with the griha dasha, stars and moon, the manglik status of the bride,and such other non-quetenssial issues becoming a national headline and a discussion forum for the News channel.
    Do we really care if they got married at the given muhurat time or a few minutes late? Isnt it time that the media realise that wasting so much of paper on such non-trivial issues is a loss to the environment?
    How many of you would get bothered if the name of Abhishek's mare is not Chandani but Nandini? Do we care to know if the people who were to drape the turban were specially invited from Jaipur or Udaipur. As if we really care if the rituals will be south Indian or North Indian....

    I can understand the media attention given to Abhi- Ash(one more over hyped name)since both are public figures, but isnt it time the media and public realise that they have a life of their own and marriage is something that is private to the families? Why not leave them to enjoy a few moments of bliss all by themselves? Is it necessary to impede their independence? Instead doesnt the National news and the dailies have any other frontpage news? It was such a plight to read that the most read about newspaper in India giving a frontpage headline as Abhi-Ash wedding to be a top secret affair!(Sure it is...thanks for letting us in on the 'secret').Why dont they utilise these useful resources called reporters onto a more constructive news?

    I hope the media takes atlest 10% active participation shown during that of Abhi - Ash wedding to focus on many trivial issues concerning our nation. Next few days are going to be equally painful to read who is going to be the next to walk up the altar....
    I hope the media offers us news that would really make sense....and please stop further discussion of Honeymoon locales suited for the newly wed couple. Let them share and enjoy some private moments of their own.

    Give us a break...c'mon!!!

    30 March 2007

    Colour Therapy Part 1: Introduction to Colours

    Hi Friends,
    We have been using colours since ages.... We are not new to the world of colurs... but I am writing a few realted topics here in order to know the right colours for you, for your enviorment and well being . In the coming few parts, we will find the meanings of the colours, how to use them and, colour plates to view them. Enjoy all colour has to bring you.

    We are in a world where colour dominates our lives, from reading signs on the road to seeing if fruit is ripe to eat. It affects our moods - blue is calming - red can make us tense. We use and experience colour everyday in our lives without even appreciating it.In Itself Colour can have a profound effect on us on all levels, physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.

    Colour is simply light of different wavelengths and frequencies and light is just one form of energy made up from photons. We are all surrounded by electromagnetic waves of energy of which colour is just a small part.

    Colours and their basic effects:

    Red: Red is the lowest of the seven colours in the visible spectrum and is known as a "warm" colour. It is stimulating and energising therefore it is helpful for tiredness and lethargy, to stimulate low blood pressure, to boost sluggish circulation. Red is a powerful colour that has always been associated with vitality and ambition. It can help overcome negative thoughts. Red should not be used on anyone, with hypertension/high blood pressure since this colour increases blood flow.However, it is also associated with anger ; if we have too much red in our system, or around us, we may feel irritable, impatient, and uncomfortable.Red, in its most positive sense, is the colour for courage, strength and pioneering spirit. However, in the most negative aspect, it is the colour of anger, violence and brutality.

    Pink: Pink is emotionally soothing and calming, and gives a feeling of gentle warmth and nuturing. It lessons feelings of irritation and aggression, surrounding us with a sense of love and protection. It also alleviates loneliness, despondency, oversensitivity, and vulnerability. While red relates to sexuality, pink is associated with unselfish love.

    Blue: Blue is a cool, calming colour and is associated with a higher part of the mind than yellow. It represents the night, so it makes us feel calm and relaxed as if we are being soothed by the deep blue of the night sky. Light and soft blue, make us feel quiet and protected from all the bustle and activity of the day, and alleviates insomnia. Blue inspires mental control, clarity, and creativity. Midnight blue has a strong sedative effect on the mind, allowing us to connect to our intuitive and femine side. Too much dark blue can be depressing however. Calming, relaxing and healing. Not as sedating as indigo. Also the colour of communication. Can be used in any rooms except those used for physical activity.

    Green: Green is a balancing colour, in the middle of the visible spectrum. The higher three colours are known as the "cool" colours and are calming in effect, the lower three are known as the "warm" colours and have a stimulating effect. Green is the balance between these two.
    When a therapist comes to the end of a colour therapy treatment, he/she will use green as a balancing colour at the end of a treatment.
    Green is the colour of balance and harmony and can, therefore, be helpful in times of stress. If one has experienced a trauma, a green silk wrapped around the shoulders can have a very therapeutic effect. Green has a strong affinity with nature, helping us connect with empathy to others and the natural world. We instinctively seek it out when under stress or experiencing emotional trauma. It creates a feeling of comfort, laziness and relaxation, calmness, and space, lesseining stress, balancing and soothing the emotions. Lime green and olive green can have a detrimental effect on both physical and emotional health since sickly yellow and green are associated with the emotions of envy, resentment, and possessiveness

    Yellow: It is known as a "warm" colour and has a stimulating effect. Yellow is also a happy, bright, and uplifting colour, a celebration of sunny days. It is associated with the intellectual side of the mind, and the expression of thoughts. It therefore aids the powers of discernment and dis-crimination, memory and clear thinking, decision making and good judgment. It also helps good organization, assimilation of new ideas, and the ability to see different points of view. It builds self-confidence and encourages an optimistic attitude. Conversely, dull yellow can be the colour of fear. It is the colour of the intellect and can be very helpful with study and where concentration is required.

    Indigo: Indigo is a sedative and it helps to open up our intuition. Indigo is a powerful, psychic colour associated with the ride of the brain, The colour of divine knowledge and the higher mind. Not suitable for areas for entertainment but for more 'quiet' places. Bedrooms or treatment rooms for example. Some people find indigo is helpful for studying so this colour could be used as part of the decor of a library or study.

    Violet: Violet is the highest colour in the visible spectrum. This colour is known as one of the "cool" colours. It has a very calming effect on us and is, therefore, very helpful for those people experiencing sleep difficulties or stress. However, it can be contra-indicated for those suffering from depressive disorders.Violet can exert strrong psychic influences, however, and a person attracted by it has to guard against living in a fantasy world.Violet, being the colour relating to our spiritual connection, can be very helpful for meditation and any spiritual matters.(Violet is used a great deal within religions across the world).

    Purple: Purple has a deep affect on the psyche and have been used in psychiatric care to help calm and pacify patients suffering from a number of mental disorders and nervous disorders. It balance the mind and help transform obsessions and fears.Purple is associated with psychic protection.Purple is said to be connected with artistic and musical impulses, mystery, and sensitivity to beauty and high ideals, stimulating creativity, inspiration, sensitivity, spirituality and compassion.

    Orange: It is interesting that orange is the colour which is the least popular.But orange is such a good colour for us in many ways. It stimulates and energizes us, and is warming. It is an excellent colour for creativity.Orange is a joyous colour. It frees and releases emotions and alleviates feelings of self-pity, lack of self worth, and unwillingness to forgive. It stimulates the mind, renewing interest in life ; it is a wonderful anti-depressant and lifts the spirits. Apricot and Peach is good for nervous exhaustion.

    Turquoise: We associate blue greens with the refreshing and cool ocean. It is therefore invigorating, cooling, and calming. Like green, turquoise is good for mental strain and tiredness or feeling washed out. It is an elevating colour that encourages us to make a sparkling fresh start. Turquoise is also helpful for feelings of loneliness, since it heightens communication, sensitivity, and creativity.

    Magenta: Magenta is the eighth colour and is not part of the visible spectrum, but is a combination of red and violet, thus combining the energies of those two colours. That is to say, that magenta helps us to use our earthly experience and grounding together with intense spiritual awareness. It can help to release past conditioning and help us to move forward.

    White: The colour of ultimate purity is white. It is an all-around colour of protection, bringing peace and comfort, alleviating emotional shock and despair, and helping inner cleansing of emotions, thoughts, and spirit. If you need time and space to reflect on your life, white can give you a freedom, and uncluttered openness. Too much white, however, can be cold and isolating.

    Silver: Silver is the colour of the moon, which is everchanging. It relates to the feminine principle and the emotional, sensitive aspect of the mind. It balances, harmonizes, and is mentally cleansing.

    Gold: Like yellow, gold is associated with the sun, and therefore related to abundance and power, higher ideals, wisdom, and understanding. It is mentally revitalizing, energizing and inspiring, and helpfull for fear, uncertainty, and lack of interest. Pale gold is excellent for depression and sharpens the mind.

    Brown: The colour of Mother Earth, brown brings a sense of stability, alleviating insecurity. However, it also relates to bottling up of emotion, a retreat from and a fear of the outside world, and also narrow-mindedness which often results from a lack of self-worth.

    Grey: Grey is associated with independence, self-reliance, self-control. Grey acts as a shield from outside influence. However, grey generally has a negative feeling-thick grey clouds, fog, smoke. Grey is the colour of evasion and non-commitment since it is neither black nor white. It relales to walling everything off, remaining seperate, uncommitted, and uninvolved, inevitably leading to loneliness. It also denotes self-criticism.

    Black: This colour is both comforting, protective, and mysterious. It is associated with silence, the infinite, and the femine life force-passive, uncharted, and mysterious. Black can also prevent us from growing and changing. We often cloak ourselves in black to hide from the world.

    26 March 2007

    10 Hints for a high life energy

    Everyone at some time or other feels fatigued.And who wouldnt like to have more energy than they now have?
    Doctors offer the same old prescription of balanced diet,rest and exercise. But here are some high octane suggestions.

    1. Warm up: Give yourself some extra time of 15 minutes before you start your day.
    2. Eat a 3 -piece breakfast: Three components of a good breakfast are protiens, fats and carbohydrates. Actually you dont need to add fats to your diet but you get enough thro' the protiens you consume alongwith the cereals and milk.You may consider scrambled egg whites as a good source of protien,while wheat toast is a good carbohydrate option.
    3. Tackle one thing at a time: Make lists instead of continuously thinking what to do and where to start.This will help you remain focussed and energetic
    4. Shed: If you are obese, you sure need to drop those extra pounds.Make sure you follow sensible diet in combination with exercise.
    5. Sensible diet: Lack of nutrition can cause fatigue. Make sure you eat the right foodsor take a supplement to make up for missing nutrients.
    6. Deep Breathing: It is one of the best ways to relax and energise.
    7. Divert your energy: Strong emotion is mentally draining but it can be phisically draining too.Redirect strong emotions like anger, frustration and apply that energy to your job or workout.
    8. Give yourself a target: Some people need constant deadlines to keep moving further. If you like that, give yourself constant short or long deadlines- so there's a constant motivation.
    9. Tune in: Music can light the fire. Music is a good healer,so have all ears to whoever and whatever peps you up.
    10. Drink Water: Last but the most important is you should get a good intake of water. Atleast 8 glasses of water. Dehydration can cause fatigue. Incase you are going to be outdoors, make sure you carry water at all times. This will surely keep you on your toes.