Jai Hind!

on Sunday, October 23, 2011

  Do you know what it reads? Its written in Punjabi. It translates to:

On occasion of 101th Birthday of Shahide Azam S. Bhagat Singh, shoes will be polished for free!

I'm completely speechless after reading that statement :(


A great service to the voter!

on Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Simply amazing!
You will get almost all details about the candidate like their education, criminal cases, total assets etc.
Click on a particular candidate and you will get more data than you can imagine!!

Great work done by a group of professors from IIM , Ahmedabad (ADR)

So check this link before you go for voting..!! Very Interesting data U get!



Vasi Yogam/Gathagatham/Siddha Yogam

on Friday, October 07, 2011

The ultimate part in yoga is Vasi yogam,  AKA Siddha Yoga/Gathagatham etc. This was composed by great siddhars and it is used a short cut for Self realization.

Vasi” means to dwell or reside inside. The one that resides inside is the true self keeping the body and mind as instruments. Vasi Yoga comprises the process of harmonious breathing by which  we are enriching our body and mind with the energies required for health and happiness in our self.

The body and mind are activated and energised by the life force called “Prana”.There are five different pranic energies in our being responsible for the functioning of our Gnana-indriyas and Karma-indriyas which are the faculties helping us to live in this world.

A combination of lifestyle changes, Yogic Kriyas and breathing techniques harmonise the energies of our body and mind for a healthy living. 

You also need a connection to the inner being through understanding and feeling of our inner energies through Meditation.  

Even in Patanjali’s Yogasutra, Pranayama is given more importance to bring in a balance of energies of body and mind. Any disturbance of either the body or the mind brings about a disturbance to the other viz – Anger initiation brings about a change in the breathing pattern making it heavy before the actual manifestation in the body. Hence right breathing termed Swasa kriyas along with Pranayama and pranic energization techniques are required to attain a state of healthy well-being.

This simple method of prayer and meditation introduces one to spiritual pursuit. This method is as universal as the goal itself and its origin is traced back to the sages of the glorious past. It prepares the aspirant for initiation into the grand path of the truth.

Vasi yogam AKA Flame meditation
Taught by Doctor,who is a great spritual Master.

Light a lamp or a candle. Sit erect on a chair or over a plank at a distance of five feet from the lighted candle. Position the Flame of the candle at eye level. Steady your mind and look at the Flame, without batting your eyelids. Invite the Flame into you: Oh Flame! Come, enter me! Then close your eyes and start looking at the Flame with your inner eye. Keeping your eyes closed imagine the Flame entering through your mouth and let it alight on your tongue. Let the light of the Flame spread over your tongue, palate and uvula. Then pray: "Oh beloved Flame! Purify me. Burn away untruth. Henceforth, let the words that come from me be good". Plead thus to the Flame for about two minutes. Then imagine that the Flame travels down, to your throat. See with your inner eye, the throat illuminated by the Flame. This region is a nerve plexus. Then pray: "Oh beloved Flame! Purify me. Burn away untruth". Pray thus to the Flame for about two minutes. The Lotus

Then imagine the Flame moving down to the center of the thoracic cavity (rib cage). Let the light from the Flame penetrate through your heart and other organs, dispelling darkness. Then pray: "Oh beloved Flame!, purify me. Burn away untruth and sublimate my emotions". Then allow the Flame to slide down to the center of your stomach into the region behind the naval. Then pray "oh beloved Flame!, purify me. Burn away untruth. Let all my strength be used in the right way". Then imagine the Flame engulfs the inner side of the stomach. Retain the Flame here for two minutes.

Then bring it down to the region between the pelvic bones (a little above the sex organs). Retain the Flame there for two minutes and then pray: "Oh beloved Flame! purify me. Burn away untruth. Dispel darkness". Then bring the Flame down to your Mooladhara, the first of the six chakras. Sit erect and imagine a vertical line plunging down from the central point of your head, to the ground piercing through the middle of your trunk. That last portion of your body through which the straight line traverses before touching the ground is the Mooladhara Chakra. Imagine the light from the Flame spreading all over this region. Then pray: "Oh beloved Flame! purify me. Burn away untruth. Make me as immaculate as you are. Do away with Vasanas(tendencies) I have accumulated".

Then move the flame up slowly through the spinal column. Stop the Flame at the nape of your neck for two minutes. Then pray: "Oh beloved Flame! Purify me. Burn away untruth". Then bring the Flame between your eyebrows. Retain it there for two minutes and then pray: "Oh beloved Flame! Purify me. Burn away untruth". Then bring the Flame to the center of your skull (cranium) and then pray: "Oh beloved Flame! Purify me. Enlighten me".

Then imagine the Flame to come out of your body from the top of your skull. Retain it four to five inches above your head for two minutes. Meditate on the Flame. Imagine the Flame becoming big enough to engulf the whole of your body. Sit within the Flame for sometime in silence and peace. 

Trip to India as teen was a life-changer for Steve Jobs

on Thursday, October 06, 2011

NEW DELHI: Steve Jobs came to India as a teenager in search of enlightenment. He returned disappointed, following a brush with lice, scabies, dysentery and a near mob thrashing after he protested at being sold watered-down buffalo milk.

But the trip did mark a turning point in his life. In his own words, it helped him realize that "Thomas Edison did a lot more to improve the world than Karl Marx and Neem Karoli Baba (the guru he was seeking, who died before they could meet) put together".

Steve Jobs: His works, legacy

Jobs' India connection, though, preceded his trip. As a penniless college drop-out , he would walk seven miles every Sunday to get a free meal at the Hare Krishna temple. He also retained a lifelong admiration for Mahatma Gandhi. In 1997, Apple's 'Think Different' ads, which featured his personal idols, included the Mahatma.
Tough India visit led him to question many illusions

Steve Jobs' trip to India was eventful, to put it mildly. He arrived in India, accompanied by his friend Dan Kottke, who later became Apple's first employee.

Soon, he had swapped his jeans and T-shirts for lungis as he set out from Delhi for the Himalayas. Along the way, Jobs and Kottke slept in abandoned buildings and survived on local food. "He looked at prices everywhere, found out the real price, and haggled. He didn't want to be ripped off," Kottke was quoted as saying in the book 'iCon: Steve Jobs, The Greatest Second Act In the History of Business'.

While he was searching for Neem Karoli Baba, Jobs chanced upon a mendicant who laughed uproariously at the sight of him, led him up a mountain path, dunked his head in a pond at the top of the mountain and shaved his head. Jobs and Kottke then set off to meet one Harikan Baba, but came away unimpressed. On the way back, while sleeping in a dry creek bed, they were trapped in a fierce thunderstorm.

As Kottke narrates in 'iCon', "I remember us praying to any god that could hear us, 'Dear God, if I ever get through this, I'll be a good person, I promise'."

Having picked up lice and dysentry, the two set off to see Tibet, but contracted scabies near Manali. Worse, Kottke's traveller's cheques got stolen, which ended their trip.

"The hot, uncomfortable summer made Jobs question many illusions he had nursed about India. He found India far poorer than he had imagined and was struck by the incongruity between the country's condition and its airs of holiness," author Michael Moritz wrote in Jobs' biography, as he was quoted as saying in his biography, 'The Little Kingdom - The Private Story of Apple Computer'.

However, Jobs retained his interest in spirituality. In fact, he suggested the name Apple to Steve Wozniak after a visit to a commune in Oregon which he referred to as an "apple orchard".

Sources: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/international-business/trip-to-india-as-teen-was-a-life-changer-for-steve-jobs/articleshow/10264889.cms

Durga Puja

Holy Mother (Sri Sri Sarada Devi) graced the Durga Puja celebrations held at the Belur Math by her presence. To attend the Puja at Belur in 1912, she camped there for about a week.
When she arrived at the gate of the Math at the close of the Bodhan ceremony (awakening of the Deity), the monks and devotees, headed by the great Swami Premananda, unhorsed the carriage and drew it through the Math grounds. On successive days hundreds of devotees made flower offerings at her feet.
Swami Brahmananda worshipped her with one hundred and eight full-blown lotuses, and her devotee and disciple, Dr. Kanjilal, danced before the image of the Deity with gestures and postures like a mischievous imp, to entertain the Divine Mother, as it were.
She was again present at the worship of Durga held in 1916. We get an impression of the exaltation she created by her presence, in the following extract from a letter of Swami Shivananda: 'Owing to the presence of the blessed Holy Mother amongst us, this year's Puja has been a direct worship of the Divine Mother, unlike the usual one through the consecrated image. Although there was continuous rain and wind on all the three days, no part of the celebration suffered, thanks to the Mother's grace. We were astonished to note how even the rains stopped whenever it was time for devotees to take Prasad (consecrated food), sitting in the unprotected courtyard. Afterwards we learnt from Yogin-Ma that whenever rain seemed imminent at about the meal time, the Holy Mother would sit down to make Japa of Durga's holy name, praying,  
"Mother, save us. How can these devotees take Thy holy Prasad in this pouring rain?"
And Mother Durga did, indeed, save us.'

Humanity Still exists :)

on Monday, October 03, 2011

Two blind persons wanted to drink water at the RagiGudda temple, Bangalore.
When, they were unable to operate the tap, this mother monkey opened the tap for them, allowed them to drink water, drank some water  for herself and then closed the tap before leaving the scene.

Do share this link with your friends. It is proof that humanity does exist - even if we humans have forgotten it ourselves...!!!

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