All posts by Vaishali Shah

Vaishali Shah is the founder owner of Shrivedant Foundation in Kenya. She is an entrepreneur, writer, thinker, an avid reader, an activist, a social bug and a devotee who wants to do different things and do things differently. She has got few degrees like Masters in Commerce, Masters in International Business and Diploma in Web Technologies and many other certificate courses. She thinks that true knowledge and experience is gained from the real life, from our ancient scriptures, our elders and achievers of the society who actually can contribute to our overall growth on a large scale and can uplift our soul to a different level. She is associated with quite a few non-profit organisations in Kenya which are determined to bring awareness of ancient vedic lifestyle and the benefits to implement them into our lives. She also promotes vegetarianism through a club called Kenya Vegetarian Club to help locals to turn and remain vegetarian.

Supreme Court of India

Due respect to Supreme Court of India but I can’t understand how and when do they have time and energy to interfere only in hindu traditions and customs. They stay late for criminals and infiltrators, they come up with decision over night for high profile politicians or political agenda. Whereas millions of case pending in the courts across the country. Many trivial issues are waiting for their final call. Many innocent people are locked in the jail due to long waiting time of the courts. Many families have lost everything in family disputes due to lack of proper justice given to them. Thousands of laws need to get repealed as they were formed during british Raj. Many laws and rules need to get final approval to get implemented.

I am sure we don’t lack number of judges and lawyers. We have good infrastructure in major cities, may be not that good in small cities.

The judiciary needs major revamp and reform which is just not happening due to kind of people sitting on the main bench who don’t want to decide. They just want to get paid hefty salary, attend media conferences and parties of politicians.

So what exactly Supreme Court or any other court doing in india.

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My last take on this US visit

My last take on this US visit:

The country is truly great when it comes to giving business opportunities, innovations, technology, lifestyle luxuries and professionalism in work places. As a young teen even I had an American dream as that is what We grew up thinking that US is the land of opportunities and new innovations will save the humanity.

My this visit was all about judging and evaluating on how much they have contributed to humanity, environment, cultural values and health of the people. I am sorry to share that it’s a failed society. I met so many indian families living there who have no interest in inculcating our culture to their kids. For them it’s all about jobs, houses, cars, luxuries, holidays, security of their future. There is no space for cultural values, our identity, religion or human touch. And no Indian holidays too. Though also found young NRIs who are born in US but working to spread the dharma. Still Indians are the second richest race here, of course through hard work and values we have in work places. But they have failed to pass on the same to their kids as they are fully American and lost.

I also found that they overlive- which means exploiting natural resources like anything. Every household has things which next three generations can use but they still want to buy more. As lifestyle and happiness is all about shopping and shopping.

I always loved NewYork and still love it for the buzz it has but the Manhattan has become more about shopping and eating than anything else.

It is flooded with very mediocre Chinese products which no country is able to avoid. The elite ness and chivalry of people have disappeared which I had felt 15 yrs back. And which actually made America great in true sense. The Society is flooded with all sorts of piled-on refugees who want everything free from govt.

wonder how they will manage the country in future.

My take on World Hindu Congress in Chicago

My take on world Hindu Congress:

Apart from all the arrangements, speakers and efforts main thing is the content of every session has improved. I had attended first one in Delhi as well. Which was a good beginning. But this time it was even better. The final destination of all the deliberation is that it has to reach PMO office and should get converted into policy and implemented in each region.

That will encourage the Organisers and volunteers to work even better. Many speakers backed out because of the threat of the so called minorities who think it is their right to interfere in every attempt made to bring hindu communities together. Do Hindus interfere in their affairs?

Also why anyone has to question VP weather he should attend such event or not. I saw many comments about that he shouldn’t attend it. Let’s all make this effort to bring the society together and march towards only one goal.

What should be called Development

It’s time indian government goes to Italy and understand how Rome is designed, how they have preserved the thousand years old monuments, there are hundreds of historical sites which are maintained so well. We may need to do the same in case of all our religious places all across india. The beauty of these small towns lies in their small lanes, small but very ancient temples, small shops which employs thousands of people, a lifestyle which is very unique to that place.

It’s time we look into development of religious small towns in different style, format, approach and execution. Currently what is going on Kashi is extremely painful.

Development doesn’t mean the concrete buildings, concrete roads and facilities which we don’t need most of the time.

Unfortunately power of consumerism is so strong in today’s economy that we want to beautify everything for no reason.

The current development principles are two edged sword. We loose our identity on the name of development and subscribing to the American way of lifestyle.

It’s also time to think of eco friendly villages and towns which work on our traditional principles of saving the environment. This will save hundreds of species, animals, environment and health of the people.

Participated in a conference by JITO

It is quite inspiring to see a community networking on the basis of belief system. Jain international trade conference has initiated a new chapter of the team in Kenya.

It is definitely a fruitful initiative for Jain community to come together, collaborate, network, educate and flourish the society.

We participated as Kenya Vegetarian Club as we follow the principle of non-violence and mercy towards animal.

Brahma Kumari – a course on meditation

I recently completed a meditation course offered by Brahma Kumari center. It was a wonderful experience to go through the meditation process.

It really helped to differentiate between Bhakti, meditation, penance and gyan Marg. My reasons of going through various processes is to understand their impact on our mind and how it can bring change within us. Yes I found this to be really calming and relaxing. I guess that is what people want in today’s stressful life.

Brahma kumari has 9000 centers across the world. Presence in more than 100 countries. Silent but dedicated work towards humanity.

The theory is bit different from our scriptures but still have adapted a lot from Hindu belief system. Though they don’t identify themselves as religious organisation. It is more of a spiritual center to uplift our soul and cleanse our karma.

Is number of rapes really growing in India?

There is a growing outcry for one particular rape happened in india which is not even proved to be rape. But every media wants to take a pie out of it. I still have to find someone who will analysis the reasons behind this growing number.

Let me first clarify that though being such huge country, India’s number in violence against women is at much lower end compare to any so called developed countries. Our cultural heritage is still working and we are still far better than the western world.

So what’s the reason behind this growing number. First is availability of pornography even in small villages through internet and mobile. This unusual exposure of such movies made in Hollywood definitely works on psychi of the people, as such our women in small villages are not easily visible and that makes a man desperate.

It’s an urge to spiritual gurus to talk about it openly when you go to smaller towns and villages.

Second is Bollywood, earlier our actresses used to dance for one particular lover, many times in the rain too. But off lately they have started dancing for hundreds of men enticing them and inviting them, mostly men of smaller towns are shown on the screen. What do u expect from a drunk and an illiterate man after watching all these.

Third is belief of particular class of people who think women are only to produce kids, they don’t have soul and they can women abuse however they want to. It is believed to be most dangerous than anything else. As they will justify any crimes on the name of belief system.

I always find it quite surprising when western media talks about rape cases in India. There universities are the biggest center of atrocities against women. It is just they know how to hide it from the world and their media is fully controlled by corporate and politicians. That is where we are heading too.

It’s also time that we question the integrity of the media as they have become mere instruments of other forces to modify everything according to the external forces’ agenda. It’s very naive of us to believe whatever they say. Thanks to internet and social media for revealing many truths which were hidden for so many years. But eventually they will also be fully controlled and manipulated by corporate.

Celebrating Akshay tritiya

It’s Akshay tritiya today. Astrologically it is one of the best days to improve your good luck rapidly and remove hurdles from current any outstanding matter:

It’s a special occasion that happens once every year whereby the Sun and the moon are in exalted positions, at the peak of their astrological power, which usually happens in the month of late April to early May.

It is called “Akshaya Tritiya” the eagerly awaited day which multiplies your prosperity. It is also known as Akha Teej, is one of the most auspicious days .

Derived from the Sanskrit word Akshaya, which means never diminishing,

imperishable, and eternal, the day is believed to bring in good luck and success, of which every moment is auspicious. It is believed that sacred deeds (Punya Karya) performed on this day never go unnoticed and that starting a new venture or investing in valuables doesn’t end without fruitful rewards. Hence the benefits of doing any jaap (chanting) and  charity on this day never diminish and remain with the person forever.

Do the following as much as you can and whatever is applicable to you….

1.Sign any important papers.The day is considered auspicious for starting new ventures. It’s said that any venture initiated on the auspicious day of Akshaya Tritiya will continue to grow and bring prosperity.

2. This applies to any regiment big or small. Important beginnings like starting a spiritual sadhana, setting up a new business, starting construction for a project, buying property, gold or any jewellary, fixing dates of any event or any kind of event. Making down payment any higher purchase.

3. Making resolutions or positive commitments.

4. Good to begin any exercise regime or walking/jogging.

5. Renewal of any contracts or agreements etc.

6.Today clean your wallet and remove unwanted visiting cards to prevent yourself from carrying another’s superfluous burdening energy around with you.

7. Ensure your wallet is not empty tomorrow. Keep two grains of rice in your wallet ( rice is associated with prosperity ).

8. If you have a safe in the house try to make it neat and tidy. Try to add some new valuables and pinch of rice in it.

9. One should be happy and loving  with your near and dear ones. If possible try to eat a vegetarian meal together with your family.

10. If you are in any positive relationship i.e business or personal,  then show the partner(s) gratitude and appreciation. Verbalize your commitment for a long enduring journey together with the partner(s) .

11. Write in a personal golden book, whatever  wishes you desire to materialise eg. I am reducing weight;  my turnover is increasing in business;  I  am happy in married life etc.

12.The benfits of taking a bath in the Ganga river, doing Vishnu pooja or any prayers, doing charity on this day ,never diminish and they prove fruitful. If not possible this then I suggest sprinkle few drops of Holy water or Ganges water over your head tomorrow .

13.If Lakshmi pooja is done on this day, it brings prosperity.

14.Feeding the poor on this day is considered auspicious.

15. Good day to start any sadhana or vrat, prayer etc.

With these simple but effect tips I wish and your dear ones well in all your endeavours to improve your lives. Kind Regards. Mahesh Bang

Oceans filled with plastics

An unfortunate story of oceans. We have abused it like anything. Those who swear by modern science, can u pls give one example of modern innovation which has no ill effect on nature or our health. One example will suffice. I can fill thousands of pages with the side effects every modern amenity which we crave for and run after.

Imagine your life living in a clean environment, clean water and healthy food. Have we evolved? Or gone worse than where we were few hundred years back.

The crass materialistic desire which is named as progress has killed so many millions of species on the earth and we still dream of having better world.

Please wake up.

Adapt a simple, minimalistic and Indian traditional lifestyle. As that is the only savior on the earth.

BJP foundation day

Exactly 38 years ago, on 6 April 1980, Bharatiya Janata Party was founded with Atal Bihari Vajpayee as the first party president. The foundation of the party goes back to the 1950s when Shyama Prasad Mukherjee founded the Jana Sangh. Starting with a 10 member Jana Sangh, the BJP is the largest party today with 11 crore members.

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In the 1984 Loksabha elections, BJP which started with just 2 MPs in the Lok Sabha today has 272+ members. More importantly, the party is in power in 22 states of India. The journey from just 10 members to 11 crore members…From 2 seats to 273 seats… From non-significant to the largest power has been a long and tough journey.

Generations after generations have sacrificed everything , at times even their lives, to take the party to this height. Boycotted, insulted, beaten, assaulted, co-workers murdered, the workers have never compromised with the ideologies and principles.

The leadership of Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya, Kushabhau Thackeray, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Lalkrishna Advani, Pramod Mahajan, Murli Manohar Joshi have taken the party to new heights with every passing year. If there was a duo which built the party brick by brick in the era when there was no internet, mobile, social outreach, it was the duo of Atal Ji – Advani Ji.

In the current post-Vajpayee era, it has been the duo of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah who have taken us to the zenith. Their determination, hard work, vision, integrity and work has helped BJP form government in states where we couldn’t even think to win a single seat a few years ago.

On this foundation day, let us remember all the leaders, every Karyakarta and member who sacrificed everything selflessly, humiliated, were assaulted, wrongly put behind the bars, or even murdered by those who couldn’t stand the resurging party and its ideology. The principles and ideologies run deep in our blood and there won’t be any compromise as far as Nation is concerned. We will continue to grow in strength.

As Atal Ji had said,

“अंधेरा छटेगा, कमल खिलेगा ।” The lotus will continue to bloom in its full glory.

#BJP_Foundation_Day.

[Text content Credit: Kshitij Mohan Singh ]

Chan man jitva jaiye

I saw a very good Gujarati movie – Chan man jitva jaiye. A very meaningful Gujarati movie after a long time. A good food for thought. It’s a must see for business community specially those who have made money through short cuts and by cheating people, banks and government.

It has got released at the right time when india is seeing so many financial scandals and government is running pillar to post to grab them.

It has a message for everyone to learn and implement. Even if u r not Gujarati, go for it. You will get the message through sub titles.

Changing from indianscriptures.com to Hinduscriptures.com

Friends,

It is truly a big announcement for me to make. I have changed the domain name of my current website http://www.indianscriptures.com to http://www.hinduscriptures.com.

The reason to change the main domain name is to get more search friendly, the behavioral pattern of google users across the globe and also to represent my content in more perfect light.

You may find the details of the website in following video.

https://youtu.be/sqsjwEKbxaU

Thanks

Gangaur wishes to all lovely ladies

Happy Gangaur today to those ladies who will be fasting for the longevity of their husbands. There will be Udyapan puja thereafter. I am always amazed by such culture and traditions as there is so much of thoughtfulness and commitment for the relationship. Weather it really increases the life of husband or not is another debate. But it surely enhances the relationship.

This festival is celebrated in Rajasthan and some part of Gujarat. It is celebrated by married women who wish longevity for their husbands. is a festival celebrated in the Indian state of Rajasthan and some parts of Gujarat, West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh.

Gangaur is colourful and one of the most important festivals of people of Rajasthan and is observed throughout the state with great fun and devotion by womenfolk who worship Gauri, the wife of Lord Shiva during March–April. It is the celebration of spring, harvest and marital fidelity. Gana is a synonym for Lord Shiva and Gaur which stands for Gauri or Parvati who symbolizes Saubhagya (good luck).

Visit to British museum for India’s history and science

I wasn’t happy at all to see this museum which was presenting the past 5000 years of India’s history.

There was nothing about various kings who ruled India in last five thousand years. Few glimpses were there about King Ashok. Quite a few nude paintings of indian men and women which would not make any sense. It is suppose to be for family viewership but it wasn’t allowing that.

Most of the history was about after British Raj and relevant details. The science and knowledge heritage of india was completely missing.

Bhagwad Gita as I understood

It is said in the texts that 80% of the fighting male population of the civilization was wiped out in the eighteen days Mahabharata war.

Sanjay, at the end of the war went to the spot where the greatest war took place; Kurukshetra.

He looked around and wondered if the war really happened, if the ground beneath him had soaked all that blood, if the great Pandavas and Krishna stood where he stood.

“You will never know the truth about that!” said an aging soft voice.

Sanjay turned around to find an Old man in saffron robes appearing out of a column of dust.

“I know you are here to find out about the Kurukshetra war, but *you cannot know about that war till you know what the real war is about*.” the Old man said enigmatically.

“What do you mean?”

*The Mahabharata is an Epic, a ballad, perhaps a reality, but definitely a philosophy*.

The Old man smiled luring Sanjay into more questions.

“Can you tell me what the philosophy is then?”

Sanjay requested.

Sure, began the Old man.

*The Pandavas are nothing but your five senses*,

sight,

smell,

taste,

touch

and sound…,

and do you know what the *Kauravas* are?

he asked narrowing his eyes.

*The Kauravas are the hundred vices that attack your senses everyday but you can fight them*… and do you know how?

Sanjay shook his head again.

“When Krishna rides your chariot!”

The Old man smiled brighter and Sanjay gasped at that gem of insight.

*Krishna is your inner voice, your soul, your guiding light and if you let your life in his hands you have nothing to worry*.

Sanjay was stupefied but came around quickly with another question.

“Then *why are Dronacharya and Bhishma fighting for the Kauravas, if they are vices*?”

The Old man nodded, sadder for the question.

It just means that as you grow up, your perception of your elders change. *The elders who you thought were perfect in your growing up years are not all that perfect. They have faults. And one day you will have to decide if they are for your good or your bad. Then you may also realize that you may have to fight them for the good. It is the hardest part of growing up and that is why the Geeta is important*.

Sanjay slumped down on the ground, not because he was tired but because he could understand and was struck by the enormity of it all.

*What about Karna*? he whispered.

“Ah!” said the Old man. “You have saved the best for last. *Karna is the brother to your senses, he is desire, he is a part of you but stands with the vices. He feels wronged and makes excuses for being with the vices as your desire does all the time.*

*Does your desire not give you excuses to embrace vices*?”

Sanjay nodded silently. He looked at the ground, consumed with a million thoughts, trying to put everything together and then when he looked up the Old man was gone….

disappeared in the column of dust………leaving behind the great philosophy of Life!

🙏🙏🙏🙏

Bhagwad Geeta as I understood.

Vaishali Shah,

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Shrivedant Foundation.