So-called migrant workers: first of all, they are Indians and our own people.
More people will die out of hunger than Covid. Seems that way from the visuals. Workers gone back to their states, when and how they are going to come back? And firstly, why they were expected to leave their work towns? Whereas many of them were still working.
It’s not easy to start any industry overnight in the home states as many CMs promising. The existing industries in the state will face a drastic shortage of labour. Is govt ready to migrate back those workers? Or how will they prepare new local labours overnight with those skill sets required for any particular industry.
I strongly think it It was better to keep them where they were. I know so many people who left the existing jobs and went back to their states only due to family pressure. Eg. My cook and driver in Mumbai left the job and went back to their respective states along with many people like them, in the bus provided by the govt.
Govt should have made it very clear who need to leave the place where they are. There are so much panic and no clarity on various issues related to existing working people.
It’s still not so late. Can govt state clearly that those who have no money at all and dying out of hunger can leave to place only if they are sure they will be better off after reaching home.
Also, can families back home be rest assured that these working people are safe? More than people, govt has created more panic by not clarifying their stand in all possible cases.
The worst of all is, those who are getting salaries without working are laughing all the way. They don’t want to work even if they get it. They are asking insane pays to get anything done. They don’t even cooperate with people.
This time is very crucial. Lack of communication can create a bigger tragedy than COVID. Most of the ministers are sitting at home fearing COVID infection. Only a few are on the field and also in front of the TV.
The message is for all political parties not only ruling one.
We have Gone through World Data Available in Net Found this Scenario Apply your Intellect improve your Immunity & lifestyle which will protect not only from Corona But any Dam Viruses in future
The number of deaths in the world in the last two months of 2020
14,687 : Corona virus
69,602 : Common cold
140,584 : Malaria
153,696 : suicide
193,479 : road accidents
240,950 : HIV loss
358,471 : alcohol
716,498 : smoking
1,177,141 : Cancer
Then do you think Corona is dangerous?
is the purpose of the media campaign to settle the trade war between China and America
to reduce financial markets to prepare the stage of financial markets for mergers and acquisitions
to sell US Treasury bonds to cover the fiscal deficit in them
Is it a Panic created by Pharma companies to sell their products like sanitizer, masks, medicine etc.
Do not Panic & don’t kill urself with unecessary fear:I am posting this to balance your newsfeed from posts that caused fear and panic.
338,724 People are sick with Coronavirus at the moment, of which 81,093 are in China. With a population of over 1.1 billion. This means that if you are not in or haven’t recently visited China, this should eliminate 94% of your concern.
If you do contract Coronavirus, this still is not a cause for panic because:
81% of the Cases are MILD
14% of the Cases are MODERATE
Only 5% of the Cases are CRITICAL
Which means that even if you do get the virus, you are most likely to recover from it.
Some have said, “but this is worse than SARS!”. SARS had a fatality rate of 10% while COVID-19 has a fatality rate of 2%
Moreover, looking at the ages of those who are dying of this virus, the death rate for the people UNDER 50 years of age is only 0.2%
This means that: if you are under 50 years of age and don’t live in China – you are more likely to win the lottery (which has a 1 in 45,000,000 chance)
Sunday 22nd March in Italy 793 died.
Let’s take one of the worst days so far, the 10th of February, when 108 people in CHINA died of Coronavirus.
On the same day:
26,283 people died of Cancer
24,641 people died of Heart Disease
4,300 people died of Diabetes
Suicide took 28 times more lives than the virus did.
Mosquitoes kill 2,740 people every day, HUMANS kill 1,300 fellow humans every day, and Snakes kill 137 people every day. (Sharks kill 2 people a year)
TAKE MULTI VITAMINS AND DO THE DAILY THINGS TO SUPPORT YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM , PROPER HYGIENE AND DO NOT LIVE IN FEAR.
Join Me to Spread Hope instead of Fear. The Biggest Virus is not Corona Virus but Fear!
Empty roads and silent surrounding. I never knew that meditation will be possible in Mumbai ever. I guess its happening for the first time in the history of Mumbai that city is so silent. It’s a Deja Vu, a blessing in disguise. A perfect time for me to concentrate on my meditation.
While in Ahemadabad I met Kajal Shingala. I really appreciate her guts to take on peacefuls. Who keeps threatening her but she never gets scared of these ola o Uber guys who only want to grab every inch of the planet and turn that into hell.
I request my readers to follow her and support her work as we don’t have too many role models who can dare the ugly men. She is really doing marvellous job and let’s pray that Krishna gives strength to her to do more and more for the country.
I thought only Gods existed in #China. But I found that #Devata also exist in China. It’s another proof of #Vedic #dharma spread all over the world, #planet and #universe. If possible, I will look for the traces of #vedas on #Mars too.
As per Hinduvedic Scriptures, In ancient times, we have seen wars in galaxy among #Devatas of different #planets.
I am not very happy to share this video as I personally believe in pluralism and respecting other schools of thought. But we Hindus have been victim of this conversion factory for hundreds of years. Many of our societies and villages are fully converted and became brewing grounds of terrorism. Hence this is the only way out.
It’s time our temples, spiritual gurus, other institutes open the doors for these wanderer souls, we will not be able to live peacefully.
It’s truly important to follow the religion of the land or the place we hail from. It gives satisfaction, cultural identity, stay connected with our original roots.
It also helps to avoid identity crisis and lack of confidence.
Let’s all celebrate the Hindu way of life practiced for thousands of years by following the Hindu Scriptures.
A nice and interactive session on sustainability of the businesses keeping natural resources in the center. Yes we all need to grow in various industries and participate in country’s growth. But we shouldn’t forget that we can’t do it at the cost of nature and deplete natural resources. We have to leave something behind for he next generations. We have to develop technology to find solutions how to feed billions who starve to death. On one side we waste too much of food in five stars and many events and other side we have no food to these people.
So disparity in distribution of food is the biggest challenge. Our grains are getting rotten in the warehouses due to lack of distribution channels. We are not able to utilise NGOs properly as 90% of them come with other agendas. Neither business houses nor government is fully equipped to solve the problem of food.
Let’s make an effort to bring these issues to the notice of the government and semi- governments.
The time has come that so called educated, #urban populace take some responsibility of society and go out to #vote. You can’t say that you were busy in the office or house when nation is waiting for your valuable contribution this election.
Also check whom to vote. A smaller thief is better than a hardcore terrorists who have looted india through generations. If you can’t see good projects done by #bjp it’s ok but atleast you should know if they don’t come who will gain #power to loot india.
They can’t give excuse of not being aware about political situation. The benefits they enjoy, luxury they enjoy, they enjoy profits in this very society, all the resources are given by this very society. It is really shame that they don’t think it’s they duty to vote.
I have never understood their mindset of being so irresponsible about voting.
#votekar #modisarkarfirekbar #Nri4bjp #Modi
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.
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
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We often take people around us for granted in many ways. While I was in school, I never used to judge anyone thinking it is not a right thing to do. Which never stopped me to associate with negative minded, very dull people and unambitious people.
Generally these kind of people give you a comfort zone which you don’t need or you don’t want. Because of that we don’t think of being innovative, progressive and go extra miles.
I strongly feel that having a comfortable life makes us too lazy and less aggressive. Very few can achieve something greater inspite of having this comfort zone. This is the biggest challenge for today’s generation as they have everything on their plate and don’t know what is required to achieve. But let me put some target to them as well as to myself.
– There are one billion people on this earth who sleep hungry for days.
– Mother Nature is bleeding due to thousands of unnecessary plastic products and new so-called innovations. We need to find solution on how to reduce this burden
– The oceans are filled with plastics and other wastes which is ruining the ecology and the species beneath that
– Youth is getting attracted towards all the unlawful activities. We are supporting terrorism by supporting such ideology, products, oil etc.
– all of a sudden we have started consuming meat a lot compare to last century. Which adds to animal cruelty
– The life threatening diseases have grown to ten time more than early last century. We think we have found solutions to many such issues. We have added new illnesses
Let’s accept this challenge and work towards it. Our next generation is going to be busy cleaning up the mess we and our parents have created in last hundred years on the name of progress and innovations
The Bhagwad Gita means song of divine. While I was in school, I was fascinated by the vastness of the knowledge of varied subjects. After going through various best sellers of the world, I switched to Bhagwad Gita thinking that it must be religious book. But when I got dipper inside it I realized that it is the best management book one can ever found in this world. After I studied few chapters I found that it not only has religious benefits but it has all the practical and material benefits. Which was not expected from a so-called religious book.
Let me start sharing the concept of Gita chapter wise. As you know the Gita was spoken By Bhagwan Krushna addressing it to Arjun on the battlefield of Kururkshetra around five thousand years back. When Arjun couldn’t fight against his own family, he wanted to give up on the war and his rights on the throne. That is when Krushna prepared Arjun to understand his duty, the world, universe and what we are here for.
Krishna prepares Arjun to gain this knowledge in first chapter. In second chapter he explains where we come from, what are we doing on this earth, how we are different from animals and why this life is precious. Further the journey of the soul from the divine to this earth and beyond, how we are beyond body and mind and also above this material and mundane world, how we can grow in spiritual path. This chapter has the glimpse of all eighteen chapters. If you understand this chapter, other chapters would be easier to understand.
The third chapter talks about karma yoga. We cant live without doing anything. Mostly our karma is produced through our desire and this desire comes from our inner unfulfilled askings. This chapter shows how we can go beyond our physical and emotional desire and start longing and asking the right thing in life. This is important aspect of life which we have been ignoring and than wonder certain things happened to us and not others. Because we have stopped observing what we do.
Chapter four is transcendental knowledge. It explains how to pursue the spiritual path living in this mundane world. The purpose of Krishna’s visit to this world is explained. Chapter five of Karma yoga explains the type of karma and its benefits.
How one can achieve an inner peace with the help of right karma. Chapter six is about how to control mind and its thought and be free from various types of desires in daily life.
Chapter seven explains the magnanimity of God and his omnipresenceness, how to follow his path in our lives and practice it fully. This continues in chapter eight while Krushna explains the reasons of our birth, what determines it and how we can change the cause of the same with the help of his presence through out our lives. Further Krishna explains the importance of this knowledge, how the world works according to his wish and why bhakti is the best way forward. He shows the path to get close to him and what is absolute truth in tenth chapter.
Chapter eleven is the universal form which enables Arjun to see the divine power of Krishna, wherein the world starts and the world ends, every species has got the place in him, gods, devtas, the past present and future. This opens the eyes of Arjun and also us.
Chapter twelve is the most important chapter in today’s time wherein Bhakti is explained in details. How to do it, how the mind can be engaged in it for the life time. Many institutes world wide recite the shloka of this chapter to get deeper in bhakti.
Chapter thirteen talks about the importance of the body to fulfill the desire of Bhakti and spiritual path. The soul residing in the body is our real identity and not the body. Next chapter explains the type of nature we have and how we are controlled by three modes of nature, sattva, rajas and tamas. How these three decides the journey of life and also life after death. Chapter fifteen explains the power of yoga and how the realized soul would engage in yoga. Chapter sixteen explains the negative energy around us, how it affects and derail us from the path of bhakti and self realization. Seventeen chapter explains the type of faith exist in the world, based on desire, need, ego etc. The last and the most important chapter helps us to grow in spiritual path, practice detachment, concentrate on pure form of worshipping and attain Krishna after the end of life.
Padmavati is already being discussed too far and also too much in depth. But I am still waiting for one argument which is not coming out strongly as why these directors want to exploit the names and characters from the history. They are always free to make movies out of fictional characters and stories in different era, genre, time and names. Few reporters have mentioned the same but it seems the general audience is not able to understand that we all are the victim of the politics of religion getting played all across the world.
I think Bollywood is over-confident and thought that they will be able to play with the sentiments of the people, history and the hindu belief system for a long time. Padmavati has taught a lesson to the Indian film makers to rethink the politics behind religious belief system. It is time that we sensitise any issues related to the image of India, Indian culture and also knowledge. We have been a soft target for thousands of years purely because of our ignorance and so called humbleness. As an Indian we own too much to this land as our identity, religion, belief system, our complete personality is based on the this motherland. So we should atleast do something to maintain the dignity of the land.
If we don’t start questioning the show biz people now it will be too late as we will keep hurting our heritage on the name of freedom of speech. I want to appeal to my readers who have been comfortably enjoying movies tarnishing the image of India and Indians.
The moment we utter word non-violence, we bow down to it as if it is god himself. But have we ever thought how this theory is destroying India. I am sure you haven’t. We live in the fool’s paradise where we think that if we don’t raise the hands people will do the same with us. No, India has never invaded any country ever in last ten thousand years. India was spread till Afghanistan and Iran in one side and till Burma and many Far East countries were following the same culture. But India was attacked brutally by many invaders. They did all the possible massacre but taught us to remain non-violent so that we don’t kill them back. Gandhiji added another fuel to it by calling freedom movement non- violent. Very conveniently we forgot that many other freedom fighters had given their lives to make India free. Our textbook made heroes out of so called non-violence brigade. We preach this theory to our kids and make them coward against any extreme acts against them. Why?
At the time of Chanakya, we could manage to defeat Alexander the great and he had to go back empty handed from India. Chanakya could manage to collect the army of various dynasty across India to defeat the invader. But many things changed after that when the many Kshatriyas started following the theory of non-violence, they gave up killing in early age, started becoming monk, which lead to many internal issues with the law and order.
We lost many important wars against invaders in last one thousand years as the whole generation of warriors were not ready to learn warfare tactics. It has made us slave of these invaders mentally and physically. We forgot the lessons of our scriptures that when a family is attacked, man of the family has to raise the weapon, when village is attacked all the men in the village have to raise the weapons and when nation is under attack the whole generation of the nation has to raise weapons.
Have you noticed that non of our Gods are without weapons. Why? They never killed any innocent souls but always raised weapons against the devil and extreme forces. If you think men have created Gods than Indians never accepted anyone as God who didn’t rescue his believers from wrong forces. We believed that it is God’s job to protect us and always expected him to come as Avatara to save the world. He came also, but before that we ensured that we call him for the right reason.
Unfortunately, in recent times, we have created lame gods who has made no significant change in our lives but only blind followings and blind theories.
I am sure many of you know what is IIT. It is the producer of many CEOs across the world for mostly MNCs. It is the producer of the best technocrates, engineers and researchers.
When I got a chance to visit the campus, I was almost sure what to expect out of it. I revisited the topics of sciences learned in school. The professors were excited to share the the modern applicability of knowledge, the advance innovations and impact on the economy, how these engineers have changed the world.
I truly admire these campuses across india as they have surely made an impact on global economy.
Eventually I revealed the purpose of my visit. As I have moved on from collecting the content of various lighter topics to religious topics and now landed on all types of sciences found in Vedic scriptures.
I wanted to find out if any the modern innovations were found in scriptures. To my surprise, there are more innovative products mentioned in scriptures than what is available today.
Many professors have done an independent research on various topics of Vedic sciences and presented their papers on many conferences and platforms.
But the most required thing is to have a dedicated department catering to the subjects of vedic sciences. This team should dedicated work on the various topics of sciences found in scriptures. As projected by the modern scientists, science is not the sole territory of American scientists.
A request to the Indian government and HRD to support this thought.
It was one more blessings that I got an opportunity to learn Sudarshan Kriya from Pujya Guruji over the weekend.
It is sometime difficult to find anything new when you have gone through many such processes. But I still managed to learn quite a few new things like the breathing excercise as directed by him which is called Sudarshan Kriya.
I have been using Sri Sri products also for sometime which are actually worth trying.
I am making the best use of my time in india.
Paropakaaram idam shariram– this is what our scriptures advise us. This body has been given to us only for serving others. In this busy world, it is very difficult to look beyond I-me-mine kind of life that we all live. Still, if we can set aside some time, even a teeny weeny little time to do something for others then it is definitely a good thing. It is in this context that I felt so happy to hear about the initiative of the Asian Foundation to bring together under its umbrella all the organizations that are working for one cause or the other in Kenya. Very often the intention to do something good is always there, but people do not know whom to approach or what to do. Also with so many bogus calls coming everyday asking us to contribute to one cause or the other, it is really difficult to check whether these or genuine or not. So if there is a genuine community outreach program then it helps and motivates people to come together and serve wholeheartedly.
Giving need not be only giving money. People can give time, knowledge or their talents for a cause. The aim is to Transform lives and Communities which was the theme of the Stawisha Maisha Exhibition organized by the Asian Foundation (Kenya). Individuals and organizations serve communities where the poor and downtrodden are the beneficiaries or they can do some work in preserving nature and protecting the environment. So there are different avenues for us to serve depending upon our convenience and aptitude. The selfless and outstanding work done by so many diverse individuals and organisations towards transforming lives and communities was recognised, acknowledged, and showcased in this Exhibition which was held at the Oshwal Centre opposite Nakumatt Ukay.
Such programs inspire others especially young adults as they are initiated into service initiatives quite early in life. The Rainbow Fish is an award-winning children’s book drawn and written by Marcus Pfister, a Swiss author and translated into English by J. Alison James.
It tells the story of a beautiful fish which lives in the deep part of the ocean and is very proud of his colourful scales. His scales sparkle and shine as he swims through the ocean – alone. The other fish attempt to befriend him, but he ignores them until one day when a small blue fish approaches him. The small blue fish tells the Rainbow Fish how beautiful his scales are, and asks for one of them. Horrified, the Rainbow Fish refuses and swims on, but feels miserable as he has no friends and is always lonely. A crab directs him to a wise octopus, whose advice is simple: “give, give and give- give away your scales to the other fish and you will be happy.” After some thought, and a second request from the small blue fish, the Rainbow Fish takes the octopus’s advice and finds friendship and happiness. He now realises the joy of giving. It is only in giving that we can get true happiness. This is the message that is echoed in the Upanishads, dana– give, give and give without restraint.
Culture is always a fascinating subject. There is something within each of us that yearns to know about history, culture, mythology of a particular region or people. That is why perhaps we see a revival of works of art based on these themes. There is always something new and fresh to add to old themes. Sometimes facts are intertwined with fiction or the writer’s imagination and what comes out is a totally different perspective of what people already know. Amish Tripathi’s Shiva trilogy or the Scion of Ikshvaku, for example, deals with characters we are all familiar with right from our childhood. But what makes these books compelling reading is the way the writer has approached existing themes and given them a fresh twist. They make you want to read every book as soon as it is released. Amish has created that eagerness which was associated with the Harry Potter series. Devdutt Patnaik’s works are also of the same mould. As a mythologist, he uncovers existing stories for a new audience. I feel so happy that through their works our people are rediscovering stories which were lost for some time due to the invasion of He-man, superman, StarWars series. If people in the creative field, like artists, dancers, storytellers, cinema directors delve into such themes associated with culture and heritage, the common man can easily understand these things. But individual sensibilities should be carefully handled. If a positive message comes out through the creative medium, then it is definitely a great effort.
For the sake of the movie Baahubali, the director created new kingdoms, new language also. A set of 750 words with its own grammar rules for this new language kiliki was created. How creative can that be! Coming to think of the effort, the research, the time that has gone into the making of this movie or the research that goes into making of a book with mythology themes- really our country is going ahead in all these areas and there is an audience waiting to lap this up. Which actually is the greatest reward for any creative person!!!!!!
The poor humble cow seems to be in the news lately for all the wrong reasons. The cow is worshipped by millions of devout Hindus in India. The very sight of a cow first thing in the morning is supposed to confer good fortune.
The mere thought of slaughtering cows or feeding on it is repugnant and alien to Indian culture. But we have to look at the issue calmly from all angles. At a time when planet earth is fighting the grave danger of global warming, consuming meat is not just a religious taboo but also a monumental environmental hazard as innumerable studies have shown. So it is better to pause and think from an environmental angle rather than just focus on religious taboos.
As land is being taken away for cultivating fodder for cattle which will be sold as meat, there are problems that are cropping up in many ways for the rest of the world. There is a huge land crunch and small farms are disappearing in many parts of the world. Fresh water supplies which are already dwindling are going dry as both man and beast compete for the limited supply. In Africa, the cost of maize which is used as livestock feed keeps increasing and it is also the staple diet of many Africans.
Animal carcasses and remains are further polluting the environment and causing environmental degradation. Many diseases are jumping from animals to humans in the modern world, Bird flu, Mad cow disease being a few. Another problem is that these cattle are fed with large doses of antibiotics to keep them disease free and all these end up in the consumer’s stomach. In the US alone 55% of antibiotics manufactured by pharmaceuticals are fed to animals. Just imagine the harm it can do to the health of those who consume the meat produced from these treated animals.
So in the interest of our health, it is best to focus on the practical implications rather than getting carried away by xenophobic hysteria.
This year on the holy day of Mahashivaratri, I participated in the opening of a new temple in the town of Kericho. The Kamleshwar Mahadev Temple built by our Foundation came up in 2013 in Kibigori near Kisumu. Ever since, atleast four other temples have come up in Kenya and I feel very happy that many temples are now dotting the landscape. Even in other parts of the world, many temples are coming up periodically thus offering residents of nearby places a place of worship to call their own.
Temples help in connecting us to our culture especially when we are far away from India. It gives a sense of community feeling and we can organize and participate in many programs that reflect our culture. These temples also help in the locals’ understanding the spirit of Hinduism which is vasudaiva kutumbakam that is the whole universe is our family. There are many things people may feel they cannot undertake as individuals especially service initiatives but a temple brings people together and they can participate in many community programs and feel happy that everyone has contributed towards them.
In the Agni Purana, Lord Agni says that he who attempts to erect temples for gods is freed from the sins of a thousand births. Also, there is a belief that a place without any temple is not fit for people to live. This is now being set right as we find many temples coming up all over the world wherever the Indian diaspora is present.
Who would have not enjoyed seeing the movie Oh my god? It portrays pseudo-religious beliefs and questions the meaninglessness of various rituals. The movie is actually based on a Gujarati play Kanjee viruddha Kanjee which was directed by Umesh Shukla who also directed the Hindi movie version. So when I got a chance to meet Umesh Shukla, I wanted to understand why he directed such a movie. He has also written a number of stories which have been adapted to the screen, My area of research and interest is to understand the reasons behind customs about which I have written extensively, so I geared up to meet him.
He told me that being born into a Brahmin family, the Audichya Brahmin Shukla family, he used to perform all the rituals while he was a young man. But somewhere he began questioning the rationale behind such rituals and wanted to know the meaning of everything that we normally do. He was not very convinced with the answers he usually received. That is when he began researching for the content which later shaped up as the movie. It has received wonderful support from the audience especially the common people and youngsters. It has been translated into Telugu and Kannada staring popular regional heroes. He also spoke of the support he received from Paresh Rawal whose acting as the main character became a huge hit as he convincingly portrayed the role of Kanjee Bhai.
He also revealed that with the success of this movie behind him, he is working on another thought provoking concept of a 102 year old man sending his son to an old age home. I am sure as all his other movies this one too will be enormously successful. Simple themes which actually bring out a slice of life, the daily struggles of the aam janta make the movies thought provoking. As always there are various angles to the same issue and it is best to respect each one’s viewpoint.
Today is the twelfth day of the waxing moon (Shukla Paksha Dwadashi) of the month of Kartika. According to the Skanda Purana, the wedding of Tulsi with the Shaligram (sacred stone, symbolising Lord Vishnu) is celebrated today. The holy basil or tulsi is a symbol of purity and by wearing a garland of fresh tulsi leaves the Lord affirms that he will bless such devotees who are pure in their heart, in their word and deed and keep them close to him. Puja to Vishnu is considered incomplete without an offering of tulsi leaves. Tulsi vivah takes place on the next day of Karthik Ekadashi in all Vaishnavite temples. The festival also marks the end of Chaturya masa and the beginning of the marriage season.
Tulsi in Sanskrit means “unmatched” or “incomparable”. There are so many legends associated with the birth of Tulsi. During the Samudra Manthan or the churning of the Ocean, Dhanvantri, the divine Physician appeared from the ocean with Amrit or nectar in his hands. Dhanvantri shed tears of joy and when the first drop of his tear fell in the Amrita, it formed the Tulsi. It is believed that Tulsi emerged during Samudra Manthan. Another Puranic reference is that Goddess Mahalakshmi pleased with the devotion of King Dharmadhwaja and Queen Madhavi was born to them as their daughter and she was named Tulsi. When it was time for her to depart from the world, she left a part of herself as the holy plant.
The plant has medicinal properties too. Hindus revere the plant and have it in their homes as it wards of negativity and ensures positive vibrations always.