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English Literature – Article ☆ Buddha Purnima Special– Nirvana – The Highest Happiness ☆ Shri Jagat Singh Bisht

☆ Nirvana – The Highest Happiness ☆ 

The present times are turbulent indeed. One needs to have peace of mind to tide through the pandemic. There is a greater need to follow the doctrine and the discipline enunciated by the Buddha. His teaching is simple and easy to practice.

On the auspicious occasion of Buddha Purnima it is worth to share two interesting facts:

 1.   Buddha Purnima is actually 3-in-1:

              • Buddha’s Happy Birthday,
              • Day of attaining enlightenment,
              • and also Maha Parinirvana Day!

 2. Buddha was born under a tree in Lumbini, found awakening while meditating under a tree in Gaya, gave his first sermon in  Saranath under a tree and all his important sermons under trees, and also reached Maha Parinirvana under a tree in Kushinagar!

Nirvana is described as the highest happiness – the supreme state of bliss. Those who have attained Nirvana live in utter bliss, free from hatred and mental illness.

Shri Jagat Singh Bisht

(Master Teacher: Happiness & Well-Being, Laughter Yoga Master Trainer, Author, Blogger, Educator, and Speaker.)

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The Buddha realized Nirvana through his enlightenment, and for the next forty-five years of his life he endeavoured to help others to realize it for themselves.

He said, “Health is the greatest of gifts, contentedness the best riches; trust is the best of relationships, Nirvana the highest happiness.”

Nirvana is the culmination of the quest for perfection and happiness. It is a state to be attained here and now in this very life and not a state that is attained only after death.

Nirvana is the destruction of lust, the destruction of hatred, and the destruction of delusion.

Nirvana is a state of moral perfection. For one who has attained Nibbana, all unwholesome motivational roots such as greed, hatred, and delusion have been fully eradicated with no possibility of their ever becoming active again.

The realization of Nirvana comes with the blossoming of wisdom and brings perfect peace, untarnished happiness, and the stilling of the mind’s compulsive drives.

Nirvana is the destruction of thirst – the thirst of craving. It is the destruction of greed, hatred, and delusion. It is an island of safety amid the raging currents of old age, sickness, and death.

The way for realization of Nirvana is the Noble Eightfold Path – that is, right view, right intention, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and right concentration.

We must guard our thoughts, actions, and speech so that no harm is caused to any living being. We must cultivate loving-kindness and compassion for all sentient beings.

If we seek the serenity of the Buddha, we must learn to meditate like the Buddha. Meditation brings calm and peace of mind. It enables us to live our life optimally.

One also needs to develop and cultivate one’s mind by continuously imbibing spiritual wisdom that is inherent in the teachings of the Buddha.

Let us strive to be a Buddha in the modern world. May all be happy, be peaceful, be liberated!

 

©  Jagat Singh Bisht

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English Literature – Weekly Column☆ Samudramanthanam – 26 – Amrit ☆ Mr. Ashish Kumar

Mr Ashish Kumar

(It is difficult to comment about young author Mr Ashish Kumar and his mythological/spiritual writing.  He has well researched Hindu Philosophy, Science and quest of success beyond the material realms. I am really mesmerized.  I am sure you will be also amazed.  We are pleased to begin a series on excerpts from his well acclaimed book  “Samudramanthanam” .  According to Mr Ashish  “Samudramanthanam is less explained and explored till date. I have tried to give broad way of this one of the most important chapter of Hindu mythology. I have read many scriptures and taken references from many temples and folk stories, to present the all possible aspects of portrait of Samudramanthanam.”  Now our distinguished readers will be able to read this series on every Saturday.)    

Amazon Link – Samudramanthanam 

☆ Weekly Column – Samudramanthanam – 26 – Amrita ☆ 

Finally, the day has come for which Sura and Asura join their hands, for which they were doing all efforts from ages.

Out of the ocean of milk ‘Kshirasāgara’ emerged a radiant golden pot. “I am the Lord of Good Health and Medicine,” he announced. “Here is the amrita that you seek. Those who drink it will gain strength and immortality.”

There was a great cheer as the devas and Asuras realized that their task was over. Both Lords Indra and Bali stepped forward to take the pot.

“As it was our idea, we will drink it first,” said Indra, tugging it to the right.

“Without us, you would not have had the strength to churn the ocean,” retorted Bali, tugging it to the left. “Give it to us first.”

And so on, it went, back and forth, right and left. Tempers flared and it almost came to blows, four drops split from the pot and fall over earth. Those four drops of amrita fall on ‘Haridwar’, ‘Paryagraj’, ‘Ujjan’ and ‘Nasik’ and these four are places where Kumbh melas are organised. Kumbh means a pot.

Suddenly, from out of nowhere, appeared a beautiful maiden such as they had never seen! Her dark eyes were like blue lotuses and her air of mystery enchanted devas and Asuras alike. It was Lord Vishnu, who took the form of a lovely girl, to divert the attention of the Asuras.

Smiling sweetly and coyly, she took the pot from them. “Silly men, why quarrel over this?” she scolded playfully. “Sit down and I will serve it equally amongst you.”

Meekly they sat down, devas facing north and Asuras facing south, as the beautiful maiden danced between them. Flirting outrageously with the Asuras, she distracted them while she slyly served the amrita to the devas. Soon, all the devas had received the magic potion and there was not a drop left for the Asuras.

The beautiful maiden then threw down the pot and, laughing scornfully, vanished as suddenly as she had appeared.

© Ashish Kumar

New Delhi

≈ Blog Editor – Shri Hemant Bawankar/Editor (English) – Captain Pravin Raghuvanshi, NM≈




मराठी साहित्य – कवितेचा उत्सव ☆ मनसूर्य ☆ सौ.अश्विनी कुलकर्णी

☆ कवितेचा उत्सव ☆ मनसूर्य ☆ सौ.अश्विनी कुलकर्णी ☆

कॅनव्हास वरील चित्रात

नेहमीच सूर्य कुठे दिसतो?

तरीही उजळतो आसमंत,

दिसतात हिरव्या ओल्या रेषा

रेषांच्या विविध छटा…आणि

ऐकूही येते खळखळ नद्यांची

आकाशाने कवेत घेतलेले पक्षी… त्यांच्या कुशीत आश्वस्त ,

वाटून घेणारे डोंगर….

 

दिसतं….

 

आकाश आणि नदीच अद्वैत…

आकाश आणि डोंगरांचे अद्वैत…

कधी झाडाचं…लता पल्लवीचं…

तर कधी साऱ्या सृष्टीचं अद्वैत….

त्या आकाशाशी!!

चित्रात सूर्य नसतानाही….

 

मग असाच एक मनसूर्य

प्रत्यक्ष प्रकट न होणारा … काळोखातूनही उजेड प्रसवणारा….

मुठीएव्हढ्या अंधारात वसलेल्या हृदयातून ,

तेजाळणाऱ्या गीतांना ताल देणारा…

तर कधी….

पान, फुल, सरिता, आभाळ होऊन त्यांना रंग नी रूप देणारा….

आणि तिमिरातूनही,

चैतन्याची वाट दाखवणारा,

आणि जीवनाच्या सुंदरतेशी,

अद्वैत करवणारा….

पडद्यामागचा कलाकार!

पडद्यामागचा कलाकार!

 

© सौ अश्विनी कुलकर्णी

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English Literature – Weekly Column☆ Samudramanthanam – 25 – Kalpavriksha ☆ Mr. Ashish Kumar

Mr Ashish Kumar

(It is difficult to comment about young author Mr Ashish Kumar and his mythological/spiritual writing.  He has well researched Hindu Philosophy, Science and quest of success beyond the material realms. I am really mesmerized.  I am sure you will be also amazed.  We are pleased to begin a series on excerpts from his well acclaimed book  “Samudramanthanam” .  According to Mr Ashish  “Samudramanthanam is less explained and explored till date. I have tried to give broad way of this one of the most important chapter of Hindu mythology. I have read many scriptures and taken references from many temples and folk stories, to present the all possible aspects of portrait of Samudramanthanam.”  Now our distinguished readers will be able to read this series on every Saturday.)    

Amazon Link – Samudramanthanam 

☆ Weekly Column – Samudramanthanam – 25 – Kalpavriksha ☆ 

Last phase of churning of ocean of milk ‘Kshirasāgara’ was going on. All were waiting for amrita now. After one more round of push and pull of mount Mandara with the help of Naga Vasuki by Sura and Asura a tree with golden green leaves seen over ocean surface. Indira and other wondered that what is this. The glory of that tree was looking immeasurable. The roots and timber were below the ocean and only branches and leaves were visible above ocean.

Meantime an Asura started thinking in his mind about Rajasavik food. Soon a big plate of Rajsavik food appeared in front of him from nowhere.

All were amazed.

Other hand one Sura thinking about ornaments and soon he got them.

Then Lord Bharma said, “this is ‘Kalpavriksha’ that can fulfill wish only about thinking them. Now question is to whom this ‘Kalpavriksha’ belongs to”

Indira said, “No, question about it ‘Kalpavriksha’ is born to be a part of Indira’s  heaven”

Soon Bali said, “No, Indira till now we haven’t objected on anything. Even I have given Parijaat to your wife and make her my own sister’ but this ‘Kalpavriksha’ go to only underworld and if not, then war will surely take place”

After listing these words of their king against first time Asura felt very proud over him.

Soon both the teams lost their grips over Naga Vasuki and be ready for war.

Indira picked his Vajra and about to attack over Bali. Bali is actually ready for this attack and stop and hold Indira hand from his right hand.

Then one to one dual is started in between Indira and Bali and other hand both the teams also doing war against each other team members.

Brahma and other sage present there were trying to stop them but they were unable to listen.

This war is taking serious shape.

Then a big blast happened at place where ‘Kalpavriksha’ appeared from ocean. That was vanished and no mark of ‘Kalpavriksha’ remained.

© Ashish Kumar

New Delhi

≈ Blog Editor – Shri Hemant Bawankar/Editor (English) – Captain Pravin Raghuvanshi, NM




English Literature – Weekly Column☆ Samudramanthanam – 24 – Nidra ☆ Mr. Ashish Kumar

Mr Ashish Kumar

(It is difficult to comment about young author Mr Ashish Kumar and his mythological/spiritual writing.  He has well researched Hindu Philosophy, Science and quest of success beyond the material realms. I am really mesmerized.  I am sure you will be also amazed.  We are pleased to begin a series on excerpts from his well acclaimed book  “Samudramanthanam” .  According to Mr Ashish  “Samudramanthanam is less explained and explored till date. I have tried to give broad way of this one of the most important chapter of Hindu mythology. I have read many scriptures and taken references from many temples and folk stories, to present the all possible aspects of portrait of Samudramanthanam.”  Now our distinguished readers will be able to read this series on every Saturday.)    

Amazon Link – Samudramanthanam 

☆ Weekly Column – Samudramanthanam – 24 – Nidra ☆ 

Cycle on churning was nonstop going on. Sura and Asura want to end this process soon. It was the beautiful day of Kartik maas. Day of Ekadashi called Devutthan Ekadashi. Time to consciously waking up of Lord Vishnu.

As one more round of churning of ‘Kshirasāgara’ was about to end. One side Lord Vishnu started opening his eyes over Sheshnaga and started yawning at the other end all Sura, Asura even Lord Brahma started feeling heaviness in their heads and asleep.

Soon many lifeful creature felt down over the surface of ocean of milk ‘Kshirasāgara’.

Lord Brahma fall sleep over his pink lotus. Due to which lotus started tilting a side. Soon Goddess of knowledge ‘Sarswati’ came on her white swan and held the head of sleeping Brahma.

All other sages also slept, only Spatrishis, the seven great sage were awake and all wonder. They soon approached towards Sheshnaga, place where Lord Vishnu use to sleep.

As they reach near Sheshnaga, they saw Lord Vishnu was awake and sitting over Sheshnaga with gentle smile.

One of Saptrishi sage said, “Lord, on the site of churning all Sura, Asura, sage even Lord Brahma is sleeping. Naga Vasuki hood is fallen apart and he is seeping as well. What is this Maya, illusion, O! Mayadhra only you can know”

Lord Vishnu do salute to seven great sage and said, “come with me on site and I’ll explain you there”

Then all reached at the site of churning of ocean ‘Kshirasāgara’ where seems to be whole universe is paused.

Lord Vishnu started saying, “great seven sage, this is due to our Yoga Maya which is creation of ego and desires of individual. Which keeps people bound on their realms.

You can say it is Nidra or sleep of ignorance. It is a Tamsik shakti of mine. See towards the ocean where churning is happening”

All seven sage looked toward the churning site. They saw a beautiful black color Goddess is standing and smiling. All sage does salute to her and ask, “who are you mother?”

That Goddess replied with lazy voice, “I am Yoga Nidra or Yogic sleep is a state of consciousness between waking and sleeping. I am a state in which the one’s body is completely relaxed, and the practitioner becomes systematically and increasingly aware of the inner world by following a set of verbal instructions. This state of consciousness is different from meditation, in which concentration on a single focus is required. In Yoga Nidra the practitioner remains in a state of light withdrawal of the 5 senses (pratyahara) with four senses internalized, that is, withdrawn, and only hearing still connects to any instructions given.

© Ashish Kumar

New Delhi

≈ Blog Editor – Shri Hemant Bawankar/Editor (English) – Captain Pravin Raghuvanshi, NM




English Literature – Weekly Column☆ Samudramanthanam – 23 – Parijata ☆ Mr. Ashish Kumar

Mr Ashish Kumar

(It is difficult to comment about young author Mr Ashish Kumar and his mythological/spiritual writing.  He has well researched Hindu Philosophy, Science and quest of success beyond the material realms. I am really mesmerized.  I am sure you will be also amazed.  We are pleased to begin a series on excerpts from his well acclaimed book  “Samudramanthanam” .  According to Mr Ashish  “Samudramanthanam is less explained and explored till date. I have tried to give broad way of this one of the most important chapter of Hindu mythology. I have read many scriptures and take references from many temples and folk stories, to present the all possible aspects of portrait of Samudramanthanam.”  Now our distinguished readers will be able to read this series on every Saturday.)    

Amazon Link – Samudramanthanam 

☆ Weekly Column – Samudramanthanam – 23 – Parijata ☆ 

Sura and Asura were now fed up from the churning of ocean of milk ‘Kshirasāgara’. They all were bore from this churning now. They all were missing their actual work and fun. Narada muni is aware of it. He knows that now this churning must stop soon. Soon Amrita will appear but only Lord Vishnu knows how long this will go.

Then after thinking something in his mind Narada muni proceeded towards Lord Brahma and said to him,” Prmapita Parmeshvar, father of all, Lord, are you thinking same which I am? I can see that both the teams are desperately want to end this churning of ocean. They are no more interested in it.”

Lord Brahma said,” your observation is right Narada, actually they are bored from routine task. They want some rest and relaxation and enjoyment of their senses. You do one thing. Go near ‘Indira’ and ‘Bali’ and told them that Brahma has given command to do a short break from this churning. You request Indira that he will order Apsaras do come here and do dance with Gandharva who will play music and also request from ‘Bali’ that he will order their team members to arrange food for everyone.

Narada muni does the same.   Now all Sura and Asura were enjoying a surprise party in which many types of sense engagements were present. Different types of foods were available there. Gandharva were playing their music instruments and Apsaras were dancing over their instrument tunes.

Bali looks towards an apsara ‘Urmila’ and said, “you all are very beautiful but your body is lacking the decoration of nature”

Indira interpreted and said, “what do you mean Bali?”

Bali said, “Indira you don’t know how to respect and decorate a woman. Your heaven’s beauties are lacking the natural decoration”

After listing these words of ‘Bali’ a tree starts emerging from ocean ‘Kshirasāgara’. It is night-flowering coral jasmine, or simply fragrance. Tree growing to 10 m (33 ft) tall, with flaky grey bark. The leaves were opposite, simple, 6–12 cm (2.4–4.7 inches) long and 2–6.5 cm (0.79–2.56 inches) broad, with an entire margin. The flowers were fragrant, with a five- to eight-lobed white corolla with an orange-red center; they were produced in clusters of two to seven together, with individual flowers opening at dusk and finishing at dawn. The fruit is a bilobed, flat brown heart-shaped to round capsule 2 cm (0.79 inch) diameter, each lobe containing a single seed. The fragrance of flower of Parijata and its appearance as white and orange color make to lose sense to all people present there.

Bali said to Indira, “this is the tree and flower of Patal lok, underworld which bloom here as a result of ‘Kshirasāgara’ churning only on my request and I am going to give this tree with flowers to my sister and your wife ‘Indrani’ on the day of ‘Bhaiya Dooj’.

Everyone were amazed from Bali’s act. Indira is not believing on it what Bali has done. Even he was still thinking that this must be some trick of Asura. Some Asura thinking that ‘Bali’ has done wrong to give precious tree of underworld to Indira’s wife.

Bali has won hearts of many.

Churning started again.

 

© Ashish Kumar

New Delhi

≈ Blog Editor – Shri Hemant Bawankar/Editor (English) – Captain Pravin Raghuvanshi, NM




English Literature ☆ Happy New Year 2021 ☆ Captain Pravin Raghuvanshi, NM (Editor, E-Abhivyakti (English))

Captain Pravin Raghuvanshi, NM

(Captain Pravin Raghuvanshi—an ex Naval Officer, possesses a multifaceted personality. Presently, he is serving as Senior Advisor in prestigious Supercomputer organisation C-DAC, Pune. An alumnus of IIM Ahmedabad is involved in various Artificial Intelligence and High-Performance Computing projects of national and international repute. He has got a long experience in the field of ‘Natural Language Processing’, especially, in the domain of Machine Translation. He has taken the mantle of translating the timeless beauties of Indian literature upon himself so that it reaches across the globe. He has also undertaken translation work for Shri Narendra Modi, the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, which was highly appreciated by him. He is also a member of ‘Bombay Film Writer Association’. )

💐 Happy New Year 2021!💐

Having bid farewell to year 2020, we’re ushering in the New Year 2021, which calls for a celebration, as it is an occasion to  spend frolicking time with near-and-dear ones, and exchange Happy New Year wishes and greetings.

A great deal of things happen in the  year just gone by, mostly unprecedented, melancholic and sombre. The pandemic Covid-19 did unleash its catastrophic spell on the humanity.

The 2020 was a life time unique experience in many aspects: societal, economic, profession, science. World has changed in this period perhaps busy in establishing human superiority over the nature. Conceited mankind did attempt to takeover nature’s all functions in totality with Artificial Intelligence, robotics and cloning humans. But then suddenly the nature gave one of its little gentle but lethal slap, and made the human world realise its pygmy status बी bringing the world to its knees in a jiffy. All socio-economic theories, architectural shapes and even rituals lost meaning and got changed forever.

Mankind will try to find an answer to this pandemic and also the ruffling of nature but it would be wise if we offset the course at least to remain parallel to nature if not converging, while maintaining its due reverence and obeisance!

Let us usher in the year 2021 with full vigour and sensitivities, keeping the lessons learnt from the 2020 in our memory box guarding against the auto delete.

 Today is the first blank page of a 365-page book. Let’s write a good one…as the adage goes: “A job well done is half done!”

 Let’s dream a new dream…Hoping smiles from the threshold of the year just rang the bell, whispering: ‘It will be happier…with promising newer vistas of wellness and prosperity!’

Happy New Year 2021!

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Captain Pravin Raghuvanshi, NM

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English Literature ☆ Stories ☆ Weekly Column – Samudramanthanam – 21 – Lakshmi ☆ Mr. Ashish Kumar

Mr Ashish Kumar

(It is difficult to comment about young author Mr Ashish Kumar and his mythological/spiritual writing.  He has well researched Hindu Philosophy, Science and quest of success beyond the material realms. I am really mesmerized.  I am sure you will be also amazed.  We are pleased to begin a series on excerpts from his well acclaimed book  “Samudramanthanam” .  According to Mr Ashish  “Samudramanthanam is less explained and explored till date. I have tried to give broad way of this one of the most important chapter of Hindu mythology. I have read many scriptures and take references from many temples and folk stories, to present the all possible aspects of portrait of Samudramanthanam.”  Now our distinguished readers will be able to read this series on every Saturday.)    

Amazon Link – Samudramanthanam 

☆ Weekly Column – Samudramanthanam – 21 – Lakshmi☆ 

Now green color lotus emerges from ocean over which another form of Goddess was sitting.  She was Santana Lakshmi (“Progeny Lakshmi “) is the goddess of bestowing offspring.

She emerges with eight arms from which one arm has holding a baby, who by itself holds a lotus in its hands. Two of her arms has a shield and a sword, with two more holding a water pitcher decorated with mango leaves and topped with a coconut. One hand is in the Abhaya Mudra which signifies the dispelling of darkness and conferring the boon of a child. She is seated on a green color lotus attired in red and yellow garments, wearing a garland of flowers and draped in gold jewelry.

She takes east position in sky to witness churning.

All these incarnations of Goddess Lakshmi were emerging on the Kartik month Amavasya or Diwali.

Next yellow color lotus starts appearing over which Veera Lakshmi (“Valorous Lakshmi “) or Dhairya Lakshmi (“Courage Lakshmi “) the goddess who bestows valor during battles and courage plus strength for overcoming difficulties in life was sitting.

Veera Lakshmi appears with eight arms, dressed in red clothing and draped in gold ornaments and flowers. She was seated on a yellow lotus and wields several weapons in her hands like a disc, bow, arrow and a trident or sword. She also holds a conch and several palm leaf scriptures. Two hands were portrayed in the Abhaya Mudra and Varadh Mudra postures that dispels fear, while signifying safety, reassurance and generosity. Her charming and peaceful countenance evokes a feeling of love and compassion, which instills fortitude and determination in the hearts of her devotees.

She takes south position in the sky to welcome her Goddess Maha Lakshmi.

Once again churning started. It is noon time and soon a light pink lotus appear over which Vijaya Lakshmi was sitting. Vijaya Lakshmi or Jaya Lakshmi (“Victorious Lakshmi “) is the goddess and the giver of victory, not only in battles. but also, for conquering hurdles in order to achieve success. She came as eight-armed, in red garments, carrying the chakra, shankh, sword, shield, lotus, pasha, other two hands in Abhaya mudra and Varada mudra.

She takes north east position in the sky.

Again, churning started. Next comes blue lotus over which sitting Vidya Lakshmi (“Knowledge Lakshmi “) the goddess and the bestowed of knowledge of arts and sciences. She is dressed in a white saree and has a resemblance to the goddess Saraswati. She holds a book of Vedas, a peacock feather as a pen, Varad mudra and Abhay mudra.

She takes north west position in the sky.

So, seven forms of Goddess Lakshmi till now appeared who were waiting to welcome Goddess MahaLakshmi the wife and other half of Lord Vishnu.

Then different types of smell started  coming and a special white lotus appears over which four goddesses were seating. These four were also minor incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi apart from seven form of Goddess Lakshmi who appeared before.

These four are:

Aishwarya Lakshmi (“Prosperity Lakshmi “) the Goddess of riches only form of Lakshmi Goddess who mounts horse.

Saubhagya Lakshmi (“Giver of good Fortune”) she Gives prosperity in general.

Rajya Lakshmi (“Royal Lakshmi “) She who blesses rulers (with power) and

Vara Lakshmi (“Boon Lakshmi “) The goddess who bestows boons.

All these minor forms of Goddess Lakshmi take position of middle in sky.

Then Lord Vishnu appears and said, “This is the most auspicious time of year the kuhu kala moon of Amavasya of Kartik month. Night of Diwali and this is the time to emerge Goddess ‘Maha Lakshmi’.

Soon Lord Shiv with Goddess Parvati also appear. Then all three Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati take position before Lord Brahma.

After sometimes Goddess Saraswati also comes to welcome Goddess ‘Laskhmi’ in real form.

All remaining goddess and god have secured their position to witness most beautiful moment of the universe ever saw.

Then come Goddess Alakshmi, the elder sister of Goddess Lakshmi on her Mount ‘Owl’.

Lord Vishnu said, “all possible incarnation of mine. Which already incarnated and also whose about to incarnation wants to see this beautiful moment. So, from my inside all my ten Avtars will appears”

Then Lord Vishnu form start growing all around and ten faces, five at one side and five other side emerge from Lord Vishnu body. Yes, ten Avtars Matsya; Kurma; Varaha; Narasimha; Vamana; Parashurama; Rama; Krishna; Buddha Krishna; and Kalki. Faces were visible all-around Lord Vishnu.

Gandharvas came from heaven and started to play their divine instruments of music and apsaras started dancing all around.

All great sage doing chanting of holy mantras of Vedas.

Then at the most auspicious moment of universe on the night of Diwali, Goddess Lakshmi appears as a calm and loving lady with golden complexion dressed in bright colors red and adorned with precious jewels.

She has Four arms which represents the four ends of human life, Dharma (righteousness), Artha (wealth), Kama (desires) and Moksha (liberation).

She wears bright clothes and Ornaments: represent prosperity.

She holds lotus bud in two of her hands, which stands for beauty, purity, spirituality and fertility.

She sits on a fully blossomed dark pink lotus which signifies the seat of divine truth. It also indicates rising above worldly impurities. The four elephants which showering over her four kind of divine liquids symbolize the royal power.

A cascades of gold coins are seen flowing from her hands, this represents her as goddess of wealth. the one who blesses everyone with wealth.

An aura of divine happiness, mental and spiritual satisfaction, and prosperity always exists around Maha Lakshmi.

An owl emerges from the body of her elder sister Alakshmi and sits near Maha Lakshmi as a vehicle for Maha Lakshmi. Owl sleeps through the day and keeps awake during night. This denotes that if you want to attain success, you must remain awake when others are sleeping.

As Goddess Maha Lakshmi’s first view appears all the suffering of world vanished. Then Lord Shiva said, “Goddess of abundant Lord Vishnu is lifeless without you. You are one for which this churning of ocean is happening. Now you are here again to guide people, I think this churning must be stopped and I declare and request Saprtrishi to do a marriage of you with Lord Vishnu”

Lord Vishnu looks towards Lord Shiva and said with smile, “Mahdeva, your gentility is beyond world. Yes, Vishnu is incomplete without his power Goddess Maha Lakshmi. Now we will marriage and will take blessings of yours and Spatrishis and of Lord Brahma. As you said for common people this churning is end because Goddess of prosperity is here in absent of which life is not worth of living for people of earth but there is one more important aspect is there to do this churning and that is to get liquid of immortality ‘Amrita’. As blessings of Goddess Lakshmi are necessary for people of earth. The amrita is required for Sura of heaven and Asura of underworld. So, I request you to allow your permission to start this churning again.”

Lord Shiva said, “As you please Lord”

Then marriage of Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi happened and after enjoyment and festival celebration churning of ocean started again.

Goddess MahaLakshmi starts living with God Vishnu.

Dhana Lakshmi with people who use money wisely to run house of poor people.

Dhanya Lakshmi with farmers.

Gaja Lakshmi with people who understand and give equal right to animals.

Santana Lakshmi bless children to whom who never do partiality between children.

Veera/Dhairya Lakshmi starts live with people who show bravery to help who required help.

Jaya/Vijaya Lakshmi bless people victory who can justify that.

Vidya Lakshmi with people who do regular study of nature.

Aishwarya Lakshmi gives nine types of luxuries.

Saubhagya Lakshmi make people fortunate.

Rajya Lakshmi gives kingdom.

Vara Lakshmi gives  people boon who deserved it.

 

© Ashish Kumar

New Delhi

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English Literature – Article ☆ Wah Ustaad! – Mr Vinay Madhav Gokhale

☆ Wah Ustaad! – Mr Vinay Madhav Gokhale☆

It was on a Sunday morning. I was sipping my morning cuppa when my attention was drawn to the news in ‘Sakal’ about a Pune district level carrom tournament being underway. I had this long cherished wish to watch one. With not much having to do for the day, I decided today was going to be it.

A call was made to Ajay, a late-afternoon time was fixed and there we were, standing in the table tennis rooms at Nehru stadium. There already was a motley crowd inside comprising mostly of spectators like us, tournament organizers wearing the caps, few of them wearing their club ‘T’ shirts and then there were friends and supporters of the individual players or clubs etc. Why so much crowd for a district level Carrom tournament, I wondered. I was to get an apt answer soon.

The air inside was stuffy with practically no air conditioning or circulation in place. However the atmosphere was full of enthusiastic expectations. There were two rooms, each one housing close to eight boards on which matches were played in the singles, doubles and team categories. There was a separate category for seniors too.  The carrom boards were lighted and warmed by the yellow bulbs stooping from the roof.

We were treated to some vintage games of carrom. The explosive reverse breaks and the  rollicking finishes, the straight shots, the reverse shots, the sharp cuts, the side flank shots, the thumb shot, the third pocket shots, the fluke shots, the cannon shot, the deft nudges and touches, the deliberately played negative shots to move opponent’s pieces away from the pocket, we witnessed the entire array of shots. Each difficult piece pocketed was greeted with an impromptu roar of appreciation and a simple piece missed was followed by a sympathetic gasp.  So much involved the audience was with the game!

We soon started realizing the game was played at a much different level than we were aware of.  There were hardly any mistakes committed, was one reason.  The second was the realization that the players were reading the carrom board just like a chess board. An enormous amount of thought went into planning and executing each shot.

How much force to apply, what should be the angle so that the pieces do not get disturbed unfavorably, which return path the striker should take, which pieces the striker should touch etc.  If there were no easy pieces available, how to play a waiting game enticing the opponent into taking more risks and make a mistake etc, every move was driven by a strategy.  Sometimes the players simply chose to pocket the obstructing opposite colored pieces for their own benefit later.

The icing on the cake was provided by Yogesh Pardeshi, a lad from Pune. Yogesh has a very modest personality with no air about him whatsoever. He is remarkably quiet and soft-spoken. For those uninitiated to the world of carrom, Yogesh is a three times ‘World Champion’ in Carrom!

Aditya Chavan, Kiran Dhende, Sulaiman Shaikh, Digambar Chatra were all ‘excellent’ that day but Yogesh Pardeshi still was several notches better, a true ‘World Champion’ class! And he gave enough evidences that evening.

When Yogesh’s match against Digambar started, majority of the crowd flocked around him. Digambar looked in good spirits, fresh from his win against Sulaiman some time back. As the game started, a hush descended around the board only to be broken by the sounds of the striker caressing the pieces or crashing into the pieces and the delightful sound of the piece disappearing into the pocket. Yogesh stayed so much focused on the game that he did not even bother to look neither at his opponent’s face nor at the people around him. Neither the ring tones of people’s mobiles bothered him, nor did the sounds made by the audience disturb him. His eyes, ears, brains, hands were all “living” the game.

There was no unsuccessful start for him with most of his breaks slotting two pieces.  He commanded the pieces to the pockets with the precision of an unerring robot. Shots were ‘discovered’ from seemingly unconceivable positions, his defense was rock solid, and no unforced errors were made. A brilliant move by the opponent was met with an even better response. Each mistake by Digambar was heavily punished. The outcome of the match was never in doubt, a cold execution that left behind a devastated opponent!

After the match we met Yogesh, shook hands with him and congratulated for his win. When we introduced our names he also introduced in a down-to-earth voice, “I am Yogesh Pardeshi”.  He enquired whether the two of us also played carrom. Did we really all these years? Not really. We had our first lesson of the game on that day. The only words I had for him were “Wah Ustaad!

If you want to draw more inspiration, read his page, “History Behind My Success” at URL,  http://yogeshpardeshi.wordpress.com/

So what was the takeaway for me and Ajay? We have resolved to put in some Carrom practice and participate in local tournaments ourselves. Touchwood, we keep our resolution for the New Year 2014!

© Mr Vinay Madhav Gokhale

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English Literature – Article ☆ Shri M K Pardhi – A Centurian Journalist remembers … ☆ Shri Ajeet Singh, Ex-Director (News) Doordarshan

Shri Ajeet Singh 

(We present an article ‘Shri M K Pardhi – A Centurian Journalist remembers … ’ written by Shri Ajeet Singh ji, Ex-Director (News), Doordarshan.)

We are extremely thankful to Shri Ajeet Singh ji for sharing experience of Shri M K Pardhi ji who celebrated his 100th birthday on 18th December 2020.  💐 e-abhivyakti family extends heartiest greetings to Shri M K Pardhi ji.💐) 

☆ Shri M K Pardhi – A Centurian Journalist remembers … : Shri Ajeet Singh ☆

Shri M.K . Pardhi,  a former officer of the Indian Information Service, who completed one hundred years of his glorious life Friday, is proud of his one special assignment and has a deep regret for another in his long professional career as a journalist.

Shri Pardhi who is hale and hearty shared some of his experiences today at a webinar organised by All India Radio Pune to mark the occasion. People from different parts of India joined to wish him a happy birth day and listen to his experiences and advice for the new generation.

Centurian Shri M.K. Pardhi at his Pune home Friday /Shri Pardhi with his wife.

“I started my journalistic career from a Marathi newspaper Janshakti and reported the “Quit India” movement led by Mahatma Gandhi in then Bombay in 1942. Gandhi ji was a charismatic leader. People followed him with reverence. I was privileged to cover that.

” The incident that I regret was my assignment in the Censor Board in the Press Information Bureau during the Emergency between 1975 and 1977. I did not like the job but had to delete news items unpalatable to the government of the day from the newspaper pages.

“Shri M. K. Pardhi worked in the All India Radio, Publication Division and Field Publicity departments of the ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

Shri Pardhi was Regional Officer in the Field Publicity department and would frequently go on field tours to inspect the working of the Field Publicity units under his supervision. “These tours would actually turn to be literary discussions with Marathi writers in different district of Maharashtra state”, says a writer who had come to offer birthday greetings to him in Pune.

When asked about the secret of his long life and good health, Shri Pardhi said it was because of his still continuing involvement in creative activities like literary writing and review. “Remain happy. Things will change. Adversity will also change”.

A journalist put a naughty question to Mrs. Pardhi. “When was it that you had a fight with each other?”.

“We fight almost every day but make up within minutes”, was the prompt reply from her. Though a bit hard of hearing, Shri Pardhi nodded in affirmation with a smile.

“Was it a love marriage or arranged one?”

“Both”, said Mrs Pardhi with a bit of blushing without elaborating.

Any message for the new generation?

“Work hard. Be creative and remain away from intoxicants”, was the  advice from Shri Pardhi as the time for this webinar ended.  Shri Pardhi was to join another felicitation function organised by a Pune publication.

Greetings continued to pour in on social media from the working and the retired members of the Indian Information Service and those from the programme and other wings of All India Radio and Doordarshan. Print media persons and literary writers too turned up in big numbers to wish many more happy return of the day to Centurian Shri M. K. Pardhi.

Shri Pardhi who was born on the 18th of December in 1920, retired in 1978 aged 58, then prescribed age for retirement for Central Government staff. The age since has been raised to 60 years.

 

©  Shri Ajeet Singh 

Ex-Director (News) Doordarshan

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