SOMETIME WE STRUGGLE THRU TASTELESS COFFEE TILL THE LAST SIP,
THEN WE FIND SUGAR LYING AT THE BOTTOM,
SWEETENED BUT NOT STIRRED WELL
Good Morning Have A Lovely Day
The birthday of Lord Rama, the celebrated hero of the famous epic, 'Ramayana', is enthusiastically celebrated on the ninth day of the waxing moon in the month of Chiatra, all over India. Lord Vishnu is worshipped in his human incarnation as Rama, the divine ruler of Ayodhya. Celebrations begin with a prayer to the Sun early in the morning. At midday, when Lord Rama is supposed to have been born, a special prayer is performed. People sing devotional songs in praise of Rama and rock, images of him in a cradle to celebrate his birth. Rathyatras or chariot processions of Ram, his wife Seeta, brother Lakshman and devotee Hanuman are held from many temples. People gather in thousands on the banks of the sacred river Sarayu for a dip. Some observe a strict fast on this day. him in a cradle to celebrate his birth. Rathyatras or chariot processions of Ram, his wife Seeta, brother Lakshman and devotee Hanuman are held from many temples. People gather in thousands on the banks of the sacred river Sarayu for a dip. Some observe a strict fast on this day.
Lord Rama: An Idea
The Ideal son: He always obeyed His parents; at times even advised the elders. The Ideal brother: Rama-Lakshman's love is cited as the ideal of brotherly love. The Ideal husband: He was devoted to His one and only wife. Kings, then, use to have many wives. The Ideal friend: He helped Sugreev, Bibhishan and many others during their difficult times. The Ideal King: He followed all codes of conduct for Kings as laid down in our scriptures.
The Ideal Enemy: Bibhishan refused to perform the last rites of Ravan, his brother. Lord Rama said to him, ''If you do not do it, I will. He was my brother too!' Maryadapurushottam: He represents the Supreme extent of Righteousness.
The implied meaning of the Ramayana in our lives:* Lakshman refers to the focus on the soul, instead of the worldly.* Bharat signifies a seeker engrossed in the worship of radiance.* Shatrughna is the one who destroys the six foes(Shadripus) of the soul.* Rama, Sita and Lakshman together stand for spiritual knowledge, devotion and detachment respectively.* Hanuman is the activated Kundalini and* Ravana embodies the 6 enemies of a human being which are desire, anger, greed, attachment, vanity and envy.
Every Incarnation comes to Earth with a specific purpose: The main task of every Incarnation is to destroy evil and establish the Divine Kingdom; but the percentage and proportion of this varies in different Yugas. And, all activities of the Incarnation are centred around this task. Killing of Ravana: Ravana was highly learned and possessed the knowledge of Righteousness (Dharma). Lord Rama had to destroy him, so that He could protect the embodied souls doing spiritual practice. Lord Rama acquired a gross body to help the souls pursue their spiritual aspirations appropriately.
Final Liberation: Many embodied souls completed their individual spiritual practice through the path of Knowledge (Dhyanyoga) but since their spiritual practice for the sake of society(Samashti sadhana) was incomplete, their spiritual practice for Final Liberation remained incomplete. In Satya-yuga there was no way to perform spiritual practice for the sake of society and as a result many embodied souls got stuck midway. For their progress and liberation, they were born as monkeys (vanars) during Lord Rama's time. Some of the Gods who had been cursed were also born during this period as monkeys. In order to make all these embodied souls practice spirituality for the sake of society and their progress, Lord Rama acquired a gross body. who had been cursed were also born during this period as monkeys. In order to make all these embodied souls practice spirituality for the sake of society and their progress, Lord Rama acquired a gross body.
To set an ideal for the people: Lord Rama set an example through each and every action of His. He explained how an embodied soul can attain Final Liberation by acting in accord-ance with the scriptures. He set an example of a Divine Kingdom for the people: When Righteousness (Dharma) manifested in the gross, Unrighteousness(Adharma) also manifested in the gross. Many embodied souls started troubling Sages and others who acted in accordance with the scriptures. During that time Lord Rama protected the Sages and set an example through His own deeds for all kings as to how a Divine Kingdom should be. Lord Rama is an ideal of how selfless,free from desire and impartial a King can be!
अहमद नगर जिले में ही स्थित रालेगन सिद्धि में था। दादा की मौत के सात साल बाद अन्ना का परिव रालेगन आ गया। अन्ना के छह भाई हैं। परिवार में तंगी का आलम देखकर अन्ना की बुआ उन्हें मुम्ब ले गईं। वहां उन्होंने सातवीं तक पढ़ाई की। परिवार पर कष्टों का बोझ देखकर वह दादर स्टेशन के बाहर एक फूल बेचनेवाले की दुकान में 40 रुपये की पगार में काम करने लगे। इसके बाद उन्होंने फूलों की अपनी दुकान खोल ली और अपने दो भाइयों को भी रालेगन से बुला लिया। बाहर एक फूल बेचनेवाले की दुकान में 40 रुपये की पगार में काम करने लगे। इसके बाद उन्होंने अपनी दुकान खोल ली और अपने दो भाइयों को भी रालेगन से बुला लिया। यहीं पाकिस्तानी हमले में वह मौत को धता बता कर बचे थे। इसी दौरान नई दिल्ली रेलवे स्टेशन से उन्होंने विवेकानंद की एक बुकलेट 'कॉल टु दि यूथ फॉर नेशन' खरीदी और उसको पढ़ने के बाद उन्होंने अपनी जिंदगी समाज को समर्पित कर दी। उन्होंने गांधी और विनोबा को भी पढ़ा। 1970 में उन्होंने आजीवन अविवाहित रहने का संकल्प किया। मुम्बई पोस्टिंग के दौरान वह अपने गांव रालेगन आते-जाते रहे। चट्टान पर बैठकर गांव को सुधारने की बात सोचते रहते। जाते रहे। चट्टान पर बैठकर गांव को सुधारने की बात सोचते रहते। आकर डट गए
आकर डट गए। उन्होंने गांव की तस्वीर ही बदल दी। उन्होंने अपनी जमीन बच्चों के हॉस्टल के लिए दान कर दी। आज उनकी पेंशन का सारा पैसा गांव के विकास में खर्च होता है। वह गांव के मंदिर में रहते हैं और हॉस्टल में रहने वाले बच्चों के लिए बनने वाला खाना ही खाते हैं। आज गांव का हर शख्स आत्मनिर्भर है। आस-पड़ोस के गांवों के लिए भी यहां से चारा, दूध आदि जाता है। गांव में एक तरह का रामराज है। गांव में तो उन्होंने रामराज स्थापित कर दिया है। अब वह अपने दल-बल के साथ देश में रामराज की स्थापना की मुहिम में निकले हैं : भ्रष्टाचार रहित भारत। रामराज की स्थापना की मुहिम में निकले हैं : भ्रष्टाचार रहित भारत।
Choose to love; rather than hate.
Choose to laugh rather than cry.
Choose to create; rather than destroy
Choose to persevere; rather than quit.
Choose to praise; rather than gossip.
Choose to heal; rather than wound.
Choose to give; rather than steal.
Choose to act; rather than procrastinate.
Choose to grow; rather than not.
Choose to pray; rather than curse.
Choose to live; rather than die
An inspired India on Saturday night regained the coveted World Cup after 28 years as they suppressed Sri Lanka with a six-wicket victory in a nerve- wrecking final to script a glorious new chapter in their cricketing history
There was a couple who used to go
to shop in the beautiful stores. They both liked antiques and pottery and especially teacups.
One day in this beautiful shop they saw a beautiful teacup. They said,"May we see that? We've never seen one quite so beautiful." As the lady handed it to them, suddenly the teacup spoke."You don't understand," it said. "I haven't always been a teacup. There was a time when I was red and I was clay." My master took me and rolled me and patted me over and over and I yelled out,"let me alone", but he only smiled, "Not yet."
"Then I was placed on a spinning wheel," the teacup said, "and suddenly I was spun around and around and around. Stop it! I'm getting dizzy!" I screamed. But the master only nodded and said,'Not yet."
Then he put me in the oven. I never felt such heat. I wondered why he wanted to burn me, and I yelled and knocked at the door. I could see him through the opening and I could read his lips as He shook his head, "Not yet."
Finally the door opened, he put me on the shelf, and I began to cool. "There, that's better," I said. And he brushed and painted me all over. The fumes were horrible. I thought I would gag. "Stop it, stop it!" I cried.
He only nodded, "Not yet."
Then suddenly he put me back into the oven, not like the first one. This was twice as hot and I knew I would suffocate. I begged. I pleaded. I screamed. I cried. All the time I could see him through the opening nodding his head saying, "Not yet."
Then I knew there wasn't any hope. I would never make it. I was ready to give up. But the door opened and he took me out and placed me on the shelf. One hour later he handed me a mirror and said, "Look at yourself." And I did. I said, "That's not me; that couldn't be me. It's beautiful. I'm beautiful.""I want you to remember," then, he said, "I know it hurts to be rolled and patted, but if I had left you alone, you'd have dried up.
I know it made you dizzy to spin around on the wheel, but if I had stopped, you would have crumbled.
I knew it hurt and was hot and disagreeable in the oven, but if I hadn't put you there, you would have cracked.
I know the fumes were bad when I brushed and painted you all over, but if I hadn't done that, gk never would have hardened; you would not have
had any color in your life. And if I hadn't put you back in that second oven, you wouldn't survive for very long because the hardness would not have held. Now you are a finished product.
You are what I had in mind when I first began with you."
God knows what He's doing (for all of us).
He is the Potter, and we are His clay.
He will mold us and make us, So that we may be made into a flawless piece of work To fulfill His good, pleasing, and perfect will.