Thursday, April 20, 2017

SIGNIFICANCE OF................... VISHU.



SIGNIFICANCE OF................... VISHU...

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SIGNIFICANCE OF................... VISHU.

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Vishu is derived from “Vishuvam” in Sanskrit and Malayalam, which means “equal”. On the day of Vishu when the sun enters Medham rashi, the day is EQUAL to night. This means that the latitude of the place is the same as the declination of the sun. April 14th marks the new year in accordance with Kolla Varsham the Malayalam calendar. This occasion signifies the sun's transit into the Meda Rasi (first zodiac sign ) according to Indian astrological calculations, and represents the vernal equinox. Vishu marks the beginning of a new calendar year in Kerala. The principle behind the celebration of this festival lies in the fact that a good beginning paves the way to success. In fact, it is a day of supplication and surrender to that Supreme power we call God, without whose grace our limited faculties can achieve nothing.The two main rituals performed during Vishu are Vishukani and Vishukaineetam. Celebrations are majestic on Vishu. Bursting crackers, lighting lamps all over their houses, receiving blessings from the elders, greeting each others with sweets, new clothes and money to those younger than you, are the prime happenings during Vishu. People also wear kodi vastram (new clothes) on this day. Patassu (fire crackers) are burst in the midst of dancing and merry to mark the day.
The story behind Vishu:-
The origin of Vishu is elusive and obscure as there is lack of literature regarding it. The customs and traditions slightly vary from region to region with in Kerala itself as per the local values and customs. This makes its even more confusing not to mention the change in the attitude and life style of the people. But one Interesting myth is related to the demon king Ravana.

Legend has it that the Navgrahas were controlled by Ravana during his reign of Lanka. He had Shani imprisoned. It is said that Ravana was not impressed with Surya rising from the east and the rays falling on his palace without his permission. Ravana saw the intense heat produced by Surya as arrogance. Ravan decided go in for a war with Surya.A scared Surya agreed to not to shine on the palace of Ravana. This caused lot of difficulties for the people in the region. Surya arrived late daily and this caused havoc in nature. Crops were damaged. There was scarcity of food. Then Sri Ram defeated Ravana in the epic battle and Surya started rising from the east on time. Ravana had never allowed the Sun to rise straight from the East and after Ravana’s death it was on a Vishu day, that the Sun started to rise from the East.
It is believed that people celebrate Vishu in remembrance of Sri Ram defeating Ravana and Surya appearing on time. The story just shows the importance of Sun in the lives of human beings on earth.
J.KANNAN, M.Com, FIATA

"WE DON'T THINK TO BREATHE
 WE BREATHE TO THINK"

A Peaceful mind can think better........

Saraswati: Hindu Goddess of Aesthetics and Protector of the Universe

Saraswati: Hindu Goddess of Aesthetics and Protector of the Universe
Saraswati: Hindu Goddess of Aesthetics and Protector of the Universe
A deity with as many attributes as arms, Saraswati (or Sarasvati) is the Hindu goddess of aesthetics. These include music, the arts, wisdom and learning. She can be compared, in many ways, to the Greek god Apollo combined with the mental prowess of the Greek goddess Athena. She is wed to Brahma, the highest deity of the Hindu religion and complements his abstraction of the universe with her active efforts to seek and maintain the wisdom to protect it. But what exactly is her position in the Hindu hierarchy?

The Two Hindu Trinities

Saraswati is part of one of the two primary trinities in Hindu culture. The first, and better known, is that of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva who together keep the cosmos in order. In the Hindu tradition, Brahma is responsible for creating the universe; Vishnu ensures the universe is maintained and ordered; while Shiva is tasked with destroying the universe at an allotted time and recycling/reviving it accordingly.
Saraswati is part of a second trinity together with Lakshmi and Parvati. Lakshmi is the wife of Vishnu and is associated with wealth and prosperity. Parvati is the goddess of love and fertility. With the wisdom and artistry of Saraswati, these three women aid in the maintenance of the cosmos alongside their male counterparts. Interestingly, there are some customs that portray Saraswati as a wife of Vishnu, possibly because Vishnu is more actively worshipped than Brahma and that she was later given to Brahma as a gift.
Shiva Performing the Dance of Bliss while Vishnu and Brahma Provide Musical Accompaniment
Shiva Performing the Dance of Bliss while Vishnu and Brahma Provide Musical Accompaniment (public domain)

A Pure Seeker of Knowledge

In art, Saraswati is associated with the white lotus flower, as it symbolized the knowledge which she is constantly seeking. She is often also associated with a swan or hamsa to identity with her pure, innocent nature—as it is believed wisdom is best achieved through indiscriminate means. She is portrayed in yellow or white, and her primary festival (Saraswati Puja) is celebrated on the first day of spring.
Lotus water flower
Lotus water flower 
It is likely that, due to her pure nature and intellectual prowess, young children are taught the alphabet and preliminary learning skills during the Saraswati Puja. Saraswati's spring association is likely intended to represent the ever-changing progression of nature alongside the development of children and their knowledge. In other mythological literature regarding Saraswati, she is said to provide gifts of education and learning to other gods. For example, she provides Ganesha, the elephant companion of Shiva, with pen and ink.
Painting of the Goddess Saraswati by Raja Ravi Varma, 1896 AD.
Painting of the Goddess Saraswati by Raja Ravi Varma, 1896 AD.

Water worship

It was common to worship Saraswati in the modern day river Sarsuti, once named the Saraswati River. Just like the well-known Ganges River, the Sarsuti has long been thought to possess otherworldly powers. Bathing in it was believed to bring the worshipper good fortune and fertility. Whether Saraswati was a goddess prior to the naming of the river, or the river was personified into a goddess after years of worship there is uncertain. However, there is an agreement among scholars that this site is associated with the goddess.
Saraswati's name is first found in the Rigveda, one of four sacred texts of the Hindu religion. It dates back to around 1700-1100 BC, therefore indicating that Saraswati has long been a pertinent part of the evolving faith. A chapter of the Mahabharata, a Hindu epic, even claims that Saraswati herself was responsible for the creation of the Rigveda and its three counterparts: the Yajurveda, Samaveda and Atharvaveda. This is a sensible presumption based on Saraswati's various aspects of wisdom and the limitless knowledge of the universe.
Saraswati is also known by other names, each epithet indicative of the primary aspect of her person the worshiper wants to invoke. Some of these names are: Bharati, Shatarupa, and Vac -  eloquence, existence and speech respectively.
It should also be noted that Saraswati has roles in other Asian religions, particularly Jainism and Buddhism. Her roles in these faiths are slightly different, though she remains predominately a goddess of knowledge.
J.KANNAN, M.Com, FIATA

"WE DON'T THINK TO BREATHE
 WE BREATHE TO THINK"

NINE BEAUTIFUL MESSAGES....

NINE BEAUTIFUL MESSAGES............Stay away from Anger. It hurts only YOU!........&.....................

1. Never think hard about the past...It brings TEARS.....Don't think more about the future....it brings FEARS....
Live this moment with a smile.........it brings....CHEERS.
2.If you are Right, then there is no need to get ANGRY.....And if you are wrong...then you don't have any right to get ANGRY.
3.Every test in our life makes us bitter or better...Every problem comes to make us or break us.....The choice is ours....whether we become VICTIMS...or........VICTORIOUS.

4.Beautiful things are not always good...But...Goof things are always beautiful.
5.Do you know why God created gaps between fingers ?....So that some one who is special to you comes and fills those gaps by holding your hands for ever.
6. Happiness keeps you sweet...so try and be as happy from within as possible.
7.God has send us in pairs...someone ...somewhere is made for you...So wait for the right time and right moment.
8. Stay away from ANGER...It hurts only YOU.
9. Patience with family is love...patience with others is respect...patience with self is CONFIDENCE....and patience with GOD is....FAITH
 
J.KANNAN, M.Com, FIATA

"WE DON'T THINK TO BREATHE
 WE BREATHE TO THINK"

Friday, March 31, 2017

Read to Know about........SHANTHI MANTHRA.......

Om Sarva Mangala Mangalye..............

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Om Sarva Mangala Mangalye
Shive Sarvatha Sadhike
Sharanye Tryambake Gauri
Narayani Namo-stute.................... means:..................

Oh Gauri Maa! Consort of Lord Shiva.....You who bestows auspiciousness in all,
And fulfill everyone's wishes,.....I prostrate myself before Thee,....Take me under your care

Explanation.....................

Goddess Parvati is the consort of Lord Siva and is worshipped as Shakti. The Puranic literature describes her as having many forms, including Durga, Chandi, Kali and Uma. While Siva symbolizes the efficient cause of the creation, Shakti symbolizes the material cause..................Translation in details:

The one who is the auspiciousness of all that is auspicious (sarvamangalamangalye),
the consort of Siva (Sive),who is the means of accomplishing all desires (sarvarthasadhake),
who is the refuge of all (saranye),the three eyed one (tryambake),the fair complexioned one (Gauri),Salutations to you, Narayani (narayani namostute).

Salutations to the consort of Sri Narayana (Sri Lakshmi Devi), who is all auspicious, who is the knower of all, who blesses devotees succeed in their efforts and who is the refuge of all.........&.........AMME NARAYANA......LAKSHMI NARAYANA.......DEVI NARAYANA.......BHADRE NARAYANA

J.KANNAN, M.Com, FIATA

"WE DON'T THINK TO BREATHE
 WE BREATHE TO THINK"

AUM NAMASHIVAYA.............