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Ayyappa Deeksha – One of the most famous pilgrimages in this World!

Ayyappa Deeksha – 41 days of unwavering and intense Devotion towards Lord Ayyappa.

Today, I will be writing about the Story of the Lord Ayyappa. Lord Ayyappa and his Story is close to me and the reason is my father taking the Deeksha since last 24 years which made to me know more about the Lord Ayyappa and his life. Devotion is a completely different shade altogether in one’s life. Some express their devotion and some follow the implicit way. In South India, the Devotion followed towards any Lordis by taking up ‘Deeksha’ or ‘Consecration’ (following the religious path). Deeksha is seen in praying for Lord Durga, Lord Hanuman, Lord Shiva, and Lord Ayyappa aswell. I will now explain the Deeksha and the dedication in devotion that human being shows. Firstly, Lord Ayyappa is mainly worshipped in South India. He is also worshipped as ‘Manikandan’. It is believed that he was born out of the union between Lord Shiva and Mohini, who is an avatar of Lord Vishnu. Therefore, Ayyappa is even called as ‘Hariharan Puthiran’ which means the son of both Hari or Vishnu and ‘ Haran’ or Shiva. That’s how the Lord Ayyappa was born and he was born for the welfare of the society.

Reason for Ayyappa’s birth was to protect the World from ‘Mahishi’. ‘Mahishi’ was given a boon that she would not be killed until or unless it is the union of two males. That’s the major reason for Birth of Ayyappa to Lord Shiva and Vishnu. Lord Ayyappa Deeksha is observed in the Hindu month of ‘Kartika’ which falls in the month of November as per Georgian Calendar. One who takes up this Deeksha follows strict religious practices to receive the Lord’s blessings. The devotees observe a 41-day ‘Deeksha’ before visiting Sabarimala. During this Deeksha, a devotee has to wear black colored clothes and walk barefooted. The devotee should avoid all physical pleasures and other family ties and should live like a celibate or ‘Brahamachari’. He should continuously practice the good behavior and should not involve in any kind of unethical things. Apart from the above practices, the devotees have to take bath only with Coldwater early in the mornings and pray Lord Ayyappa before the Sunrise every day and do the same in the evening after Sunset. After dedicated 41 days Deeksha, Devotees carry ‘Irumudi’ which contains rice, coconut and other things which run the family. Holding it high on their heads, Devotees start their journey for Sabarimala. Irumudi kettu is very essential and only those with Irumudi kettu are allowed to climb the 18 golden steps which take Devotee to the entrance of the Lord Ayyappa.

After reaching Sabarimala, Devotees take bath in the holy river Pampa, and they start their hill journey to reach the abode of Lord Ayyappa. Once Devotees reach the shrine, the atmosphere turns Spiritual, Undisturbed, Calm and Soulful. With those vibes, the devotees with a lot of devotion and happiness climb the 18 Golden Steps and submit their Irumudi Kettu to seek the blessings of the Lord Ayyappa. This is how the Deeksha of 41 days gets completed, a ‘Vratham’ that changes the Individual and makes him a person with a lot of responsibility, respect, and dedication.

I will tell you what do these 18 golden steps represent:

  1. Vision – (ThePanchedriyas – Five Human Senses)
  2. Hearing
  3. Smell
  4. Taste
  5. Touch  
  6. Love – (Ashtaragas– Feelings of Humans)
  7. Anger
  8. Greed
  9. Lust
  10. Pride
  11. Unhealthy Competition
  12. Jealousy
  13. Self-bragging
  14. Thamas – (Trigunasand Last Two– Human Personalities)
  15. Rajas
  16. Satva
  17. Avidya – Ignorance
  18. Vidya – Knowledge

I have been part of the LordAyyappa journey for as many as 23 years and have been to Sabarimala temple 3 times and each and every time has been a fantastic experience. Must and should plan the 4th one soon!

Higher Education in India and a Student’s expectations!

What does a Student expect from his Higher Education (Post Graduation) or rather an Education Institute?

A student pursuing MBA or any other post-graduation course in this modern era from top B Schools will be at an average of 25 years. Otherwise, any other PG course student will be aged around 21-22. This 2 years gap with the experience that each of them holds, the expectations of the students aspiring for B Schools will be much different compared to the other students. It is the expectations that students have matters a lot for an institution, for its own Development & Growth. 
With whatever conversations that I have with the students from various colleges and the students of my own college, I will put forth a few points which a student feels are the most important in selecting a college.

First and foremost the big question that each student wants an answer for is the Job opportunities. Which I feel is something very clear, you can’t take the colleges as granted and look for placement as ‘Job Market’. A successful placement needs 100% from both the Students and as well the College.

Secondly, Students look at the Course and its benefits. But the most critical thing these days for students in selecting the colleges has been the Size of the campus and the amenities provided by the institute. Students mentality is different from the ones of parents. But mutually the point that they look at is the campus. It matters for the students because, normally, it’s the belief that the bigger campus has got a lot of things in it and that’s automatic. Not hundred percent right, but this belief is also not wrong. The crucial point I think Students don’t look for in B School is the Faculty. Agreeable because they feel it is implied that the faculty will be great. Whereas when you compare it to the other B Schools with a lower brand value, the students are keen on the Faculty and that’s the only thing which will let them to choose the college.

How important is faculty and where does this stand in comparison to other factors?

“Not necessarily the bigger campus will give us the best faculty and not necessary that a small campus will have a bad faculty”.

The point to ponder is that Faculty is the most crucial factor in choosing any college. But it’s happening another way around, students think that the automation comes in with bigger campuses and not the smaller ones. From the point of view of an Institute which is targeting growth, it’s always suggestable to go with the bigger campuses. It’s like putting the things at the right place, like 11 players in a team must perform well for winning, even in case of a development of an institute all the checkpoints should be well placed. Because, unfortunately, for smaller campuses even though the faculty is really good, the noticeability factor remains to be too less and that’s how the college doesn’t increase its value as faster as any other Top B Schools. That’s how the Brand name of the smaller schools isn’t quite what it is actually.

India Down Under – Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2018-19 #IndvAus

India Down Under – Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2018-19

Just days ago India played WestIndies in the T20I trophy which India clean sweeped, defeating the Champion Windies team with little trouble. That series had come to an end on 11thof November and within 10 days we will see the Indian team face off the Mighty Australians in their own Backyard. Interestingly the scheduling of Matches has changed. Like in England, it will be the 3 T20I’s which will be played first, then 4 match test series and the tour concludes with the 3 match ODI series. We have already seen the difference that it brings in the game plan and the way batsmen get used to the pitches and local conditions.

In the last 10 test matches that India played, India has won 5 and lost 5. But in that only two wins matter the most because they came against Proteas and England. Though India lost the last two away series, the performance of the team was much better than what the scorecards appear like. After playing South Africans and England in their home ground, Australia will be a much bigger challenge for the Indian team. Australia is lot different from the South Africa and England. The battle between India and Australia is arguably the third best rivalry in Cricket after India-Pak andAustralia-England rivalry.

This post is talking about theTest Series, because I feel when playing shorter formats the pitches don’t matter a lot as they do in tests involving the red cherry. So, talking about the Test Series that India will play, this Test Series is famously called asBorder-Gavaskar Trophy. Right now, India holds the trophy, thanks to their home series win against Australia in the early 2017.

But when India played the BorderGavaskar trophy away from home, India did not succeed any time. In last 5 times that India played Australia in Australia, India could manage the best possible result of drawing the series once in 2003-04, apart from that India has lost the series 4 times to the Aussies. So, the real test for India is the upcoming Test Series with the first test on 6th December at Adelaide Oval(Kohli’s Favourite). The venues for the test series are Adelaide Oval, Perth, Melbourne, and Sydney. India certainly look favourites on paper when you compare and do the player to player analysis. You would not find a player who can match Kohli & Pujara in batting. Same way not many in the bowling department can match the skills of Indian bowlers except for Mitchell Starc.

To me, this series for India should be the best one to clinch victory and stop the 18-year-old wait to win the Border-Gavaskar trophy outside India. Rather this will be the first time in the history if India goes on to win the test series. India has got the strong line-up in batting with Kohli, Murali Vijay, Pujara, Rahane, and adding to them is the new class of Prithvi Shaw and Hanuma Vihari. Batting which has been the ever continuing problem for India playing overseas looks to be managed well this time. Bowling department with Ishant, Bumrah, Yadav, Bhuvi, and spinners like Ashwin, Kuldeep and Jaddu can definitely are enough to take the 20 wickets needed for a win. The added advantage for India is the recent poor form of Aussies, who have lost their last test series against Pakistan. During that series, the Batting line up struggled a lot. If Indian batsmen can put up their best performance and give support to Captain Kohli, then I must say India can win this Series 2-1. Which looks 50% possible. Next best result for India should be 2-2. Which looks 30% possible and finally the series victory in favour of Australia. Which looks only 20% possibility.

Can’t tell what and how things would be by the time we tour Australia next, but with the uncomfortable and unsettled Australian team, which in itself is a rare case, India needs to use this as their best chance and bring the glory to the Country and retain the Border Gavaskar Trophy. 

#IndvAus #India #Australia #BorderGavaskarTrophy

Children’s Day 2018 – Bal Diwas!

Children’s Day 2018 – Bal Diwas!

As the nation celebrates 53rd Children’s day on occasion of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru’s 129th Birth Anniversary, I would want to look at this day a little differently and bring out my views on what a parent can gift his child on Children’s Day.

Children’s Day in comparison to any other National Festivals like Independence Day & Republic Day is closer to Children in this country and even for the parents. These days we see that a child is given almost everything that is needed and not needed whether he is 8 years old or 10 years old or a 12 year old. He is never denied anything that a family can afford for him. You give everything, but have you ever tried to understand what your child really wants. Children below 12 years generally possess a very different mindset and are very emotional. They are auto moulded by whatever they observe and hear from others. Parents actions are keenly observed by children and the kids try to enact them in life. In doing so Child embraces the personality traits which can will either be good or bad based on the situations and the behavior of the parents.

The Major problem to me in the relationship of Parents and Kids in this 21st Century is the freedom that is given to the child. Maybe this is the not case with some well-educated families, but definitely, this is the case with the lower & middle-class families in this country. The point I am trying to make is, in India, parents compare their kids with other children from the time he joins pre-primary school till the time he goes to PG. Parents are after the ranks that a Kid of 6-7 years old can’t even understand. Parents force their Kids and ask them to perform well in the exams. Don’t they understand what a Kid of less than 10 years looks for? Does he wants Certificates and Ranks or Care & Love from Family? Does that certificate given by a school teacher so important or the love and care you show on the Kid is important.

Why are parents always behind the Kids and forcing them to study?

Why can’t the parents, instead of running behind the kids for marks allow them to decide what they want to do in life? Agreed that a 6-7-year-old doesn’t know anything and has to be taken care of, but not the Child of 12-13 years. When a child turns 13 years, that’s when he gets into his teens. That’s also where the factor of ‘Ego’ builds up a lot in an individual. Sadly, exactly at this moment, parents try to become so strict on their children and force their kids to concentrate completely on what they believe is right. In doing so, the child gets humiliated, irritated, frustrated, depressed and goes onto harm himself or do something very wrong. This is all because of the psychological impact that falls on the Child. The best gift that any parent can give the kid is to spend quality time with their kids, address their issue, solve them, guide them and show them all the possible life paths that one can choose to achieve success.

This I feel is the right gift that you can your child on a children’s day. Listen to them, understand and feel their dreams and turn them into Sportsmen, Astronauts, Singers, poets, painters, Actors, Scientists, Engineers, Doctors, lawyers, teachers etc; Don’t just expect them to be an Engineer or a Doctor. That’s the best gift a parent can give to his child.

Happy Children’s day!

Socio-Economic Classification of Indian Consumers shows that India is on RISE!

Today’s Tuesday post is going to be something special. These days many people are talking about the development in India and some of them feel that the standard of living as well as the economic status of people Socio-Economic actually come down in last 2 years due to demonetization and Govt has failed to create jobs. Today through my post with factual data I will make few points which I think will give the answers to all those who feel India is going down.

From the 1960s we measure the socioeconomic classification to see the economic development of the country. Firstly, let me explain what exactly is Socio-Economic Classification. SEC is a classification of Indians on the basis of predefined factors and conditions. TheSEC system is used to classify households in India to be and it is based on two variables, they are:

  1. Education of Chief Wage Earner
  2. The Number of Consumer Durables owned by a family.

Apart from education of the person in the family, the other things considered are the Consumer Durables that the council had decided and made the list of. There are about 11 consumer durable products that Govt has identified. Every household is measured on the education qualification of the wage earner and the number of durables out of 11 that they own. Here is the list:

  1. Electricity Connection
  2. Ceiling Fan
  3. Gas Stove
  4. Refrigerator
  5. Two wheeler
  6. Washing Machine
  7. Colour TV
  8. Computer/Laptop
  9. Four wheeler
  10. Air Conditioner
  11. Agricultural Land

A person can own 9 out of these 11 durables to be eligible for getting the highest classification of A1. The other classifications are A2, A3, B1, B2, C1, C2, D1, D2, E1, E2, and E3.

How does this Social EconomicClassification help to understand the development in the Country?

It will very well give an idea of the development of the country and that’s because we are looking at two variable of education and the expenditure by a citizen of the Country. Though they are necessities, that’s not all the time. Thus by looking at the scale of SEC one can make out the purchasing power of the consumer and as well the product they look at brings out their education levels.

Coming back to the point, just look at the slide that I have provided along with the post. This is from a research done by IRS which is a premier body of Govt, AC Neilson a leading market research firm and the data was authenticated internationally and no doubts were raised on the factual details it provides. Look at the number of people in SEC D and E in 2014. Their percentage is 54%. That means more than half of India is in the bottom layer where they don’t own more than 3 consumer durables out of the 11 given here. Just compare it with 2017. That percentage came down to 40%. That means 14% people moved to higher classification in a span of 3 years which is the fastest in the history of India.

Where did they move?

Now take a look at SEC A3, B and C. In 2014 it was 40% and now it is 54%. That means more than half of India owns 6-7 consumer durables now. If your jobs are not stable, if your income levels are not higher, how can 14% of people buy 3-4 more consumer durables than what they were owning 3 years ago? You tell me, have you seen this kind of rapid development before?

In short majority of India owns just 3 durables in 2014. Now they own 7 consumer durables. If the same rate of growth continues, it is projected that 70% of population will be in SEC A, B and C segments. Just to tell you in 2008, 46% of population was in SEC E, which is the poorest of poor. From that we are rapidly developing. Finally development is measured by the way standard of living of people improves, not by any empty political talk.

Chapter 13 Kshetra-Kshetrajna Vibhaga Yoga Verse 14

Chapter 13 Kshetra-Kshetrajna Vibhaga Yoga Verse 14

Sarvatah paanipaadam tat sarvato’kshishiromukham;
Sarvatah shrutimalloke sarvamaavritya tishthati.

With hands and feet everywhere, with eyes, heads and mouths everywhere, with ears everywhere, He exists in the worlds, enveloping all.


Lord Krishna starts His discourse on the things to be known for a person to understand the field and he begins that process with this shloka. This shloka starts with Lord describing the most essential part of understanding things for any being, that is understanding God. Lord Krishna begins the shloka by saying that God is present in every inch of Universe and He is enveloping all the beings in this Universe by His presence. By this, Lord Krishna means that the hands and feet of the God are spread everywhere and every part of the Universe. Then He goes on to talk about the eyes, head, ears, and mouth being everywhere. Here Lord is referring to the senses of God being there in every part of the Universe.

Extending Interpretation to Mankind’s Life!

Before you could even think that how many times we have already heard this, about the presence of God in every inch of the universe, let me tell you that this takes you to one level above. Here the main focus is on the sensory perceptions of God. You might not have thought about it, but let me put a question. Does God have senses like us? If so, then what do they do? God possess senses and those are much more powerful than ours. Let me tell you few facts here. We know that dogs can hear upto frequencies of 1 lakh hertz while humans capacity is only between 20-20,000 hertz. Bats are bestowed with sensory perceptions that are much more sharper than dogs as well as humans. So, if we had unlimited sensory perceptions in terms of hearing, seeing, feeling, smelling and tasting, what else we could have done?

Though we humans call ourselves the most powerful beings on this planet, our powers are limited to realms of our senses. Beyond the range of our senses, we do not know what exists and what happens. We know that there are UV rays and infra red rays but we never saw them. Have you ever imagined a possibility of a parallel universe with a different set of living beings existing in these spaces which are completely unknown to us. What we see is what we believe. What we dont see is what we need to acquire and that is knowledge. If we are able to see planes in 3 dimensions it is because we are bestowed with vision that can see three dimensions. Does that mean that can we rule out the possibility of more dimensions? 4 or 5 or 6 or whatever dimensions that exists are just in our imagination.

Saying that God exists everywhere is not enough. The Chhandogya Upaniṣhad says sarvam khalvidam , , meaning “Everywhere is Brahman.” First lets try and understand what that “Everywhere” means. Everywhere is not wherever you can see or hear or perceive. Everywhere is everywhere the Universe exists. And that is what Lord Krishna is saying here. He is asking you to increase the dimensions of your perception and vision and understand and accept the fact that many planes and parallel universes can exists right infront of you and if you cant sense them, its just because you dont have sense to sense them. The answer is to develop your senses more, to sense them.

A Complaint and a Request. Wake Up Call to the Youth of India! #YoungIndia

Angst, Pain, Request and Optimistic!

With a lot of pain and disappointment, I am writing today’s article. There will be acceptances and rejections on whatever I am trying today and I welcome both. I will today be writing on what many authors & scholars have already spoken and I accept their worry that the Country like India is facing today.

What’s the worry?
The most worrying thing for me today is the ‘Youth of the Nation’. Yes, I have a complaint on the Youth of this Country and that’s growing bigger with days passing by. The worry is that I see a lot of Young employees turning ‘Lazy’. Let me define what is laziness in my language taking an example.

If you take any college, why only a handful of people do well in the exams? Okay, When all of us are humans and all of us are getting the same treatment in education, why is that few scores more and most of them scoreless? If I have to answer this, I would say its because of the lack of understanding of efficiency. To make it simpler to understand, let’s take an example of a 100m sprint. Every one of us knows that Usain Bolt is the world’s fastest runner finishes it in 9.56 seconds for 100 meters. Let’s say there is another sprinter ABC who completes the run in 20 seconds. Here we see there is a 10-second gap. How does this gap arise and what’s the major reason for that? The answer is ‘Efficiency’. The difference between Usain Bolt and ABC is quantifiably 10 seconds but the actual reason for the difference is the efficiency of the individual. In a way, we can conclude that ABC has consumed more than double the time is taken by Usain Bolt to complete the task.

Same happens with students also. Their lack of understanding of efficiency makes them underestimate the task and they end up spending more time or waste a lot of time in doing a task. The underlying point here is that the individual is incapable of seeing the ‘efficiency’. That’s when we need a person who tells us the exact measure of efficiency that is required for doing a task. If you ask any person in the World if he is lazy, nobody will reply yes. In a way, it is true because nobody wants to be lazy and laziness creeps in out of the lack of estimation of efficiency to do a task to get the desired outcome. If they all turn efficient and give 100% to the work they do, then a country like India with 1.3 bn people would be the most powerful, highly literate, nil poverty and the best growing country. But that’s not the case and the problem is the Lazy youth who are not ready to accept the reality. The youth of today, unfortunately, has lost the patience and the sensibility required in gathering knowledge. Such sad and worrying truth which makes me feel miserable!

Another point that’s making Indian Youth Lazy and insensible is the easy Money. We always heard the stories of our parents who would explain how hard it was for them to earn a ‘single rupee’. The world has drastically changed and the last 20 years. Always change is constant and it’s needed. But like everything, change also has its pros and cons. A graduate working in an MNC or post graduate working in an MNC is now making a good sum of 15,000 to 40,000. With this many, the earning has become easier, of course, one has gone through interviews and they work hard to earn money in their workplace. Does that mean an individual gets to become irresponsible and fall into the false belief that the MNC’s will be taking care of them for the lifetime?

If MNC’s are paying big there are lessons to be learned. Firstly Indians need to understand that the Money made by MNC’s goes to their home countries. Just a few thousand jobs, FDI inflows, and taxes are positives for India. Does that mean MNC’s are bad for a country, No they are not! They have actually made life easier for the Youth and have given the chance for Youth to learn new things and develop themselves. But unfortunately that’s not the case, a lot of Youth feel pride in what they do and there is always the point of freedom hanging in their heads. Questioning is always acceptable but with an open mind to listen and think is much needed.

Otherwise, because of these factors, there is a lot of Youth who are actually becoming lazy and ruining their whole lives by doing nothing. They pass their prime age looking at the money given by these MNCs and suddenly find themselves jobless once they cross 40. No change in this behavior in Youth will only lead to massive destruction of manpower and gives rise large scale middle-aged unemployment which will make a big dent in the Indian economy. My humble request to all the Youth of India is to stop taking easy routes, and sit back and think about the responsibilities and the degree of efficiency remanded from them. If this happens then I believe that India will change and things will soon fall in place. Every individual will know how much to do in a day and what level of efficiency he needs to maintain to lead a happy and successful life!

Life Story of Lord Krishna – Part 5

We have in the last four parts have got to know many things about the ‘Krishna’. His early life, childhood, teenage, marriage life, advisory life to the King and his painful moments with the relatives, people and the brother ‘Balram’. We also know about his nature when we look at his friendship with Sudama. This is all that we know about Krishna but the other two parts from here we would know his life with Pandavas. Life with Pandavas has to be the most valuable and awaiting one for Krishna. We know why it’s the meeting with Pandavas and friendship with Arjuna the reason for the worlds famous book that has answers to every problem and that’s Bhagavad-Gita.

If not for friendship between Arjuna and Krishna, Gita would have never been possible. So let’s look at events that are connected between Krishna and Pandavas.

First time Krishna met Pandavas was during the Draupadi swayamvaram, Draupadi is the queen of the Drupad Kingdom and the King wants to marry off his daughter. Thus he announces swayamvaram and sends an invitation to the Kingdoms all across the country including the Kingdom of Yadavas. From the Yadava Kingdom comes Krishna and the Pandavas also come to the Swayamvaram. Pandavas at that time were in forests having escaped the lac house assassination attempt planned by Kauravas. They also attend the swayamvara disguised as Brahmins. have finished their exile and have taken the role of Brahmins.

The Swayamvaram starts off and all the kings one by one come and try to complete the task but everybody fails and only Arjuna will be able to finish the game and Wins it. The task was to hit the eye of a revolving fish seeing the mirror image of it in water. Arjuna wins the task and wins Draupadi. But the Kings who came for swayamvara raise an objection as to how a poor Brahmin can win a rich Princesses. Krishna interferes into the argument and explains all the people in meeting to calm down and tells them that Arjuna isn’t a lower caste person but he is a Brahmin which is as much superior as Kshatriya. Thus it shouldn’t be a problem for anyone. Arjuna then thanks Krishna, Krishna tells both Yudhishthira and Arjuna that he knows them much before. He also tells them they are Kshatriyas. When asked how does he know about their caste, Krishan tells that ‘you cannot hide the fire behind the ash, fire has a natural habit of glowing and the same is seen in the face of all the five of you’ ‘only Kshatriya has the face which glows like fire’ and Krishna is invited to the marriage of Pandavas with Draupadi. Krishna goes there and blesses all of them and tells Draupadi that she is like his sister and would take care of her in every way.

The second time Krishna meets Arjuna is during the one year jungle exile. Arjuna voluntarily moves to Jungle as repentance for the act he committed. As per the set rules, Draupadi would be with one brother for one day and that day another person should not disturb them. Arjuna forgets his archery in the room and the next day thinking that Yudhishthira wouldn’t have gone to the room he gets into the room without announcing and finds both Yudhistir and Draupadi making love. Though Yudhistir understands that it’s not intentional but it’s just by accident, Arjuna feels ashamed and goes on exile for one year to the forest. Arjuna then keeps moving in the forest and one day while he was cutting the wood, that’s when Krishna’s sister Subhadra sees Arjuna and falls in love with him instantly. She then leaves the place, after sometime Krishna comes and meets Arjuna. Arjuna then tells the story of why he is the forest, Krishna then asks Arjuna to accompany him to Dwaraka which is very close from that place. But Arjuna denies, Krishna somehow manages to take him to Dwaraka and Arjuna receives a lot of respect during his trip. Arjuna also gets to see Subhadra and he also instantly likes her. He opens up and asks Krishna that he wants to marry Subhadra. Though Krishna knows everything, Krishna acts as if he doesn’t know anything. Krishna then starts a game where he involves Satyabhama into it and asks her to send Subhadra to Arjuna. Arjuna then takes away Subhadra and elopes with her. Like every-time, Krishna goes to the angry people of Dwaraka who didn’t like what Arjuna did and pacifies them telling good things about Arjuna.

Arjuna and Subhadra

After one year and after exile, Arjuna returns to Kingdom. Yudhisitir feels very happy and wants to celebrate it grandly, so he calls all the Kings from different kingdoms including Kauravas and Chedi Kingdom king Shishupala. Shishupala is related to Krishna and his death is written in hands of Krishna. Shishupala who hates Krishna keeps abusing Krishna during the day, Krishna takes a vow from Shishupala Mother that he wouldn’t kill him for 100 mistakes. Krishna keeps counting and as soon as he crosses 100th time, Krishna releases Sudarshana Chakra which cuts the throat of Shishupala and kills him. This was on Friday 26th February 3153 B.C. At the same time, Duryodhan also faces a lot of ridicule at Maya Sabha, especially from Draupadi. This is where Duryodhana wants to take the revenge. So Duryodhana invites Pandavas to Game of Dice on Wednesday 4th May 3153 B.C.

That’s when the Pandavas keep losing the game and as part of the bet, Duryodhana orders to disrobe Draupadi. As his brother Dushyasan tries to disrobe Draupadi, She prays to Krishna. Krishna then sends saree to her which keeps wrapping Draupadi and saves her. And for your information, Krishna was 73 years old at that time. Coming up next week is the last part of the Story of Lord Krishna.

Mahatma Gandhi – 150th Birth Anniversary #Gandhiji

Mohandas Karam Chand Gandhi – Mahatma Gandhi

Believer, Motivator, Fearless, Stubborn, Self-control, Truthful, Non-Violent are few words that We would get into our mind when we hear the name, Mahatma Gandhi. In this today’s post of mine on the special occasion of Gandhiji’s 150th Birthday Anniversary, I am not going to sound negative or positive about him, but talk about few incidents and issues which I feel are very important in his life and are much debated all the time.

I would want to start off putting up a point that will give a clear understanding of Gandhian philosophy. In the year 1930 Gandhiji with his 80 trusted supporters started Salt Satyagraha movement walking 250 miles towards Dandi From Sabarmati Ashram. Britishers were challenged and they started to arrest all the big Congress Leaders and also Gandhiji. When Gandhi was leaving to Jail, he had cautioned Every supporter not to go the Violent way and the same was respected by all the supporters. Supporters were hit by the Police personnel but still, none of the supporters lost their patience and continued to take the hitting but didn’t give up. This isn’t the only time Where he chose the Non-violent way, not the first time that Gandhi was using his weapon of Non-Violence.

Another incident I would want to talk about is his ability to forgive people and fight for the people of the country. It was in the year 1947, right when the tri-color went up on the ramparts of the Red Fort, Gandhiji was fighting for the peace in Calcutta. The Rage that started between Muslims and Hindus. There were instances where People attacked innocent kids on either side. Gandhiji couldn’t take this and only way he Felt he could stop this carnage was to go on fast. In September 1947, Gandhiji goes onto fast unto death for the third time and said he would break the fast only if the people Promise him the peace. This is the event which made people of India get Shocked and change, but there were still few people who-had started hating Gandhiji. Gandhiji was fighting for those who were planning to erase him, that’s the will of Gandhiji. 

During the final days of the struggle for Independence, Gandhiji even asked Jinnah to take the Prime Minister post for United India and asked him-to appoint cabinet full of Muslim ministers. People might tell that Gandhiji was biased toward Muslims, but that’s not true. His stubbornness of keeping the Country united and peaceful made him talk all this and think this way. Though Congress leaders weren’t happy with this, they all went with Gandhi. But because of the tensions all around Country India had to Separate into two parts.

Gandhiji believed in two things and preached the same to the World. Truth and Non-Violence. His way of attacking and winning the battle was by hitting the opponent with the truth and practicing non-violence, of which Gandhiji chose to fast as Non-Violence weapon for 14 times in his life. Few times for the People and few times against the People. Definitely, the fasts he had taken after Independence would’ve Been the toughest for him in his life. Finally, his approach where he wanted peace in the country and treat all the religions the same increased Hatred in a few groups and his death – a painful event in the World’s history.

Gandhiji did leave a mark that can never be faded. He has given this Country freedom along with the other leaders. People would still Argue if it was Bose, Bhagat Singh ideology India would’ve got freedom long back. I then ask you, at what cost? Answer yourself!!

Many good things can be learned from Gandhiji. I will only share the two songs that Gandhiji always loved listening and they were: 
1. Vaishnava Janatho 
2. Raghupathi Raghav Rajaram

And here are the 5 quotes from Mahatma that shows you the path, when needed the most.

1. The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
2. A man is but the product of his thoughts; what he thinks, he becomes.
3. An eye for an eye Only ends-up making the whole world blind.
4. You must be the change you wish-to see in the world.
5. The best-way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.