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Saturday, April 13, 2013



Awesome ! Enjoy and reflect.

We all need a little science. AND IT IS BEAUTIFUL........

Top 10 Hubble Space Pictures
Astronomers Select Top Ten Most Amazing Pictures Taken by HubbleSpace Telescope in Last 16 Years '...they illustrate that our universe is not only deeply strange, but also almost impossibly beautiful.' - Michael Hanlon/AH (Nov 25th, 2006)

After correcting an initial problem with the lens, when the Hubble Space Telescope was first launched in 1990, the floating astro-observatory began to relay back to Earth, incredible snap shots of the 'final frontier' it was perusing.

Recently, astronauts voted on the top photographs taken by Hubble in its 16-year journey so far. Remarking in the article from the Daily Mail, reporter Michael Hanlon says the photos 'illustrate that our universe is not only deeply strange, but also almost impossibly beautiful.'

Hubble Telescope's top ten greatest space photographs. Awesome!!!

Top 10 Hubble Space Pictures
The Sombrero Galaxy - 28 million light years from Earth - was voted best picture taken by the Hubble telescope. The dimensions of the galaxy, officially called M104, are as spectacular as its appearance It has 800 billion suns and is 50,000 light years across.
Top 10 Hubble Space Pictures
The Ant Nebula, a cloud of dust and gas whose technical name is Mz3, resembles an ant when observed using ground-based telescopes... The nebula lies within our galaxy between 3,000 and 6,000 light years from earth
Top 10 Hubble Space Pictures
In third place is Nebula NGC 2392, called 'Eskimo' because it looks like a face surrounded by a furry hood. The hood is, in fact, a ring of comet-shaped objects flying away from a dying star. Eskimo is 5,000 light years from Earth.
Top 10 Hubble Space Pictures

At four is the Cat's Eye Nebula.

Top 10 Hubble Space Pictures
The Hourglass Nebula, 8,000 light years away, has a 'pinched-in-the-middle' look because the winds that shape it are weaker at the centre
Top 10 Hubble Space Pictures
In sixth place is the Cone Nebula. The part pictured here is 2.5 light years in length (the equivalent of 23 million return trips to the Moon).
Top 10 Hubble Space Pictures
The Perfect Storm, a small region in the Swan Nebula, 5,500 light years away, described as 'a bubbly ocean ofhydrogen and small amounts of oxygen, sulphur and other elements'.
Top 10 Hubble Space Pictures
Starry Night, so named because it reminded astronomers ofthe Van Gogh painting. It is a halo of light around a star in the Milky Way.
Top 10 Hubble Space Pictures
The glowering eyes from 114 million light years away are the swirling cores of two merging galaxies called NGC 2207 and IC 2163 in the distant Canis Major constellation.
Top 10 Hubble Space Pictures
The Trifid Nebula. A 'stellar nursery', 9,000 light years from here, it is where new stars are being born.

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Friday, April 12, 2013

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Baisakhi Festival of Punjab 13th of April 2014

Happy Baisakhi 
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Baisakhi or Vaisakhi is one of the most important harvest festivals of North India celebrated with great fervor in Punjab and other states where Punjabi community lives. This festival also marks the beginning of Sikh new year commemorating the establishment of �Khalsa� (Pure) sect in 1699 by the Tenth Sikh Guru Gobind Singh. The Baisakhi festival is also celebrated in Haryana, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. However, the Punjabi Baisakhi is the most popular harvest fests popular due to its joyous celebration which touches even the other communities.

Baisakhi Date

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Baisakhi festival is celebrated on the first day of Nanakshahi or Sikh Calendar�s Vaishakh month which corresponds to the months of April-May. Unlike the other Hindu festivals whose date fall on different days every year, the date of Baisakhi falls on April 13 every year and on April 14 after every 36 years. This is because Baisakhi festival is celebrated according to solar calendar and not the lunar calendar. In fact, Baisakhi is celebrated in many Indian states as their new year day. These are �Rongali Bihu� or �Bohag Bihu� in Assam, �Naba Barsha� or �Poila Boishakh� in Bengal, �Puthandu� in Tamil Nadu and��Vishu��in Kerala. The dates of all these festivals fall on either 13th or 14th April every year.

What is Baisakhi- The Importance of Festival

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There is much more importance of the festival of Baisakhi than just being a harvest festival of Punjab. It is a day commemorated by the Sikh community as the foundation day of �Khalsa Panth� (khalsa sect) established by their last Guru Gobind Singh to eliminate all the differences between high and low and to make all human beings equal to each other.
If one seeks the answer to the question as to what is Baisakhi then the answer would be- Baisakhi is one of the harvest festivals of Punjab which marks the end of harvest season that begins with�Lohri festival. It is also the foundation day of Khalsa Panth of Sikh religion and the Sikh new year. Thus the importance of Baisakhi lies in the fact that it is not only a religious festival but is also one of the most significant days for Sikhism as a community.

Baisakhi Rituals

As Baishaki is the day of founding Khalsa Panth by Guru Gobind Singh who initiated this sect by giving Amrit to the first five Khalsa called �Panj Pyaare�(The Five Beloved), the Sikh Amrit (baptism) ceremony of initiation is held in Gurudwaras all over the world.

Amrit Ceremony � Initiation to Become Khalsa

Those who want to get baptized visit the five Sikhs who represent the original Panj Pyare in Gurudwaras. This Amrit initiation ceremony lasts for several hours. As Panj Pyare make the Amrit (nectar) by mixing sugar into a bowl of water, they keep on reciting prayers. They then administer this Amrit made by them to those who want to get baptized according to the recommended Sikh rituals.
Initiates have to promise that they would not cut their hair and will always wear the five articles of Sikh religion. These five articles are popularly known as Five K�s � Kesh (hair), Kangha (comb), Kadha (a metal bangle), Kaccha (specified cotton underwear), and Kripan (a curved sword). They also agree to follow the principles of the Sikh religion. After a intiate becomes �Amritdhari� (One who has become Khalsa by taking Amrit from Panj Pyare), it gets mandatory for him to tie a turban every day.

Baisakhi Procession

At many places- not only in Punjab but all over India and the world, many Sikhs carry their sacred Guru Granth Sahib (Sikh Holy Book regarded as their Guru) in a ceremonious procession. They place the Guru Granth Sahib on a float or a truck decorated with flowers, flags and other such things. The paj Pyaare lead the parade wearing saffron robes. They carry swords and/or Sikh flag (Nishan). The first float carries the holy scripture and several attendants.
The Sikh devotees participate in the procession and walk while singing hymns and playing Sikh bhajans (devotional songs) on loud speakers. Many of the participants perform Sikh martial art, Gatka, holding wooden sticks or swords. The participants are offered drinks and snacks by others on the way. The procession ends upon returning to the Gurdwara. The sacred Guru Granth is ceremoniously placed back inside the Gurdwara. Sikh men and women volunteer to prepare meals in the Gurudwara�s free kitchen called �Langar.� Here food is available for all people whether Sikh or not.

Baisakhi Festival Celebration

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There are different ways of celebrating Baisakhi by the farmers, Sikh community and all Punjabi people. Baisakhi is a harvest thanksgiving day for the farmers of Punjab. After taking religious baths in ponds and rivers, they visit ]Gurudwaras](temple of Sikhs) and give thanks to their Gurus (spiritual leaders) for the good harvest and prosperity bestowed upon them. They also pray for the coming year.
In the villages of Punjab, the men and women get ready with vibrantly colored dresses and go to the field to celebrate Baisakhi. They perform their traditional Punjabi folk dances and songs. Men do Bhangra dance and women perform their traditional Giddha dance. The beats of dhol (traditional Indian drum) and the loud cries like ]Jatta aayi Baishakhi Jatta, Baisakhi has arrived) fill up all the surroundings bringing in energy in the whole atmosphere.
Not only in villages but in the cities and towns of Punjab too, people celebrate Baisakhi by merry-making and performing Bhangra and Gidda dances. Baisakhi Mela (Fairs) are also organized at several places where people participate great enthusiasm. In Baisakhi mela, apart from bhangra and Gidda performances, Sikh traditional martial arts are also performed. Food stalls offer traditional Punjabi and other foods which are relished by the people in these fairs. People send Baisakhi cards and SMS greetings to wishHappy Baisakhi to their relatives and friends all over the world.


Thursday, April 11, 2013

A Repeat mail...from my Archives..

A Repeat mail...from my Archives..
One of the most spectacular and touching narration

I have come across…

My Heart always cries...NO MATTER HOW MANY

TIMES, I read this touching story....

It just goes on to prove that HUMANITY still exists

in people across the globe....

Read it a bit patiently...


A nurse took the tired, anxious serviceman to the bedside.

"Your son is here," she said to the old man.

She had to repeat the words several times before

the patient's eyes opened.

Heavily sedated because of the pain of his heart

attack, he dimly saw the young uniformed Marine

standing outside the oxygen tent. 

He reached out his hand. 

The Marine wrapped his toughened fingers around

the old man's limp ones, squeezing a message of

love and encouragement.

The nurse brought a chair so that the Marine could

sit beside the bed. 

All through the night the young Marine sat there in

the poorly lighted ward, holding the old man's

hand and offering him words of love and strength.

Occasionally, the nurse suggested that the Marine

move away and rest awhile.

He refused. 

Whenever the nurse came into the ward, the

Marine was oblivious of her and of the night

noises of the hospital - the clanking of the oxygen

tank, the laughter of the night staff members

exchanging greetings, the cries and moans of the

other patients.

Now and then she heard him say a few gentle


The dying man said nothing, only held tightly to his

son all through the night.

Along towards dawn, the old man died. 

The Marine released the now lifeless hand he had

been holding and went to tell the nurse. 

While she did what she had to do, he waited.

Finally, she returned. 

She started to offer words of sympathy, but the

Marine interrupted her.

"Who was that man?" he asked.

The nurse was startled, "He was your father," she


"No, he wasn't," the Marine replied. "I never saw

him before in my life."

"Then why didn't you say something when I took

you to him?"

"I knew right away there had been a mistake, but I

also knew he needed his son, and his son just

wasn't here.

When I realized that he was too sick to know

whether or not I was his son, knowing how much

he needed me, I stayed."

I came here tonight to find a Mr. William Grey. His

Son was Killed in Iraq today, and I was sent to

inform him.

What was this Gentleman's Name?

The Nurse with Tears in Her Eyes Answered...

Mr. William Grey.............

There...I knew that, by the time U finished reading would be as 'touched' as I was...

The next time someone needs you ...
just be there.


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The True Birth Day of Universe

This year, the Telugu, Kannada, Marathi, and Kashmiri New Year fall on the same day - Thursday, April 11, 2013 - the first day of the month of Chaitra, heralding the advent of spring.Cheti Chand is celebrated on the first day of the Chaitra month known as Chet in Sindhi. Hence it is known asCHET-I-CHAND
A very happy New Year To All......

The True Birth Day of Universe

 Does the title seem "" Too far-fetched""? Fellow Indian [nay Bharatiya] friends,have we, the descendents of great sages[seientists],ever bothered to find the meaning of the followingSankalp Shloka which we recite before performing any pooja?


This gives us the time as on today (according to earth time frame) from the birht of the present universe!

  Let"s count it how! 

At the poles the earth has day and night of 6 months each. So the "north or south pole" day = 1 equator year.

And that 1pole-year (called as Divya Varsha) = 360 years (not 365, as lunar  month is of 30 days)


1200 Divya Varshas (1000+200sandhi)= 360 x 1200=4,32,000yrs.=Kali-yuga.

The start of a "Yuga" is marked by a conjuction of 7 heavenly bodies, viz.Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, & Saturn., (The ones which affect the Earth atmosphere.)And this is proved by today"s astronomists.

European astronomist Belly says "According to astronomical calculations of Hindus, the present period of the Earth, Kali-yuga,commenced 3102 yrs. B. C. on 20th Feb at 2hrs. 27 mins. & 30 secs. They say a conjuction of 7 heavenly bodies,then took place;their tables(Panchang) shows it.,& is exactly confirmed by our own current tables." Now isn"t it astounding, the calculations are thousands of yrs. old !! (see Yajur-veda ..) And this happens at the begining of every "4,32,000yrs." period(yuga.)
Resuming our calculations, Kali = 1; So this conjuction occurs once.
Dwapar-yuga (dwa =2) has this conjuction twice,Treta(=3)yuga hasthrice  & Krita/Satya(=4)yuga has it 4 times. So also the no. of years in them are 2, 3,& 4, times that of Kali-yuga respectively.All "4 Yugas" added make a Maha-yuga..


71Maha-yugas(+9600 yuga-sandhis)=1 Manvantar (the current 7th one isnamed Vaivasvat).  14 such Manvantars =1000 Maha-yugas=1 Kalpa
(Shweta-waraha Kalp in this case) =1000x4,32,000=432 crore yrs.

Now isn"t it mind boggling even to imagine these figures !
The time taken by our Sun & planets (Surya-mandalto revolve around our galaxy Milky Way is 1 Manvantar.

All galaxies (named as Vishwadev) together form a circle calledParameshti-mandal, which revolves around Swyam-bhuv (meaning self-originated) Mandal  in one Kalp time.We say that the galaxies move around "Black Hole"(?) in today"s parlance.Swyam-bhuv ! ;how a very apt name for a "Black Hole"! in today"s parlance.Swyam-bhuv ! ;how very apt a name for a "Black Hole"! 
Universe personified as BRAHMA who has a lifespan of 100 yrs.;(1 Kalpa yrs.=12hours in BRAHMA"s time-frame.) Universe is born at  the begining of BRAHMA"s each day,( of Kalpa) & dissolves itself in to nothingness at night (of 1 Kalpa), only  to be Reborn again onBRAHMA"s next morning.

Now lets calculate the no.of yrs.passed, since our present Universe was born !
Till today 6 Manvantars are over (= 6 X ..           yrs.)( ?... see above )

Of the 7th Vaivasvat Manvantar, 27 Maha-yugas (add 27 X43,20,000yrs. ) are  also done.
Of the 28th Maha-yuga, Krita,(Satya)Treta, & Dwapar yugas are also over. The current 28th Kali-yugastarted 5108 years ago. on Feb 20th at 2 hrs 27 mins & 30 secs.,the Varsha Pratipada day, when the Sun and above mentioned planets were in conjunction.This has been verified by today"s astronomists.;It matches with today"s calculations about the years of existence of our galaxy & Universe  Hence for any astronomical calculations, reference point of starting of this 28th Kali-yuga is used, though not named so. (Due to our powerless & gut-less condition.) 
Our vital link (unblical cord) of Sanskrit knowledge being broken the
mental salvery of biased Western thought seems to have fouled our
blood, making us ingorant and indifferent to our ancient wisdom.Fellow Bharatiyas come lets take a vow / sankalp to understand "the above Sankalp" on this "Earth time-frame" Brith day of our present Unverse,"The Gudi Padwa" where the Sun is -in ----- Raashi and Moon in Chitra Raashi on full moon day.

The  Two thoughts of Gudi Padwa

Thought One 

It is believed that on "Gudi Padva" : 
  • The Universe was created by Brahma. 
  • Satyuga (The Age of Truth and Justice) began.
  • Shri Rama returned to Ayodhya victorious, after having killed Ravana.
  • This is one of the 3 and a half days in the Hindu Lunar calendar, whose every moment is considered auspicious. 
  • The festival is celebrated as Ugadi in  Karnataka. Seven, Nine or eleven haystacks are placed on a farmland and are  set alight.  The ashes are mixed while ploughing the farm. 
 Thought  Two

The "Gudi" consists of a wooden stick and a steel inverted copper or silver "loti" (jug) which symbolizes a flag post.

This flag-post in turn symbolizes the Victory of Shree Ram over the Demon King Ravana as a mark of triumph of good over evil. The Gudi also symbolizes Shree Ram"s triumphant entry into Ayodhya.

 The flag post also has a Spiritual significance.  The
inverted empty "loti" symbolizes the "empty" ego. The "inverted" loti, could mean an indication to look within (ourselves). 

The open sky stands for "Ones true free spirit" away from the confines of the world.

A bitter-sweet mixture of neem leaves, jaggery and jeera is consumed early in the morning.

The ladies dress in their traditional finery, purchase golden items, adorn their homes with orange flowers and jubilantly usher in peace and harmony on this day, their New Year"s


‘O Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu! Please enable me to absorb the elements of creation, fire and Sun present in the atmosphere. Let the Divine consciousness present in these elements be preserved constantly. Let the energy thus received, be used for my spiritual practice.’