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Friday, March 28, 2014

Happy Gudi Padwa& Happy Ugaadhi

Happy Gudi Padwa&Happy Ugaadhi

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.’



Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Benefits of Being Polite

The art of conversation has almost died down. People just usually sit and chat in their office breaks about things that are not even worth thinking about. Lets face it; we all are going towards doom where each one of us is talking to pass/kill time. The art of using communication is no more existing. People are concerned about others influence in their lives and not about their influence in others life.

It is an unbelievable thing that an effective communication through polite words can have wonderful impact on you and others lives as well. You can win the hearts of many people, climb the corporate ladder, have promotions but not have wonderful relationship with people around you.

The path to a successful life comes thorough the stairs of politeness. An act of politeness can do wonders that no monetary thing can do. Let us go deep in the art of efficient speaking by these methods.

Talking about ideas and not people

Its truly said, great minds talk about ideas and small minds talk about people. Politeness is an attitude of life. Talking about ideas heightens your politeness towards innovations and stimulates your mind too. This is effective for the speaker and the listener both. To start talking about people you can breathe out all negative energies about anyone: latest crush, which dress she wears, which perfume she uses, her bad attitude. The idea is that everything you talk about people usually comes negative. This develops a feeling of self love and comparison at all means. You do not value your life as much as you do to others.

Using intellect instead of the tongue

Usually people chatter on at length not worrying about the impact it would have on others. Since people are so occupied in themselves theyd rather talk about themselves only. This instigates them to speak rubbish endlessly. Have you ever thought how much of an impact we can have on others by our words? By trying to use our brains before speaking, we will save others sentiments and preserve a healthy relationship between our near ones.

Avoiding gossip

Exchange of compliments

We should not limit our compliment intake be restricted to our close relatives. People like our helpers such as servants, cleaners, house maids are those on whom we can count on. Speaking politely to them will ensure that your day is made. They are the ones who offer your services to make your life comfortable. So we should make endeavors to enrich their lives by complimenting and praising them.

Look for positive things in negative people

We all have negative and positive sides. Nobody on this earth has a squeaky clean nature. We all have flaws, however some people are observed negatively by their rude behavior and we become very judgmental about them putting them in the negative category. We should understand that people who are rude have their own weaknesses. They do not choose to be like that. Frustrations at work or domestic front make them act in this behavior. Such people should be offered more help than others comparatively. Talking politely with them will make a difference in their lives and yours too.

Feel positive about you all the time

Quite often we do not realize that we subconsciously become negative. Pent up emotions and unfulfilled desires make us behave rudely towards others and emit negative radiations from the body. Thus we tend to overreact and become rude and harsh to others in some or the other way. This might demolish the social circle that we have. So politeness in the hearts at all means will result in polite attitude.

Whatever is rested in your heart is bound to come out in the open some or the other day. Make sure you have a prosperous life with a polite attitude and selfless love. This will make you immortal in the hearts of millions as people are going to remember for your polite words and not by your status.

A photographer once clicked a photograph of ex-president of India, Dr. Kalam with a shawl placed on his shoulder. After the photo shoot was over, the photographer rudely took off the shawl and walked off. The President smiled. After being asked about his composed behaviouir, he politely answered that maybe the photographer needed the shawl more than he did, and continued his work.

People with big positions come and go but it is only their humble nature that draws millions of people towards them. Their polite words filled to the brim with modesty and love melt the hearts of even the rudest amongst the crowd. By talking politely to all we can make an impact on others lives.

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Monday, March 24, 2014

World TB Day 24th MARCH

Share your activities

The 2014 World TB Day campaign 24th MARCH  is focused on individuals around the world who have found new ways to stop TB and can serve as an inspiration to others. The idea is to recognize people who have introduced a variety of innovations in a variety of settings:
  • research aimed at developing new diagnostics, drugs or vaccines
  • operational research, aimed at making TB care more effective and efficient
  • new approaches to helping people gain access to TB diagnosis and treatment
  • novel partnerships between actors in the fight against TB
  • advances in integrating TB care into health systems
  • new approaches to providing support from members of the community to people affected by TB
  • innovative ways of raising awareness about TB.

Causes, incidence, and risk factors

Pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) is caused by the bacteria Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M. tuberculosis). You can get TB by breathing in air droplets from a cough or sneeze of an infected person. This is called primary TB.
Most people who develop symptoms of a TB infection first became infected in the past. However, in some cases, the disease may become active within weeks after the primary infection.
The following people are at higher risk for active TB:
  • Elderly
  • Infants
  • People with weakened immune systems, for example due to AIDSchemotherapy, diabetes, or certain medications
Your risk of contracting TB increases if you:
  • Are in frequent contact with people who have TB
  • Have poor nutrition
  • Live in crowded or unsanitary living conditions
The following factors may increase the rate of TB infection in a population:
  • Increase in HIV infections
  • Increase in number of homeless people (poor environment and nutrition)
  • The appearance of drug-resistant strains of TB
In the United States, there are approximately 10 cases of TB per 100,000 people. However, rates vary dramatically by area of residence and socioeconomic status.


The primary stage of TB usually doesn't cause symptoms. When symptoms of pulmonary TB occur, they may include:
  • Cough (usually cough up mucus)
  • Coughing up blood
  • Excessive sweating, especially at night
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Unintentional weight loss
Other symptoms that may occur with this disease:
  • Breathing difficulty
  • Chest pain
  • Wheezing

Signs and tests

Examination may show:
  • Clubbing of the fingers or toes (in people with advanced disease)
  • Enlarged or tender lymph nodes in the neck or other areas
  • Fluid around a lung (pleural effusion)
  • Unusual breath sounds (crackles)
Tests may include:


The goal of treatment is to cure the infection with drugs that fight the TB bacteria. Treatment of active pulmonary TB will always involve a combination of many drugs (usually four drugs). All of the drugs are continued until lab tests show which medicines work best.
The most commonly used drugs include:
Other drugs that may be used to treat TB include:
  • Amikacin
  • Ethionamide
  • Moxifloxacin
  • Para-aminosalicylic acid
  • Streptomycin
You may need to take many different pills at different times of the day for 6 months or longer. It is very important that you take the pills the way your health care provider instructed.
When people do not take their TB medications as recommended, the infection becomes much more difficult to treat. The TB bacteria may become resistant to treatment, and sometimes, the drugs no longer help treat the infection.
When there is a concern that a patient may not take all the medication as directed, a health care provider may need to watch the person take the prescribed drugs. This is called directly observed therapy. In this case, drugs may be given 2 or 3 times per week, as prescribed by a doctor.
You may need to be admitted to a hospital for 2 - 4 weeks to avoid spreading the disease to others until you are no longer contagious.
Your doctor or nurse is required by law to report your TB illness to the local health department. Your health care team will be sure that you receive the best care for your TB.

Support Groups

You can ease the stress of illness by joining a support group where members share common experiences and problems.

Expectations (prognosis)

Symptoms often improve in 2 - 3 weeks. A chest x-ray will not show this improvement until later. The outlook is excellent if pulmonary TB is diagnosed early and treatment is begun quickly.


Pulmonary TB can cause permanent lung damage if not treated early.
Medicines used to treat TB may cause side effects, including liver problems. Other side effects include:
  • Changes in vision
  • Orange- or brown-colored tears and urine
  • Rash
A vision test may be done before treatment so your doctor can monitor any changes in your eyes' health over time.

Calling your health care provider

Call your health care provider if:
  • You have been exposed to TB
  • You develop symptoms of TB
  • Your symptoms continue despite treatment
  • New symptoms develop


TB is a preventable disease, even in those who have been exposed to an infected person. Skin testing (PPD) for TB is used in high risk populations or in people who may have been exposed to TB, such as health care workers.
A positive skin test indicates TB exposure and an inactive infection. Discuss preventive therapy with your doctor. People who have been exposed to TB should be skin tested immediately and have a follow-up test at a later date, if the first test is negative.
Prompt treatment is extremely important in controlling the spread of TB from those who have active TB disease to those who have never been infected with TB.
Some countries with a high incidence of TB give people a BCG vaccination to prevent TB. However, the effectiveness of this vaccine is controversial and it is not routinely used in the United States.
People who have had BCG may still be skin tested for TB. Discuss the test results (if positive) with your doctor.

Follow the mentioned tips to lead a healthy and a happy life.