* Ram Kabir *
* Jai Shree Krishna *
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Why Do we light a lamp ?
In almost evry indian home a lamp is lit daily before the alter of the lord, in some, twice a day - at dawn and dusk - and in few it is maintained continuosly. All auspicious functions and moments like daily worship , rituals and festivals and even many social occasions like inauguaration commence with the lighting of lamp, which is often maintained right through the occasion.
Light symbolizes knowledge, and darkness, ignorance. The lord is the "Knowledge Principal" who is the source , the enlievener and the illuminator of the knowledge, hence light is worship as the lord himself.
knowledge removes ignorance just as light removes darkness. Also knowledge is alasting inner wealth by which all outer achievement can be accomplished. Hence we light the lamp to bow to knowledge as the greatest of all form of wealth. knowledge backs all our actions wheather good or bad. we therefore keep a lamp lit during all auspicious occasions as a witness to our thoughts and actions.
Why not light bulb or the tube light ? that too would removes darkness, but the traditional oil lamp has a further spritual significance. The oil of ghee in the lamp symbolizes our vaasnas get slowly exhausted and the ego too finally perishes. The flame of the lamo always burns upwrds. similarly we should acquire such knowledge as to take us towards higher ideals.
A single lamp can light hundreds more just as a man of knowledge can give ot to many more. The brilliance of light does not dimished desite its repeated use to light many more lamps. so, too knowledge does not lessen when shared with or imparted to others. on the contrary it increase in clarity and conviction on giving. it benifits both the reciever and the giver.
Deep Sarva tamopahaha
Deepena saadhyate sarvam
Sandhayaa deepo namostute"
I prostrate to the dawn/dusk lamp, whose light is the knowledge principal , which removes the darkness of ignorance and by which all can be achieved in life.
Which else shall beautify a home
But the flame of a lovely lamp?
Which else shall adorn the mind
But the light of wisdom deep ?
thus this custom contains a wealth of intelecttual and spiritual meaning.
- Swami Chinmayananda.
* !!! Essence Of Life !!!*
The head understands the head, and the heart understands the heart. The nose can onlyu smell, the eyes can only see, and the ears can only hear - the ears can not see! so, the heart can feel, isn't it ?
We try to put the heart in the head, and the head in the heart, and it dosen't seem to work. your heart feels something is beautiful, your head says it is beautiful. we repeat the word"beautiful" in the head, but it dosen't feel beautiful.
We Experience ourselves in the things we love most. That is why, when we lose the things we love, we feel hurt; we feel unhappy. suppose, you love your piano very much, and you hear that it broke down accidently, somethings in you, gets cut off, isn't it ? If something happens to your car, or your dog, you feel a loss. you are not living in your body alone. If we can expand this existence even more to cover the entirety we know, then there is no loss, and we are total.
You are a blue pearl ! A blue pearl is not separate from you. Blue is beautuful - big, immense, infinite. All that is infinite in creation expresses itself in blue. you are a blue pearl, in the sense that you cannot measured. you are so deep in your being. thoughts you are in body, nobody can measure your being - how deep you are, how ancient you are ....The being in you, is not just blue infinity, it is shining , radiant infinity ! A blue pearl means that, which shines, which is infinite; yet it seems to be finite and comprehensive.
When we start listening to our hearts, then we know that all is one. in our body, we have so many cells, and each cell has its own life. many cells are being born every day, and many cells are dying everyday. But if something is wrong with one particular cell, you know - you can feel it. similarly, through we all have small lives, there is one life that covers all lives.
We are all floating in an ocean of life - a big life. It is not just empty space all around us - it is lively, big life! in the big sea of life, there are shells, floating; each shell has a little water in it. and this water is not separated from the water in the sea - in this big ocean called life. So, we come out of our shells and experiance "Me" - not just in the body, but "Me" expanded all over, everywhere : It's me there, it's me there, it's me here.
I see myself in everybody." That is the essence of life !
* Benefits From Banana *
We all know bananas as the yellow fruit every person loves ! However, did you know that bananas have numerous health benefits ? They are extremely useful is treating many disoders. Bananas are easily digestibale and rarely cause allergic reactions. A banana has four times the protein as an apple, twice the carbs, three times the phosphoros, and five times the vitamin A. so, instead of, " An apple of day," try "A banana a day" it is very clear how wonderful these yellow fruits are! so, next time you hungry, stop frying and grab banana.
Bananas have proven themselves to have several other health benefits.
Anemia : Bananas are high in iron and can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood, which may help in cases of anemia.
Blood Pressure: Being extremely high in potassium and low in salt makes the banana a perfect snack for people with high blood pressure. The US FDA has recently allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit's ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.
Brain Power: Research has shown that the potassium - packed fruit can assist learing by making pupils more alert. "200 students at a Twickenham school (England) were helped through thier exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power.
Constipation: Say bye bye to laxatives. Bananaa are high in fiber and can help restore normal bowel actions .
Depression: Bananas contain a type of protein called tryptophan that the body uses and converts into serotonin. Serotonin puts your body in a relaxed state, improving your mood.
Heartburn: Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body; so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating banana for soothing relief.
Morning Sickness:- Avoid morning sickness by snacking on bananas between meals to help keep blood sugar levels up.
Mosquito bites: Banana skins reduce swelling and irritation. Try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin before reaching for the insecticide.
Nerves: Vitamin B helps calm the nervous system, and bananas are loaded with B vitamins.
PMS: Bananas contain vitamin B6, which regulates blood glucose levels, which in turn affects your mood.
Temprature Control: Cultures all around the world believe the banana to be a "cooling" fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temprature of expectant mothers. Pregnant women in thailand eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temprature.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Bananas have helped SAD sufferes due to the natural mood enhancer tryptophan.
Smoking and Tobacco Use: Looking to give up smoking ? Try banana. Banana's have B6, B12,potassium, and magnessium that help the body recover from nicotine withdrawal effect.
Stress: Stress cause our metabolic rates to rise, which in effect reduces potassium levels. pottasium helps to normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain ans regulates the body's water balance. Re - balance with the help of a high potassium banana snack.
Strokes: The New England journal of Medicine research study showed eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the rick of death by strokes by a much as 40%.
Ulcers: The banana is used as the dietary food againts intestial disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over chronicler cases. It also neutralizes over - acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.
Warts: Netural alternative health users swear by bananas. To kill off a warts , take a piece of banana skin and place it on the wart, with the yellow side out. carefully hold the skin in place with a plaster or surgical tape.
Written & Compiled by
Sajan Harshadbhai Bhakta. (DEROD)
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