Waiting for sunrise!

Waiting for sunrise!


There is no stillness like waiting, and

there is no bigger a test of love than waiting!

Waiting for the mahatma…. Have you read it by any chance?

Awesome! Express Yourself

Airtel – value of human expressions – simply simply outstanding!
Nigaahe nigaho se mila kar to dekho,
Dil i baat zubaan par la kar to dekho…..suppabh!

Communicate, Express Yourself!

Before Its too late!

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Mai Kya mangu, fir kucch na raha!

Very soothing prayer (Shabad Gurbani)
Mai Kya mangu, fir kucch na raha…..

Satnam waheguru
He helps in taking the right decisions at the right time,
Feel the awesome light of God around you,
and the love of God surrounding you.

I have always believed that “zindagi me bahut sare relations se better hai ki relations me bahut saari zindagi ho”, and that all are lovely souls connected together by awesome energies of the universe….. all caring, and sharing, and loving!

Mai Kya mangu, fir kucch na raha!

Very soothing prayer (Shabad Gurbani)
Mai Kya mangu, fir kucch na raha…..

Satnam waheguru
He helps in taking the right decisions at the right time,
Feel the awesome light of God around you,
and the love of God surrounding you.

I have always believed that “zindagi me bahut sare relations se better hai ki relations me bahut saari zindagi ho”, and that all are lovely souls connected together by awesome energies of the universe….. all caring, and sharing, and loving!

Mai Kya mangu, fir kucch na raha!

Very soothing prayer (Shabad Gurbani)
Mai Kya mangu, fir kucch na raha…..

Satnam waheguru
He helps in taking the right decisions at the right time,
Feel the awesome light of God around you,
and the love of God surrounding you.

I have always believed that “zindagi me bahut sare relations se better hai ki relations me bahut saari zindagi ho”, and that all are lovely souls connected together by awesome energies of the universe….. all caring, and sharing, and loving!

Blooms….

Ahan!….. went clicking around d campus ….. God made flowers to add colour to the monotony of life….






Not just that! flowers r the most beautiful and simplest way to express joy, love, care, and share!
Not just they are pretty but are vibrant, colourful and sensuous…..

Wanna send flowers to someone you care for? Ummm…. search for it…
d last I gifted was from Ferns n Petals – Gosh! so difficult to go to d awesome florists n select from exotic ranges – carnations, exotic roses, sunflowers, chrysanthemums, etcetera,etcetera,etcetera😉 ….
I might be sounding mean.. but every time I wanna go n select flowers, I wanna

have ’em all for me :(( 😛 it takes a whole lottagirly courage” to smiling part with those awesome beauties… **sigh** :-<

To add a personal touch, do do write in a special note (with your extra coochi-cooing 😉 ;)) and see the magic 😉 It works! Send ’em as surprises too :):) wow! After al life’s beautiful …so make it more na! hmmmmmm 🙂

Find out the “right” kind of flower for the “right” occasion (VERY IMPORTANT), and go ahead….. half the work is done!
Umm…. a very important, but less noted point-> if flowers are not home-delivered, and are hand given to your loved one, DO DO DO take care that s/he can carry ’em back properly and easily (ah of cours you could be chivalrous enough to drop ’em home 😉 but for the “other” occasions :D) – have faced d problem myself so many-a-time 😛 😦 – you wouldn’t want the poor flowers reach home all battered…and the poorer “flower-receiver” all the more in a worse condition 😦 😛

jokes apart – great that they got it online also now :FnP

Anyways, I have even gifted a potted plant /bonsais (pretty difficult to find for gifiting unless you know how to maintain one, and try and gift 2 some one who can take care of that lovely plant 🙂 )

Wish! one could make them last forever! Simple solution-> grow ’em (in d garden/pots 2 impress :)) )

Blooms….

Ahan!….. went clicking around d campus ….. God made flowers to add colour to the monotony of life….






Not just that! flowers r the most beautiful and simplest way to express joy, love, care, and share!
Not just they are pretty but are vibrant, colourful and sensuous…..

Wanna send flowers to someone you care for? Ummm…. search for it…
d last I gifted was from Ferns n Petals – Gosh! so difficult to go to d awesome florists n select from exotic ranges – carnations, exotic roses, sunflowers, chrysanthemums, etcetera,etcetera,etcetera😉 ….
I might be sounding mean.. but every time I wanna go n select flowers, I wanna

have ’em all for me :(( 😛 it takes a whole lottagirly courage” to smiling part with those awesome beauties… **sigh** :-<

To add a personal touch, do do write in a special note (with your extra coochi-cooing 😉 ;)) and see the magic 😉 It works! Send ’em as surprises too :):) wow! After al life’s beautiful …so make it more na! hmmmmmm 🙂

Find out the “right” kind of flower for the “right” occasion (VERY IMPORTANT), and go ahead….. half the work is done!
Umm…. a very important, but less noted point-> if flowers are not home-delivered, and are hand given to your loved one, DO DO DO take care that s/he can carry ’em back properly and easily (ah of cours you could be chivalrous enough to drop ’em home 😉 but for the “other” occasions :D) – have faced d problem myself so many-a-time 😛 😦 – you wouldn’t want the poor flowers reach home all battered…and the poorer “flower-receiver” all the more in a worse condition 😦 😛

jokes apart – great that they got it online also now :FnP

Anyways, I have even gifted a potted plant /bonsais (pretty difficult to find for gifiting unless you know how to maintain one, and try and gift 2 some one who can take care of that lovely plant 🙂 )

Wish! one could make them last forever! Simple solution-> grow ’em (in d garden/pots 2 impress :)) )

Sun…..and the flower….

Repost from Jan 12, 2007

I happen to LOVE this flower since childhood- I capture the beauty of the lovely Sunflower here on the blog….. is it not such a lovely flower? All smiles….. all sunny and bright….. 🙂
To make a sunflower screen








Some basic info ’bout the flower:

Helianthus annus

Family: Asteraceae

Sunflower Plants
Location:

  • native to North America
Characteristics:

  • can grow 5-20 feet tall
  • juice is watery, not milky
Sunflower Leaf
Leaves:

  • irregular teeth
  • rounded base and pointed tip

Flower and Fruit

  • bright yellow with black centers
  • nutritious seeds are produced in the center of the flower
Sunflower
Uses:
The pithy stalks can be used to make a hand drill, useful for igniting a pile of tinder. The inner pulp of the stalk made both fast-burning candles (if broken into pieces and strung on a string) and chewing gum. A wide array of colors of dye can be obtained from the sunflower, including gray, green, orange, tan, purple and yellow, result from combining different plant parts with various mordant

The sunflower (Helianthus annuus) is anannual plant in the Family Asteraceae with a large flower head (inflorescence). The stem of the flower can grow up to 3 metres tall, with the flower head reaching 30cm in diameter. The sunflower is notable for turning to face the Sun, a behavior known as heliotropism.

History
Sunflowers are native to the Americas, and were domesticated around 1000 B.C. Francisco Pizarro found the Inca subjects venerating the sunflower as an image of their sun god, and gold images of the “flower” as well as seeds were taken back to Europe early in the 16th century. Helianthus is from the Greek for “sunflower”. In French, they are called “tournesol”, and in Italian, “girasole.”

Sun…..and the flower….

Repost from Jan 12, 2007

I happen to LOVE this flower since childhood- I capture the beauty of the lovely Sunflower here on the blog….. is it not such a lovely flower? All smiles….. all sunny and bright….. 🙂
To make a sunflower screen








Some basic info ’bout the flower:

Helianthus annus

Family: Asteraceae

Sunflower Plants
Location:

  • native to North America
Characteristics:

  • can grow 5-20 feet tall
  • juice is watery, not milky
Sunflower Leaf
Leaves:

  • irregular teeth
  • rounded base and pointed tip

Flower and Fruit

  • bright yellow with black centers
  • nutritious seeds are produced in the center of the flower
Sunflower
Uses:
The pithy stalks can be used to make a hand drill, useful for igniting a pile of tinder. The inner pulp of the stalk made both fast-burning candles (if broken into pieces and strung on a string) and chewing gum. A wide array of colors of dye can be obtained from the sunflower, including gray, green, orange, tan, purple and yellow, result from combining different plant parts with various mordant

The sunflower (Helianthus annuus) is anannual plant in the Family Asteraceae with a large flower head (inflorescence). The stem of the flower can grow up to 3 metres tall, with the flower head reaching 30cm in diameter. The sunflower is notable for turning to face the Sun, a behavior known as heliotropism.

History
Sunflowers are native to the Americas, and were domesticated around 1000 B.C. Francisco Pizarro found the Inca subjects venerating the sunflower as an image of their sun god, and gold images of the “flower” as well as seeds were taken back to Europe early in the 16th century. Helianthus is from the Greek for “sunflower”. In French, they are called “tournesol”, and in Italian, “girasole.”

Happy Republic Day!

Bharat hamko jan se bhi pyara hai 🙂
Bharat hamko jan se bhi pyara hai 🙂
Bharat hamko jan se bhi pyara hai 🙂

The Republic Day is celebrated every year on January 26.
It was the Lahore Session of the Indian National Congress at midnight of December 31, 1929 – January 1, 1930, that the Tricolour was unfurled by nationalists and a pledge taken that every year on January 26 “Independence Day” would be celebrated and that the people would unceasingly strive for the establishment of a Sovereign Democratic Republic of India. We present India’s first Prime Minister’s reminisces about the Lahore Session.
President Rajendra Prasad’s reply to the speech of the Doyen of the Diplomatic Corps at the Banquet in Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi, on January 26, 1950, after India was formally declared a Republic, strikes a formal note.
Some of the Best Patriotic Songs:
  1. ae mere vatan ke logo, jara aankh me bhar lo pani
  2. Film roja ka gana hai ’ bharat humko jaan se pyara hai, subse pyara gulsata humara hai’
  3. ’Ae mere pyare vatan, ae mere bichare chaman, tujh pe dil kurbaan’
  4. * ’Panchi nadiya pawan ke jhoke, koi sarhad na inhe roke’
  5. * ’jan gan man adhinakyak jai he, bharat bhagya vidhata ’
  6. * Vande maataram, sujalaam sufalaam, malayaj sheetalaam’
How I remember praticing and singing on each of the National day celebrations @school / college 😀
Jai Hind!
गणतंत्र दिवस की हार्दिक शुभकामनायें
Use hindi more 🙂

Happy Republic Day!

Bharat hamko jan se bhi pyara hai 🙂
Bharat hamko jan se bhi pyara hai 🙂
Bharat hamko jan se bhi pyara hai 🙂

The Republic Day is celebrated every year on January 26.
It was the Lahore Session of the Indian National Congress at midnight of December 31, 1929 – January 1, 1930, that the Tricolour was unfurled by nationalists and a pledge taken that every year on January 26 “Independence Day” would be celebrated and that the people would unceasingly strive for the establishment of a Sovereign Democratic Republic of India. We present India’s first Prime Minister’s reminisces about the Lahore Session.
President Rajendra Prasad’s reply to the speech of the Doyen of the Diplomatic Corps at the Banquet in Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi, on January 26, 1950, after India was formally declared a Republic, strikes a formal note.
Some of the Best Patriotic Songs:
  1. ae mere vatan ke logo, jara aankh me bhar lo pani
  2. Film roja ka gana hai ’ bharat humko jaan se pyara hai, subse pyara gulsata humara hai’
  3. ’Ae mere pyare vatan, ae mere bichare chaman, tujh pe dil kurbaan’
  4. * ’Panchi nadiya pawan ke jhoke, koi sarhad na inhe roke’
  5. * ’jan gan man adhinakyak jai he, bharat bhagya vidhata ’
  6. * Vande maataram, sujalaam sufalaam, malayaj sheetalaam’
How I remember praticing and singing on each of the National day celebrations @school / college 😀
Jai Hind!
गणतंत्र दिवस की हार्दिक शुभकामनायें
Use hindi more 🙂

Ik Pal ka Jeena! dREAMZ uNLIMITED!

Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch, who is dying from pancreatic cancer, gave his last lecture at the university Sept. 18, 2007, before a packed McConomy Auditorium. In his moving talk, “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams,” Pausch talked about his lessons learned and gave advice to students on how to achieve their own career and personal goals.

hehe….. dat “dreams slide” is almost d same as mine 😉

So very nostalgic!
Dream on! 🙂

and how I relate to “Steve Jobs Stanford Commencement Speech”
U c… ur heart just knows whats right!

Ik Pal ka Jeena! dREAMZ uNLIMITED!

Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch, who is dying from pancreatic cancer, gave his last lecture at the university Sept. 18, 2007, before a packed McConomy Auditorium. In his moving talk, “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams,” Pausch talked about his lessons learned and gave advice to students on how to achieve their own career and personal goals.

hehe….. dat “dreams slide” is almost d same as mine 😉

So very nostalgic!
Dream on! 🙂

and how I relate to “Steve Jobs Stanford Commencement Speech”
U c… ur heart just knows whats right!

Ik Pal ka Jeena! dREAMZ uNLIMITED!

Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch, who is dying from pancreatic cancer, gave his last lecture at the university Sept. 18, 2007, before a packed McConomy Auditorium. In his moving talk, “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams,” Pausch talked about his lessons learned and gave advice to students on how to achieve their own career and personal goals.

hehe….. dat “dreams slide” is almost d same as mine 😉

So very nostalgic!
Dream on! 🙂

and how I relate to “Steve Jobs Stanford Commencement Speech”
U c… ur heart just knows whats right!

Self-awareness Makes us Unique

We are a unique species…..

Are we the centre of God’s creation? In all our thinking and discussions about life and the universe, we seem to assume so. We have convinced ourselves that the array of living beings in the universe makes up a neat hierarchy. At the pinnacle of that hierarchy is the human being.
At the lowest rungs of creation are minerals. Then come the mosses, fungi and plants. Plants have only a sense of touch. Singlecelled and multi-celled microbial organisms feature the next stage of development. At the next higher perch are the reptiles, mammals, birds and animals. Finally, at the apex is the most evolved form of living being, the human, the most advanced and the most developed among all living creatures, the supreme glory of all creation.
Greek philosopher
Aristotle proposed the interesting idea of a vital principle that guides the development, functioning or evolution of an organism or a hierarchy of beings. It was this vital principle that resulted in life-finding expression first as unicellular and multicellular organisms, then as plants, thereafter as birds and animals, and ultimately as humans, as sapient and sentient beings.
According to Aristotelian theory, humans are the most evolved form of thinking and feeling beings so far. What is more, we alone have the potential to grow and evolve into the spiritual dimension.
But what precisely, if anything, sets us apart from other living creatures? Is it the faculty of reasoning, the fact that we are rational? But reasoning does not and cannot teach us anything new. Socrates was a man, a mortal being. Therefore Socrates is mortal. You can see here that there is no new truth that the third and concluding statement expresses that is not
clearly implied in the first two sentences.
The conclusion of any piece of syllogistic reasoning does not enable us to learn anything new other than what is already contained in its premise. You have the same limitation with inductive logic where you arrive at general truths from particular examples. [Yes! very true.]
The mind grasps reality by establishing relationships between entities that it perceives newly and the perceptions that it carries from the past.
[Yes! very true.] Psychologists and neurologists explain that the human brain is large because a major part of the cerebrum is concerned with associating different perceptions and memories.
Newton formulated his celebrated laws of motion and gravitation by intuitively hypothesising a link between the fall of the apple on his head and the
motion of the earth around the sun. But by the same token, the human mind is basically anchored in the past. Therefore, it pulls you back from letting yourself go completely with the flow of living reality here and now.
The distinguishing feature of humans lies in our capacity for self-awareness. Other living creatures may have the ability to perform a greater variety of tasks, or may have developed superior sensibilities in certain areas. But we alone have the capacity to look at ourselves and be aware of ourselves.
We can attain knowledge. But what is unique about us is that we can also get to know how we could attain that knowledge. A human being is like a computer that can see how it has been programmed and thereby transcend the programming itself.

Source – Indiatimes

Winning and Losing

Somehow… I have always learnt to be in and work towards a win-win situation rather than a win-lose situation…..
Felt like jotting down some thoughts which I had read a while ago….

After failing for the 2nd time, Edmund Hillary challenged Mt. Everest “I’ll come again & conquer you, coz as a mountain u cant grow, but as a human I can”
(aww! leave d qoute aside.. i wanna go hiking right now :P)

I can accept failure.
Everyone fails at something…
But I can’t accept not trying…
~~ Michael Jordan

The most important lesson I have learnt from sports is how not to be only a gracious winner,
but a goo loser as well.
Not everyone wins al the time, as a matter of fact.. no one wins all the time…..
Winning is the easy part,
losing is really tough.
But you learn more from one loss,
than you do from a milion wins (yups.. abs right!)

You learn a lot about sportsmanship.
I mean its really tough to shake a hand of someone who just beat you, and its even harder to do so with a smile….

Self-awareness Makes us Unique

We are a unique species…..

Are we the centre of God’s creation? In all our thinking and discussions about life and the universe, we seem to assume so. We have convinced ourselves that the array of living beings in the universe makes up a neat hierarchy. At the pinnacle of that hierarchy is the human being.
At the lowest rungs of creation are minerals. Then come the mosses, fungi and plants. Plants have only a sense of touch. Singlecelled and multi-celled microbial organisms feature the next stage of development. At the next higher perch are the reptiles, mammals, birds and animals. Finally, at the apex is the most evolved form of living being, the human, the most advanced and the most developed among all living creatures, the supreme glory of all creation.
Greek philosopher
Aristotle proposed the interesting idea of a vital principle that guides the development, functioning or evolution of an organism or a hierarchy of beings. It was this vital principle that resulted in life-finding expression first as unicellular and multicellular organisms, then as plants, thereafter as birds and animals, and ultimately as humans, as sapient and sentient beings.
According to Aristotelian theory, humans are the most evolved form of thinking and feeling beings so far. What is more, we alone have the potential to grow and evolve into the spiritual dimension.
But what precisely, if anything, sets us apart from other living creatures? Is it the faculty of reasoning, the fact that we are rational? But reasoning does not and cannot teach us anything new. Socrates was a man, a mortal being. Therefore Socrates is mortal. You can see here that there is no new truth that the third and concluding statement expresses that is not
clearly implied in the first two sentences.
The conclusion of any piece of syllogistic reasoning does not enable us to learn anything new other than what is already contained in its premise. You have the same limitation with inductive logic where you arrive at general truths from particular examples. [Yes! very true.]
The mind grasps reality by establishing relationships between entities that it perceives newly and the perceptions that it carries from the past.
[Yes! very true.] Psychologists and neurologists explain that the human brain is large because a major part of the cerebrum is concerned with associating different perceptions and memories.
Newton formulated his celebrated laws of motion and gravitation by intuitively hypothesising a link between the fall of the apple on his head and the
motion of the earth around the sun. But by the same token, the human mind is basically anchored in the past. Therefore, it pulls you back from letting yourself go completely with the flow of living reality here and now.
The distinguishing feature of humans lies in our capacity for self-awareness. Other living creatures may have the ability to perform a greater variety of tasks, or may have developed superior sensibilities in certain areas. But we alone have the capacity to look at ourselves and be aware of ourselves.
We can attain knowledge. But what is unique about us is that we can also get to know how we could attain that knowledge. A human being is like a computer that can see how it has been programmed and thereby transcend the programming itself.

Source – Indiatimes

Winning and Losing

Somehow… I have always learnt to be in and work towards a win-win situation rather than a win-lose situation…..
Felt like jotting down some thoughts which I had read a while ago….

After failing for the 2nd time, Edmund Hillary challenged Mt. Everest “I’ll come again & conquer you, coz as a mountain u cant grow, but as a human I can”
(aww! leave d qoute aside.. i wanna go hiking right now :P)

I can accept failure.
Everyone fails at something…
But I can’t accept not trying…
~~ Michael Jordan

The most important lesson I have learnt from sports is how not to be only a gracious winner,
but a goo loser as well.
Not everyone wins al the time, as a matter of fact.. no one wins all the time…..
Winning is the easy part,
losing is really tough.
But you learn more from one loss,
than you do from a milion wins (yups.. abs right!)

You learn a lot about sportsmanship.
I mean its really tough to shake a hand of someone who just beat you, and its even harder to do so with a smile….

Self-awareness Makes us Unique

We are a unique species…..

Are we the centre of God’s creation? In all our thinking and discussions about life and the universe, we seem to assume so. We have convinced ourselves that the array of living beings in the universe makes up a neat hierarchy. At the pinnacle of that hierarchy is the human being.
At the lowest rungs of creation are minerals. Then come the mosses, fungi and plants. Plants have only a sense of touch. Singlecelled and multi-celled microbial organisms feature the next stage of development. At the next higher perch are the reptiles, mammals, birds and animals. Finally, at the apex is the most evolved form of living being, the human, the most advanced and the most developed among all living creatures, the supreme glory of all creation.
Greek philosopher
Aristotle proposed the interesting idea of a vital principle that guides the development, functioning or evolution of an organism or a hierarchy of beings. It was this vital principle that resulted in life-finding expression first as unicellular and multicellular organisms, then as plants, thereafter as birds and animals, and ultimately as humans, as sapient and sentient beings.
According to Aristotelian theory, humans are the most evolved form of thinking and feeling beings so far. What is more, we alone have the potential to grow and evolve into the spiritual dimension.
But what precisely, if anything, sets us apart from other living creatures? Is it the faculty of reasoning, the fact that we are rational? But reasoning does not and cannot teach us anything new. Socrates was a man, a mortal being. Therefore Socrates is mortal. You can see here that there is no new truth that the third and concluding statement expresses that is not
clearly implied in the first two sentences.
The conclusion of any piece of syllogistic reasoning does not enable us to learn anything new other than what is already contained in its premise. You have the same limitation with inductive logic where you arrive at general truths from particular examples. [Yes! very true.]
The mind grasps reality by establishing relationships between entities that it perceives newly and the perceptions that it carries from the past.
[Yes! very true.] Psychologists and neurologists explain that the human brain is large because a major part of the cerebrum is concerned with associating different perceptions and memories.
Newton formulated his celebrated laws of motion and gravitation by intuitively hypothesising a link between the fall of the apple on his head and the
motion of the earth around the sun. But by the same token, the human mind is basically anchored in the past. Therefore, it pulls you back from letting yourself go completely with the flow of living reality here and now.
The distinguishing feature of humans lies in our capacity for self-awareness. Other living creatures may have the ability to perform a greater variety of tasks, or may have developed superior sensibilities in certain areas. But we alone have the capacity to look at ourselves and be aware of ourselves.
We can attain knowledge. But what is unique about us is that we can also get to know how we could attain that knowledge. A human being is like a computer that can see how it has been programmed and thereby transcend the programming itself.

Source – Indiatimes

Winning and Losing

Somehow… I have always learnt to be in and work towards a win-win situation rather than a win-lose situation…..
Felt like jotting down some thoughts which I had read a while ago….

After failing for the 2nd time, Edmund Hillary challenged Mt. Everest “I’ll come again & conquer you, coz as a mountain u cant grow, but as a human I can”
(aww! leave d qoute aside.. i wanna go hiking right now :P)

I can accept failure.
Everyone fails at something…
But I can’t accept not trying…
~~ Michael Jordan

The most important lesson I have learnt from sports is how not to be only a gracious winner,
but a goo loser as well.
Not everyone wins al the time, as a matter of fact.. no one wins all the time…..
Winning is the easy part,
losing is really tough.
But you learn more from one loss,
than you do from a milion wins (yups.. abs right!)

You learn a lot about sportsmanship.
I mean its really tough to shake a hand of someone who just beat you, and its even harder to do so with a smile….

Akshardham Temple

This is a repost from my last year’s post about the visit to this AWESOME temple which has found its place in Guiness book
and for being the largest Hindu Temple in the world.

Ok… so read on….. (since its a repost, kindly read it as if written on d day of the visit, on which it was actually written :))

One Word – AWESOME!

Date of visit: Jan 1, 2006
Location: Delhi – Noida border

[AWESOME! The pics here are from the net as they did not allow cams n mobs inside. I’d upload a pic or two wid me too]

Ok! so it was decided all of a sudden…..
Its new year….and we decided [like always]….. that we’d go out on the foggy morning…. mom kept it a surprise… I was a bit upset….thinking ….that it should not be one of the old places we’ve already visited…. but got ready…… and quietly followed her…..

We drove around the place…. and I was listening to my favourite music….. mom was saying something… but I was lost in thoughts [shawie mom….. I know what you said…its just that at that time I was a bit lost somewhere].

I guess it was also E-id today…… and I was surprised to see the traffic on a Monday!

Well, soon I started coming back to the chirpy birdie mood which I am generally in 🙂
and as soon as I saw the new curved bridge, I just wished mom wasn’t driving to one of those markets 😦
n then the turn …n yes, I was almost jumping in the car 🙂 I pecked on her cheeks for taking me to Akshardham temple – wow! it had been so long since I had wanted to visit this AMAZING….yes you MUST visit the place to feel what I was feeling 🙂
OK…in an all ecstatic mood, we entered the compound, parked the four-wheeler, locked up our cams/mobiles n stuff-after listening to the announcements being made about the same… n trotted towards the mandatory security check.

Generally, I am not happy with the security checks – the unnecessary delay they cause for the oh-so important security, but as I have said earlier, I was delirious enough to even notice them.

Okay, so fiddling with our tiny bag, we followed the crowd towards the gates.
We reached a circular gateway with 10 gates, arranged in two semi-circles of five gates each. The inscription close-by said what mom had told me….. there are ten auspicious directions,and those ten gates were there to direct-in and direct-out auspicious energies from- and to- all directions.

Next, we moved ahead to a small fountain with charnpaduka of Swami Narayan ji with auspicious symbols and water pouring in from four directions on them.

Engaged in the beauty of the temple, and the serene environment, I looked up and was mesmerised by what stood before me! It was a The Akshardham Temple’s main monument constructed of Jaipur’s pink stone, and Italian Carrara marble , and boasting of two-hundred-and-thirty carved pillars, nine ornate domes, a magnificent base of carved elephants, and twenty-thousand statues of India’s saddhus or saints-phew!
This sprawling campus over hundred acres of land,by literature, had taken over USD $40 million to complete.

We climbed up the stairs of the temple [of course after removing out slippers in the Boot-House], with me thanking mom again and again to bring me to this awesome place – and she kept on repeating that any visit to a holy/spiritual place is “when there is a bulawa [call form the Gods]” and it was our turn too today.

In the picture above, one sees a huge statue of Swami Narayan ji – either in Gold, or Gold plated [if I remember correctly from the terrorist attacks on the Akshardham temple in Gujrat – I guess it should be Gold!]. The main temple had idols of Lord Vishnu-Lakshmi, Radhey-Krishna, Shiva-Parvati, and Sita-Ram on all four sides -all carved beautifully in white marble.

Walls had pictures depicting the life of Swami Narayan ji and his teachings.
You can well see the lovely carved dome-shaped ceiling.

After doing the pradakshina (rounds) of the temple, and enjoying the hard work done to bring stone and metal into life,


we went and took our slippers back, and bought a ticket – costing Rs, 125 per person for the Exhibition.

There are three Exhibitions – first two lasting around 50 minutes each, and the last one-called Nauka/Sanskruti Vihar – for around 15 mins.
So, we can say that, spending about half -an hour in the main temple, you need an additional 2.5 hours for these exhibitions – and I must say – for the first-time visitors, they are a MUST -watch and worth the money shelled-out.
There is proper arrangement of snacks and drinks at nominal price.

Other friends who had visited the temple, had told me that one should visit this temple around 4 pm in the evening so that one can enjoy the mesmerising beauty with the lights on.

We enjoyed the exhibitions with two more families – one Indian couple travelling form Bombay, and a Japanese couple staying in India for some time:
Hall 1, named Sahajanand Pradarshan, features life-like robotics, dioramas, and scenes from Swaminarayan‘s life, portraying his message of peace, harmony, humility, service to others and devotion to God.
Hall 2, namedNilkanth Kalyan Yatra, houses Delhi’s first and only large format screen. The theatre shows a movie specially commissioned for the complex that shows the journey Swaminarayan made during his teenage years across the length and breadth of India.
Hall 3, named ‘Sanskruti Vihar, takes visitors on a journey through 10,000 years of Indian history in 10 minutes. Visitors sit in specially designed peacock boats that make their way around an artificial river, passing the worlds first university, chemistry laboratories, ancient hospitals and bazaars, finally ending with a message for the future of India.

Overall, an ecstatic experience for me, and that too on the first day of the New Year….. a spiritual discourse in heavenly surroundings, some souvenirs [one could choose from laddoo gopalji, Lord Krishna’s idols along with many others, key chains, bracelets, calendars, stationery, and various other collectibles] from the temple, and mom’s blessings…. I do look forward to a great New Year ahead…. and wish the same for all friends 🙂

There is MUCH more to this writeup – a lot more to experience… but I guess you once need to visit the place 🙂 whenever you visit Delhi…..
Keep Smiling and shining…..

chao
Note: Visit the blog if you wanna read bout my Singapore visit – had promised writing it up last year…. but better late than never 😉

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Magnificent…. isn’t it?

Akshardham Temple

This is a repost from my last year’s post about the visit to this AWESOME temple which has found its place in Guiness book
and for being the largest Hindu Temple in the world.

Ok… so read on….. (since its a repost, kindly read it as if written on d day of the visit, on which it was actually written :))

One Word – AWESOME!

Date of visit: Jan 1, 2006
Location: Delhi – Noida border

[AWESOME! The pics here are from the net as they did not allow cams n mobs inside. I’d upload a pic or two wid me too]

Ok! so it was decided all of a sudden…..
Its new year….and we decided [like always]….. that we’d go out on the foggy morning…. mom kept it a surprise… I was a bit upset….thinking ….that it should not be one of the old places we’ve already visited…. but got ready…… and quietly followed her…..

We drove around the place…. and I was listening to my favourite music….. mom was saying something… but I was lost in thoughts [shawie mom….. I know what you said…its just that at that time I was a bit lost somewhere].

I guess it was also E-id today…… and I was surprised to see the traffic on a Monday!

Well, soon I started coming back to the chirpy birdie mood which I am generally in 🙂
and as soon as I saw the new curved bridge, I just wished mom wasn’t driving to one of those markets 😦
n then the turn …n yes, I was almost jumping in the car 🙂 I pecked on her cheeks for taking me to Akshardham temple – wow! it had been so long since I had wanted to visit this AMAZING….yes you MUST visit the place to feel what I was feeling 🙂
OK…in an all ecstatic mood, we entered the compound, parked the four-wheeler, locked up our cams/mobiles n stuff-after listening to the announcements being made about the same… n trotted towards the mandatory security check.

Generally, I am not happy with the security checks – the unnecessary delay they cause for the oh-so important security, but as I have said earlier, I was delirious enough to even notice them.

Okay, so fiddling with our tiny bag, we followed the crowd towards the gates.
We reached a circular gateway with 10 gates, arranged in two semi-circles of five gates each. The inscription close-by said what mom had told me….. there are ten auspicious directions,and those ten gates were there to direct-in and direct-out auspicious energies from- and to- all directions.

Next, we moved ahead to a small fountain with charnpaduka of Swami Narayan ji with auspicious symbols and water pouring in from four directions on them.

Engaged in the beauty of the temple, and the serene environment, I looked up and was mesmerised by what stood before me! It was a The Akshardham Temple’s main monument constructed of Jaipur’s pink stone, and Italian Carrara marble , and boasting of two-hundred-and-thirty carved pillars, nine ornate domes, a magnificent base of carved elephants, and twenty-thousand statues of India’s saddhus or saints-phew!
This sprawling campus over hundred acres of land,by literature, had taken over USD $40 million to complete.

We climbed up the stairs of the temple [of course after removing out slippers in the Boot-House], with me thanking mom again and again to bring me to this awesome place – and she kept on repeating that any visit to a holy/spiritual place is “when there is a bulawa [call form the Gods]” and it was our turn too today.

In the picture above, one sees a huge statue of Swami Narayan ji – either in Gold, or Gold plated [if I remember correctly from the terrorist attacks on the Akshardham temple in Gujrat – I guess it should be Gold!]. The main temple had idols of Lord Vishnu-Lakshmi, Radhey-Krishna, Shiva-Parvati, and Sita-Ram on all four sides -all carved beautifully in white marble.

Walls had pictures depicting the life of Swami Narayan ji and his teachings.
You can well see the lovely carved dome-shaped ceiling.

After doing the pradakshina (rounds) of the temple, and enjoying the hard work done to bring stone and metal into life,


we went and took our slippers back, and bought a ticket – costing Rs, 125 per person for the Exhibition.

There are three Exhibitions – first two lasting around 50 minutes each, and the last one-called Nauka/Sanskruti Vihar – for around 15 mins.
So, we can say that, spending about half -an hour in the main temple, you need an additional 2.5 hours for these exhibitions – and I must say – for the first-time visitors, they are a MUST -watch and worth the money shelled-out.
There is proper arrangement of snacks and drinks at nominal price.

Other friends who had visited the temple, had told me that one should visit this temple around 4 pm in the evening so that one can enjoy the mesmerising beauty with the lights on.

We enjoyed the exhibitions with two more families – one Indian couple travelling form Bombay, and a Japanese couple staying in India for some time:
Hall 1, named Sahajanand Pradarshan, features life-like robotics, dioramas, and scenes from Swaminarayan‘s life, portraying his message of peace, harmony, humility, service to others and devotion to God.
Hall 2, namedNilkanth Kalyan Yatra, houses Delhi’s first and only large format screen. The theatre shows a movie specially commissioned for the complex that shows the journey Swaminarayan made during his teenage years across the length and breadth of India.
Hall 3, named ‘Sanskruti Vihar, takes visitors on a journey through 10,000 years of Indian history in 10 minutes. Visitors sit in specially designed peacock boats that make their way around an artificial river, passing the worlds first university, chemistry laboratories, ancient hospitals and bazaars, finally ending with a message for the future of India.

Overall, an ecstatic experience for me, and that too on the first day of the New Year….. a spiritual discourse in heavenly surroundings, some souvenirs [one could choose from laddoo gopalji, Lord Krishna’s idols along with many others, key chains, bracelets, calendars, stationery, and various other collectibles] from the temple, and mom’s blessings…. I do look forward to a great New Year ahead…. and wish the same for all friends 🙂

There is MUCH more to this writeup – a lot more to experience… but I guess you once need to visit the place 🙂 whenever you visit Delhi…..
Keep Smiling and shining…..

chao
Note: Visit the blog if you wanna read bout my Singapore visit – had promised writing it up last year…. but better late than never 😉

More Links:

and

Magnificent…. isn’t it?

Near Death Experience

Some people believe that to be religious means to be spiritual and vice versa. They might go to church regularly, and have a great knowledge and understanding of scriptures, and believe this is what it means to be spiritual. They may even treat people badly or even live like the devil, but because they go to church and know scriptures they believe they are spiritual. Information gleaned from near-death accounts show that spirituality is very different from being religious. Perhaps the best way to distinguish religion and spirituality is to say that religion is the outward formula for guiding people inward to the spiritual force of love and compassion for others. In fact, religion and spirituality are so different, you probably know somebody who is so religious they’re not very spiritual.

The Spirituality of the NDE

The following information is a summary of the insights concerning spirituality gleaned from the near-death accounts on this website:

According to near-death accounts, the reason for our very existence is to attain spiritual growth. We are more of a spiritual being than we are a physical being. We assume a body of flesh out of a desire for spiritual growth, to complete a mission for God, to qualify for higher spirit realms, to test our spiritual ideas we had before we were born to see if we actually possess these ideals, to obtain a level of self-realization, to re-discover higher knowledge in physical ways, to be more of a companion of God, to find the kingdom of heaven within, to achieve our goal of evolving into the higher spirit beings we once were, but with individuality, to make God stronger by spreading love which is God, to bring light in a world of darkness, but more importantly, to play, love, laugh, and live for the sole purpose of it because this is the way to holiness.

Love is God and loving others and everything is all that really matters. Everything else, our achievements and material wealth, is totally irrelevant. The important thing is to love people, nature, animals, and everything in creation. Whether people realize it or not, love is what we seek and need to sustain us. Although love is too immense and profound to be fully known in one lifetime, without love we are nothing. To love everyone as ourselves, we must love ourselves else our love for others is false. It is impossible to be really happy if we only have love for ourselves. Until we give attention to others, we will not be able to grow spiritually. Our choice is between the spirit of God (self-love, love for others) and the spirit of self (selfishness, love only for self). By conquering self, we can change and grow easily, and know ourselves to be ourselves, yet one with the Whole. When we do unto others, the same will be done unto us.

All paths eventually lead back to God – love. Love is the hard lesson we are here to learn more about and apply ourselves. While in a physical body, the kingdom of God is located within. Part of our mission is to manifest the kingdom into the world. Our goal is to attain a human-divine unity. As spirit beings, our core is perfect love – a spark of divinity. When our human nature fully recognizes the divinity within, self-divine-realization is the result. Part of this realization is that everyone is connected together through divine love – God. What one person does, affects everyone else. We are all of one spirit and to change the world we only need to change ourselves. One simple act of unselfish love affects everyone else. A simple smile has the power to alter the course of human history. The good we do for others will eventually come back to us. The important things is that we are to help each other rise to a higher level of love. Life is about people, not pursuits. It is about loving people, not things. To know love is not enough. It must be expressed. Whatever we become in life is meaningless unless it is done for the benefit of others. The ideal is to love others completely, unconditionally, more even than we love ourselves. It is the little things that count: a small act out of unconditional love.

Religious dogma means nothing on the other side. True religion is to love others as ourselves. It is what’s inside that counts. Love, not religious dogma, creates spiritual growth. What is important is what comes from the heart, not what one professes with their lips. Love in action is what lasts. The more we live in love, the closer we are to God. The way to heaven is through the practice of love. Love is the law of the universe and holds the universe together. The Golden Rule is the governing principle in the spirit world. Our state in the spirit realm is determined by our level of spiritual maturity. This is often attained through hardships that challenge us and help us grow and stay compassionate. Before we can really feel joy, we must know sorrow. This world is the tough course that helps create within us the tough love of God. Life is a cycle of improvements that ultimately leads to perfection.

Once we leave the physical world, we will step into the spirituality we have cultivated within ourselves. We then will view reality from an inward perspective instead of an outward one. Heaven and hell are not locations but are spiritual states of being. We grow to heaven. We don’t go to heaven. The spiritual state of being we attained on earth is the spiritual state we take with us. We are all at various degrees of light which corresponds to various levels representing different stages of spiritual growth. The central factor determining our level of spiritual growth is the degree to which we have lived for the sake of others. Our ability to accept truth, to live by it, governs our progress in the spirit, and it determines the degree of light we possess. The higher our spiritual maturity, the brighter the light will shine from our spirit.

The chief purpose for returning to the physical world is for instruction that leads to the advancement of our souls in spiritual maturity. We are given all the opportunities it takes, as many lifetimes as it takes, to achieve it. Then, like the prodigal son, we return to our true home. Once we have learned the lessons needed in the physical world, we do not need to return.

I have always believed that “zindagi me bahut sare relations se better hai ki relations me bahut saari zindagi ho”, and that all are lovely souls connected together by awesome energies of the universe…..
I was happily surprised  after reading this aritcle to find so many people think like I do 🙂 I am glad and thankful to lovely God that He made me think like this….. each sentence….

Source

Near Death Experience

Some people believe that to be religious means to be spiritual and vice versa. They might go to church regularly, and have a great knowledge and understanding of scriptures, and believe this is what it means to be spiritual. They may even treat people badly or even live like the devil, but because they go to church and know scriptures they believe they are spiritual. Information gleaned from near-death accounts show that spirituality is very different from being religious. Perhaps the best way to distinguish religion and spirituality is to say that religion is the outward formula for guiding people inward to the spiritual force of love and compassion for others. In fact, religion and spirituality are so different, you probably know somebody who is so religious they’re not very spiritual.

The Spirituality of the NDE

The following information is a summary of the insights concerning spirituality gleaned from the near-death accounts on this website:

According to near-death accounts, the reason for our very existence is to attain spiritual growth. We are more of a spiritual being than we are a physical being. We assume a body of flesh out of a desire for spiritual growth, to complete a mission for God, to qualify for higher spirit realms, to test our spiritual ideas we had before we were born to see if we actually possess these ideals, to obtain a level of self-realization, to re-discover higher knowledge in physical ways, to be more of a companion of God, to find the kingdom of heaven within, to achieve our goal of evolving into the higher spirit beings we once were, but with individuality, to make God stronger by spreading love which is God, to bring light in a world of darkness, but more importantly, to play, love, laugh, and live for the sole purpose of it because this is the way to holiness.

Love is God and loving others and everything is all that really matters. Everything else, our achievements and material wealth, is totally irrelevant. The important thing is to love people, nature, animals, and everything in creation. Whether people realize it or not, love is what we seek and need to sustain us. Although love is too immense and profound to be fully known in one lifetime, without love we are nothing. To love everyone as ourselves, we must love ourselves else our love for others is false. It is impossible to be really happy if we only have love for ourselves. Until we give attention to others, we will not be able to grow spiritually. Our choice is between the spirit of God (self-love, love for others) and the spirit of self (selfishness, love only for self). By conquering self, we can change and grow easily, and know ourselves to be ourselves, yet one with the Whole. When we do unto others, the same will be done unto us.

All paths eventually lead back to God – love. Love is the hard lesson we are here to learn more about and apply ourselves. While in a physical body, the kingdom of God is located within. Part of our mission is to manifest the kingdom into the world. Our goal is to attain a human-divine unity. As spirit beings, our core is perfect love – a spark of divinity. When our human nature fully recognizes the divinity within, self-divine-realization is the result. Part of this realization is that everyone is connected together through divine love – God. What one person does, affects everyone else. We are all of one spirit and to change the world we only need to change ourselves. One simple act of unselfish love affects everyone else. A simple smile has the power to alter the course of human history. The good we do for others will eventually come back to us. The important things is that we are to help each other rise to a higher level of love. Life is about people, not pursuits. It is about loving people, not things. To know love is not enough. It must be expressed. Whatever we become in life is meaningless unless it is done for the benefit of others. The ideal is to love others completely, unconditionally, more even than we love ourselves. It is the little things that count: a small act out of unconditional love.

Religious dogma means nothing on the other side. True religion is to love others as ourselves. It is what’s inside that counts. Love, not religious dogma, creates spiritual growth. What is important is what comes from the heart, not what one professes with their lips. Love in action is what lasts. The more we live in love, the closer we are to God. The way to heaven is through the practice of love. Love is the law of the universe and holds the universe together. The Golden Rule is the governing principle in the spirit world. Our state in the spirit realm is determined by our level of spiritual maturity. This is often attained through hardships that challenge us and help us grow and stay compassionate. Before we can really feel joy, we must know sorrow. This world is the tough course that helps create within us the tough love of God. Life is a cycle of improvements that ultimately leads to perfection.

Once we leave the physical world, we will step into the spirituality we have cultivated within ourselves. We then will view reality from an inward perspective instead of an outward one. Heaven and hell are not locations but are spiritual states of being. We grow to heaven. We don’t go to heaven. The spiritual state of being we attained on earth is the spiritual state we take with us. We are all at various degrees of light which corresponds to various levels representing different stages of spiritual growth. The central factor determining our level of spiritual growth is the degree to which we have lived for the sake of others. Our ability to accept truth, to live by it, governs our progress in the spirit, and it determines the degree of light we possess. The higher our spiritual maturity, the brighter the light will shine from our spirit.

The chief purpose for returning to the physical world is for instruction that leads to the advancement of our souls in spiritual maturity. We are given all the opportunities it takes, as many lifetimes as it takes, to achieve it. Then, like the prodigal son, we return to our true home. Once we have learned the lessons needed in the physical world, we do not need to return.

I have always believed that “zindagi me bahut sare relations se better hai ki relations me bahut saari zindagi ho”, and that all are lovely souls connected together by awesome energies of the universe…..
I was happily surprised  after reading this aritcle to find so many people think like I do 🙂 I am glad and thankful to lovely God that He made me think like this….. each sentence….

Source

Happy New Year 2008

Have a blessed and prosperous New Year 2008!

Okies… dats a fav graphic (Diwali)… but has d meaning of the Gaytri Mantra 🙂

You may listen to the awesome Maha Mantra here
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LIkEFYdXcWs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wozyuBsgCn8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vx0Qzs1xqUg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=espTd2S-V8I
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ty2XLidTzfc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5t8kzbJVf4

and this Awesome poem by Rabindra da:

the great poem of Tagore which shall ever remind the Indians what kind of India the poet dreamed of :

Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high,

Where knowledge is free,

Where the world has not broken up into fragments by narrow dogmatic walls,

Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way

into the dreary desert sand of dead habit,

Where the mind is led forward by thee

Into lever widening thought and action

Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake!