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2008, ഡിസംബർ 30, ചൊവ്വാഴ്ച

മഴയും പിന്നെ ഞാനും ...

ഇളം തിണ്ണയില്‍ പിച്ച നടക്കെ-
ഞാന്‍ മഴയെ കണ്ടു..ആദ്യമായ്
മിഴികളില്‍ അത്ഭുതമായ്
കുഞ്ഞി കൈകളില്‍
വാരി ഒതുക്കിയും
muttathekkodi ഇറങ്ങിയും
മഴയെ അറിഞ്ഞു..
പിന്നെ...
കളിവള്ളമുണ്ടാക്കിയ
ബാല്യവും പടിയിറങ്ങി.

കൌമാരത്തില്‍ മഴയെന്‍്ടെ
പ്രീയ കൂട്ടുകാരിയായ്
പാവാടത്തുമ്പില്‍ ചെളിതെറിപ്പിച്ച്ചു
തിമിര്‍തെന്‍ കാലുകള്‍
മനസ്സിലൊരുന്‍്മാധമായ്,
സന്തോഷമായ്...പിന്നെ
സംഗീതമായ്.
യൌവനം മഴയോടൊപ്പം
എന്നിലൊരു കവിതയായ് -
പെയ്തിറങ്ങി
മഴയിലേക്കിറങ്ങി
അതിലെക്കലിയാന്‍്
എന്റെ മനസ്സ് കൊതിച്ചു
ഓരോ തുള്ളിയും
ഒരു കൊച്ചു മഴയായ്
എന്നിലെക്കാനയിച്ചു- eന്നെ
ആകെ പുണര്‍ന്നു
.... എന്നില്‍ പ്രണയമായ്...
വീണ്ടുമൊരു മഴയില്‍
ഏഴുതിരിയിട്ട വിളക്കുമായ്
സ്വപ്‌നങ്ങള്‍ എന്നിലേക്ക്‌
വലതുകാല്‍ വെച്ചു
പിന്നെ മഴ ഒരു സ്വപ്നമായ് -
അകലാന്‍്തുടങ്ങി ..
കൈയകലത്ത് നിന്ന്
എന്നെ കൊതിപ്പിക്കുന്ന സ്വപ്നം.
പിന്നെ പിന്നേ...മഴ എന്നെ മറന്നുവോ ?
ഞാന്‍ അവയെയും...
വാര്‍ദ്ധക്യത്തില്‍ ( എഴുപതില്‍ ennilekkoru thengalay ..)
വീണ്ടുമെന്നിലെക്കൊരു തേങ്ങലായ്
മഴ..വിരുന്നു വന്നു
ചിലപ്പോള്‍ സന്ത്വനമായും..
ചിലപ്പോള്‍ ഒരു കൂട്ടുകാരനായും ..
........ നഷ്ട സ്വപ്നങ്ങളും , ഏകാന്തതയും
എന്നില്‍ വീണ്ടുമൊരു ബാല്യം കൊതിച്ചു .
................. അപ്പോളും മഴ പെയ്തിറങ്ങികൊണ്ടെയിരുന്നു...
മറ്റാരുടെയോ സ്വപ്നങ്ങള്‍്ക്കു
നിറങ്ങളേകി .....








2008, ഡിസംബർ 9, ചൊവ്വാഴ്ച

ഇനി ...

ഇനി നിനക്കെന്റെ  സന്തൂരികള്‍ മീട്ടി
വേദനകള്‍ പങ്കുവെക്കാം ,
വിഭാതങ്ങളില്‍
വീണ്ടുമെന്‍ നിസബ്ധ സന്ഗീതമാകാം 
ഉച്ചകളില്‍ ഉരിയാടുവാൻ , എന്റെ
നാവുകള്‍ തേടാം ...
കൂടണയുവനെത്തുന്ന
സന്ധ്യകളില്‍
ഈ കണ്ണിന്‍ നിറച്ചാര്‍ത്തു കണ്ടിരിക്കാം
രാത്രി നിശബ്ദ് മായി തേഞ്ഞു പോകും -
കുളിരുന്ന സ്വപ്‌നങ്ങള്‍ ചേര്‍ത്തൊരു വീടുവെക്കാം......!

ഇതെന്റെ രക്തമാണിതെന്റെ ജീവനാണിതെന്റെ സ്വപ്നമാണെ ടുത്തു കൊൾക  !...


കടപ്പാട് : അജിചേട്ടന് ...

2008, ഡിസംബർ 8, തിങ്കളാഴ്‌ച

നിഴലുകള്‍

നിഴലുകള്‍ .....
.... അവയെ നീ
കണ്ടിട്ടുണ്ടോ ?
അവ നിന്നെ വിടാതെ
പിന്തുടരുന്നുണ്ട്
എന്നിട്ടും നീ അത്
അറിയുന്നില്ല-
അറിയാൻ ശ്രെമിക്കുന്നുമില്ല
നിന്‍റെ ചവിട്ടടികളില്‍
പതിഞ്ഞു,
നിന്‍റെ അവഗണനയെ
മറികടന്ന് അവൻ
നിന്നെ പിന്തുടർന്നു കൊണ്ടിരിക്കുന്നു .
പ്രഭാതങ്ങളില്‍
നിന്നോടൊപ്പം-
ഉണര്‍ന്നു
ഇരുണ്ട സന്ധ്യകളില്‍
നിന്നിലേക്കവൻ -
അലിഞ്ഞു ചേരുന്നു
അവനെപ്പോഴും  
യഥാര്‍ത്ഥ സ്നേഹം പോലെ
ആരാലും തിരിച്ചറിയപ്പെടുന്നില്ല
സമൃദ്ധിയുടെ വീഥികളില്‍
നിനക്കു ചുറ്റും
വസന്തമാകം
എന്നാല്‍,..
സന്താപത്തിന്‍ ഇടനാഴികളില്‍
നിനക്കു കൂട്ടിനു
ഇവന്‍ മാത്രം.
" വെറും " നിഴലെന്നു കരുതി
അവഗണിക്കേണ്ട
നിന്‍റെ നിശ്വാസവും,
നിന്‍റെ ചലനങ്ങളും,
നിന്‍റെ സ്വപ്നങ്ങളും
.........എല്ലാം..
നിന്നിലും മുൻപേ 
അറിയുന്നവന്‍..

2008, ഡിസംബർ 4, വ്യാഴാഴ്‌ച

മലയാളം വായിക്കുവാന്‍

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" നാടന്‍ പെണ്ണ് "

നീലകണ്ണൂകളില്‍
നീലാഞ്ജനമെഴുതി
നീളും കാർ മുടിയില്‍്
നിറമാല ചൂടി
തുളസിക്കതിരിന്‍
വിശുദ്ധിയോടെ
കാണാം ഇവളൊരു
നാടന്‍ പെണ്‍കൊടിയായ്.

സന്ധ്യ നാമങ്ങള്‍
പാടിപതിഞ്ഞൊരു
ചുണ്ടില്‍ നറുതേന്‍
പുഞ്ചിരിയുമായ്
കുമ്പിട്ടു നിന്നുകൊണ്ട്‌
അളകങ്ങള്‍ ഒതുക്കി
ഇടം കണ്ണാലെയ്യും 
കവിതയുമായ്.
നാണം കുണുങ്ങും
ഈ ചെറു പുഴപോല്‍
സുന്ദരിയാണെൻ 
നാടന്‍ പെണ്ണ്.







2008, ഡിസംബർ 3, ബുധനാഴ്‌ച

"കുന്നിക്കുരു"

തീരത്തൊരാശകളിൽ
മനം നിറയുമ്പോള്‍
സ്വപ്നങ്ങളിലൂടെയെന്‍
ജീവിതമൊഴുകുമ്പോള്‍
കാണാത്തവര്‍ണങ്ങള്‍
ഞാന്‍ തിരയുമ്പോള്‍
അകലെ നിന്നു നീയെന്‍
സംഗീതമാകുമോ?
ആരോ തീര്‍ത്തൊരീ
സ്വർഗ്ഗഭൂവില്‍
എനിക്കായ് നീയെന്‍
ജീവിതമാകുമോ?
***************
പിരിയുന്നു നീ ഇന്നു
വിട പറയാതെ
അറിയുന്നു ഞാന്‍ നിന്നെ
എന്‍ അന്തരാത്മാവില്‍
തേങ്ങുന്നു പ്രകൃതിയും
നമ്മുടെ വിരഹത്തില്‍
അറിയില്ല എനിക്കിന്ന്
ആശ്വാസവാക്കുകള്‍





2008, ഡിസംബർ 2, ചൊവ്വാഴ്ച

"ജന്മം "

 "ജന്മം "
അന്ത്യ യാത്രയിതിങ്കൽ
കരയുന്നു മാനവന്‍.
വേപധു പൂണ്ടിഹ ചൊല്ലൂ-
ന്നിങ്ങനെ " ഇത്ര വേഗമോ ?"
നിമിഷങ്ങളെണ്ണി,
ദിനങ്ങളെണ്ണി,
മാസങ്ങളെണ്ണി,,
വര്‍ഷങ്ങളും,
തീര്‍ന്നുവോ എന്‍
ജന്മമിത്രവേഗം
ഈ ഭൂവിലെന്നാശകള്‍
തീർന്നതില്ലാ
കരയും, കടലും, ഗഗനവുമെല്ലാം
മാടിവിളിക്കുന്നു
സ്വപ്നങ്ങളും.
പൂക്കളും, കിളികളും, പൂമരവുമെല്ലാം
ക്ഷെണിക്കുന്നു വീണ്ടുമീ ഭൂവിലേക്ക്
ആശകൾ  തീരാ തിഹത്തിലും പരത്തിലും
അര്‍ത്ഥമില്ലതുഴറിയാലോ ..ഞാനഹോ
കാഴ്ചകള്‍ കണ്ടു തീർന്നതില്ലെന്‍
നയനങ്ങള്‍
കളി പറഞ്ഞിടുവാന്‍
കൊതിക്കുന്നെന്നദരങ്ങള്‍
കളകള  നാദം പോഴിക്കു -
മരുവിതന്‍ സംഗീതം
തേന്മഴ പോലെ
മതിവരുന്നില്ലിനിയും
നിമിഷ ങ്ങളെണ്ണി
കൊഴിയും  പൂവുപോല്‍
ഈ ക്ഷണമെല്ലാം
കഴിഞ്ഞുവെന്‍ ജന്മവും
ഇനിയെനിക്കാ കുമോ
ഈ ഭൂവിലി നിയും
മതിവരുവോളം
ഒരു ജന്മം കൂടി...

"തിരിച്ചറിവ്"

നിന്റെ കണ്ണുകളില്‍ പ്രണയത്തിന്റെ -
തിളക്കാന്‍ ഞാന്‍ കാണുന്നു.
പുഞ്ചിരിയില്‍ വസന്തവും-
വാക്കുകളുടെ ഊഷ്മളത-
അത് നയിക്കുന്നതെങ്ങോട്ടെന്നു
ഞാന്‍ അറിയുന്നു.
എനിക്ക് മുന്‍പില്‍ വിടരുവാനായ്-
ഒരു കൊച്ചു പ്രഭാതം കാത്ത് നില്കുന്നത്
ഞാന്‍ അറിയുന്നു.
പ്രത്യാശയുടെ വാതിലില്‍
വഴി കണ്ണുമായ് നീ -
നില്പതും ഞാനറിയുന്നു.
നിന്നിലെ പ്രേമം നുകര്‍ന്ന്
നിന്റെ കണ്ണുകളിലേക്കു
നോക്കി-
നിന്റെ മന്ദഹാസങ്ങള്‍് തൊട്ടെടുത്തു
നീണ്ട യാത്രകളില്‍ നിന്നോട് കൂടാന്‍
നിന്നെ ഞാന്‍ സ്നേഹിക്കുന്നു വെന്നൂ പറയാന്‍
എനിക്കാവില്ല ..
...കാരണം...
ബാഹ്യസൌന്ദര്യത്തില്‍് മതിമയങ്ങി
മനസ്സിന്‍ സൌന്ദര്യം തേടിയുഴറി
എന്റെ ജിവിത മനോഹരിതയില്‍'
കൂരമ്പുകള്‍് തീര്‍ക്കാന്‍ ഞാനിഷ്ടപെടുന്നില്ല.
......... ......
ശാന്തമാനെന്‍് ജീവിതം
അവിടെ സ്നേഹം ഞാന്‍ കൊതിക്കുന്നു
പ്രണയം ഞാനനുഭവികുന്നു
പക്ഷെ...
അതെന്‍ ജീവിത ലക്ഷ്യമല്ല
പിഞ്ചു പാദങ്ങളാല്‍് മുന്നിലുള്ളത്
പിന്തുടരുവാന്‍ പൈതലല്ലാ ഞാന്‍
..ഇതു തിരിച്ചറിവിന്റെ കാലമാണ്...



................സുനി

" MARANAM - The death "

Maranam oru tharathil anandamanu..ellatharathilum oru mochanam..
Dukhangalil ninnu....
Mohangalil ninnu.....
Swapnangalil ninnu...
rogangalil ninnu....
bandhanangalil ninnu...
badhyadhakalil ninnu...
.........Ellathil ninnum mochippikkapettu santhamay ozhuki doore etho theeram thedi yatrayakunna athmavu...

yogikal pretheekshikunna mukthi...
..mukthiyennal mochanamennallee...
athe sareerathil ninnum mochanam nedunna athmavu.

bharangal nimizhaneram kondu bhoomiyil upekshichu, orappooppan thaadi pole anthareekshathilekku uyarnnu melle alinjillathakunnuu.
..koode kureyere swapnangalum, bandhangalum, dhykhangalum, ellamm...
...ivide oru janmam avasanikunnu...
The End.

2008, നവംബർ 5, ബുധനാഴ്‌ച

All World Famous Men in One Photograph

Chakras

Amplifying the Energy of the Chakras
Chakras are the subtle energy centers of the body. The ancient Indian Yogis understood the nature of the subtle energy which drives all biological function. They called these centers “Chakras” which literally means “ wheels.” Those who see energy often perceive the chakras as spinning with a wheel-like appearance.This energy is most commonly referred to as chi or prana and it is the animating force behind all living things. Physiologists who search for a purely physical explanation of all biological activity are on a fool’s quest, like a man dissecting a piano in order to find the concerto hidden inside. The mystery is vast.Somewhat like Dr. Abraham Maslow’s “Hierarchy of Needs” which moves from survival, to sex, to emotional well-being, etc., the chakras have a similar hierarchy.

Chakras are energy centers that run from the base of your spine out the top, or crown, of your head. The word chakra is a Sanskrit word, meaning wheel or disc. There are seven major chakras, each a circular wheel of light spinning in your energetic system, associated with certain body parts, a color, stone, element, and function. By learning to tune into the energy of your chakras, you can begin to embrace the fullness of who you truly are. Seven main chakras and their placement along the spine Root Chakra Sacral Chakra Solar Plexus Heart Chakra Throat Chakra Third Eye Crown Chakra.
The first chakra at the base of the spine vibrates with the energy of safety and security.
The second chakra across from the genitals holds the energy of sex, procreation and creativity.
The third chakra at the solar plexus carries the energy of emotional expression.
The fourth chakra at the heart vibrates love.
The fifth chakra is at the throat and holds the energy of communication.
The sixth chakra is at the “ third eye” between the brows and holds energy for insight, awareness and wisdom.
The seventh chakra is at the crown of the head and and helps us open to our spirituality.
Most people who are familiar with the chakras do not realize that you can activate and amplify the energy of the chakras to assist yourself and others for the purpose of healing. Since energy follows thought, when you put your attention into the chakras, you are also bringing energy there. Since breath carries the life-force energy, breathing may also amplify the energy. When you have learned to link powerful body awareness exercises with focused breathing, and vortex the chakras, the energy you generate becomes remarkableMuladhara, or Root, Chakra
This deep red chakra grounds and connects us to the earth. When our root chakra is open, we feel a sense of belonging. We deserve to be here and to be happy. This chakra focuses on our needs. Basic needs like food, shelter, and water are necessary in order for this chakra to feel balanced. Beyond that, we can use food (both “real” food and all of the things that feed us that don’t come on our plate) in our lives to help us feel more present in our bodies. Stones: Ruby, Bloodstone, HematiteElement: EarthBody Part(s): Adrenal Glands, associated with survival (fight or flight) instinctsSvadhisthana, or Sacral, Chakra
This calming orange wheel goes round in our lower abdomen, right below the navel. This chakra is associated with health, pleasure, feelings, and sexuality. When the sacral chakra is balanced, we feel abundant, we know that we are deserving of pleasure in all areas of our lives. It is this chakra that helps us feel free to let our emotions flow through our lives, taking them as they come and knowing that they will pass, knowing that just as emotions are fluid, so is life. When we are able to find ways to accept and express our emotions, then we are able to keep our emotional, as well as physical, bodies healthy.Stones: Carnelian, Tiger’s Eye, Onyx Element: Water Body Part(s): Testicles, Ovaries, in charge of sexual development Manipura, or Solar Plexus, Chakra
This bright yellow ball of fire heats up our personal sense of power. Located at the solar plexus, this chakra helps to center us. It is our power center where we develop our autonomy and sense of self. When this chakra is open, we feel worthy of all that life has to offer us. We realize the power we possess to create the life of our dreams is already alive inside of us. When we harness the energy of the solar plexus chakra, we find the strength to conquer our dreams and goals.Stones: Topaz, Citrine, Amber Element: Fire Body Part(s): Pancreas, controls digestion Anahata, or Heart, Chakra
Our heart center creates balance in our lives. When we move into our heart chakra, we feel love and compassion toward ourselves. Once we have learned to be kind to ourselves, then we are able to extend that kindness to others. The heart chakra allows us to live our lives from an understanding, considerate, and peaceful place. It connects us to others, our surroundings, and the universe. When we tap into our heart chakra, love radiates around us and out into the world.Stones: Rose Quartz, Diamond, Peridot Element: Air Body Part(s): Thymus, helps build immune system Visuddha, or Throat, Chakra
The blue of this energy center spins its truth in our throat, helping us to be authentic in the way we live our lives. The throat chakra is where we communicate, where we are able to openly share our life perspective. Part of speaking truthfully involves carefully considering our words and the effect they will have once they have been spoken, causing us to consciously choose what we say to others. This, however, does not mean that we bottle our words up inside. It means that we try to look at all perspectives and find a respectful way to present our voice. Be clear, ask for what you want.Stones: Turquoise, Blue Agate, Aquamarine Element: Sound Body Part(s): Thyroid, controls metabolism Ajna, or Third Eye, Chakra
The violet light of this chakra makes its mark on our forehead, between the eyebrows and slightly above. This is where we see, where our inner eye lives. When we have an important decision to make or are feeling uncertain in our lives, it helps to focus on the third eye and to seek guidance. Everything we need to know is inside of us. Each one of us has all of the answers to all of the questions that we ask. What we need to do is slow down, take some time out, listen and trust in our own wisdom.Stones: Sapphire, Tanzanite, Lapis Lazuli Element: Light Body Part(s): Pituitary Gland, influences growth and hormones Sahasrara, or Crown, Chakra
Bright white light glows at the top of our head, radiating upward, reaching its rays out into the world beyond us. When we are grounded in our bodies, we are able to accept the ever-changing world that moves around us. Once we have accepted that change, we can work on building a strong sense of self, knowing that we deserve to fulfill our dreams. Having learned to love ourselves, we can then let that love move beyond the boundaries of our self and enter into our interactions with others. When we know how to love ourselves and others, then we are able to speak our truth from a place of integrity and respect for all involved in the conversation. When we are able to openly be honest, we can then go inside and listen quietly to our inner voice, which guides us. Going inside, we discover that though it often seems we are alone in this journey of life, we are really connected to everything. The white light radiates out from our crown and blends into the rest of the light that flows from all other beings. We are all one.Stones: Amathyst, Alexandrite Element: Thought Body Part(s): Pineal Gland, regulates natural body rhythms

2008, ഒക്‌ടോബർ 27, തിങ്കളാഴ്‌ച

" Thirty Nights"

Thirty nights I waited.
For what, I thought I knew.
It all seemed familiar.
What I had long for:
Joy, happiness, and love
What I had received:
Sadness, guilt, and hate.
Thirty nights I waited.
Like babes waiting nine months.
Patiently it all seemed okay.
I had hoped you would come.
Why had you not come?It was the truth…
You never loved me.
You never cared for me.
You never held me in your arms.
You never promise me a life,
Which you could not gave to me.
Thirty nights I waitedLike a predator.
I waited and watched the road.
For you, I know not.
For in my heart, There existed—a known fact- You’d never return.
And I,And I will always be alone.

This is not "AYURVEDA"

Shashi tharoor..

"AYURVEDA Goes Global," blazed the headline in a leading weekly this summer. The cover story waxed eloquent about the West's discovery of this 5,000-year-old Indian discipline, dropping the names of celebrities who have turned to our traditional remedies to cure their post-modern ailments — Naomi Campbell, Demi Moore, Cherie Blair and the ubiquitous Madonna were prominently mentioned. "Ayurveda continues to grow rapidly as one of the most important systems of mind-body medicine, natural healing and traditional medicine," the article quotes a Dr. David Frawley as saying, "as the need for natural therapies, disease prevention and a more spiritual approach to life becomes ever more important in this ecological age." That sounds like an appropriately New Age sentiment, but tellingly, the article calculates the success of this otherworldly science in material terms: Ayurveda, it seems, accounts for $60 billion of a $120 billion "global herbal market".
And therein, if I may coin a phrase, lies the rub. There is no argument about the increasing popularity of Ayurveda: clinics professing to offer ayurvedic treatments are sprouting like herbs in places as far afield as London and the Italian Dolomites, and "ayurvedic tourism" is already a significant money-earner for our national exchequer. Kerala, in particular, has made a fetish out of advertising its ayurvedic spas, and several five-star hotels, which not so long ago would have looked down at anything so desi, have cashed in on the rage. But what exactly is it that they are selling? Tourist brochures show a winsome blonde in a bikini being massaged by a lady in a traditional red-bordered white Kerala sari, with jasmine in her hair and a brass lamp at her side. This is effectively packaged exotica: not Ayurveda as a remedy for disease, but rather as an upmarket beauty treatment — a relaxation cure for the jaded. A 5,000-year-old science has become the diversion of choice of the era of the 15-second soundbite. "Pamper yourself with the wisdom of the ancients," the slogan might as well say.
"This is not Ayurveda," says Dr. Ramkumar, a 33-year-old former Calcuttan who runs the venerable Arya Vaidya Pharmacy in Coimbatore, which offers the more traditional treatments. "This is a travesty of Ayurveda. People are taking what is meant to be a total system of medicine and reducing it to a few superficial treatments. Ayurveda is meant to diagnose and treat the entire person, not one part of his or her body. And the principle behind our treatments is vital. Our massages, for example, are not intended for transient pleasure. In fact massage is the wrong word for them — they are really oil applications. A doctor determines what are the right oils you need, and they are then applied systematically over a period of time. The benefit of the treatment comes from the oil, not from the rubbing. But instead it is the massage that is being promoted rather than the medicinal purpose of the oil." True enough. Professional ayurveds are also critical of the way in which the cosmetics industry has latched onto Ayurveda. The hottest range of beauty products in North America these days — soaps and moisturisers, anti-wrinkle creams and conditioning shampoos — claims to be based on Ayurveda. But it calls itself "Aveda", a more digestible brand-name, in order to appeal to a mainstream clientele. "Aveda," snorts one ayurved dismissively. "That means, against the Veda!"
The Arya Vaidya Pharmacy is doing tremendous work to popularise "real" Ayurveda across the country — both Prime Minister Vajpayee and former President Narayanan are beneficiaries of their treatments — but it is more of a challenge to get the word out around the world. Most countries — not just in the West — do not recognise Ayurveda as a system of medicine, which makes it impossible to export medicines and oils except as "herbal dietary supplements". Ayurvedic practitioners are also not recognised as doctors (though many of them have graduated from a rigorous four-year course taught by the Central College of Ayurveda in India), and as such would not be licensed to treat illnesses. This leaves them little choice but to offer the cosmetic treatments, especially massages, which have less exacting licensing requirements. An ancient science has been reduced to a modern fad.
"You wouldn't go for a bypass and ask the doctor to short-circuit some of the procedures," says Dr. Ramkumar. "Why should you ask an ayurved to do so?" The answer is, of course, that no one has a bypass for pleasure, but some ayurvedic treatments are indeed pleasureable, whether or not they serve a larger medical purpose. One August day, I drove up to the Tamil Nadu hill resort of Kotagiri to spend a blissful 24 hours at the Arya Vaidya Pharmacy's "Ayurprastha" retreat, the former palace of the Travancore Maharajah. I walked in the bracing mountain air, ate organic vegetarian Kerala meals and treated myself to two ayurvedic massages by an expert therapist. I knew perfectly well that 24 hours was not going to redress anything fundamentally wrong with my constitution, but 24 hours was all I had, and even if the effects could not possibly be lasting, I felt reinvigorated for the next few days. Is that such a bad thing for India to offer the rushed visitor? Our ancient traditions evolved in ancient times; if we can adapt them to the present and in the process bring a few of those 60 billion dollars into our country, what's the harm in doing so? We're never going to become a major tourist destination because of our beaches or our shopping malls; no one is going to come to us for our spectacular historic sites because they are so badly maintained and supported so poorly by our infrastructure. The one commodity we have in abundance that the world wants is our ancient wisdom — the spiritual teachings of our sages, including the practice of Ayurveda. The purists like Dr. Ramkumar are right that what is being promoted is really "Ayurveda Lite", but let us not allow the best to become the enemy of the good. No one wants the basic principles of Ayurveda to be compromised. But perhaps by popularising Ayurveda in this way we will generate the resources the ayurveds need to do their serious work better.
Shashi Tharoor, Under Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, U.N., is the author, most recently, of the novel Riot (Viking Penguin). His new book with M.F. Husain, Kerala: God's Own Country, has just been published by Books Today, an imprint of India Today.

Visit the author at www.shashitharoor.com

2008, ഒക്‌ടോബർ 22, ബുധനാഴ്‌ച

"WHAT IS GOD"

What is god ?
The omnipotent omnipresent power controlling / guiding an atom and also the universe and also the power which is existing in each and every living being is the god.Does the god has shape and size ?
Absolutely not. It is for the sake of common man we make the pictures. Like we make a globe for teaching the earth. Does the god have the names ?
No. the god does not have the name. For quick memory and recollection we call different names to different natural phenomenon. After the natue is the direct manifestation of god.Why do we give so mny names to god?
Each name has a meaning. The names convey a great meaning so we give the names. Lekshmi means glory and prosperity. Saraswati means the one whichis flowing. Parvathy means the torrential force or energy. Ganesa means the one which is controlling everything in group. Krishna means whichis black and attracting. Rama means which gives you happiness. And so onCan we see with our naked eyes ?
Unless you reach that level it is impossible to see even seeing through inner eyes. Many things which we cannot see are existing like atoms, electrons, air, billions and billions of galaxies.Why to worship god ?
It is not necessary if you feel it is not worth. To know that human beings have limitations and what all taking place in the world are almost beyond the control of human brain, we have to know that divine power. For knowing that divine power we should remember frequently. For this purpose we are using the method worship.Will the god get angry if we are not worshipping ?
The god is not bothered about anything like you worship or criticize. God is not bothered about your flower, nivedyam, lamp, manthra, pooja or temple. They are all for ourselves. So the worship of the god, prayer, manthra, pooja, etc., are all for ourselves.What is the relation between the god and human beings ?
Since we got birth in this earth from our parents, our relation with our parents is divine. Like that we are here because of the god. So our relation with god is divine. It is just like human relation we have relation with god or divine power.Why should we worship at all ?
We have three debt according to Indian thoughts. The debt towards god is known as deva riuna, that towards parents is known as pitru runa and the last one is Rushi runa towards our Rushies who are responsible for our sanathana dharma.How to get rid of these runas ?
These three are permanent and we cannot get mukti from this runa. Hence we always remember god by continuously by way of worship. We remember our parents even after their death by performing the pitru srardha and before chanting any manthra we remember the name of the Rushi who composed them. Thus we repeatedly offer our homage to all these three. Thus arose the worship of god, according to Indian customs.Does it mean that we worship god for offering our thanks ?
Yes definitely it is for the same. Is the concept of god in all religion same?
No in semitic religion it differs significantly from that of the Indian religion or sanathana dharma. Even though people say that it is the same, it varies significantly. And in no way it can be compared too.Can we point out one major difference?
One of the most crucial difference is that in semitic religion people are god fearing people. In our case we are god loving. This fundamental difference is very serious. One who fears god means, fundamentally some thing abnormal in the mind and psychology. The feeling of fear is negative where as the feeling of love and bhakti is positive.How do Indians vary in their approach to god?
We are never god fearing people, we are god loving (bhaktas) people . We never consider human beings as sinners. Our approach to god is devotion and not the fear psychosis. We always accommodated any new branch of worship and religion. We gave permission to accept and reject any method or every method of worship. Even we gave the permission to reject god. Surprisingly you might have read in our earlier lines that the best bhakti bhava is known as satru bhava bhakti or dwesha bhava bhakti, that is I am against/ enemy to god .How do Indians evaluated atheism and an atheist ?
We (sanathana dharma followers), in our thought have clearly mentioned that no objection on somebody becoming an atheist. We considered atheists also Rushies. Science and spirituality went hand in hand here. Atheists in India were known as Rishies, Charvaka school of thoughts is full of atheism only. In all the branch of our literature automatically atheism has been included. This can be seen in Mahabharta, Ramayana, Darsana commentaries, puranas and even in dharma sastraHow does our prayer vary ?
We never go for group prayer and all sorts of worship are considered as personal. At the same time chanting mantra, bhajans, story telling, listening to purana, harikatha etc group prsence or involvement are permitted. We gave the freedom even to refuse and reject any branch of existing practice /methods /concept / thoughts and create your own method. We prayed for the well being of one and all including those who are following other pathways We always requested others to follow any method after critical analyses in the light of saastram. Can we say we have only one level of god realization ?
We have different levels of understanding the nature and divine power because the concept of god is different at different levels. We consider the divine power is within all human beings and living beings. Till you realize that concept you have to have lower level of worship, once you realized that you are the embodiment of divinity, then even lower can be rejected. How do we estimate our temples of worship ?
The Indian temples are not merely prayer halls but quantum healing centers We elevated the status of even a stone to divinity and we could see divinity in it. The plants and animals were given the divine status. Earth, Sun, air, water and all those are considered with divine respect . One should elevate himself for understanding that these are all the manifestation and manipulation of the divine power. We can say the devolution of the divinity. The manifestation of divinity is clearly mentioned in Sanskrit as the brahma vaivartham.Can we say the prayer is a dialogue between devotee and god ?
In India the prayer is a dialogue between the god and devotee. We never kept agents /brokers for making more followers for our gods . We prayed directly to god and never through brokers or saints. One person cannot declare another person as saint. These saintship etc are all recognition for converting people to their religion. Not for god realization.How our customs and rituals connect with god ?
Our customs and rituals are not for pleasing gods but for fetching psychological, physiological, family based , social and national benefits. The spirituality is added to the customs to make it smooth and whole hearted . to get more faith factor in it.
("God is not present in idols. Your feelings are your god. The soul is your temple." CHanakya )iish Communication team

2008, ഒക്‌ടോബർ 2, വ്യാഴാഴ്‌ച

DAILY TIPS

1. Ants Problem:
Keep the skin of cucumbers near the place or ant hole..



2. To get pure and clean ice:Boil water first before freezing.



3. To make the mirror shine:Clean with spirit



4. To remove chewing gum from clothes:Keep the cloth in the freezer for an hour.



5. To whiten white clothesSoak white clothes in hot water with a slice of lemon for 10 minutes 10.



6. To give a shine to hair:Add one teaspoon of vinegar to hair, then wash hair.



7. To get maximum juice out of lemons:Soak lemons in hot water for one hour, and then juice them.



8. To avoid smell of cabbage while cooking:Keep a piece of bread on the cabbage in the vessel while cooking.



9. To rid the smell of fish from your hands:Wash your hands with a little apple vinegar.



10. To avoid tears while cutting onions:Chew gum.



11. To boil potatoes quickly:Skin one potato from one side only before boiling.



12. To boil eggs quickly:Add salt to the water and boil.



13. To check freshness of fish:Put it in a bowl of cold water. If the fish floats, it's fresh.



14. To check freshness of eggs:Put the egg in water. If it becomes horizontal, it's fresh. If it becomes slanting, its 3-4 days old. If it becomes vertical, its 10 days old. If it floats, it's stale.



15. To remove ink from clothes:Put toothpaste on the ink spots generously and let it dry completely, then wash.



16. To skin sweet potatoes quickly:Soak in cold water immediately after boiling.



17. To get rid of mice or rats:Sprinkle black pepper in places where you find mice or rats. They will run away.

For A Healthy LIFE

Avoid List


by Michael B. Schachter, MD, CNS, FACAM






Dietary


Sugar - Avoid as much as possible all foods containing added sugar (e.g. cakes, candies, ice cream, sodas, certain cereals, Jell-O, ketchup, etc.).

Acceptable: Sugar natural to food such as the natural sugar found in fruit may be eaten. Raw, unfiltered honey, unsulphured black strap molasses, pure maple syrup, rice syrup and date sugar may be used as acceptable sweeteners, but should be used in moderation. However, some people need to avoid these completely as well. Stevia is acceptable as a sweetener.

Alcohol - Avoid all alcoholic beverages including liquor, beer and wine. Try naturally sparkling spring water with a twist of lemon or lime as your social drink.



Caffeine - Avoid coffee, tea, cola and chocolate as much as possible. It is advisable to also avoid decaffeinated coffee such as Sanka or Brim, as chemicals are used in the decaffeination process. If coffee is used, it should be organic, as most coffee is high in pesticides. Herb teas are not only acceptable substitutes, but often therapeutic.



White Flour Products - Avoid white bread, white pasta products and also white rice. Whole grain flour products and brown rice may be used instead. However, some people who have problems with gluten sensitivity may need to avoid whole grains containing gluten (wheat, oats, rye, barley and possibly others).



Hydrogenated Fats - Avoid hydrogenated fats -- oils which have been made hard by the addition of hydrogen atoms (e.g., margarine, Crisco, processed mayonnaise, and processed peanut butter) -- as they contain trans fatty acids. Old-fashioned nut butter that is not hydrogenated may be used. Saturated fats (e.g., butter, animal fats) are allowed in moderation. Unsaturated cold pressed vegetable oils (e.g., safflower, sesame, canola, sunflower, virgin olive oil) may be used. Avoid frying in vegetable oil, though broth may be used.



Chemicals added to food - Labels must be read. In some cases, labels do not reflect the chemicals in the food. Avoid artificial preservatives (e.g., BHA, BHT, MSG, nitrites, nitrates, sodium benzoate, etc.) commonly found in bread, crackers, and cereals. All processed, cured meats such as bologna, salami, frankfurters, corned beef and pastrami, should be avoided because of the addition of chemicals. Avoid artificial coloring as commonly found in frankfurters, soda, certain candy, maraschino cherries, juice drinks, etc. Avoid artificial flavoring commonly found in certain ice creams, frozen pies and candy. Avoid artificial sweeteners: aspartame (Nutrasweet) , saccharine (Sweet 'n Low), and sucralose (Splenda). All diet sodas, any diabetic foods, and other processed low calorie foods should be avoided. Stevia may be used as a sweetener.



Fluoride - Avoid fluoridated water (1 PPM) and all tap water, unless filtered appropriately. To filter fluoride from tap water, the filter must contain a reverse osmosis component. Use bottled spring water, distilled or filtered water. Avoid fluoride-containing supplements. Avoid dental fluoride treatments (10,000 PPM fluoride). Avoid fluoridated toothpaste (1,000 PPM). Toothpaste without fluoride and containing natural ingredients may be purchased at most health food stores. Examples are Auromere, Homeodent and certain Tom’s toothpastes.



Bromine & Bromide - Avoid commercial baked goods and other sources of bromide and bromine.



Chlorinated Water - Water should be filtered to remove chlorine.



Genetically Modified Foods - Should be avoided as much as possible. See website www.geneticroulette .com



Non-Dietary

Tobacco - Avoid cigarettes, cigars, pipes, etc. Try to avoid inhaling other people's smoke, as much as possible.



Recreational Drugs - Avoid marijuana, cocaine, hallucinogens (like LSD) and generally all "recreational drugs."



Unnecessary Prescription Drugs and OTC Medications - We are an over-medicated people. Among the leading causes of death, those that are medication related rank 4th. Drug interactions are a major problem. Medication use should be kept to a bare minimum.



Synthetic Hormones - As found in synthetic hormone replacement therapy and birth control pills. Bio-indentical hormones may be used if monitored carefully and there is a need.



Mercury - Mercury is highly toxic and enters the tissues of the body to damage the nervous system, immune system and other systems. Amalgam dental fillings contain mercury. Fish contaminated with mercury (swordfish, some tuna, others) should be avoided or kept to a minimum. Mercury content of the body should be evaluated with blood tests and urine tests provoked with a chelating agent. Vaccines containing Thimerosal (mercury containing preservative) are potentially dangerous and should be avoided as much as possible (Thimerosal has recently been removed from some vaccines in the US ).



Exposure to many synthetic chemicals - e.g., pesticides, paints and paint products, formaldehyde, etc.



Tight Clothing that restricts lymphatic system drainage - especially bras in women, which may be associated with breast cancer when worn more than 12 hours a day. Wear bras as little as possible. Bras should be as loose-fitting as possible.



Aluminum cookware and Teflon cookware - Avoid aluminum and Teflon cookware as aluminum tends to accumulate in the body and fluoride may be released from Teflon. Stainless steel, Pyrex, enamel, Corning and iron cookware may be used instead.



Electric Blankets - The electric energy field interferes with the human energy field.



Hair Dyes - Synthetic hair dyes increase risk for certain types of cancers. Some men's hair dyes contain lead. Certain natural dyes may be more acceptable.



Anti-Perspirant Deodorants - These contain aluminum which is toxic, and they inhibit detoxification of the breasts and chest area.



Lipstick containing lead - most of them do - Use lipsticks that do not contain lead.



High Voltage Power Lines - Avoid these as much as possible. If your home is located near them, consider moving.



Waterbeds - The electric energy field used to warm the bed interferes with the human energy field.



Metal Rimmed Eyeglasses - The metal crossing the midline between the eyes weakens the human energy field.



Microwave Ovens - Negative effect on food and harmful radiation in vicinity of microwave oven.



Suntan Lotions - These may be used at times to prevent skin damage from the sun, but a moderate amount of sunlight (without sunburn) on the skin is necessary for optimal health to create vitamin D and probably other beneficial effects.



Electromagnetic Fields - Be aware of the dangers of diagnostic x-rays, cell phones, magnetic fields from computers, microwave ovens, etc.



Be aware of possible withdrawal reactions when stopping some of the addictive substances discussed above, such as alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, cocaine, marijuana and sugar. To reduce reactions, these substances should be tapered slowly rather than stopping cold turkey, especially if strong withdrawal reactions occur

VASTHU SASTRA

Vastu Sastra (Shastra)
Where we live can influence our happiness, wealth, health, and prosperity. The Vastu Shastra is the Vedic science of building. When one studies the Vastu Shastra, he learns to create buildings that favorably influence those things that bring us happiness.

The Vastu Shastra considers the astrological placement of the Sun, Earth, and other planets during the actual construction. It also considers where the building site is located, the site’s shape, the proposed building’s shape, the direction the building will face, the location of gates, entry doors, room doors, windows, and the building’s general design. North and east are considered important directions—east because it is the direction from which the sun rises.

Assessing the Land
When purchasing a property, it is a good idea to stand on the land and feel its vibration for a few moments. Trust your feelings. If you feel positive about it, consider buying the land. If not, it is probably not good for you. It is best to buy land where happy and successful people have lived. A house sold by a person in distress or who is impoverished, should be purchased only with caution. A dilapidated or haunted house should not be purchased at all.

The land should be cultivatable and should smell good. It is best not to build on nonarable land. Land that contains many rocks, anthills, many worms, bones, broken pottery, sludge, and thorny trees should not be purchased. If the center of the land is humped like the shell of a turtle, it should not be purchased.

The color of the soil should also be considered. White soil is good for brahmans (priests, teachers, scientists, or intellectuals) , red for ksatriyas (rulers, soldiers, or administrators) , yellow for vaisyas (businessmen, farmers or bankers), and black for sudras (laborers, artisans, craftsmen, or servants).
When you assess the soil, do not just make a surface check, but also dig about 4m (12 ft) down.

If the soil is black up to 1m (3 ft) down and white or red below that, the land can be purchased.

According to Vastu Shastra, black and clayey soil is not good for building. If the soil is crumbly rock, money can easily be gotten. Yellow soil is good for businessmen.

Another test of land quality is to dig a knee-deep hole (2/3m or 2'x2'x2') and then refill it. If after filling the hole you have some soil left over, the land is good. If there is no soil left after filling the hole, the land is average. If the returned soil does not even fill the hole, this is not a good sign. Such land should not be purchased. This shows the soil’s natural moisture and aeration.Again dig the same sized hole. This time, fill it with water. If it takes more than an hour for the water to be absorbed, this is a good sign. If there are many cracks in the hole after the water has been absorbed, the construction may cost more than you expect. This is a percolation test done even in the U.S. to test for clay deposits. The cracks indicate clay soil, which is not best for water drainage and can cause foundation problems, etc. Also, wastes are not carried away properly, which can bring disease.

Do not purchase land that has been used as a crematorium, cemetery, or a samadhi (tomb for a holy person). The land should not be purchased if in the recent past someone has committed suicide on it, or if there have been several deaths over the period of a couple of months.

It is usually best not to purchase land next to a bridge. If the bridge is on the north or east sides, it definitely should not be purchased. If it is on the south or west sides, that is a safer purchase.

It is also usually best not to purchase land that shares a well with another property. The land can be purchased, however, if the water supply is a common well on the north, east, or northeast side.
A plot of land situated on a hill is also not a good purchase in most cases. It is better to purchase level ground. If the land to be purchased is on the side of a hill, however, and the land slopes down toward the north or east, that is all right. If the land slopes to the west, do not purchase it.

After choosing and purchasing land, plants should be grown on the land. Also, if possible, keep a cow and her calf on the land for a while to make it more auspicious.

The Land
The direction that the front of a property faces is important. The best shapes for plots of land are square or rectangular, facing squarely on the four cardinal directions. A land tilt of 20 degrees, off square by 20 degrees, is acceptable. If the plot is rectangular, it is better that the longer sides run north to south rather than west to east.

If the plot of land does not squarely face the four cardinal directions, and if the road does not run in one of the four cardinal directions, the house should be built facing the four directions The house should be square or rectangular, and the faces of the building should each be toward a cardinal direction, and not built facing the road.

It is not good to purchase a piece of land squeezed between two larger pieces of land as such land will bring its owner poverty.

The northeast side of the land should be the lowest side. If the northeast side is at a higher elevation than other sides of the property, you can dig soil from that one side and use it to build up the other parts. The land should either slope down toward the north or east, but not toward the west or south. Land sloping north brings riches, sloping east brings good fortune, sloping south brings ruin, and sloping west brings financial loss.

It is auspicious if tall buildings or hills do not obstruct the north, northeast, and east sides of the land. Do not purchase land with such obstructions to those sides because the sun’s rays will be blocked.Having those same obstructions blocking the west or south sides, however, bring health and wealth—light coming from the southwest is not beneficial. The sun’s rays traveling westward are considered harmful. Thus such obstructions block out harmful rays.For the same reason, a water source located on the southwest side of a building will cause the owner misery. Similarly, there should be a minimum number of doors and windows set into the southwest side of a building; the majority of windows should be set in the northeast side.
The boundary walls around a property should be higher in the west and south and lower in the north and east.

It is auspicious if the plot has a river or a stream flowing through it on the northeast, or if there is a lake on the same side. It is not auspicious if there is an electrical power supply or large electric pole on the northeast side of the plot. A telephone pole is not negative in the northeast, however.
There should not be any valley, a depression in the land, or large pit around the land.

Construction
Construction should not stop once it begins. Workers should not be unnecessarily pushed to speed up their work; work for the day should stop at sunset. No construction should be done at night. A qualified engineer should always oversee the construction.

Building materials should be stored in the southwest corner of the property during construction. The storage area or structure can also be built in the southeast corner, at least 1m (3 ft) from the property boundary. The guard should stay in a house in the southeast corner. Thieves will be a danger if the guard stays in the northwest corner, and the guard should not stay in the southwest corner.

Order of construction: the well, the storage house, and then the boundary wall.

Roads in Relation to Land
A square piece of land surrounded by roads on four sides is considered very good. It should be purchased even if at a high cost. A person who owns this land will become wealthy, healthy, and happy.

If a road runs alongside the property and ends at the northeast corner, that is also very good. If a road ends on any other parts of the property, however, that plot is usually not good.

A road on the north side of the property is good, but a road on the south side is not so good. If there is only one road, it is best if it is located on the east side. It is not so good if it is located on the west side.

If there are roads on only the east and north side, that is good. If there are roads on the west and north, it is average. Roads on the north, west, and east—that is, only on these three sides—is not so good. Roads on the north, south, and west is also not so good. It is inauspicious if there are three roads only on the east, south, and west.Land should also not be next to a T or Y intersection.

Negative Location of Land
There are other aspects of land assessment that should be considered. The plot should not be within twice the distance of the height of the house to a public place—a hospital, factory, temple, church, marriage hall, courthouse, cemetery, or cremation grounds. There should not be a laundry place, shoe shop, meat shop, or workshop with loud machinery opposite the property.The house should be at least 25m (80 ft) from the entrance of a temple. The property’s gate should not face a temple or church, and the shadow of a temple or church should not fall on the house.If the public place is twice the distance of the height of the house away from the house, it will have no effect.

Building Material
Only new bricks, wood, and materials should be used when building a new house. Materials from an old building should not usually be used to build a new one in case those old materials repeat negative incidents that occurred in the old house. There is unhappiness in using old things. If there are old materials available, better to sell them and use the money to buy new materials.

Wood from thorny trees should not be used, as it will have a negative effect. Materials that have been stored for a long time should also not be used. Iron grills should only be used when needed.

Shape of the Land
The best properties are either square or rectangular. If the plot is not a perfect rectangle, it is best if at least the southwest and southeast sides of the land are at 90º angles from one another. The southwest side of the quadrilateral should definitely not be extended past the southeast side, even if that means giving away a portion of the plot. Land that extends past the northeast side of the quadrilateral, however, brings wealth, happiness, and good name. Land extending on the northeast side is very good. Extensions on any other side are inauspicious. Extensions of the northwest side will cause you to lose money and peace.

If the land is cut in the corner this is not good. If possible the land to fill in the missing corner should be purchased. If the land is cut short on the northeast side it is very bad and is not aspicious; do not purchase it. It is like a headless body.

Round, oval, and triangular plots should be avoided. The house should not be built in the shape of a diamond, with the corner facing north. L-shaped plots are also inauspicious and should not be purchased.

It is good if the plot is narrower at the entrance and wider at its rear, but the opposite is not good.

Well or Water Source
It is advised that the first construction project for the new house is to dig the well. If water is used from this well for the construction, it is auspicious for the family who will live in the house. It is best that the well or water source is on the north or northeast side of the land, or if water comes from the municipality, it should enter from the northeast side. If you draw a line from the southeast corner to the northeast corner, the well should be to the right or left of the line, not on it.

The well can also be in the north or east sides of the property. The well should not be in the northwest or southeast corners, as this is inauspicious. It is especially inauspicious if the well is dug in the southwest corner. It is also inauspicious to have a well in the middle of a house.

Wells should be round. Ideally, the well water should be exposed to sunlight for five hours a day. It is not recommended to share wells between two properties.

The well should be dug after puja (worship) has been performed on the land at an astrologically auspicious time. This will insure that the water will be pure.

The well should be dug under an auspicious star, such as Rohini, Hasta, Uttara Bhadrapada, Uttara, etc. It should be dug on an auspicious day—a Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday. The well should be dug during a downward-facing constellation or star, such as, Krittika, Purva Phalguni, Mula, Bharani, Ashlesha, Purva Bhadrapada, or Purvashadha. Water departing from the kitchen and bathroom should flow to the northeast and leave the house from this side.

Compound Wall and Gate
The compound wall should be built before the house is constructed. Construction should begin during an auspicious constellation, and on a favorable day—a Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday. It should also be begun during an auspicious day of the lunar month—Pratipada, Panchami, Shashthi, Dashami, Ekadashi, or Purnima. The compound wall should not be higher than the house, and construction of it should begin on the southwest side.

The southwest part of the wall should be higher than the rest of the wall. The walls on the north and east sides should be 53cm (21 inches) shorter than on the west and south sides. If this is not possible, then the north and east sides should be a minimum of 8cm (3 inches) shorter.

Do not set the gate on the south side. It is best that there are two gates to the compound, so evil things entering one gate will exit from the other.

Outside of Main Building
It is best if the house is built on the southwest section of the land. Any open space should be to the north and east. Open space on the west side of the land is not good for the family’s male members.

It is also good to keep a tulasi plant in the northeast corner.The electric generators should be situated on the southeast section of the plot, not the northeast, which is inauspicious. Loud machinery should not be placed near the house.

If there is to be a swimming pool, waterfalls, or fountains, they should be set to the north, east, or northeast. Gardens, plants, or the lawns should also be set to the north, east, or northeast. Plants should be less than 1m (3 ft) in height. Swings should be to the north or east, and should swing from east to west.

Outdoor seats should be placed in the south or west of the open area, and people should face north or east while sitting.

It is considered inauspicious to block the entrance to a house, such as with a tree or telephone pole. If one of these things is more than twice the distance of the house’s height away, it will not have any effect.Trash or dirty water should not be kept near a house’s entrance (or the entrance to a place of business), and neither should it be kept near the property’s entrance. An unclean stream or pool of unclean water should not be located in front of the house.Annexes or outhouses should not be on the north or east sides of the house, and they definitely should not touch the eastern or northern boundary walls.

A garage, building, or servants’ quarters built separately from the house should be located to the southeast or northwest of the main house but should not touch any of the boundary walls. Ideally such quarters should not touch the southeast corner, but should be slightly west (without touching the east wall). They should also not touch the northwest corner but should be slightly south (without touching the north wall). They should be established about 1m (3 ft) from the wall.

Parking
Cars should be parked facing east or north. A car should never be parked facing south. If a car is parked facing west or northwest, the owner will spend a long time traveling.

The parking lot should be in the northwest corner of the property. It should not be located to the southwest or northeast. Parking can also be located in the basement, on the north or east side.

A parking garage should not be connected to the compound wall or the main building.

The parking garage should be painted a light color, not a dark color.

Roof
The roof of the house should slope towards the northeast and rainwater should flow to the north, east, or northeast direction.

Balconies and Verandahs
Balconies, verandahs, and terraces should ideally be built on the north, northeast, or east sides of the house, not on the south or west sides. If a balcony is on the southwest side of a house, it should be covered and closed.

The floor or roof over a balcony or terrace should be lower than the floor or roof of the main building. It is best if the verandah’s roof is slanted toward the northeast. Tin is a good roofing material for such structures. The verandah’s corners should not be rounded, and balconies should not have arches.Flowerpots on the verandah should be small. No creepers should be planted on a verandah. The seats on the verandah should be set on the south or west sides.

Shoes can be removed and placed on the verandah. They should not be placed to the northeast.

Inside the Building
Furniture, such as sofas, should be placed in the southeast, south, or west sides of a room. The house’s owner should sit facing north or east, and his guests should sit facing west or south.It is best that the northeast corner of each room in the house be left empty. If furniture must be set in the northeast corner, it should be set 15cm (six inches) from the wall.

Do not align doors within the house. One door should not lead directly into another.

It is best when a student studies that he face north, northeast, or east. Therefore a table in a study room should be placed in the south or west sides of the room. Books should be stored in the southwest side of the room.

Do not keep money in a place facing south.
When one prays, he should face either north or east.

Beds should face either west or south to insure that when a person rises in the morning, he is facing either north or east. While asleep, one should place his head to the south, east, or west, not north. If one’s place of worship is in the bedroom (in the northeast), one should sleep with his head facing east to avoid pointing his feet toward the altar.Mirrors should be placed on the north or east walls, not on the south or west walls. Do not keep broken mirrors in the house. Clocks should be placed on the west, north, or east walls. Clothes should be washed in the southeast corner of the house.

Medicine should be kept in the northeast corner of the house, and a person should face northeast while taking it. It is best to nurse those who are ill in the southwest corner of the house, although the northwest corner is also good.

Rainwater and wastewater should leave the house from the northeast side. It should flow west to east or south to north.

There should be an even number of columns and beams in the house, not odd.

Doors should generally be made from a single piece of wood and should open on the left side.
A television can be placed in the southeast side of a room. An overhead water tank should be located in the southwest side of a building.

Stairways should be on the south, southwest, or west sides of a building.

Certain pictures should not be hung in a house such as nudes, animals fighting, captured elephants, hunting scenes, trees without fruits or flowers, snakes, owls, bats, vultures and pigeons.

Entrance Gate and Main Door
The main door of the house should be larger than the other doors entering the house. The main door should have two shutters and open to the inside of the building. Teak is a good material for the entrance door.

It is best that a house has two entrances. The exit door should be smaller than the entrance, and it should have only one shutter. If there are two external doors for the house, they should not be set in a straight line.

When one enters the house, there should not be a wall in front of the entrance. There should be a door that opens to the next room. A shadow should not fall on the main door. The main door of the house should not be below ground. Neither should the main door be in the center of the house, nor in the extreme corners. If the door is set in the north wall, move it east of center; if it’s in the east wall, move it north of center. If it is set in the south wall, it should be moved east of center; if it is in the west wall, move it south of center. Some authorities say that if the house’s entrance is in the west wall. It should be centered.Some Vastu authorities say that to figure out where to place a main door, divide the house into nine parts. The door should be in the fourth section of the house from the left hand side. From the right side of the house, the entrance is in the sixth division from the right.

The main door should not be situated across from the main door of another house. The entrance doors of two houses should not be exactly opposing one another. Neither should two houses share a common entrance.

If the entrance of the house is to the south, there should not be a balcony or verandah in front of the door.

It is good to set gates to both the property and the entrance to the house on the north or east sides. It is also all right to have the main door on the west wall. It is not advised to have the main entrance on the south side.

It is considered auspicious if the entrance to the property and the main door of the house are on the same side. It is not considered good if the main door to the house is on the opposite side to the entrance of the property.

There should not be an underground tank, septic tank, or canal under the main entrance. There should not be any abandoned, wrecked buildings in front of the main entrance.

It is good to decorate a house’s entrance with pictures or statues of Laksmi, Ganesh or Kuvera and auspicious signs such as OM or the Swastika. Inauspious pictures should not be on the door. Doors should have thresholds. Shoes should not be kept in front of the door, but to the side.The door should not be slanted, sliding, or circular.

Overhead Water Tank
The overhead water tank should be in the southwest (best) or west corners of the building. An overhead water tank should not be located in the northeast or southeast corners, or in the middle of the roof. It is also best that it is not located in the northwest unless the tank is small and is located approximately 1m (2 or 3 ft) from the building’s corner. The tank should be elevated at least 1m (2 or 3 ft) above the roof, on a platform.If possible, the tank should not be made of plastic. If it must be plastic, however, it should either be black or dark blue plastic, because such colors aid the absorption of sunlight. A dark water tank while absorbing sun for heat doesn’t encourage microbial growth as quickly as a light-colored tank would do.If possible, there should be different tanks for the kitchen and bathrooms.

The House
It is best if the building’s walls are higher on the west and south sides and lower on the north and east sides. Also, the south and west walls should be thicker than the north and east walls, if possible. The building’s floor and roof should be higher on the south and west sides, lower on the north and east sides. Neither the ground nor the building should be higher in the northeast than in the southwest. Rooms in the House

Worship (Temple) Room
Worship should be done in the northeast, north, or east sides of the house. It is best that the temple room is in the northeast corner of the house. The worship room should not be to the south. The place of worship should be on the ground floor and not upstairs.

The altar should be located on the northeast side of the temple room. The deities or pictures of the deities should either face east or west, and should not face north or south. It is best that the Deities face west and the worshipers face east.

The altar should not be set into the wall but should be at least 2.5 cm (an inch) from it. The door to the temple room should have two shutters.

Toilets should never be above or below the place of worship. White, light yellow, or light blue are good colors for a temple room. It is good if the worship room is shaped like a pyramid, sloping inward as it goes upward toward the roof in the four directions.

Kitchen
The kitchen should ideally be in the southeast corner of the house, its windows on the east and south sides. There can also be a window on the west side. If the kitchen cannot be in the southeast corner, it is all right to place it in the northwest corner. But in general, the kitchen should not be in the north, and should certainly not be in the northeast corner. Locating the kitchen to the southwest will cause problems.

The kitchen should not be next to or across from a toilet, nor should it be directly in front of the main door.

Cooking should be done in the southeast corner or on the east side of the kitchen. It is best to cook while facing east, but facing north is also all right. It is advisable not to put the stove on the northern wall. The cooking platform should not touch the wall but should be placed at least 8 cm (3 inches) from the wall. The stove should not be in front of the kitchen’s door.Electrical items such as microwaves, grinders, and mixers should be placed in the southeast corner of the kitchen. The sink should be in the northeast corner. The southwest wall should be used for storage.

The refrigerator should be in the northwest, southeast, south, or west. It should not be placed on the northeast side. If it is on the southwest side of the kitchen, be sure to set it away from the wall.
If there is a dining table in the kitchen, it should be placed on the north or west side. The door to the toilet should not face the dining table.

Kitchens should be painted yellow, rose, red, orange, or chocolate brown. If possible, do not paint the walls white or black.

Living (Sitting) Room
The living room should be on the north side of the house. Furniture should be square or rectangular, not round or oval. It is good if the ceiling slopes down toward the northeast direction. The air-conditioner should be in the west, not the southeast. Furniture should mainly be in the west and south section of the room.

The walls should be painted white, yellow, green, or blue, never red or black. Depressing paintings should not be placed on the walls.

Bedrooms
The main bedroom should be on the southwest or northwest side of the house. If there is an upper story in the house, the master bedroom should be on this floor, in the southwest corner. Adult married children can also use this room. Younger children, however, should not use it because that will cause trouble in the household. Bedrooms on the northeast side of the house will also cause trouble.

The children’s bedrooms should be in the northwest or west. The younger children’s bedroom can also be on the east side of the house, Newly married couples should not use a bedroom on the east side.Guest bedrooms are best located in the northwest corner, but can also be located in the northeast corner.

Bedroom walls should be painted a light rose, dark blue, dark green, gray, etc. Some authorities say that the walls should not be painted white or a light yellow. The door should be set in the east, west or north, and should ideally be one shutter.

One should sleep in his own house with his head facing east or south. If one is staying in someone else’s house, or while traveling, he should sleep with his head facing west. One should never sleep with his head facing north. Upon rising from bed, the right foot should be placed on the floor first.If one is to study in the bedroom, the east side should be used. The wardrobe should be located on the northwest or southwest side of the bedroom. TV, heaters, and air conditioners should be located in the southeast corner.

The southwest corner of the room should not be vacant. An attached bathroom could be built on the west or north sides of the room. It is best not to keep the safe in a bedroom, but if this is the only place for the safe, it should be located on the south wall, opening north.

Safe Room
Money, valuables, or a safe should be stored in a room on the north side of the house. This is the side of Kubera, the god of wealth. The door to this room should be facing north or east. The walls should be painted yellow, because yellow leads to an increase of wealth.

If a safe is large, it can be placed in the south, southwest, or west sides of the house, but it should always be set a few inches from the wall. It should not be in the southwest or southeast corner, and should definitely not be in a northeast corner. The safe should face north and open toward the north or east. It is inauspicious to have a safe opening to the south—this will cause a loss of money. The safe should not be located under any beams.Safes should be installed on a Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday, when the Sun is in the constellations of Dhanishtha, Rohini, Uttara, Swati, Shravan or Punarvasu.

Dining Room
The dining room should be located on the west side of the house, or on the east or north side of the building. If the kitchen is on the ground floor, the dining room should not be on an upper floor but should also be located on the ground floor.

The door leading into the dining room should be on the east, north, or west side of the room. It should not have arches. The house’s main entrance door should not face the dining room’s door.It is best to face east or west while eating. The head of the family should face east during meals. Other members of the family can face east, north, or west, but it is not advisable to face south.

The dining table should not be round or oval but either square or rectangular. It should not fold from the wall or be attached to the wall.

A sink can be located in the northeast corner of the dining room, or on the north or east sides of the room. No toilets should be attached to the dining room.

Bathrooms
Bathrooms can be on the west or northwest sides of the building, but not on the eastern or northeastern sides. The toilet room should also not be located on the southeast, the southwest, or in the center of the building. The morning sun falling on the body after bathing is good, so windows should be set in the north or east sides of the room.
Ideally, toilets should face south, not east or west (in the direction of the sun). The toilet should be located on the west or northwest side of the room and should be built 30–60cm (1 or 2 feet) above the ground.An attached bathroom should be on the west or northwest side of a room, never on the northeast side.

Sinks should be placed on the northeast, north, or east sides of the room. Bathtubs should be located on the northeast, west, or east sides.

Bathroom walls should be painted white, sky blue, or another light shade. Do not use black or dark red.

Water should leave the bathroom from the east or northeast side. Water should not leave from the southwest or southeast directions. The overhead septic tank should be on the northwest side of the house.

Study Room
The library or study should be located on the west side of the building, but should not be located in the corners of the house. When using a library or study, it is best to sit facing east or north.

The bookshelves should not be in the northwest or southwest corner. Books should be in the east, north, or west sides of the room.

The door should be two-shuttered and should be located in the northeast, north, or west. Windows can be set on the east, north, or west walls. The walls should be painted white, sky blue, cream, or light green.

If one will not sleep in the room, a pyramidal shape (walls sloping inward as they go upward towards the ceiling) will help study and meditation.

Storage Area
The storage areas should be located in the northwest part of the building, but not in the north or east. The storage room door should not be on the southwest side of the room. Storage cabinets should be located on the west or north sides of the room. Butter, ghee, oil, and cooking gas should be kept in the southeast corner.

Stairways
Best to build stairways on the southwest, or if necessary, on the south or west sides of the house.

Do not build stairways on the northeast side, as it will cause loss of wealth. The staircase should go up from east to west or north to south. The same stairway that goes to the upper floor should not also go down to the basement.

Stairways should be built with an odd number of stairs—9, 11, or 15 steps, for example. The number of stairs should not end with a zero if you must build an even number—there should not be 10 or 20 steps—because it is best to begin climbing steps with the right foot and also to end the climb on the right foot. This is not possible when there is an even number of stairs. The right foot is equated with gain, the left with loss.Circular stairways are not good. The doorway at the top of the stairway should be at least 20cm (8 inches) lower than the doorway at the bottom of the stairs. Broken stairs should be repaired immediately to avoid accidents.

The stairway should be painted a light color. The worship room, safe, or toilet should not be located under a staircase.

Basement
Basements should ideally not be built under the entire house. If that is impossible, use only the northeast section. Heavy equipment can be kept on the south and west sides.

It is best that the basement should only be in the northeast side of a house. It can also be located on the east side of the house. It should not, however, be located only on the south, southeast, or west side.

The floor of the basement should slope downward towards the northeast. The walls should be at least 3m (9 ft) high. The basement should be painted white but should not be blue. The heater, water heater, or electrical panels should be in the southeast corner of the basement.

Since sunrays do not enter basements, this highly reduces the basement’s positive effect on the persons living in them. Therefore, a basement should not be used for living as far as possible. Basements are also not good places to conduct business. The basement’s effects will be improved if one-fourth of the basement is above ground.

Mezzanine
A mezzanine or loft should be built on the south, west, or southwest sides of a room.

Position of Rooms

Directions
Ruling Planet
Room
North
Mercury
Living (Sitting) room safe

Northeast
Jupiter
Worship room living room

East
Sun
Living room bathing room (no toilet)

Southeast
Venus
Kitchen

South
Mars
Kitchen storeroom

Southwest
Rahu
Master bedroom heavy storage

West
Saturn
Children’s bedroom store room study

Northwest
Moon
Guest room bathroom grain storage room


Upper Floor
It is best that there are more doors and windows on the north and east sides of the building. There should be fewer windows and doors on the upper floors than on the lower ones. It is also said that the number of doors and windows on the upper floor should not equal the amount of doors and windows on the ground floor. The ceiling height of the rooms on the upper floor should be less than the ceiling height of the rooms on the ground floor.

If only part of the upper floor is used, this part should be built in the southwest area. The balcony should be on the north, east, or northeast side. The balcony should not be in the southwest corner.
Bedrooms and studies should be located on the upper floor. A storage area for heavy items should be located on the lower floor, and not the upper.

Trees and Plants
It is always good to grow a tulasi plant on one’s property. Tulasi should be located on the north, northeast, or east sides of the house, or in front of the house. Trees should not be planted directly in front of the house’s main entrance. There should be an even number of trees on one’s property, not an odd number.Trees should be planted on the south or west sides of the house. Ideally, they should be planted on both these sides rather than on only one side. It is not good to plant a tall tree on the north, northeast, or east sides of a building.

Smaller trees may be planted on the east or north sides, but no trees should be planted in the northeast corner. Tall trees should not be too close to a building as they block the sunlight. A tree’s shadow should not fall on the house.Large trees should not be located too near the house as their roots can damage the foundation and compound wall. Also, the roots of large trees absorb sunlight quickly, meaning these positive rays will not be received by the building. Do not allow tree branches to touch the house.

Stone sculptures and rock gardens should be located on the southwest side of the house because they are heavy.

Thorny plants should not be planted near the house. Cactus should not be planted at all. Thorny plants other than roses have a negative energy.

Ideally all thorny plants should be pulled up and destroyed.

A list of good trees to plant: coconut, neem, betal, sandalwood, lemon, pineapple, bilva, almond, jackfruit, pomegranate, mango, amla, and katha.

Banyan and pipal (aswatha) are sacred trees; they should usually only be planted near a temple or at a sacred place.

Creepers or other plants should not be grown by using the building or compound wall as support. Creepers should only be grown in a garden, and they should have their own independent supports.

Plants should be planted during auspicious constellations. Saplings should first be planted in clay pots and only later placed in the ground. This enables them to grow better.

If a tree must be removed because it is inauspicious or for other reasons, it should be removed in the months of Magh or Bhadrapada. The day before cutting the tree, worship it and express regret that it must be removed from its rooting. Promise to plant a new tree in its place. Do so within three months. When cutting the tree, it should fall east or north, not south or west.

Worship of Land
Certain rituals can be performed before construction on the plot begins. The land should be installed at an auspicious time, during an auspicious constellation. Mondays and Thursdays are auspicious days for such rituals. Ideally, a qualified astrologer should set the time of installation.

Worship should be done in the northeast corner of the land.

Before installing the land, it should be cleared. Dirt, stones, holes in the ground, and trash should be removed. Thorny bushes should also be uprooted and removed.

The installation should not be done if a woman in the household is more than seven months pregnant. The groundbreaking ceremony for the house should only be done during the Uttarayan period, when the sun is in the northern hemisphere, and when the days are longer than the nights, from June 21 through December 20.

House Warming
Before entering a new house, a house-warming ceremony should be performed. A good time to enter a new house is in the period of Uttarayan, from June 21 through December 20, in the months of Vaishaka, Shravan, and Margashirsh, in the constellation of Uttara, Magha, Ashwini, Swati, Pushya, and Revati, on an auspicious day. It is good to confirm this time with a qualified astrologer.

Ganesh-puja, Navagraha-puja (worship of the nine planets), and worship of the Vastupratima (building deity) should be performed. The residents of the building should then circumambulate the building. Then puja should be done to the threshold.

Purchasing the Adjacent Plot
If one wishes to purchase the land adjacent to one’s own property, it should be purchased on a Monday, Thursday, or Friday, during an auspicious constellation such as Vaishaka, Purva, Ashlesha, Mrig, Revati, Mul, or Anuradha.The land one already owns can be extended to the north, east, or northeast. The northwest corner should not be extended. If a plot is available in the southwest, west, or south sides, it should not be purchased, as it will cause misfortune and loss.
If the northeast plot is available, purchase it. It is best if the adjacent lot on the northeast side is at a lower elevation than the land already owned. If such land is purchased, the dividing wall should be taken down. As far as possible, you should not construct buildings on this land.

"Namasthe.."

2008, ഓഗസ്റ്റ് 20, ബുധനാഴ്‌ച

2008, ഓഗസ്റ്റ് 1, വെള്ളിയാഴ്‌ച

Different brush strokes

GEETA PADMANABHAN
Art can connect to something deep within you. Or appreciate in value over the years. Legitimate reasons to invest.

Buy what you like...

When software engineer G was in Mumbai, an art gallery owner friend convinced him to buy a charcoal drawing. “By an up-and-coming artist,” the owner had said. G liked minimalist art, thought it would hang well in his monochromatic living room. A visiting friend took one look, flew to Mumbai and bought a similar one. She agrees it was done on impulse.
That little story tells us why people buy art. Your interior designer suggested a colour-co-ordinated large painting for the big living room; you’ve been persuaded to part with a portion of your liquid assets by a good salesman, by people who run art galleries; because your friends have art. It’s a connection to a dream. In the highest stratum, it is affordability, a sign of a lifestyle. You buy for the “I can afford a Hussain” high.
If you live abroad, Indian art reminds you of home. Indian art lovers abroad keep track of artists back home and queue up at exhibitions of recognisable names.
Collecting art has a long history. No museum or palace in India is without its large halls of portraits captured for posterity in life-sized frames. Middle class Bengalis left behind paintings of Jamini Roy, Nandalal Bose, Ramkinker Baij and Bikash Bhattacharya as family heirlooms. Many houses now proudly display Ravi Verma prints picked up from ancestral homes. Art in some form, even if they were god pictures, has always been a part of our interior décor.
New patrons
The new patrons are the corporates. Hotels, business centres, industrial houses and government offices buy art in massive quantities —as investment, as endorsements of star-billing or to promote themselves as people with artistic credentials.
Mr. Shah of Focus Gallery, Chennai, has this interesting piece of information. “Art students routinely buy old Indian prints for their jewellery designs. The ones with elaborate ornaments get sold quickly.”
And yes, there are those who buy because, for some unknown reason, they can’t live without it. They carefully place their purchase in a prominent corner because they are in awe of that work. For those who grew up with an artistic sensibility, a print is preferable to a poor original. For many, the appreciation comes after the purchase.
“The answer to why people buy art is personal yet so public,” says Priyanka Gupta Agarwal, artist and curator. She too feels art is now more of a commodity. Once considered a privileged possession, art has become accessible and people have started paying big money for works by up-and-coming artists. “An artist’s work becomes desirable if they find potential in the piece and see him exhibiting at many places.” Gupta isn’t discounting the power games. “Many people collect big names for status, image and to stay at the top of the market. Art is an investment for them. It’s where the spare money goes.”
Soaring prices
Artist Ilango’s perspective, gathered from being in the centre of the art scene for thirty years, has two distinct frames. “Abroad, people buy if they find the work interesting or if it plucks their artistic chord. In India, 40 years ago, art got acquired to elevate status; 15 years ago because they liked the work; in the past 10 years both the desis and the NRIs are buying for the ‘Investment Value’.” This shift, he believes is why the cost of art has soared (soured?) and galleries behave like brokers. The new Pundits of Art, he snorts, misguide people into buying substandard works. “They tell you the price of the piece will go up in two years. Aggressive gallery owners and dealers may even say that this artist is old, he will die soon, buy his work, the price will go up shortly after his death. Will the buyer wish the artist dead?”
Ideally, you buy art because you connect with what you see. Your cheque then is a very personal, emotional response. Wendy Hermann, a writer, reported that her painting of a Dalmatian jumping and kissing a girl wearing a spotted dress was bought by a man with a Dalmatian and three daughters. “He saw a ‘connection’ in the painting,” she said.
Art everywhere
Should we buy art? Yes, without a doubt. Travel in India must tell you that art has lasting value, never mind Shelley’s Ozymandias. Every piece of art, even a dated, inexpensive one has its place, for someone. Buying art is an enjoyable experience, particularly when you buy from the one who created it.
Read up, do your research. If you’re going in for a name, investing big money in art for whatever reason, make sure it’s authentic. Knowledgeable connoisseurs have been ripped by shady dealers.
Are there set rules to buy art? You should be able to answer this question: Will I be able to live with it for the rest of my life? Of course, there are considerations of price and the greed of investment, but ultimately the smart move is to go with your gut. “Artistic value is a nebulous thing,” says Vidya Pradhan, who features artists on her community website. “Critiques are arbitrary, critics can promote an artist as the next best thing.”
She agrees some pieces of art do transcend criticism. But to judge a work of art aesthetically — if the work is not an abstract — you need to know about perspective, light and shade, clear message. Can you do it? Judge by how you respond to it. If you enjoy it, why not? Buy art and mould the house around it. Or buy it to suit the furniture. Then fall in love with what you have. “ ‘I’ll look for the best one’ should be the motivation,” she says. “Then that piece of art becomes a reflection of your personality.”

2008, ജൂലൈ 27, ഞായറാഴ്‌ച

"Breath of Life"

The whispers of the night
Call as a promise to my heart
But my strength is nothing
My fear is greater
To be dead in life
Crying every night
Longing for sweet love to return
I fear it may never change
Try as I might Maybe
I'm not supposed to hold dear
Someone I can love
Give me a breath of life
Help me to surrender to our song
Once we are here alone, together
Wont you let my cry
Or am I expected to hold on
Do I have to be perfect for you
Is that why I haven't seen your face
Must I be desirable
To quench a thirst you have
What must I be Someone you can love
Is that me Am I someone you can love
Where are you
I've begun to bleed
Save me.

2008, ജൂലൈ 26, ശനിയാഴ്‌ച

"HINDUISM".... a study..

What is Hinduism ?The puraanas tell that Himalayam samaarabhya yaavath indu sarovaram tham deva nirmitham desam hindustanam prachakshathey.The nation which starts from Himalayas and ends in Indian ocean and which is created by the god is known as Hindustanam. And those who are living there are Hindus.
How the Hindus are defined ?Aa sindo sindu paryantham yasya bhartha bhoomikam maathru bhoo pitru bhoo schaiva sa vai hindu riti smruthaaThose who consider and respect the country which extends from Indus valley ( sindu river ) up to Indian ocean as their motherland, father land or holy land, they are the Hindus. ( all those consider bhratham as their own mother/father/holy land they are the Hindus)
Why it is said that Hinduism is not a religion ?It is not created by an individual / prophet/ Rishi . So it is not the opinion (matham) or advise of an individual. So it is not a religion. It is the contribution of thousands of Rishies.
Who created Hinduism?Thousands of Rishies, during the course of thousands of years could formulate a perfect style/way of thinking and practicing various aspects and concepts in the life. Those are codified as the customs and rituals or in short acharas. These acharas combined together forms the dharma . Dharma is the way of life. So Hinduism is the way of life.
Why it is known as sanathana dharma?Sanaathana word means ( according to Bhagavath geetha) as the one which cannot be destroyed by any method and the one which is ever existing in everything. The one which is immovable, and non perishable is the sanaathanam. So this dharma is ever existing and it cannot be destroyed . So it is sanaathanam.
Is it not true that something which has a beginning , has an end also ?It is true for which has a beginning. This dharma does not have a beginning so it will not have an end also. If it started decaying someone /avathara will come to protect and energise to bring back the dharma with all its positive results as it is told in Bhagavath Geetha.
What is the meaning of Dharma ?Dharma is the one which is guiding, protecting, supporting, …you . Dharanaath dharma …the one which is protecting you is dharma.
Are Hinduism and sanaathana dharma the same ?Yes! They are the same and remember that there is nothing like Hinduism . It is an English word created by the British or someone . There communism, socialism, capitalism etc but nothing like Hinduism.
Why some people call it a religion?When all other way of life are known as ‘religion’ like the one based on Jesus, Mohammed and so on form religions, if similar name used it may be easy to others to understand. Hence people started, particularly the British started using the word Hinduism and it came into practice. Now every Indian is also using the same.
Is the word Indian and Hindu synonym ?Definitely yes. According to the definition, the Indian word is same as Hindu. Majority of the minority and politicians may not agree with that. Because they are full of wrong impressions created during 250 years of foreign rule.
Then where the Indian Christians and Muslim will fit in ?They are also Hindus. They are Hindu Christians and Hindu Muslims. Just like we say American Christian, Pakistani Muslim, etc.
When was Hindu dharma started?None knows the answer. According the archeological evidence, the Vedas might have got composed something like 6000 - 8000 BC, in the present form. So the dharma might have formed earlier to this. Since it is a way of life, none can trace the beginning point of the dharma. If it would have been a contribution of some individual, we can say from the period of that individual.
What the archeological evidences say ?The archeological studies carried out in Kalibhangan, Bhagavan pura, Mehargarh, etc shows that the oldest artifacts available are of the period BC 8250. So the Hindu civilization or the one something similar to that started blooming during then.
Is the Indus valley civilization same as the Hindu dharma civilisation?Definitely all the proofs available say so. Particularly those are available very recently. Even though foreigners and the so called Indian intellectuals wanted to distort the true history and wanted to prove wrongly that they are different from Hindu dharma, the conclusion is that both are the same.
But many people say against it why ?There was an intentional conspiracy to distort the facts which was spearheaded and created by the British to confuse Indians through the Aryan invasion theory and create a feeling among Indians that they are also the invaders like the British ( to Indian subcontinent). So they wanted to prove that Indus valley, Harappan civilization etc are entirely different from the Vedic civilization and Hindu culture . This was fully utilized by our pseudo intellectuals and also the so called secularists for creating a complex in the Indian mind.
Who are the Aryans ?The word Aryan does not have any meaning of race or a group of people. But it means only the scholarly people. You know arya vaidya sala, aryaavartham, aryavepu, aryaputra all meant for ‘scholarly’ meaning.
Where can we see the use of this word in Vedas?In Vedas there are a number of places where the Arya word is used as “krunvantho viswam aryam = let us make the world a glorious one. Srunvanthu viswe amruthasya putraa aaye dhamaani divyaani thasthu = the children of immortals, let us come together and chant the great songs, here too the message is arya. Every wife used to call her husband of royal family as aryaputra.
Some people say the Vedic civilization and Hindu civilization are different. Is it correct?Vedic civilization itself is the Hindu civilization, there is no difference. There is nothing like Hindu civilization. It is only the Vedic.
When was the Vedas written?Vedas are known as anaadi which means the date of origin is not known. It is also said that it existed from time immemorial. But the Veda Vyasa compiled it in the present form.
What is the real meaning of the word Veda?Veda was formed from vid means knowledge. ( more details will be available when we discuss about Vedas separately)
What the Vedas say about the date of its origin?Brihaspati prathamam jaayamaanam thishyam nakshatram abhisambhaboova . The delta cancri (thishyam)star when got occulted by Jupiter planet, and when the planet moved forward, it looked as the star was born newly.. This is an astronomical phenomenon. The computer simulation studies showed that this occulting might have taken place almost during BC 4275 or so. If this vedic line was written after seeing this phenomenon, then this line coming in the last part of RigVeda (partly) might have been written about 6250 years ago. So the last part of Rig Veda might have composed during this period. If this is true the first part might have got composed about 2 to 3 thousand more years ago. So the Vedas may be more than 7 - 8 thousand years old
Does this agree with the scholars’ opinion ?No This is not agreeing with Indian scholars Opinion. Indian scholars means like Balagangadhara thilak, Jnanaanda saraswati, dayananda sarawati, and so on put the period of Vedas 20 to 50 thousand years ago. The pseudo scholars fix the period like their Gurus of west, around 1000 BC or so.
Does it agree with foreign scholars?Some of them think this may be correct. Some of them even conclude that Vedas are of 2 to 3 thousands old. Now a rethinking is picking up fast. Some of Them also fixed the period as many thousand years ago.
Does it mean that Hindu dharma is the oldest religion?Because all other religion was of later origin! If you want to label Hindu as a religion or otherwise also , Hindu dharma is the oldest religion in the world and Rig Veda is the oldest literature.
How the messages of Hinduism spread from generation to generation?This dharma spread from place to place and generation to generations through acharas seen and heard from the parents, books, illustrations, etc.
Did Hindu dharma spead outside India ?Yes it spread through the world, including African contenent, American continents and so on.
Should we blindly follow the Hindu dharma ?You can critically or blindly follow/accept the messages of dharma or reject the dharma. Freedom is yours. Nothing is strict. Every part of the Hindu acharas are left to the freedom of the individual.
What is meant by the freedom of the Individual ?In sanathana dharma the followers have the freedom for criticizing the negatives, evaluating the merits, correcting the superstitions and mistakes, modifying the ideas based on desa ( place), kaala (time) and the condition of the practitioner. Adding any novel ideas beneficial for human beings, deleting which are irrelevant and obsolete , accepting anything good for the benefit of individuals/family/society/nation, from everywhere rejecting any outdated practices are the main principle.
Have the Hindus got the freedom to change the basic books ?They can make their own recensions /sakhas of any book. The old will remain the same. New used to be known in the name of the composer. Any of the Hindu beliefs, thoughts, books, faiths, rituals, customs, concepts, can be subjected to the above process of refining through addition, deletion, correction and modification.
Why our dharma is not rigid ?Because of the above freedom Hindus have as many as 1280 basic dharmic books as (matha granthas with tens of thousands of commentaries) where as the people of other religion have only one book. Nothing rigid or strict and followed without refining cannot exist in the world for long. As long as you have the freedom to think, till then flexibility is inevitable and growth is part of it.
Why this oldest religion still survives?Because of the great freedom given by our Rishies for taking good from everywhere and rejecting bad at any time, Hindu dharma still remain strong even after more than a thousand years of foreign aggression and massacre.
Who is the final authority of Hindu dharma? Is there anyone like pope?One should remember that there is no final authority for Hindu dharma whose words are the final answers for coming to a conclusion on anything. You know other civilizations like Mesopotamia, Greek, Egyptians, Babylonia ,,,,, ,etc got wiped out from the surface of the globe Earth. Bharatheeya dharma did not die. It is giving light to billions of people world over. Its contributions have become a great subject for learning and practicing now. Because everyone has the freedom to add, subtract, delete, correct and modify the ideas and practices. None can be labeled as the final authority to direct or impose the rule.
Why we have so many books whereas Christians and Muslims have only one each?All the knowledge required for the progress of the human beings cannot be included in one book, nor one saint can contribute all the required knowledge. Hence our forefathers wrote hundreds of books for the benefit of the human beings world over. In short sanathana dharma is based on more than 1280 books and tens of thousands of commentaries as our dharma granthas