Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Krishna-My Guru My Inspiration

Aadhou devaki devi garbha jananam, Gopi gruhe palanam,

Mayaa poothana jeevithaa apaharanam, govardhanodharanam,

Kamsa chedana, kouravadi hananam, kunthi sutha palanam,

Ethad bhagawatham purana kaditham sri Krishna leelamrutham
The Lord, born of Devaki’s womb, brought up in the house of Gopi (Yasoda), killed the wicked Putana of illusive form, and lifted the Govardhana hill, killed Kamsa and Helped in killing the Kouravas,the and protected the sons of Kunti. This is in short the ancient story of Bhagawatha, Which describes the nectar like play of Lord Krishna.


Today Krishna Janmashtmi We allcelebrates the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna, the eight avatar of Lord Vishnu. The festival is celebrated on the eight day of the Krishna Paksha of the month Shravan (August - September) in Hindu calendar. At midnight on ashtami, the divine baby Sri Krishna was born in Kamsa's prison.

I was always fascinated by two of the Gods GodessDeviKamakshi and Krishna .They  both are my favourite . Whenever I feel mentally disturbed my attention invariably turns to Lord Krishna. I consider him as my Parent, Guru, Good friend, and my Guide of my Life.  Lord Krishna is that truth, He is pure knowledge, pure bliss, pure love and the embodiment of dharma.

Seeing Krishna as a perfect personification of divinity, to this day hundreds of millions of people pray to him, chant his names, meditate on his form and try to put his teachings into practice. "His glory is unsurpassable. His story is a source of joy and inspiration for people from all walks of life. Throughout his life, Krishna enacted so many roles. A child of Yashoda; a brother of balarama, a charioteer and He was Arjuna's counsel ,a warrior, Draupadi's friend ,a disciple, a guru, a cowherd, a messenger, the beloved of the gopis, Lord Vishnu's incarnation, people's God and a lot more.

We think of Krishna as a child, very active, mischievous who enjoyed every bit of his childhood. But in reality He was born in a prison, his parents were imprisoned; He was brought up in a small village, while he deserved to be a part of royal palace. His own uncle Kamsa tried everything to turn his life into hell .Daily one or the other demon was sent to take away his life. Even Lord Brahma and Indra created trouble for him. His own nephew Sishupaal was after his life. In spite of all these adversities he lived his life happily.

Krishna Love everyone equally – Krishna was loved by everyone because he loved everyone equally. Krishna never forgot his childhood friends or the favours done for him. At the right opportunity and when his friends like Sudhama were in need, he always helped them with many times what they expected.

He remained calm and smiling Whether the circumstances were favourable or unfavourable, his smile—the mark of complete contentment—never left his face. Even in the battlefield of Mahabharata, the mother of all battles, Krishna was always smiling. There was not a trace of adverse emotion His smile proclaimed to the world that his birth and life were completely blissful.

Sri Krishna is considered as Jagatguru; he is the teacher of all.“Gu” Kara means the darkness and “Ru” Kara means the remover of the darkness. On account of the power of removing darkness, the teacher is known by the significant name “Guru. In   Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna emphasizes the importance of Guru.

 My Favorite Lord Krishna's Quotes I try to apply in my day today life:
Whatever happened, was good, what's happening, it's going well, whatever will happen, will also be good. You need not have any regrets for the past. Do not worry for the future. Live in Present.
What do you got, that you cry? What you brought, that you lost? What did you produce, which has destroyed? You did not get anything with you, whatever is there, you received from here(earth). Whatever you will give, you will give here. Whatever you took, was given by God. Whatever you gave, you gave to him.

You came empty-handed and you will go empty-handed. Which is yours today, belonged to someone else yesterday, will belong to someone else tomorrow. All these things, which give you happiness, is the reason of sorrow.
 Krishna's  teach  us that this life is not for being sad and depressed, it is one of joy and happiness –He is inspiration to all.!

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

In silence...


Noise is so much a part of our life that we have become depended on it. we are driven to distraction by almost everything. We are constantly asked to give up silence in exchange for constant chatter- background music or talking, traffic noises, social media pinging our phones and who feel uncomfortable or scared when they have to confront real silence. To find peace, everyone says go into silence.
“Silence is a source of great strength.” ~Lao Tzu
 


In this communicative silence, Someone Says; Speech is silver, Silence is gold... Silence is ever speaking; It is the perennial flow of "language." It is interrupted by speaking; for words obstruct this mute language. Silence is permanent and benefits the whole of humanity. . By silence, eloquence is meant. It is the best language. There is a state when words cease and silence prevails."
A gentle, loving, inner peace and silence is here and now in this moment. It has always been this way. It is always here. It is right here within you and all around you. You know this. You have felt this. There is nothing more than this. You are this. This silence is right here in you, every single moment of your life.
Sometimes silence conveys emotions that word fails to…Emotional silence, that's kill with bare hands. Attentive silence, absorbed in the environment, Thoughtful silence, wallowing and preparing, Quiet silence- uncomfortable and unwanted, Meditative silence, which can move heaven and earth, Comforting silence, no words could describe it…
In this communicative silence, Sometimes Someone, Says that Silence can be a sign of consent, Silence conveys anger, Silence demonstrate strength, Silence demonstrate patience, Silence conveys determination, Silence can mean respect, Silence doesn’t mean respect, Silence does not mean in action. Silence may indicate forgiveness, Silence represents tolerance. Silence means confidence, silence brings. Silence is not necessarily a sign of guilt or weakness it is many case more thoughts provoking and convincing than words. In silent meditation one gets in touch with ones inner self, I. In silence, when minds are read without saying anything..
 
I observe myself in silence
I absorb the universe in silence
I am immersed in silence
I listened the Music of Silence!
Silence taught me the importance of shaping my thinking. Silence taught me to notice nature the wisdom and peace that nature offered. Silence taught me to calm my troubled mind. Silence taught me the importance of reducing the stimulation. Silence taught me to have faith in myself. Once inner silence is attained, everything is possible.
In silence, Silently I gaze at the future with a twinkle in my eye, Silently I look at the pain and joy ahead of me which lie.. … In our noise polluted world, silence  in peace is Difficult to find... I cannot stand this silence; first, there was absolute silence. And at least, there was absolute silence .It’s so unbearable at times. You know this. You have tofelt this.
There is nothing more than this. But it’s the language of the world, the divine beauty one must feel….. In Silence.
Enjoy some quiet time everyday In Silence!
"Let us be silent, that we may hear the whispers of the gods.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Bharani Jar Painting



For storing different stuff like pickle, tamrind, kallu uppu (rock salt) my mother used Bharani jar.My mother had a collection of big and small type of Bharani jars. When my last visit to my mom's place; I brought few jars from my Mothers home.
 
 I wish to beautify one old jar with some sketches on my own and one from already available on the net and added my own choice of colors to the sketches and showcase it near my open kitchen .


Wash the pot thoroughly. Allow the pot to dry completely before painting.
Next, apply the base coat. I applied acrylic white as base colour. Thin the paint with a small amount of water to make it easier to coat the pot evenly.
 
Apply the paint with a foam brush, working around the pot in broad sweeps. Extend the paint an inch or so down into the top of the pot, but do not cover the bottom
 Apply additional coats if you’d like, allowing the pot to dry between coats, until the desired color depth is achieved..
 
Draw l patterns and designs on the pot using a pencil or a marker pen. I didn't use trace paper . I use pencil to draw then painted.
Paint the chosen designs using the acrylic colors.
Once the first coat is painted and dry, you can paint one more coat. Since we are painting on a pot, two coats are desirable to ensure the design is neat and even.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Rain



The dark clouds roar with thunder
Angry wind howling
A million clear raindrops
Glistening in the gray sky
The rain is pouring.
Shower of nature!

Monday, June 20, 2016

Path to Yoga



June 21 was declared as the International Day of Yoga by the United Nations General Assembly in December 2014. Over 190 countries, including 40 Islamic nations, supported the move to have a special day for yoga. Yoga is a 5000 year old Indian body of knowledge.What is yoga? Yoga is a physical, mental, and spiritual practice or discipline which originated in ancient India. Including breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures, is widely practised for health and relaxation. all of which keep a person in good health.  Though many think of yoga only as a physical exercise.I wish to share my experience about yoga. 

 
I am active and a cheerful person. I am crossing 50 and have been in pre-menopause for a couple of years. As it takes a toll on almost every women  health, it happened to me as well. I faced a lot a health issue recently, like fatigue, stress, anxiety etc. I feel so exhausted and feel weak  all day. But past one year due to personal issues My mental stress and physical stress make my health worst. I faced severe vertigo that even  I can't able to go for walk, Eventually with this kind of lifestyle I started gaining weight..
I feel depressed and lost my self confidence. I wanted to change my life style and my greatest achievement is to gain back my self -esteem and smiles. my first step towards better life was started regular walks in the evenings. . I was walking one hour daily but my heart broke the day I stepped on the scale after a month of regular walking— the scales were behaving like an adamant child.This make me sad.
 One nice eveningwhile gone for a walk, I saw a banner of Ashtanga Yoga Class  is opening shortly just near to my home. I felt I should give it a try, Without thinking further I enrolled  my name and paid the fees and came back home. I started my classes . Ashtanga-yoga literally means eight-limbed-yogaas outlined by the sage Patanjali in the Yoga Sutra’s. There are 8 limbs of Ashtanaga yoga:Yama, niyama, asana, prayanam, pratyahara, dharna, dhyan, samadhi in that order.
 
First Ashtanga Yoga has taught me about love—how to truly love myself, those around me and to love life in general .Surprisingly with each class, the ‘weight’  and other issues was out of my mind. I started enjoying the class , postures, breathing patterns and the whole concept of practicing yoga together. I was keen on going for the class the next day. My body was sore for first week . It was very hard .  I remember feeling weak, out of shape and having to stop and rest during some points; but it became fine eventually. The teacher never made me feel inadequate or like I didn’t belong.  In fact, I was completely inspired by her passion for the practice, which was evident as she described it as a “healing” practice and her supportive and confident teaching approach.
 
Attending class five days  a week, I was feeling somewhat confident as an “Ashtangi.” I then had to build up a whole new level of courage. On begin with I didn’t notice much change, but looking back now I can see there have been many small changes that have taken place along the way. . As a result of that my body feels good; strong but flexible, stable but mobile and my mind feels the same…I am not saying these changes will be the same for everyone, however they felt right for me.
Ashtanga is very good for Self-reflection, your practice will soon show you your strengths along with areas of weakness and its up to the individual how they choose to manage seeing themselves more clearly, but I can say the practice has helped shaped where I am today and I am happy with that. Physically I feel the fittest I have ever felt, my body continually surprises me by what it can does seeing and feeling my progress, it’s slow but it is definitely happening and I am happy with that. Also it’s nice to get up early and do the practice surrounded by lovely people and great energy. There is a sense that everyone is on his or her own yoga journey but we are all supporting each other in that process.
 
The benefits of meditation are endless, but mantras for anxiety or sinking into deep relaxation with yoga nidra - -will help you feel centred. I’m stretched out during my first 45-minuteof Yoga; Then Practice  yoga Nidra in class, body cradled in a fully supported Savasana (Corpse Pose), limbs limp, breath quiet, thoughts drifting All traces of the day fade away, time stops, and stillness washes over me. So this is Yoga Nidra Practice for Deep Relaxation and Healing! Your body will thank you for this type of Relaxation.
When you feel "I'm too fat" or "I'm too weak".  "I'm to stiff" or "I'm not flexible enough".  Okay, then practice Ashtanga yoga.  Through repetitive practice, your body will grow more supple.  your  body grew stronger and more flexible.  I became satisfied with my outside appearance. You will also learn, over time, to love your body more than ever, if ever, before.
 Both meditation and yoga emphasize that when we are feeling discomfort, whether an uncomfortable physical feeling, emotion, or thought, that we can sit with that feeling and either choose to react or choose to let it go. I practice at home these days. This allows me to listen to my body.
Once I obtained this physical acceptance for myself, my body and mind began to filter out all the unnecessary tension and stress that I had been holding onto for my whole life .yoga makes my body more healthy.. Your own yoga practice begins to work internally, kind a like a free psychotherapy session. In all reality, When you are sick I realized no one can help. you deal with yourself, only you can do the  work. So get moving and love yourself because if you don’t look after yourself no one ever will.