Archive | September, 2010

Bhagat Singh in Images

11 Sep

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The politics of Sepratist.

11 Sep

Hmm… I mostly believed( and I still do) Kashmiris are INDIANS, but I think these people (the sepratist) dont want to  believe it. For what reasons..!! What is the benefit of seprating Kashmir from INDIA. A person with a good vision of future will always neglect that.

Quoting from a news

The protests are a form of referendum showing that Kashmiris want freedom from India,” said leading separatist and key Muslim cleric Umar Farooq,

The politics of seperatist is to divide a region, rule it (as they helped it to divide it) , earn money in name of blessing ” their ” people.

I dont understand meaning of “their”.

What is the interest of dividing kashmir..

I will be shattered, burned raped, with no defense and inexperienced government.

Do the people living there lived always there. NO!! most of them are immigrants from other countries including persia.

A few of them used to live in Kashmir that are the in habitants of Kashmir, for centuries, called Kashmiri Pandits. They are living in exile from their motherland. WHY?

And those people arent “their” people.

Its time that we realise what is important for all. Not for a bunch of people. If Kashmir will be seprated , it will be sold to Pakistan, China will feast upon it.

Lets not make another mistake by separating  it.

Shame on those!!! who dont consider themselves INDIAN.

I still believe that most of the people living in Kashmir consider themselves INDIAN.

Right to photograph :)

11 Sep

1. You can make a photograph of anything and anyone on any public property, except where a specific law prohibits it.

i.e. streets, sidewalks, town squares, parks, government buildings open to the public, and public libraries.

2. You may shoot on private property if it is open to the public, but you are obligated to stop if the owner requests it.

i.e. malls, retail stores, restaurants, banks, and office building lobbies.

3. Private property owners can prevent photography ON their property, but not photography OF their property from a public location.

4. Anyone can be photographed without consent when they are in a public place unless there is a reasonable expectation of privacy.

i.e. private homes, restrooms, dressing rooms, medical facilities, and phone booths.

5. Despite common misconceptions, the following subjects are almost always permissible:

* accidents, fire scenes, criminal activities
* children, celebrities, law enforcement officers
* bridges, infrastructure, transportation facilities
* residential, commercial, and industrial buildings

6. Security is rarely an acceptable reason for restricting photography. Photographing from a public place cannot infringe on trade secrets, nor is it terrorist activity.

7. Private parties cannot detain you against your will unless a serious crime was committed in their presence. Those that do so may be subject to criminal and civil charges.

8. It is a crime for someone to threaten injury, detention, confiscation, or arrest because you are making photographs.

9. You are not obligated to provide your identity or reason for photographing unless questioned by a law enforcement officer and state law requires it.

10. Private parties have no right to confiscate your equipment without a court order. Even law enforcement officers must obtain one unless making an arrest. No one can force you to delete photos you have made.

These are general guidelines regarding the right to make photos and should not be interpreted as legal advice. If you need legal help, please contact a lawyer.

Ganesha Chaturthi

10 Sep

Ganesha

Ganesha

The festival is observed in the Hindu calendar month of Bhaadrapada, starting on the shukla chaturthi (fourth day of the waxing moon period). The date usually falls between 20 August and 15 September. The festival lasts for 10 days, ending on Anant Chaturdashi (fourteenth day of the waxing moon period).

Lord Ganesh is considered to be the God who has the ability to bestow wisdom and wealth upon humans. All the new undertakings, whether at place of work or at home, start by reciting the mantra of Lord Ganesha. He is known as the God of good luck and prosperity. Therefore, before any auspicious occasion, Hindus performs the puja of Lord Ganesha, to achieve success in it. Ganesh Chaturthi, the day marking the birth of the Lord, is celebrated in a grand manner in Maharashtra as well as other parts of India. It falls in the Hindu lunar month of Bhadra and lasts over a period of ten days. One of the most loving festivals of India, Ganesh Chaturthi has many legends associated with it. Given below are the legends from Shiv and Skanda Purana.

Legend From Shiv Purana
The most popular legend associated with Lord Ganesha can be found in the Shiv Purana. It says that Lord Ganapati was created out of the dough that Goddess Parvati used for her bath. The Goddess wanted a door-keeper, to prevent the coming of any visitors when she took a bath. So, she created a doll from the dough and breathed life into him. The day she did this came to be known as the birthday of Lord Ganesha, which we today celebrate as Ganesh Chaturthi.

On day, while Goddess Parvati was taking her bath, Lord Shiva happened to visit her. Ganesha did not know him, so he did not allow the Lord to enter the house. This made Lord Shiva angry and he beheaded Ganesha. Later, when he came to know the truth, he fixed the head of an elephant in place of Ganesha’s head. With this, the appearance of Lord Ganesha changed and he came to have the head of an elephant.

Legend From Skanda Purana
There is yet another popular legend associated with Ganesh Chaturthi, arising from Skanda Purana. It goes that once Ganesha was invited for a feast in Chandralok. He ate many Ladoos and later, as he got up to walk after the meal, he could not balance himself, because of his huge stomach, and slipped. His stomach burst and all the laddoos came rolling out. Seeing this, the moon could not control himself and began laughing. Ganesha got angry and cursed the moon that it will vanish from the universe.

Because of moon’s absence, the whole world began to wane. The gods asked Lord Shiva to get Ganesha to change his mind. The moon also apologized for his misbehavior. Finally, Ganesha modified his curse saying that the moon would be invisible on only one day of a month and would be partially seen on Ganesha Chaturthi. He also added that anyone who watches moon on Ganesha Chaturthi would face a false accusation. This is the reason why, even today, it is considered inauspicious to look at the moon on Ganesh Chaturthi.

Have a happy Ganesha Chaturthi :)

Namaskar

8 Sep

The traditional form of greeting in India is based on a profound philosophy of non-arrogance or negation of ego.

NAMASKAR is made of three words:

NAMAH + OM + KAR = NAMASKAR

NAMAH literally translated means NOT ME. It is a negation of one’s identity and hence of one’s ego or arrogance.

OM is the sound of life. It is believed that to begin with there was only the sound of OM and the whole world evolved from it. OM is used often in meditation. The whole cosmos is summed up in word OM.

KAR means shape/form of or manifestation of. OMKAR hence means manifestation of OM. OMKAR means the whole of UNIVERSE / COSMOS. The totality of the Universe is like a System taken as a whole without dividing it into divisions and sub-divisions. OMKAR can be called by various names such as BRAHMA, SHIVA etc. In a way, OMKAR is similar but not identical to GOD. OMKAR is omnipresent and omnipotent. Though OMKAR may take a human form but OMKAR is not necessarily human.

The above interpretation of NAMASKAR as NAMAH + OMKAR has been questioned by some experts on the ground that the disappearance of the sound of O is inexplicable. Grammatically speaking, the objection seems tenable, even though the above interpretation is popularly accepted. In view of this objection, the following interpretation is proposed.

NAMASKAR is made of three words:

NAM + AS + KAR = NAMASKAR

NAM is the root form of NAMAH and has the same meaning as NAMAH – NOT ME.

AS means “To Be” or “To Exist”. Another word derived from the same root is Astitva which means existence.

KAR means doer or one who makes or creates. For example, KAR can be seen in the words Kalakar, Chitrakar, Karmkar, Charmkar. In the above words, the suffix kar leads to the meaning of one who creates art or painting or work or leather.

ASKAR would hence mean the the creator of all that exists or the one who causes the property of being or existence.

NAMASTE is also used as a greeting.

Namaste is made of two words: NAMAH + TE = NAMASTE

In Sanskrit, Te means they. The literal meaning of NAMASTE hence is “Not me, they”. The word they refers to all the Gods. NAMASTE is hence a philosophical statement affirming that the doer of everything is not me but the Gods.

In Oriental culture a greeting is an affirmation of one’s belief and is a recitation of the name of the Lord, as one sees Him. The utterance of the name of the Lord is said to be sufficient to make the day / morning / evening good for both the persons – the person conveying greetings and the person receiving greetings. Some examples are as follows:

RAM-RAM or JAI SHRI KRISHNA or HARE KRISHNA or JAI SHRI RAM or JAI SIYA RAM are some of the common greetings in Hindus. All of them have name of a deity and either proclaim the victory of the said deity or declare the said deity to be GOD.

Sikhs say SAT SHRI AKAL, which means that Truth is the God and is timeless. Sikhs also say WAHE GURUJI KA KHALSA, WAHE GURUJI KI FATEH. This is a declaration that the ultimate victory will be of the Guru and his followers.

Muslims say KHUDA HAFIZ, which means Khuda is the Protector.

In all the above Oriental Greetings, persons exchanging greetings, invoke a principle or thought or belief, which forms a bondage between the persons. In no case, does one make a direct wish to the other. Both persons start with a common premise which is generally a negation of their own egos and identities. Their individual egos and identities are submerged in the identity of Larger than Life Reality which both persons accept as sacred. Being a part of the same larger than Life Reality, gives a sense of oneness and is the beginning of a harmonious relationship.

While wishing you NAMASKAR, Samarth Bharat proclaims a complete absence of arrogance. We accept that we are virtually nobodies while the Cosmos is the Ultimate Being. We see ourself in mathematical terms as “Limit tending to Zero” while the Cosmos is all pervading and is infinite. We see ourself as a part of this Infinite. The reality is this infinity and role of each one of us is only a small beep on this time-space continuum.

The complex case of Tibet

8 Sep

Palden was arrested at his monastery in 1959 and spent 24 years in prison, where he was tortured frequently –actually loosing 20 teeth in one beating. He managed to flee Tibet in 1987 and came to Dharamsala. He told me “ I no longer have anger for my captors. However, I feel it is my responsibility to let the outside world know what is happening in Tibet.”

Palden - Image copyright - Phil Borges

Palden - Image copyright - Phil Borges

Tibet is a land of monks, not of warriors. The Red Army captured it 50 years ago leaving most of the tibet to exile,.

Reposting again…

8 Sep

Hey Viewers and readers.. I am back on this blog.Its been a hell lot of time since I haven’t blogged. Probably I will show you some dark and light side of life.. Smoking 3 year old boy