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God has given shelter to all...
As rain started pouring outside this kitten was in trouble. Recently separated from the mother the little one was confused and didn't know where to go. But the God showers His grace on all. The kitten quickly found a new shelter on this box...
Posted On : 28 Jun 2008
Independence day

Today India will be celebrating its independence day. News papers, magazines and television channels are already busy discussing what we gained, what we lost and what needs to be done in the last 60 years. The main question raised in many of these discussions is "What all Indians need to do in order to make India better?". When I as an individual think about this question, a simple answer comes to my mind. All we need to do is do our duties with sincerity and dedication. That's it! Rest all will follow automatically. We need not have any complex action plan to make our country better. Just do your duties, professional as well as personal, with best of your ability and that can change the picture.

If you ask someone - "What would you like to change in order to make India still better?" then many of us will present a long list ranging from politicians, technology, interest rates, sport awareness, rural development and so on. This is quite natural because we all see these problems in our daily lives. However, do we ever ask this question to ourselves - "What change I need to do in myself so that it will affect my country in a positive way?" When we point one finger to others the rest four are pointed to us. If we at all need to do something for our country then the simplest and highly effective way is to improve yourself. That improvement can be at all levels - job, personal life, relationships and civic duties.

Swami Vivekananda used to energize the entire nation with a slogan from Upanishads. That slogan is still valid today. If we follow it India will be the best country soon. He said - "Arise, awake and stop not till the goal is reached."

Posted On : 15 Aug 2007
Coverage of my Kundalini Book in Mid-Day

Mid-Day a leading English newspaper published a feature about my recently published book Kundalini Yoga: Concepts and Practices. Some excerpts from the feature are given below:

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Mid-day Metro, Thane (March 23, 2007)

Yoga is the write way to distress Vishnunagar’s Bipin Joshi has written a book about its benefits

Often the cure to most modern day ailments like increasing stress levels can be traced back to yoga and meditation which have been part of the Indian way of living for a long time now. Its this belief that led Bipin Joshi, a 31-year old resident of Vishnunagar, to turn to yoga for answers.

After experiencing the benefits of yoga, Joshi decided to share the same with others through his book titled Kundalini Yoga: Concepts and Practices. Joshi says, "Kundalini yoga is different from normal yoga because it focuses on improving the condition of your mental faculties while normal yoga focuses more on the human body."

Joshi believes that Kundalini yoga is more effective in dealing with stress because it targets the mind. If mental faculties are in a good shape one can deal with just about anything.

Joshi says his association with Kundalini yoga started when he picked up a book on the same twelve years ago. He says, "I was impressed with what I read and decided to try Kundalini yoga. It has really helped me concentrate better and has also given me the ability to deal with high stress levels at work. I decided to share its benefits with others and that's how Kundalini Yoga: Concepts and Practices came about.

Joshi has also has started a web site dedicated to yoga called www.yogavision.in . He says, "I have started this web site to help people access information about the age old science of yoga. I would encourage everyone to use and benefit from yoga."

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Posted On : 26 Mar 2007
I want a new shirt...

He had a toy that broke one day...
He threw it away

He had a beautiful fountain pen that lost his tip one day...
He threw it away

He had a story book that torn into pieces...
He threw it away

He had a watch that stopped working one day...
He threw it away

He had a bicycle that got its wheels damaged...
He threw it away

He had an old car that he felt was not suiting his status...
He threw it away

He had a shirt that became old, not worthy of wearing anymore...
He threw it away

His body became old unable to work further...
He STRONGLY refused to throw it away...

We all have experienced this in our lives. We all know that one day we will vanish from this world but we are so tightly coupled with our bodies that we find it a terrible idea. In Bhagvat Gita it is nicely explained as - "The way we change our clothes; soul needs to change the physical bodies". In Yoga this tendency is called as - Abhinivesha i.e. clinging to life...

Posted On : 01 Apr 2006
He is far away…

The newborn was laying playfully in His lap. So secure and safe…
Just then he saw a butterfly…colorful and bright…
He rushed behind it trying to catch it with his little hands.

Years passed by…

The newborn turned into a young child…curious and full of life.
The butterfly still flying high with even more colors…

Years passed by…

The young child turned into a youth…strong and energetic.
Still the butterfly was out of his reach. Flying up in the sky and shining even brighter…

Years passed by…

The youth turned into a householder…rich, experienced but less energetic than before.
The butterfly seemed closer and he continued his chase…

Years passed by…

The householder turned into an old man…weak and fragile.
The butterfly was colorful and brighter than ever before…very close…
Almost within his reach!

Hurray! At last he grabbed it…
But suddenly the butterfly fell down…dead and lifeless.
A breeze came tearing its soft wings apart…
Pain and anguish rushed into his mind.

With his legs shaking the old man looked back at Him for help and support.
And to his shock realized that He is far away…

Posted On : 11 Feb 2006
Tomorrow is Shivaratri
Tomorrow (8th March) in many parts of India people will be celebrating Maha Shivratri. Shivaratri means "the night of Shiva". Maha Shivratri is the night on which Lord Shiva and Parvati tied the knot and became one. Parvati is also considered as Shakti (power, energy). This Shiva-Shakti union also symbolizes the meeting of the Soul with the God.

People observe a strict fast on this day. Some devotees do not even take a drop of water and they keep vigil all night. The Shiva Lingam is worshipped throughout the night by washing it every three hours with milk, curd, honey, rose water, etc. along with the chanting of the Mantra "Om Namah Shivaya". Offerings of Bael leaves are made to the Lingam as Bael leaves are considered very sacred.

Posted On : 07 Mar 2005
Makar Sankranti Festival
Today Makar Sankranti was celebrated in many parts of India. Here are some details about this festival.

As per ancient scriptures it was on this day when Lord Vishnu ended the ever increasing terrorism of the Asuras by finishing them off and burying their heads under the Mandar Parvat. So this occasion also represents the end of negativities and beginning of an era of righteous living.

Makar means Capricorn and Sankranti is transition. There is a sankranti every month when the sun passes from one sign of the zodiac to the next. There are twelve signs of the zodiac, and thus there are twelve sankranti's as well. Each of these sankranti's has its own relative importance but two of these are more important - the Mesh(Aries) Sankranti and the most important, the Makar(Capricorn) Sankranti. Transition of the Sun from Sagittarius to Capricorn, during the winter solstice in the northern hemisphere is known as Makar Sankranti. From this day begins the six-month long Uttarayana, considered very auspicious for attaining higher worlds hereafter. While the traditional Indian Calendar is basically based on lunar positions, but sankranti is a solar event, so while dates of all festivals keep changing, the english calendar date of Makar Sankranti is always same, 14th January. Makar Sankranti is celebrated in the Hindu Calendar month of Magha. There is another significance of this day, after this day the days start becoming longer & warmer, and thus the chill of winter in on decline.

It is celebrated in different ways in various parts of India. In Maharashtra people exchange multi-colored tilguds made from til (sesame seeds) and sugar and til-laddus made from til and jaggery. Til-polis are offered for lunch. While exchanging tilguls as tokens of goodwill people greet each other saying – 'til-gul ghya, god god bola' meaning 'accept these tilguls and speak sweet words'. The under-lying thought in the exchange of tilguls is to forget the past ill-feelings and hostilities and resolve to speak sweetly and remain friends.
Posted On : 14 Jan 2005