25# માનસિક ગુલામીમાંથી મુક્તિનો સ્વતંત્રતા દિવસ

​નીચેના ઉદાહરણો ફકત ટીખળ માટે ફરતા થયેલા છે પરંતું તેંમા થોડી સચ્ચાઈ છે કે આપડા મહદંશે ભારતીયો ૩૦ વરસ પેહલા સુધી આ બધા સહજ ઉપલબ્ધ વિજ્ઞાન નો ઉપયોગ કરતા હતાં, જે હવે repackaged થયી ને આપણને પીરસવામાં આવે છે જેનો હોંશે ને હોંશે આપણે ઉપભોગ કરીએ છે. મર્મ સમજ્યા હશો એવી અપેક્ષા રાખું છું. ભારતીય સંયુક્ત કુટુંબપ્રથા,યોગ,ધ્યાન,આયુર્વેદ,ખાનપાન ની રીત પર આવી જ રીતે જુનવાણી વિગેરે આક્ષેપો લાગેલા છે ૧૮ મી શતાબ્દીમા અને અત્યારે જ્યારે આપણે પશ્ચિમને એમા જોઈએ એટ્લે ગર્વ લઇએ છીએ. ગુનેગાર આપણેજ છીએ પરંતું એનો મતલબ એ નથી કે આપણે કઇ જાણતાજ નહોતા ખાલી આપણી વેચાયેલિ માનસિકતા એ લઘૂતાગ્રંથિમા આખા સમાજ ને મુકી દીધો છે. આ માનસિક ગુલામી માંથી મુક્તિ મળશે એટલે સાચા અર્થમાં મુકત કહેવાઇશુ. જય ભારત.

19 # Festive Season Of Christmas in Australia

Being in southern hemisphere Australia has bright yellow generally hot Christmas season, which is mainly liked by most Australians because everyone can go to the beach almost everyday in their holidays season. Having surrounded by lovely and clean seacoast, Australia is considered the luckiest country. As a culture, Australia has added its own flavour to the Christmas in the summer like outdoor family meals , the cherry fruit for the Christmas, Santa with shorts only, cold beers etc. It will be great if the new generation will value the importance of family get-together and community festival spirit.

What I have observed in last 8 years is the excitement for the festival, compulsory buying gifts for the loved ones, having family meals especially Christmas eves or on Christmas day. Even those who don’t have immediate family call friends for the meals. The spirit you can feel in the air. I have seen few family friends’ houses having little Christmas tree surrounded by more than dozen gifts even though they don’t have any family in Australia. You can Santas everywhere starting from schools to malls toworkplaces or even on streets. In this excitement, some people may have been struggling and some organisations like Salvation Army and Smith’s Family providing the gifts to the disadvantaged families.

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In some streets people sit outside of their beautifully decorated and lightened houses attracting kids and adults, distributing lollies and chocolates . People walking on the streets in the evening with family to see the decorated houses with Santa, Ice-man and other lovely characters saying “Hello” to them. Kids are having a best fun. How wonderful it is, you can imagine.

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 Here in Australia, we have Santa comes in shorts surfing on the board. The community excitement and sensation for the festive season is unbelievable however young generation still need to be more responsible about drinking and following traffic rules.

Sunny Perth had 30 degree max temperature on the Christmas Day and I had a thought about this blog from Sorrento Beach near Hillarys Boat Harbour.

Wishing you all a very happy,sunny and safe Christmas and New Year !!!!

Ho !!! Ho!!! Ho!!!

17 # Happy Festive Season of Diwali

Remember those days, when we were excited about vacation, new clothes, lots of crackers, sweets and meeting our friends,cousins and relatives in Diwali. Never realized those were golden days. You always miss your family in the festive season because festival is all about smell of the land, vibrancy of the atmoshere in society, family gathering and love. Happy virtual Diwali to all. I remember old Gujarati Diwali wish on these days…..

પ્રભુ એટલું આપજો કુટુંબ પોષણ થાય ,
ભુખ્યા કોઈ સુવે નહિ , સાધુ સંત સામાય.

Oh God! Give us enough that I can nurture my family and help the needy.

અતિથિ ભોઠો નવ પડે , આશ્રિત ના દુભાય ,
જે આવે મમ આંગણે , આશિષ દેતો જાય .

Guests are always welcomed and dependent never feel hurt, We get blessings from anyone comes to our place.

સ્વાભાવ એવો આપજો , સૌ ઈચ્છે મમ હિત ,
શત્રુ ઈચ્છે મિત્રતા , પાડોશી ઈચ્છે પ્રીત .

Give us the disposition that everyone wishes our wellbeing, my enemies yearn my friendship and neighbors wish love.

વિચાર વાણી વર્તને, સૌનો યાચું પ્રેમ .
સગા , સ્નેહી કે શત્રુનું , ઈચ્છું કુશળ ક્ષેમ. ”

By thoughts, speech and behavior I wish for everybody’s love and I pray for wellness of relatives, loved ones and even enemies.

મારા સૌ મિત્રો ને , દિવાળી ના તહેવારો ની હાર્દિક સૂબ કામનાઓ …….

To my all friends we are heartily wishing a happy diwali festive season.

આપ સૌ ના જીવન માં ખુશી ના દીવા સદાય ને માટે પ્રજ્વલિત રહે .

The lamps of happiness always light up in the lives of you all.

15 # On the Day of Krishna Janmasthami

The character of Krishna is mesmerizing Indians from at least last 5000 years because of his completeness as a human with his divine qualities.

He born in the royal family but became the king maker rather than the king himself. Faced problems every single moment in his life since birth but always smiled, always accepted what life has gave him, even the curse of his own family destruction.He always thought and cared about humanity as a whole. He took clear stand on which side he should be in the Dharm Yuddh (War of humanity). He had his all the actions for wellbeing of others yet never sought any validation from the world. He sang a song of wisdom called Bhgavad Gita for others yet never tried to impose his thoughts on anyone.

Tonnes and tonnes of paper can be used to write about him. One day by his grace and wisdom, I also will write about him with my tiny understanding.

Today these few words are to get Krishna born within all of us.

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When we say “Krishna Janmasthami” that really should mean let Krishna’s divinity and wisdom be born within us,

Let us make this world peaceful and worth living in so do our inner peace,

Let humanity and love be florished in the world so in every individual,

Let’s win over our lust, anger, attachment and greed,

Let’s be kind to every element of the universe by not disturbing it’s natural integrity.

May all be happy, healthy, look good and there will be no sorrow in the world.

Happy Krishna Janmasthami to whole world.

Radio Article # 7 Vox Pops by Australian Gujaratis on Patidaar Andolan

રેડિયો અંશ # ૭

તાજેતરના પાટીદાર આંદોલન વિશે પશ્ચિમ ઓસ્ટ્રેલિયામાં રહેતા ગુજરાતીઓના પ્રતિભાવ સાંભળો આ અંશમા.

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13 # Chanakya Niti: Fruitless Acts

 

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“One, who try to teach the fool disciple; nourish and protect the wicked wife and keeping the close relationship with the depressed one, will be at pain regardless of being Pandit (Wiser).”

Chanakya is trying to highlight the importance of fruitless acts which may cause you the pain here.

The fool person described here is about the dumbness of the disciple but this is more about the unwillingness to change oneself and negligence towards the acquisition of the knowledge surely gives the pain to one’s teacher or Guru because if one who is not willing to learn, how could anyone teach to oneself. It will just increase the pain of the person who tries to teach disciple but he can’t because disciple doesn’t want strive for it which will fill the heart of even very wise person with guilty of not teaching the disciple properly.

 
The wicked wife, who shows no love, dedication and sacrifice for the household then surely she will cause a pain to even a wise householder. The love comes with care, dedication with commitment and sacrifice with empathy. If wife doesn’t care about the family, how family will survive as the woman can do multitasking and she was considered the mother goddess of the house in ancient India. If she doesn’t have commitment towards the home for nurturing the family then how can family be happy and grow it should be grown. If she is not willing to forego her personal passions for family good then how can she will understand the value of controlling the streamlining passions for the family good which will eventually be her fortune too. Absence of these important qualities for cohabitation will lead the wise person’s house to the insensitive cohabitation and eventually cause intense pain to even wise person.

The depressed person mostly spreads the depression as the personal filled with negativity and no hopes. He doesn’t trust himself or someone else. Helping the depressed one with material things like money and food does not last for long until internal transformation happen which is hope and blissfulness. If one stays with the depressed one the repetitive negativity will affect the wise person too. Constantly being in contact with such a person will lead to initial few random negative thoughts then he starts to contemplate on those negative thoughts which prevent the person to think in the positive perspective of the matter. This state of mind leads a wise person to the depression and hence pain.

 

Radio Article # 5 Bloodlines of Martyrs of India

રેડિયો અંશ # 5   ભારતના ૬૯મા સ્વતંત્રતા દિવસમાં પ્રવેશ વેળાએ,આપણે છાતી પર હાથ મુકીને પૂછવાનુ છે કે આપણે શું કર્યુ દેશ માટે અને શું કરી શકીએ.૧૮૫૭—૧૯૪૭ ના સ્વાતંત્રતા સંગ્રામના શહીદો માટે થઇ રહેલા કાર્યોની વાત.                  
Listen my radio segment about Shivnath Jha doing the work for families of martyrs of 1857-1947 freedom struggle on 14 August 2015 on SBS Gujarati.                                                  
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Mahabharata # 01 Prelude: Sarpsatra-The great serpent sacrifice

The bright yellow flames were reaching up high like they were trying to touch the sky, they were blazing such that other animals feared and run away to the jungles. The Sage Uttanka with many brahmins were chanting the sacred mantras and pouring more and more Ghee, the purified butter, with sacred herbs. There were thousands and thousands of innocent crying Nagas-the serpents being thrown into the fire roasting them alive turning them into the ashes. That was a Sarpsatra-The great snake sacrifice to destroy entire Naga breed from the earth. The immolating flames were killing the snakes and cobras instantly which was the job given to the Agni- the fire god, who was also known for his purifying nature, to assassin the whole breed into the coals and ashes. The host emperor of the great Bharatvarsa  (India)- Janmejay-Son of King Parikshit and grandson of Abhimanyu and great grandson of Arjuna was taking his revenge to the entire Naga breed of serpents as the Naga king Takhshaka killed his father Parikshit. Emperor Janmejay was strong determined to destroy whole breed of Nagas and hence was pouring Ghee with sacred herbs fiercely like a warrior was moving his sword to slay his foes.

“STOP THIS MEANINGLESS AND ENDLESS ACT” a young boy shouted when the soldiers were about to throw the Naga king Takshak into the Yagna Vedi-fire pit.

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King Janmejay looked upon surprisingly to find out who claimed the emperor’s actions meaningless. Whole sacrificial ground was amazed by boy’s courage to oppose the emperor’s actions.

“Who are you” Janmejay asked. “I am Astik, son of sage Jaratkaru and Devi Manasa-sister of Naga king Vasuki so I am not favoring anyone.”

“Why are you opposing the Sarpasatra?” asked Janmejay.

“Because it is never-ending cycle of revenge, why are you planting the seeds of enmity for next generations that your grandfather did?” said Astika.

“What hostility my grandfather the Great Pandav Arjuna sown? He wouldn’t have made any mistakes.” said Janmejay.

“He did, my lord ! by burning the dwellings of millions of Nagas living with themselves in the Khandav van which is called Indraprastha now.” replied Astik.

“O great king you need to know when the cycle of hostility will stop, I reckons never because enmity only could be won by love. You are unknown that you are also half Naga and half human.” Astik continued.

“Me A half NAGA!!!!! STOP THE SACRIFICE.” The words of the emperor of great India echoed in the Yagna hall and the snakes stopped being thrown into the scorching fire.

“O great sage! Please narrate me the story of my great ancestors and the great descendants of Bharata-The great king on after him this great country is called Bharatvarsha.

“I am happy for the mankind and the Nagas for avoiding generation long hostility.” said Astik.

“ Rajan! Please ask sage Vaishampayan the pupil of Krushna Dwaipayan Vyas to narrate you an epic called Bharat. Bharat has been evolved by sage Vaishampayan from original epic Jaya written by Krushna Dwaipayan Vyas who is also called Maharshi Vedvyas.” Continued Astik.

“O mperor of entire greater Bharatvarsh! May you find your all answers within and learn peace, love and humility from the consequences of war sprouted from five enemies within which are Kam-lust, Krodh-rage, Lobh-greed, Moh-attachment and Ahankar-ego.” Astik showered his blessings onto Janmejay and Sarpsatra-the great serpent killing mission withdrawn.

Sage Vaishampayan narrated Bharat-the story of great descendants of the emperor Bharat. With much of delight, Janamejay won his enemies within and found the peace.

  • The core story of Mahabharat is called Jaya which was written by Maharshi Vedvyas.
  • Jaya was expanded by Sage Vaishampayan, the version called Bharat.

Bharat was turned into Mahabharat with total 100,000 verses centuries later with more stories added into.

Dear readers I am starting a series of Mahabharat retelling of my own version please give me your feedback and share if you like it.

Radio Article #4 An interview of an Indian Gujarati living in Tropical North Queensland

રેડિયો અંશ # 4  વિષુવવૃતીય ઉત્તરીય ક્વિન્સલેન્ડ માં રહેતા ગુજરાતી સાથેનો  સંવાદ

Listen my radio segment about an        interview of an Indian Gujarati living in Tropical North Queensland on 24 June 2015 on SBS Gujarati.                                                  
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