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Rakhsa bandan | Festival of love and protection

The Celebration of Brothers with Sisters

By Diptimayee Parida | Bangalore Aug 4, 2017


    Raksha bandhan or rakhi purnima is one of the most important festival celebrated in India.As everyone knows this is a special day for brothers and sisters,the day reminding about the love and duty between them.This festival is celebrated on the full moon day (purnima) of Shravan month of Hindu calendar.On this auspicious day the sister ties a soft thread(rakhi) to his brother's wrist,prays for the wellbeing and long life of her brother.Brother also promises for taking care of his sister for whole life.This festival is known as  the symbol of love and protection.

raskhi - festival of love

   

This day is celebrated in different ways in different parts of India with different rituals and traditions.In south India,it is called Avani Avittam.The day is considered to be important for all the Brahmins as they first take a holy bath then change their thread by chanting mantras.In north India it's called kajri purnima or kajri navami.On this day wheat or barley is sworn. Goddess Bhagavati is worshipped and farmers seek blessings for a good crops.In Gujarat people offer water on shivling and pray for forgiveness and prosper future.


    In historical stories, the wives of soldiers ties rakhis for the protection of their husbands.In purana,the festival started when Indrani,wife of Indradev ties a talisman around his wrist before going to war on shravana purnima.All this makes the festival special.Now a days in the busy schedule of life the importance of this hindu festival observe through celebration of this festival.It  increased to an extent that sisters send rakhi even if they aren't able to tie physically  on their brother's wrist.

rakhi
Now wearing a beautiful  rakhi made from rudraksha beads is more protective.

 

diptimayee parida

Diptimayee Parida India

Contributor at Ommrudraksha

Diptimayee parida is a writer and Story teller. A Social activist.Connect with her at LinkedIn.

Pesonality Development

Secrets to develop your personality

By Diptimayee parida | bangalore August 4, 2017

Personality development implies progressive identification with higher dimensions of personality. Thus a person is identified only with the physical dimension without exercising his higher mental faculties, lives not far different from animals whose pleasure and pain are restricted to the sensory system.

Development involves struggle with one's lower mind characterized by desires, old habits, wrong tendencies, impulses and bad impressions. The lesser we identify with the lower mind, and the more we identify with the higher mind and exercise our buddhi, the more developed will our personality be.

 

personality development

 

Qualities for personality development are as follows-

  • FAITH IN ONESELF-
    Faith in one's potential divinity as the sheet anchor of personality development. Faith in God came next only to faith in oneself. If one believes that one's real nature is spirit not the body or mind, one would be a better individual with strong character.
  • THINK POSITIVE THOUGHTS-
    Positive, wholesome thoughts based on our inherent divinity are essential for a strong character. Go on doing good, thinking holy thoughts continuously, that is the only way to suppress base impressions. Character is repeated habits and repeated habits alone can reform character.
  • SELF RELIANCE-
    Man is the maker of his own destiny. We are responsible for what we are and whatever we wish ourselves to be,we have the power to make ourselves.
  • ATTITUDE TOWARDS FAILURES-
    Upholding the ideal once again even if a person failed a thousand times.He appreciated committing mistakes and learning from them rather than leading an inert existence like a wall,which cannot even tell a lie.

By these qualities and developed personality will ensure excellence in one's chosen field ,and contribute to individual and national development.Everything that is excellent will come when this sleeping soul is roused to self conscious activity.

personality development

 

swagat ray

Diptimayee Parida India

Contributor at Ommrudraksha

Diptimayee parida is a writer and Story teller. A Social activist.Connect with her at LinkedIn.

Important Facts That You Should Know About Sunlight And Vitamin D

Sunlight And Vitamin D

By Diptimayee Parida | Bangalore August 3, 2017


Vitamin D is one of the most essential vitamin our body needs. These are very necessary for healthy bones,teeth and muscles. Human body need vitamin D for absorbing calcium and phosphate from our diet. Lack of vitamin D causes the diseases - rickets in children and it can lead to osteomalacia which causes bone pain.

The body can only store a limited amount of vitamin D at a time .A Person can not store more vitamin D by spending more time in sunshine. It will increase the risk of skin cancer. So it is important to know how much sunlight is needed for a person. 10mcg of Vitamin D per a day is sufficient for a person for its daily internal organ activities.

sunlight and vitamin D

It is not exactly known how much sunlight is needed to make enough vitamin D to meet body's requirment.It depends upon your skin tone. Person with dark skin will need to spend more time in sun to produce the same amount of vitamin D as compared to a person with lighter skin. Every person should be advised to spend time in shade particularly 11am to 3pm. The babies under six month should be shown more time in direct sunlight. But the majority of people above 5yrs will get enough vitamin D from sunlight in summer or april to the end of september. But in winter the sun does not contain enough UVB radiation for skin to make vitamin D. During these months our body gets its vitamin D from food sources It is always remember that protect your skin before the time it takes you start turning red.

However, Vitamin D can also be obtained by consuming some foods like oily fish such as Salmon, mackerel, herring and sardines as well as red meat and eggs. Fruits like bananas consist a higher amount of Vitamin D. A person can also consume these diets in order to obtain a certain amount of Vitamin D if its body does not permit to the direct exposure towards sun.

Hence, as mentioned above, Vitamin D plays a vital role in our body organ mechanisms and it needs to be obtained in our body as per the required amount for an effective and healthy growth of the human body.


 

diptimayee parida

Diptimayee Parida India

Contributor at Ommrudraksha

Diptimayee parida is a writer and Story teller. A Social activist.Connect with her at LinkedIn.

Foods for effective memory

Foods That Are Enhancing memory

By Diptimayee Parida | Bangalore August 2, 2017


Memory is the way of holding things that you love and never want to erase from the mind. Our mind plays vital role to stock our memory. So our brain is most important organ of our body. It controls our thoughts and all sensation. It also regulates many complex functions. The brain is constantly working,even when we sleep.

We know that how we eat, can affect our body. It also affects our brain's energy and our memory. The brain is a picky eater too, demanding a constant supply of glucose and not much else to keeping running. Neurons don't store this basic sugar like other cells. So they are always hungry. Refined sugars,like table sugars , corn syrup are not safe option since overly high blood glucose levels, damage the cells throughout the body, including our brain.

foods for effective memory

There are also other nutrients the brain uses though not as fuel. Our brains are made up of 60% fat and low levels of fats in food and the body can contribute depression. Thus we have to choose good healthy fats those found in seeds, nuts,coconuts etc. Trans fat found in hydrogenated vegetable oils raise the cholesterol damage the heart and brain. Focus instead on adding good plant based food that increase the brain function, mood and memory. Vitamin E and omega 3s also contains anti inflammatory substances which keeps our memory strong and healthy.

A person should also work in walnuts in order to achieve a good memory. Walnuts have a dynamic and enhancing impact on heart. Walnuts help in working of memory properly. The above mentioned foods are not only good for memory and brain, but also these have a great impact on healthy cardiac system. In this way a person can get the desired memory by consuming the food supplements for appropriate functional characters of brain and memory.


 

diptimayee parida

Diptimayee Parida India

Contributor at Ommrudraksha

Diptimayee parida is a writer and Story teller. A Social activist.Connect with her at LinkedIn.

Most auspicious day to pray lord Shiva

The Most Auspicious day to pray God Shiva

By Diptimayee Parida | Bangalore Aug 2, 2017


Mondays of the month of shravan are the most auspicious days for worshiping Lord Shiva.Million of Hindus doing fasting during the Mondays of shravan for getting the blessings of mahadev.It is believed that shravan month is very dear to Lord Shiva.According to ancient belief,offering Belpatra,water,unboiled milk to shivalinga during shravan Mondays  is equal to visiting any pilgrimage.

According to Hindu mythology, Lord Shiva save the universe by drinking  the poison which emerged from samudra manthana held in shravan month.Another belief is that, Monday fasting in this month ensure good prospective husbands for unmarried girls and good health for husband of married women. They believed that Parvati observed fasting  in the entire month before Lord Shiva to impressed and married her.

Shravn monday pray to lord shiva

Devotee fast the entire day by worshiping mahadev, by offering water,sandal paste,dhatura(flowers and fruits of a poisonous flower plant) and belpatra.During shravan month people should eat vegetarian food. In some parts of india Womens are wearing green color bangles during this month for healthiness of their husband.It is believed that by doing sravan somvar vrat one can fulfill his/her desire and get prosperity by blessings of lord shiva.


People who chant om namah shivay or mahamrityunjaya mantra at least 108 times on all the mondays especially in sravan mondays get moksha and blessed with good health,luck and prosperity.


As Rudraksh is related to Lord shiva so many people feels this month monday is the most auspicious day to wear a rudraksha mala or any combination of rudraksh.

 

diptimayee parida

Diptimayee Parida India

Contributor at Ommrudraksha

Diptimayee parida is a writer and Story teller. A Social activist.Connect with her at LinkedIn.

Treat animals as friends not food

Animals Are Our Friends Not Food

By Diptimayee Parida | Bangalore August 1, 2017


God created Adam and Eve as human couple to live in the universe.He also created many birds and animals to live with them as friends. He created many more plants and fruits as their food. But it is said that flood flows away the plants. Then they started killing animals to eat.From those days it became tradition to kill the animals as human food.

Now in each year about 50 billion farm animals and many more aquatic animals are killed for human consumption. Animal food is very necessary for human health. But now many health professors are claiming that animal products actually do us more harm than good. The fruits and vegetables are filled with vitamins and sugars to give you energy for whole day. Take a line from EDGAR'S MISSION, one of the farm animal sanctuaries, if we could live happy and healthy lives without harming others .... why wouldn't we?


animals not our food

We don't need to eat animals to survive unlike other animals who kill for their food.We can live on completely depending on the plants. Research proves that plant contains all the vitamins and nutrients that the human body needs to survive.

We are creating emotional pain and suffering for the animals,by stealing their babies from them, keeping them locked, and denying them their natural behaviors. By animal agriculture our environment is also polluted through air and water pollution. It creates a negative effect on biodiversity.

So there are many plant based alternatives are available for human food. People prepare favourite meals to vegetable sausages, burgers, jerky and everything in between transferring to a plant based diet is easier than ever before.


 

diptimayee parida

Diptimayee Parida India

Contributor at Ommrudraksha

Diptimayee parida is a writer and Story teller. A Social activist.Connect with her at LinkedIn.

The history of the real hero - Arjuna or Karna

A true personality without recognition

By Smruti Swagat Ray Mohapatra | Khandapada August 1, 2017


India is well known worldwide for its mysterious mythological cultures. It is believed to be the land of God. In several phases of time God has been taking incarnations in India for the establishment of “Dharma”. Indian culture has many mythological books one of them is “The Mahabharata”. The story of Mahabharata teaches every generation how to live life.

So from Mahabharata, we know that Arjuna and Karna were two great archers of that era. No other archers of that time were equal as them. It had been always a competition taking place between them in order to know who the best was. Most of the people consider “Arjuna” as the best archer of the world of that era. Because Arjun along with his brothers (Pandavas) won the Mahabharata battle. But Karna was not less capable also. He was able to defeat Arjuna without any super power, while Arjun was protected by Krishna all the time. Karna was struggling enough for respect and recognition.

karna or arjuna - who is the real hero

 

Karna was blessed with divine powers of God “Sun”. Though he was the son of kunti and God “ Sun” he was disrespected for being a son of chariot driver. The life of Karna teaches a great lesson for the young generations. He was a great person who always kept his promises. He was well known for his charitable works. He believed that charity is the best medium on earth in order to gain the blessing of God.

He struggled to gain the Knowledge of archery and got cursed by his teacher “Parshuram” on the basis of his birth rights. He was forced to stand by the side of “Duryodhan” only because of his promise and humbleness towards “Duryodhan”. Even after knowing that he was not with side of “Dharma”. His life teaches us how to repay a help with devotion.

Again before Mahabharata war he was emotionally blackmailed by Kunti to withdraw from war. But he did not leave his friend Duryodhan’s side, even after knowing that Pandavas were his brothers. He promised kunti that he will not kill any Pandavas except Arjuna because without Arjuna the war could not last long.

And Arjuna killed him by breaking the rules of war. At that time Karna had no weapons, he was trying to remove the stalked wheel of his chariot from ground. Pandavs, all the five princes were famous for five different qualities. Yudhisthir was famous for his knowledge of dharma ,Bheem was famous for his powerful body, Arjuna was famous for his Archery skill, Nakul was famous for his handsomeness and Shahdev was famous for his knowledge of Astrology. But Karna had all the five qualities of five pandavas together. In the war as promised his mother Kunti he defeated all pandavas except Arjuna and did not kill them.

Hence if we notice and research about the life of “ Karna”, it will be obvious that the actual hero of Mahabharata was “Karna” instead of “Arjuna”.

karna and arjuna fighting in mahabharat

 

Swagat ray

Smruti Swagat Ray Mohapatra India

Contributor at Ommrudraksha

Swagat Ray is a creative writer, story teller and an artist.

The 4 Secret power of sunlight

The 4 Secret power of sunlight

By Diptimayee Parida | Bangalore July 23, 2017


The nature has given many things for the benefits of human. One of it is sunlight. It has an efficient germ killing capacity. Before medicines, sunlight was used for healing wounds. Without sunlight man loses physical strength and all the life on earth is impossible.

In ancient time, doctors used sunlight as healer for the treatment of bone diseases and lungs infections. Sunlight is the most important source of vitamin D for the requirement of the human body. Your skin makes vitamin D only 5 to 15 minutes, when keeping yourself on direct sunlight, and we should do 3 to 4 days in a week.

sunlight and vitamin D
  • Sunlight as a stress reliever:
    Daily 10 to 20 minutes walk in the sun , it clears your head, relieves stress and increase circulation.

 

  • Improves immune system
    The sun rays improves the function of our immune system by increasing the number of white blood cells which primarily fight against the diseases.

 

  • It makes bone strong
    As you get the sufficient amount of vitamin D from sunlight, it help you to absorb calcium for your intestine. calcium is required for strong bone and teeth.

 

  • Food sources
    Sunlight exposure is the only way which can get us vitamin D because there are only a few naturally occurring food source of vitamin D, most of which are high in fat.

 

Sunlight has a power to lower blood cholesterol and decrease the chances of heart diseases. Most of the diseases are effective during winter as we get low sunshine during these days .So sunlight is the natural healer.

Hence, Sun is otherwise known as the source of all possible energies available on earth. And the helping effects of sun can not be avoided. 


 

diptimayee parida

Diptimayee Parida India

Contributor at Ommrudraksha

Diptimayee parida is a writer and Story teller. A Social activist.Connect with her at LinkedIn.

Rudraksha vs gemstone | Difference between them and benefits

Difference between rudraksha and gemstone

By Diptimayee Parida | Bangalore July 14, 2017


Rudraksha and gemstones both are effective to get rid of the malefic effect of planets. Here we are trying to understand the difference between the benefits of rudraksha against the benefits of gemstone. What makes them different although both work similar things or bring luck to the wearer.

gemstone vs rudraksha
rudraksha beads in thread

Wearing Rudraksha beads

Rudraksha beads possess the power to open the blocked chakras. It  increases the aura of the wearer and brings good luck. It helps  to cure the diseases and get good physical and mental health. Rudraksh have no side effects so anyone can wear any number and any combination of  rudraksh as per their special properties. By analysis of birth chart also rudraksh can be worn to enhance the malefic effect of planets. Both java and  Nepal beads are effective and  can be  worn  in gold, silver metal or in red, black and white threads. Rudraksh beads works by sight, touch and worship. one can  keep rudraksh in  holy place or can be worn/wear on neck,arm or bracelet to get both good health and mental peace.


Wearing gemstone

Gemstones also have astrological effect like rudraksh. But as  gemstones give  immediate effects, only if they touch the skin while wearing. Gems if worn correctly brings good luck and new opportunities to the wearer's life. Gemstone become more effective when the wearer wear it in the finger prescribed by the experienced  astrologer. These are ruled by the planets. Every planet rules two houses in birth chart. Among them generally one sign comes in inauspicious house, so there are chances to get  negative effects if gemstones are not recommended correctly.

The gemstones are mostly used in jewelry, healing and self empowerment. When Sun rays passes through a gem, makes it to emit a cosmic color that is absorbed by the body and shows its effect.


Summary on effect of Rudrakha vs Gemstone

Rudraksh is worn by everyone but a gemstone must be worn by proper analysis of birth chart by an astrologer as it possess side effects. Gems if worn correctly can bring good opportunities and good luck.


 

diptimayee parida

Diptimayee Parida India

Contributor at Ommrudraksha

Diptimayee parida is a writer and Story teller. A Social activist.Connect with her at LinkedIn.

How to do japa or chanting
 
 
himanshu nayak author

Himanshu Nayak

Published: 14-7-17
Doing Japa in right way

Chanting any mantra repeatedly on the name of God is known as japa. It can be done by anyone and any time. Japa attracts the mind towards the power of divinity.It helps to have connection and vision of the supreme soul.Now a days almost people live in very busy and stressful life.Everyone is busy in his work, there is no time for yoga practice to get mental peace.

japam

So japa is the easiest and quickest method to attain self realization and calm your mind .The mantra meditation can offer a peaceful and incredible life.

 

Every person has a different reason for meditating for health benefits to attaining a spiritual connection. Japa can be be perform at any time of the day but the best time is early morning 4am to 7am this is known as brahma muhurta.This is the best preferable time to feel the mystical silence of nature.There are certain rules for japa are explained in this article.

 

  • Take a bath before sitting for japa in the morning. At any other time bath is not necessary.
  • Sit straight in padmasana position to make mind steady and control.
  • Remember the power of divinity and chant a particular mantra repeatedly.
  • Repeat the mantra about 108 times and think the meaning of the mantra while repeating it.
  • Don't try to recite the mantra so fast or slowly, medium speed is preferable.
  • you can chant the mantras loudly or mentally doesn't matter.
  • During the japa you should feel calmness and inner peace.

After japa don't leave the place immediately. Sit silently at least 10 minutes remembering the God reflecting his love towards you.Then leave the place.Carry on your japa mentally whenever you want.

 meditation by seating calm