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Shivashakti- The symbol of consciousness and energy

Shiva and shakti

By Diptimayee parida | bangalore August 7, 2017

According to Hinduism, both Shiva and Shakti are living in every men and women of the world. It is said that Shakti lives in our left side and Shiva on our right side. Shiva and Shakti hold the whole world. They are the masculine and feminine aspects. Shiva symbolizes consciousness whereas Shakti symbolizes the activating power or energy.

  shivashakti

Shiva and Shakti are the presentation of the all in one supreme consciousness. It is like the different sides of the same coin. These two primal powers are drawn in many pictures. The left side is the supreme mother Parvati and on the right side represents Shiva the consciousness is shown in the same image. In tantric spiritual path ,one seeks to develop a perfect balance between masculine aspect and feminine aspect. The whole universe comes from Shiva and through the power of Shakti everything becomes individual, yet the Shiva remains same. So the eternal wonder and the mystery is that Shiva and Shakti are same.

The concept of Shiva and Shakti is by no means confined to India. In Plato’s “Phaedrus” a book of ancient Greeks he states what is on earth is merely the resemblance and shadow of something that is in a higher sphere, a resplendent thing which remains in an unchangeable condition.”One of the Gnostic mystics ,Simon the Magus, is reputed to have said, “the universal eons consist of two branches, without beginning or end ,which spring from one root….the invisible power and the unknowable silence. One of these branches is manifested from above and is the universal consciousness ordering all things and is designated in male. The other branch is female and the producer of all things.

This is the meaning of Shiva and Shakti, which may always take care ,guide and protect the human in their infinite love lead to the cosmic consciousness.

 

 

swagat ray

Diptimayee Parida India

Contributor at Ommrudraksha

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

Gamhapurnima- A cultural and traditional festival of Odisha

GamhaPurnima 

By Smruti Swagat Ray Mohapatra | Khandapda August 6, 2017

According to Hindu calendar, the full moon day of the month “Shravana” is celebrated as “Gamha Purnima”. Basically, the typical reason behind the celebration of this day is related to a great mythological character. On this day Lord “Balaram”, the elder brother of Lord Shree Krishna, was born. Domestic Cows and Bullocks are decorated in traditional ways and are worshiped on this day. Homemade cakes and sweets are distributed with peace and happiness.

Gamha Purnima


 

The other important feature of “Gamha Purnima” is “Raksha Bandhan”. “Raksha Bandhan” means the bond of protection. On this day the sisters tie Rakhi on the hands of their brothers as a mark of affection. And the sisters demand protection for the lifetime from their brothers. In return, the brothers promise to take care of their beloved sisters and make them happy by offering them some gifts.

Another interesting characteristic of this festival is “Jhulan Purnima”. It is believed that Lord Krishna and Maa Radha enjoy the beautiful rainy season of Shravana month. The ending of this month is celebrated as “Jhulan Purnima” or “Jhulan Yatra”. Devotees decorate the idols of “Radha-Krishna” on a swing with full devotion.

Hence, “Gamha Purnima” is a festival of unity and affection. It strengthens the bonding of a sister and brother. This festival is full of spirituality, devotion and affection. And it is celebrated all over India with a great welcome.

 

Smruti Swagat Ray Mohapatra

Smruti Swagat Ray Mohapatra India

Contributor at Ommrudraksha

 

Shree Krishna- The complete incarnation

Yogeswar Shree Krishna

By Smruti Swagat Ray Mohapatra | Khandapada August 5, 2017


Lord Vishnu has been taking several incarnations on earth in order to establish “Dharma”. Among all the incarnations of Lord Vishnu, Shree Krishna is known to be the most complete incarnation. He was born with all the sixteen characters of MahaVishnu. His whole life explains the way of live a life by realizing the meaning of life. He is better known as “Yogeswar Purushottam Shree Krishna”.


When Lord Krishna was born in the jail of Kansa, the darkness of the thunderstorm night was destroyed and the environment suddenly enlightened with the glory of auspicious Super spirit. This indicates the victory of “Dharma” over Cruelty. Lord Krishna taught significant ways to perform duties in every step of his life. After birth, he was transferred to Gokul and spent his childhood there. In Gokul he described the meaning of passionate unconditional love without expectations. It may be the love between a mother (Yashoda) and a son (Krishna) or two lovers (Radha and Krishna). In Gokul Lord Krishna killed many demons sent by King Kansa. Hence, from childhood he clearly mentioned that he was the complete incarnation of Lord Vishnu with super natural powers.

And when Shree Krishna moved to Mathura, he killed King Kansa and rescued his imprisoned parents and established his holly city “Dwarka”. In Dwarka, Lord Krishna again explained a beautiful relationship of friendship by playing a adorable example. He helped his childhood friend “Sudama” who was struggling in poverty. Then he stood by the side of Pandavas in order to establish Dharma. He helped Pandavas in every step of their journey. He played a vital role in Mahabharata war. Dharma could not be established without his interference in the war. He was very clever. He solved every problem that arises during the war by utilizing his versatile clever attitude. 

Yogeswar krishna

 

In the beginning of Mahabharata war, Arjun was not in a mood to fight against his own family. Then Lord Krishna, being the chariot driver of Arjun explained the auspicious “Bhagavad Geeta”. Bhagavad Geeta describes the path towards “Moksha” (the immortal peace). He explained so beautifully the ways of performing duties without having any expectations. He explained the reality of our body and spirit. He explained that the spirit is a form of energy, which is immortal. Only the body dies, not the spirit. It is like changing clothes from old to a newer one.


In Bhagavad Geeta, Lord Krishna described how to control the mind. If a person controls its mind, then that person can achieve the greatest achievement of life. In Mahabharata war Lord Krishna did not even used a weapon. But still he was able to control each and every activity through his versatile clever attitude. He showed his complete “Vishwarupa” to Arjun after giving him super natural eyesight. Because no one is able to see the “Vishwarupa” of Lord Vishnu with normal eyes. Only because of Krishna, Pandavas won the great battle Mahabharata war and Dharma was established.


After Mahabharata war, Lord Krishna was cursed by “Gandhari” and he accepted it with a smile. In every situation, he was smiling. It explains that a person should remain cool in every situation of life and welcome it with a smile. Due to the curse of Gandhari, the whole kingdom of Krishna was destroyed at the end of Dwapar Yug and Dwarka was emerged in the ocean. Then Lord Krishna went to the forest and sat under a tree for rest. At that time most of his super natural power was lost as he saved the life of “Parikshit” in the womb of “Uttara” by sacrificing all the good deeds gained by him throughout his whole life. Mistaking Krishna for a deer, a hunter named as “Jara” shoots an arrow, which was penetrated in the foot of Lord Krishna. Lord Krishna forgave the hunter and died.


Hence, the whole life of Shree Krishna is a perfect guide for the nation as well as every individual to live life in an effective way. And he proved himself to be the complete incarnation of Lord Vishnu in all stages and he justified his name “Yogeswar Purusottam Shree Krishna” in all the stages of his life.

    Yogeswar shree krishna

 

Swagat ray

Smruti Swagat Ray Mohapatra India

Contributor at Ommrudraksha

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

Best foods for brain as well as memory

Healthy Eatings For Brain And Memory

By Diptimayee parida | bangalore August 5, 2017

Brain is one of the most sensitive and essential organs of human body. It is responsible for the control over all the internal and external organic activities of human body. Here in this article,we will discuss about the healthy foods,  that will keep your whole body including your brain memory strong.


Best foods for brain and memory


 

  • AVOCADOS
    This fruit is one of the healthiest fruit one can consume .These fruits are packed with monounsaturated fats keeping the blood sugar levels steady and glowing skin. It contains both vitamin k and folate which helps to prevent blood clots in the brain.It also improve cognitive function,especially both memory and concentration.They are also rich in vitamin C.
  • WHOLE GRAINS
    The brain can't work without energy.The ability to concentrate and focus comes from an adequate steady supply of energy in the form of glucose in our blood to the brain.Achieve this by choosing whole grain which release glucose slowly into the blood stem keeping you mentally alert in whole day.
  • BROCCOLI
    It is great source of vitamin K which enhance cognitive function and brain power.According to the researchers, it is high in compound called glucosinolates it can slow the breakdown of the neurotransmitter, acetylcholine which we need for the central nervous system to perform properly and keeps our brain and memory sharp.
  • FISH
    The main sources of oily fishes include salmon,trout,mackerel,herring,pilchards and kippers.Low DHA levels have been linked to increased risk of Alzheimer's disease and memory loss having sufficient levels of both EPA and DHA is thought to manage stress and help makes the good mood brain chemical. The most effective omega 3 fats occur naturally in oily fish in the form of EPA and DHA .These fats are important for brain function.
  • BLUEBERRIES
    The researchers said that the consumption of blueberries may be effective in improving or delaying short term memory loss.You always look out for dark red and purple fruits and veg which contain the same protective compounds.
  • NUTS AND SEEDS
    These are the good sources of vitaminE,add some any nuts or seeds per day will increase the power of brain. Raw or roasted doesn't matter for eating these on your diet chart.

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Fruits and nuts
The above discussed foods help in proper growth of brain and memory. So a person should add these foods to its regular diet for a better overall growth.

 

diptimayee parida

Diptimayee parida India

Contributor at Ommrudraksha

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

Healthy food preparation techniques

Cook Healthy Live Healthy 

By Diptimayee parida | bangalore August 4, 2017

As we know for staying healthy, we need to eat healthy food. For healthy food, it is important to prepare food by healthy techniques without losing its nutritional values. Healthy cooking process doesn't mean investing in expensive cookwares, chefs etc. It means use basic food preparation techniques in healthy way.

healthy food


 

By using healthy cooking process you can cut saturated fats. The healthy cooking methods described here is to prepare food without adding excessive salt and fat.Use it in your favorite dish preparation.

  • STEAMING
    This is a very simple technique for keeping the nutritional value in your dish.Cook in a covered pot over boiling water.
  • BAKING
    In this method,the food is cooked under convection heat.The food is enter in enclosed area ,then heat is applied and the food is cooked.
  • GRILLING
    There are two types of grilling methods people use on these days. One is, when food is cooked over hot charcoal on an open fire.The food is placed on the top of burning charcoal. The second one is cooking food by a grilling machine.Food is frequently turned over to prevent it from burning. By following above methods, our food is cooked evenly and thoroughly.
  • COOKING BY MICROWAVES
    The microwave food process is the best for cooking to keep the nutritional value of the food.
    SAUTE- Cook food in a pan over direct heat by using small amount of liquid like vegetable stock,fruit juice, wine or even water.
    STIR FRY- Use a big pan to cook food quickly over very high heat in a small amount of oil.Stir constantly to prevent burning.

 

healthy food making
By using these techniques you can cut your calories and stay healthy. Also if we add salt while food is cooking, the salt does not go evenly to all food content. So we should not add salt while cooking.

 

diptimayee parida

Diptimayee parida India

Contributor at Ommrudraksha

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

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.