Friday, January 25, 2013

On This Republic Day Let Us Take A Pledge

On this Republic Day let us take the Pledge to create a healthy and safer environment for women all around us.

Let us pledge to give them Freedom and a Happy life. Make the world free of crimes against Women and Children.

Starting from home, let us give respect to our mother and sisters and other relatives. Try to understand their feelings. Give value to their ideas and suggestions. Try to keep them happy by attending to their needs. Don't keep them confined to the kitchens. Give them a helping hand in all their work and make them comfortable and feel free from stress. Treat them with equality and discuss all matters with them as with friends.

At workplaces and around the society also, let us be good-natured and healthy minded. Treat women with respect like we treat our mother and sisters. Protect them from ill treatments and humiliations. Give help to them when the need arises. Don't let them fight it alone and leave to their fate.

Do not differentiate between a boy-child and the girl-child. Give education to the girl child until she likes to pursue it with the same equal importance as that of a boy. Do not press her to look after the household work while she is concentrating on studies.

Abolish early marriage practice and dowry system in marriages. Involve the girl participation in discussions while choosing her life partner. Do not put pressure on her in determining the choice of her life partner.

Our Police and judicial systems should also vow to attend to the problems of women promptly without lingering over the pros and cons of the legal formalities. They should be ever ready to assist the victims and bring culprits to the book immediately.

Our Pledge:

India is My Country
And all Indians my Brothers and Sisters
I Love My Country
And try to make it a heaven
I Respect All Women
And strive for their betterment
I keep them happy
And never give them grief.

JAI  "MAA"  BHARAT                                                  

Monday, January 21, 2013

Men and Morality | The Need for Morality

Man is Human by Nature

Humanness is attributed to the possession of the qualities of thinking ability, interaction, care for others, sense of feeling and attachment, etc. Humanity as a whole refers to people having all these qualities.

So, humanity is a synonym for a collection of people with all these human attributes of love, care, reasoning power, emotions, social activity and interaction, morality, etc.

Morality is generally meant to refer to the good character of human beings. Generally, we refer to a person as moral if he possesses all those good qualities such as honesty, sympathy, love, kindness, chastity, etc. And, a person is immoral if he does not have these qualities.

But, a logical definition of morality does not refer to his being good or bad.

It refers to the character of an individual in a society.

The Significance of Morality or Moral Values 

Man lives not alone but in a company. There are so many people around him and he can not ignore them. He needs to interact with them very frequently. He can't live alone without others. Neither can he restrain from the action.

  • To live, man has to act. 
  • When he acts, his actions affect other people around him. 
  • It can result either in a good or bad effect. 
  • His action may disturb other person's life or living conditions. 
  • So, he needs to act prudently so as not to disturb other person's life. 
  • Here, the aspect of morality enters into the field of his people or the society.

Obligations of Man as a Member of Society

Because you are a part of society, you have some obligations on your part.

  • If you are to live and let others live, you have to set forth some moral values within you. 
  • You should think before you act in terms of any hurdles being caused to your surrounding people. 
  • You must care for their peaceful life without any disturbances being caused by your acts.
  • You need to act in such a way that you may want other people also to follow while they act.

Right to Freedom is Not Your Exclusive Right

One may think that he is free to do anything under the right to freedom.

But, right to freedom is not for you alone. It applies as equally to all.

Each one has his own right to freedom.

So, you must not enter into his field of freedom.

If everyone has to enjoy his own right to freedom there must be some adjustment among people.

And this adjustment is through some code of conduct on ethics and moral values of the society.

The Need for Morality

So, you can realize from the above arguments, the need for Ethics and Morality arises if you have to live in the society.

So, let us maintain a reasonable moral character.

Give and take respect.

Maintain one's own faiths and beliefs but respect others' faiths and beliefs also.

Don't hurt their feelings either by speech or actions.

Keep your self and your family safe and, at the same time, provide safety and protection to others also.

Make your society tension free and a better place to live in.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Maha Kumbh Mela: The Largest Gathering of Pilgrims on Earth

Kumbh Mela or Maha Kumbh Mela is an occasion when millions of people take a dip in holy waters at the banks of holy rivers in India. During this period the largest gathering of people on earth on a single occasion takes place. It is an auspicious occasion for Hindus, who believe that by taking a dip in the holy waters during this period of Kumbh Mela all their sins get washed out and will attain Moksha or immortality and union with God.

That too, especially, on this special occasion of MahaKumbh Mela which happens once in twelve years when all the angels bless them with bliss and eternal happiness.

The spiritual bathing ceremony of Kumbh Mela (Year-2013) was in progress at Prayag Triveni Sangamam when this article is written during January 2013.

Now, how it all started is not correctly traceable. This practice of taking bath in the holy river waters was there since the time of our Puranas.

The story goes that when the ocean of milk was being churned by Devas and Asuras (the demi-gods and demons) to get the nectar of immortality or Amrita, a fighting took place in between them to have the first share of it. And, to resolve the issue and make the Amrita available to Devatas only, Lord Vishnu took the shape of a beautiful angel, Mohini, and alluring Asuras flew away with the nectar. It was believed that during this incidence, the nectar or Amrit got spilled out at four different places and these four places have become holy places of rivers bestowing people with Moksha.

These four places are Haridwar, Prayag(Allahabad), Ujjain and Nasik. So bathing in the rivers of Ganga at Haridwar, the Godavari at Nasik, Kshipra in Ujjain and Triveni Sangam or the confluence of three rivers of Ganga, Yamuna, and Saraswati at Prayag has become a popular ritual belief and practice since that time for attaining immortality or moksha.

As the battle took place for full 12 days and nights before Mohini flew away with the Kumbh or the pot containing the Amrit, the Kumbh Mela came to be celebrated at every 12 years commemorating that battle and the spill of nectar.

It is believed that the time period of one day plus one night of the Devas and Asuras was equivalent to one year of human beings.

So the Kumbh Mela came to being celebrated at a gap of each twelve years.

The Kumbh at Prayag (Allahabad) is celebrated when the Sun enters Capricorn sign or Makar rasi. It begins on 14th January (Makar Sankranthi Day) and lasts up to Maha Shivarathri for a period of 55 days or so.

The events at other three places are celebrated on different periods.

At Haridwar, it is celebrated when the Sun enters Aries sign or Mesha rasi.

At Nasik, it is celebrated when Sun enters Leo sign or Simha rasi.

And, at Ujjaini it is celebrated during the period when Sun is in Scorpio sign or Vrischik rasi.

It is a great amazing event where people of various faiths and beliefs gather together leaving behind all their differences.

Rich and poor, educated and illiterate, children and young and old age people, politicians and business class and all types of people from all over the world gather there with the only wish of taking a dip in the holy waters and attain moksha.

The first day of the bath is most significant as Naga Sadhus of 13 akharas take processions with elephants, horses and chariots and music bands wearing simply nothing or scantily and take bath in groups at predetermined places for them.

The civic administrations make elaborate arrangements on these occasions to control the free flow of pilgrims to the ghats and for their amenities and safety. Numerous tents are erected for changing clothes and taking rest. Security posts and helplines are arranged with 24-hour service to look at their needs and problems. Even though throughout the whole period is auspicious for taking the bath to attain moksha, some days are believed to be very very auspicious for attaining the eternal bliss of immortality like Makar Sankranthi, Poush Poornima ( Pushya Purnima), Basant Panchami, Ratha Saptami, Bhisma Ekadashi and Maha Shivarathri on which days it is believed that people directly get union with God after death.

The Ardh Kumbh Mela will be held in the year 2019 at Prayag (Allahabad).

P.S. Images are from google images.