Radio Article # 3 Marine Archeological Study of Dwaraka

મારો રેડિયો અંશ # ૩  મહાભારતની ડૂબેલ દ્વારીકાનો સામુદ્રિક પુરાતત્વીય અભ્યાસ

Listen my radio segment about  Marine Archeological Exploration about Dwaraka of Mahabharat time    on 20 May 2015 on SBS Gujarati Radio.
    
મારો રેડિયો અંશ સાંભળવા નીચેની લીંક પર ક્લિક કરો       

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Radio Article # 2 Modern Gujarat on Her Foundation Day

My radio article on the Modern Gujarat on Her 55th Foundation Day on 1 May 2015 on SBS Gujarati. To listen the program live please tune the TV on SBS 2 at 4:00PM to 5:00PM (Perth Time) or on analogue radio tune 96.9FM at 1:00 – 2:00PM (Perth Time) tomorrow (1 May 2015).

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12# Why to Have Great Goals In Life

When a person chooses the great goal in the life, the thoughts,principles etc.start to get great.

Then the person gets influenced less and less by obstacles and problems in the life due to great goals, principles and thoughts.

In the absence of influence of obstacles and having deep sincerity for the goals, the qualities like patience, daring, valour and self-realisation are slowly get cultivated.

Once qualities like patience, daring, valour and self-realisation are developed any perceived unachievable task appears easy.

Success in one difficult task increases the self confidence of the person.

This self confidence escalate the person’s capabilities to the infinite hence the person not only lead oneself but also the society, country and the world by using the continuously increasing capabilities due to one and only the greal goal.

11# Naari : The Women- Your Daily Life Goddesses

Excerpt from Manusmriti 3.56 Reads:

Sanskrit:

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English :-

Yatra Naryastu Pujyante Ramante Tatra Devata Yatraitaastu Na Pujyante Sarvaastatrafalaah Kriyaah ।।

Meaning: “Where Women Are Honored , Divinity Blossoms There; And Where They Are Dishonored , All Action Remains Unfruitful.”

“Nar” in Sanskrit means “Man” and “Naari” means “Woman”. It is said that “Naari tu Narayani” literally means “Woman you are world creator, preserver and protector.”

Woman is the energy of anyone’s life, very right from the beginning of anyone’s life. When any life is born, it is born through a female in the nature and humans are not an exception. Our life starts from the woman; she is the Adi Shakti (First Energy) of anyone’s life. The woman is the source of mankind and without her the human life wouldn’t exist on earth. The love, care and sacrifice of the mother (including Mother Nature) for her children is matchless, selfless and of course priceless.

I praise the divine qualities in every woman which are compassion, love, care, sacrifice, sensitivity, emotions, life creation, forgiveness and strength. The women are considered the sources of Astha Aishwarya (Eight Wealth) – prosperity, good health, knowledge, strength, progeny, and power.

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Woman is the Saraswati (Goddess of Wisdom) when she bestows you a knowledge and wisdom in the form of advice and teaching right or wrong. Woman is the Lakshmi (Goddess of Wealth) when she prospers you by showering happiness, providing motivation and opportunities in the life. Woman is the Kali (Goddess of Power) when she strengthens you to reach out to your maximum potential by destroying your all fears obstructing your growth. Woman nurtures our good health by preparing and feeding us a nutritious and delicious food and motivating for keeping active healthy lifestyle. Only woman can bless us children, she is the only source of creation of the human life.

Women must be respected, honoured and acknowledged for what they contribute in our day-to-day life and in any good aspects in the world. As a daughter and sister she must be adored as a princess, as a wife she must be loved as a queen and as a mother she must be worshipped as a goddess. By not appreciating woman in the society, you are disapproving love, care, source of life, emotions, family, values and empathy not only from your daily life but also from the entire mankind.

On this International Women’s Day, I acknowledge my respect towards my Shakti- my life energies which are/were women in my life in the form of my grandmothers, mother, wife, sisters, daughters, friends and colleagues. I also bow to all live goddesses of the world who contributes to their families, cities, societies, communities, environment, space, nations and more many more areas which are ever thought about.

“O our Tri Shaktis (3 Powers) – Saraswati, Lakshmi and Kali ! May bless this world Wisdom; Wealth and Strength to overcome the ignorance, poverty and fear. You have enormous potential to inspire us to create your divine qualities within.”

Please share this article if you truly believe in appreciating the women’s contribution in the world.

 

 

9# Gyan – The Wisdom Which Liberates

Shlok

tatkarma yanna bandhāaya sā vidyā yā vimuktaye| āyāsāyāparaṁ karma vidya’nyā śilpanaipuṇam||1-19-41|| —śrīviṣṇupurāṇe prathamaskandhe ekonaviṁśo’dhyāyaḥ

That is action, which does not promote attachment; That is wisdom which liberates [one from bondage] All other action is mere [pointless] effort/hardship; all other knowledge is merely another skill/craftsmanship.

Above words are the wonderful Sanskrit shlok couplet which clearly sing the glory of the wisdom. It clearly says acquiring wisdom is the only action which does not create attachment to this material world only liberates one from all the bondage and one’s prejudices, negativity, ignorance greed and so on. Taking hardship for other material things is aimless and which will never satisfy your hunger only will create the attachment to them. Without wisdom all acquired information and knowledge is pointless.

From the birth to around 4-5 years of human life, the humans start to learn basic life skills like eating, walking, speaking, thinking, socializing etc and values like empathy, love, care etc. The most skills they learn, are from home and the environment around from own experiences.

As human grows,He/she goes to any external educator like schools. That shapes the discipline, responsibility, accountability, analytical skill, imagination and so on in the human. Still the hunger for wisdom differ the person from another.

The education, information, knowledge and wisdom are unique and different facets of the human learning process.

Education is the formal learning process which person may have to go through regardless of the interest.

Information is the set of facts which you know when someone need to or have to know about something or someone. It is need and interest driven learning.

Knowledge is the combination of different facets of the learning. Deep understanding derived due to own or someone’s experiences from formal or informal education and the application of the information in the life situations.

Wisdom is the ability to apply education, information, knowledge, values, common sense, intuition, belief and experience while responding to particular life situation. By using wisdom makes you happy about the decisions you have taken and problems you have solved. This is the best possible ability can be derived from all the learning human can obtain from various forms. Customised wisdom applied on the particular life situations.

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In Hindu ancient scriptures and texts, the four Ashram (phases) and Purushartha (meaning/goal of existence) of the life are described. The average human age was divided in 25 years’ phases. The Ashram and Purushartha divided into 25years each.

Human Age (Years) 0 to 25 26 to 50 51 to 75 75 till Death
Ashram Brahmacharya (Being the Celibate Student) Gruhastha (Married Family Man) Vanprastha (The Hermit in Retreat) Sanyasa (The Wandering Recluse)
Purushartha Dharm (Acquiring the Wisdom) Arth and Kam (Acquiring Wealth and Pleasure) Arth and Moksha (Acquiring Wealth and Liberation) Moksha (Acquiring Liberation)

It clearly supports acquiring the knowledge into first phase of the life when a person generally has good memory and grasping capacity; fresh mind without worldly set rules; good imagination power and no household worries, which enables him/her to learn and acquire knowledge about future opportunities, threats, duties and responsibilities in the life.

Asking questions “why” and “how” of the information is the key to get deep dive into the information. “Why we are learning this? Or why this information is required?” will give an insight of the need and “How can you use the information or education to solve the problem or get things done?” will allow to think the application of the acquired information. When a human remembers and relates the “why” and “how” of information used in various situations in the life which is called life experiences, the mind slowly transforms the information into the knowledge.

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The school system of ancient India called Gurukul, which literally means living in the teacher’s domain, was set up for students who were required to live and study in teacher’s house being a part of their family by learning 14 Vidya (Techniques) 64 Kala (Art forms). Even all royal children were expected to live the life of celibate student which was not different than any other student. The main aim was to teach them reality of the life if future prince may have to face. Ram-the prince of Ayodhya is the prime example of the princely student who learnt and experienced all the hardships and reality of the life during the phase of student life made him aware with the ground reality of human life which is considered knowledge. When he destined for his 14 year exile period, he could concentrate on his Tapa (effort to achieve self-realisation,which can be considered as wisdom) than his discomforts which were quite opposite to his royal luxury. This shows how acquired knowledge enables a knowledgable prince into the ideal rule upholding king can be worshiped as a god.

Acquiring the knowledge and turning into the wisdom takes time,persistance and patience. By being exposed to various life changing experiences and then doing Chintan (thinking or meditating) on those experiences by using acquired knowledge.Finally wisdom floats like butter(Wisdom) floats by churning the curd (Knowledge) .The wisdom is not easy to achieve as that requires a person should have some prerequisites like education, information, knowledge, values, common sense, intuition, belief and life experiences and many more things. Hence getting wisdom in first two phases of the life is hard because human is acquiring all the prerequisites unless the person is passionate about it.

May goddess Saraswati give you wisdom and liberates from all the matrial bondage.

P.S. Dedicated to my son-Avyukt’s first day to school.

6# Friendship Briefing

A friendship is the “volunteer relationship” a person would build during his/her life stages. The person’s life stage changes the perspectives to the friendship over the time. Some keep the relation same throughout the life and some changes due to factors like class-ism, importance, ignorance, avoidance and requirements etc.

I believe common types of friendship may have been seen are ,

  1. School/college Friendship : This is the honest and long-lasting friendship because it is not based on any hidden expectations/agendas. On the other side this is the tough to maintain because of the new friendships come along the path of the life.No expectations,no jealousy,tolerance and no hidden agendas are the factors which leads this friendship to its genuineness. Most of the friends of school times are always excited about everybody’s wellness and help.Even though they get little time to meet each other due to location,time,profession and other constraints.e.g. School friends’ meet always discuss about old good memories and everybody’s progress or helping each other.
  2. Nature Friendship: Nature can be a great friend in terms of loving a garden,river,mountain,forest,ocean or animals. This friendship generally is without any expectations.MOST SACRED FRIENDSHIP.
  3. Professional/Business Friendship : When the person enters into the profession, he/she starts making friends of same or different interests in the profession.The person generally spends one-third time of his/her day at the work so this friendship can be more deep and honest. This relationship could last longer till the death or till the job ends.It is entirely depend on how the relationship is maintained both way.This friendship is considered most volatile friendship.
  4. Social Friendship: The social friendship may be developed in many ways like relation with our kid’s friend’s parents, our neighbours or club members etc. This friendships generally changes as the priorities and needs of the person changes in his life during various stages of his/her life. Some people may find the social friendships are hardest to maintain over the time as same interest as it has been started. This type of friendship generally stay live when the friends are on same locations where they can meet regularly as soon as the location changes the friendship is getting blurrier and sometimes to the end due to lack of any communication.
  5. Family Friendship: People related via family,blood and other close means are falling into this category.This type of friendship is built due to the family known each other from long time.In family relation friendship,it has been seen many brothers,sisters,mothers,fathers,cousins,aunts,uncles and in-laws etc are friends of each others. This friendships are closely knitted friendships which may have lots of expectations too thus when this friendship get damaged,it hurts the most.
  6. Life Friendship : In this type of friendship,Only two persons can be your friend-one is your partner or yourself (God). Most intense relationship where you can share anything and everything.

Even though people surrounded by lots of friends ,why many of them are not happy with their current state of  friendship.

Here are the few reasons ,

  • Expectations : Expecting something from people is common but minimum expectations keep your friendship without complain.
  • Comparison : Comparing yourself with your friend is completely unjust to yourself as everyone is different in the fact of your priorities,needs,life journey and value system then why to compare? The difference make you more colorful than the dull uniformity.
  • Jealousy : Being jealous is common human instincts however once you understand what is your life journey about and nothing you can compare then there will be no space for jealousy.
  • Prejudice : A person who set an opinion based on the experience previously had from the person.It is unfair to yourself to keep going with the same thoughts. Be tolerant an accept the friend with new perspective. You may overcome from prejudice.

Friendship is the best relation in the world which can be maintained only by your dedication towards friendship,selflessness in the friendship,no calculations and less expectations.

In a simple words for any relationship “think about others before yourself they will do the same.”

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5# Management Concepts : Dharma – The Absolute Duty

Dharma is the term with multiple meanings in the Hindu,Buddhist,Sikh and Jain philosophy. It is a central concept of the way of living.

Dharma translates into the duty, law, righteousness, rights, conducts, order, model or virtues. Dharma in a simple way can be described as personal righteous duty.

For example, Earning for family is a Dharma of family head. Working in the interest of the employer is the Dharma of an employee.

In more details, Dharma is moral responsibility of the person in the context of the society he/she is living in. For an example, An employee sees his employer earning out the profit by anti-social or anti-national ways. It is employee’s Dharma to educate or stop the company’s decision makers about their acts affecting their social and national responsibilities. another one ,

The nation’s Dharma is to protect their citizens and prosper but not in the cost of others’ sovereignty, environment and other resources.

So Dharma’s definition vary for person to person and it is complex however the one, who is conscious about the world,nation,society,family,environment and shared resources, shouldn’t have problem to distinguish the absolute Dharma from relative Dharma.There will be always relative Dharmas in your way while you will be thinking of the absolute Dharma.

When the person who put his/her self-interest before the general interest and affecting overall population is called relative Dharma, Absolute Dharma bent for self-interest is called relative Dharma. For example, A thief steals to feed his/her family. It is his/her Dharma to feed his/her family but not by the cost of anybody’s resources via wrong ways. The absolute Dharma is to feed one’s family but it shouldn’t be by wrong ways.

How to check your Dharma?

Think of Universe First then World then Nation then State then Community then Family then lastly Yourself. It may give you more clear direction to choose your absolute Dharma.

I hope you all will pick your absolute Dharma for yours and whole universe’s betterment.

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3# Indonesia Appreciating Her 10000+ years Old Rich Heritage

Being in Bali(Indonesia) in mid October 2014, I have realised that Indonesia is more secular, culturally and socially tolerant than Indian subcontinetal countries.

The Arjun, Karna, Krishna and other Mahabharata  and Ramayana incidents’ statues and paintings at/on major roundabouts/circles of the roads,public places, government offices, some of the old currancy notes and all over the places.

Indonesia respect her heritage more than India(psudo secular) as a country. I am feeling more Indian in Bali (Indonesia) than India.Why can’t India as a republic country respect and feel to be proud of it’s 10,000+ year old heritage in public.