Wednesday, January 30, 2008

God Whispers

God Whispers

Not long ago I heard a story about a young man and an old preacher. The young man had lost his job and didn't know which way to turn. So he went to see the old preacher.

Pacing about the preacher's study, the young man ranted about his problem. Finally he clenched his fist and shouted, "I've begged God to say something to help me. Tell me, Preacher, why doesn't God answer?"

The old preacher, who sat across the room, spoke something in reply - something so hushed it was indistinguishable. The young man stepped across the room. "What did you say?" he asked.

The preacher repeated himself, but again in a tone as soft as a whisper. So the young man moved closer until he was leaning on the preacher's chair. "Sorry," he said. "I still didn't hear you."

With their heads bent together, the old preacher spoke once more. "God sometimes whispers," he said, "so we will move closer to hear Him." This time the young man heard and he understood.

We all want God's voice to thunder through the air with the answer to our problem. But God's is the still, small voice... the gentle whisper. Perhaps there's a reason. Nothing draws human focus quite like a whisper. God's whisper means I must stop my ranting and move close to Him, until my head is bent together with His. And then, as I listen, I will find my answer.

Better still, I find myself closer to God.

How difficuilt to handle a Lady!‏

store that sells husbands has just opened in New York City , where a woman may go to choose a husband. Among the instructions at the entrance is a description of how the store operates. You may visit the store ONLY ONCE!
You may choose any man from a particular floor, or you may choose to go up a floor, but you cannot go back down except to exit the
So, a woman goes to the Husband Store to find a husband. .
On the first floor the sign on the door reads:
Floor 1 - These men have jobs and love the Lord.
The second floor sign reads:
Floor 2 - These men have jobs, love the Lord, and love kids.
The third floor sign reads:
Floor 3 - These men have jobs, love the Lord, love kids, and are extremely good looking.
"Wow," she thinks, but feels compelled to keep going.
She goes to the fourth floor and sign reads:
Floor 4 - These men have jobs, love the Lord, love kids, and are drop- dead good looking and help with the housework.
"Oh, mercy me!" she exclaims, "I can hardly stand it!"
Still, she goes to the fifth floor and sign reads:
Floor 5 - These men have jobs, love the Lord, love kids, are drop- dead gorgeous, help with the housework, and have a strong romantic streak.
She is so tempted to stay, but she goes to the sixth floor and the sign reads:
Floor 6 - You are visitor 4,363,012 to this floor. There are no men on this floor. This floor exists solely as proof that women are impossible to please.
Thank you for shopping at the Husband Store. Watch your step as you exit the building, and have a nice day!

24 types of Gayatri Mantras‏

The Gayatri Mantra is the form of eternal truth. It is the heart of
all beings and the eternal Ved Mantra. Gayatri destroys the sins of
the world. All the four Vedas have originated from this mantra:

In addition rishis have created 24 other Gayatri mantras - Sakam
Gayatri - ''with desire'' Gayatri. The 24 words of the Gayatri
appear in the form of the 24 Divine Shaktis.

1. Ganesh Gayatri: The repetition of this mantra is done for the
destruction of obstacles and to succeed in difficult tasks.

Om Eka Dandhaya Vidmahe
Vakratundaya Dhimahi
Tanno tantihi Prachodayat

2. Vishnu Gayatri: To develop sustaining power, this mantra is used.

Om Narayanaya Vidmahe
Vasudevaya Dhimahi
Tanno Vishunha Prachodayat

3. Shiv Gayatri: To invoke auspiciousness, That is to have pure
thoughts and high spiritual feelings, this mantra is used.

Om Panchavaktraya Vidmahe
Mahadevaya Dhimahi
Tanno Rudraha Prachodayat

4. Brahma Gayatri: To increase productiveness, that is to increase
the power of creative shakti, this mantra is used.

Om Chaturmukhaya Vidmahe
Hansa Rudraaya Dhimahi
Tanno Brahma Prachodayat

5. Rama Gayatri: This mantra is used to establish proper conduct and
ethical behavior.

Om Daasharthaye Vidmahe
Sita Vallabhaya Dhimahi
Tanno Ramahi Prachodayat

6. Krishna Gayatri: To bring dynamic energy into one's lify in order
to be able to do anything, intense sadhana is done for this Divine
power with this mantra.

Om Devaki Nandanaya Vidmahe
Vasudevaya Dhimahi
Tanno Krishna Prachodayat

7. Indra Gayatri: To ward off any form of attack, intense sadhana is
done for this Divine shakti using this mantra.

Om Sahasranetraya Vidmahe
Vajrahastaya Dhimahi
Tanno Indra Prachodayat

8. Hanuman Gayatri: When there is a lack of fulfilling one's duty
within oneself, then this mantra is used.

Om Anjanisutaya Vidmahe
Vayuputraya Dhimahi
Tanno Marutih Prachodayat

9. Surya Gayatri: Worship with this mantra is very beneficial for
curing grievous diseases.

Om Bhaskaraya Vidmahe
Divakaraya Dhimahi
Tanno Suryah Prachodayat

10. Chandra Gayatri: For the removal of suffering and to get peace
from dejection and worries, this mantra has been used for the
worship of this Divine Shakti.

Om Shirputraya Vidmahe
Amrit Tatvaya Dhimahi
Tanno Chandrah Prachodayat

11. Yum Gayatri: This is universal prayer to gain fearlessness from

Om Putryaya Vidmahe
Mahakalaya Dhimahi
Tanno Yumahah Prachodayat

12. Varun Gayatri: To develop sweetness and melodiousness at all
levels, in speech, action, dealing with others, etc.., this mantra
is used.

Om Jalbimbaya Vidmahe
Neel Purshaya Dhimahi
Tanno Varunah Prachodayat

13. Narayana Gayatri: In order to establish discipline and make
people listen to orders, one concentrates on this mantra.

Om Narayanaya Vidmahe
Visudevaya Dhimahi
Tanno Narayanah Prachodayat

14. Nrishinga Gayatri: This mantra is used in order to acquire this
Divine Shakti, which has shown itself to be successful in increasing
our efforts and in acquiring bravery.

Om Ugranrishinghaye Vidmahe
Vajrankhaya Dhimahi
Tanno Nrishinghaha Prachodayat

15. Durga Gayatri: This mantra is used to acquire this Divine
Shakti, which is used to gain victory over enemies, attackers and

Om Girijayei Vidmahe
Shiva Priyayei Dhimahi
Tanno Durga Prachodayat

16. Laxmi Gayatri: This is the one Shakti believed to help in
acquiring wealth, status, greatness, and fame; therefore, this
mantra is used to invoke this Shakti.

Om Maha Laxmayei Vidmahe
Vishnupriyayei Dhimahi
Tanno Laxmi Prachodayat

17. Radha Gayatri: This is a unique Shakti to fill the activities
with the feelings of Divine Love; therefore, this mantra is used to
invoke this Shakti.

Om Vrishbhaanujayei Vidmahe
Krihsnpriyayei Dhimahi
Tanno Radha Prachodayat

18. Sita Gayatri: To develop the Shakti of penance, it is very
necessary to do worship with this mantra.

Om Janak Nandiniyei Vidmahe
Bhumijayei Dhimahi
Tanno Sita Prachodayat

19. Saraswati Gayatri: Learned scholars have said that the use of
this mantra can help to increase the Shakti of the intellect and
mental sharpness.

Om Saraswateyei Vidmahe
Brahmaputriye Dhimahi
Tanno Devi Prachodayat

20. Agni Gayatri: This is a famous mantra used to bring effulgence
into the life/force of the body and in every activity of love.

Om Mahajwalyei Vidmahe
Agnidevaya Dhimahi
Tanno Agnih Prachodayat

21. Prithvi Gayatri: This mantra is considered useful in
strengthening one's Shakti to remove wavering of resolve and in
bringing steadfastness.

Om Prithvi Devayei Vidmahe
Sahasramurtayei Dhimahi
Tanno Prithvi Prachodayat

22. Tulsi Gayatri: To remove selfishness, increase selflessness, and
make doing selfless service the goal of one's life, this mantra is
very helpful.

Om Tulsayei Vidmahe
Vishnu Priyayei Dhimahi
Tanno Vrinda Prachodayat

23. Hansa Gayatri: To awaken discrimination, this is a very powerful

Om Param Hansaye Vidmahe
Mahahansaye Dhimahi
Tanno Hansah Prachodayat

24. Hayegriva Gayatri: When one is surrounded by fear on all four
sides and is in need of courage, then this mantra is used.

Om Vanishavaraye Vidmahe
Hayegrivaye Dhimahi
Tanno Hayegrivah Prachodayat.

Sleeping Pill Danger

Sleeping Pill Danger
Long-term studies on the effects of sleeping pills don’t show encouraging results. In fact the one major conclusion from all studies is that insomniacs are better off without sleeping pills than they are with them. One study alone that surveyed over 2,000,000 people, found that chronic use of sleeping pills are as deadly as cigarette smoking.
The case against sleeping pills is compelling. The following information points out some important reasons why sleeping pills should not be considered.
Those who use sleeping pills have significantly higher mortality rates than those who do not
Sleeping pills (& even the newer generations) do little or nothing to improve chronic insomnia and cause long-term chemical dependency
Sleeping pills reduce brain cell activity during the day, affecting short-term memory as well as causing a hangover effect
Sleeping pills accentuate the GABA neurotransmitter, which keeps the nerve cells in the lung tissue from firing. This is why an overdose of sleeping pills will cause asphyxiation and over 1000 overdose related deaths each year
GABA actuation is also responsible for impaired physical ability. Each year, thousands of traffic deaths, accidents and falls (especially in the elderly) are attributed to sleeping pills
Sleep Apnea Patients should never take sleeping pills. Sleeping pills increase the pauses and length of pause in breathing. Someone with sleep apnea could suffer brain or ocular damage from the lack of oxygen or even death
Anyone over the age of 40 should be cautioned against sleeping pills, and anyone over the age of 65 should never take sleeping pills. Studies show that almost all people over 40 have some symptoms of sleep apnea, and anyone over 65 would be clinically diagnosed with sleep apnea
Sleeping pills create a hypnotic dependency similar to alcohol and lower inhibitions and fear of pain or consequences. This is one reason why sleeping pills contribute to accidents and why chronic sleeping pill users are less likely to worry or take care of themselves
Sleeping pills are highly addictive. Sleeping pills are similar to barbiturates and are extremely difficult to stop using
Although sleeping pills do not improve daytime functioning, people still prefer taking them because of the barbiturate feel-good effect they produce. As with many addictive drugs, they may not be helpful, but we feel good when we take them
Side Effects of Sleeping Pills
Unfortunately sleeping pills do the same things to us during the day that we want them to at night. That is they impair our consciousness, judgment, memory and intelligence. Ironically, insomniacs think sleeping pills make them sleep better, when they actually make them feel worse. This is because of the misperception that sleeping pills are supposed to help us sleep better. In comparison studies against placebo, patients receiving placebo did better than those with sleeping pills, although those with the sleeping pills erroneously believed they were doing better.

Perhaps the most shocking condemnation of sleeping pills is that they do not improve daytime function or performance. Since the definition for ‘Quality of Sleep’ is that amount which allows us to operate at optimum levels of energy, sleeping pills are not the answer.

Pharmaceutical companies concentrate on reducing the side effects of sleeping pills, not on improving daytime performance. Those who take these pills however, are misguided into believing they will receive a daytime benefit. The chance is very high that they will end up becoming chronic sleeping pill users. New commercials for sleeping pills now caution that, “Almost everyone has some risk of becoming dependant on sleep medication.”

While defending the use of sleeping pills, pharmaceutical companies counter that most of the people who use sleeping pills take them for a few weeks or less. What they don’t say, however is that the vast majority of all prescriptions are repeat prescriptions to chronic insomniacs.

::::} Do weight-loss medicines really work?‏

Do weight-loss medicines really work?

When combined with a reduced-calorie diet and regular physical activity, weight-loss medicines can help obese people lose weight. People who use these drugs may not feel as hungry, or they may feel full after eating only a small amount of food.

Weight-loss medicines include diethylpropion (brand name: Tenuate), phentermine (brand names: Apidex-P, Ionamin, Pro-Fast), sibutramine (brand name: Meridia) and orlistat (brand name: Xenical). Unlike other weight-loss medicines, orlistat works by keeping your body from digesting some of the fat that you eat.

Although some weight-loss supplements containing ephedra, ephedrine or caffeine are available without a prescription, it is not known whether these drugs are safe. Such supplements have been linked to reports of heart attack, seizure, stroke and death. It is important to talk to your doctor if you are considering taking a weight-loss supplement or if you are already taking one.

Are weight-loss medicines used for people who are just a little overweight?
No. Weight-loss medicines are only for people who are very obese. Most weight-loss medicines are designed for people who weigh 20% or more above what is ideal for their height and body type or who have a high body mass index (BMI). The BMI is a measure of your weight and height. Your doctor can tell you if weight-loss medicines might be helpful for you.

Are there any side effects from using weight-loss medicines?

Yes--all medicines have side effects. Common side effects of weight-loss medicines may include the following:Yes. Common side effects of weight-loss medicines may include the following:
Dry mouth
Abdominal pain
Sleep problems (including very intense dreams)
Orlistat may cause gas, frequent or uncontrollable bowel movements, diarrhea and oily stools.

Sometimes weight-loss medicines can have very serious side effects. Your family doctor can tell you more about these side effects.

How can avoid gaining weight back when stop using the medicine?

There is no magic cure for being overweight. Weight-loss medicines can help you get off to a good start. But once you stop taking them, the weight you lost may come back. To keep the weight off, you must eat a healthy low-calorie diet and be physically active on a regular basis. You must continue these healthy habits even after you stop taking the medicine. Remember that losing weight and keeping it off is a lifelong effort.

If you decide weight-loss medicines aren't right for you, you can still meet your weight-loss goals. It's important to develop healthy eating habits, but don't expect to change everything overnight. Start by training yourself to eat without doing anything else at the same time. For example, don't eat while you watch TV. Focus on what you're eating. Try to eat slowly.

Next, change what and how much you eat. Your doctor can help you create a low-calorie diet plan that will help you lose weight.

It is also important to be physically active. A good goal for many people is to work up to exercising for at least 30 minutes, 4 to 6 times a week. Regular exercise helps you burn calories faster, even when you are sitting still. Exercise also helps you burn fat and build muscle.

Aerobic exercise raises your heart rate and helps you burn calories. Aerobic exercises include swimming, brisk walking, jogging and bicycling. Anaerobic exercise, such as weight training, is also good because it adds muscle mass to your body. Muscles burn calories faster than fat.

Be sure to check with your family doctor before you begin an exercise program. He or she can help you create an exercise plan that will help you meet


Freedom is the right to live as you wish.
If you wish to free yourself from enslavement,
you must choose freedom and the responsibility it entails.
There's a price for every freedom,
something to be given up for every liberty.

It's up to you to weigh the price you must pay
for each of your freedoms.
And everything you want has a price.

Freedom is the opportunity to make decisions.
It's the capacity to take a hand in your own development.
Freedom is the right to choose.
It's the right to create for yourself the alternatives of choice.

No one is free who is not master of himself.
You are free to do whatever you like.
You need only face the consequences of your actions.


This is a story told about a soldier who was finally coming home after having fought in vietnam .He called his parents ..iam coming home .i have a friend and i would like to bring him with me.
sure they replied we would love to meet him.
but do you know he was hurt badly in the fight .He stepped on a land mine and lost an arm and a leg.He has nobody to go and i want him to live with us.
iam sorry to hear that my son..but we can help him find somewhere to live.
no mom dad i want him to live with us
dad said my dear son you dont know ..some one with a handicap would be terrible burden on us We have our own lives to live We cant let something like this to interfere with our lives.He will find a way on his own .
At that point the son hung the phone.The parents heard nothing from him any more.After few days they received a phone call from sanfrancisco police .Their son had died after falling from a building ,they were told..
The grief stricken parents flew to san francisco and were taken to the city morgue to identify the body oftheir son.They recognized hombut to their horror the also discovered something they didnt know..their son had only 1 arm and 1 leg..


Inspirational Quotes

Inspirational Quotes

by Marianne Williamson

A miracle worker is not geared toward fighting the world that is, but toward creating the world that could be.

God exists in eternity. The only point where eternity meets time is in the present. The present is the only time there is.

If I choose to bless another person, I will always end up feeling more blessed.

In every community, there is work to be done. In every nation, there are wounds to heal. In every heart, there is the power to do it.

Joy, has no cost.

Love is what we were born with. Fear is what we learned here.

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.

As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

Miracles occur naturally as expressions of love. The real miracle is the love that inspires them. In this sense everything that comes from love is a miracle.

Spiritual progress is like detoxification. Things have to come up in order to be released. Once we have asked to be healed, then our unhealed places are forced to the surface.

The practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution to the healing of the world.

We are not held back by the love we didn't receive in the past, but by the love we're not extending in the present.

When an idea reaches critical mass, there is no stopping the shift its presence will induce.

A miracle worker is not geared toward fighting the world that is, but toward creating the world that could be.

God exists in eternity. The only point where eternity meets time is in the present. The present is the only time there is.

If I choose to bless another person, I will always end up feeling more blessed.

In every community, there is work to be done. In every nation, there are wounds to heal. In every heart, there is the power to do it.

Joy, has no cost.

Love is what we were born with. Fear is what we learned here.

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.

As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

Miracles occur naturally as expressions of love. The real miracle is the love that inspires them. In this sense everything that comes from love is a miracle.

Spiritual progress is like detoxification. Things have to come up in order to be released. Once we have asked to be healed, then our unhealed places are forced to the surface.

The practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution to the healing of the world.

We are not held back by the love we didn't receive in the past, but by the love we're not extending in the present.

When an idea reaches critical mass, there is no stopping the shift its presence will induce.


Childhood is the Foundation stone, upon which stands the whole life structure. The seed sown in the childhood blossoms into the tree of life. The education which is imparted in childhood is more important than the education which is received in colleges and universities.


As we walk our path of
life, we meet people everyday. Most are
simply met by chance.
But, some are sent
our way.

When I Asked God for Strength - He Gave Me Difficult Situations to Face,

When I Asked God for Happiness - He Showed Me Some Unhappy People,

God Gave Me Nothing I Wanted - He Gave Me Everything I Needed.

--Swami Vivekananda
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Life is too big to live with so much pain

Life is so small to do everything you want to do

Life is so cruel to take you to death

Life is so kind to give you oppertunity to live in the way you remains forever in the memory of your beloved
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"Dream is not what u see in sleep.....
is the thing which does not let you sleep".
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.Nothing is as real as a dream.
The world can change around you, but your dream will not.
Responsibilities need not erase it.
Duties need not obscure it.
Because the dream is within you,
No one can take it away.
Tom Clancy
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FREIND SHIP is like a bottle of perfume…..if u never open it nobody knows the fragrance inside it……."
"If u keep it always open soon you will loose your fragrance. So act wisely."
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The Lion, the Fox and the Ass

The Lion, the Fox and the Ass

A lion once lived in the jungle near the city of Dehra Dun, in the north of India. He lived with his devoted servant, a fox. The lion would hunt for himself and, after he had eaten the best part of his prey, he would give the fox the leftovers. The two lived happily together in peace for many years until they both grew old and feeble. One day the lion was wounded in a fight with an elephant. He found it hard to move and hunt for his food.

"My dear fox, we are both going to starve to death this way," he said to the fox one evening. "I cannot go out to hunt any more. It is time for you to bring me an animal to kill here."

The next morning the fox set out in search of the prey. Soon he saw an ass grazing outside the city of Dehra Dun.

"Hello," said the fox to the ass. "You look very sad. What is the matter?"

"Oh, I am sick of my life as a beast of burden," replied the ass. "I carry the clothes of my master, a washerman, every day yet he is never grateful. Instead, he beats me with his stick and speaks to me rudely. I have no one to talk to because I am never free to find myself a friend. I am so tired of this life."

"That is very sad," said the fox. "It's not fair that your master should be so mean. You can not be a slave to this man for the rest of your life. Come with me, and find happiness in the jungle. Everyone is free and peaceful there. You will get plenty of food, good shelter and , if you desire, a bride."

The ass looked at the fox with interest, "A bride too?" he exclaimed, with a sparkle in his eyes.

"Yes, a bride too," said the fox. "I know a female ass that would make a good bride for you. She is also lonely and looking for a husband. She wants to marry and raise a family. This is no life for you," he added.

"I think you are right," the ass said thoughtfully. "I will come with you and teach my master a lesson. I have a right to a better life."

He went to the jungle with the fox and soon they came to the lion's den. Before he knew what was happening, the old lion jumped from the den onto the ass, but with his injury and old age missed his aim. This frightened the ass, and he ran away from the den as fast as he could.

"What an impatient creature," cried the fox in anger. "The prey escaped because of your foolishness. Could you not have waited for a while, and then pounced at him?"

"Well," replied the lion, "it was not fault. You did not bring him close enough to me. I was scared I would miss him, so I jumped at him in a hurry."

The fox shook his head in despair and said, "Okay, I'll bring him once again. This time, be ready to pounce on him properly and kill him, before he has time to escape."

The fox ran after the ass, who was heading back towards the city. "Hey, wait for me," he called out. "What happened? Why did you run?"

The ass stopped and looked back at the fox. "Who was that with those bright eyes?" he asked. "Why did he jump at me like that?"

Realizing the ass had not known the lion, the clever fox replied, "My dear ass, that was the bride. She has been doing a lot of fasting and prayers to find a good husband. All the fasting has made her very thin. Nothing except her bright eyes can be seen. She was so happy to see after many years spent longing for a husband that in her eagerness she jumped at you, and you ran away."

"Oh, I am so sorry," said the ass. "I shall return and see her again." He wanted so much to be married and have a companion for life.

They returned to the den. This time the lion was careful and said in a soft voice, "Come closer, my dear. I love you."

The ass blushed and went further into the dark den, thinking his bride waited in the shadows. The lion raised his claw and, instead of the ass receiving the garland he expected, he was given a blow which killed him instantly.

The fox was happy this time. His master had killed the prey, and they were going to enjoy a good meal after so many days of hunger. He had an idea and said to the lion, "Master, you are tired. You should go and refresh yourself with a good bath at the river before eating the meal."

"That's true," said the lion. "I feel hot and exhausted already. You keep a watch over the body until I return." With that, the lion left the den and went down to the river to swim.

The fox was hungry. He looked at the dead ass, and thought, "I have earned this game by my intelligence. The lion is going to take the major share of the meal for himself, as usual. It is not fair. Well, this time I will not let it happen. I am going to finish my meal before he gets back."

So the fox set upon the ears and the brain of the ass and ate it with relish. When the lion returned, he looked at the dead ass and inquired angrily, "What has happened to the ears and the brain? Who has eaten it? I asked you to keep a watch while I went for a bath."

"My dear Master," replied the fox, "the ass had neither ears nor a brain. If he had any, do you think he would have come here again the second time?"

"Of course he would not have, you are very correct," agreed the lion. "I shall feed myself first, and then you can take the leftovers. You worked very hard this time. You deserve to eat also."

The fox sat down in one corner and chuckled to himself while the lion at what was left of the ass. He had deceived the mighty lion with his intelligence and ingenuity.



The two great epic works of the Hindus are Ramayan and Mahabharat. In modern terms the Mahabharat may be said to be realistic and the Ramayan idealistic, in their respective handling of human characters.

Sita in Ramayan is all that a woman could or should be. And is impressive by her sweetness and devotion. Draupadi in Mahabharat, on the other hand maybe any of the high spirited modern women with her anger and brooding for revenge and for that reason more human.

There is greater realistic truth in the full blooded characters of Mahabharat, higher passion, nobler resolve, fierce jealousy and more biting scorn and greater grandeur in many of it's scenes. Yet it is greater spiritual beauty, greater softness and tenderness of emotions in Ramayan. The subject of Mahabharat is men and war, while the subject of Ramayan is women and home.

These epics are regarded as the Vedas of the masses. People in sorrow, in joy and in daily toil turn to these epics for solace and inspiration. In Indian context norms of Epic are set by Ramayan and Mahabharat.

Many more topics were treated in great length by number of line verses or chapters but none equals these two. Interestingly, these two epics have provided canvas or theme for many forms of art, like paintings, sculpture, poems, plays and stories. This epic is written by Krishnadvaipayan Vyas. It was claimed that whatever that can exist in human life is all dealt with by Vyas in Mahabharat and conversely. Whatever that does not exist in Mahabharat can not exist in the world.

It is a story of a dynasty of Kuru that is Kaurav. Later on lineage assigned to Pandu that is dynasty of Pandava.And finally war between the two related families,which involved many small kingdoms throughout the nation.The final version of the epic was formed in the fourth century A.D.There are many Parvas having lacks of Shlokas. The most authentic version of Mahabharat was prepared in 20th century by many researchers under the guidance of Mr. Vaidya in Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute.

The story of Mahabharat has many substories, many plots and subplots hence by spread it is very wide. The epic has also inspired many artists like that by Ramayan. Many plays such as Abhidnyan Shakuntala, by Kallidasa, plays by Bhasa such as Venisamhara, Urubhanga etc. are based on the themes or plots from Mahabharat.The story is believed to have taken place around 1500 years BC.

Interestingly it was mentioned as history while the Ramayan was mentioned as a part of Purana. It was originally written as 'Jay'. It was later on revised as 'Bharata' and it was further expanded as 'Mahabharat'. It consists of story of Dushyant a king and Shakuntala a daughter of heavenly dancer Menaka. Her son was named as Bharat. He later on ascended the throne of Dushyant.

The name of the nation designated by foreigners as India bears his name to the subcontinent as Bharat. Hence the name of the nation is Bharat alias India. If Ramayan is symbolised as ideality and for setting up the norms and standards of ideality, Mahabharat can be considered as depiction of reality.

Ramayan has taught what it should be, whereas Mahabharat has bravely depicted what it generally is. It is story of lust, and renunciation, pious as well as crooks. It speaks of fearless warriors and cowardly behavior of some of them. Of obedience as well as rebels.

Though it is mainly a story of dynasties a character coming as a shepherd brought up as foster son of a chief in a village Mathura is raised to the height of God in the Indian minds. He is the one who is responsible for the final war between the two kingdoms to assert for righteous claim and only he is credited with the out come of the war, the victory of Pandavs.

Mahabharat as a pool of information mirrors society at that time, customs rites and rituals, value system and ethics of the time. It also speaks of political variation in the form of local democratic government to rural form of governance to kings and kingdom. It also reflects racial as well as cultural struggles amongst the different people of India. It has forged the Indian identity as unity in variety of races, languages, religious beliefs etc.



Ramayan is the oldest and the most popular epic of the Hindus. It consists of seven books with 24,000 couplets, composed and written by Sage Valmiki. It is said to represent the expansion of the Aryan culture over the Deccan and South India. Orthodox Hindus believe that the Ramayan belongs to the Treta Yuga.

While the modern historians believe that it belongs to the period same as that of the Sutras i.e. after the Vedic period. The theme of Ramayan as popularly known is the conflict between Ram and Ravan. They are taken to be the representatives of the Aryans and the non-Aryans.

Obviously the conflict ends with the victory of the Aryans over the non-Aryans. Another view is that Ram stands for Indra - the God of rain who fought against Vritra. In the Indian context Ramayan and Mahabharat set norms of epic. Interestingly, these two epics have provided canvas or theme for many forms of art, like paintings, sculpture, poems, plays and stories.

It consists of seven 'Kandas' or volumes and about twenty four thousand verses or Shlokas. It is claimed that the original Ramayan consisted of the second to the sixth volume and later on interpolated and expanded to the state of today's Ramayan. The poet Valmiki was formerly a robber who was converted to devotion of God by Sage Narad, the messenger of God. Having undergone devotional worship for many years, he acquired the stature of a seer.

Once he saw a hunter killing a mating pair of cranes. He was moved by the sufferings of the birds and passed a couplet verse as a curse to the hunter. This was supposedly his beginning of writing poem. He further composed verses in praise of a king Ram later taken to the level of God in Hindu mind. It is the story of Ram, who is expected to be coronated in the near future, but suddenly one of his stepmother remembers to have a privileged right to ask for anything from her husband.

She asks for the throne in favor of her true son, and Ram the eldest son to be expatriated. Ram, along with his wife and brother, leaves for forest to spend fourteen years. In the forest, Ravan, a king of demons, abducts Sita, the wife of Ram. Ram with the help of monkeys such as Hanuman, bears and other animals and tribals fought victoriously against Ravan, killing many of Ravan's army, and came back to Ayodhya, the capital of his kingdom. Apart from this brief storyline, there are many facets to the epic.

As it has given impetus to works such as Raghuvansh, folk forms of stories and myths enrich the epic in itself. Outwardly it's a story of abdication and a war for right principal and re-induction to the throne. Ramayan is idealistic in the handling of human characters. It has personified idealized human values and ethical and moral values in the form of Ram.

He is an ideal son, brother and king in the Indian mind. Sita is an ideal wife personified. Ram, his wife Sita and his brother Laxman are worshipped as Gods. Not only that, his devotee Hanuman is also a deity by himself. Sufferings of Sita as a woman are always symbolized as sufferings of common woman. In fact in Indian view, even though these were Gods, still they had to suffer due to the stroke of destiny. Needless to say, for mortals like us sufferings are inevitable.

Thus it gives strength to face the sufferings in reality. There are many interpretations of the story, related to unification of different races, different cults etc. Similarly there are different versions of the story reaching up to Java, Sumatra, Indonesia etc. There are different variations of the story even in India. Nevertheless it is an inseparable part of the Indian ethos. It is undeniable that there is great spiritual beauty, greater softness and tenderness of emotions in Ramayan.

Lord Guruvayurappan Cured It Without Surgery

Lord Guruvayurappan Cured It Without Surgery

By L. Chellam Gopalakrishnan, Vadakkancheri in April 1969

Kashtate srishtichesta bahutharabhavakedaa vaha jeevabhaaja
mithyevam poorvamaalochita majita maya; naivamadyabhijane
no chel jiva: kadham va madhuthara midham twadwapu chidra saardram
netrai: srothraicha peetwa paramarasasudhan bhodipure rameran
(Narayaneeyam. Dasaka 1 Sloka 7)

[0 Thou unconquered! It was thought of by me earlier that Thy work of creation was miserable, insofar as it brings on beings various kinds of worldly miseries. But I do not at present view it thus. But for that (creation), how can beings exult in the full ocean of that ambrosial supreme bliss, enjoying with their eyes and ears this, Thy form, more lovely and pervaded with the power of chit (consciousness) ].

Our youngest child is eight years old now. Even after 28 days from his birth, his umblical cord did not fall. One day, while bathing, it fell off, but in that place, a short half inch long growth of the thickness of a slate pencil was noticed and also some blood. The child did not have any health problem nor any pain. He was always cheerful. But seeing this growth we were extremely worried. We tried all medicines — allopathy, homoeopathy, grandmother’s medicines and so on, but in vain. Even after nine months, the blood did neither stop, nor did the growth subside.

We consulted a doctor at Thrissur. He examined him thoroughly and advised surgery. He also suggested the name of a lady doctor who was good in such operations. Even after nine months, the child was lying on its back. It could not sleep on either side or on the stomach. But he was cheerful and playful. What would be his fate if he was subjected to operation endangering, his life? This thought troubled us and we prayed to Lord Guruvayurappan that we should be spared from all the troubles.

Then, one day it occurred to us that whatever the matter, we should go to Guruvayur first and conduct the child’s feeding ceremony there. Thereafter we could act as advised by the doctor. “Is not Bhagavan bhaktavalsala? Will He give trouble to His devotees?” We thought along these lines and decided to go there first and pray before taking a decision.

At Guruvayur, we happened to go to a medical shop on the western side of the temple. Unexpectedly, the vaidyar there happened to notice the navel of the child and enquired about it. To us who were constantly worried about this, his enquiry gave us some relief. Since he was a doctor we expected he would give us some medicine. We explained to him everything. He pondered over the matter and said:
“You go to the temple and then come. The Lord will cure this without any operation. Trust Him”.
We thought Guruvayurappan Himself said this to console us and entered the temple happily.

Although I went inside the temple constantly thinking about the child, when I stood before the deity I didn’t know what for we had come and what to pray. However, we conducted the feeding ceremony and named the child ‘Kannan’. We had darshan again and returned to the medical shop. The doctor gave us some oil to be applied. He said: “This oil has not been prescribed by me and you can take it as having been prescribed by Bhagavan. Anyway, you think of surgery only after applying the oil”.

The doctor told us to apply the oil for just three days and we wondered how it could cure when several oils and ointments we had applied, did not have any effect. All the same we decided to try it since it was prescribed by the Lord Himself.

We reached home with the oil. We prayed: “Oh Lord, we have no one to turn to except you. Please bless us. We then applied the oil. Miraculously, the child slept well that night. The next day we found the growth in the navel had disappeared. “Where had it gone, the growth which was to be operated”, we wondered.

I cannot describe adequately this wonderful experience. Whoever knew about this were equally surprised. If the child was operated its life would have been in danger. It was only the Lord who saved us from all this. Once the growth vanished, the child started sleeping on its stomach. It is quite clear that in this case Lord Guruvayurappan Himself decided on the treatment and cured the child. We cannot describe our happiness adequately.

Sankha chakra gadhaa paane
Govinda Pundarikaksha
Rakshamam saranagatham.

The above was a real experience of our Bhagavan’s grace narrated by a reader of the “Sri Guruvayurappan”–a monthly magazine of the Sri Guruvayurappan Sankeerthana Trust, founded by Thirunamacharya Shri Anjam Madhavan Nambudiri (1918-1988), a scholar devotee who held vast audiences spellbound by his inimitable discourses on Bhagavata and the Namasankirtan.

Read this Story ( A True Story )

Read this Story ( A True Story )

A woman was working in a post office in California.
One day she licked the envelopes and postage stamps instead of using
a sponge. That very day the lady found a cut on her tongue. A week
later, she noticed an abnormal swelling of her tongue.

She went to the doctor, and they found nothing wrong. Her tongue was
not sore or anything. A couple of days later, her tongue started to
swell more, and it began to get really sore, so sore, that she could
not eat.

She went back to the hospital, and demanded something be done. The
doctor took an x-ray of her tongue and noticed a lump. He prepared
her for minor surgery. When the doctor cut her tongue open,a live
cockroach crawled out!!!!

There were cockroach eggs on the seal of the envelope. The egg was
able to hatch inside of her tongue, because of her saliva.It was warm
and moist...

This is a true story reported on CNN

Andy Hume wrote:

Hey, I used to work in an envelope factory. You wouldn't believe the.
...things that float around in those gum applicator trays. I haven't
licked an envelope for years!" I used to work for a print shop (32
years ago) and we were told NEVER to lick the envelopes. I never
understood why until I had to go into storage and pull out 2500
envelopes that were already printed and saw several squads of
cockroaches roaming around inside a couple of boxes with eggs
everywhere. They eat the glue on the envelopes.


Atleast After reading this you will never lick an envelope or stamp
containing glue again.

A Motivational Story

An ironsmith in a village used to purchase Rs. 100/= of raw iron, which he converted laboriously into horseshoe. By selling them, he used to make Rs. 500/= per day.

His son who saw him struggle, left his schooling in the 7th std. to help the ailing father. After he took in-charge of the unit, his progressive mind made him to take loan and employ an engineer. He made a plan of action to convert the Rs. 100/= raw material of iron into steel first and then into safety pins, making about Rs. 50,000/=.

After a few years, this old man’s son could not go to college, as he had to manage his father’s factory. He went a step further. He took a bigger loan, employed a management graduate, a creative designer and a sales person. Putting their heads together, he started manufacturing watch springs, which he started exporting too. End result, turnover crossed Rs. 500,000/= for the same investment of Rs. 100/=.

The Learning: -

Ø While the ironsmith family worked on honing their skills and developing positive attitude – Emotional Quotient (EQ), the others worked on acquiring knowledge – (IQ). Academic excellence

Ø IQ – Knowledge can be purchased or employed – it is ‘outside in’. Mostly information transfer from outside into us. Excellence may not be dependent on this

Ø EQ – has to be developed – it is ‘inside out’. Capping God given abilities into capabilities. They are naturally oriented.

Ø Success is Confidence + Creativity + Taking Risk + Human Relationship and they are all within us. Tapping our wealth leads to wealth creation.

Ø Mediocrity is following what others are doing + doing what others are so called successfully doing most of the time.

Ø Working on self makes one powerful and attracts people towards them. It then is intrinsic – hobby oriented

Ø Working on the outside, is labour – as it is not what I want to do but what others want me to do – Job oriented. A professional cook, BHM with good marks - his cooking you can’t eat continuously in any hotel.

Ø Working from the inside ‘within’, is loving what you are doing – working as one wants to do it. A mother or wife cooking, no degree from the university but, their cooking could be eaten for years without any problems.

You can decide which is a better way of living. Whether to dig the Gold in you first for the real Gold (happiness) or to run after a degree which we feel will give us the Gold – yellow metal but happiness could be a big question.

IQ laced with EQ and SQ brings out the LQ in us. We are better leaders, first being able to lead ourselves for overall better productivity.



Uttanapada was the son of Svayambhuva Manu. Uttanapada's wives were Suniti and Suruchi. He had a son called Dhruva by Suniti and another son called Uttama by Suruchi. Suruchi was his favorite wife. One day he was fondling the son Uttama. Dhruva saw this and wanted also to get on to the father's lap. Suruchi, Dhruva's stepmother prevented this saying that only Uttama was entitled to sit on his father's lap. Dhruva was crying and informed of this to his mother Suniti. Suniti implored patience and said that she and Dhruva should submit to the fate that they were not the favored ones. She advised Dhruva. " Son, try to acquire religious merit. Be kind and friendly to all living creatures. You will be endowed with good fortune."

Dhruva said, "Let Uttama get the crown. I will by my own efforts attain a rank higher than my father's and get to be respected by the entire world." Having said this, he moved into the forest.

In the forest, he saw seven saints sitting on antelope skins, performing tapas. Dhruva narrated his story to them. The sages asked, "What do you want from us?"

Dhruva said, "I do not want money. I do not want

dom. I want the highest rank in the world. Tell me how I can attain this."

The sages said in one voice: "Anything desired by man can be attained by worshipping Vishnu-anything, even the highest rank in the highest of the three worlds."

Dhruva inquired, "Instruct me, O holy sages, how do I worship Vishnu, the god of gods."

The sages explained, "Remove your mind from all external objects; fix it steadily on the Supreme Soul on whom the entire universe exists. Repeat the prayer: Glory to the Supreme who is divine wisdom and whose form is this Universe."

Prince Dhruva went to a holy place on the Yamuna river and performed tapas. He meditated and prayed. The Supreme Being entered his soul. He became the repository of supreme, divine power. The gods were frightened that Dhruva may supersede the gods themselves in power. One of the gods even tried to deceive Dhruva and interrupt Dhruva's tapas by appearing before him in the form of Suniti and cried before him, saying " Son, you are only five years old. You are my only solace. Don't leave me. Protect me, my child, from the taunts of Suruchi. Your duty is to make your mother happy. If you do not come back to me, I will kill myself."

Dhruva was deeply meditating; he did not hear or see his mother weeping before him. The illusion disappeared from his presence. Only one object was seen by his mind's eye: the Supreme soul.

The gods were alarmed indeed. They had failed to shake Dhruva's resolve. So they went to Vishnu and complained, "This child is attaining superhuman powers by his tapas. We do not know what rank he wants, an Indra, a Sun or a guardian deity. Divert him, O Vishnu, from this tapas."

Vishnu calmly replied, "I know what Dhruva wants; he does not want sovereignty of the solar sphere or the earth or the oceans. I will grant Dhruva's wish and stop his tapas. Don't be alarmed; return to your stations and do your duties."

Swift as thought, Vishnu came to Dhruva appearing before him in the form in which he worshipped Vishnu and said, "I am pleased with your devotion, O son of Uttanapada. Ask me, what do you want?"

Dhruva opened his eyes and saw before him the Supreme Being. He was enthralled. He was overwhelmed. He was dumbfounded. After a few speechless moments, Dhruva said, "O Lord, I want this boon: let me know how to praise thee. I cannot find words to glorify you. My heart is full of love and devotion. God, give me the power to lay my prayers at your feet."

Vishnu's sacred conch touched Dhruva's head; instantly, Dhruva burst forth into a long song of praise of such glory that no man had heard before. When Dhruva had finished, the Lord asked, "Tell me what are the wishes of your heart."

Dhruva replied: "O Lord, you reside in all peoples' hearts. You therefore know all the wishes in my heart. All you are as

for is my confession. I confess: I do not want the rank of Indra, the rank of the Sun; nor do I want the sovereignty of the earth and the oceans. I just wanted to attain the highest position which no one had attained before. I do not know that position. You decide. I surrender completely."

Vishnu said, " You shall attain that rank; it will be a station which will sustain all the stars and the planets, above that of the sun and the moon. As the ever-present Pole Star, you will be an example to all people of what devotion can attain. Suniti, your mother will also dwell as a star near you. Your task now is to go back to your father, reconcile with your stepmother and be the guardian of your brother. Your old father is old and unhappy that you left him. You take over the

dom from him and rule according to the laws of Dharma. In due time, you will attain your place in the heavens."

Saying these, Vishnu disappeared. Dhruva bowed. When he returned home, he found a warm welcome from his father, mother and stepmother. He carried out the divine commands. He attained his place as the Pole Star (Dhruva taara) in the sky. Suniti shined beside him.



In ancient India, a king named Harischandra ruled over Kosala kingdom. This kingdom exemplified the adage: yathaa raajaa tathaa prajaah, which means: as the king, so are the subjects. The people of the kingdom were virtuous: they avoided anything evil; they did not drink nor did they gamble; they were not arrogant of their wealth; they were truthful and just in their dealings. As as result of these virtues, there was no famine, sickness or untimely death in the kingdom. People were healthy and strong; women were beautiful, cultured and all the people looked upon their king as their father and the queen as their mother. In an extraordinary quirk of fate, the very virtues brought trouble to the king and the kingdom.

Vasishta was the family priest of the king. He got into a dispute with sage Visvamitra on the possibility of finding a man of incorruptible virtue. Viswamitra contended that this was impossible; even a virtuous person can fail if put to rigorous tests. Vasishta's argument was that while Viswamitra had a point in general terms, there were indeed exceptional men in the world who cannot be tempted to give up their virtue. He cited Harischandra as one such man. Viswamitra laughed and said that Vasishta seemed to be carried away because Harischandra was the latter's patron. Viswamitra challenged that he will put Harischandra to such a rigorous testing that Vasishta would be proved wrong. Both the sages agreed to conduct the experiment with gods as witnesses.

Viswamitra forthwith proceeded to the capital of Harischandra's kingdom, Ayodhya and learnt that the king was proceeding on a hunting expedition. Viswamitra went ahead of the king and sat down in tapas in a wayside ashram. As the king's hunting party passed by, the sage created an illusion of female voices crying, 'O save us, save us from this man." The king replied, "I am coming to help. I will pierce with my arrows, the wretch molesting women" and ran towards the direction from which the cries were heard. The sage's tapas was disturbed with all the commotion. The king prostrated before the sage and apologized to him for the disturbance caused offering his kingdom and his wealth in reparation.

"What? Are these meaningless words?" Viswamitra questioned angrily.

"O Sage, I speak with all sincerity. I will keep my word."

"I take you at your word, then," responded the sage, "You are already indebted to me; you owe me the fees for the Rajasuya sacrifice which I had asked you to hold in trust for me."

"I will pay the fees whenever you demand, O Viswamitra."

"Okay; get back to your capital and arrange to hand over your kingdom and all your wealth."

Viswamitra held Harischandra to his words and went the next day to gain control of the kingdom and all the palace wealth. Harischandra gave up all that and also the ornaments of his queen.

"O sage, what more should I give you/"

"Who is the king of Kosala now," roared Viswamitra.

"Viswamitra," echoed Harischandra.

"Listen to my royal command, " repled Viswamitra, "You should leave my kingdom immediately with your wife only with the clothes you are wearing."

Harischandra observed with utmost devotion, "Your command will be obeyed." Accompanied by his wife, Chandramati and their boy Rohita, Harischandra started leaving the capital.

"Before you go, Harischandra, you have to pay me the fees for the Rajasuya which you owe me and which I had entrusted to you."

"I have now nothing which I call my own, except the clothing you have permitted me to retain. Please give me time to discharge the debt I owe you. In a month, I will pay back the sum."

"I agree; a month from now, I will come to collect the fees."

Harischandra took leave of his creditor amidst the cries of his subjects who got wind of the actions of the truthful king, "O king, how can a casually uttered word bind you? Your virtue is ruining us all. You cannot desert us. We will come with you."

Harischandra exhorted his subjects that their duty was to serve the new king. The troubles he had to face were of his own making and the subjects should not suffer on this account. Their new king was a royal sage, famous and possessed of marvellous powers. The new king's actions were prompted by some divine providence, which was inscrutable. It was the duty of the subjects never to swerve from virtue and the path of righteousness.

Viswamitra commanded his troops to tell Harischandra to stop this wasteful exhortation and to proceed forthwith out of the kingdom. Harischandra at once stopped talking and left the capital with his wife and son.

The threesome had to beg for their foot at the Dharmasalas on the way and to do manual work to earn their livelihood. They proceeded towards Kashi to wash away their sons in the sacred waters of the Ganga. As they entered the gates of the holy city of Kashi, Viswamitra was there to encounter them, "This is just to remind you: today is the day when you should repay the debt you owed me." Harischandra counted the days and realized that Viswamitra spoke the truth. Though dismayed, he immediately gained his courage and said to himself that he still had half-a-day before him during which time he should try to earn to repay the debt. Viswamitra said, "If you tell me that you would not pay me or even say that you do not owe me anything, I will not bother you any more. I can write off the debt." Harischandra replied vehemently, "O Sage, it is a fact that I owe you Rajasuya sacrifice fees. I will try to pay you before the end of the day."

The sage departed leaving Harischandra to work out a strategy. He set to thinking of ways he can raise money: What if I sell myself as a slave to some rich merchant and discharge the sage's debt? Oh no, what will happen to his wife and his son if he parted from them? Chandramati suggested that she and her son could be sold instead so that Harischandra could repay the debt, earn some livelihood later and buy them back.

Harischandra saw the strength of Chandramati's arguments. He took the wife and son to the market-place of the city and loudly announced, choking with tears, that his son and wife were for sale. A brahman came to him and said that his young wife needed the services of a servant-maid and offered to by only Chandramati and said that he had no use for the boy. Chandramati pleaded with the brahman that she would teach her son to do menial work and make him useful in the master's household. Finally the deal was struck, the brahman bought both of them paying a small additional sum and took them to his house.

Instantly, Viswamitra appeared. Harischandra paid him the the entire amount which he had received from the brahman.

"This is not even half of what you owe me," noted Viswamitra, in anger.

"True, Sage. I will give you the balance in a short time," implored Harischandra.

"The day is coming to a close; you have not kept your promise. I see you are a promise-breaker. Just tell me you owe me nothing, I will set you free of your debt."

"I deserve your anger, Sage. I do owe you money and I have to discharge your debt. I have just sold my wife and my son and repayed your debt in part. Please give me one more hour, just before sunset; I will try to sell myself and repay your debt in full."

"How many times should I be coming to you? Anyway, it is only one hour before sunset. Let me see." So saying, the angry creditor sage went away.

Harischandra returned to the market and starting crying aloud to everyone's hearing: "I am available as a slave to be bought with money, while the sun is still shining in the west."

Nobody was prepared to pay the price he was quoting. An executioner, the head of the local cemetery stepped up to take a deep look at Harischandra. He was fould-smelling, disfigured, uncouth, with a long, repulsive face, projecting teeth and a beard, dark-complexioned, pendulous belly, tawny eyes. He carried some birds, he had a skull in his hand and adorned himself with the garlands taken from the corpses. He was surrounded by a pack of dogs and was heard cursing in harsh tones. He also a carried a long staff. In sum, his appearance created fear and was repulsive.

"Who are you?" asked Harischandra when the cemetery-keeper offered to buy him.

"My name is Pravira, an expert executioner of the city. I am the guard of the cemetery at the south-western end of the city. My job is to despatch those who are condemned to death, to gather clothes of the dead brought to my cemetery."

Harischandra was wondering if he should accept to be the slave of Pravira. Viswamitra appeared on the scene and prodded, "Why are you hesitant to be his slave when he is offering you money enough to repay my debt?"

Harischandra pleaded, "O Sage, make me your slave for the balance of the money I owe you. I will obey your commands. I belong to the race of solar ancestry among kings. Please save me from becoming a slave to a cemetery-keeper."

"Just tell me that you do not owe me anything more and I will let you free as a free man."

"How can I say that? I still owe you money," Harischandra pointed out.

"So you want to be my slave?" asked the creditor.

"Yes, sir. I beg of you. Please take me as your slave," said the debtor Harischandra.

"I agree. Now that you are my slave, I discharge you from the debt. But I am selling you right now to this cemetery-keeper for the sum he has offered."

The executioner was happy that he got the slave he had bargained for. He paid the money to Viswamitra and led Harischandra away to his house near the cemetery.

Harischandra's job at the cemetery was to collect for his master the cemetery fees from those coming to bury or burn the dead and to gather the discarded clothes of the corpses.

"Stay on this burial ground night and day and watch out for the corpses to arrive. Collect the fees strictly from everyone. Divide the collection into six parts; one part is for the king, three parts are for me; two parts will be your wages. You are also to execute the criminals condemned to death."

Harischandra worked for 12 months in this job. He was loyal to his master. His appearance was slowly changing like his master; with dishevelled hair, shoddy beard, emaciated and with protruding bones from his chest. He heard the crackling sounds of the burning faggots on the funeral pyres and howling of the jackals. He was frequently reminding himself of his wife and son and would often join the lamenting funeral parties and join in the loud lamentations remembering the dead. He reassured himself that he had done the right thing to avoid being untruthful and to avoid being unfaithful. He reminded himself of his priest Vasishta's saying that Dharma was the only light that mortals had on earth and everything else was illusion caused by ajnaana (ignorance). He had to walk by this light wherever it led him. He had to do his duty by the light whether he was the king of solar ancestry or as the assistant keeper of the Varanasi cemetery. It was not for him to choose.

A year passed by. One night, a ragged and destitute woman brought to the burning ground her own arms the body of her son. He was a small boy. He had died of snake-bite. She had also brought with her a bundle of sticks for the funeral pyre. Harischandra demanded of her the prescribed fees for the cremation. She pleaded with him that she was a destitute and could not pay. Harischandra refused to prepare for the cremation. He said that he could exempt his own share but he had to collect at least the king's share and his master's share of the fees. He saw a little jewel of gold hanging from her neck, mostly hidden by her ragged clothes and suggested that this be sold to pay the reduced fees he was demanding. On hearing this, the woman started crying, "O gods, what sins have I committed that the sacred symbol of my marriage which till now was visible only to my husband should be seen my the cemetery assistant/"

Harischandra was startled. He peered into the face through the enveloping darkness and asked, "Who was your husband?" She replied, sobbing, "My husband was once a king, a cruel creditor had forced him to sell her and her their son in the market of Varanasi." Harischandra saw what he was upto and fell on the dead body, crying, "O Rohita, Rohita darling son, my son! I am your father here, come to me dear child. O my god what snake was it, what were you doing, how did it happen? O god, I can't bear this anymore."

It was indeed Chandramati, Harischandra's wife who had brought her son to the burning ground at the dead of night. They recognized each other and wept together, caressing the lifeless corpse of their son lying on their laps. They resolved not to outlive their child. They wanted to get into the pyre and put an end to their lives also. But then, the problem of the cremation of the boy had to be resolved. Harischandra had to collect his fees. He told Chandramati to get back to her master and beg of him the money needed for the cremation of the boy. Chandramati had no options, she had to leave the cemetery.

As she was returning home, groping through the darkness, a man with a small bundle in his hand accosted her, "Who are you? Why are you weeping? Why are you here in this dark hour of the night?" Chandramati related the story and asked the man to show her the way to the master's house. The man, hearing the heartrending story said, "You do not have to go all the way to your master's house. Take this bundle. It has some jewelw. You can use the jewels to pay the cremation fee." He thrust the bundle into her hands and ran away into the woods, in the darkness of the night. Chandramati was left alone in utter fright. She heard the oncoming sounds of horses' hoofs. Beams of penetrating light were also seen. They were the police of the city on horseback in pursuit of the thief who had burgled into a house, strangled a sleeping child and had stolen the jewels on the child's body. The police saw the woman with the bundle in her hands and thought that she was the thief. Her extreme poverty and ragged clothes made her look like a criminal in the eyes of the police.

She was taken prisoner and taken to the magistrate's court and a complaint was lodged against her. "Ogre, don't you have any children? How heartless can you be that you stole a child's jewels?" shouted the magistrate. Chandramati narrated her story and explained how the bundle had come to be in her hands. The magristrate did not believe her, "You are a murderer and a thief. Don't add another attribute of being a liar."

The magistrate condemned her to death before sunrise the next morning and she was led away to the chief executioner of the city. Harischandra was on vigil near the body of his son awaiting the arrival of his wife with the cremation fee. She was being led in chains to the block for being executed as a criminal. Harischandra saw this and could scarcely believe his eyes. He ran toward the place of execution. He was stopped on the way by a boy who brought the master's message: Pravira wanted Harischandra to at once fetch the axe and execute the criminal who was being led to the block. Harischandra was reeling under the impact of horror upon horror being heaped on him. He was rendered speechless, momentarily.

The execution had to go on. The orders of the master keeper of the cemetery were unequivocal and very clear. Harischandra brought the axe and proceeded to the place of execution. The guards read out the orders of the magistrate. It was not for Harischandra to question the orders nor to produce counter-evidence to prove the victim's innocence. He was only the slave of his master whose orders had to be carried out. Chandramati looked at Harischandra with a stony, cold stare. Her agony was too deep for tears. As though by mutual consent, the husband and wife refused to recognize each other, they didn'' say a word in the presence of the guards. They had to go through the final stages of their tragic lives and get on with it and meet on the other side of death.

Harischandra took the axe in both his hands, closed his eyes in speechless torment of prayer and started lifting the axe up over his head and as he was bringing down the axe, his hands were seized from behind by Viswamitra who had now appeared on the scene. Gods gathered aaround in heaven watching the ordeals of the king.

Viswamitra acknowledged his defeat to Vasishta and announced, "O Harischandra, your is now alive. You and your wife have a merited place in heaven by your adherence unswervingly to virtue in the most trying circumstances. All your troubles so far are merely illusion created by me."

Indra the king of the gods explained to Harischandra how his virtue was being put to test. He welcomed the couple to heaven and asked him to install the son on the throne of Kosala.

The Lord's Clinic

I went to the Lord’s Clinic to have my routine check-up and I confirmed I was ill:

When God took my blood pressure, He saw I was low in tenderness.

When he read my temperature, the thermometer registered 40º of anxiety

He ran an electrocardiogram and found that I needed several “love bypasses” since my arteries were blocked with loneliness and could not provide for an empty heart.

I went to orthopedics, because I could not walk by my brother’s side and I could not hug my friends, since I had fractured myself when tripping with envy.

He also found I was shortsighted, since I could not see beyond the shortcomings of my brothers and sisters.

When I complained about deafness, the diagnostic was that I had stopped listening to God’s voice talking to me on a daily basis.

For all of that, God gave me a free consultation thanks to his mercifulness, so my pledge is to, once I leave this clinic, only take the natural remedies he prescribed through his words of truth:

Every morning, take a full glass of gratitude

When getting to work, take one spoon of peace

Every hour, take one pill of patience, one cup of brotherhood and one glass of humility

When getting home, take one dose of love

When getting to bed, Take two caplets of clear conscience.

Do not give in into sadness or desperation for what you are going through today.

God knows how you feel......

God knows exactly and with perfection what is being allowed to happen to you in your life at this precise moment.

God’s purpose for you is simply perfect.

He wants to show you things that only you can understand by living what you are living, and by being in the place you are now.

May God give you...
For every storm, a rainbow,
For every tear, a smile,
For every care, a promise,
And a blessing in each trial.
For every problem life sends,
A faithful friend to share,
For every sigh, a sweet song,
And an answer for each prayer.

१९ Horses

19 Horses

One rich man owned 19 horses when he died. In his last will and teastament he had written that upon his death, half the horses he owned should go to his only son; one fourth to the village temple and one fifth to the faithful servant. The village elders could not stop scratching their heads. How can they give half of the 19 horses to the son? You cannot cut up a horse. They puzzled over this dilemma for more than two weeks and then decided to send for a wise man who was living in a neighbouring village.

The wise man came riding on his horse and asked the villagers if he can be of any help to them. The village elders told him about the rich man's last will and testament which stated that half of the (19) horses must be given to his only son, one fourth must go to the temple and one fifth to the faithful servant.

The wise man said he will immediately solve their problem without any delay whatsoever. He had the 19 horses placed in a row standing next to one another. Then he added his own horse as the 20 th horse. Now he went about giving half of the 20 horses â€" that is ten horses to the son. One fourth of 20- that is 5 horses were given to the temple committee. One fifth of twenty- that is 4 horses were given to the faithful servant. Ten plus five plus four made 19 horses. The remaining 20 th horse was his own which he promptly mounted, spoke a few inspiring words, and rode back home.

The villagers were simply dumfounded, full of disbelief and filled with admiration. And the parting words of the wise man were inscribed in their hearts and minds which they greatly cherished and passed on to their succeeding generations till today.

The wise man said: In our daily lives, in our daily affairs, simply add God's name and then go about facing the day's happenings. Ever come across problems in life that are seemingly insurmountable? (Like the villagers, do we feel that such problems cannot be solved?).

The wise man continued: Add the God Principle in our daily lives and the problems will become lighter and eventually will disappear. In the manner of the ice which, with the addition of the heat principle will turn into water, and that will eventually evaporate as steam and disappear. And how do we add God's name in our daily lives? Through prayers, filled with true love and devotion with sincerity of purpose and dedication that only total faith can bring about. Meditation is a powerful means of directing the mind Godward.

But without true love and devotion entering into it, it remains like a boat without water. It is not difficult to push a boat that is floating in water, but extremely hard to drag the same boat on dry land.

In the same way, if our life's boat floats on the waters of true love and devotion, we can sail easily in it. The principle of love of God and devotion with total faith, (like water) makes easy the voyage of our lives. When the mind is pure and the heart full of simplicity and holiness, such a devotee becomes an instrument in the service of the Lord.

जुस्त फॉर fun

Lady : Is this my train?
Station Master : No, it belongs to the Railway Company.
Lady : Don't try to be funny. I mean to ask if I can take this train to New Delhi.
Station Master : No Madam, I'm afraid it's too heavy.


A drunkard was brought to court.
Just before the trial there was a commotion in the gallery.
The judge pounded the gravel on his table and shouted, "Order, order."
The drunkard immediately responded, "Thank you, your honor, I'll have a scotch and soda."


Customer :Waiter, do you serve crabs?
Waiter :Please sit down sir, we serve everyone.

Customer:Waiter, is this a lamb chop or pork chop?
Waiter:Can't you tell the difference by taste?
Customer:No, I can't.
Waiter:Then does it really matter?


Little Susie came running into the house after school one day, shouting,
"Daddy!Daddy! I got a 100 in school today!"
"That's great, Sweetheart," said her daddy.
"Come in to the living room and tell me about it."
"Well, "began the confession, "I got 50 in spelling, 30 in math's and 20 in science."


Customer:Waiter, there's a dead beetle in my soup.
Waiter:Yes sir, they are not very good swimmers.


Customer:Waiter, there's a fly in my soup.
Waiter:That' s all right sir, he won't drink much.


Waiter: I've stewed liver, boiled tongue and frog's leg.
Customer: Don't tell me your problems. Give the menu card.


Customer:Waiter, there's a fly swimming in my soup.
Waiter: So what do you expect me to do, call a lifeguard?


Customer :Waiter, what's the meaning of this fly in my tea up?
Waiter :I wouldn't know sir, I'm a waiter, not a fortune teller.


1st thief :Oh ! The police is here. Quick! Jump out of the window!
2nd thief:But this is the 13th floor.
1st thief :Hurry! this is no time for superstitions.


Man: How old is your father?
Boy: As old as me.
Man : How can that be?
Boy: He became a father only when I was born.


Customer:Waiter, this soup tastes funny.
Waiter: Funny? But then why aren't you laughing?


Teacher : Peter, why are you late for school again?
Peter: Well, Miss, I dreamed that I was playing football and the game went into extra time.


An absent-minded man went to see a psychiatrist.
'My trouble is,' he said, 'that I keep forgetting things.'
'How long has this been going on?' asked the psychiatrist.
'How long has what been going on?' said the man.


Girl : Do you love me?
Boy:Yes Dear.
Girl: Would you die for me?
Boy :No, mine is undying love.


There was a brilliant student and his General Knowledge (*GK*) was excellent.
He won every GK Quiz he took part in ....
Then one day he fell in love with a girl...
He proposed the girl, but she flatly rejected him The poor Indian fellow was heart-broken. .
Strangely, after this episode, he became very weak at GK, he stopped taking part in GK Quizzes.....
Now, can u tell WHY ???
Jab Dil Hi Toot Gaya Toh GK Kya Karenge!!


Wife : Do you want dinner?
Husband:Sure, what are my choices?
Wife :Yes and no.

Monday, January 28, 2008


Life Choices

Life isn't about keeping score.
It's not about how many friends you have or how accepted you are.
Not about if you have plans this weekend or if you're alone.
It isn't about who you're dating, who you used to date, how many you
haven't been with anyone at all.
It isn't about who you have kissed.
It isn't about sex.
It isn't about who your family is or how much money they have or what kind
of car you drive or where you went to school.
It's not about how beautiful or ugly you are or what clothes you wear or
what kind of shoes you have on or what kind of music you listen to.
It's not about if your hair is red, black, brown or blonde or if your skin
is too light or too dark.
Not about what grades you get, how smart you are, how smart everybody else
thinks you are, or as smart as standardized tests say you are.
It's not about what clubs you're in or what sports you play, or how good
you are at "your" sport.
It's not about representing you, who being on a piece of paper and who will
accept "the written you."

LIFE JUST ISN'T is about who you love and who you hurt.
Life is about who you make happy and unhappy purposely.
Life is about keeping or betraying trust.
Life is about friendship regarded as sacred or used as a weapon.
Life is about what you say and mean, maybe hurtful and maybe heartening.
Life is about starting rumors and contributing to petty gossip.
Life is about what judgments you pass and why, and who your judgments are
spread to.
Life is about who you've ignored with full control and intention.
Life is about jealousy, fear, ignorance, and revenge.
Life is about carrying inner hate and love, letting it grow and spreading it.
But, most of all, Life is about using your life to touch, or poison other
people's hearts in such a way that could have never occurred by itself.
Only you choose the way those hearts are affected.
Those choices are what life's about.

Choose Wisely!




Cabbage has been found to contain a number of anti-cancer compounds, but by boiling it, you're likely to lose some of the benefits of these plant chemicals.

Though some vegetables deliver more health benefits when they're boiled, cabbage is an exception. Research has shown that cooking cabbage removes about one-half the nutrients it contains. Two compounds in particular -- indole-3-carbinol and sulforaphane -- make cabbage an especially potent cancer-fighting food.

When you can, enjoy cabbage in its raw form in a salad, as coleslaw, or topping tacos. Or, use it in your stir-fry dishes. This cruciferous veggie keeps for 10 days in a refrigerator crisper, so it's easy to have on hand.


Thanks to an amazingly high content of Vitamin C, one single capsicum will, in fact, provide you more of the vitamin than a whole glass of pure juice of the other vitamin C rich fruit orange. Capsicum also contains bone strengthening calcium and potassium.

CALORIFIC VALUE: 15 calories in 100g capsicum


Include capsicum, preferably raw, in your diet for a bagful of benefits: from warding off minor bacterial infections to putting the sparkle back in your eyes and skin, preventing tooth decay, aiding digestion and promoting healthy hair-growth.

Real Age Benefit: Eating a diverse diet that is low in calories and high in nutrients can make your Real Age as much as 4 years younger.



Indian flag code amendment

Indian flag code amendment

Indian flag code amendment .The 53rd Republic Day on January 26, 2002, was a very special day for Indians. Fifty-four years after the tiranga was adopted by the Constituent Assembly as the national flag, the citizens were free to hoist the Indian flag thanks to a public interest petition filed by Navin Jindal, a young industrialist from Madhya Pradesh, India .

This amendment removed the restrictions which only allowed government offices and higher functionaries of government to fly the Indian flag freely.

Before the amendent, the general public could do so only on a few selected national days, eg. the Independence Day and Republic Day of India.

The government's decision took place after a public interest petition filed by Mr. Navin Jindal, an industrialist from Madhya Pradesh, in the Delhi High Court. The case moved upto the Supreme Court of India, which asked the government to set up a committee to review Jindal's public interest petition .

The Union cabinet of India approved an amendment to the Indian flag code with some modifications and conditions intended to safeguard the flags dignity, honour and respect.

The courts found nothing unreasonable in the patriotic justification by Mr. Jindal, who used to hoist the flag atop his office. Earlier having done so and he found the flag confiscated for apparently going against the flag code. Mr. Jindal argued that flying his countries flag was indeed his fundamental right as an Indian citizen, a way to express his love and faith.

Finally the ban on display of Indian national flag by Indians was lifted thanks to the Delhi high court and the supreme court, and ofcourse Mr. Jindal. The Union cabinet approved an amendment to the flag code with some modifications and conditions intended to safeguard its dignity and honour. The landmark judgement to the Indian Flag code came on 15th January, 2002.



Let me start with an interesting story. It is a story the relates to the life of every individual.
A father in order to test the geographical knowledge of his son, took a map of the world and tore it into pieces. He then called his son and said to him, “Look my son, I have torn the map of the world and I would like you to put these pieces at their right places”. The son took away those pieces and in no time brought those pieces put correctly at their places. He put them on a board and there was intact the map of the world. The father was taken aback. Even he himself could not have put those pieces together in such a short time. Not willing to keep quiet about it, he questioned his son as to how he could do it so quickly. The child replied, “ Papa at the back of the map is the figure of a man. I put him right and the world was right”. Yes if the man is right, the world is right.
Each one of us has to take a clue from this. In the final analysis, when all is said and done, it is the individual who matters. He is the most important actor to change the very face of the world. Entire responsibility rests on the shoulders of each one of us, I should be concerned about myself. I am confined only to myself. I am responsible to myself alone. It is myself that I have to take care of , irrespective of what others do and think. I have to see that I am on the right path and I am the right man. In this race I have to be a winner.

Begin by understanding what the right path is and what qualities the right man should possess. First and foremost, each of us must learn to love. If you love God, you will be able to love all His creations, for in them you see Him. Love is a matter of the heart, so you have to make the foundation in your heart. A spontaneous response towards anyone you meet should be that you love him. Say these words “I just love”. Use these words as a key to make your heart run. Then watch the results. You life will brighten up with new love and understanding. Surrender yourself to this new awareness and let love unfold within you. The Lord says in Gita, “Adveshta Sarvbhutanam” meaning love all and be friendly to them.

To be friendly is another quality that you must inculcate. The bond of love should never diminish. You should chisel yourself constantly and thus try to discard the ill feeling that may grow up in you. Sage Ved Vyas was given a unique assignment. He was asked to study all the philosophical and spiritual literature and sum it up in short. After intense study, he issued one line. “The act of greatest merit is to help others and the greatest sin is to cause intentional pain to others”. Friendship stands to help and not cause pain to others. A loving word, a compassionate look, a simple good deed- all these can bring light to the lives of the less fortunate, as well as your own. It is not what you gain, but what you are able to give the determines the value of your life. If you are friendly, and you have been able to give happiness to a single soul, it makes your life blessed.

Compassion, closely connected to friendship is what the Lord seeks in His devotees. Hate and violence cannot lead you far. You will not be judged by the numbers; how much money you have in your bank, how many cars you own, how many bungalow you have and how much gold you possess. You will be known by your compassionate nature, how much you understand and feel for others. Compassion shows the man. It is the highest manifestation of love. If you claim to love God and neglect this aspect of life, you are not in any way near to God. When you live for others, love soars to the highest point. Yet one should not be attached to any one. If you are attached to any one , you begin to look for returns. If that is so, it is not love. Love has no cause . In love, you sacrifice all. You receive only to give.

The greatest hindrance on the path of love is your own ego. It is very difficult to kill it, but still this is the most important thing one should try to move towards. It is the ego in us that yearns for returns. We have only the right to work but without desiring results. “ I have done so much for this fellow and he has never thought of doing anything for me”. It is the ‘me’ and ‘I’ that is hurt. It is this ego that needs to be crushed. Because when your expectations are not fulfilled anger crops up and extinguishes the feeling of love and compassion. The mind loses its balance when love is lost. In a moment all that you have gained is lost. A proper war has to be waged against egoism, the greatest hindrance on the path of love.

Always try to maintain a balance between happiness and sorrows. “Samdukha Sukha Kshami.” Happiness should not elate you, while sorrows should not depress you. They are merely two parts of a swing. Remain poised remembering to surrender yourself to God and don’t get impatient. It is He alone who can give you the strength to bear your sufferings.

“Yogkshaimam Vahamyaham” creates an inner faith and see how fears will pass away. Hold His hands and He will take you out of the darkest path. Remember the story of the small boy who was told by his mother that he could call his brother Govinda, and he would take him out of the dense jungle which the little boy was scared to cross. It was his faith in his mother’s words, his firm belief, that if called, Govinda would definitely come, that he called with sincerity and faith and Govinda had to take him out and cross the jungle. Create an inner faith and see how fears will pass away and uncertainty disappear. Summers and winters pass and you are not bothered, let happiness and sorrows pass out of your life in the same manner.

But the highest quality is that of forgiveness. Create in abundance this power within you. This is the greatest armor in the path of love. Lord Krishna’s own example can be aptly cited over here. He forgave the behalea who took his life. He not only forgave him but asked him to run away lest the yadavs took his life . he told him to leave Dwarka immediately lest he may be killed by them. Krishna says that not only you shuld forgive outwardly but this feeling should come from within, from your heart and soul. In the twelfth chapter the Lord has given us those qualities that He would like us to imbibe. He has given eighteen qualities and has put this quality of forgiveness as the last one .But He emphasizes that all the seventeen qualities put together have no value, if the last one is missing. He can never be a human being and can never come close to the Lord without this attribute. You are neither near to your fellow being nor are you in any way near to God.

In conclusion, I must say that the right man should always be a source of help to his fellow beings. He should go a little further, for this is not enough. He should not feel vexed by them. Envy and fear are away from him. The supreme dwells within the lotus of his heart. Those who reach His splendid Feet are the ones that are on the right path. Love is something that is very precious in our lives. Love Him and love all. It brings true happiness to us. It makes you the ‘right man’ of my story, narrated in the beginning. Sow the seeds of love in your heart and see how your life blossoms. Let each one of us practice this in our daily life, we will then be able to change the very face of the world. The need of hour is to set our hearts right. Try to understand Him who is within each one of us with His great attribute. It is He alone who can help us to walk with a head held high, with a clear conscience and with a hand always extending towards those who need our help and care.

Love in action – that is the urgent need of the hour. This is what God wants. So with faith in Him, let us move forward. If you have to act in a way as to herald a new world, you have to come out towards love for all and this is only possible if we have faith in ourselves, that is in God within us. We are living through the darkest of times when fear, hatred and violence rule the world. Yet all is not lost and still there is hope.

To solve the problem of the world, each one of us has to come out and join hands against materialism and fanaticism. We need a spiritual rebirth, and appearance of a new religion- the religion of love. Religion has to be taken in its essence that is, ‘love for humanity’.

Everybody is lover of God...

If you build your treasure in the world
you will come to the world..
if you build your treasure in heaven
you will go to heaven...

We go where our heart is ,where our attachment is.
so attachment pulls us to their own level...

If we are attached to god within ourselves
then that holy current will pull to its level..

The people who are attached to us will be
pulled along with us towards that holy current..

Everybody is lover of God...
The soul yearns for its own source...
Unless we are lovers of God we will not try to search for HIM...
We will feel that pull and longing within...

Rules Of Flag Hoisting~~59 th Happy Republic Day~~‏

On 26th of January every year India celebrates its Republic Day. It is one of the national holidays of India and regarded as the most important day in the Indian history as it was on this day in 1950 the constitution of India came into force and India became a truly sovereign state. It is celebrated with much enthusiasm throughout the country to commemorate the event. In New Delhi, the celebrations start with the solemn reminder of the sacrifice of the martyrs. The patriotic fervor of the people on this day brings the whole country together even in her essential diversity. Every part of the country is represented in occasion, which makes the Republic Day the most popular of all the national holidays of India.

The Colorful parades and drills are organized where children from various schools and institutions takes part. The parade and pageants are broadcasted on the National Television throughout the country.. The most popular of all the national holidays of India, children love to see the air tricks performed by the practiced pilots that shower the tricolors of the Indian flag. The parade also includes the latest weapons of the Indian security forces instilling confidence in the people of the protection offered to them and inspires them with the patriotic feelings. The displays from all the states are meant to promote the feeling of familiarity, brotherhood and unity among the people of this vast country. Cultural functions are held in different parts of India to mark the occasion. In true sense sRepublic Day is the celebration of India's sovereignty and freedom.
Code of Conduct

Being a national symbol it is respected by every Indian . There are certain dos and don'ts laid down for common people regarding Indian flag

* When the National Flag is raised the saffron color band should be at the top.

* No flag or emblem should be placed either above the National Flag or to its right.

* All other flags to be placed to the left of the National Flag if they are hung in a line.

* When the National Flag is carried in a procession or parade, it shall be on the marching right or in front of the center of the line, if there is a line of other flags.

* Normally the National Flag should be flown over important government buildings like the Rashtrapati Bhawan, the Parliament House, the Supreme Court of India, the High Courts, the Secretariats, the Commissioners' office etc.

* The National Flag or any imitation of it must not be used for purpose of trade, business, or profession.

* The National Flag should always be taken down in the evening at sunset.

Some Interesting Facts

* The Indian flag was hoisted on the highest mountain peak of the world, Mount Everest on 29th May 1953.

* Madam Bhikaji Rustom Cama was the first person to hoist Indian flag on foreign soil on 22nd August 1907 in Stuttgrat, Germany.

* The Indian National Flag flew to space in 1984 when Wing Commander Rakesh Sharma went to the space. The flag was attached as a medallion on the space suit of Rakesh Sharma..