HAPPY DHANTERAS

HAPPY DHANTERAS 

   Dhan Teras falls two days before Diwali. The word “Dhan” means wealth and “Teras” means 13th day of lunar fortnight. God Yama yam is worshipped on this day to provide prosperity and well being.

As such this day has a great importance for the community of North & Western India . Houses and Business premises are renovated and decorated. Entrances are made colorful with lovely traditional motifs of Rangoli rangolee designs to welcome the Goddess of wealth and prosperity. To indicate her long-awaited arrival, small footprints are drawn with rice flour and vermilion powder all over the houses. Lamps are kept burning all through the nights.

Celebrations include shopping of new clothes, jewelry, new utensils, sweets and beautiful lanterns, especially for Dhantrayodashi . On the occasion, corporate and any enterprise find it the perfect time to gift their employees. Gift hampers are marked with corporate name and also used for promotional handouts.

About Dhanteras

   Dhanteras falls on the thirteenth day of the month of ashwin. The word “Dhan” means wealth. As such this day of the five-day diwali festival has a great importance for the rich mercantile community of western India. Houses and business premises are renovated and decorated. Entrances are made colorful with lovely traditional motifs of rangoli designs to welcome the goddess of wealth and prosperity. To indicate her long-awaited arrival, small footprints are drawn with rice flour and vermilion powder all over the houses. Lamps are kept burning all through the nights. On this auspicious day women purchase some gold or silver or at least one or two new utensils. Pooja is performed in the evenings when tiny diyas of clay are lighted to drive away the shadows of evil spirits. “Bhajans”-devotional songs- are sung in praise of Goddess Lakshmi.

   Dhanteras is also known as Dhantrayodashi, and takes place two days before Diwali, in honour of Dhanavantri, the physician of the gods and an incarnation of Vishnu.

   The legend of Samudramanthan is at the heart of these celebrations. Lord Indra was cursed by sage Durvasa that “The pride of wealth has entered his head and let Lakshmi leave him.” On account of Durvasa’s curse, Lakshmi left Indra and went away. As Lakshmi is the goddess of power, bravery, enthusiasm and radiance left, Devendra’s life became miserable. The demons that were waiting for such an opportunity invaded heaven, defeated Indra. He lost his kingdom and hid out of the sight of the demons.

Regards – Chetan T Dagha

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Why do we say “Michchhami Dukkadam”

Jai Jinendra

On this auspicious occasion of Paryushan we wish you all Michhami Dukkadam!

We beg your forgiveness from inner of our hearts for whatever misdeeds or mis-behaviour whether knowingly or unknowingly occured by ourselves to you through mind, thoughts, actions or speech during the past year. Michchhami Dukkadam on the occasion of Savantsari Maha Parve

Kshamapana Sutra with Meaning

KHAAMEMI SAVVE JEEVA (I grant forgiveness to all living beings)
SAVVE JEEVA KHAMANTU ME (May all living beings grant me forgiveness)
METTI ME SAVVE BHUYESU (My friendship is with all living beings)
VAIRAM MAJHAM NA KENAI (My enemy is totally non-existent)

MICHHAMI DUKKADAM

With best wishes and prayers for the well-being of all things living……!

Why do we say “Michchhami Dukkadam”?

If we reflect back on ourselves we would realize that our mind is continuously busy either thinking on something which may be near to us or could even be as far away as the other end of the world, talking or doing physical activities. This thinking, our words or our physical activities would be reflection of our happiness, sorrow, anger, greed, jealousy, and egoism, etc. And, depending upon how we react to those, we attract various types of new karmas to our souls. No prudent person would like to attract bad karma and at certain stages any karma at all. It is not as easy as turning off a light switch but we have a choice to minimize our damage so that things would be more conducive for our social and spiritual uplift which should ultimately lead to salvation or liberation from this worldly life of any kind.

While we are in mood to be a better person we can do a little more contemplation and it would put on a different path. So I am taking an opportunity to add a few more words which should go along with friendship. Those contemplation including freidship are:

1) Maitri Bhavana (Thinking of being a Friend)

2) Pramod Bhavana (Thinking of Appreciation)

3) Karuna Bhavana (Thinking of Compassion)

4) Madhyastha Bhavana (Think to staying neutral or uninvolved)

Let us understand how these bhavanas play important roles in our lives, how they can keep us away from bad karmas, and ultimately how they can improve our overall chances to uplift our souls.

1. Maitri Bhavana (Thinking of a Friendship)

“We must be a friend to all living beings.” The feeling of friendship brings love and respect for others. It, also, initiates a feeling of brotherhood among all and in turn leaves no room for harm, deceit or quarrelsomeness with anybody. If we contemplate on Maitri Bhavana our thoughts, words, and actions will not be harsh, and we will not hurt anybody. On the contrary, we will support and protect everybody. Friendship will lead us to be tolerant, forgiving, and caring for one another. Therefore by developing a friendship with all living beings, we will avoid bad karma.

2. Pramod Bhavana (Thinking of Appreciation)

In this bhavana, we admire the success of our friends, spiritual leaders. One of the most destructive forces in our lives is jealousy. However, friendship combined by admiration, destroys jealousy . As jealousy subsides, negative impulses are turned into positive ones, and in time, you will be at peace.

3. Karuna Bhavana (Thinking of Compassion)

Instead of succeeding, many of our friends may be getting into trouble for things they should not be doing, and even those who are successful may be accumulating vices such as greed and ego. If such is the case then, they are not on the right path, and may they are weak, helpless, and in distress. At a time like this, you should contemplate on the karuna Bhavana and show compassion towards them instead of being disgusted towards them or hating them. Show them a right path with patience, tolerance, and forgiveness and offer them the needed support. In this way, not only will you be avoiding bad karma, but so will your friends.

4. Madhyastha Bhavana (Think of staying neutral or uninvolved)

Life appears to be nothing but involvement. Sometimes life works out favourable and sometimes it does not. So when the things dont workout, instead of getting disappointed, angry, or more involved, you should contemplate on Madhyastha Bhavana which leads to feeling that I did my best to resolve the situation. If someone does not want to understand, then leave him/her alone without getting further involved. You should simply hope that one of these days, he/she may understand and change. By observing Madhyastha Bhavana, you will remain in equanimity, instead of provoking turmoil in your mind. When your mind stays neutral and uninvolved it keeps karma away.

If there is a goal, then there will be an achievement.

“Michchhami Dukkadam”

 On this auspicious occasion of Paryushan we wish you all Michhami Dukkadam!
We beg your forgiveness from inner of our hearts for whatever misdeeds or mis-behaviour whether knowingly or unknowingly occured by ourselves to you through mind, thoughts, actions or speech during the past year. Michchhami Dukkadam on the occasion of Savantsari Maha Parve

Kshamapana Sutra with Meaning

KHAAMEMI SAVVE JEEVA (I grant forgiveness to all living beings)
SAVVE JEEVA KHAMANTU ME (May all living beings grant me forgiveness)
METTI ME SAVVE BHUYESU (My friendship is with all living beings)
VAIRAM MAJHAM NA KENAI (My enemy is totally non-existent)

MICHHAMI DUKKADAM

With best wishes and prayers for the well-being of all things living……!

 CHETAN DAGHA

Swiss Bank has agreed to disclose the funds

  • Our Indians’ Money – 70, 00,000 Crores Rupees In Swiss Bank.

Yes, 70 lakhs crores rupees of India are lying in Switzerland banks. This is the highest amount lying outside any country, from amongst 180 countries of the world, as if India is the champion of Black Money.

German Government has officially written to Indian Government that they (German Government) are willing to inform the details of holders of 70 lakh crore rupees in their Banks, if Indian Government officially asks them.

On 22-5-08, this news has already been published in The Times of India and other Newspapers based on German Government’s official letter to Indian Government.

But the Indian Government has not sent any official enquiry to Germany for details of money which has been sent outside India between 1947 to 2008.. The opposition party is also equally not interested in doing so because most of the amount is owned by politicians and it is every Indian’s money.

This money belongs to our country. From these funds we can repay 13 times of our country’s foreign debt. The interest alone can take care of the Center’s yearly budget. People need not pay any taxes and we can pay Rs. 1 lakh to each of 45 crore poor families.

Let us imagine, if Swiss Bank is holding Rs. 70 lakh crores, then how much money is lying in other 69 Banks? How much they have deprived the Indian people? Just think, if the Account holder dies, the bank becomes the owner of the funds in his account.

Are these people totally ignorant about the philosophy of Karma? What will this ill-gotten wealth do to them and their families when they own/use such money, generated out of corruption and exploitation?

Indian people have read and have known about these facts. But the helpless people have neither time nor inclination to do anything in the matter. This is like “a new freedom struggle” and we will have to fight this.

This money is the result of our sweat and blood.. The wealth generated and earned after putting in lots of mental and physical efforts by Indian people must be brought back to our country.

Chetan Dagha

Swiss Bank has agreed to disclose the funds

  • Our Indians’ Money – 70, 00,000 Crores Rupees In Swiss Bank.

 Yes, 70 lakhs crores rupees of India are lying in Switzerland banks. This is the highest amount lying outside any country, from amongst 180 countries of the world, as if India is the champion of Black Money.

 German Government has officially written to Indian Government that they (German Government) are willing to inform the details of holders of 70 lakh crore rupees in their Banks, if Indian Government officially asks them.

 On 22-5-08, this news has already been published in The Times of India and other Newspapers based on German Government’s official letter to Indian Government.

 But the Indian Government has not sent any official enquiry to Germany for details of money which has been sent outside India between 1947 to 2008.. The opposition party is also equally not interested in doing so because most of the amount is owned by politicians and it is every Indian’s money.

 This money belongs to our country. From these funds we can repay 13 times of our country’s foreign debt. The interest alone can take care of the Center’s yearly budget. People need not pay any taxes and we can pay Rs. 1 lakh to each of 45 crore poor families.

 Let us imagine, if Swiss Bank is holding Rs. 70 lakh crores, then how much money is lying in other 69 Banks? How much they have deprived the Indian people? Just think, if the Account holder dies, the bank becomes the owner of the funds in his account.

 Are these people totally ignorant about the philosophy of Karma? What will this ill-gotten wealth do to them and their families when they own/use such money, generated out of corruption and exploitation?

 Indian people have read and have known about these facts. But the helpless people have neither time nor inclination to do anything in the matter. This is like “a new freedom struggle” and we will have to fight this.

This money is the result of our sweat and blood.. The wealth generated and earned after putting in lots of mental and physical efforts by Indian people must be brought back to our country.

Chetan Dagha

Paryushan Parva

Introduction
Paryushan Parva is an annual religious festival of the Jains. Considered auspicious and sacred, it is observed to deepen the awareness as a physical being in conjunction with observations. Generally,Paryushan Parva falls in the month of September.

Significance
In Jainisim, fasting is considered as a spiritual activity that purifies our souls, improve morality, spiritual power, increase knowledge and strengthen relationships. The purpose is to purify our souls by staying closer to our own souls, looking at our faults and asking for forgiveness for the mistakes and taking vows to minimize our faults. Also a time when Jains will review their action towards their animals, environment and every kind of soul.

Observing Paryashan Parva
Paryashan Parva is an annual, sacred religious festival of the Jains. It is celebrated with fasting, reading of scriptures, observing silence etc. preferably under the guidance of monks in temples. Strict fasting where one has to completely abstain from food and even water is observed for a week or more. Depending upon one’s capability, complete fasting spans between 8-31 days.

Religious and spiritual discourses are held where tales of Lord Mahavira are narrated. The Namokar Mantra is chanted everyday. Forgiveness in as important aspect of the celebration. At the end of Fasting, all will ask for forgiveness for any violence or wrongdoings they may have imposed previous year. The practice of forgiving transcends religious boundaries.

Digambara Jains observe it for a period of ten days during which Dashalakshana vrata is undertaken. Tatwartha Sutra of Umaswati is recited. They celebrate Ananta- Chaturdasi on the Chaturdasi.

Svwetambara Jains celebrate it as an 8 day festival which ends with Bhadarpada Shukla Panchami. Kalpa Sutra is recited including the section of birth of birth of Lord Mahavira. The last day is called Samvatsari.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Five Kartavyas (Necessary Deeds) for a Shravak (Laity) during Paryushan

  1. Amari Pravartan – Total Non-Violence
    Special Attention to Jeev Daya is to be paid during these days. One should undertake fasting as per personal capacity and take care not to hurt even the minutest organisms, even those which cannot be seen by naked eyes.
  2. Sadharmik Vatsalya – Love towards co-follower of Jain religion
    This means you should take care of co-followers of Jain Religion. It can be done in two ways

    1. Dravya Bhakti: Honouring co-follower by gifts etc.
    2. Bhaav Bhakti: Helping co-followers to be stable and then firm in their religious beliefs and lending a helping hand whenever required.
  3. Shamapana – Asking for Forgiveness
    If you have hurt someone or have any ill-feelings, you should ask for heartfelt forgiveness from that person. Do not leave any trace of anger or enmity towards anyone in the heart.
  4. Atham Tap – Fasting for 3 days
    Since times immemorial the eating habit has been formed which needs to be controlled. The craving for tastes that the tongue looks for has to be broken. Our body needs to be prepared & purified for a stage where it does not require any food and finally this helps in shredding of the bad karma collected in the past.
  5. Chaitya Pari Paathi – Visiting local Jain Temples
    It should be done in a manner and clothing befitting royalty in a procession. In the temples you visit, you should leave materials used in puja, dhoop (incense sticks), sandalwood, silver pages (aangi material). This will help you in softening yourself and help you in moving ahead in religion. It will help you in understanding the wrote truth.

 

Chetan Dagha

ઓછુ બોલો પણ યોગ્ય બોલો

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પ્રકૃતિએ આપણને કાન તો બે આપ્યા છે પરંતુ જીભ એક જ આપી છે જે તે વાતનો સંકેત કરે છે કે આપણે વધારે સાંભળવું જોઈએ અને ઓછુ બોલવું જોઈએ. જેવી રીતે જે ઓછુ પણ સારૂ ખાવુ તે સ્વાસ્થ્ય માટે ફાયદાકારક છે અને બુદ્ધિમાનીનું કામ છે તે જ રીતે જો તમે કોઈને સાર ન કહી શકતાં હોય તો તમારે કોઈને ખરાબ કહેવાનો પણ અધિકાર નથી. આમ પણ વધારે ખાવુ અને વધારે બોલવું તે મૂર્ખતાની નિશાની છે.

સમજી વિચારીને ન બોલનાર અને વધારે પડતો બકવાસ કરનાર, યોગ્ય વિચાર કર્યા વિના બોલનાર, જે વિષયનું જ્ઞાન ન હોય તે વિષય પ્રત્યે પણ બોલનાર, ખોટુ બોલનાર ખાસ કરીને લજ્જાને પાત્ર હોય છે. એટલા માટે મનુષ્યને સમજી વિચારીને બોલવું જોઈએ અને જેટલી આવશ્યકતા હોય તેટલુ જ બોલવું જોઈએ.

જેવી રીતે કે કોયલ અને કાગડો બંને દેખાવે તો એક જ હોય છે પરંતુ જ્યાર સુધી બોલે નહિ ત્યાર સુધી કંઈ ખબર નથી પડતી કે કોયલ છે કે કાગડો. એટલે કે જ્યાર સુધી કોઈ વાતચીત ન કરે બોલે નહિ ત્યાર સુધી તે વ્યક્તિમાં સારા ગુણ છે કે ખરાબ તેની કંઈ સમજ પડતી નથી. ક્યાંય ક્યાંય એવા માણસો પણ હોય છે કે જે ક્યારેય બોલતા નથી અને બોલે પણ છે તો સમજી વિચારીને. આવા સ્વભાવવાળા માણસોને લજ્જીત નથી થવું પડતું અને પછતાવું પણ નથી પડતું. એટલા માટે ઓછુ અને સારૂ બોલવું જ યોગ્ય છે. તેને માટે એક સત્ય એક લઘુવાર્તાના રૂપે નીચે આપેલ છે.

એક ઉચ્ચ શિક્ષિત પરિવારનો યુવક ખુબ જ ઓછુ બોલતો હતો અને સવારે પણ ચુપ જ રહેતો હતો. કોઈએ તેને પુછ્યું કે તુ ચુપ કેમ રહે છે તો તેણે જવાબ આપ્યો કે ખોટુ અને ખરાબ બોલવા કરતાં ન બોલવુ સારૂ. આપણે જે કઈ બોલીએ છીએ તે હંમેશ માટે વ્યોમમાં અંકિત થઈ જાય છે. કાગડાની જેમ કા કા કરતાં તો ચુપ રહેવું સારૂ.

નીતિમાં પણ કહ્યું છે કે- મૂર્ખનું બળ ચુપ રહેવામાં જ છે. અને બુદ્ધિમાન માટે આ શ્રેષ્ઠ અને આવશ્યક ગુણ છે. ગાંધીજીએ સાચુ જ કહ્યું છે કે ન ખરાબ સાંભળો, ન ખરાબ બોલો અને ન ખરાબ જુઓ. મૌન રહેવુ તે મૂર્ખનું બળ તો છે જ પણ સાથે સાથે વિદ્વાનનું આભુષણ પણ છે.

Chetan Dagha

AGE…..LIFE….

George Carlin on age 102.
(Absolutely Brilliant)

George Carlin’s Views on Ageing

Do you realise that the only time in our lives when we like to get old is when we’re kids? If you’re less than 10 years old, you’re so excited about ageing that you think in fractions.

‘How old are you?’ ‘I’m four and a half!’ You’re never thirty-six and a half. You’re four and a half, going on five! That’s the key

You get into your teens, now they can’t hold you back. You jump to the next number, or even a few ahead.

‘How old are you?’ ‘I’m gonna be 16!’ You could be 13, but hey, you’re gonna be 16! And then the greatest day of your life …. . You become 21. Even the words sound like a ceremony.. YOU BECOME 21. YESSSS!!!

But then you turn 30. Oooohh, what happened there? Makes you sound like bad milk! He TURNED; we had to throw him out. There’s no fun now, you’re Just a sour-dumpling. What’s wrong? What’s changed?

You BECOME 21, you TURN 30, then you’re PUSHING 40. Whoa! Put on the brakes, it’s all slipping away. Before you know it, you REACH 50 and your dreams are gone.

But wait!!! You MAKE it to 60. You didn’t think you would!

So you BECOME 21, TURN 30, PUSH 40, REACH 50 and MAKE it to 60.

You’ve built up so much speed that you HIT 70! After that it’s a day-by-day thing; you HIT Wednesday!

You get into your 80’s and every day is a complete cycle; you HIT lunch; you TURN 4:30 ; you REACH bedtime. And it doesn’t end there Into the 90s, you start going backwards; ‘I Was JUST 92.’

Then a strange thing happens. If you make it over 100, you become a little kid again. ‘I’m 100 and a half!’
May you all make it to a healthy 100 and a half!!

HOW TO STAY YOUNG

1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctors worry about them. That is why you pay ‘them’

2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.

3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain idle. ‘An idle mind is the devil’s workshop.’ And the devil’s name is Alzheimer’s.

4. Enjoy the simple things.

5.. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.

6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person, who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. Be ALIVE while you are alive.

7. Surround yourself with what you love , whether it’s family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.

8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it.. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

9. Don’t take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county; to a foreign country but NOT to where the guilt is.

10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.

AND ALWAYS REMEMBER :
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

And if you don’t send this to at least 8 people – who cares? But do share this with someone. We all need to live life to its fullest each day!!

Chetan Dagha