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The Absolute Truth

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‘Absolute Truth’ is the whole reality, consisting of everything in this Universe that exists. “The Absolute Truth”, says Vivekananda, “is only one”. This is the Brahman, which constitutes the whole reality. In Upanisads it is said, “In the beginning there was Brahman, one and infinite. He is beyond North and South, and East and South, and beyond what is above or below. His infinity is everywhere. In the inner world Brahman is Consciousness …. in the outer world Brahman is Space . He has been variously described as Infinite, Immortal, Eternal, All Encompassing, Omnipotent, Omniscient, Omnipresent, Absolute and Universal.

But where is he located? How does He look and what is His nature? The mystics tell us that He is nowhere and everywhere, that He is not locatable in Space and Time, but He is in our hearts, that He has no tangible form, colour, size, smell, taste or touch but He is pure Consciousness. Upanisad says that He moves and He moves not. He is far and He is near. He is within all and He is outside all.

The period between the Beginning and the End is in Time. Beyond that is Timelessness. In Time there is progress, beyond Time all is changeless. He is Timelessness but the creator of Time. He is formless but the source of all forms. He is the Unmanifest yet the source of all manifestations. The uncreated Creator, Unborn and Undying. The unmoved mover, the unknown knower, the first and the final cause, the Beginning and the End, the Alpha and the Omega, the Transcendental and the Immanent, the Infinite and the finite, the tangible and the intangible. All is He and He is all. The One in many and many in One. Everywhere and nowhere, Transient and Eternal, Universal and Particular, in Whole and in parts, in Unity and diversity, Being and nonbeing, Changeless and changing, Immortal and mortal, Mind and Body, Sound and Silence, Social and Individual. You and Me. The All. The Absolute One. Pure Consciousness residing in Perfect Bliss.

Dance

The Nataraj

Dance is an art form that generally refers to movement of the body, usually rhythmic and to music, used as a form of expression, social interaction or presented in a spiritual or performance setting.

Dance may also be regarded as a form of nonverbal communication between humans, and is also performed by other animals (bee dancepatterns of behaviour such as a mating dance). Gymnastics, figure skating and synchronized swimming are sports that incorporate dance, while martial arts karate often compared to dances. Motion in ordinarily inanimate objects may also be described as dances (the leaves danced in the wind).

Definitions of what constitutes dance are dependent on social, cultural, aesthetic, artistic and moral constraints and range from functional movement (such as folk dance) to virtuoso techniques such as ballet. Dance can be participatorysocial or performed for an audience. It can also be ceremonial,competitive or erotic. Dance movements may be without significance in themselves, such as in ballet or European folk dance, or have a gesturalvocabulary/symbolic system as in many Asian dances. Dance can embody or express ideas, emotions or tell a story.

Group dancing

Dancing has evolved many styles. Breakdancing and Krumping are related to the hip hop culture. African dance is interpretative. Ballet, Ballroom, Waltz, and Tango are classical styles of dance while Square Dance and the Electric Slide are forms of step dances.

India has a rich culture with various dance forms being integral part of it. For lack of any better equivalents in the European culture, the British colonial authorities called any performing art forms found in India as “Indian dance“. Even though the art of Natya includes nritta, or dance proper, Natya has never been limited to dancing and includes singing, abhinaya (mime acting). These features are common to all the Indian classical styles. In the margi form Nritta is composed of karanas, while the desi nritta consists mainly of adavus.

The term “classical” (Sanskr. “Shastriya“) was introduced by Sangeet Natak Akademi to denote the Natya Shastra-based performing art styles. A very important feature of Indian classical dances is the use of the mudra or hand gestures by the artists as a short-hand sign language to narrate a story and to demonstrate certain concepts such as objects, weather, nature and emotion. Many classical dances include facial expressions as an integral part of the dance form.

Sangeet Natak Akademi currently confers classical status on eight Indian dance styles (see table below), while the Encyclopædia Britannica mentions six recognized school.
Dance form State(s) of origin
Bharatanatyam Tamil Nadu
Kathak RajasthanPunjabDelhiUttar Pradesh
Kathakali Kerala
Kuchipudi Andhra Pradesh
Manipuri Manipur
Mohiniyattam Kerala
Odissi Orissa
Sattriya Assam

Every dance, no matter what style, has something in common. It not only involves flexibility and body movement, but also physics. If the proper physics are not taken into consideration, injuries may occur.

Dance has spiritual and cosmic aspects also. According to Hindu mythology, this world is the manifestation of the Cosmic Dance of Supreme Spirit (Paramatama) and the Nataraj (Lord Shiva in dancing pose) is symbolic emblem of this all pervasive Dance.

The two most common forms of Shiva’s dance are the Lasya (the gentle form of dance), associated with the creation of the world, and the Tandava (the violent and dangerous dance), associated with the destruction of weary worldviews – weary perspectives & lifestyles. In essence, the Lasya and the Tandava are just two aspects of Shiva’s nature; for he destroys in order to create, tearing down to build again.

Dancing helps….

  1. Rhythmic movements ease muscular rigidity, diminish anxiety and boost energy.
  2. Spontaneous movement helps people people actually recognize and trust their impulses, and decide whether to act on or contain them.
  3. Moving creatively encourages self-expression and opens up new ways of thinking and doing.
  4. On a purely physical level, dance is exercise. It improves health, well-being, coordination and muscle tone.
  5. On a mental level, dance hones cognitive skills, motivation and memory. It also lowers stress levels.
  6. On an emotional level, dance helps people feel more joyful and confident, and allows them to deal with anger, frustration and loss : emotions that are  too difficult to explore verbally.
  7. Group dancing brings people out of isolation, creates social bonds and generate good vibes.

Lord Shiva

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Shiva is a major Hindu deity, and is the destroyer god or transformer among the Trimurti, theHindu Trinity of the primary aspects of the divine.Shiva is a yogi who has notice of everything that happens in the world and is the main aspect of life. Yet one with great power, he lives a life of a sage at Mount Kailash. In theShaiva tradition of Hinduism, Shiva is seen as the Supreme God and has five important works: creator, preserver, destroyer, concealer, and revealer (to bless). In the Smarta tradition, he is regarded as one of the five primary forms of God. If we describe everything associated with Lord Shiva, it will be like this:-

Cremation ground:
Shiva sitting in the cremation ground signifies that He is the controller of death in the physical world.

Matted locks:
The three matted locks on the head of the Lord convey the idea that integration of the physical, mental and spiritual energies is the ideal of yoga.

Tiger skin:
A tiger skin symbolizes potential energy.

The crescent moon:
The crescent moon is only one of His ornaments.

Three eyes:
Lord Shiva, also called Tryambaka Deva, is depicted as having three eyes: the sun is His right eye, the moon the left eye and fire the third eye.

Nandi:
The bull is associated with Shiva and said to be His vehicle.

Kundalas(two ear rings):
Two Kundalas, Alakshya and Niranjan in the ears of the Lord symbolize the Shiva and Shakti (male and female) or Ardha-Nariswara principle of creation.

Kamandalu:
A water pot (Kamandalu) made from a dry pumpkin contains nectar and is shown on the ground next to Shiva signifies that, an individual must break away from attachment to the physical world and clean his inner self of egoistic desires in order to experience the bliss of the Self.

A snake (Vasuki Naga):
The snake is shown curled three times around the neck of the Lord and is looking towards His right side. The three coils of the snake symbolize the past, present and future – time in cycles.

Rudraksha necklace:
Rudra is another name of Shiva.Rudraksha necklace worn by the Lord illustrates that He uses His cosmic laws firmly – without compromise – to maintain law and order in the universe.

Ganga:
Ganga, symbolically represented on the head of the Lord by a female (Mother Ganga) with a jet of water emanating from her mouth and falling on the ground, signifies that the Lord destroys sin, removes ignorance, and bestows knowledge, purity and peace on the devotees.

Snake around the neck:
The snakes to symbolize the yogic power of Lord Shiva with which He dissolves and recreates the universe.

Varda Mudra:
Lord Shiva’s right hand is shown in a boon- bestowing and blessing pose, which annihilates evil, grants boons, bestows grace, destroys ignorance, and awakens wisdom in His devotees.

Trident (Trisula):
A three-pronged trident shown adjacent to the Lord symbolizes His three fundamental powers (shakti) of will (iccha), action (kriya) and knowledge (jnana).

Damaru (drum): Damaru symbolizes the two utterly dissimilar states of existence, unmanifest and manifest.

Half-open eyes:
When the Lord opens His eyes, a new cycle of creation emerges and when He closes them, the universe dissolves for creation of the next cycle. The half-open eyes convey the idea that creation is going through cyclic process, with no beginning no end

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नवप्रभात

प्रभात की बेला अत्यंत शीतल, मनभावन और सुमधुर होती है | प्रभात नवीनता व प्रारम्भ का सूचक है | यह आनंद का, प्रकृति से सन्निकटता का व मौलिकता का द्योतक है |

जिस प्रकार प्रकृति प्रात:काल में अपने सर्वश्रेष्ठ व सर्वोत्तम स्वरुप में शोभायमान होती है ऐसी शेष दिवस में कभी नहीं होती | कहते हैं रात कितनी भी लम्बी, अँधेरी व कष्टदायी क्यों न हो एक समय समाप्त हो जाती है
और तब आती है वह बहुप्रतीक्षित, रसमयी सुंदर बेला — जब प्रकृति का एक एक अणु मुस्करा उठता है एक असीम शान्ति में, एक अव्यक्त आनंद में, एक दिव्य सौंदर्य में |
हज़ारों सपनों में डूबते उतराते नयनों के पलक जब भोर में खुलते हैं तो हम एक नए जीवन का उपहार पाते हैं | एक नवीन दिवस — जो संभावनाओं, आशाओं से परिपूर्ण है,
जो हमें अपने लक्ष्य के और समीप ले जाएगा | सच कितनी सुंदर और मधुर है यह अनुभूति…..
                                                  नित नव उपहार, प्रतिदिन, हर दिन   

Makar Sankranti

India is a country of rich culture with myriad rituals and traditions. It celebrates a number of festivals which have wide significance and meaning. Apart from major festivals like Diwali, Holi, Eid etc the people of India and especially Hindus celebrate with great faith and devotion other auspicious days associated with season change.

Makar Sankranti is one such festival. It is observed on 14 January every year. It marks the transition of Lord Sun into ‘Makar Rashi” (Capricorn) and Lord Sun become ‘Uttarayan’ (moving northwards). The days of Uttarayan Sun (14 Jan to 14 Jul) are believed to be auspicious and suitable to perform religious and spiritual rituals. So, on this transition day Lord Sun is worshipped by offering sacred water (mixed with sesame & cereals) and paying obeisance to Him. Lakhs of devotees take dip in holy water of the river Ganges and cleanse themselves of their accumulated sins. Bathing in this holy river is highly spiritually elevating. Charity on this day is very significant and rewarding. Charity of  ‘khichdi’ (mixture of several pulses), ghee and blankets is especially important.

Chilling cold days of winter start turning warmer from this day. This day marks the end of extreme cold of winter and beginning of spring. Dullness and laziness of winter give way to exuberance, enthusiasm, energy and liveliness of spring season. Days become more comfortable, sunnier and warmer. Kite flying is also very popular on this day. It is observed across the country in different forms. In Punjab “Lohri” is observed a day before which carries the same spirit of season change. In Assam and Tamil Nadu, Bihu and Pongal are celebrated respectively symbolizing and carrying the same fervor, gaiety and sense of merriment.

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