498 – Power over your mind?

Might is right. Who is mighty? Mighty is a person who is more powerful and stronger than us. They are people who can go unchallenged even if their action is in fact unjustified. Woe betides anyone who questioned them. I have observed this in the confrontations which happen in my balcony. I love cats; however, I stopped keeping cats as my cats became like dogs. Since we always had a dog, our cats came later, and they would follow us on our walks. Outcome was our cats were killed by strays. They became fearless. Now we have cats visiting us on our balcony and they are wild. Continue reading

496 – Can we learn from Ants?

This is the second article I am writing about ants and I was amazed at what I read. Here you can find the first article. This research is documented, and my reaction was that why are we so selfish and why do we not look beyond our own well-being? We should be inspired by this ground breaking study and take care of not only our loved ones but of humanity. Continue reading

495 – Ants

Am I as admirable as that ant? Wise sayings about ants. Let us be mindful about what they say.

If an ant carries an object a hundred times its weight, you can carry burdens many times your size.

One bee cannot build a hive; one ant cannot build a colony.

It is the ant, not the lion which the elephant fears.

No one cares about an injured leg of a tiny ant. It has to be healed for its own walking. Such is the norm of nature which seems to be always unwilling to compromise. Continue reading

494 – Basant Panchami

Basant means one who bestows wishes and season of spring. Spring is about new beginnings and transformations. Panchami means the fifth day of the Hindu lunar month in the Hindu calendar marking the beginning of winter’s end and the coming of spring. And in the western calendar it is January—February. Continue reading

493 – The fruits of our deeds

What are the fruits of our actions? They are called the fruits of the Holy Spirit. They are listed as charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, generosity, gentleness, faithfulness, modesty, self-control, chastity. The tradition of the Church lists twelve of them.

Let us examine each one of the fruits. Continue reading

492 – The Prana Package

Look, talk and walk is what one does. Except one is self-centered and therefore selfish. Only one is visible and everyone else is invisible.

Self-absorption is a very exacting habit. One is only thinking about oneself. While walking, one is engrossed with oneself, while speaking one is hearing only oneself and when it comes to looking, one is indulging in ogling oneself. Continue reading

489 – Beauty within

A beautiful soul always dwells in a beautiful world.

Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God’s handwriting. – Ralph Waldo Emerson.

You can take no credit for beauty at sixteen. But if you are beautiful at sixty, it will be your soul’s own doing. – Marie Stopes.

Beauty is simple reality seen with the eyes of love. – Rabindranath Tagore.

To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself. – Hat Hanh.

The ideal of beauty is simplicity and tranquility.

Beauty is everywhere a welcome guest. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart. – Khalil Gibran.

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488 – How to offer flowers to the Deity

There is a ritual to be followed when one offers flowers to the Deity. There are many flowers which can be offered. Some of the favorites I have listed below.

Hibiscus—Botanical name Hibiscus rosa-Sinensis. The goddess loves the Hibiscus flower. It is her favorite flower. The hibiscus belongs to Kali. She represents empowerment, and with that comes destruction of evil. Therefore, she is considered a fierce Goddess. The red hibiscus is symbolic of Kali’s tongue. She portrays a form of energy and this blood symbolism becomes life affirming and it ties her to the life forces that pulsate in all of us. Continue reading

487 – The Goddess is infinite and all-knowing – Part 2

And now the continuation from yesterday. Here you can find part 1.

Now we come to the battle between Rama and Ravana. When the battle started, a boon from Brahma revived Ravana and he worshipped Devi Ambika, who sat in the chariot with him. Rama was dismayed when he saw the Devi sitting with him. How would he rescue Sita? All the Gods assembled and approached Vishnu for a solution. Vishnu suggested that Rama should pray to Goddess Durga or Goddess Chandika. Rama started praying to Chandika, but she was not satisfied with his prayers. Continue reading

486 – The Goddess is infinite and all-knowing – Part 1

Boons and blessings.

Ravana had been granted a boon from Lord Brahma that no God or demon could kill him. He thought that he was invincible. He also received a flying chariot and he could change his shape. He did not realize that the boon did not stretch to humans. And he could be killed by a mortal. Continue reading

485 – Nuggets about Astrology

What is the connection between planets and our body parts? What gems and colors should we use to help ourselves?

The Sun effects our bones, joints, skin, right eye, spleen and stomach.

The Moon effects our heart, mind, brain, esophagus, alimentary canal, lungs, left eye, breast, blood and other body fluids. Continue reading

484 – Mother and Father

Swami Vivekananda said,

Mother is the first manifestation of power… With the name of mother comes the idea of shakti divine energy and omnipotence, just as the baby believes its mother to be all-powerful, able to do anything. The Divine Mother is the Kundalini sleeping in us; without worshipping her we can never know ourselves.

Who is the father? Continue reading