Happy Holi : Blissful Holi

  • होरी खेलो श्याम संग गोविंद राधे। नैन बान मारि वाय धरा पै गिरा दे।।
  • ओरी गोरी होरी खेलु गोविंद राधे। खुल्लम खुल्ला जार सों बता दे॥
  • पिचकारी प्रेम की लै गोविंद राधे। भावरंग केसर हरि पै डला दे।।
  • सब पर्व लक्ष्य एक गोविंद राधे। जग ते हटा के मन हरि में लगा दे।।

होली और भक्ति पर्यायवाची ही मानना चाहिए. होली का पर्व निष्काम प्रेम का पर्व है। भक्ति की विजय का द्योतक है। भक्त शिरोमणि प्रह्लाद की भक्ति से प्रसन्न होकर भगवान् ने नृसिंह अवतार लेकर हिरण्यकशिपु राक्षस का संहार किया जो केवल राक्षस ही नहीं था, इतना बड़ा तपस्वी था कि उसके तप से स्वर्गलोक भी जलने लगा था। किन्तु इतना बड़ा तपस्वी भी भक्ति से हार मान गया। अतः प्रह्लाद चरित्र यह सिद्ध करता है कि समस्त ज्ञान-योग आदि से भी अनंत गुना उच्च स्थान है भक्ति का। इसी खुशी में यह उत्सव मनाया जाता है। उत्सव मनाने का ढंग लोगों ने अनेक प्रकार से अपना लिया। होली मनाने का सर्वश्रेष्ठ ढंग यही है कि रूपध्यान युक्त श्री राधा कृष्ण नाम, रुप, लीला, गुण, धाम, जन का गुणगान करुण क्रन्दन करते हुए किया जाय।

अधिकतर लोग यही समझते हैं कि रंग, गुलाल से खेलना, हुड़दंगबाजी करना, तरह तरह के स्वादिष्ट व्यंजन खाना यही होली मनाने से तात्पर्य है। वास्तव में होली का पावन पर्व श्रीकृष्ण की निष्काम अनन्य भक्ति का पर्व है। होली मनाने का अभिप्राय ही है प्रह्लाद चरित्र को समझते हुए उनके भक्ति सम्बन्धी सिद्धान्तों का अनुसरण करना। अत: होली मनाने का सर्वश्रेष्ठ ढंग यही है कि रूपध्यान युक्त श्री राधा कृष्ण नाम, रूप, लीला, गुण, धाम, जन का गुणगान करुणक्रन्दन करते हुये किया जाय। अहर्निश भगवन्नाम संकीर्तन ही होली महोत्सव है। यही कलयुग में भगवत्प्राप्ति का सर्वश्रेष्ठ साधन है!

ऐसा रंग डारो श्याम गोविंद राधे।
तनु ही न मन श्याम रंग में डुबा दे।।

(व्याख्या : जीवात्मा भगवान श्रीकृष्ण से कहती है कि हे श्यामसुन्दर! मुझे सांसारिक रंगों की चाह नहीं है, मेरी तो कामना यही है कि आप मुझ पर अपने प्रेम का ऐसा रंग डालें जिसमें मेरा तन ही नहीं, अपितु सर्वस्व ही आपके प्रेम-रंग में रँग जाय।)

….. जगदगुरुत्तम श्री कृपालु जी महाराज

Nothing, Just a Random Thought… #1

All you hear nowadays is about living your life. You only live once, they say… But they don’t have the smallest idea about what that means.

Living your life is not about having fun every time, nor going from party to party escaping from your worries. No, that’s only forgetting, running away like cowards. That’s the best way to evade a whole life and realize one day that you’ve spent all of it escaping from yourself, wasting each second of your only life.

Living your life is much more: living your life means suffering, means wondering, worries and doubts. It means fears and defeats. Also fun sometimes. But what it means, above all, is seeking for happiness. Happiness, not fun. It’s something different. How are you going to value anything, how do you pretend to understand, yet even love, if you evade all what gives meaning to it?

Only after knowing pain and difficulties you can comprehend and feel the real happiness, instead of an artificial joy, wich will never carry away your troubles. And those, even if you forget, will stay there waiting to reemerge. Being, the only way left to pull them off, to face them. Only then you’ll start living and will be able to enjoy fun and happiness in all their potential.
Anyway, that’s what a full life involves, not what it is. Life is ambition of something better, of BEING better, life is to create and imagine, to hope… and love!

Credit: P.S.MARTIN

World Sleep Day

In order to celebrate sleep and talk about important issues related to sleep, people celebrate World Sleep Day every year. The day is organized by the World Sleep Day Committee of World Sleep Society. The annual event is held on the Friday before Spring Vernal Equinox of each year. This year, the World Sleep Day will be celebrated on March 19 and will aim to lessen the burden of sleep problems on society.

One of the most important activities of our life is sleep. An average human should get at least seven to eight hours of sleep every day. However, we often end up sleeping for lesser hours due to our hectic schedule. A sedentary lifestyle, paired with work pressures often keep us awake till the wee hours of morning, robbing us of our much needed siesta. But sleep, is important.

Do you know how much share does a human spend asleep? Well, on an average, it is about 1/3rd of their life. However, this may vary depending on the age of the human.

Do you know the longest period without sleep? Well, it stands at 11 days straight, set by a Californian student named Randy Gardner in 1964. But, this is absolutely not recommendable. Not sleeping for that long can also lead to a person’s demise.

You might have heard people talk during their sleep. But have you ever wonder about what happens with deaf people who have a habit of talking while sleeping? In several instances, deaf people have been reported to use sign language in their sleep.

Do you know a few terms related to sleep? If you find it difficult to get out of your bed in the morning, the phenomenon is known as dysania, a form of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Parasomnia is a term used for unnatural movements during your sleep, while hypnic jerks refers to the sensation of falling when the body is half asleep and jerking. Human being is the only mammal that can willingly delay sleep. The two peak times when a human feel extremely tired and sleepy are about 2am and 2pm. Falling asleep should take a human somewhere between 10 to 15 minutes. If you sleep within less than five minutes, you are probably sleep deprived.

Summrizing the article, The goal of this day, is to celebrate the benefits of good and healthy sleep and to draw society’s attention to the burden of sleep problems and their medical, educational, and social aspects, and to promote the prevention and management of sleep disorders.

Sleep Well and stay Healthy!

Radhe Radhe!!