RESPECT INDIAN SOLDIERS

 

We all keep on whining about our problems and lives but have we ever thought of people least paid by government and living the most difficult lives? Those are the people who stand in -40 degrees protecting us so that we can sleep peacefully! Its easy to find problems and whine about them but it would be better if we could work on them. Its easy to find loopholes in country or governance or putting allegations or for that matter debating upon right to dissent from saying “Bharat Mata Ki Jai”, but have you ever imagined how peaceful lives we have considering the unrest in African and Middle Eastern Countries but still we are thankful to nobody! I believe that the people saying anti nationalist slogans or disrespecting the country should feel shame upon themselves. If we want to make things better then we need a common feeling of Nationalism that will unite every citizen of India, irrespective of religions we should proudly identify ourselves as INDIANS.

RESPECT INDIAN SOLDIERS! RESPECT YOUR MOTHERLAND! PROUD TO BE AN INDIAN!

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INDIAN CULTURE

If I was asked under what sky the human mind has most fully developed some of its choicest gifts, has most deeply pondered on the greatest problems of life and found solutions, I should point to India.                                       – Max Mueller

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Culture is the idea, value and beliefs of a particular civilization at a particular period. It is more than anything else, ‘A State of Mind’. Culture is the mixture of several things like fashion, music, artistry, behavior, social norms, architecture and even food and dress sense. India is known as the land of culture and tradition and is one of the oldest civilizations in the world. Indian culture is rich and unique in its own ways. The projection of our culture has definitely taken a nosedive but something which has lasted, grown and emancipated over centuries cannot easily be wiped out or disintegrated.

Civilization relating to India goes back to several millenniums and the earliest one on record is the Indus Valley Civilization, Hinduism owes it origins to Vedas and the Hindu Culture laid reverence for these holy scriptures scripted in the sacred language of Sanskrit. It basically had some salient points which were a belief in God in some form, emphasis on rituals, which were believed to unite them in spiritual kinship, belief in the Guru-Shishya tradition of learning, a demarcated caste system based on the work allotted.

Besides the Hindu religion we have the Jains who have claimed their religion to be most ancient of all, even to Aryan Hinduism and presented scholarly support to the existence of Jainism in the Indus Valley. Buddhism, is another religion in our country which is based on the teachings of Gautam Buddha. It is also one of the great religions of the world. Scholars have avoided the world religion for Buddhism and prefer to call it a system of morality or ethics. Islam was brought to India by the invaders and even as they set up their rule in the country, they indulged in propagation and forceful conversion. It is today a religion with one of the largest followings in the world.

The earliest of recorded and prominent invasion was that of Alexander. The major effect of this invasion was that his march produced a land route from Europe to India with the result that Greek and Indian civilizations came in close contact in fluencing each other to a great extent. Later we have had the influences of Christianity brought into India by the French, the Portugese and to a major extent by the Britishers who ruled for nearly two centuries. Further to this we have had a sprinkling of Jews and a good chunk of Parsis seeking refuge in our country.

In the cauldron of this composite mixture of various religions and cultures evolved the Hindustani culture in Northern Indian and the Dravidian culture of the South. The Bhakti movement in the Middle Ages in India were an all-india socio-religious movement. Ramanuj, Nanak, Ramanand and Kabir, Namdeva, Tukaram and Ramdas, Jaidev and Chaitanya denounced the caste system and brought about socio-religious reforms in the Hindus society. The Nawabi culture of Central India and mainly Lucknow brought a different artistic style to the prevalent customs of royalty which filtered down to the middle class. This was famously known as ‘Tehzib’.

The political setup of our country is based on acceptance of this composite way of life with freedom to practice ones own religious and culture in any part of the country. The majority Hindus have always been a tolerant religion and have soaked a variety of this composition into their culture yet several things practiced today are very hard to be categorized. The social fabric of our country has been made strong over the centuries through our varied cultures. It is our religious and culture which is attracting persons of all religious and nationality to the country.

Millions of Indians have left for foreign shores and their second generations are growing up there. These young ones are more susceptible to change and assimilation. They are the ones growing up in an environment alien to us but quiet natural to them. The surprising part is that even after all the exposure to this foreign culture, they continue to retain the basics of the culture their parents had imbibed in them by behaving normally at home. The roots are so deep that it is quiet difficult to strip them off.

Just by singing or strumming rock, Lazzard Pop music does not annihilate our culture. Wearing Western dresses or speaking in a different accent does not mean that our culture is at the point of disintegration. Beauty pageants, which are being violently opposed by a section of our society, are not powerful enough to change or influence our culture. The younger generation has still its umbilical cord connected to their ethnic culture securely even as they become progressively modern. There are millions of youngsters in the metros dancing at discotheques who go back to retain their tradition and culture where it really matters. It is definitely the strength of our culture that it cannot be so easily traded off. It is not the physical being, ‘It is a State of Mind’.

The West has borrowed our Yoga, transcended meditation, Hare Rama Hare Krishna and Ayurveda seems none the worse for it. In fact it grows more strong even like us with our young ones living it up in style. The world is after all heading for a Global Village so let us get the taste of it and continue to emancipate. Our culture can only gain by adding to it. What matters really is our identity and our ethics.

Our Indian Culture teaches us to respect elders and to treat the Guru or Teacher at a rank equal to ones’ parents. This is something which is unheard of in the developed nations. Our culture is slowly being eroded and the day it is considered immaterial, we shall no more have a nation. The beliefs, development of human powers, mental and spiritual training in the background of our religious traditions, all make a concerted move for our culture to be vibrant and a living entity.

Culture unity means a wholesome cohesive undercurrent flowing into the beliefs of people which jointly compose our nation. These perennial beliefs, social traditions and spiritual practices make up our cultural fabric. Cultural unity means ‘Unity in Diversity’ but this has remained a fake rhetoric only. These are the discriminating factors which are slowly growing at the roots of our culture. Our Culture will be wiped out because of this ambiguity. Let us awake and be equal to all transgressions on our cultural unity.

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WE ALL ARE HUMANS

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All humans started life the same way, we are all equal, its just how we grow up, how we are taught, how we treat our individual life that makes it unequal.

No one is born as Hindu, Muslim, Christian; no person is religious or atheist by birth, we all are born as humans and it is our society that discriminates and teaches us the same. Each and every belief is made by us, there is no GOD who came and told us how to behave and what to believe. Every religion and belief is made by Humans only.

It is therefore our right to choose, whether we want to be religious or atheist, gay or lesbian, hindu or muslim, whether we want to follow any religion, belief or not? No one has the right to discriminate on the basis on caste, creed, race or religion.

WE HOLD THIS TRUTH TO BE SACRED AND UNDENIABLE; THAT ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL AND INDEPENDENT , THAT FROM THAT EQUAL CREATION THEY DERIVE RIGHTS INHERENT AND INALIENABLE, AMONG WHICH ARE THE PRESERVATION OF LIFE, LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS.

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The Need to Be Humble!

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We achieve a lot of things in our lives.
From getting good marks to buying a new phone, we achieve.
From being popular on social media to getting a new job, we achieve.
From being in shape to eating in new places, we achieve.
Each and every one of us is an achiever and many things that we attain are difficult to attain.
We have reached our goals with great effort.
We have accomplished our needs and desires by struggle and endeavor.

But, all our achievements and efforts can go in vain by a single action of ours. Everything can go in the drains.
Our earned respect and dignity can vanish, and people may not like us anymore.

When we take excessive pride in ourselves and the deeds we do, we become high headed.
When we try to be superior than others that surround us, people think low about us.
When we show off, people realize it.

The biggest problem with many of us, is high-esteem and ego. We think of ourselves as the best. We feel that no one is better than us. We believe too much in our values and morality which may not necessarily be correct and ethically moral.
We don’t wish to bow down and accept our mistakes. We don’t believe in realizing where we went wrong.

What does it do for us? Does it make us good human beings? No, it certainly does not. We may be achievers, but when pride and ego sets in, we become losers.

Hence, there is a need to be humble. No matter what happens, we must bow down. We just need to do the right things. Respectable human beings are always humble in nature. Humility and humbleness add to the greatness of a person.
So, next time when you achieve something, don’t brag about it.
When you fight with a friend, just bow down and let it all go.
Help the people which surround you.
Remove ego and pride from your dictionary.
Be grateful to everyone. Smile. Smile, a lot, and feel happiness.  

Work hard, and stay humble! 🙂

Love Yourself!

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We are so busy in our lives that sometimes we forget to love ourselves. We forget to value ourselves. We don’t realize our own worth and importance. We often forget to take care of ourselves. We forget the reason for which we were born. We forget our dreams and aspirations. We often let our ambitions go down in the drains. And what does it lead to? Our failure.

So, if you’re reading this right now, stop, look at yourself in the mirror and give yourself a flying kiss. 😉 Because, no one can love you better than you.  No one is a better friend of yours. No one knows you better. You’re the most important person in your life.
If you want to spread the love , first, you need to love yourself. Yes, you need to adore yourself before you adore someone else.

Realize your worth. You’re a precious treasure. There isn’t another you. You’re unique.
Spare some time for yourself. Yes, your life may be a busy chore but always spare time for your hobbies and interests.
Do what makes you happy. Don’t care what people say just do what you love. 
Take care of your body and organs.
Don’t smoke and don’t do drugs. It’s yourself you’re harming and that’s stupidity.
Believe in yourself. Yes, you’re the best and you can do it. Don’t be a coward now.
Forgive yourself. Everyone makes mistakes. It’s alright until you don’t repeat the same mistake again.
Follow your passion. You’re living to fulfill a dream. Catch that and pin it down. Nothing is impossible.

Go ahead and tell yourself the three magical words “I love myself.”