Friday, December 31, 2010



This is new day of New Year.

I wish you must become new.


*      Forget unpleasant things that may have happened in the past.

*      Begin with what you have. Do not wait for conditions to change.

*      Now is the time, here is the place. Begin.

*      Expect the best and you will have it. Be positive.

*      Sow good seeds in the field of your life. Think good thoughts, speak good words and perform good deeds.

*      Appreciate every one whom you deal with today and all the days.

*      Decide to forgive, and more importantly to forget, a hurt offered to you.

*      Just for today, decide that you will not get angry or lose your temper at all and try to continue.

*      Approach any of your elders, bow down to them and thank them for all that they have done for you.

*      Today, count your blessings! Express your gratitude to God for all the things you take for granted: the air you breathe, the movement of your limbs, your sense of sight and sound.

*      Maintain your equilibrium and your silence even if you are accused wrongly of anything.

*      Do not argue your opinion in any discussion. Listen patiently to the other's view. Then, if necessary you may gently explain yours.

*      Begin and end your day with a long and loving chat with God, your Eternal friend and companion.

Try and put these ideas into practice, and write down how you did it in your diary. If you succeed in following even a few of these ideas, you are well on your way to becoming a New you.  And you will be well on your way to a peaceful and beautiful 2012.
With Prayers 
N. Sivanandam



Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Radiation Hazards from Cell Phones/Cell Towers

Radiation Hazards from Cell Phones/Cell Towers


Prof. Girish Kumar, Electrical Engineering Department, IIT Bombay, Powai, Mumbai, India, (+9122) 2576 7436


RF sources

Radiation Pattern of Cell tower


EMF exposure Safety norms

Radiation measurements near cell towers

Review Biological effects

Case Studies

Radiation emitted from Cell Phones, Cell phone towers, Wi-Fi, TV and FM towers, microwave ovens, etc. are called Electromagnetic radiations (EMR). EMR causes significant health hazards (biological effects) on human, animals, birds, plants and environment.


Read full report and investigation reports in the following link:


We are living in dangerous exposure limit of this radiation which is affecting not only our health, but also impacting on our DNA. Aware the facts and fight against this ill effects.


Saturday, December 18, 2010

Women more religious than men

Women pray more often than men, are more likely to believe in God, and are more religious than men in a variety of other ways, according to a new study.

Analysts say that the reasons could range from traditional mothering duties to the tendency of men to take risks, reports Live Science.

The findings come from a fresh review of data that was collected in a 2007 survey and initially released last year by the Pew Research Center.

The survey involved interviews with more than 35,000 U.S. adults by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.

George H. Gallup, Jr., in an analysis for the Gallup polling organization back in 2002, wrote that the differences in religiosity between men and women have been shown consistently across the previous seven decades of polls.

"A mountain of Gallup survey data attests to the idea that women are more religious than men, hold their beliefs more firmly, practice their faith more consistently, and work more vigorously for the congregation," Gallup wrote.

Gallup said that among the reasons women tend to be more religious are that mothers have tended to spend more time raising children, which often means overseeing their involvement in church activities.

Though two-income households are more common today, in the past women often had more flexible daily schedules, permitting more church involvement during the week.

Women tend to be more open about sharing personal problems and are more relational than men.

Other Gallup research shows a higher proportion of women than men say they have a 'best friend' in their congregation.

Gallup also said, "More so than men, women lean toward an empirical [depending on experience or observation] rather than a rational basis for faith."

Rodney Stark, a professor of sociology and comparative religion at the University of Washington, gave another reason for why are men less religious.

"Studies of biochemistry imply that both male irreligiousness and male lawlessness are rooted in the fact that far more males than females have an underdeveloped ability to inhibit their impulses, especially those involving immediate gratification and thrills," Stark said in a 2002 paper in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion.

Stark said that the upshot is that some men are short-sighted and don't think ahead and so 'going to prison or going to hell just doesn't matter to these men.'

Religion made us human

A psychologist has in a new book stressed that religion played a very important role in the grim struggles of prehistory, providing humans with a way to relate to each other and the world around them.

Matt Rossano, professor and head of the Department of Psychology at Southeastern and author of the book "Supernatural Selection: How Religion Evolved", said religion offered them significant survival and reproductive advantages.

"The roots of religion stretch as far back as half a million years, when our ancestors developed the motor controls to engage in social rituals - that is, to sing and dance together," he said.

He also revealed that about 70,000 years ago, a global ecological crisis drove humanity to the edge of extinction.

"It forced the survivors to create new strategies for survival, and religious rituals were foremost among them," he added.

Rossano's work is, in part, a response to the 2006 best-selling book "The God Delusion" by scientist Richard Dawkins, an atheist manifesto that pitted science against religion.

But, according to Rossano, Dawkins missed the science that revealed how religion made man more human.

Neither an apologist for religion nor a religion-basher, he pulls together the evidence from a wide range of disciplines to show the valuable purpose served by a systematic belief in the supernatural.

According to Rossano, evidence seems to confirm that at its core religion was not about doctrines, creeds, institutions or miracles, but about relationships.

"Religion is a fundamental way for humans to relate to each other and the world around them, and in early prehistory that was a definite advantage," Rossano explained.

"Religion emerged as our ancestors'' first health care system, and a critical part of that health care system was social support.

"Religious groups tended to be far more cohesive, which gave them a competitive advantage over non-religious groups and enabled them to conquer the globe," he stated.

Rossano noted that for Dawkins and his supporters, there is nothing quite so wicked as religion and all that trails in its wake: suicide bombers, Taliban-style tyranny, child abusing clergy, etc.

"But if religion was so clearly damaging to the human psyche and so corrosive of human society, how could it have ever evolved?" How is it possible that every culture throughout human history has had religion?" he asked.

"Time and again, studies show that religious people tend to be happier, healthier, more generous and civic-minded than their non-religious counterparts," he continued.

"Religion is also tenacious. Enlightenment thinkers promised that religion would fade as science and reason provided a more accurate picture of the natural world.

"To the bewilderment of Dawkins and his ilk, the world seems to have reneged on that Enlightenment promise," he concluded.

Rossano, who has studied the evolution of religion and other cognitive traits for some time, is the author of "Evolutionary Psychology: The Science of Human Behavior and Evolution," as well as numerous papers on evolution, ritual, religion and moral behavior.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Lord Swami Ayyappan Dharshan at Sabarimala - virtual tour

Visit SABARIMALA (virtual tour) now.

The Mahabharata

The Mahabharata

of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa
translated by Kisari Mohan Ganguli
[published between 1883 and 1896]


The Ganguli English translation of the Mahabharata is the only complete one in the public domain. Books 1-4 were proofed at Distributed Proofing (Juliet Sutherland, Project Manager), from page images scanned at Books 5-7 and 12-15 were scanned and proofed at by John Bruno Hare. Books 8-11 and 16-18 were scanned and proofed by Mantra Caitanya.

The Mahabharata in Sanskrit
(Parallel Devanagari and Romanization)
The Ganguli English translation is also cross-linked on a book-by-book basis with the Sanskrit text


The Mahabharata, Book 1: Adi Parva   [Sanskrit]
The Mahabharata, Book 2: Sabha Parva   [Sanskrit]
The Mahabharata, Book 3: Vana Parva   [Sanskrit]
The Mahabharata, Book 4: Virata Parva   [Sanskrit]
The Mahabharata, Book 5: Udyoga Parva   [Sanskrit]
The Mahabharata, Book 6: Bhishma Parva   [Sanskrit]
The Mahabharata, Book 7: Drona Parva   [Sanskrit]
The Mahabharata, Book 8: Karna Parva   [Sanskrit]
The Mahabharata, Book 9: Shalya Parva   [Sanskrit]
The Mahabharata, Book 10: Sauptika Parva   [Sanskrit]
The Mahabharata, Book 11: Stri Parva   [Sanskrit]
The Mahabharata, Book 12: Santi Parva   [Sanskrit]
The Mahabharata, Book 13: Anusasana Parva   [Sanskrit]
The Mahabharata, Book 14: Aswamedha Parva   [Sanskrit]
The Mahabharata, Book 15: Asramavasika Parva   [Sanskrit]
The Mahabharata, Book 16: Mausala Parva   [Sanskrit]
The Mahabharata, Book 17: Mahaprasthanika Parva   [Sanskrit]
The Mahabharata, Book 18: Svargarohanika Parva   [Sanskrit]



Download the Mahabharata in text format [5 Mb (5,248,645 bytes)]. This includes all of the Mahabharata files. Updated 1/22/2005.



The following errors have been corrected or noted in the HTML version; the text version has not been altered at this time, so please note the following errata. Most of these were errors in the published edition which we used to construct the etext (the copytext).

Book 1. Section CLXXVII should be CLXXVI and vice versa. This was an error in the copytext.

Book 2. Section LXVII should be inserted at "Bhima said, 'O Yudhishthira, gamblers..." This was a transcription error.

Book 7. The copytext omitted section breaks for LIV, LV and CLXXXIX. We believe that no actual text is missing at these points, just the section breaks, since (e.g.) CLXXXIX shows up in the page header in the copytext.

Book 13. There are two sections labelled CLXVIII. The first one should be CLXIII. This was an error in the copytext.

Book 14. (HTML version only) The HTML title of LXXVII was incorrectly entered as LXVIII. This was a formatting error.

--February 26th, 2006



Denmark people receptive to Hinduism

Denmark people receptive to Hinduism

Fri, Nov 26 12:00 PM, Nevada (US), Nov 26 (ANI):

"Danes have been receptive to Hinduism", according to Danish Pluralism Project study launched by Faculty of Theology of University of Aarhus in Denmark.

"One example is yoga, which is a complex system of exercises designated as a disciplinary process of the ego, and in a wider perspective the reunion of the self and the universe. Especially, the physical exercises of yoga have won approval among the Danes...", it adds.

This Project was to document the growing religious diversity through mapping, analyzing, and interpreting the religious pluralism in Denmark. Faculty of Theology Dean is Carsten Riis, while Pluralism Project Director is Viggo Mortensen.

Welcoming the interest in Hinduism and yoga in Denmark, prominent Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, stressed the need for separation of church and state in Denmark, where currently Evangelical Lutheran Church of Denmark (Folkekirken) is a state church officially supported by government and headed by the Queen.

Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, argued that institution of state church breached the equality of religions and the fundamentals of a secular nation. Moreover, separation might bring more independence in the decision-making process of the Church also, without any day-to-day government/legislative interference.

Rajan Zed further said that Denmark, a culturally diverse society, besides various Christian denominations, had now a considerable population of Muslims, Buddhists, Jews, Hindus, Sikhs, non-believers, etc. There were reportedly about 12, 000 Hindus and five Hindu temples in Denmark.

Denmark is rated among nations with best quality of life, highest per capita income, and low unemployment. Its literacy rate is 100 percent and its hydrocarbon-rich economy is reported to be booming. (ANI)



Friday, November 5, 2010

The World Samskrit Book Fair

Please see event details after the links to some of the media reports

The World Samskrit Book Fair 


Samskritam is very much thriving. See it, Believe it, Embrace it!


The Annual World Samskrit Book Fair is a collective effort  by all the major Samskrit-related institutions in India and around the world to popularize and stimulate innovation enabled by Samskrit and its rich knowledge base.Through organizing a book fair, we intend to achieve multiple objectives:

  • Give a fillip to modern Samskrit research and literature,
  • Encourage Samskrit scholars to innovate and publish,
  • Create a 'market' for Samskrit publications,
  • Instill confidence into Samskrit students about the future of Samskrit as a career path, and
  • Popularize Samskrit and mobilize public support for its promotion.

The event is open to the general public of all ages and backgrounds with or without knowledge of the Samskrit language. Though the entire event will be conducted in a totally immersive samskrit environment where all the volunteers interact in Simple Samskrit, people of all ages and backgrounds can easily understand and enjoy.


Sponsors Co-sponsors Organizer
  • Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan
  • Government of Karnataka
  • All Samskrit Universities and Academies
  • Oriental Research Institutes
  • Samskrit Post-graduate Departments
  • National Manuscript Mission
  • Samskrit Promotion Foundation
  • International Association for Sanskrit Studies, Paris
Samskrita Bharati


The venue for the 2011 Samskrit Book Fair has been fixed as the National High School grounds, Bangalore, Karnataka, INDIA.

Participation Statistics

  • About 1 lakh (100,000) participants (with diverse levels of Samskrit knowledge) are expected from various parts of India and abroad.
  • 10000 Samskrit scholars will be coming as delegates to a conference to be colocated with the fair.
  • Delegates from 24 institutions outside India are expected to attend the fair.
  • 1008 Samskrit Sambhashana Shibirams will be conducted in Bangalore alone, during November and December, creating at least 30000 new initiates into spoken Samskrit. They will be visiting the fair along with their friends and relatives.

Events at a Glance

Event Highlights
Book Fair
  • More than 500 new publications to be released formally.
  • Old Book Donation: Donate your old Samskrit books and collect others' books for free.
  • Lots of free book giveaways every day of the event
  • Knowledge Heritage of India
  • A bird's eye view of the status of Samskrit today
  • Introduction to Manuscript Wealth
  • Vedic Instruments and Charts
  • Demos of Models of Science and Technology
  • Demo of 'संस्कृत विपणिः ', a complete Sanskrit Shop
  • Introductory Posters of Samskrit Universities
  • Inspirational Posters
  • Demo of Traditional Indian way of student evaluation, the shalaakaa pariikShaa
  • Pandita Parishad: Panel Discussions by Scholars
  • Workshops on Translations, New Vocabulary and Role of Samskrit
  • Management and Leadership Principles in Indian Literature
  • naaTakotsavaH: Samskrit Dramas
  • 1008 Spoken Samskrit Classes in Bengaluru
  • Samskrita Griha Sammelanam
  • Samskrit Bala Sammelanam
  • संस्कृत क्रीडाः Games in Sanskrit
  • Display of Indian Intellectual Games: Avadhaanam
  • संस्कृत-गान-सभाः Evening concerts by Stalwart artists singing Samskrit songs exclusively, during the first three days of the fair.


Audience Attractions
For Youth and Children
  • Competitions in schools leading to the Fair
  • Talk in Samskrit, Take a Gift
  • Inauguration of new Sanskrit story books and multimedia
  • Fun-filled game sessions conducted in Samskrit
  • संस्कृतप्रवासः Excursions from local schools to the Venue
For General Public
  • See first-hand how easy and fun Samskrit is to learn and speak
  • See what it is like to go shopping in Samskrit and live in a Samskrit-filled home
  • Appreciate the wealth of knowledge lying unexplored in manuscripts
  • Learn about the various avenues for serious pursuit of Samskrit studies
For Scholars and Students
  • Discover new collaboration opportunities
  • Excite others about own research
  • Educational Tour Destination
  • Create ways to kindle interest among youngsters in samskrit as an innovative career
For Institutions
  • Showcase innovation and improve visibility
  • Find publishers for institutional output
  • Attract new students and faculty
For Publishers Unique Sales Opportunity

  • Single largest congregation of Samskrit scholars, students and connoiseurs
  • A massive line-up of events under way to promote spoken samskrit learning and to generate public enthusiasm for the event
  • Government encouragement promised for book purchases made by institutions within the book fair.

New Partnerships

  • Interact with larger, smaller and individual publishers
  • Influence book prescriptions in the educational curriculum.

Promotional Campaigns

  • Sponsorship of events at the book fair: exhibitions, demos, cultural programs, workshops
  • Author and book promotion events
  • General Visibility in the event (posters, advertisements …)
  • Media coverage before, during and after the event.



Sunday, October 31, 2010

Why do we do aarati?

Why do we do aarati?


Towards the end of every ritualistic worship (pooja or bhajan) of the Lord or to welcome an honored guest or saint, we perform the aarati. This is always accompanied by the ringing of the bell and sometimes by singing, playing of musical instruments and clapping.


It is one of the sixteen steps (shodasha upachaara) of the pooja ritual. It is referred to as the lighted lamp in the right hand, which we wave in a clockwise circling movement to light the entire form of the Lord.


Each part is revealed individually and also the entire form of the Lord. As the light is waved we either do mental or loud chanting of prayers or simply behold the beautiful form of the Lord, illumined by the lamp. At the end of the aarati we place our hands over the flame and then gently touch our eyes and the top of the head.


We have seen and participated in this ritual from our childhood. Let us find out why we do the aarati?


Having worshipped the Lord of love - performing abhisheka, decorating the image and offering fruits and delicacies, we see the beauty of the Lord in all His glory. Our minds are focused on each limb of the Lord as the lamp lights it up. It is akin to silent open-eyed meditation on His beauty. The singing, clapping, ringing of the bell etc. denote the joy and auspiciousness, which accompanies the vision of the Lord.


Aarati is often performed with camphor. This holds a telling spiritual significance. Camphor when lit, burns itself out completely without leaving a trace of it. It represents our inherent tendencies (vaasanas). When lit by the fire of knowledge which illumines the Lord (Truth), our vaasanas thereafter burn themselves out completely, not leaving a trace of ego which creates in us a sense of individuality that keeps us separate from the Lord.


Also while camphor burns to reveal the glory of Lord, it emits a pleasant perfume even while it sacrifices itself. In our spiritual progress, even as we serve the guru and society, we should willingly sacrifice ourselves and all we have, to spread the "perfume" of love to all. We often wait a long while to see the illumined Lord but when the aarati is actually performed, our eyes close automatically as if to look within. This is to signify that each of us is a temple of the Lord.


Just as the priest reveals the form of the Lord clearly with the aarati flame, so too the guru reveals to us the divinity within each of us with the help of the "flame" of knowledge (or the light of spiritual knowledge). At the end of the aarati, we place our hands over the flame and then touch our eyes and the top of the head. It means - may the light that illuminated the Lord light up my vision; may my vision be divine and my thoughts noble and beautiful.


The philosophical meaning of aarati extends further. The sun, moon, stars, lightning and fire are the natural sources of light. The Lord is the source of this wonderous phenomenon of the universe. It is due to Him alone that all else exist and shine. As we light up the Lord with the flame of the aarati, we turn our attention to the very source of all light, which symbolizes knowledge and life.


Also the sun is the presiding deity of the intellect, the moon, that of the mind, and fire, that of speech. The Lord is the supreme consciousness that illuminates all of them. Without Him, the intellect cannot think, nor can the mind feel nor the tongue speaks. The Lord is beyond the mind, intellect and speech. How can this finite equipment illuminate the Lord? Therefore, as we perform the aarati we chant;


Na tatra suryo bhaati na chandra taarakam

Nemaa vidyuto bhaanti kutoyamagnib

Tameva bhaantam anubhaati sarvam

Tasya bhasa sarvam idam vibhaati


He is there where the sun does not shine, Nor the moon, stars and lightning. then what to talk of this small flame (in my hand), Everything (in the universe) shines only after the Lord, And by His light alone are we all illumined.


Swami Chinmayananda