The sacred plant of Tulsi or Ocimum Basilicum is considered as a must have plant in almost all the Indian homes. From holding medicinal to divine values, tulsi is known for its magical traits. Even our holy scriptures gives a special mention to this plant. Significance of Tulsi is as follows:
- It is firmly believed that Vishnu propitiation is incomplete without offering him the sacred Tulsi leaves. During the ritual of ‘Tulsi vivaah’ in kartik month, Tulsi is married to Lord Vishnu.
- The Vedic scriptures say, “Krishna gives Himself to a devotee who offers Him merely a Tulsi leaf and a palm full of water.”
- Tulsi is known for the self-purification value and therefore widely used in holy puja ceremonies. It is also reused in puja without creating any impurity.
- The Tulsi plant is extremely sensitive and aware, and quickly able to register the vibrations around her. Therefore Tulsi fades away in negative or unhygienic surroundings.
- Tulsi is known as the Mother of Ayurveda and is widely used in fever, insomnia, mental tension, skin problems, and the treatment of cancer and diabetes.
- The antibiotic and anti-allergic properties of Tulsi help to cure coughs and colds, sore throats, whooping cough in children etc.
- Tulsi plant releases oxygen all the time i.e. both day and night, which makes it unique from the other plants.
- The dried wood, stem and branches of Tulsi are used to make japa malas, which are considered calm and serene in nature.
- Tulsi is widely worshipped for happiness and prosperity. It is also adored by unmarried girls in virtue of good husbands.
- Keeping Tulsi plant at home prevents insects and mosquitoes from entering the house. It is said that snakes do not dare to go near a Tulsi plant.
The difficult situations or the ‘unresolved issues’ keeps on hindering our peaceful life. They have a very powerful effect on human life. As these issues or turmoil stay strong within the system, at times stretched over a long period of time, they impact almost all spheres of life. One keeps on holding the grudges and arguments throughout their life.
Here are a few ways to get over such turmoil and cherish the true nature of life.
Let go – What has happened is a matter of the past and it should not be allowed to stick up in the mind. Just let it go and you will be liberated from the burden of heavy negative thoughts pulling you down physically, mentally, emotionally and socially.
Forgiveness- Forgiveness is an instant relief from the pain caused on account of unresolved issues. By forgiving we not only set the other person free from guilt and pain but also get ourselves out of the disturbing and depressing mental state and become peaceful.
Karmic Account- Knowing the reality that everything happening in our life is the result of our own past actions we should allow the account to settle in a calm and peaceful way rather than blaming others and agitating when certain conflicting situations confront us. Law of Karma explains how other people seem to be causing pain and suffering are only instruments. We get back what we had given out sometime or the other. This understanding will help cross over almost all the adversities in life with minimum suffering.
No Blaming- When we are in a blaming mode we are far away from the solution of any problem and such issues remain unresolved all through. Even when the cause of trouble is someone else we have to focus on our own self to find a solution. When we are hurt we have to heal our hurt rather than getting entangled with others. Blaming is nothing but exchange of negative energy between the parties concerned leaving the Unresolved Issues unresolved.
The festive and holiday season is here. Carols, dance, decorations, music and of course food is the most special reason to celebrate the holiday season. We get a reason to unite and come together with our family and friends and cherish all the good times. Let’s explore few facts about our lovely festival of Christmas.
Christmas on 25th of December:
Christmas is celebrated on 25th December to remember the birth of Jesus Christ. Interestingly the first recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on December 25th was somewhere around 336AD, during the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine. This day was chosen because according to early Christian tradition the date of Annunciation (when Mary was told that she would have a very special baby, Jesus) was on 25th March. The date of Christmas falls exactly nine months after 25th march.
Also the early Romans considered this date very near to when the winter solstice occurred. The Jewish festival of Lights called Hanukkah starts on the 25th of December. So this date marks the beginning of many auspicious events and celebrated widely.
The evergreen Christmas Tree:
The evergreen tree was an ancient symbol of life in the midst of winter. These evergreen plants were also considered as a source to keep the ghosts, evil energies and illness away. These evergreen trees were also a ray of hope for the winters and a wait for greenery in spring again. Early Romans marked the solstice with a feast called the Saturnalia in honour of Saturn, the god of agriculture. The practice of Christmas tree began from 14th and 15th century but became widely common in 17th century in Germany and parts of Australia. From German settlers the trend came in United States.
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We are the creator of our own thoughts. The thoughts decide our fate and one negative or positive thought can ruin or rebuild our destiny. Let’s explore the importance of thoughts:
- We need to think over our own thoughts and understand that these 30,000 to 60,000 hold great importance in our life and has to be brought on the top of our priority list. Because thoughts also have a life i.e. they also have a subtle energy as they are being created by our soul- energy. These thoughts establish the environment accordingly and then attract whatever we are thinking about.
- “You gravitate in the direction of your dominant thoughts.” It means that we progress on the path of what we think. Like when we think about illness or accidents, there are chances that we tend to meet them.
- This shows that our thoughts are real and they have a magnetic power. Moreover our feelings are also dependent on our thoughts. We become happy or sad or angry due to a particular thought in our conscious or sub conscious mind.
- Thoughts are like seed and one thought can transform our life.
- Thoughts create subtle grooves in the cosmos. The type of energy we create in the groove similar type of energy flow will be created in the cosmos.
- At times we are not able to achieve something inspite of creating positive thoughts because along with it numerous ordinary and negative thoughts are also created by us.
- Till the time we are not aware about the exchange of energy i.e. what we send out we receive the same, we will not work on our own thoughts.
- If somebody has cheated us once then we start looking them from the same lens of perspective (label) every time. Yet no person is same every day. People change due to change in thoughts. So erase all the past thoughts and meet people with a clean slate of goodness and you will be attracted to their goodness.
- Whatever thoughts we churn about others we tend to inculcate similar thoughts and habits within us. By constant creation of a particular energy whether positive or negative, our entire words, actions and attitude works accordingly and that similar weakness or strength is adapted by us in our sanskars (habits).
- When one member in the family labels (good or bad) another member then the similar labeling is usually used by other family members towards him. Now with the continuous receiving of same energies by all the family members, the particular person tend to inculcate such sanskars (habits).
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The epitome of love and an idol for married couple are Lord Rama and Mata Sita. Their marriage is a live example of love, trust, care, misunderstandings and forgiveness; which are experienced by all the married people. In spite of fights or arguments, the couples celebrate their day of love. Similarly Vivah Panchami is the birth anniversary of this holy couple. It is celebrated on the Shukala Paksha Panchami of the Margashirsha month, as per the Hindu calendar.
The auspicious day is widely cherished by people from India and Nepal. Being the birthplace, as Mata Sita was born in Janakpur (present day on border of Nepal) and Lord Rama in Ayodhya. This day is a sign of remembrance of the holy couple of the Treta yug.
The magnificent event known as Ram Vivah Utsav is celebrated by processions, cultural programmes, devotional songs and other rituals. In Janakpur, the wedding ceremony is also performed and people decorate the idols of Ram and Sita as groom and bride. Devotees also take a holy dip at the famous lakes of Mithilanchal like Gangasagar, Dhanushsagar and Argaza pond to perform the Vivah Panchami rituals.
This year Vivah Panchami is on 16th December, 2015 and we hope all the devotees seek the supreme blessings From Lord Ram and Mata Sita.