Why Ganesha Wrote Mahabharata?

Mythology always generates a curiosity among all the masses. Some accept the mythology as the stories designed to keep our moral alive. Some others consider them as a part of history; where they believe the events are actually took place. I am not expert on this, so I can’t be sure of either of these theories. I dedicate my knowledge of mythology to my parents and grand-parents who told me those stories which some how become a part of my identity. Later books also contributed a lot to this.

Now, let me tell you a mythological story that I heard in my younger days. When the great sage Vyasa decided to write the epic JAYA (better known as MAHABHARATA); he requested Lord Ganesha to wrote down the epic on his dictation. But Ganesha said, he was really busy and does not have the leisure to spend numerous days while you are taking your time to make the verses look more beautiful. So, I will pen down the epic on a condition. The condition is; you have to dictate it without taking any pause during the recitation of your verses. Now, it put the sage in a difficult spot. It is not an easy task to create the verses without taking any pauses! The intelligent sage put a counter condition to the elephant headed God. Vyasa said, “I will continue dictating the verses without taking any pauses but you have to make sure that you properly understand each of the verses that come out of my mouth”! Ganesha agreed to it. And from there they started penning down the epic.

Ganesha

After years when I visit this particular story, I come across several questions.

Why someone of Vyasa’s caliber need anyone to write for him?

Why did Ganesha and Vyasa put such conditions?

So, I tried to reconstruct the story in my mind. May be this would have been a better explanation to the original story.

When Vyasa decided to write the epic, he needed an editor to check out his works. Though, he is an expert of words still an editor is a must for all the writings. That’s why he must have summoned Ganesha. Being the most intelligent among all, Ganesha knew that the human mind is very fickle! If you give someone a good time to think over he/she can manipulate the words just to suit the most popular view point or his own view point. And Ganesha wanted the epic to be written in a way it happened and not from Vyasa’s point of view of that epic. The great sage agreed to it and in return he must have requested Ganesha that, it is his duty to make sure that the verses delivers the correct message to the masses. They should not be misused by others to suit their needs. And that is how the epic comes into existence.

PS: I would like to thank Sunil Mane who draw the painting of Lord Ganesha, that I have used here.

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Be Positive

How can one have a positive thought process when the surrounding is full of negativity?

Honestly, I was not only disappointed but also badly affected with the negative vibes which seems to be omnipresent.

There is a continuous tussle for no apparent reason between the Congress and BJP supporters; who actually knows nothing about the real policies and their impacts. The media is also seems to be spreading the negative news more than the positive ones. On the Independence Day, when we should be discussing the freedom fighters and the countries history; I found the television media is busy discussing the Modi Government’s failures! The print media is also not far behind in spreading negative vibes. We all know, how Times of India has been criticized to its core in social media when they publish a half page article about Yakub Memon’s funeral and gave a very little importance to our former president APJ Abdul Kalam’s funeral, which took place on the same day. When to get rid of these negativities, I logged into any of the social media accounts of mine, there also I face the same issue. I found some people thought their religious sentiment got hurt because the celebrity singer Sonu Nigam posted his thoughts on twitter about the so called God women who is there in news for all the wrong reasons! I wonder if your religious sentiments are so fragile that a mere statement can hurt it!

Anyway, as I said at the beginning; I was very depressed. These negative thoughts affected me and my thought process. I started blaming the politicians and their supporters; the television and print media; the FB and twitter guys; and even my family, friends and loved ones for the kind of negativity that I was going through. This was the case until yesterday.

Last evening, I was at home. My sister Rashmita was attending an online lecture of MBA from Welingkar Institute of Management. I was simply there half listening to the lecture and simultaneously playing with my smart phone. Mr. Deepak Bhattacharya was the professor for that session. He was explaining some chapters of Marketing Management. But the part I over heard impressed me and changed my thought process. He mentioned that, when a person blames his family or his surrounding for any of his deeds; he is simply providing a reference point! No body can make you do good or bad things unless you get carried away by other’s words to do such a thing. So, finally it is you, who decides what to do and how to react to a situation; the rest of all are simply the reference points!

Eureka! What he says makes absolute sense to me. The politicians, the followers, the media and everyone else whom I blame are merely saying their point of view; and it’s me who is unable to react properly. They are simply a reference point to my negative thinking. And I was solely responsible for my thoughts. Finally, I have decided to change my way of thinking!

Hariharan To Train Visually Impaired Girl

Today morning I woke up with a positive energy. I was trying to look at the world from the new found vision of mine. I picked up my subscribed copy of Hindustan Times and I found this front page positive news; “Hariharan To Train Visually Impaired Girl”. I think I need to share this. A few days back, a video went viral where a blind school girl (Tumpa Kumari) was singing the famous song “Sun Raha Hai Na Tu…” from Aashique 2. A lot of celebrities even noticed and shared this video. A friend of famous Ghazal Singer Hariharan, saw this video and shared it with him. The veteran was so impressed with the voice that he decided to train the girl. And the famous chef Sanjeev Kapoor also gave a helping hand to it. He has decided to fund the training and the related expenses for that girl.

Who says there is only negativity in the air! All we need to get the correct reference point and see the world as we really wanted to see them.

I would like to thank Hindustan Times for putting this article on the front page. I would like to thank singer Hariharan Sir and chef Sanjeev Kapoor for making us believe that good people and positivism are still there. And of course I would like to thank Mr. Deepak Bhattacharya for his wonderful thoughts and for being a correct reference point for me.

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Happy Independence Day

The Independence Day is around the corner and there is a patriotic feel everywhere. Everyone suddenly felt a great sense of pride being an Indian. The social media posts are being loaded with patriotic messages and poetries. You feel good that the country has so many patriotic sons and daughters to serve her.

But wait; let me think again! Are we all patriotic? Am I a patriotic son of this country? What is the definition of a patriotic person?

Well, patriotism is a feeling; so everyone can express and define it differently. There can’t be an all inclusive definition for it. But I think, though an act can’t be considered as a benchmark of patriotism but there should be some acts that all patriotic people must adhere to!

Proud

I have discussed with some of my friends and get some unique definitions, each to their own. Some one said; the respect for the flag should be there. And he also explained how bad he felt, when a model wear a saree that is decorated with tri-color fashion. Well, I genuinely feel good that, people have that much respect for their flag. I curiously asked if he felt the same emotion when people don’t stand when the National Anthem is being played! To my surprise; he said that honestly, he doesn’t think “Jana Gana Mana…” should be our national anthem. There after he explained me why it is so! Now, I wonder what is more important; your thoughts about the anthem or the fact that; this is our National Anthem which deserves respect.

Another friend of mine told me that he is very patriotic about our country and he respects the traditions of our country. And then I asked him, what he thinks about Mahatma Gandhi? Again, the answer took me into surprise. I don’t like him. And he went on adding few abuses of his own choice. Finally he said; I respect Nathuram Godse a lot! WOW! I simply asked him if he knows that he is disrespecting the father of his own nation and still thinks he is a patriotic man. Then I recall; he is one of those guys who wrote a strong FB status message about how bad he felt that a lot of people attended Yakub Memon’s funeral, a person who has been punished by the honorable Supreme Court of India. And then he called them all unpatriotic! I wonder, what makes him think that he is different from those people when all he did is; disrespect the Father of Nation and praised the one who has been punished by the same honorable Supreme Court of India. I mean, is the definition of patriotism changes according to your convenience?

What I simply mean to say is; you have all the rights to criticize your country, its rules, philosophies and traditions. But you dare not show disrespect towards them. It is absolutely fine that you think the national anthem should be changed or Mahatma Gandhi should not be called as Father of Nation; but you have no rights to disrespect these things as long as they are holding Nation’s pride and status.

What would you call a person, who says I will burn the Indian Flag because I don’t think Ashoka Chakra should be there in the flag, as it has the King Ashoka’s name, who is responsible for the Great Kalinga War? You will call him a fool or unpatriotic? The same applies to all of you, who thinks your believe about the National Anthem or about the Father of Nation is more correct than others.

Now coming again to the basic question, Am I a patriotic?

I am a law abiding citizen but I follow the rules because there is a penalty if I don’t follow them. I don’t follow them simply because I am an Indian. Its FEAR not PATRIOTISM.

I do good things for the benefit of my country; like I vote for the right candidate in the election, I complaint to the respective authority if I found any Govt. officials involved in corruption, etc. However, I only do all these things when my time permits me. I never go out of my way to help the system. Even, I did not vote a couple of elections as I was far away from my hometown!

There are so many things I consider to make me feel that I am a patriotic person but every time I concluded that my so called acts of patriotism are not a pure act of patriotism. Either it was because of fear of the law or sometimes it was meant to make the whole world see how good I am; but none of them are direct result of my patriotism towards the country.

So, I can say that I am a Seasonal Patriotic. I think of this word “Seasonal Patriotic”; just to save my EGO! But in a much simpler term, I admit that I am NOT A PATRIOTIC PERSON. Though, I am improving myself.

This Independence day, I simply request all of you to form your definition of patriotism and judge yourself. If you think, you are a patriotic person then you are! But if you think, you are falling below the standard of being a patriotic person; improve yourself.

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY.

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Was it necessary to kill Ravana?- Part-II

First of all, I apologize all for taking this privilege of writing on behalf of my Grandfather. Well, a week back I wrote an article titled “Was it necessary to kill Ravana?” and at the end I leave that article with a question. A good number of my readers appreciate my point of view and also gave their answer to my question. However, I was not fully satisfied. Finally, I thought what it would have been the answer of my grand father Shri. Ramnath Satapathy for this question! And after some time, strangely I got an answer which satisfies me well! So, here I am writing his would be answer for my question. And again I apologize to all for being the unauthorized voice of such a great personality. From here onwards, I am using his words.

Aja

The question that has been asked by Nirlipta in his article is “Who need to be tamed; only the mind which generates negative thoughts or the person who has that mind and those thoughts?” The answer is very simple, kill the thoughts! That is what Lord Ram did when he find the negative thoughts in Sage Parshuram’s mind. Then why he killed Ravana? To answer this, I would like to ask you one counter question. How to kill, someone’s negativity?

In his incarnation of Vamana avatar, he killed the negativity of King Mahabali. (He is believed to be still alive and visited the earth during Onam festival). But he killed “Hiranyakashyap” and “Hiranyaksha” in his Narasimha avatar and Varaha avatar. So, what is that makes Parshuram and Mahabali differs from that of Hiranyakashyap, Hiranyaksha and Ravana?

The point is both Parshuram and Mahabali allows their liberator to tame and destroy their negative thoughts. They did it willingly! But in case of the other three; they stick to their ego and negativity till the end. That is the difference.

The moral of the story is; the negativity needs to be tamed and killed but to do that; one must accept his/her mistakes and allows the supreme Lord to kill their negative thoughts. On the other hand, if you don’t allow yourself to tame the negative thoughts, you will meet the same fate of Hiranyakashyap, Hiranyaksha or Ravana?

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Was it necessary to kill Ravana?

What is more destructive; negative thoughts or the person who has negative thoughts? What need to be tamed; the negative thoughts or the person with negative thoughts?

In Ramayan, there is small part where the sage Parshuram meets with Ram. When Ram broke the prestigious Shiv-Dhanush at Sita’s swayamvar; it annoys Parshuram. He stormed into the marriage hall to meet the culprit. In this encounter between these two avatars of Lord Vishnu; a lot has been exchanged in the heat of moment. And finally, Parshuram challenges Ram to prove his strength by handling the famous Saranga bow; which is Lord Vishnu’s bow, gifted to sage Parshuram. Without a moment’s of hesitation Ram took the bow and in his hands and easily mounted the arrow on it. While Parshuram stood with an astonished look, Ram asked, “Once the arrow is mounted on a bow, it need to be used. Tell me on whom I should use it?” By this time, Parshuram realized his mistakes. The great sage, who strikes a terror by killing all the Kings from the world for 21 times, is now at receiving end. With a folded hand, he requested Ram to aim the arrow to his mind; which is now full of negative thoughts like violence, hatred and ego. Ram obliged in that manner. There after, the Great Parshuram threw his famous axe; for which he has been named as “Parshu-Ram”; in to the sea and renounced violence for ever!

Well, hitting the mind of Parshuram may be a metaphorical way of presenting the philosophy that; you don’t need to kill the person to get rid of his negativity; it is only the mind that generates negativity and which need to be tamed!

Photo Courtesy -By Scan/photo by: User:Henryart (who is owner of the original painting/object/photo) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

{Photo Courtesy -By Scan/photo by: User:Henryart (who is owner of the original painting/object/photo) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons}

Wait; if this is true why Ram killed Ravana? The King of Lanka has 10 heads out of which only one head contains the knowledge of Brahman and the other nine heads represents his ego and full of negative thoughts. Parshuram makes the whole world deprive of any kings for 21 generations just because a king named Arjuna Kirtavirya killed his parents. It is an act of vengeance! Ravana abducts Sita to take revenge on Ram who insulted his sister by mutilating her face. Where as Ram let go Parshuram by killing his negative mind but killed Ravana for his deed of vengeance!

Was it necessary to kill Ravana? Some argued that; it is meant to liberate Ravana who is actually a servant of Lord Vishnu cursed to take birth on earth. Some argued that; Ravana lusts for a married lady and it is the ultimate crime that can’t be forgiven! But as a follower of mythology; I found these justifications very weak! Is there any thing that my tiny mind is incapable of thinking? I request all my readers to provide me their answer to this question. Who need to be tamed; only the mind which generates negative thoughts or the person who has that mind and those thoughts?

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The Krishna Trilogy

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Book Name – The Aryavarta Chronicles Trilogy

Author- Krishna Udayasankar

Publisher – Hachette India

Poster Courtesy – http://www.aryavartachronicles.com/default.html

My Rating- 4.5 out of 5

 

The Krishna Trilogy is a brilliant attempt to present the epic in a most distinguish yet realistic way.

First of all, I apologize to Krishna for addressing her creation “The Aryavarta Chronicles” with a new name “The Krishna Trilogy”. But as everyone knows, in India we always use the nick names for everything and every person whom we love. So, this is my love for the masterpiece that generates this name “The Krishna Trilogy” or may be “Govinda Trilogy” is a better name!

Today, while watching television I heard this line in some daily soap; which I would like to use here. It says; “Our Ancient education system was based on two things, “SHRUTI” (Hearing) and “SMRUTI” (Memory).” Which means, the epics when actually put into writing, a lot could have been slipped out of mind, a lot could have been added as per the story teller’s convenience. So, when Krishna Udayasankar wrote this story with a conviction which is far different from the traditional epic that we have grownup hearing; it gives us a new dimension to the whole story. Though, a lot of characters from the original epic have not been fully developed in this trilogy but why to complaint; it’s not Mahabharat after all! It’s The Aryavarta Chronicles.

It has a parallel plot which beautifully connects the dots from the original epic. The story telling, the characterization and the way the events are weaved into the story are simply mesmerizing. As an avid reader, I recommend this to all my friends who loves mythology, fiction and specially the contemporary-mythology.

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86,400 seconds of Positivism

The Story

Once upon a time, there was a King. He was suffering from some rare health issue, though it was nothing serious, he wanted to get rid of it. But there was no medicine for that health problem. Fed up with his doctor and other specialists, he announced that if no body can cure him then all the doctors of the state will get death punishment. Everyone was horrified. There was a very old doctor, who come forward and claimed that he can cure the King. He gave some oil to the King to massage. And he said; you need to follow a set of instructions while using this oil, only then it will cure you. One instruction in the list mentioned that, “You are not supposed to think about Tiger, Lion or any wild animal while using this oil.” The King was more than happy to follow the instructions. But when ever he was about to use the oil, he goes through the instructions and always remember Tiger and Lion. He never succeeded in not remembering the forbidden words! So, he decided to discontinue the treatment without giving punishment to any of the doctors.

Moral of the story is, when we are being told not to do something, we forcefully end up doing that! And that is what exactly happened with me during this challenge period.

My Prayaas

When Infoledgesolution nominated me for this wonderful challenge Prayaas, I was very much excited. For me, it was not a big deal. I mean, I only need to avoid negativity for 24 hours. Pretty easy! But, I was wrong. After repeated attempts, I realized that in the 24 hour span, at least a single negative thought comes to my mind. As the days passed by, I become more and more anxious. Suddenly, I feel that it is not 24 hour challenge but it is 86,400 seconds challenge!

My Success Mantra

I fear the time was not correct. In this time period, I was very much under pressure; client issue, finance problem, business hurdles, etc. But then, I realized its futile blaming anyone. It is only me, who is allowing the negative thoughts to my mind. Just like we choose our food, we choose our thoughts. So, why can’t we have a healthy diet?

After the initial hiccup, I decided to draw a new plan of action. To begin with, I rephrase the challenge. It is no more about avoiding negativity for 24 hours but it becomes being positive for 24 hours. Though, there is no big difference in these two lines but it worked brilliantly. I taste the success soon after that! If you too want to make this challenge successful, use this tip. It will work for sure.

Conclusion 

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Friends who have been nominated by InfoledgeSolution along with me and the ones to whom I will nominate, if you are finding this challenge difficult, read the above quote again. If it does not CHALLENGE you, it won’t change you.

All the Best.

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