Surely a must place to visit in one’s life.
Surely a must place to visit in one’s life.
Devata of Muladhara Chakra!
O Lord Vinayaka,
The bestower of happiness
Who has Modaka in hand!
O Elephant-headed Lord!
Salutations unto Thee.
Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha.”
Lord Ganesha is an embodiment of wisdom and bliss. He is the Lord of Brahmacharins. He is the foremost among Brahmacharins or celibates. He is the Lord who removes all obstacles on the path of the spiritual aspirant, and bestows upon him worldly as well as spiritual success. Hence He is called Vigna Vinayaka. His Bija Akshara (root syllable) is Gung, pronounced to rhyme with the English word “sung”. He is the Lord of harmony and peace.
Amongst Hindu Gods , Lord Ganesha enjoys a very very peculiar & unique position . He is to be worshipped and revered first . If that is not done , other rituals / worships will not be fruitful . This is the boon given to Lord Ganesha by Supreme Lord so let us rever at His holy feet for success , wealth & wisdom. That way also , His blessings are unique as money without discretion leads to disaster but Lord Ganesha makes the wealth enjoyable.
Though Lord Ganesha took incarnation as illustrious son of Lord Shiva-Parvati , He is there since times immemorial . Thus in Baalkand of Ramayana , we find worship of Lord Ganesha at the marriage of His Divine parents Shiva -Parvati i.e. even before He was born ! Doha 100 reads as muni anusasan Ganpatihi poojehu Sambhu Bhawani ,
kou suni sansay kare jani Sur anaadi jiyan jaani.
On this Happy Festival of Ganeshji , may the blessings of Sri Ganesha be upon us all ! May He remove all the obstacles that stand in your spiritual path! May He bestow on you all material prosperity as well as liberation.
Mushikavaahana modaka hastha,
Chaamara karna vilambitha sutra,
Vaamana rupa maheshwara putra,
Vighna vinaayaka paada namasthe
MEANING “O Lord Vinayaka! the remover of all obstacles, the son of Lord Shiva, with a form which is very short, with mouse as Thy vehicle, with sweet pudding in hand, with wide ears and long hanging trunk, I prostrate at Thy lotus-like Feet!”
The following story is narrated about His birth and how He came to have the head of an elephant :—
Once upon a time, the Goddess Gauri (consort of Lord Shiva), while bathing, created Ganesha as a pure white being out of the mud of Her Body and placed Him at the entrance of the house. She told Him not to allow anyone to enter while she went inside for a bath. Lord Shiva Himself was returning home quite thirsty and was stopped by Ganesha at the gate. Shiva became angry and cut off Ganesha’s head as He thought Ganesha was an outsider.
When Gauri came to know of this she was sorely grieved. To console her grief, Shiva ordered His servants to cut off and bring to Him the head of any creature that might be sleeping with its head facing north. The servants went on their mission and found only an elephant in that position. The sacrifice was thus made and the elephant’s head was brought before Shiva. The Lord then joined the elephant’s head onto the body of Ganesha.
Lord Shiva made His son worthy of worship at the beginning of all undertakings, marriages, expeditions, studies, etc. He ordained that the annual worship of Ganesha should take place on the 4th day of the bright half of Bhadrapada.
Without the Grace of Sri Ganesha and His help nothing whatsoever can be achieved. No action can be undertaken without His support, Grace or blessing.
In his first lesson in the alphabet a Maharashtrian child is initiated into the Mantra of Lord Ganesha, Om Sri Ganeshaya Namah. Only then is the alphabet taught.
The following are some of the common Names of Lord Ganesha Dhoomraketu, Sumukha, Ekadantha, Gajakarnaka, Lambodara, Vignaraja, Ganadhyaksha, Phalachandra, Gajanana, Vinayaka, Vakratunda, Siddhivinayaka, Surpakarna, Heramba, Skandapurvaja, Kapila and Vigneshwara. He is also known by many as Maha-Ganapathi.
His Mantra is Om Gung Ganapathaye Namah. Spiritual aspirants who worship Ganesha as their tutelary Deity repeat this Mantra or Om Sri Ganeshaya Namah.
The devotees of Ganesha also do Japa of the Ganesha Gayatri Mantra. This is as follows ;–
Tat purushaaya vidmahe
Tanno dhanti prachodayaat.
Ganesha and His brother Lord Subramanya once had a dispute as to who was the elder of the two. The matter was referred to Lord Shiva for final decision. Shiva decided that whoever would make a tour of the whole world and come back first to the starting point had the right to be the elder. Subramanya flew off at once on his vehicle, the peacock, to make a circuit of the world. But the wise Ganesha went, in loving worshipfulness, around His divine parents and asked for the prize of His victory.
Lord Shiva said, “Beloved and wise Ganesha! But how can I give you the prize you did not go around the world?”
Ganesha replied, “No, but I have gone around my parents. My parents represent the entire manifested universe!”
Thus the dispute was settled in favour of Lord Ganesha, who was thereafter acknowledged as the elder of the two brothers. Mother Parvati also gave Him a fruit as a prize for this victory.
In the Ganapathi Upanishad, Ganesha is identified with the Supreme Self. The legends that are connected with Lord Ganesha are recorded in the Ganesha Khanda of the Brahma Vivartha Purana.
On the Ganesh Chaturthi day, meditate on the stories connected with Lord Ganesha early in the morning, during the Brahmamuhurta period. Then, after taking a bath, go to the temple and do the prayers of Lord Ganesha. Offer Him some coconut and sweet pudding. Pray with faith and devotion that He may remove all the obstacles that you experience on the spiritual path. Worship Him at home, too. You can get the assistance of a pundit. Have an image of Lord Ganesha in your house. Feel His Presence in it.
Actually , as warrior son and like His brother Kartikeya , Lord Ganesha also killed many demons .Ganeshpuran records this history in details . Most of the places currently fall in Maharashtra so we find celebration of annual Ganesha Chaturthi etc in Mumbai , other parts at a very large scale there. In schools, offices it’s the declared holiday there.
In South & North parts of India , Lord Ganesha is worshipped daily to ward off evils and bring success & glory to the Devotees. Now even Vaastu experts advise household to keep an image of Lord Ganesha at the entrance door for good luck and fortune. People leave for office / business after chanting one or two hymns in praise of Lord Ganesha. Following one is most popular —
“SHREE GANESH VANDANA CHUKLAM
BARATHARAM VISHNUM SHASHI VARNAM
CHATURBHUJAM PRASANNA VADANAM DHYAYET
SARVA VIGHNOPA SHANTAYE AGAJANANA PADMARGAM
GAJANANA MAHIRSHAM ANEKA DANTAM
BHAKTANAM EKA DANTAM UPASMAHE”
1 MOPED is the short term for ‘Motorized Pedaling’.
2. POP MUSIC is ‘Popular Music’ shortened.
3. BUS is the short term for ‘Omnibus’ that means for everybody.
4. FORTNIGHT comes from ‘Fourteen Nights’ (Two Weeks).
5. DRAWING ROOM was actually a ‘withdrawing room’ where people withdrew after Dinner. Later the prefix ‘with’ was dropped..
6. NEWS refers to information from Four directions N, E, W and S..
13. The electric chair was invented by a dentist.
In a way, I feel that is exactly what we are living in
I don’t think any other generation has lived through so much
of changes occuring in their Lifetime and mindset and outlook
in such a short span of time and with such long strides
Come to think of it
30 years back, there was B/W TV with just one channel
(Remember this LOGO)
To someone from that era (we ourselves actually ),
today’s times would be nothing less than a sci-fi scenario
20 years back, even divorce was taboo
Today, live in relationships are becoming passe
We are actually getting ready to be bored with it
20 years back happy and gay figured in chidren’s poems
as words denoting the mindset of happy innocent children
Today, … …. O Boy … Parents would want their
child to be happy but not GAY
Technology has made life so much comfortable
The Cell phone with the cheapest rates anywhere in the world
has connected indians like nothing else ….
If the Green revolution freed us from carrying a beggin bowl,
the telecom revolution erased distances in a flash ..
And RELIANCE, whatever their internal squabbles,
made the cell phone affordable to the local sabziwala …
From Guduvancherry (There is actually a place by that name in Tamilnadu)
to Mumbai, From Kashmir to Kanyakumari
INDIA started to talk and boy, India have a lot to say
Walk while you talk to SMSing the janta for their views
(even though it has created a controversy for the
students in college),
What an idea Sirji became the byeline
for all pathbreaking innovations
Computerisation removed the serpentine queues
allowing anyone with the knowledge of basic internet usage
to book their tickets online … Away with the agents …
The Common Man .. the man on the street aka R K Laxman’s
dhoti clad check coated Indian became the epitome of
“Saala Main to saab ban gaya” whether willingly or not
is a different issue (Don’t be a spoilsport now )
All of which could not be imagined even 10 years back ..
Ok, so what there is still corruption, the metro still tilted over in Delhi
due to shoddy work, there is the flu now and increased materialism
But, In the best of time or the worst,
From Global economic giant to Nuclear superpower
to IT hub to outsourcing of BPOs & KPOs
India is where the action NOW is……
Former associate professor of ecology at Universiti Malaya has authored several books on complementary therapy called, ‘Ecological Healing System’.Dr Palaniappan said his 33 years of research had shown that high acidity in the body resulted in loss of immunity, thus making people more susceptible to viral diseases like Influenza A (H1N1).Hence, to prevent acidity, it was essential to consume alkaline food and drinks that could neutralise excess acid in the body.
Dr Palaniappan recommends coconut water, which is alkaline, and therefore could be used as a herbal medicine for the prevention of H1N1.For example, he said, those who felt feverish and developed a burning sensation while attending to a call of nature because of extreme acidity, could neutralise it by drinking coconut water, twice a day, for three days. He also recommended orange, lemon and pomelo which, despite containing citric acid, were very rich in potassium and therefore, would not disturb the body’s immunity.
According to Dr Palaniappan, excessive physical activity like running a marathon should be avoided as it produced acid due to excessive metabolic activity.Similarly, he said, keeping late nights without adequate sleep and working without proper rest could also increase the body’s acidity which in turn, lowered immunity and made the body vulnerable to viral attacks.Dr Palaniappan’ s blog:
The countdown had started much earlier. It was on February 26, 1947, when the British Government made an important announcement of policy. It declared, its intention to quit India by June, 1948, and appointed Lord Mountbatten Viceroy of India to arrange for the transfer of authority from British to Indian hands. This momentous declaration had already evoked hearty enthusiasm all over India. Mountbatten assumed office on 24th March, 1947, and on 3rd June broadcast the famous declaration laying down the method by which the power will be transferred.
Read on …the History behind India’s Independence…
Here is “pratipadartha” correct meaning of Gayatri Mahamantra as per Madwa Tradition.
Om bhuh= full of auspicious qualitites
bhuvah= the creator
svah = the Lord of Lakshmi and full of bliss
tat = the well known and universally present
savitr = the creator, sustainer and destroyer
varenyam = the one fit for praise, full of bliss and full of knowledge
bargah = seated in Suryamandala, all round protector, the lifter from the cycle of births and deaths and the giver of moksha
devasya = full of blissful qualities
dimahi = we mediate
dhiyo yo na pracodayat = the one who guides or propels our intellect
dhiya = intellect
nah = of us
praccodayat = let be the preraka or the guide
Reference : Sadachara Sangraha Published by Sri Krishna Raghavendra Trust of T Nagar Chennai.
Carve out an hour a day for solitude.
Begin and end the day with prayer, meditation and reflection.
Keep it simple. Don’t over-schedule.
Strive for realistic deadlines.
Never make a promise you can’t keep.
Allow an extra half hour for everything you do.
Create quiet surroundings at home and at work.
Go to bed at nine o’clock twice a week.
Always carry something interesting to read.
Breathe.. deeply and often.
Move.. walk, dance, run, find a sport you enjoy.
Drink pure spring water. Lots of it.
Eat only when hungry.
Be instead of Do.
Set aside one day a week for rest and renewal.
Laugh more often.
Luxuriate your senses.
Always opt for comfort.
If you don’t love it, live without it.
Let Mother Nature nurture.
Don’t answer the telephone during dinner.
Stop trying to please everybody.
Start pleasing yourself.
Stay away from negative people.
Don’t squander precious resources: time, creative energy, emotion.
Don’t be afraid of your passion.
Approach problems as challenges.
Honor your aspirations.
Set achievable goals.
For every “yes”, let there be a “no”.
Don’t worry, be happy.
Remember, happiness is a living emotion.
Exchange security for serenity.
Care for your soul.
Cherish your dreams.
Express love every day.
Search for your authentic self.
Schneider Electric India – (since Dec 2005……)
VP- India HR Services
16500 employees – Jun 2011..Jun 2015
HR Service Delivery
HR Performance & Digitisation
Payroll & Compliance
Global Learning Services
Business Relationship Management
Reorganised and stabilised the HR Services Organisation
Grew team from 36 members to 100 members
Helped to grow employee strength from 5000 to 16500 employees thro 10 Acquisitions
Improved HR Services Productivity from 1:140 to 1:220
Launched on a HR Goes Digital program and sucessfully implemented various HR Global Tools like Oracle Fusion, Taleo, My Learning Link, People Link, Daptiv etc besides home grown tools
Enabled seamless integration of acquired Business viz. APC, Areva T&D, Uniflair, APW President, Invensys and extended the HR Services coverage to these new entities
Set up a exclusive Industrial HRSS organisation to cater to the needs of the Manufacturing Organisation
Unified HR Services across organisaiton, BU’s and location
One common payroll
Set up the Global HR Services support organisation. Support includes Global Taleo Support and also Global Learning Services, where in we provide Global Support across geographies from India.
Improved internal HR Services customer satisfaction from 5.5 /10 (2012) to 6.82/10 (2014)
Improved SE Universum Ranking in India from 92nd position to 38th position in 2014
Won the **2013 Shared Services Organization Network Award** at the 16th Annual Asian Shared Services Outsourcing Week (SSON) meet in Singapore, 2-5 September, 2013, showcasing our VOICE program
Won the NHRD HR Showcase 2014, Best HR Practice Award for our “Campus Connect” program at the National competition
Member of the Global HR Services HRCommittee
Member of the India HRCommittee
Improved Customer Satisfaction by 22% in 3 years
Reduced cost per employee served by 16% in 3 years
Improved Head count productivity by 46% in 3 years
Reduced cost of Hiring by 25 %
Our India HR Best Practices adopted globally
90 day onboarding program – Plug into SE
VOICE – internal customer experience feedback – Hiring Effectiveness Survey
HR Score Card
Schneider Electric India
Global HR Director
(ITB Global Supply Chain) – 6500 employees – Nov 2008 – Jun 2011
Schneider Electric India – (since Dec 2005……)
Head HR India Subcontinent (APC India) – 3200 employees – Dec 2005 – Nov 2008
Caltex India Pvt. Ltd (2002 – 2005)
A leading Energy company globally (Sales, R&D, Manuf – 600 employees)
Co Systems India Pvt Ltd (2001-2002),
General Manager – HR
A pioneering Telecom Software Product development company with development centres in India and US (320 employees)
Praxair India Pvt Ltd, Bangalore (1997-2001),
Senior Manager – HR
A global Leader in Industrial Gases (Sales, Manufacturing & IT – 600 employees)
Involved in setting up the Corporate HR. Helped up ramp up employee strength to about 300 employees in a year. HR Policies, C&B, Job Bands, Job Titles, Salary restructuring, HRIS, Performance Management Process, Competency Framework & Training & Development.
Was involved in acquisition and merger of Asiatic Industrial Gases, Asiaticl Oxygen, Carbon dioxide company.
Closure of manufacturing plants. Helped set up a small E-services company to provide internal IT support for Praxair globally.
Indian Herbs, Bangalore (1994-1997),
Manager – HR
A leading Indian Natural Products Company (Sales, R&D, Manuf – 600 employees)
Was responsible for stabilising a HR department, Organisation design, Job Evaluation, Job Grading / Banding & Job Titles. Revamped HR policies, Performance Management Process & introduced a homegrown HRIS package.
Grew company to double its strength, helped set up the Extraction Unit, new R&D Centre and a Human Health Business Unit.
Stabilised IR situation and employee relations by engaging internal Leaders
ITI Ltd, Bangalore (1987-1994),
Assistant Personnel Manager
India’s pioneering Telecom Company (Sales, R&D, Manuf – 32000 employees) Strong foundation set for a HR career