GnanaBoomi wishes all Indians a Patriotic Republic Day!

Jai Hind!

GnanaBoomi wishes all Indians a Patriotic Republic Day!

Let us rise! Let us cast away all difference and get united in thought and action. It is this time that Mother India wants her children to get united. May the world witness India back in its glory for it is the greatest gift we can give to both the future and past generations. Our ancestors will be proud of us and the future will thank us for it.

We shall recall the voice of Swami Vivekananda on this auspicious day.

“Civilizations have arisen in other parts of the world. In ancient and modern times, wonderful ideas have been carried forward from one race to another…But mark you, my friends, it has been always with the blast of war trumpets and the march of embattled cohorts. Each idea had to be soaked in a deluge of blood….. Each word of power had to be followed by the groans of millions, by the wails of orphans, by the tears of widows. This, many other nations have taught; but India for thousands of years peacefully existed. Here activity prevailed when even Greece did not exist… Even earlier, when history has no record, and tradition dares not peer into the gloom of that intense past, even from until now, ideas after ideas have marched out from her, but every word has been spoken with a blessing behind it and peace before it. We, of all nations of the world, have never been a conquering race, and that blessing is on our head, and therefore we live….!”

This is exactly what runs in our veins. Peace in its true form, tolerance in its reality. We don’t preach, but live. Here in this land, goodness exists, spirituality lives. The people of this land, the daughters and sons of the soil who cherish the traditional roots of this holy land wherever they are, through their minds. The people of this country have been patriotic, always. This time, patriotism and freedom struggle has taken a new form where we don’t have to fight any external sources, but from within! Though this poses a great challenge and does not have the advantage of getting united against a common enemy, there is hope!

May you belong to any caste, any creed, any religion, realize this great country has savored you, nurtured you, most of all, loves you. It is treachery to think of divide, in any form. While the idea is obviously ridiculous, it is dangerous to get divided on caste, creed and religion. Think of the people who lived together in peace, love and have achieved greatest of heights in all aspects, right here in this country.

Microcosm equals Macrocosm. What is in our mind, we create outside. Think of divide, divide will manifest. Think of unity, it will manifest. Everything is in the power of our subconscious mind. Realize that we are continuously being manipulated in our minds, for decades together, letting the masses devoid of the thinking process, which is the only doorway to any greatness. Break off that delusion and claim your birthright. This country belongs to all of us. We have set examples to the world in many ways. Let us add one more feather to its glorious cap on being united in diverse conditions.

May the forefathers of this land bless us. May God bless us. May good thought prevail. May we all get rejuvenated like never before.

Happy Republic Day!

Cure for Dengue Fever

There is remedy available for Dengue. It has been tested and is certified by the doctors. Here is a quick post on it. 

Desired Output: 10 ml. of pure Papaya Leaf juice 

Required: Papaya leaves, around 2 if big in size. The idea is to extract 10 ml. of juice out of these leaves.

Don’ts: Do NOT add water. 

Method of preparation: Make a juice out of the leaves, simple. Not from the veins in the leaves, but from the leaf portion of it.  

Apart from this, the cut branch is of tremendous importance along with the leaf. The minute white depositions in the inner walls of the branch which has the capacity of increasing the blood count too! Pour some water into the hollow branch, close both the ends and shake it well. Let the white depositions on the inner walls of the branch will mix with the water thoroughly.

Collect this water separately. Mix the 10 ml of fresh leaf juice with the white deposition mixed water and consume it as the first thing in empty stomach after brushing your teeth. After an hour you may proceed with the diet as specified by the Doctor.


These leaves has been seen to arrest the destruction of platelets that has been the cause for dengue. Researchers have found that enzymes in the papaya leaf can fight a host of viral infections, not just dengue, and can help regenerate platelets and white blood cells. Those who do not have the symptoms of Dengue can take this measure once or twice a week as a general precautionary measure. A nice video on the benefits of Papaya leaves here.

Courtesy: A respected doctor who kindly shared this information through mail. 


TASMAC getting closed – just imagine!

Rumors are that the CM Ms. Jayalalithaa is working out a plan to shut down the entire TASMAC unit irrespective of its massive income share to the Government. We pray the Almighty and to the CM that this rumour become a reality, only a permanent one.

The whole of TamilNadu will be indebted to the CM if this dream comes true. Yes, we include those who visit TASMAC regularly as they too will reap the benefits, in the longer run for sure. The Government may incur heavy losses due to this, but the long term gain is much more than the “money part” and so this bold step must be taken.

Those who think of procuring liquor from other states, stay calm as, ‘out of sight is out of mind’. Though it may not stop the habit immediately, a slowdown is sure. Not many can go to other states to continue this habit. If you stay stubborn, all the best!

As this news spreads like wildfire, some of the points that comes to mind immediately are: 

  • The women who are directly and indirectly affected will praise and bless the CM, forever. This itself says it all. 
  • This will prove that Ms. Jayalalithaa is indeed a caring leader who ‘does what she speaks of’. 
  • If and when this becomes permanent and not just a election stunt as many decipher, it will further strengthen the hope in a leader from the people of TN who witnessed only hopelessness by its leaders. This hope is much awaited which is almost at its last breath for the people of TN. 
  • That the dream of making TN the number 1 state of India will march in the right direction. 
  • This is one such step that no other in TN could even dream of before. 

However, enough care should be taken to address the illegal procurement and availability of illicit liquor.

We are eagerly awaiting for the official announcement. We thank the CM Ms. Jayalalithaa in advance from the bottom of our heart and wish all the best for Her and the TN Government

Note: This article is not a political propaganda. The core value of GnanaBoomi lies in improving one’s thoughts for the good of one and for all. This we will do by the Vedic wisdom proclaimed in this country. Therefore it is natural to applaud any measure that reflects our core value. This potential step is one such thing to be appreciated, even in advance.

Taj Mahal, the symbol of cruelty

You got me right here. The Taj is NOT the symbol of love. It is a symbol of cruelty. Those who call it the symbol of love either do not know what love is, or do not know history or are simply overlooking the facts upon the surface beauty of the building.

I am not discussing the fact that the Taj is quite possibly built on the place of a very old Shiva temple called Tejo Mahalaya. Stephen Knapp has already written an awesome article on it with photographs and scientific evidences. I am approaching it more in the humanitarian basis than that of religious.

The king of a soft and artistic nature

Shah Jahan is termed artistic and of a soft nature. This fact is comfortably presented because during his regime, no major war or invasion  happened, owing to the iron-fist rule that Akbar had before. So the ‘spoiled-son-of-a-rich-man’ is left to taste the beauty of the world, arts and things under the sun. Apart from his lifetime task of reproducing 14 children from a single woman (Mumtaz), we get to see that he had appointed men to have detailed records of how birds mate, animals rejoice and so on. Very artistic indeed. We hear that he appointed an artist to wait upon a dying man and draw his portrait ‘at the moment of death’ to present the world the feel of it. Very artistic indeed.

Had he stopped his artistic nature with just these, it would have been ok to call him artistic because we do see historic records in him overseeing the creation of those beautiful gardens. But it didn’t stop there. He wanted something long-lasting, long after he was gone. He wanted to express the world his love towards Mumtaz, one of the many many queens in his chamber whom he loved the most. So a plan to construct a monument got his mind. The plan sets off quickly and the building came up with the tiresome effort of many artists worldwide. But the soft and artistic nature of the king and the purpose of a “monument of love” turns upside down when he cuts off the thumbs (some say the hands) of some 40 chief craftsmen who were involved in building the monument and signed threatening contracts to many others not to involve in a similar project. Let’s pause for a moment and see what love is.

The definition of love

Wikipedia – Love is a virtue representing all of human kindness, compassion, and affection; and “the unselfish , loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another“. Love may also be described as actions towards others or oneself based on compassion, or as actions towards others based on affection.

What do the oldest and the grandest scripture of mankind, The Vedas define love as:

 Love is the firstborn, loftier than the Gods, the Fathers and men. You, O Love, are the eldest of all, altogether mighty. To you we pay homage! – Atharva Veda IX, 2, 19

Greater than the breadth of Earth and Heaven or of Waters and Fire, you, O Love, are the eldest of all, altogether mighty. To you we pay homage! – Atharva Veda IX, 2, 20

Beyond the reach of Wind or Fire, the Sun or the Moon, you, O Love, are the eldest of all, altogether mighty. To you we pay homage! – Atharva Veda IX, 2, 24

According to the grandest scripture ever known to mankind – The Bhagawadh Gita, unconditional love – Love of God and love of a child to his mother and vice versa. This kind of love is the purest love of them all and all humans should love this way.  This kind of love has no expectations, only forgiveness and respect.

Adalaj Stepwell

Now  having a glimpse of what real love means, we are moved by the following story of Adalaj Stepwell (given as it is from Wikipedia)

There is an interesting legend related to the building of this stepwell. In the 15th century, Rana Veer Singh of the Vaghela dynasty, a Hindu ruler, reigned over this territory, then known as Dandai Desh. His kingdom was attacked by Mohammed Begda, the ruler of a neighboring kingdom. The battle resulted in the Rana king getting killed. Consequently his territory was occupied by the invader. Rana Veer Singh’s widow, a beautiful lady known by the name Rani Roopba, though in deep grief at the death of her husband, agreed to a marriage proposal made by Mahmud Begada on the condition that he would first complete the building of the stepwell. The Begda who was deeply enamoured of the queen’s beauty agreed to the proposal and then built the well in quick time, and with great interest. Once the well was completed, Begda reminded the queen of her promise to marry him. But the queen who had achieved her ambition of completing the stepwell started by her husband, decided to end her life, as mark of devotion to her husband. She circumambulated the stepwell with prayers to God and jumped into the well, thus ending the saga of building the well in tragedy.

Wikipedia further tells us another legend that the invader asked if a replica of the well can and will be made for which when the masons accepted, he killed them as he didn’t want a replica of this architectural marvel. It is said that the queen designed it thinking the welfare of the villagers who can fetch water during summer. It is a surprise as to why these soft-natured men could not stand a thought on replica – our artistic hero Shah-Jahan could not tolerate the thought of a replica to the Taj either.

A black Taj

On the contrary, it is said that when he was kept in house-arrest by his own son, he wanted a replica of the Taj, a Black Taj connecting the white one where he wanted to be buried. This idea was promptly rejected by none other than his son Aurangazeeb who said “the existing Taj has place to bury him too” – love, do we say?!

Some may brush all these as mere myths, but the historians does not feel so and we have similar proofs of many other temples getting destroyed, wealth looted etc. After all, they came here to loot and not for social service or for the welfare of the land. Period.

We are living in a weird society. A warfare minister asking the right thumb of a potential conspirator as a guru dakshina (where we can only arrive at conclusions on why he did so) becomes a hot topic because of one grand reason – he was a Brahmin and they comfortably named  Ekalavya as a low-caste so Drona must be bad. Had he thought only on clearing Ekalavya out of Arjuna’s pathway to supremacy, then Drona is partial indeed, but after all, he never claims to be perfect. We scream and debate on this a lot. On the contrary, an artistic butcher cuts down the thumbs of over 40 chief craftsmen, after getting their finest of workmanship, completely disabling them not just physically but mentally, emotionally and what not, to show the world his love for the woman who delivered his 14 children and died shortly after the 14th delivery, probably because of the over-time done as a delivery machine. We call that a symbol of love and regard him a great lover, we exclaim about the fact that his black beard turned pale white after losing the love of his life, that is blasphemy. The same pattern of killing and looting and butchering is followed by many other butchers before and after this artistic hero but we never mention it, not even in the history books because we are secular.

When I see the picture of the Taj, I see the silent cries of those craftsmen. Had Mumtaz lived, she probably wouldn’t have wanted such a cruel monument in the name of love as we see that she had great love to the king and the king loved her so much too. Probably he never would have built the Taj if she had lived but she over-worked already. Symbol of love? Far from it. I would rather call the Coral Castle a symbol of love made by a single man for his ‘sweet sixteen’ instead and his remarkable theories and inventions on magnetism that is still debated.  Or the Adalaj Stepwell built by the queen thinking of the welfare of her people, in spite of having lost her beloved. After all, this is love and this is a nation which not just teaches love but lives it.

But (there is always a but), we may most certainly not know what really happened with Shah Jahan’s Taj or why Drona did that act. And as a seeker of Truth, we always keep our mind open and does not pin point or blame someone or something just because everyone does so. May be Shah Jahan did not cut off the fingers, maybe the place where Taj stands was not that of a Shiva temple and if that is the case, we truly will admire his artistic nature and the beauty of the Taj. But only may be, because the pattern and historic records we see about such looters talk otherwise, including the story of Taj. May be the Almighty does not want me to see this cruel monument. I have never visited the Taj, probably never will.

What attracts Westerners towards Hinduism

A lot of westerners are drawn towards the Vedic Dharma and have found an inner peace in them. Their number continues to increase for the good of all and then naturally, the question arises – Why? What is attracting them towards Hinduism as its most commonly and erroneously being called or the Sanatana Dharma?  What makes them leave their most comfortable and advanced countries and come to India for a search within? What are the possible reasons for them to think that this Vedic way of life is what they’ve been looking for? This article reviews some of the important factors on the same and emphasizes the Vedas as the supreme yardstick of reference. This article also hopes that the citizens of India continue to look upon Westerners, who are looking at our glory and thereby realize our own greatness.

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Response to Welcome

[Editorial synthesis of four Chicago newspaper reports from: Herald, Inter Ocean, Tribune, and Record,ca. September 11, 1893]**

[Sisters and Brothers of America,]

It fills my heart with joy unspeakable to rise in response to the grand words of welcome given to us by you. I thank you in the name of the most ancient order of monks the world has ever seen, of which Gautama was only a member. I thank you in the name of the Mother of religions, of which Buddhism and Jainism are but branches; and I thank you, finally, in the name of the millions and millions of Hindoo people of all castes and sects. My thanks also to some of the speakers on the platform who have told you that these different men from far – off nations will bear to the different lands the idea of toleration which they may see here. My thanks to them for this idea.

I am proud to belong to a religion which has taught the world both tolerance and universal acceptance. We believe not only in universal tolerance but we accept all religions to be true. I am proud to tell you that I belong to a religion in whose sacred language, the Sanskrit, the word exclusion is untranslatable. (Applause) I am proud to belong to a nation which has sheltered the persecuted and the refugees of all religions and all nations of the earth. I am proud to tell you that we have gathered in our bosom the purest remnant of the Israelite s, a remnant of which came to southern India and took refuge with us in the very years in which their holy temple was shattered to pieces by Roman tyranny. I am proud to belong to the religion which has sheltered and is still fostering the remnant of the grand Zoroastrian nation. I will quote to you, brothers, a few lines from a hymn which every Hindoo child repeats every day. I feel that the very spirit of this hymn, which I remember to have repeated from my earliest boyhood, which is every day repeated by millions and millions of men in India, has at last come to be realized. “As the different streams, having their sources in different places, all mingle their water in the sea; O Lord, so the different paths which men take through different tendencies, various though they appear, crooked or straight, all lead to Thee.”

In his longing to know the Truth Narendranath (Swami Vivekananda) turned to Maharshi Devendranath Tagore, who was regarded by many as one of the best spiritual teachers of the time, when the Maharshi was living in retirement in a boat on the Ganga. His sudden appearance startled the venerable old man. Before he could say a word, Narendranath, tense with excitement, flung out the question: "Sir, have you seen God?" The Maharshi was unable to answer and contented himself with: "My boy, you have the Yogi's eyes."

The present convention, which is one of the most august assemblies ever held, is in itself an indication, a declaration to the world of the wonderful doctrine preached in the Gita: “Whosoever comes to Me, through whatsoever form I reach him, all are struggling through paths that in the end always lead to me.” Sectarianism, bigotry and its horrible descendant fanaticism, have possessed long this beautiful earth. It has filled the earth with violence, drenched it often and often with human gore, destroyed civilization and sent whole nations into despair. But its time has come, and I fervently believe that the bell that tolled this morning in honor of the representatives of the different religions of the earth, in this parliament assembled, is the death – knell to all fanaticism (applause), that it is the death – knell to all persecution with the sword or the pen, and to all uncharitable feelings between brethren wending their way to the same goal, but through different ways.

 ~ Swami Vivekananda

Even power cut is good sometimes!

I happened to visit Rameshwaram recently. Among the other beautiful things in the temple such as the world famous 3rd corridor, abhisheka to theSpatika Linga at 5 in the morning and the likewise, an incident happened whichnot only gave goosebumps but also wonder and inspiration.
The darshan of Ramanatha Swamiis done. We walk along the pathway towards Ambal’s shrine. A fairly decentcrowd. At first, the darshan happened as it were, normally. We started walkingalong the elevated wooden pathway (its a very good idea to have it before theshrine, enabling even the person at the far end have good darshan)and were slowly moving forward. 
Image Courtesy: Flickr 
Asa habit of many of us, I was moving without taking my glance out of Ambal, theMother of all creations and it happened. All of a sudden, the power went off,poof, and lo and behold! The beauty of Parvathavarthini amidst the traditionaloil lamps is beyond verbal explanations. It was as if She is suddenly there infront of us, smiling graciously at us. This mesmerizing event continued for awhile and the power came back.
I thought of Kerala where all the temples are lit up traditionally withoil lamps. Though the abundance of oil in that state gives some reasons forthis, a good thing to get inspired from them is their following of traditions.The aesthetically pleasing deitywith the sanctum sanctorum lit up using our traditional oil lamp looks faaarmore beautiful than the modern electric ones. IMHO.
Evenpower cut is good, sometimes!

Up India! Conquer the world by your spirituality!

During his visit to Kanyakumari, Swami Vivekananda brainstormed ideas and came up with a plan, a layout for the country he loved more than anything else, to be of service to the downtrodden, to make the Indian men and women feel proud about their glorious past and to be truthful to their backbones. He formed Sri Ramakrishna Mission. He called upon us bravely, ‘Ye, children of immortal bliss’.
The Indian needs more spiritual energy in addition to the mental and physical strength now more than ever. Every one of us has a responsibility in our shoulders now. To put India back in its glory, just like it was in the past, even greater perhaps. To do this, the change must happen within us as a first step.
Everything happens twice. First in the mind and then in reality. What we focus on, we create. As you think, so you become. Therefore, we must think, feel and visualize positive and energizing thoughts.
The Swami visualized this. Our great country standing up in its full glory, the Vedantic past in its complete potential.
They say “expect success to find it!”, it is extremely important for us to focus on the good, focus on positive improvement than melting down with the negative feelings. Let us be the change that we want to see in the country. There is power in positive expectations. A word of caution too, it is also true that there is power in any expectations and you hold the key to choose whether it is positive or not.
Here is a set of quick steps to reinforce that system that Swamiji proclaimed.
1. Determine to focus on the good. Just only on Good.
2. Expect Success. Expect Progress. Expect Good.

3. Have a watch over the thoughts. We wouldn’t like to smell bad physically, why then in thoughts?

Spread the aroma of positive energy around you.

4. Here’s an interesting method. If you have a idol or a role model, think of any situation in two perspective. One if your own way, and another in a way that your role model would think and do, if he/she were in your position. You will see a dramatic switch over in you and will get new perspective
of the same situation.

 5. Stay out of negativity. Avoid humbugs, negatives and gossips of newspaper, magazines and mediaStay clean.

Remember, we all have the responsibility of handing over a prosperous nation to our children. If not for us, let us do it for them as they deserve to live in a better place. Up India!