The River Ganges or Ganga is perhaps the holiest river in any religion. Though equally polluted, it bears immense significance to the Hindus. Ganga originates from the Gangotri glacier at Gaumukh in the Indian Himalayas at 4,100 meters above sea level, and flows 2,525 km across northern India before meeting the Bay of Bengal in the east India and Bangladesh. As a river, the Ganga contributes to more than 25 per cent of India’s total water resources.
Besides being a sacred river, Ganga is also worshiped as a deity in Hinduism and respectfully referred to as ‘Gangaji’ or ‘Ganga Maiya’ (Mother Ganga).
The various myths associated with Ganga and staunch Hindu beliefs associated with the river sanctify it as a goddess. Hindus view goddess Ganga as a fair complexioned beautiful woman wearing a white crown with a water lily and a water pot in her hands, and riding her pet crocodile.
Kun Faya Kun Meaning: The origin is from the arabic words “Kun” which means “to be” or “to exist” & “Faya Kun” means “it is”. So the literal translation of Kun Faya Kun is “Be ,and it is”. The word is not only Arabic but if you do a translation of “be, and it is” in hindi, you’ll get the same “kun Faya Kun” in response.
Kun Faya Kun is one of the rare songs that had me totally floored from the first moment I heard it. Easily one of AR Rehman’s and Irshad Kamli’s finest works, the beauty of the song is not just in the words or the music but in the complete conceptualization.
The meaning of this song is that God is always there in the world for us. When there’s nothing with us, he was there (जब कहीं पे कुछ नहीं भी नहीं था, वही था ।)
And the god is in all of us but is unknown and inscrutable (वो जो तुझमे समाया, वो जो मुझमे समाया, वही वही माया।)
This song is not for any religion or god, it’s just for that invisible and invincible being that’s present in every second of our life and activities
कर्मणयेवाधिकारस्ते मा फलेषु कदाचन।
मा कर्मफलहेतुर्भूर्मा ते सङ्गोऽस्त्वकर्मणि II
Karmanye Vadhikaraste, Ma phaleshou kada chana – You have a right to perform your prescribed duty,but you are not entitled to the fruits of actions
Ma Karma Phala Hetur Bhurmatey Sangostva Akarmani – Never consider yourself the cause of the results of your activities, and never be attached to not doing your duty.
In simple terms it means: Keep on performing your duties without expecting for any reward in return, leading a selfless life
Lord Krishna was all about karma. From his early childhood as a Playboy to his stage as the GREATEST of all time, Krishna was justifying and flaunting of our own duties bending, if not overpowering the cycle of the great wheel of ‘fate’. Lord Krishna was called the ‘real’ god and he’s skillful than any of the other mythological legends
Lord Krishna told us to do what is right and never back down to fight against evil, even if it is conducted by your loved ones.
As it’s written in the Bhagwad Gita “happy are the warriors who obtain such an unsolicited opportunity for war which opens the door to heaven. Stand up and perform your duty and, therefore, fight with peace in thy soul.”
What defines a God ? God is the one with the supreme value, the creator of the world, the one that shows us the right path when the time is against us. But here’s a fact about the mighty name ‘God’. It is imperceptible. We never seen the being called ‘god’ and even if anyone did, there’s no embossed proof of the former. Many people will say that there are certain miracles or things transpired (like the invention of human life) which can receive our faith in God. So in short, god is a undeniable yet invisible thing or energy which reflects our Actions in our future. Examples of God : Lord Shiva, Krishna, Jesus Christ, Lord Ram, etc.
Now what defines a legend ? A legend is a mortal, destroyable, living or non living thing which inspires us living the life an ideal way. Legends goad is to go through things, not which are hypothetical but instead what’s transpired and have been done before.
Hardwork, dedication and enthusiasm. The three creates an ordinary person into one of the the deserved ideals for the world to look on with a hope and motive. Examples of legends : The Ramayan, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Swami Vivekananda, Cristiano Ronaldo, Mark Zuckerberg, etc.
The bottom line is that both – legends and Gods are important to lead a satisfactory and ethical life. Where gods show us the path, legends show us how to walk on that path. Both are important in our life
Raksha Bandhan is a popular festival in India, especially North India. The festival depicts the love of brothers and sisters. On this day sisters tie a thread called ‘Rakhi’ around her brother’s wrist. She prays to God for the safety of her brother and to lead him to good path.The brother in return gives her sweets and blesses her with good wishes.
Raksha Bandhan is not only for meant for siblings, but for protection for any loved one. ‘Raksha’ means protection and ‘bandhan’ means bond. Hence the festival does not signify bond between a brother and sister only.
Once Indra, the God of Heaven was about to go into battle and was feeling a little apprehensive. When his wife tied a sacred thread to his arm for his protection and assurance all his fears vanished and he was successful in all his endeavors. From then on began the tradition of celebrating Raksha Bandhan. A festival of protection for loved ones. I think people are being led away from the true meanings of some happenings because they follow traditions, instead of finding the true meaning and stems of these traditions.
Under the wing of an angel, we feel protected
Through prayers to God, we feel connected
Peace is said to be offered on the wings of a dove
Prayers can bring peace along with hope, faith, and love
Wings of a jet plane provide steady flight
I pray you remain steady and strong through this fight
Butterflies have wings to fly playfully free
And free from this monster is what I pray you’ll soon be
Birds spread their wings as they may leave their nest
We’re spreading our prayers that you’ll always be Blessed
Go fight and win this battle you didn’t start
On the wings of an angel and prayers from my heart
According to Hindu traditional belief that Lord Shiva is the ruler of all dancers. He was a specialist in the thandava style of moving. This is an overwhelming masculine style of moving. This shiv tandav stotra is about him while in the demonstration of moving. Similar sounding word usage and likeness in sound make annoying floods of reverberating magnificence in this incredible stotra.
This stotra which is so superb was created by none other than Ravana, the evil presence ruler, who ruled over Sri Lanka, who was one of the great devotees of Lord Shiva. Once the glad Ravana vanquished the whole India and drew nearer Mount Kailas on top of which Lord Shiva lives with his consort Goddess Parvathi.
Ravana called Lord Shiva to descend. When he didn’t, he evacuated the mountain with his twenty hands. This made Goddess Parvathi unsteady. At that point Lord Shiva pushed down the mountain with his thumb. Ravana was smashed by the heaviness of the mountain. There he adulated Lord Shiva by singing the Sama Veda and this extraordinary stotra made by him. Ruler Shiva was pleased andpardoned him.