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Posted on
Feb
26
2017
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What is love all about after all?
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From Lalit Kishore
Reportedly, "What is love" is most searched phrase on the internet. People’s perceptions and notions about love abound and vary from its biological to sociological to cognitive to platonic to divine shades and forms.

According to Jim Al-Khalili, a science writer, love is a powerful neurological condition like hunger or thirst, only more permanent since we have no control over it. So, biologically speaking, love is deemed as an attraction based on sexual desire. It may begin with fooling around, flirting or dating leading to physical intimacy and sensual gratifications.

This notion of love, chemistry and physical attraction are often given important. I feel that market forces, materialism, behaviourism, masculinism and entertainment industry try to shape behaviour of children right from their formative stage to this notion of love by objectifying women as things of desire. Many people believe that this notion of love leads to crime and social strife.

On the other hand, Merriam Webster Dictionary describes the sociological aspect of love as a strong affection for one another arising out of kinship or personal ties based on tender feelings leading to endearment and mutuality.

Thus, sociologically speaking, love is seen as an unselfish and benevolent concern - a non-sexual intimacy - for the good of one another. Social groups and reformers invariably stress this form of love. Sociology of upbringing, education and learning should stress an affectionate bond of love between various role-actors as a community of learners as a pre-condition to formal and institutionalized learning and development, I feel.

Psychology portrays love as a cognitive and emotional phenomenon leading to social bonding. Positive psychology focuses on pleasant and desirable emotions like happiness and optimism through love as a social bonding to optimal functioning of a person. In a way, positive psychology sees love as an outcome of many tangible pleasant and feel-good emotions and stresses refinement of emotions by removing negative traits. Love will happen if we remove hatred and self-gratifications by exploiting others, it is claimed.

There is a spiritual notion of love too. Catherine Wybourne, a Benedictine nun, says that love is more easily experienced than defined since it is more of a theological virtue that can never hurt anyone. For humans, love is life's greatest blessing. As Aristotle puts it “Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.”

It is often said that true love is to be discovered as a personal indescribable spiritual experience within to become love-personified. Looks like a paradox - something impossible. Spirituality looks at love as the ‘art of the impossible’. As Mother Teresa puts it “I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.”

Often people, while trying to know about love, want a definition of love. It is really impossible to define love. What is love? It is one of the most difficult questions for the mankind since no one really knows it and it cannot be defined. However, everyone has an opinion to offer on love.

Thus, my take on love is that it is more of a thing to be experienced than defined. Love is life's greatest blessing and a mystic experience.

Here are my haiku as opinions on love.

-Love's liberation / Real love is without ego - / Unconditional.
-Love ends otherness / Love unifies one and all / Love makes us divine.
-Love's cosmic oneness / The end of all dualities / It the blissful state.
-Mind just corrupts love / Flee mind and love will follow / Pure mind begets love.
-Love resides within / Know thyself and be pure / To live life of love
-Reach in-realm of life. / Realise your resilient spirit / 'n experience love.
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Posted on
May
4
2016
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Teachings of Sant Kabir said in haiku -2
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From Lalit Kishore
Do remember God
All times, in all that you do.
Contemplate-n-renew.

Rid gross behaviour.
Give up ego and anger
Spread love, amity.

Promote Love of God,
Tend love of humanity.
Sing for love of God.

Get salvation
Purify body-n-mind
Despite religion.

Sever bondages.
Detach from perishable things.
Hug simplicity.

Repeat Satyanaam
Quietly within to realize
The Real inner self.

Revere your Guru
Who Dispelled your ignorance
To attain Godhead.

Simple vegan food,
Bare least clothing and effects
For Bhakti path.

Strive for Godhead
With an intense devotion
through Bhakti path.

To attain Godhead,
To attain the salvation
Surrender to God

Purity of heart
and unflinching devotion
Are pre-conditions

Total submission,
no rituals, no rites needed
to attain Godhood.

Our soul is our life
It is ultimate knowledge.
Know your true in-self.

The soul – the true self
is both creation and creator.
knowledge-n-knowledgeable.
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Posted on
May
3
2016
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Sant Kabir's teachings said in haiku - 1
From Lalit Kishore
Kabir Haiku

Love one formless God
With devotion to reach Him
for your salvation.

All human beings
come from the same Supreme Being -
We’re pots of same clay.

Always do good deeds.
And, live a life of pure love
to gain salvation.

Liberate yourself
from the cycle of birth and death
by means of Bhakti.

Worship not idols,
Nor should indulge in rituals.
Look for light within.

Don’t be a pilgrim
of so called holy places.
Seek holy in-spot.

Perform not rituals
Do not wear any charms
They’re superstitions.

All are the same soul.
Be one with all and God.
Don’t discriminate.

Believe in one God.
Trust in oneness of humans
United by love.

Unity of God
Unity amongst all religions.
Oneness is release.

God is not in books,
Not in places of worship,
Rather in our hearts.

God resides within.
Seek Him within your own heart.
Bear in mind all times.

Love lives in pure mind
Ego and pride expel love.
Love’s true religion.
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Posted on
Sep
20
2015
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NGOs need to perform, empower and get dispensed with after fulfilling the purpose
From Lalit Kishore
In the last two decades, NGOs have mushroomed and their motives have become varied and selfish. Consequently, social work, people’s empowerment or activism has taken a backseat. A recent report has revealed that in some states, the number of NGOs outnumbered the police force. Even, the annual verification of the NGOs and their activities has become a tedious job.

I was told by acquaintance that a socialite had started a school for the deprived girls centered on the concept of women empowerment in a big village which had her family’s tourism business interest. The school had full-filled its purpose long ago with expansion of education in the government and mainstreaming of children from deprived group.

However, an NGO was raised by the socialite to regulate the funds. Close relatives of the socialites and some friends were taken on the executive committee. After sometime, the funds grew and the school turned into a family property and it was no more a people’s organization.

In some under-developed countries, some NGOs have become so big that they can put the corporate sector to shame. The top level functionaries live a luxurious life at the cost of the funds received for the development of the deprived groups.

My personal experience during evaluation of the projects run by a few NGOs has revealed me that generally an NGO works as people’s organization for first five years or so when it has to solve some social problem and empower people. After that the NGO slips towards being the personal property of founding secretary or chairperson to be handed to the aspiring family member.

In fact, NGOs are supposed to work in project mode and empower people and hand over the enabling processes and resources to a local community-based organization to continue the work.

Most NGOs have become the mediators of the ulterior motives of the funders and donors of different hues. Even those who raise NGOs these days see it as way to earn wherewithal or merry-making by both the funders and ‘NGO-owners’. The review meetings and trainings of NGO functionaries are held in starred hotels these days who are supposed to work with deprived groups and grassroots level.

There are so many schemes floated by the government and they become the money laundering projects through the NGOs who absorb the funds for their administrative perpetuation and hardly anything reaches the real beneficiaries, it seems. Currently, most NGOs seem to have turned into socially insensitive institutions but clever organizations being run to hoodwink deprived groups.

I think, the NGOs should be allowed to work for five years with Pachayati Raj Institutions to empower local people and help them create Community-based Organisations (CBOs) to carry on the work at the grassroots level.

There is a need to strengthen Pachayati Raj Institutions to function as people’s organizations and implement schemes by the people for the people.
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Posted on
Aug
28
2015
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ONAM: A SENTENCE ACROSTIC
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From Lalit Kishore


Today, all across the world, August 28, 2005, Malayalis are celebrating Onam festival. In Kerala, Onam is celebrated as a national festival with fun, frolics, fervour and feast.

Traditionally, Onam celebrates the annual visit of the mythical benevolent king Mahabali who once ruled the Kerala region. Every year, in honour of the King, Malayalis across the globe celebrate the festival in all grandeur and gaiety.

Music, dance, boat races, flower rangoli and food are usually the centre of all celebrations for days. In rural Kerala, Onam is celebrated as harvest festival and Vamana poojas are held for prosperity and bountiful harvest. In villages, the festivities last for ten days to carry out a sea of activities such as organizing cleaning and decorating houses as well as cultural functions to commemorate the festival.

Here is my sentence acrostic on ONAM to greet Malayalis on the festival.

O: offering worship to Vamana – the fifth Avatar of Vishnu –and remembering King Mahabali
N: Noted for austerities, penance, benevolence and
A:Abundonment of pride, who visit annually to remind us that
M: Moksha is the ultimate aim of life.
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Posted on
Aug
15
2015
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12:02
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The spirit of Independence: Haiku and ABC verse
From Lalit Kishore




In essence, true independence is a living a life of self-reliance and self-regulation, and anything less is a form of slavery or servitude. In other words, to be independent we have to emancipate yourselves from vagaries of your mind. Therefore, better seek self-discipline and self-governance to find your independence.

Freedom which is used synonymously used with independence is not a license in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought to do with wisdom or ethically.
Here are a few thoughts on independence expressed in haiku.

Just being your real self
And, taking charge of your own life.
That's independence.
***
Externalization's
slavery and servitude.
That's loss of freedom.
***
Be responsible
for your actions and omissions.
That's independence.
***
Respect your own self.
Respect your own independence.
Else you'll loose freedom.
***

Here is my ABC verse on independence to understand the concept in a nutshell.

A: Autonomy and freedom from control
B: Being objective and not under obligation to others
C: Capability to act on one's own.
D: Democratic and decentralized governance that is self-sufficient, self-contained and self-reliant
E: Equity with impartial, just, fair and welfare-based governance
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Posted on
Aug
2
2015
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Understanding the notion of 'friendship'
From Lalit Kishore
Across the world, 'Friendship Day' is celebrated on the first Sunday of August and this year it fell on August 2.

However, the ritualistic and market-place celebration has diluted the notion of friendship. However, the celebration should also make us revisit the notion of friendship to cultivate true friendship, feel many.

In social psychology, friendship is viewed as a bong of mutual affection between two or more people. These days it is seen as a component of life-skills education to developed inter-personal intelligence.

In the academic areas social psychology and theory of multiple intelligence, friendship has been studied and it has been found that people with close friendships are happier.

Researchers inform that the main characteristics of friendship as a concept include 'affection, sympathy, empathy, honesty, altruism, mutual understanding and compassion, enjoyment of each other's company, trust, and the ability to be oneself, express one's feelings, and make mistakes without fear of judgment from the friend'.

Here is my ABC poem to make you 'friendship literate'.

A: Association and proximity to interact and do things together in a social setting
B: Bonding emotionally and socializing informally with other person(s)
C: Creating and affording opportunities to share ideas and personal feelings with each other
D: Developing and maintaining stable social support in life
E: Establishing caring and sharing social environment to be together with no trace of selfishness
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Posted on
Jun
20
2015
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Understanding yoga through pattern poetry and sketch note
From Lalit Kishore




First ever International yoga Day is being observed on June 21 this year. Here are my two pieces of pattern poetry on yoga dedicated to the observance.

An acrostic on Yoga

Y: 'Yuj' is the root word meaning 'union' of the individual self with the cosmic self
O: Originated as pre-Vedic Indian tradition about 5000-600 years ago as a philosophy of life
G: God Shiva is called Adi Yogi who introduced the concept with ultimate goal of Yoga as moksha
A: Ashtanga Yoga of Patanjali systematized it as practice and knowledge area to unify body, mind and self

ABC verse on Yoga

A: Attaining the ultimate aim of life – liberation – through union of body, mind and spirit
B: Being enlightened through let go and detached action
C: Controlling body and mind through techniques of body postures and regulated breathing
D: Developing self-observation, meta-cognition through meditation to dispel darkness of ego and for self-realization
E: Expansion of consciousness to become one with cosmic consciousness

Inset is also my sketch note on Yoga.
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Posted on
Jun
18
2015
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6:25
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Essence of holy Ramadan observance
From Lalit Kishore




The blessed month of Ramadan commenced on June 19 this year on sighting of new moon to mark the revelation the Holy Qur’an meant to guide the followers to discern right and wrong. Fasting, self-restraint and praying for self-purification are obiligarory for all Muslims during Ramadan. This is viewed as one of five pillars of Islam. The basic tenet underlying the observance is "Allah is with those who restrain themselves."

During the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims are called upon to re-evaluate their lives in light of Islamic principles and guidance to lead an ethical life.

Here are my Ramadan haiku to convey the essence of the observance.

Fasting, self-restraint -
Shield they us from the evil
To lead blessed life

Say only kind words.
Be polite to those who revile.
Fast with a calm grace.

Fast and shun desires
You will be blessed, happy
to feel God's presence.

It's Ramadan fast -
It's the fast of expiation -
self-purification.

Here is my ABC verse to describe Ramadan

A: Abstinence from food, drink, and other physical needs as a complete fast during the daylight hours
B: Beaconing attention on the Almighty through prayers and self-sacrifice
C: Commitment to good thoughts, words and actions along with re-focusing one's self on the worship of God.
D: Developing an attitude of self-restraint and not falling prey to evil forces
E: Evolving by cleansing the body, feelings and soul from impurities
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Posted on
May
27
2015
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A visit to Kushinagar - the place of Gautama Buddha's Parinirvana
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From Lalit Kishore






I had an urge for a long time to visit Kushinagar town of Uttar Pradesh which is located about 50 km east to Gorakhpur city. Being a great admirer of the life and works of Gautama Buddha, my desire to visit the place was fulfilled when I went to Deoria to conduct a teachers' seminar on May 25, 2015. I returned to Lucknow via Kushinagar and spent an hour at this most important Buddhist pilgrimage site where Gautama Buddha had attained Parinirvana.

I took some photographs of the serene and peaceful place where the remains of the Parinirvana Stupa and Parinirvana Temple are located. The remains belong to the late Gupta period as witness to the Buddha's final passing.

The place has been developed to attract the followers of Buddhism and a Buddha Relic Distribution Site has been added as a new pilgrimage spot at village Anirudhawa, at a walking distance from the main Mahaparinirvana Temple and right behind the Thai Temple.

Also, the Buddha Ghat has been constructed on the banks of the river Hiranyavati—Buddha was cremated on its bank—right behind the Ramabhar Stupa. It is said that Buddha's body was given the last bath in this river.

Since Gautama Buddha had preached that desires were the main cause of strife and a desireless society was most equitable society, I wrote a few Haiku on 'desire' as follows.

Worldly gains, desires, / Bring they strife, pain and sorrow. / Desires destroy peace.
If you chase desires, / If you chase sensual pleasures, / Life will be painful.
You be desireless. / You will live well life and death. /You will be blissful.
Harbour not desires. / Desires make you subservient. / They breed bondages.
When we have desires, / We compete to fulfill them / To make life a war.
Desires entice us. / Desires enslave, veil the Truth, / Fitter away life.
In chasing desires, / Life and death become sufferings. / Desires are sin and strife.
Renounce all desires. / Eternal truth will show up. / You will get blissful.
Renounce all desires. / Never ever fall for them. / To set yourself free.
For being at peace, / For eternal peace of mind, / Just be desireless.
Give up all desires, / Renounce desires, not actions. / Desires are devilish.
Desires disunite, / Desires breed divisive ego, / Distance you from soul.
Desire not, rise up. / Desires unleash in-devil. / They're cause of sorrow.
Desires degrade you. / Desires make you sub-human. / Desires breed grabbers.
Wanna be happy, / Renounce all desires of yours. / Just act, aspire not.
Desires leash and lead. / Desires externalize you, / Away from your true self.
Only humans're free / To renounce their desires. / Use freedom of yours.
Renounce all desires. / Divinity will arise. / True self will shine forth.
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Posted on Saturday, May 30, 2015 4:48:16 PM
From Proloy Kumar Bagchi
Many thanks for enlightening us about Kushinagar and your writings on desire. We are witnessing the results of uncontrolled greed and temptations.
Posted on
May
14
2015
Thu
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Tushar Gandhi on 'Make in India' and 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan'
From Lalit Kishore
Addressing a gathering on May 8 in Jaipur during his interactive talk "Modern India: Bapu's Dream Come True" in memory of Gandhian Babu Brijpal Das, the founder of Clark Hotels, Mahatma Gandhi's great grandson Tushar Gandhi said that empowerment of labourers and farmers along with providing them significant space in ' Make in India' scheme would be more realistic in context of our country.

According to Tushar Gandhi, only labourers and farmers of the country have the potential to deliver the best and contribute to the development of the country.

He was dismayed and disappointed with approaches of various governments since independence and current politicians toward the issues such as the empowerment of farmers, labourers, poor, marginalized and villagers who have been often neglected in the developmental schemes. No one seems to be caring for rural and small scale industry which was the main source of subsistence for the poor, he felt.

According to Tushar, the vision of Bapu regarding booming cottage industry in India has suffered a great setback since government supports market economy and industries with investments running into thousands of crores.

Independent India has not been able to live up the vision of Mahatma Gandhi due neglect small scale industries, rural business, handicraft and agriculture which feed the poor and needy, he claimed.

A day earlier, Tushar while talking to media persons, stressed self-purification or soul’s cleanliness first and foremost, rather than indulging in the fads like Swachh Bharat.
He was of the view that linking Swachh Bharat Abhiyan with Gandhi Jayanti is not a right idea since cleanliness itself had its own significance and Bapu had considered cleanliness as devotion to God.

He said Bapu had believed in "atmashudhi" or purity of the inner-self or clean consciousness before externalizing anything. He went to extent of saying that there was a lot of hypocrisy in democracy today because of lack of Gandhian ideology in our functioning.

There is need to follow the values, principle and thoughts Bapu stood for instead of launching campaigns in his name, he said to this effect to the reporters. According to him, politicians of all hues and public in India had been worshiping the image of Mahatma Gandhi and following not his (Gandhi’s) principles and ideology. He advised the politicians to follow Bapu's ideas as a philosophy to serve the nation and public in true sense.
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Posted on
May
3
2015
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12:15
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Haiku on desire on the occasion of Buddha Purnima
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2015
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From Lalit Kishore
This year, Buddha Purnima festival is being celebrated on May 4. According to Lord Buddha, desires are the cause of strife and enlightenment dawns when one harbours no desires. In other words, the lesser the desires, the happier the person.

Greeting people on the auspicious occasion of Buddha Purnima, the Vice President of India M. Hamid Ansari in his message said, “Lord Buddha’s timeless message of right conduct, universal love, compassion and tolerance continue to show the way to alleviate human suffering in our times.” He urged people to commit themselves to tread the path shown by Lord Buddha to build a truly peaceful and humane society.

Here are my haiku on desire.

Worldly gains, desires,
Bring they strife, pain and sorrow.
Desires destroy peace.
***
If you chase desires,
If you chase sensual pleasures,
Life will be painful.
***
You be desireless.
You will live well life and death.
You will be blissful.
***
Harbour not desires.
Desires make you subservient.
They breed bondage.
***
When we have desires,
We compete to fulfill them
To make life a war.
***
Desires entice us. / Desires enslave, veil the Truth, / Fitter away life.
In chasing desires, / Life and death become sufferings. / Desires are sin and strife.
Renounce all desires. /Eternal truth will show up ./ You will get blissful.
Renounce all desires. / Never ever fall for them. /To set yourself free.
For being at peace, /For eternal peace of mind, /Just be desireless.
Give up all desires, Renounce desires, not actions. Desires are devilish.
Desires disunite, /Desires breed divisive ego, / Distance you from soul.
Desire not, rise up. / Desires unleash in-devil. /They're cause of sorrow.
Desires degrade you. / Desires make you sub-human. / Desires breed grabbers.
Wanna be happy, / Renounce all desires of yours. / Just act, aspire not.
Desires leash and lead. / Desires externalize you, / Away from your true self.
Only humans're free / To renounce their desires. / Use freedom of yours.
Renounce all desires. / Divinity will arise. / True self will shine forth.
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Posted on
May
1
2015
Fri
5:53
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Learning: Free Verse
From Lalit Kishore
Mistake not
telling, experience, activity,
with learning,
with achievement.

Unless analysed,
unless codified,
unless practiced,
unless internalized,
unless applied,
and unless integrated
with past knowledge;
all discourses,
all experiences,
all activities,
become futile.

In schools,
perform not activities
for heck of activities,
convert activities
into learning
through analysis,
through synthesis,
followed by practice
till internalized.


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Posted on
Apr
15
2015
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1:38
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Spiritual message of Malayalam New Year festival "Vishu?
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2015
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From Lalit Kishore
The Malayalam New Year festival "Vishu” is being celebrated today (April 15) in Kerala. The main ritual of the festival is "Vishukkani" which literally means "that which is seen first". On the occasion of New Year, the Vishukkani in Malayalam homes is a panorama of auspicious items, including images of Lord Vishnu or Krishna, flowers, fruits and vegetables, clothes, mirror and gold coins arranged in the pooja room on the eve of New Year by the mother or mother-figure of the family.

Rest of the family members have a look at the auspicious things in the morning of New Year and offer oblations to Lord Vishnu. Covering their eyes, the mother or mother-figure of the family leads the family members to the puja room, where she allows them to have an auspicious sighting.

Also, Vishu marks the first day of the Zodiac New Year with auspicious looking and lighting of lamp or deepam. The ritual signifies the auspicious new beginning and embarking on the life journey of another year with righteousness. This conveys the spiritual message of Vishu.

The lighting of lamp signifies spiritual light that dispels the darkness of ignorance. The mirror— which is symbolic of female-divine, not only increases the lustre of the Vishukkani via the reflection it offers but also signifies the importance of self-reflection in life for self-development.

Here are a few haiku that convey the spiritual message of Vishu.

Take first step rightly.
Better get off to good start
For life's grand journey.
***
Begin things rightly.
Insure an auspicious start.
Take off gracefully.
***
Admit finitude.
Admit inadequacies.
Make a humble start.
***
Purify your mind.
Pure-self is your true nature.
Self-reflect and shine.
***
Light up your in-lamp.
Dispel darkness of illusions.
Get self-enlightened.
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Posted on
Apr
14
2015
Tue
2:01
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Jaipur celebrates Sindhi Bhasha Diwas
From Lalit Kishore

Sindhi Language Day was marked by a number of events in Jaipur on April 10 organized by Rajasthan Sindhi Academy, Sindhu Prasar Sanstha and Sindhi Girls Higher Secondary School.

At the Rajasthan Sindhi Academy in Jhalana Institutional Area of the city, a discussion on Sindhi literature was held and a book release function was organized. The book “Mithari Sindhi Boli” by Bhojraj N Khemani was released. While, Sindhu Prasar Sanstha organized a panel discussion on the topic “Maan Aur Matribhasha: Kitani Sameep” in Mansarovar.

At the Sindhi School in Jawahar Nagar locality of Jaipur, the key speaker Madhu Kalani said that Sindhi Language Day was being celebrated by Sindhi community around the world for the last 48 years ever since it became one of the Indian languages recognized by our Constitution. Sindhi as one of the Indian languages was recognized in the Eighth schedule on 10th April 1967 in the Indian Constitution and it is among the 22 constitutionally recognized languages, he informed students. Sindhi author Sunder Agnani also addressed students and stressed to need to preserve Sindhi language.

It may be recalled that although Sindhi was not a regional language in a well-defined area, there were persistent demands from the Sindhi-speaking people for the inclusion the language in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution which was conceded to by the Government of India.

Also, the Commissioner for Linguistic Minorities had recommended the inclusion in the Eighth Schedule. Consequently, on 4th November 1966, it was announced by the Government that decision has been taken to include the Sindhi language in the Eighth Schedule of the Indian Constitution.
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Posted on
Apr
14
2015
Tue
1:52
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Mahatma Jyotiba Phule remembered
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2015
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From Lalit Kishore




The birth anniversary of Mahatma Jyotirao Govindrao Phule was celebrated on April 11 with gaiety in Jaipur by organizing processions and seminars on his life and works as a thinker, social reformer, feminist and activist.

Rajastan Chief Minister Vasundhra Raje greeted people on Mahatma Phule Jayanti and paid tribute to the social revolutionary who had promoted of girls' education and equal rights for the downtrodden.

State agriculture minister Prabhulal Saini laid the foundation of Pushp Mandi at Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Terminal Market and inaugurated the Mandi Shramik Kalyan Yojana named after Mahatma Phule. He paid rich tributes to the work of Mahatma Phule in the upliftment of Indian society.

Mahatma Phule (1827 – 1890), a leading theologist from Maharashtra, was also remembered by Jaipur-based organizations such as Mali (Saini) Samaj Adarsh Vikas Sanstha, Dr. Ambedakar Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Sahitya Academy, Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya Vichar Sansthan, Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Sansthan and various educational institutions on the occasion of his birth anniversary.

In various seminars in the city, Mahatma Jyotiba Phule and his wife, Savitribai Phule, were lauded for their efforts for women's education, social reforms, promoting new agricultural practices, removal of untouchability and fight against caste system.

He was fondly remembered for founding the Satyashodhak Samaj to attain equal rights for peasants and the lower caste as well as to prevent female infanticide.

In a released message, the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, paid tributes to Mahatma Phule on his birth anniversary and stated, "Mahatma Phule devoted his life to empowering the downtrodden through education and social reform."
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Posted on
Apr
7
2015
Tue
7:58
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ABC of safe food
From Lalit Kishore
Today, April 7, the World Health Day is being observed around the globe to create awareness about keeping oneself healthy – safe and sound.

Created by the United Nations and coordinated by the World Health Organization (WHO), this year the observance is focusing on food safety with the slogan: “From farm to plate, make food safe.”

Here is my ABC verse on safe food on the occasion of World Health Day.

A: Accept less-processed and fresher foods and preserve the leftover food at about 5 degree Celsius

B: Be plant-based or vegan since plants are eco-friendly, provide less safety hazards and capable of providing a better balanced diet

C: Cook your food optimally by boiling or steaming but never overcook to loose nutrients

D: Do wash and wipe your raw food for a few minutes as well as your hands before cooking, eating and serving food

E: Ensure that the cooked food is served hot at 60 degrees Celsius
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Easter greetings and haiku
From Lalit Kishore
On the occasion of Easter, Prime Minister Narendra Modi while greeting the nation on April 5, 2015, said, "May this day further the spirit of harmony and brotherhood in society. The teachings of Jesus Christ inspire entire humanity. Let us pledge ourselves to create a world that is just, compassionate and joyful."

Here are some Easter haiku by me to convey the message of the festival.

Sacrifice yourself
for goodness of humanity -
Easter spirit'll sail.
***
Live innocence.
Die too innocently.
That's a perfect act.
***
Resurrect yourself.
Live with hope and renewal.
Let your light shine forth.
***
Never get despaired.
Remain positive in hope.
To start life afresh.
***
Let go with the past.
Live in the present ever.
Live life with this purpose.
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Mar
21
2015
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World Poetry Day: Here's my Poetry-Prose Diamante poem for the observance
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From Lalit Kishore
On the occasion of the World Poetry Day, March 21, the UNESCO chief Irina Bokova in her message said, "Every poem is unique but each reflects the universal in human experience, the aspiration for creativity that crosses all boundaries and borders, of time as well as space, in the constant affirmation of humanity as a single family."

According to UNESCO, besides capturing the creative spirit of the human mind, poetry reaffirms our common humanity by revealing to us that individuals, everywhere in the world, share the same questions and feelings along with communicating the innermost common values of diverse cultures.

One of the main objectives of the observance is to support linguistic diversity through poetic expression and to offer endangered languages the opportunity to be heard within their communities.

Here is my Poetry-Prose Diamante Poem on the occasion of World Poetry Day.

Poetry

Emotional expression with a rhythm,
rhythmically worded feelings

Painting life and nature with words;
delivering rhythmic subtle sublime messages;
creating emoting mental images with some freedom from grammar.

Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words (Robert Frost). / Prose is all about embellishing and describing (Mike Birbiglia).

Using natural flow of speech,
paragraphing in logically arranged sentences or statements;
caring for grammar and punctuation to describe thoughts and ideas.

Worldly factual discourse,
flow of speech

Prose
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Mar
20
2015
Fri
1:29
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World House Sparrow Day observance and some haiku on March 20
From Lalit Kishore






The World House Sparrow Day (WHSD) is being observed around the world today (March 20) to raise awareness about the decline of the sparrow population and its daily fight for survival in urban settlements.

The observance was initiated in India by the Nature Forever Society (NFS) in collaboration with Bombay Natural History Society. Mohammed Dilawar of NFS is working for the return of the sparrow back to Indian households.

For the last two days, I had been going for the sparrow sightings in inhabited plots of Jaipur since this year no sparrow visited my house garden. In a few plots with thorny trees and bushes, I could spot a few of them.
In North India, popularly known as goraiya, sparrows are fast disappearing from the urban areas due to introduction of unleaded petrol is one, modern concrete structures, mobile towers, concrete jungle lacking worms and loss of thorny greenery.

Here are some sparrow haiku

Gone're days in towns.
No more you can see sparrows
that fluttered up-n-down.
***
Gone're moments of chirps
and gentle taps on window-panes
in jungles of concrete.
****
Love humble house sparrows
with sweet short chirps, keen round eyes
and black brown breast mark.
***
Assure survival
Create and hang box nests around
for humble house sparrows.
***
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Mar
16
2015
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Pattern poems on responsibility, flow 'n science, soft skills and Krishna
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From Lalit Kishore






Here are some pattern poems in print and some as photos.

Responsibility haiku

Mere rights weaken us.
And, responsibilities
lead to right choices.
***
Flow-Science Diamante Poem

Flow

Fully immersed mental state;
complete absorption in task.

Feeling energized focus;
enjoying the action spontaneously;
getting lost in the task.

Single-minded intense emotional and motivational immersion in performing or learning; / Pursuit of emotion-free unbiased process-based generation of knowledge about nature

Following scientific method;
verifying before accepting;
rejecting or modifying.

Objectivity,
process-orientation.

Science
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Mar
13
2015
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Say no to fast and junk foods this World Consumer Rights Day
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From Lalit Kishore






On March 15, the World Consumer Rights Day (WCRD) is going to be observed with the theme “healthy diets” to stress the need for nutritious diets and healthy food habits.

Some recent research studies have revealed that unhealthy diets, fast food, junk food, canned food, processed food and bad food habits have become one of ten biggest causes of death worldwide.

According to Consumers International (CI), the main diseases caused by unhealthy diets are the over-weight, obesity, high blood pressure, high blood glucose and high cholesterol which are taking toll of human life.

The various issues that are being raised by CI this year are the food safety, security and nutrition; consumers access to safe and nutritious food; choosing a healthy diet; food labeling on packaging and in restaurants; a ban on trans-fatty acids; a ban on junk food marketing to kids; reformulation of processed food to reduce fat, sugar and salt; food safety; facilitating member engagement in international standard setting; initiating projects in developing countries to improve food safety systems and food security.

Here are my haiku for the occasion of WCRD-2015.

Fast food and junk food -
All calories, no nutrition.
They fuel obesity.
***
Canned and processed foods
have made us mad junk foodies.
Be nutrition-wise.
***
Don't consume junk food.
You become what you consume.
Treat your body well.
***
Feed your body well.
Fast food is foolish past time.
Be nutrition-wise
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Mar
9
2015
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Transpersonal Haiku
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From Lalit Kishore




In psychology, the psyche is the totality of the human mind, conscious and unconscious or soul awareness, for understanding human nature. It can be seen as the human ability of achieving wisdom and experience the existence unhindered by the body and mind.

Transpersonal psychology is the branch of psychology that studies the psychic experiences of human beings. It is assumed that altering of psychic states through meditation and chemical is possible.

Here are a few haiku related to the concept of psyche.

Know altered psyche -
Transpersonal Psychology -
for peep beyond mind.
***
To alter psyche,
unite body, mind and psyche.
Have a better life.
***
Mind-psyche connect -
Brings mind under scrutiny -
beyond-ego view.
***
Alter psyche by
body-mind-psyche connect
to get new insights.
***
Through breath-work yoga,
make body-mind-psyche one
for its own sake, worth.
***
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8
2015
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Gender haiku on International Women's Day-2015
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From Lalit Kishore






World over, International Women’s Day is being observed today to spread the message of gender equity and women empowerment.

On the occasion of International Women’s Day (March 8, 2015), UN chief, Ban Ki-moon in his message said, "Empowered women and girls are the best hope for sustainable development following conflict. They are the best drivers of growth, the best hope for reconciliation, and the best buffer against radicalization of youth and the repetition of cycles of violence."

Here are my messages as gender haiku on International Women’s Day.

Gender parity -
That's our the most basic need
as social beings.
***
It is our birth right
to experience life free from
all gender constructs.
***
We all are humans
first and foremost and always,
Rest're social constructs.
***
Gender equity -
corner stone of good governance
with inclusion.
***
Change of mindset'll end
gender discrimination.
Rest is tokenism.
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Mar
1
2015
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12:23
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Spiritual message of Holi festival in haiku
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From Lalit Kishore






In India, the most celebrated festival after Diwali is Holi. It is also known as the festival of colours or the festival of harmony. It is an ancient Hindu religious festival that is observed in India, Nepal, and many parts of the world with significant populations of Hindus or people of Indian origin. Holi, over the years have become celebration of pure fun, frolic, and colours.

Two-day Holi celebrations start with a Holika Dahan - lighting of bonfire - on the night before Holi and the next morning it becomes a free-for-all carnival of colours. However, the real message of Holi which is associated with Holika Dahan has got lost. The spiritual under-pinning of Holi is conveyed by the following haiku.

Burn carnal desires
arising from baser instincts
to keep soul alive.

***

Burn to ashes lust,
Since it creates flames of anger
to make you soulless.

***

Burn off your evils.
Goodness will come up alive.
It's self-existent.

***

Vanquish all desires
for triumph of good over evil;
of love over hate.

***
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Feb
22
2015
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What does eternal knot symbol of Tibetan Buddhism stand for?
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From Lalit Kishore




The endless, everlasting, glorious or eternal knot is one of the eight auspicious symbols of Tibetan Buddhism that stands for some important tenets of the religion like the endless intertwining of wisdom and compassion for worthwhile and purposeful human life. It also has connotations of bliss as the ultimate refuse; process of reincarnation. Often, it is used in Tibetan language as a metaphor for life that is everlasting.

In Buddhism, the eternal knot is called Shrivatsa believed to represent the Buddha's heart, the essence of which is bodhisattva or enlightened mind full of endless compassion. Some Buddhists hold that eternal knot stands for karmic consequences because if you pull a part of the knot at one place, something happens at some other part too. Also, as an endless configuration, eternal knot symbolically represents the cyclic nature of rebirth and karmic connections.

However, due to ritualistic stress and advent of market economy, the visual of eternal knot has found a place in jewelry items, tattoos and has become a popular appliqué on shirts, curtains, bags, aprons, wall paintings, cards and many gift items with a notion that as a motif, it brings good luck, long life and happiness by warding off evil spirits.

Here are my three eternal knot haiku.

Flow of time and change
within endless Eternal
for all existence.
***
Birth-death-rebirth -
the eternal continuum
of endless cycles.
***
Body-mind-spirit:
An endless inter-twining
of being and becoming.
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Feb
19
2015
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Losar Haiku on the occasion of Tibetan New Year
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From Lalit Kishore






Losar is being celebrated today (February 19, 2015), as a New Year in Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan and some states of India where Tibetan Buddhism is practiced. It is usually a three-day festival that is marked by prayers, rituals, ceremonies, hanging prayer flags, sacred and folk dancing and festivities.

Losar is most widely celebrated festival among the followers of Tibetan Buddhism and represents a time for all things to be purified and renewed.

During the month before Losar, the followers draw eight auspicious symbols on walls of their houses with white powder. In monasteries, the several protector deities are honored with devotional rituals on Losar.

Here are my Losar haiku based on Tibetan Buddhist philosophy.

Die to your ego.
Let go anger breath by breath.
To gain salvation.

Let go all desires
To dwell in your inner space.
Let go is let be.

Desires cause sufferings.
Chase not mirage of desires.
Let go all desires.

Desireless mind sees
a state of total presence
of calm abiding.

Remain proactive
and practice loving kindness
for mindful living.

Tashi Delek all!
Buddha Bless, Happy Losar!!
Let go and let be!!
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Feb
17
2015
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Shivaratri message in haiku
From Lalit Kishore


Shivaratri is celebrated at midnight to remind us our incorporeal existence, our true identity as souls and to dispel the darkness of ignorance caused by our belief that life is mere body-mind combine. This year Shivaratri is being celebrated on February 17.

Here are my Shiva essence haiku as message of Shivaratri festival.

To be enlightened
Rid your body-consciousness
Cause of all vices.
***
Live ego-free life
To realize your Shiva essence
As divine light beam.
***
Burn off your ego
To open your inner eye
To realize your soul.
***
Destroy your ego.
Live in incorporeal mode
To redeem yourself.
***
We're non-physical
We are blissful souls, divine
beyond body-mind.
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Feb
13
2015
Fri
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Understanding love through haiku
From Lalit Kishore






LOVE HAIKU

An abode of love
is a desireless pure mind.
Love is soulfulness.

A cured and pure mind
turns life into gift of love -
the gift of oneself.

True love dawns quietly
in silence of mind-n-senses
as rhythm of spirit.

Just be egoless
To divine your inner-self.
You'll love and be loved.

Purify your mind.
Dispel darkness of ego.
Be imbued with love.

Has pure human love
no external desires but
to fulfill itself.
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Feb
12
2015
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Love: The divine gift that you can give to yourself
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From Lalit Kishore


Often people while trying to know about love want a definition of love. However, it is really impossible to define love. Charles du Bos has rightly said, “Love does not care to define and is never in a hurry to do so.” Many mystics have held that love has its reasons that reason knows nothing of, it is beyond mind. One has to go above and beyond mind to realize love.

Love is more of a thing to be experienced and realized than defined. It is life's greatest blessing and a mystic experience. The purposeful, human life only starts when love is realized by the self and within the self. Love is a divine gift that you have to give to yourself.

Here are my haiku on ‘real love’.

Love's liberation.
Real love is without ego -
Unconditional.
***
Love ends otherness.
Love unifies one and all.
Love makes us divine.
***
Love's cosmic oneness -
The end of all dualities.
It’s the blissful state.
***
Mind just corrupts love.
Flee mind and love will follow.
Pure mind begets love.
***
Love resides within.
Know thyself and be pure
To live life of love
***
Reach in-realm of life.
Realise your resilient spirit
'n experience love.

Love resides within and it needs to be awakened with an inward jporney as Jamie Lynn Morris as said aptly, “What we seek in the end is not unconditional love but a love for which we, uniquely in all the world, meet all the conditions.”
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Posted on Monday, February 16, 2015 9:38:22 AM
From Dr.Rashmi Salil Kumar
Love....
is most enchanting.....
because it cannot be defined by 'words' !
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8
2015
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Know the dark side of Cupid this Valentine Day
From Lalit Kishore
Around the world, young people celebrate Valentine Day on February 14 represented by Cupid as a symbol of love. Someone has made fun of the celebration saying, "Valentine's Day is when a lot of married men are reminded what a poor shot Cupid really is."

Ancient literature informs that Cupid carries two kinds of arrows, one with a sharp golden point, and the other with a blunt tip of lead. A person wounded by the golden arrow is filled with uncontrollable desire, but the one struck by the lead feels aversion and desires only to flee.

Some even believe that Cupid has wounded himself with his own arrow and comes to the world on February 14 to remind people of ordeal of infatuation and blind dates. But no one pays heed and most fall prey to wounds and torture of Cupid.

Here are my haiku on Cupid.

Cupid is worthless
He's deaf blind and never fair
That's why, he's poor shot.

On Valentine Day,
Filled with lower desires
Cupid visits us.

Shot by own arrow
Cupid enters young sweet hearts
to enjoy himself.

Here is an acrostic on CUPID that describes him.

C: Chubby child with wings
U: Up on his back shoots people with arrows to fall
P: Prey to uncontrollable erotic desires which
I: In choice are beguiling and
D: Deluding.
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Jan
26
2015
Mon
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Understanding 'republic' through haiku and acrostic
From Lalit Kishore

Set worthy examples,
Obey and implement laws.
That is Republic.

Go by equal rights,
Do respect diversity.
That is Republic.

Govern people fairly,
without prejudices.
That is Republic.

Harmony and trust,
And safeguarding liberties -
That is Republic.

Harmonize the rights,
with responsibilities.
That is Republic.

Here is my sentence acrostic that describes the spirit of REPUBLIC.

R: Reverence for citizens and being
E: Ever-ready for their welfare with
P: Patriotism rekindled for
U: Uplifting the country and
B: Building a social environment of peace and collective prosperity as
L: Lasting traits for
I: Individuals to realize their potentials for their
C: Common goodness.

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Posted on
Jan
24
2015
Sat
6:41
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An acrostic on SARASWATI
From Lalit Kishore
Basant Panchami festival is associated with Saraswati Puja on the fifth day of Magha month of Hindu calendar and it is celebrated with great fervour in the states of Haryana, Odisha, Tripura and West Bengal. Goddess Saraswati symbolizes learning, wisdom, intellect, music, art and culture. This year, the festival falls on January 24.

Yellow colour is strongly associated with Basant Panchami which representing the fields of mustard which a common sight in the Punjab and Haryana areas at this time of year along with people wearing yellow clothes on this day to herald the beginning of spring season.
Here is my acrostic on SARASWATI as my message on the occasion of Basant Panchami.

S: Symbol of discernment and wisdom to distinguish between the
A: Abiding and fleeting to attain
R: Real knowledge of life
A: Art, music and science leading to
S: Self-realization by being in the
W: World but not of it and
A: Attainment of the
T: Truth that is
I: Infinite and eternal.
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Jan
21
2015
Wed
12:59
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Oscar Wilde on anti-mimesis: A revisit through instagram poems
From Lalit Kishore
Anti-mimesis is a philosophical position that holds the direct opposite of Aristotelian mimesis viewed as imitation, representation of reality, mimicry, act of expression, the presentation of the self, etc. The most notable proponent anti-mimesis was Oscar Wilde, who in his essay 'The Decay of Lying' had said, "Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life".

Here is the philosophical position of Oscar Wilde expresses in instagram poetry as part of my abstraction for conference on Market, Media and Mimesis to be held in Jaipur in the last week of January.

Life imitates art
far more than
art imitates life,
as anti-mimesis.

An outcome is the art
of self-conscious aim of life
to find an expression,
to realize the
innate energy
as anti-mimesis.

Beauty 'n wonder
exist not in the nature.
Creates them art
as human expression -
as anti-mimesis.

Had existed not
Loveliness and beauty
till the art and poetry invented them
And taught it to others
as anti-mimesis.
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Posted on Saturday, January 24, 2015 1:18:24 PM
From Dr.Rashmi Salil Kumar
Interesting !
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Jan
18
2015
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9:32
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An acrostic on the NEW YEAR
From Lalit Kishore
An acrostic on the NEW YEAR

N: Niceties of human

E: Experiences that are

W: Worthy be shared with a

Y: Yearning for an

E: Ever evolving consciousness and

A: Advancement towards

R: Realizing one’s true self.

The acrostic can work as a new year resolution who are spiritually inclined
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Dec
25
2014
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Wishing you "Merry Christmas!" with Haiku and acrostic on Christmas
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From Lalit Kishore




Wishing you “Merry Christmas!” with Haiku and acrostic on Christmas

Here are my haiku.

Spread the message
of caring-n-sharing around
of love-n-compassion.

It is Christmas Day
for peace-n-harmony -
spirit of goodwill.

Here is my acrostic on CHRISTMAS.

C: Celebrating
H: Human birth and life to
R: Revive the divinity that resides in our
I: Inner
S: Self as Holy Spirit meant
T: To redeem us from the
M: Material world sins and for
A: Attaining enlightenment and
S: Salvation.
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24
2014
Wed
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Essence of Christian teachings in haiku
From Lalit Kishore






On the occasion of Christmas Day-2014, here are some haiku that illustrate the true essence of Christian teachings.

Lies divinity
within, as kingdom of god,
where purity reigns
***
For Kingdom of God,
source of creation is within,
purify in-self
***
Create Kingdom of God.
kindle your in-divinity.
get spiritual.
***
In Kingdom of God
piety and love are supreme -
products of pure mind
***
On this Christmas
kindle the spirit of Jesus
forgive and love all.
***
Our inner freedom,
dawn of in-divinity.
That’s Christmas magic.
***
Accept sufferings
Receive joy of forgiveness
That’s Christmas magic
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Posted on
Dec
23
2014
Tue
7:37
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Thoughts expressed in cinquain poems
From Lalit Kishore




Cinquain poems are the French five line language art forms which can both syllabic and free verses. Cinq is the French word for "five".

A cinquain has the following line pattern.

Line 1: One word giving the title. (noun)
Line 2: Two words that describe the title. (adjectives)
Line 3: Some words that express action. ( -ing Verbal phrase or phrases)
Line 4: A statement that expresses a feeling or defines the concept in the title.
Line 5: One word that gives the title in a different name. (synonym or similarly describing phrase)

Good reading
Human experience, wit and wisdom
Thought provoking, exploring new vistas, instructing to transform
A good reading leads you to discover oneself.
Enhanced mental state
*******
Hermit
Out-of-place-in-the-world, other worldly
Making inflicted alienation into nobility through self-reflection and self-development
A hermit converts his or her loneliness into solitude to get in touch with the inner self
Internally peaceful
*******
Failure
Deferred success, risk
Learning a lesson, changing the perspective, starting afresh
Achievers are those who embrace their mistakes and failures to learn from them
Turning point
*******
Integrated personality
Balanced, non-dual
Combining empirical and transcendental, balancing the internal and external
Conduct life with a transcendental approach in the empirical world to attain Truth
Unified living
*******
Bliss
Inner, spiritual
Refusing to seek happiness in the external mundane world
Bliss is achieved when the inner self gets activated with the fullest consciousness
Beyond mind
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Posted on
Dec
21
2014
Sun
10:04
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Mimetic Desire: Six-Word Poems
From Lalit Kishore




In response to the conference on “Media, Market & Mimesis: Trending Trinity” to be held in Jaipur (27-29 January, 2015), I tried to understand the link between the under-developed spiritual intelligence characterised by untamed mimetic desire and its link to market mentality and wrote the following six-word poems.

Root
cause of
strife are desires.

Meanest
are desires
that are mimetic.

Desire
not happiness,
from media, market.

Desire
we, because
others too desire.

Behave
like sheep,
mimetically desirous humans.

Convert
mimetic desires
consumers into rivals.

Breeds
mimetic desire
the cut-throat competition.

Convert
mimetic desires
producers into seducers.

Mimic
we, like
other mimetically desirous.

Create
illusions, falsehood
our mimetic desires.

Snap
link from
reality mimetic desires.

Reality
is human
link with transcendental.
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Dec
18
2014
Thu
5:53
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Message of Advent as a part of Christmas Season
From Lalit Kishore






Advent in Christianity, the season of preparation for the coming of Jesus the Christ at Christmas, is viewed as the time for the followers to come together in prayer and devotion for redemption and deliverance. But, in the modern world dominated by media and market, however, it is easy to get distracted from the real purpose of the celebration through over-indulgence in festivities and merry-making.

Advent is also called "little Lent” to be treated as a time to review life through repentance, forgiveness and renewal. During the season, he reading of the Scripture is often related to Lord’s coming, the judgement and the hope of eternal life.

Here are my six-word Advent Season verses.

Celebrate
Lord's coming
for our deliverance.

Pray
To hear
the voice eternal.

Pray
to receive
grace of God

Feel
God's eternity
and endless mercy.

Invoke
Hope of
deliverance and renewal.

Strive
for wisdom
to see possibilities.

Silence
mortal body,
feel the eternity

Realise
the one
who is timeless.
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Dec
14
2014
Sun
11:13
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Revisiting Essential Doctrines of Christianity: Some Haiku
From Lalit Kishore







The key messages of all religions are the same since they stress a vision of ethical and ideal living. One commonality in all religions is tenet of humility or egolessness

It is the man-made competition between the religions caused by religious leaders that are causing strife. In Christmas season, one must revisit the essence of Christianity to discover once again the human values enshrined in the Bible.

According to Matt Slick, the Bible itself reveals those doctrines that are essential to the Christian faith. They are the Deity of Christ; Salvation by Grace; Resurrection of Christ; the gospel, and Monotheism. These are the doctrines the Bible says are necessary. However, some other derivative doctrines of scripture such as the Trinity that also becomes necessary.

Harbour not ego
Else you'll die in your sins -
All those worldly sins.

Be humble and loving
Cleanse yourself from all your sins
That's true sacrifice.

The faith in God-
That is the truest faith of all.
Rest is invalid.

There's only one God
That exists in all of us
Our coeternal.

We are the Gift of God
So don't boast, have no ego.
Through ego we sin.

Sin never ever.
Salvation is God's grace
To the egoless.

God is the Father,
The Son, the Holy Spirit
Called the Trinity.
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Posted on
Dec
11
2014
Thu
9:01
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Some random thoughts in lantern poems
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From Lalit Kishore






Some random thoughts in lantern poems
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In the inset pictures, some random thoughts have been written as lantern poems.

Read and ponder over.

In a lantern poem of eight lines, the line-wise syllabic order of the word(s) is 1, 2, 3, 4, 4, 3, 2, 1.

Generally, in this 20-syllable poem, one or two thoughts are written.
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Posted on
Dec
11
2014
Thu
8:23
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Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kailash Satyarthi on child rights
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From Lalit Kishore
Indian Nobel Peace Prize laureate of 2014, Kailash Satyarthi, dwelled on the plight of children in his acceptance speech terming children as ‘vision of tomorrow’, urged the world community to safeguard the rights of children. He said that we had utterly failed in imparting an education to our children that gave them the meaning and objective of life, a secure future, and a sense of global citizenship.

“I am afraid that the day is not far when the cumulative result of this failure will culminate in unprecedented violence that will be suicidal for humankind,” he added.

Some of Satyarthi’s views on children expressed in the speech have been transformed into haiku as follows.

Feel the child inside
Feel your today inside you
Listen to the child.

Free the child inside
Give the child all the freedom
To learn, develop.

Free the child inside
To live, dream, play, laugh and cry
To sleep, see daylight.

Refuse to accept
World is poor enough not to
Educate each child.
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Posted on
Nov
23
2014
Sun
12:07
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Failed government educational reforms: Instagram poems
From Lalit Kishore




Failed government educational reforms: Instagram poems

Turned into a business
are our private schools,
with government schools
becoming dysfunctional.
***
In the name of reforms,
government officials tinkers around,
do patchwork,
organize campaigns,
make purchases and supplies materials
to launder tax payers money,
***
Think we not,
about optimum use of existing resources,
about effective school functioning,
about pedagogically sound teaching-learning processes,
about community-basing of schools.

~LALIT KISHORE
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Posted on
Nov
20
2014
Thu
7:05
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Create feminist classrooms for inclusion and equity at primary education level
From Lalit Kishore

Many educators feel that a feminist classroom with relevant age-grade academic elements at the primary education level is suitable for India where gender and social discriminations are rampant. If tried sincerely as a primary education reform by providing critical perspective to the classroom with connected and cooperative learning approaches, it can lead to effective learning and imbibing democratic values.

Besides better learning levels, a feminist classroom stresses social transformation with democratic values by breaking power structures and managerial hierarchies found in schools. A feminist classroom believes in inclusion and equity. The aim of a feminist classroom is to implement active differentiated learning in a caring and sharing learning environment.

Here are some pattern poetry pieces highlighting the concept of ‘feminist classroom’.

Feminist classroom: An instagram poem

Create feminist classroom
with construction of knowledge
in a more inclusive way
with cooperative, participative, democratic academy
with respect for multiculturalism
in which positional voices are heard
to transform learners’ visions into curricula.

Feminist classroom 3-5-3 words pattern haiku:

Don’t you reify,
Don’t you vilify individual differences,
Acknowledge and respect.

Stress not uniformity.
Go for differentiated learning approaches
For inclusion, equity.

Democratic classroom organization,
Culture of privileging learners’ voices,
Walking the talk.

Presenting varied perspectives,
Treating everyone with equal respect.
Implementing cooperative learning.
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Posted on
Nov
5
2014
Wed
7:26
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Teachings of Shri Guru Nanak Devji Sahib said in haiku
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Nov
5
2014
Wed
7:31
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From Lalit Kishore




On November 6, 2014, the nation is celebrating Guru Nanak Jayanti. Shri Guru Nanak Sahib who was a great mystic and reformer and wanted the society to be free from formalism and ritualism as well as devoid of all kinds of discrimination of race, class, caste, creed or colour. He preached the universal brotherhood of mankind.

Guru’s beautiful message to humankind is contained in mystic verses of ‘Japji Sahib’ that talks of five stages of self-elevation. The first is called Dharma Khand that talks about the path of righteousness and good deeds in the worldly life. The other stages are that of self-knowledge or Gyan Khand; spiritual raptures, self-realization or Sharam Khand; loss of fear of death or Karam Khand; and oneness with the infinite, the Truth or Sach Khand. In the final stage, one is transmuted into Divinity, it is believed.

Here are Shri Guru Nanak Sahib’s main teachings said in word-pattern haiku.

Put away pride.
Remember the essence of religion
is humility, oneness.

Live a life
of harmony, goodness and purity.
Say:"Vahe Guru!"

Live detachedly, neutrally
amid the world’s temptations,
formalism and ritualism.

Speak not ill.
Forgive those who speak ill.
Practice spiritual forbearance.

Live amidst world,
Be not of it anymore.
Realize true self.
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Posted on
Nov
3
2014
Mon
12:27
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'Kiss of Love' haiku
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Nov
3
2014
Mon
12:28
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From Lalit Kishore






The much-hyped by social media, the ‘kiss of love’ protest event of November 2 against moral policing of public display of affection by lovers has fizzled out due police action. The police rounded up key organizers and activists when they commenced their march from the gate of a local college in Kochi of Kerala state.

Also, the police deployed at the venue, did not allow anyone to enter the area. However, the hype and aftermath, made me think over and express my thoughts as 3-5-3 word haiku on public display of love through lip-lock as a means of protest.

Here are my kiss-related haiku.

It‘s wrong trend
To indulge in lip-lock protests
to redress woes.

I really wonder
the utility of lip-lock protest.
That’s demeans kissing.

What’s demeaned kiss?
A sensual pleasure, that’s momentary -
Lowly skin show.

First kiss’s ecstatic
thereafter; it is totally meaningless -
Slavery to habit.

Life’s tiny speck -
Kiss’s not larger than life.
Undo, learn more.

Let life kiss -
Kiss you and your being
to enliven, liberate.

Moral policing kisses -
Lip-lock protest against moral policing -
Undeserving kiss attention.
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Posted on
Nov
2
2014
Sun
5:16
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Today's poetry: The shorter the better
Modified on
Nov
2
2014
Sun
5:23
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From Lalit Kishore




These days very short verses are becoming popular on instagram and facebook pages. Generally, such verses are written in the typewriter font as pattern poetry.

In the virtual space, the maxim is that the shorter the verse, the more the viewers. Such verses are more of a string of thoughts with primitive simplicity but modern appeal.

Moreover, the verses are being written with a paper-texture background and look like a quotation in the free-verse format. Further, most of spiritual and paranormal verses are in the form of instagram poems.

The inset pictures exemplify such verses along with the ones given below.
(1)
Don’t lip-lock
rather free your lips
to smile broadly
and win
one and all.
(2)
If you
realize not
your innate potentials,
if you foster not,
and nurture not
your potentials,
you then commit a
crime against yourself -
a heinous self-crime.
(3)
Preying is the
Competition market
ruthlessly on us
as money mongers
since parents and society
have no time
for their children.

And, children
under the pressure of
Mis-education and
insensitive upbringing
committing suicide.
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Posted on Monday, November 24, 2014 2:06:54 AM
From Dr. Radhika Jonnalagedda
Good one Sir !
Posted on
Oct
30
2014
Thu
10:48
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Sun haiku as true message of Chhath Pooja festival
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Oct
30
2014
Thu
10:54
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From Lalit Kishore


Currently, the ancient four-day Chhath Pooja festival dedicated to the Sun God is being celebrated by the Hindus. Chhath festival begins on the sixth day of the Kartik month according to the Hindu calendar. The main purpose of the festival was to invoke divine human consciousness to overcome all the strife, sorrow and adversities that humans were likely to face while living life.

However, the purpose of the festival has been lost in performing rituals dictated by priests, indulging in festivities and externalities promoted by consumerism and materialism.

Here are a few 3-5-3 word-pattern haiku to remind the true message of Chhath festival.

Recognize your darkness.
With every sunrise, arise anew
to remain ever-new

Arise in darkness
Watch the sunrise revealing beauty
Darkness getting dispelled

Sunrise and sunset -
A grand cyclic sky show.
Vapour ever rising.

Sunrise and sunset
Catch moments, be with them.
They last not.

Just watch sunrise
No prayers, worship or rituals.
Feel the oneness.

Rise like sun
No darkness can defeat you
Darkness fleas away

Learn from sun:
Life-giving, benevolence, equity and shine.
Get sun-placed.
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Posted on
Oct
21
2014
Tue
12:18
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Diwali messages said in haiku
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Oct
21
2014
Tue
12:21
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From Lalit Kishore