Om Shri Hari
Do you know / Did You Know ………. ( Topic for Class 2/ 1st Nov.2009)
Shri Krishna Bhagwan to Arjun - Verse 34 - Chapter IV – Shri. Bhagwat Geeta :
“ Know that by Long prostration, by question, and by service, the “Wise” who have
realised that TRUTH will instruct you in KNOWLEDGE.
In this explanation , Bhagwan Shri Krishna explains to Arjun , that a seeker or a
Student , in search of Knowledge has to Listen to his Guru/his teacher with
willingness and readiness to UNDERSTAND . To approach the Guru with an
intellectual attitude of ‘Surrender’, respect and obedience ; which means , “ an
intellectual ‘prostration”.. not just physical readiness to fall flat on the floor in
front of the Guru to express respect...
Knowledge of facts from the past Historic happenings is necessary ; this is
Knowledge that a seekers gets from a Gurus, or an Acharyas like J.J. Shri
Dwarkeshlalji is The Knowledge that flows from the Master’s Bosom. It is
( 1 ) ‘SANATAN DHARMA’ WHAT DO THESE WORDS REALLY MEAN ?
‘Sanatan ’ means UNIVERSAL AND ETERNAL , truths, principles and values.
’Dharma’ – MEANS THE LAW OF BEING. Or the essential characteristics of a
thing or things. i.e. Sweetness of Sugar is its Dharma. – Luminosity, heat and
fire are the Dharma of the Sun , Coolness is the Dharma of water , and the
divine spark of Existence in us is the Dharma of a human being .
‘Dharma’ , therefore, is “the law of being. “ The essential characteristic without
which a thing cannot exist as that thing.
( 1 ) Dhirajlal S. Pitamber/ 01st November 2009
Do you know / Did You Know ………. ( Topic for Talks on 1st Nov.2009)
( 2 ) - FIVE Names of Shri Krishna OR Vishnu [ From the 1000 names in the
‘Vishnu Shahastra Nama]
(1) Achala = Still , undisturbed , immovable Lord
(2) Achyuta = Infallible , indiscribable, beyond expression, Lord
3) Adidev = The Lord Of The Lords
4) Narayana = The Refuge Of Everyone
5) Niranjana = The Unblemished , Flawless, Faultless Lord
( 3 ) JAPAS [
Shri Kru Shna Sha ra nu ma ma … Is an Ashtakshara Japa , or “having eight
Au m Na mo Bhaga va te Va shu de va ya…Is an Dwadashara Japa ,or “having
na - maH - shi - vA - ya. is a Panch Akshaer Japa. ( having five letters) It
is the supreme mantra of all devotees of Lord Shiva.
General Knowledge TOPICS:
(1) ORIGINE OF MANY WORDS WE SPEAK IN GUJRATI EVERY DAY :
Haal ma ho kam ma choo [ At this moment , I am busy ]
Kudrati aa Bina Bani [ due to some unknown reasdon -reason known to God] this
Hisaab Apo ? [ give me an account]
AA Koni Dookan Che ? [ whose shop is this]
Dawa Khana ma thi Dawa Lewa ni Che [ Have to get the medicine from the Hospital]
Maari Umar 65 Che ? [ My age is 65 – I am 65 years old]
Mara \Swal No Jwab Apo [ give me an answer to my question ]
A police constable is refered to as a ‘ Hwal Dar ‘
THE WORDS ‘ Haal , Kudrati , Hisaab . Dookan , Dawa , Khana and Umar , Hawal
Dar – Swal, Jawab ..– These are Not Gujrati or Hindi or Sanskrit words - they are
ARABIC , words . these words and many many more, came in the vocabulary of Indian
languages , as a result of the influence of more than 600 Mogul rule over India when Urdu
was imposed on schools as the language of the Land ; Mogul Empire’s language was
URDU ; Urdu is not an indenedent Language ( i.e. a Language which has its own grammer
and alphabets ) It is a composed mixture of Arabic/ Pharsi(Iranian) / and Sanskrit
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General Knowledge TOPICS:
2) Reckoning of Time : As Recorded in Shrimad Bhagvantam , Mahabharat,
Vedic Astrology and Vedic mathematic calculations .
Muhurta: is a time measure of 48 minutes reckoned from sunrise, as a part of
definition of linear concept of time ( based on the speed of light , as defined in the
Rig Veda 1.50) .
30 Muhurata : make a diva-ratri , or day & night of 24 hours.
The smallest time unit is called Nimesha [Srimad Bhagavatam (III, 11-3 to 10);
Mahabharata; ] It is the smallest humanly conceivable time frame and is defined
as the 'wink of an eye'. Bear in mind that this is the fixed measure and a linear
concept. One Nimish : is measured as 1/16th of a second - Our Ancient
Mathematicians and Rushis , say that this is the time required for an eye to see an
object ,transmit it to the brain, and brain to recognise that object and re-act to it .
15 nimeshas make 1 kashta, [In Manu Smriti 1.64] ,
Manu says 18 nimesa makes 1 Kashta ,...perhaps Manu winked faster than the
15 Kashta make one Laghu
15 Laghu make one Ghatika (also called danda)
2 Ghatika (30 laghu) make 1 Muhurta [48 munites]
One Pal : 24 seconds
60 Pals : One Ghadi : 24 minutes
3) Significance of a Coconut in our Puja and auspecious ceremonies
We offer a coconut in the sacrificial fire whilst performing a Homa .After the Homa the
cocoanut is broken up and distributed as a ‘Prashad’ ; We also Perform Kalash Puja using a
cocoanut . ………….Why do we use a Cocoa Nut?
HERE ARE SOME REASONS:
a) The Creator’s , Ishwara’s Shakti is expressed in a Cocoa nut ; i.e. right in the center of a
coconut , we find pure, uncontaminated, sweet juice.
b) The Cocoa nut is broken for Prashad , simbolise the breaking of and getting rid of Ego.
c) The THREE DOT marks on the out side a cocoanut shell are said to represent the
three –eyes of Lord Shiva , and The Third Eye is that of the Human Beings, i.e. the
mind and intellect, from which we derive WISDOM
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