Friday, October 28, 2011

Science & Importance of Rangoli

Diwali is incomplete without the pujas, the lighting, the socializing, delicacies and the Rangoli. Rangoli, the colourful handmade carpets are so much welcoming at the entrance! The colors are all bright and the surrounding diyas make it more lively. The patterns are made up of flowers or natural colors mixed in rice flour, grains, saw dust, chalk powder, colored stones, and even fabric!

The custom of making a Rangoli during auspicious day has got some scientific purpose. Scientists say that Warm colors produce centrifugal action where energy flows outward therefore warm colors make people cheerful, extrovert and active. It denotes Joy, happiness & enthusiasm. They are made to soothe the guests and sustain a jolly mood.

The patterns made in them symbolises growth and prosperity. Each of these characters speak of numerous things, having deep meanings and significations like the swastika is actually a sign of luck and fortune. Many books have been written on the significance and meaning of ancient symbols.

There is an age old custom for the women of the house, getting up early and making rangoli after having bath. These are made in the Brahma-mahurat or before dawn. It is said that Laxmi devi (the goddess of prosperity) gets attracted to these Rangolis and enters the house to stay.

These days people are too lazy to make this beautiful art. Rangolis have been replaced by stickers having colourful designs. Yaiks!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Get a Life

Hungry Mind, Thirsty Spirit
 I cannot recollect the last time i did an introspection. There have been changes in my thoughts and the way i interpret... i feel a completely different person. How dumb and laid back i was! Lived a life without an aim. But there was a serious turning point in my life of which i have no track when it happened. I wish i had the vision much earlier... if it would have been in my school days, I would have been much successful than i am now!

British prime minister Benjamin Disraeli once said "You can never go higher than your thinking." So true! My thoughts are more disclosed. I am more receptive. Feel pity for myself as i lived a quater of my life in illusions.

Our mind takes 60000 thoughts each day and we only accept a 10k of those. While in this process we fill our minds with the filth that others have passed into us. Also there are inputs from unexpected people with some genius proficient ideas that we would just reject having a doubt on their capabilitites.  An open mind knows which thought to accept. Unbiased.

The age old method "Meditation" helps cleanse our mind. It helps to develop patience, be clear in thoughts and later in our actions. It feels super duper to know exaclty what you are doing, where you want to be and how are you leading yourself to your aim. The journey is so beautiful that you would not like to worry about the destination. Do a reclamation of your thoughts/soul frequently and enjoy the journey called life.