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Dreaded Professionalism

World is changing fast, so its constituents. Whether it is the IPL Cricket tournament or the corporate world, the influence of burgeoning economics and intense competition has become vivid. Even the apparently calm people of the so called third world have also joined the rat race, where the asking rate is really steep. Professionalism has intruded even into the private lives, whereby even the relationships fail to isolate them from the wrath of professionalism. Perhaps the balance sheet of the relation is coming up as the key determining factor. The stories and poems of love and languishment have taken the back seat. The youngsters are found to be inspired more by the glittering advertisements than the morale touches of friendships or relationships. People belonging to the same school of thoughts hardly allow any other thoughts to dominate their minds. As a result, utter professionalism lead to even most undesired bloodshed, at times. The glimpses of the lucrative career world or costly consumer products certainly allure the people. Historically, people have been showing desperation for a better livelihood. Even jealousy has been found to prevail in several instances. The problem is that when the life is measured completely in terms of some numeric figures and graphics, the life is bound to lose its spontaneous momentum. Today’s generation is often found to fail to succumb to the pressure of losses and the instances of several mental diseases, suicides, homicide have drastically increased. Many social organizations and psycho analysts have been constantly cautioning the people of this earth, but unfortunately all in vain. The counter arguments are ready at hands and they can hardly be ignored. The way, the peg of Whiskey loses its normal odor without the right mix of ice cubes; even the most successful professional life may sound tragic without the meticulous presence of sentiments and...
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Reasons to celebrate Mahashivaratri

Shivaratri is an occasion for prayer, fast, solemnity with earnestness to gain a purified mind, body and soul. Mahashivaratri is celebrated with great pomp and show across various parts of the India having a predominant Hindu population. For hindus this illustrious festival comes on the 14th day in the dark half of the month of Phalguna preceding the night of the new moon named shivaratri or mahahshivaratri. Once a year this day is of great importance especially for womenfolk and devotees of shiva among the hindus. On this night of shiva devotees worship the lingam form while mainly the men folk prepare an intoxicating drink called thandai made from cannabis, almonds and milk while singing songs in praise of the lord and dancing to the beat of the drums. On shivaratri a night long keep vigil is kept while worshipping the phallic idol especially at midnight when the epitome is reached with the devotees being blessed by the Lord in his true heavenly form. The lingam is bathed with milk, honey, curd, ghee and coconut water. According to a legend a hunter who had been trapped on a tree while fleeing from a tiger kept awake by picking leaves off a nearby bili tree while chanting the name of Lord shiva, requesting him to save his life. This dedicated worship pleased the lord who then blessed the man. On this day bili leaves are also placed on the lingam during prayers and it is also bedecked with datura or other white flowers which are preferred by the supreme god. Legend also pronounces that lord shiva was married to devi parvati on shivaratri. It is also known that lord shiva became Neelkanth by swallowing the deadly poison which would otherwise have annihilated the entire world. Shivaratri celebrates a day of rendering thanks to the Almighty lord for protecting the...
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Lord Shiva the most powerful of Hindu gods

Lord Shiva is the destroyer, one of the gods of the holy Hindu trinity and is known to be the most powerful. Shiva translates into shakti or power. Mahadev, Mahayogi, Pashupati, Nataraj, Bhairava, Vishwanath, Bholenath, Shankar are only some of his thousand names. Shiva lingam or the phallic form is what is worshipped in temples and homes. The tangible illustration of Shiva is also distinctive from the other deities. Lord Shiva has his hair stacked high on the top of his head along with a crescent moon protruding through his hair banded with beads of rudraksha. It is believed that the river Ganges tumbles from his locks to prove his ethereal presence that is one with nature. Around his neck is a coiled serpent overhanging its hood over his head. He possesses a trident in his left hand in which is entwined his salient small leather drum. He meditates on the tiger skin laid out amidst his abode on mount Kailash with his water pot on the right. His body smeared with ash is wrapped in tiger skin and eyes forever half shut in deep deliberation to focus on the job at hand. He is often showcased riding upon his favorite bull called Nandi festooned in garlands. Lord shiva is believed to be at the core of all disbanding forces in the universe owing his responsibility for death and destruction. Lord shiva dissolves to remake as it is only through death that rebirth of a new life becomes possible. Hence all prevailing shiva juggles life and death and happens to be the most enthralling amongst Hindu gods and goddesses. He is depicted as the absolute ascetic bearing an unruffled and tranquil temperament. Shiva is portrayed to be numbed under the influence of opium and cannabis while being ignorant of the worldly ways. His supreme formless self sadashiv materialized in form exactly at midnight on Mahashivratri. Another most auspicious day of the hindu calendar comes exactly 180 days after shivaratri known as janmashtami when Lord Krishna an incarnation of Lord Vishnu manifested in Gokul also at the stroke of midnight. We come full circle by chronicling a year that is equally divided into two equal halves by separated by these two auspicious days in the Hindu...
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The core of mahashivratri celebrations

Mahashivaratri is one of the most pious of days in the Hindu calendar. It is a staunch belief that can never be easily defied by logic that birth, death and marriage are ruled by destiny. Destiny or providence is under the domain of gods and is proclaimed by their voluntary action. Hence the Hindu womenfolk in India fast daylong as each aspires only to be blessed with a husband who is an incarnation of the Lord Shiva himself. Lord Shiva is worshipped with all grandeur at temples and homes through each session of the day and throughout the night. The daylong festivities spill over to the next morning when Brahmins are offered meals and gifts to end the round of celebrations. Mahashivratri the night for worshipping Lord Shiva comes on the 14th night of the new moon during the dark half of the month of Phalguna in the Hindu calendar. It falls on a moonless night when Hindus offer special prayer to the lord of destruction. In legends, shivaratri wherein ratri refers to night comes when Lord Shiva is said to have performed the Tandava Nritya or the dance of prehistoric creation, protection and obliteration. In Hindu mythology Lord Shiva had swallowed a pot of poison that had emerged from the ocean before the pot of nectar during the great mythical churning of the ocean called Samudra Manthan. He had helped in saving the world by holding this lethal venom in his throat instead of swallowing it. This had eventually turned his throat blue earning him the name Nilkantha or the blue-throated one. Mahashivratri is also a celebration of this extraordinary event by which Shiva saved the world as found in the fables. Shivaratri is especially auspicious for women. Married women fast throughout the day for the well being of their husband and children. Unmarried women pray for an ideal husband like Shiva who is known to be the consort of goddesses like Kali, Parvati and Durga. It is also widely known that anyone who utters the name of Shiva during this occasion with absolute devotion is liberated from all sins. Further this pure dedication ensues in their transcending the cycle of birth and death to reach the abode of Shiva. On the day of shivaratri a three storied podium is erected around a fire among which the upper most tier represents heaven, the middle space and the bottom most is earth. Eleven urns decorate the top plank for the eleven manifestations of shiva. Bael leaves beautify the podium along with white flowers that adorn it during prayers and chanting of mantras. Shiva is worshiped in his phallic form and shivaratri is a celebration that includes bathing the phallus. The phallus or lingam symbolizes Lord shiva and is worshipped. It is usually made of granite, soapstone, quartz or marble. Devotees bath the lingam every three hours which continues throughout the night into the wee hours. The Lord is offered milk, curd, honey, coconut water, sandalwood paste, aatar and clarified butter along with bael leaves, flowers especially white and various seasonal fruits. Mantras are chanted all through the day by the devotees while the ambiance is created by lighting incense sticks and oil lamps. Temple bells keep ringing daylong and even through the night while worshippers keep awake by listening to stories, hymns and sacred...
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Education system and society

The irreparable loss in moral values of the common people may sound stunning to a segment of the society, but the social scientists consider it as a natural phenomenon. When most of the money is spent frivolously in the name of Advertising and marketing, it is really difficult to maintain a high level of morale. Though people belonging to the same school of thoughts have attempted to raise their voices, but such feeble voices fail to stir the money woven business world, for whom, the world has become a money spinning platform. Education not only literates us, but also enlightens us. There is no reason of considering this marketing world as the brain child of most illiterate people. Instead, the top qualified professionals with high level of salaries and perks work day and night to discover newer concepts of advertising and marketing that may strike the minds of thousands of target audiences, which is a real difficult proposition. When the fertile brains of such an educated world club together, they are bound to produce yields. The moral or social values often miss out the charioteer’s seat as the thriving need and want always dominate such masterminds. It’s really good that Rabindranath Tagore, the noble laureate, who had tried to dream of a freedom in the domain of Education and Knowledge, is no more. Even thousands of online education institutes or Universities or foreign affiliations have failed to offer a real free and fair education. The society realizes the power of such dreaded decay, but can hardly stop such destruction. Only the aggressive endeavors of the dignified educated society with conscious mind frame can save the land from such inevitable disaster, which is ascertained as slow but steady. A true education system should be able to instill various intangible values in the human beings that empower them with the opportunity of clearly distinguishing them from the beasts and other living animals. Unfortunately, the core concept of education has been hit so blatantly that the day is not far off, when people will hesitate to talk about their academics. When a student becomes willing to toe the line of books and syllabus, he can score magnificent marks. Why should he waste his precious human resources and invaluable time in studying social or cultural history that only enriches his knowledge level without bringing tangible yields? Such glittering scorecards can certainly enable him with the opportunity of a lucrative career graphics and lavish lifestyle, but it hardly benefits the society at large. In fact, such career oriented highly educated people are often found to shelve them within the narrow domestic walls, where the ordinary society often encounters a No Entry Board. The carefully inculcated walls often stand as the mark of distinction from the civic society, as if they are the emperors of the small world and they can define the rules. Whether it is the political parties or even some portions of the administration are often blessed with their gifts or grants. The alleged relation comes into the fore, only when some gross irregularity takes place, else all stakeholders remain happy in such multidimensional mutually beneficial relationships through the ever cherished concept of share and acknowledge. Does the core concept of education support such distinguished lifestyle, whereby one segment enjoys the liberty of squandering money of millions of...
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