And the serenity of winter …

… is complementing with my Reading, since I enjoys winter sometimes — especially the flowers.

The flowers are always blooming at this point of time of the year!
I am always enthralled by the fascinating colours that makes the flowers look so beautiful.

Reading and then looking at the creativity of the Great Creator, mesmerizes me and I often thinks how many varieties are still left to be created by Him, as all of these is just a drop of ocean as compared to the entire Universe (where I read somewhere it rains diamonds in Neptune and Uranus).

Just to describe in few words — ‘Unbearable Brightness Of Being!’

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Harmony and Symphony – God’s ways

 Tulips

Tulips

Generally writing requires a considerable amount of thoughts and then consolidating them in correct sequence to prepare a write up that reflects an individual’s own perception and is reflection of his or her thoughts. There are lots of things and then you find the same routine happening in day to day life. The idea is not to escape into an adventure run, but to make the journey more interesting. One cannot really predict what could be the thoughts and what could be going on, in the minds of soldiers who are protecting our country’s border in extreme conditions of Siachen. We could only seek the inspiration from them and apply them in our lives.

God has chosen each one of us for certain duties and that is why we are here. So, today I thought of representing some of my thoughts . Most of the time I prefer either reading or watching news, and has been away from writing the Blog posts. But today just thought of writing a Blog post myself, after a long pause. There are so much things going around — Border talks, environment concerns, global warming, terrorism and Mars mission.

Better are the lives of birds who are relieved from borders lines. If we view the world in a wider perspective, lots of things will look different — even the religious factor. The Entire universe and the planet where we live and how we are hampering the planet and the residents. The more we learn from nature and natural surroundings, the more we are closer to God.

God has created such a beautiful world, with everything inter related and yet so independent. The harmony and symphony it creates and the natural oscillation and resonance of the weather is so beautiful. The Sky creates a new painting everyday to make us smile. We always get new pattern of water droplets or fog dew and yet so similar. As a humankind we should unite and work towards the betterment of the human and others who inhabitant the earth, but we are busy in the things that should not be an issues. Look at the Himalayas, it is there to guard us. There are Honey bees who only knows the secret of making honey.  There are lots of things God has  created to make you happy, we should focus on them

God has taken care of every little detail so that our lives are safe and secure. We should read religious scriptures and take the positive teachings from them. Every religion has something good.

Maybe God has created humans to think in this way only, this must be also God’s conspiracy, Stay tuned for some of His beautiful ways.

Help secure a living ocean, food and prosperity – propose a new agreement for high seas protection in September 2014

Help secure a living ocean, food and prosperity – propose a new agreement for high seas protection in September 2014

The benevolent initiative started by Mr.Ratan Tata is commendable. We should support the good cause and participate with full enthusiasm. I request one and all to sign the petition for the sake of our environment and planet. You can give your valuable participation by signing here : Mission Ocean

  • Petitioning Ban Ki-moon
    1. Petition byIndia
    2. Ratan N. Tata

Ratan N. TataAs businessman and philanthropist, I have dedicated my life to a fairer and more just society. None of this would have been possible without the riches of a healthy, living planet, not least the ocean.

For India, a healthy ocean is many things – a source of food, a means of trade, a way of life – but also, inescapably, essential for all life on Earth. Today, its resources and freedoms are being exploited at the expense of us all – especially the poorest in society. Now more than ever, better ocean governance is critical for a more equitable and just world. 

Please join Mission Ocean and sign my petition to protect the high seas and restore ocean health.

Mr.Ratan Tata

Mr.Ratan Tata

Providing us with food, fresh water, energy, medicine, the oxygen in every second breath we take, and even our holidays, a healthy ocean is essential for all life on Earth.

But for too long we’ve taken out too many fish, polluted indiscriminately, and damaged vulnerable habitats on the seabed. We are pushing our ocean system to the point of collapse, and risking our own health and prosperity.

Marine and coastal resources are worth US$3 trillion a year – around 5% of the world’s GDP – and worldwide, 350 million jobs are linked to the ocean while 97% of fishers live in developing countries.

But without the enforcement of strong laws to protect a living ocean, a minority will continue to abuse the freedom of the high seas, plunder the riches that lie beneath the waves, take more than a fair share, and benefit at the expense of the rest of us, especially the poorest.

The good news is that we have a fantastic chance to turn things around.

In September this year, the United Nations (UN) will begin discussing the future of the high seas and how they should be governed. This won’t happen again any time soon so we need to make the most of the opportunity now.

The high seas – made up of international waters and covering 45% of the Earth – belong to us all, yet resemble a failed state beyond the jurisdiction of any government. No one is taking overall responsibility, with the alarming result that the health of the entire ocean is in severe decline.

It is time to extend the rule of law to the deep blue half of our planet. We need a new international agreement (under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea) to secure ocean health and the sustainable and equitable use and conservation of high seas resources.

This will help ensure we have enough food for everyone, equitable access to new medicines from deep sea organisms to fight cancer and other serious diseases,resilience in the face of the worst impacts of climate change, and protection of valuable marine habitats from destructive industries.

The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon is committed to ocean health and protection but he needs our support so that he is empowered in September to call on world leaders to develop this new agreement.

Please join the mission for a healthy, living ocean and ask Ban Ki-moon to join our call for high seas protection and ocean health.

Other versions of this petition:

Africa – by Trevor Manuel (South Africa)

Brazil – by Paulo Guilherme “Pinguim” Alves Cavalcanti

Canada – by Paul Martin

China – by Victor Chu (Hong Kong)

France – by Pascal Lamy

France – by Yann Arthus-Bertrand

Germany – by Hannes Jaenicke

India – by Ratan Tata

Japan – by Global Ocean Commission

Latin America – by José María Figueres (Costa Rica) and Andrés Velasco (Chile)

Middle East – by Global Ocean Commission

Russia – by Global Ocean Commission

Spain – by Cristina Narbona

South Pacific – by Foua Toloa (Tokelau)

UK – by David Miliband

International – by Global Ocean Commission

To:
Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General, United Nations

Dear Secretary-General,

I know that you are personally committed to ocean health and protection.

I do not need to remind you that the ocean supplies the oxygen in every second breath we take, or that billions of us rely on it for food, fresh water, energy, transport and medicine, or that it covers 70% of the Earth’s surface and supports all life on Earth.

And as valuable resources such as medicines will increasingly come from the deep sea in the future, I am sure you agree we must ensure marine resources are protected and managed responsibly and fairly, and that we all benefit, including future generations.

Three billion people rely on the ocean for their livelihoods. Marine and coastal resources are worth US$3 trillion a year – around 5% of the world’s GDP – and worldwide, 350 million jobs are linked to the ocean while 97% of fishers live in developing countries.

Scientists are telling us that we are pushing our ocean system to the point of collapse, and without proper governance, we are putting food security, global prosperity, and our own health and livelihoods at risk.

I understand that the UN General Assembly is to take a decision on whether to negotiate a new agreement on high seas protection at its session starting on September 24, 2014.

I support the many States that have already called for the adoption of an implementing agreement under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea that supports the restoration of ocean productivity, guards against irresponsible exploitation, prioritises ocean health, enhances equitable sharing of benefits, and allows for the creation of marine protected areas on the high seas to replenish fish stocks.

In your opening address to world leaders at the General Assembly in September, please add my voice to those of millions of others who want to empower you and the members of the United Nations to open negotiations for the sustainable use and conservation of the high seas.

It’s time we took proper care of our ocean. Please call for a new agreement for high seas protection and ocean health.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

News

  1. 10 days left to stand up for ocean healthDear FriendIn less than two weeks, on 24th September, our petition will come to a head when world leaders will gather in New York and discuss high seas protection.Please will you help me reach our target of 250,000 signatures?Please help me give the petition a final push! Even a number of celebrities have joined the call initiating their own petitions in their home countries: Paulo Guilherme in Brazil, Hannes Jaenicke in Germany and Yann Arthus-Bertrand in France.Sample tweetsACTION: @GOceanC @RNTata2000 #highseas petition – pls sign now and RT!http://goo.gl/mYEfQp
  2. Do something for the #ocean NOW: pls sign the @GOceanC @RNTata2000 #highseas petition! http://goo.gl/mYEfQp
  3. Help @GOceanC @RNTata2000 reach 250,000 voices for #highseas #ocean health and protection! Sign his petition! http://goo.gl/mYEfQp
  4. Every voice counts, so please share this petition with your family and friends on Twitter and Facebook. Ocean recovery is possible and high seas protection is vital for our very survival.
  5. We have just a few days left before fellow Commissioners and Co-chairs of the Global Ocean Commission deliver our global call to the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
  6. It is vital that we remind them that we want the global ocean to be healthy and properly protected.
  7. Thank you for signing my petition on ocean health. You are now one of more than 215,000 voices making a powerful call for high seas protection!
  8. by Ratan N. Tata
  9. Petition Organiser
  10. Reached 1,000 signatures
  11. To sign the petition, please click here : Mission Ocean

Jai Jagannatha Maha Prabhu

MAAANANDAMAYEEMAASANATH

Legend of Ratha Yatra

This event marks Lord Jagannath, travelling in the chariot with his brother, Lord Balarama and sister Subhadra. It attracts pilgrims and visitors from all over the world. The festival has been celebrated since ancient times. According to a legend about its origin, Jagannath is said to have expressed his desire to visit his birthplace every year for a week. Thus, the deities are taken to the Gundicha Mandir every year. According to another legend, Subhadra, wanted to visit Dwaraka, her parent`s home, and her brothers took her back to Dwaraka on this day. The Ratha Yatra is a commemoration of that visit. According to the Bhagavad Purana, it is also believed that it was on this day that Krishna and Balarama went to Mathura to participate in a wrestling competition, at Kansa`s invitation. The chariots are cleaned by the Gajapati Maharaja, with a golden broom to proclaim that he is the first of the Lord`s servants.

Rath Yatra involves following ceremonies:

Snan Yatra

The idols of Jagannath, Balabhadra and Subhadra are brought out and bathed on a pedestal known as the snanamandap amidst series of rituals and chanting of `Jai Jagannath` and `Haribol` and beating of conch shells, bathing ceremony was performed on Purnima of Jyestha month (Devasnan Purnima), to commemorate the appearance day of Lord Jagannath.

Anavarsha

The bathing ceremony discolors the painted wooden deities. Therefore nobody except the main priest is allowed to see and pay homage for a period of 15 days, which is known as Anavasara time. It is said that Lord Jagannath himself had ordered King Indradyumna about this Anavasara period.

Netrotsava

For a staunch devotee of Jagannath, the Anavasara time is really a tough time of separation. The images are re-painted and brought to the Ratnavedi or the main platform for the devotees to see and pay homage. This ceremony is named as Netrotsava. On this day people take the opportunity of seeing the deities in all new and young form. This is called `Nava Yauvana Darshan`.
Lord Jagannath Ratha Yatra Festival (Car Festival)
The main journey of the “Car Festival” involves the large Deities of Lord Jagannath, Baladev and Subhadra to be transported from the temple, each on their own chariot, every year, where:

* Jagannath`s chariot, Nandighosha is a 35 feet square, rising to a height of 45 feet, with 16 wheels, 7 feet in diameter and is yellow in colour.

* Balabhadra`s chariot is called Taladhvaja, is blue in colour and has 14 wheels.

* Subhadra`s chariot is the smallest, with 12 wheels and is called Devadalan.

Then the images are taken from the temple to Jagannath`s country house at Gundicha Bari, two miles away. They are confined to a solitary abode for a fortnight where they undergo treatment, are offered special Ayurvedic medicine and some special liquid diet called sarapana. After a week`s rest, they are taken back to the temple at Puri. This return car festival or Bahuda Yatra begins on the `Ashadha Sukla Dasami`, the 10th day of the bright fortnight of Ashadha (June-July).

On the Ratha Yatra day, temple staff and congregational members cook enormous quantities of foodstuffs, and everyone gets to enjoy as much Mahaprasadam as they care to consume. The continued success of Puri`s Ratha Yatra is so fundamentally important to Orissa that the state government has proclaimed the Yatra a “state festival”.