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Sapta padi – 7 steps


8down voteacceptedThe seven steps around the fire represents seven promises taken by newly married couple in the presence of the fire. In Hindu religion, he is believed as the maintainer of life. He carries the fruits of the yajna performed by us. So seven steps are done in presence of fire. These are called as SaptaPadi meaning seven steps in sanskrit. The couple take seven revolutions around the fire taking seven promises.

The following are the vows taken by the groom :

1.‘इष एकपदी भव-सामामनुव्रताभव-पुत्रान्‍विदावहैबहूंस्‍तेसंतुजरदष्‍टय:

O’ bride you have walked one step with me. Now we have become friends;hence you will become provider of food.Help me to fulfill my vowed religious observances (vrats). May we have many sons and may they have a long life.

  1. उर्जेव्‍दिपदीभव-सामामनु० ।।(The rest should be chanted like the mantra at number 1 and the same should be repeated when each mantrai chanted.)

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Why does the death come? -Positive story


*மரணம் ஏன் வருகிறது?* அன்புடன் *சுந்தரமூர்த்தி கந்தன்குடில் நடேசன்*

ஒரு குடும்ப தலைவர் இறந்து விட்டார்.
அவருக்கு வயது 40 கூட ஆகவில்லை.
அவரது மனைவி, 9 வயதான மகன், பெற்றோர் அனைவரும் உடலின் அருகே அமர்ந்து கதறி அழுது கொண்டிருந்தனர்.
இந்தக் குடுமபத்துக்கே குருஜியாக விளங்குபவர் அப்போது அங்கு வந்தார்.
அவரைக் கண்டதும் அவர்கள் மேலும் பெரிதாக அழ ஆரம்பித்தனர்..!
இறந்தவரின் மனைவி சொன்னாள்..
”குருஜி.! இவ்வளவு இளம் வயதில் என்னையும் என் மகனையும் நிர்க்கதியாக விட்டுப் போய் விட்டாரே..?
நான் என்ன செய்வேன்..? அவர் உயிருடன் வருவாரறென்றால் அதற்காக நான் எதுவும் செய்வேன்..!” என்றார்..!
குருஜி அவர்கள் அனைவருக்கும் ஆறுதல் சொல்லி சமாதானப் படுத்த முயன்றார்.. ஆனால் அவர்கள் சோகம் குறையவில்லை…
கடைசியில் அவர் கேட்டார்
”ஒரு கோப்பை தண்ணீர் கொண்டு வாருங்கள்”
தண்ணீர் வந்தது. அவர் கோப்பையை உடலின் அருகில் வைத்துத் தானும் அமர்ந்தார்.
பின் சொன்னார்..
”இறந்தவர் உயிருடன் திரும்பி வர வேண்டும் என நினைப்பவர், இந்தத் தண்ணீரை அருந்தலாம்.
இறந்தவர் திரும்பி வருவார். ஆனால் அதற்குப் பதில் நீரை அருந்தியவர் மரணமடைவார்..!” என்றார்..!
அவர்கள் ஒருவரை ஒருவர் பார்த்துக் கொண்டனர். ஆனால் யாரும் முன் வரவில்லை.
அவர் இறந்தவரின் தந்தையைக் கேட்டார்”
ஐயா.! நீங்கள் உங்கள் மகனுக்காக உங்கள் உயிரைக் கொடுக்க மாட்டீர்களா.?”
தந்தை சொன்னார்

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Leaders Must Be Persistent

Practical Practice Management A Division of Top Practices

There are several key “ingredients” that make up great leaders in the workplace.  One for certain is “persistence.”  Although it is an essential ingredient, it also can be a tough one to add each and every day at work.

We all go through times when we would like to take a back seat and go for the ride instead of being the driver.  As a work leader we need to be charged each day so we can inspire those with whom we work.  We need to generate the energy to be persistent.

All great things take time. Know this and share it often. You must persist no matter what challenges and changes come to the workplace. If you do, your team will stay by your side.

If you need some inspiration in persistence read “The Slight Edge” by Jeff Olson. Who states it is small daily improvements that are the…

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Did You Say Thank You Today?

Practical Practice Management A Division of Top Practices

When was the last time you asked your coworker if they needed help?  When was the last time that you told your boss or coworkers thank you?

To show care and appreciation for each other at work is one of the greatest gifts we can give to one another.  It makes our day and life so much better and takes so little to actually do.

Take moment today to show you care for those you work with and remember to say “thank you” too!

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This 75-Year Harvard Study Found the 1 Secret to Leading a Fulfilling Life

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Here’s some wisdom gleaned from one of the longest longitudinal studies ever conducted.

Prioritizing what’s important is challenging in today’s world. The split focus required to maintain a career and a home, not to mention a Facebook feed, can feel overwhelming.

Enter the science of what to prioritize, when.

For over 75 years, Harvard’s Grant and Glueck study has tracked the physical and emotional well-being of two populations: 456 poor men growing up in Boston from 1939 to 2014 (the Grant Study), and 268 male graduates from Harvard’s classes of 1939-1944 (the Glueck study).

Due to the length of the research period, this has required multiple generations of researchers. Since before WWII, they’ve diligently analyzed blood samples, conducted brain scans (once they became available), and pored over self-reported surveys, as well as actual interactions with these men, to compile the findings.

The conclusion? According to Robert Waldinger, director of the…

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How To Boost Your Confidence: 6 Scientific Ways To Feel Better About Yourself

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May 14, 2014     Lecia Bushak

If you’ve ever acted on the saying “fake it till you make it,” you probably recognize the benefits of playing it cool and confident whether at work, at trying new things, or in social settings.

Confidence can make or break a lot of things. People who are sure of themselves tend to do better at interviews, on dates, and in accomplishing tasks. In our extrovert-centric society, confidence can get you a job, a girlfriend, and the courage to say no to people or situations that are toxic to you. Confidence is knowing yourself and taking care of yourself, too. Unfortunately, this societal view of exuberant confidence — where people who talk a lot are considered more competent than people who actually know more and do better — can be good in some ways, and harmful for introverts.

But it’s always a fine balance…

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7 Ways to Stay Resilient

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Every so often, life takes a swing at you, connects, and knocks you flat: Your company hires you a new boss, a guy so young you could be his mom. Instead of finding yourself on a plane to Spain for a long-planned holiday, you’re spending your vacation money paying the bills for an unexpected illness.

When these things happen—and happen they do—it’s hard to imagine ever coming out the other side.

But you can bounce back. (Yes, even if you’re still reeling from, say, discovering that your husband who claimed to be “hiking the Appalachian Trail” was off canoodling with a gorgeous Argentinian woman.)

You don’t need to pen a best-selling tell-all and commune with Oprah to get it out of your system, à la Jenny Sanford, nor do you have to be able to envision a future filled with sunshine and lollipops like the impossibly perky few who seem…

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Brahmacharya – What is it?

Known is a drop, Unknown is an Ocean

The word ‘Brahmacharya’ (Brahman+Charya=Soul+Follow) indicates a lifestyle adapted to enable one to obtain the ultimate reality. Brahmacharya has two main meanings. In the broad sense it means control of the senses. More specifically it refers to celibacy or chastity. The more broad definition of brahmacharya also includes conduct that leads to the realization of the Self, or Soul, and contemplation on Soul.

Way to practice?

Many people mistakenly believe that practicing brahmacharya means suppression of the natural sexual instincts. Suppression is not what is wanted, because anything that is suppressed will eventually be released with redoubled force when an opportunity arises, the will becomes weak or when practice slackens.

The proper way to practice brahmacharya is to sublimate these natural urges into Ojas by a strong yoga practice that includes meditation, asanas, pranayama, mantras, prayers and reading of scriptures or yogic texts. Contrary to some popular ideas and incorrect psychological beliefs…

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be simple…

Known is a drop, Unknown is an Ocean

Be as simple as you can be; you will be astonished to see how uncomplicated and happy your life can become…

~ Paramahansa Yogananda

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A rare conversation…

Known is a drop, Unknown is an Ocean

A rare conversation between Ramkrishna Paramahansa & Swami Vivekanand…

Swami Vivekanand:- I can’t find free time. Life has become hectic.
Ramkrishna Paramahansa:- Activity gets you busy. But productivity gets you free.

Swami Vivekanand:- Why has life become complicated now?
Ramkrishna Paramahansa:- Stop analyzing life.. It makes it complicated. Just live it.

Swami Vivekanand:- Why are we then constantly unhappy?
Ramkrishna Paramahansa:- Worrying has become your habit. That’s why you are not happy.

Swami Vivekanand:- Why do good people always suffer?
Ramkrishna Paramahansa:- Diamond cannot be polished without friction. Gold cannot be purified without fire. Good people go through trials, but don’t suffer. With that experience their life becomes better, not bitter.

Swami Vivekanand:- You mean to say such experience is useful?
Ramkrishna Paramahansa:- Yes. In every term, Experience is a hard teacher. She gives the test first and the lessons afterwards.

Swami Vivekanand:- Because of so many problems, we don’t…

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