Friday, December 21, 2012

The power of prayer and significance of various rituals and methods of performing hindu pooja (worship) - beautifully told by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar!

Q: Gurudev, there are so many different prayers in Hinduism. Some for Devi, some for Vishnu. In each prayer it is said that with regular recitation of the prayer one will be benefited. Now all prayers say the same thing, how do we know which one to follow?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: See, the first thing to understand is that God is One. No matter by what name you may call him, he is One. That is one thing.
Secondly, it is not true that God is pleased by listening to His Stuti (devotional songs or hymns sung in praise of God).

When you open the windows of your house, the sunlight just comes inside, isn't it?
If you close the windows of your house, do you think the sun will get angry with you? Will the sun suddenly stop giving sunlight if you do this? No!
Whatever prayer we do, we do it for our own happiness. We pray to uplift our own selves. We do not pray to please God.
People who think that they can please God by fasting are foolish. It is sheer ignorance.

Now, do not think that God will give you something very special if you worship him and pray. Yes, if you pray, you will surely get the fruits of your prayer because that is the law of nature. Just like how, when you open the windows, the sunlight will surely come into the house and when the sunlight comes you will get the benefits for sure.

See, God anyways loves you very much. But to grow to love God just as He loves you, that is what devotion really is and this is the essence of prayer.
Pooja means that which is born out of fullness and completeness. To express a heart which is overflowing with so much gratitude and joy, Pooja is done.

‘Dear God, I am so grateful and blessed. You have given me so much in abundance’ – to express this feeling, we do Pooja.
When such a feeling arises within us, then some action inevitably gets linked with it also. One simply cannot resist expressing this deep feeling of gratitude.

For example, when you meet a very close friend of yours, you shake hands and pat his back to express your affection. This is very common in Punjab (a state in North India). So in this way, we express our love towards each other by doing some sort of action.
In the same way, when a devotee is so in love with the Divine, he wishes to do something or give something to the Divine. This is why our ancestors developed the various rituals and methods of performing Pooja. So, whatever we have received from the Divine, we offer it back to him.

God has given you flowers, so you also offer flowers back to Him with a prayer that may our hearts also blossom just as abundantly towards Him. God gave us water, so we offer water to Him during Pooja, with the feeling that we too should become humble like water and bring coolness to everyone. Like water, we too should have a foundation in life (just as water is the vital element and basis of life). So we pray that our life too becomes like this.

We also offer Akshat (whole unbroken rice grain) to the Divine because it is a symbol of never ending abundance. The rice grain does not break ever. Scientists have said that matter and energy can never be created nor be destroyed. Similarly also for the rice grain because it never gets destroyed or damaged. When we eat rice, it provides energy and nourishment to us and is absorbed by our body. And upon death, when our body is cremated and returns to the Earth element, the same rice grain after sometime grows from the Earth and becomes ready as food for consumption. When the body turns into ash, the ash becomes food for many fishes which in turn become the food for many other human beings again. So this happens again and again in Nature. When you bury the body under the Earth, the body dissolves away into the five elements.

Similarly we offer Chandan (sandal paste) also, with the feeling that its fragrance spreads everywhere. All our five senses which bring sensory experiences and pleasure to us – the eyes, the ears, the nose, the tongue and the skin have certain sense functions and substances associated with them. So all the substances and objects that bring joy or pleasure to these five senses are also given as sacred offering in the Pooja. We ring the holy bell during the Pooja because due to the sound that is produced, the mind is freed of all thoughts from here and there, and settles in the present moment. Then the mind comes in harmony with the Naad – the single sound in the environment during the Pooja. Therefore, to focus and channel the mind, many drums, trumpets and cymbals are also played during the Pooja. Such a loud sound causes the mind to come into the present moment.

Camphor is burnt to perform Aarti (circular movement or display of the lamp in reverence before the deity or the idol) before the deity. Just as God rotates the sun and the moon around you, you imitate the same and thus offer and move the small camphor lamp before God to bring joy to you. This is also to express the prayer that the light of our life should never go astray from God and should always be centered and revolve around God. It is with this deep feeling that you perform aarti. In the whole of India, people everywhere perform the aarti but do not know the deeper meaning behind it.

Aarti means the highest and the greatest possible bliss. It represents the fact that the Divine is the greatest source of joy. When our hearts overflow with such intense love and devotion that every particle of our body is soaked in it, then that is what aarti really is. Aarti is that which gives you total contentment. It is made up of two parts: ‘Aa-’ and ‘rati’. ‘Rati’ means joy, bliss and ecstasy. So when we are full of such kind of devotion and bliss - that is called Aarti. So we perform aarti with the prayer that our lives should also be filled with the ecstasy of devotion, such that we see God everywhere we look. This is called Pooja. Pooja is never done to flatter or please God.

But in our country, people go and feed sweets to the idol of the deity, so much so that the face of the deity is spoilt. Then you are unable to see the eyes, nose and the mouth of the idol. Furthermore, they offer flowers to every deity’s picture or idol with fear and guilt that if they offer to a flower to Lord Hanuman and not to Lord Shiva, then Lord Shiva will get angry and punish them. All sorts of superstitions arise in the mind. This is why it is said that you must have only one Ishtadevta (referring to the tradition of having a prime or central deity for worship and devotion). All others deities are simply divine forms of the same Divinity. The essence is to see One Divinity in everyone and everyone as part of One Divinity. That is what it is.

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Stop complaining..take some action!!

It is easier to light a candle...
than to keep cursing the darkness!!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

What determines our destiny?


The choices we make and the chances we take
Determines our destiny!









Sunday, December 16, 2012

Have faith...

The light will overcome the darkness..
The goodness will overcome the evil and...
The faith can accomplish miracles!!

 

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Pillars of Christmas come alive with art!

Project featured in Times-Republican

Christmas is in the air! Our hearts are poured with so much joy and excitement.
Bright stars, color red, fir trees, glowing candles, bows, jingle bells, candy canes and the wreath remind us all to be grateful for the gift of purity and eternal love.
As we started getting the Christmas greetings ready for friends and family this year, we drew various designs. None satisfied my older one. She kept looking for more in meaning, significance and message. Finally, we came up with this design; we called it the pillars of Christmas.  
What you will need
· Star
· Markers
· Crayons
· Glue
· Sequence
· Glitters
· Other Christmas craft supplies available
Stick star using glue. Write Joy, Love, Peace, Magic, Believe, Sacrifice, Faith, Hope and Christmas for the tree. Use a crayon or marker to draw an impression of trunk.  For a sparkly effect stick sequence, glitter and other craft supplies available.
You can add more words. For a large group make it even more fun by getting everyone involved in this project. Let everyone pick and decorate a word that defines Christmas for them. Now arrange all of them in a shape of Christmas tree. Be creative and let your imagination shine through your work.
Wish you all a holiday season that shines as bright as the star of Bethlehem!  
Thanks for visiting and have a colorful day:)


Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Wish you all a joyful and colorful season with love and happiness around!

Project using scraps!
Celebrations are fun and always will be but a few hours of glee should add smiles and memories to our lives and not a heaping pile to the landfills. Applying the 3 R's- recycle, reduce and reuse to a celebrations is a good example to teach our kids to think outside the box, be more creative and less materialistic. Educating them about the green living is a step forward in raising the child who cares, appreciates and is thankful.

Be Creative! Reduce, Reuse, Reconsider, Recycle:) 

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Joyful napkin holders - A simple, fun and creative Thanksgiving project!


Project featured in Times-Republican!

All you need is

·         Paper towel tube
·         Handmade or construction or scrapbook paper
·         Glue
·         Scissors
·         Photos


Cut paper towel tube 1-1/2 inches wide.  Stick colorful construction paper on it using glue. You can also stick pumpkin seeds around. Print photos and trim them into 1- ½ inch squares. Cut handmade paper in 2 inches squares for an impression of border. Now, stick photos on handmade paper. Stick them on paper towel tube using glue. Insert napkin.

Thanks for visiting and have a colorful day!!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Simply Inspiring!

Be more - Set thyself free!

Do not fear failure. Do not let negative experiences- and there are always plenty- get in your way. In your life, many things-especially the biggest heartbreaks-will only make sense as you look back, not as you are experiencing them. Many of what seem at the time to be your biggest setbacks will end up leading to your biggest opportunities, and in ways you can’t predict. So don’t let that voice of doubt-the obnoxious roommate in your head- have the last word. As Montaigne said “There are many terrible things in my life, but most of them never happened.”

Arianna Huffington
Editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group.



Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Create your own wall of fame from memorable moments - A colorful art project!

Project featured in Times-Republican!

Life seems to be running on an auto mode, from morning to night our routines are so programmed. Still a question often arises in our minds, are we doing enough? Striving for perfection at work, in relations, in life makes it even more stressful. Look around and there are like billions of ways people can explain what they think perfection is because each person has a different way to look at situations. What makes sense for us might be totally irrelevant for others but that does not make us or them any wrong or better.

Festivities are about to start, shelves are loaded with stuff and hearts with feelings. Getting together with everyone brings joy but also comes with a baggage. Nothing comes without some side effects!

Let’s make a way into this festive season being us and taking a pride in the decisions we have made and priorities we have chosen. Life will be way easier and fun if we all can play our roles being ourselves. We all are trying to climb this high ladder in life. Take a short break and look at how far we have come, get a stock of what we have gained and lost.

For the journey ahead pack a fresh bag with learning’s and beautiful memories, forget regrets and mistakes. After all who wants to carry dirty laundry to a new journey?

This month’s project is create your own wall of fame.

Take a stock of memorable and beautiful moments out of your life. Collect what you have left of it and create a beautiful collage. It brings so much joy to heart and motivation to see our achievements in life at a glance. Give yourself the credit you deserve before you set out to achieve more and get too busy to acknowledge yourself!

What you will need
• Canvas
• Pallet knife
• Pencil
• Acrylic paints and glue
• Markers
• Glitters
• Sequence
  
Draw basic design using pencil. Using pallet knife cover the canvas with base paint, add a touch of various colors. Mix acrylic paints with glue and glitter and fill the design using paint brush. Be playful with colors, add sequence and glitters. When dry, touch up using markers. The base design is ready. You can now write quotes with markers and add pictures.

Thanks for visiting and have a colorful day!


Monday, October 1, 2012

Pumpkins - super fun and creative fall art project using finger paints!

What you will need
  • Card stock
  • Finger paints
  • Crayons
  • Paint brush
  • Paper plate 
  1. Pour paint in a paper plate. 
  2. Generously dip index finger in paints and make impressions on card stock for pumpkins. 
  3. For stems, dip paint brush in green paint and dab. You can also use markers or crayons.
  4. Touch up using crayons.
Thanks for visiting and have a colorful day!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Be yourself!

Be you and then some!
For everybody else is already taken:)















Friday, September 21, 2012

Edible

Dream catcher!
My shirt is red tomato soup.
My pockets are green peas.

My blue jeans are grape popsicles.
My socks are cottage cheese.

I have vanilla ice cream shoes
with limp spaghetti bows.

I wish I could eat everything,
but then I'd have no clothes!

-Jecqueline Sweeney

For art work go to http://colormehappyworkshop.blogspot.com/2012/02/dream-catcher-my-daughters-colorful.html

Thanks for visiting and have a colorful day!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The symbolism of Ganesha!

Beautifully told by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

"Ganesha is the formless Divinity - encapsulated in a magnificent form, for the benefit of the devotee.

Gan means group. The universe is a group of atoms and different energies. This universe would be in chaos if there was no supreme law governing these diverse groups of entities.

The Lord of all these groups of atoms and energies is Ganesha. He is the supreme consciousness that pervades all and brings order in this universe.

The essence of Ganesha is brought out beautifully by Adi Shankara.

Though Ganesha is worshiped as the elephant-headed God, the form (swaroop) is just to bring out the formless (parabrahma roopa). He is, ‘Ajam Nirvikalpam Niraakaaramekam.' This means Ganesha is Ajam (unborn), he is Nirvikalpa (attributeless), he is Niraakaar (formless) and he symbolizes the consciousness which is omnipresent.

Ganesha is the same energy which is the reason for this universe. It is the energy from which everything manifests and into which everything will dissolve.

We are all familiar with the story of how Ganesha became the elephant-headed God.

Parvati became dirty when she was celebrating with Shiva. When she realized this, she removed the dirt from her body and created a boy out of it. She then asked him to keep guard while she bathed.

When Shiva returned, the boy did not recognize him and obstructed his passage. So Shiva chopped off the boy’s head and entered.

Parvati was shocked when she saw this. She explained to Shiva that the boy was their son and pleaded with Shiva to save him at all costs.

Shiva then instructed his helpers to go and get the head of someone who was sleeping with their head pointing to the north. The helpers then got the head of an elephant, which Shiva affixed to the boy’s torso and Ganesha was born!

Does this story sound strange?

Why should Parvati have dirt on her body?

Didn’t the all-knowing Shiva recognize His own son?

Was Shiva, the epitome of peace, so short-tempered that he cut off the head of his own son? And why an elephant head on Ganesha?

There is a deeper meaning to all this.

Parvati is symbolic of festive energy. Her becoming dirty signifies that celebration can easily become Rajasik, or feverish and can take you away from your center.

Dirt is symbolic of ignorance, and Shiva is symbolic of the Supreme Innocence, Peace and Knowledge.

So when Ganesha obstructs the path of Shiva, this means that ignorance, which is an attribute of the head, does not recognize knowledge. Then knowledge has to overcome ignorance. This is the symbolism behind Shiva chopping off the boy’s head.

And why the elephant head?

Elephant represents both gyan shakti and karma shakti.

The principle qualities of the elephant are wisdom and effortlessness. The enormous head of the elephant signifies Wisdom and Knowledge.

Elephants don't walk around obstacles, neither are they stopped by them. They just remove them and walk ahead – signifying effortlessness.

So, when we worship Lord Ganesha these elephant qualities within us are kindled and we take on these qualities.
Ganesha's big belly represents generosity and total acceptance. Ganesha's upraised hand, depicting protection, means, 'Fear not, I am with you', and his lowered hand, palm facing outwards means endless giving as well as an invitation to bow down, this is symbolic of the fact that we will all dissolve into earth one day.

Ganesha also has a single tusk which signifies one-pointedness. Even the implements Ganesha wields are symbolic. He carries in his hands, the ‘Ankusa’ (signifying awakening) and the ‘Paasa’ (signifying control). With awakening, a lot of energy is released, which without proper control, can go haywire.

And why does Ganesha, the elephant-headed God travel on something as small as a mouse? Isn’t that so incongruous? Again there is symbolism that runs deep.

The mouse snips and nibbles away at ropes that bind. The mouse is like the mantra which can cut through sheaths and sheaths of ignorance, leading to the ultimate knowledge represented by Ganesha!

Our ancient Rishis were so deeply intelligent that they chose to express Divinity in terms of symbols rather than words, since words change over time, but symbols remain unchanged.

Let us keep the deep symbolism in mind as we experience the omnipresent in the form of the elephant God, yet be fully aware that Ganesha is very much within us. This is the wisdom we should carry as we celebrate Ganesh Chaturti."  http://www.artofliving.org/symbolism-ganesha

Wish you all a very Happy and Prosperous Ganesh Chaturthi!

For art project go to http://www.colormehappyworkshop.blogspot.com/2010/09/project-impressions.html
Thanks for visiting and have a joyful day!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Hard and easy!

Things are hard to start with...
learning makes them easy!!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Feeling apprehensive...

We feel insecure when we make our way into something new and unknown. New feels different only till we get used to it and then our mind finds  order even in chaos.

Next time, find yourself stuck and apprehensive..just remember how long it lasted when it happened before.

Eventually, everything does fall in place!!

Thanks for visiting and have a colorful day:)

Thursday, September 6, 2012

First Day of School - Such a beautiful poetry!

In summertime the butterflies
dance around our dogwood tree.
Now summer's done and school's begun,
they're fluttering in me!

Will my teacher like me?
Will I make new friends?
Will I learn to write my name
before the school year ends?

Look! There's my teacher now-
she winks as I walk in.
And a boy with a friendly, freckled face
just flashed me a wide grin.

We learn to write alphabet-
and it's only the first day!
hey, I think those butterflies
are fluttering away!

I'll see you soon, my sunny friends
back where you belong-
dancing 'round the dogwood tree
when summer sings its song.

Maria Fleming

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

In the moment of truth

We all tend to apply too little of what we know!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Little little little by little....

We all are evolving, with each little step forward in this journey of life....

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Make book reading more fun with these follow up questions!

  • What is the title of the book?
  • Who is the author? ...Words by
  • Who is the illustrator? ...Pictures by
  • What was the book about? ...Message
  • What is the main event in the book?
  • Was there any conflict in the story? If yes, what was it, and how was it solved? How you would have solved it?
  • Who was your favorite character?
  • What was your favorite part of the book?
  • How would you have changed the story? Why?
Books are fun! Asking follow up questions can also help us understand and appreciate feelings and thought process of our little ones. Staying involved is the best way to stay informed:)

Thanks for visiting and have a colorful day!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Keep faith!!

"Life is no straight and easy corridor along
which we travel free and unhampered,
but a maze of passages,
through which we must seek our way,
lost and confused, now and again
checked in a blind alley.

But always, if we have faith,
a door will open for us,
not perhaps one that we ourselves
would ever have thought of,
but one that will ultimately
prove good for us."

A.J.Cronin

Monday, August 27, 2012

Colorful fall - fun art and craft ideas!


Featured in Times-Republican

Colorful leaves, shiny apples, bright pumpkins, twigs, berries, acorns, bark, pine cones and nuts. Not to mention I am talking about the arrival of fall. Watching the trees turn color in all shades of yellow, orange, red and gold is a spectacular experience. The colors, texture and beauty of fall is so inspiring that it provides us with a wonderful opportunity to get indulged in inner self and appreciate the impermanence of everything.

Fall with its colorful beauty also compels us to be more creative and playful with what nature has to offer.

Here is a super fun and colorful art project to make fall trees using finger paints.

All you need is

• Finger paints
• Construction paper
• Card stock
• Glue
• Pipe cleaner
• Scissors
• Art paint brush

Using scissors cut tree trunk from construction paper. Stick it on card stock. Dip index finger in paints and press on to paper for leaves impression. Touch up construction paper using paints.
For flowers - Dip pipe cleaner in paints, press it on paper for stem. Make petals using art paint brush as shown. (Dip art paint brush in paints and press it on paper).

I am also listing few fun and easy ideas that are creative and educational.

  • Collect before and after fall foliage leaves. It’s a great activity to get kids to observe, stay involved and excited.
  •  Use leaves, apples and potatoes as stamps.
  •  Glue pumpkin seeds for bookmarks and fall greetings.
  •  Paint and roll corn cobs for fun impressions.
  •  Paint acorn nuts and make faces on it using markers.
  •  Paint a love you forever pumpkin and write a sweet message all over it using darker paints or markers for friends and family.
  •  Tear construction paper in small pieces and make mosaic art. 
  •  Colorful hand, fingers, thumb and feet impressions in fall colors.
  •  Collect twigs, stick them on in shape of letters on a cardboard and make a name plate. Punch 2 holes and use jute twine to hang it. Stick leaves, acorns and barks around.
  •  Collect pine cones, Peirce a hole in the stem and hang them using jute twine.
Thanks for visiting:)  Have a colorful day!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Significance of Janmashtami!

Beautifully told by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar!

"Janamashtami celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna. Ashtami is significant as it indicates a perfect balance between the seen and the unseen aspects of reality; the visible material world and the invisible spiritual realm.

Krishna’s birth on Ashtami signifies his mastery of both the spiritual and material worlds. He is a great teacher and a spiritual inspiration as well as the consummate politician. On one hand, he is Yogeshwara (the Lord of Yogas — the state to which every yogi aspires) while on the other, he is a mischievous thief.

The unique quality of Krishna is that he is at once more pious than the saints and yet a thorough mischief-monger! His behaviour is a perfect balance of the extremes — perhaps this is why the personality of Krishna is so difficult to fathom. The avdhoot is oblivious to the world outside and a materialistic person, a politician or a king is oblivious to the spiritual world. But Krishna is both Dwarkadheesh and Yogeshwar.

Krishna’s teachings are most relevant to our times in the sense that they neither let you get lost in material pursuits nor make you completely withdrawn. They rekindle your life, from being a burnt-out and stressed personality to a more centred and dynamic one. Krishna teaches us devotion with skill. To celebrate Gokulashtami is to imbibe extremely opposite yet compatible qualities and manifest them in your own life.

Hence the most authentic way of celebrating Janamashtami is knowing that you have to play a dual role — of being a responsible human being on the planet and at the same time to realize that you are above all events, the untouched Brahman. Imbibing a bit of avadhoot and a bit of activism in your life is the real significance of celebrating Janamashtami."   http://www.artofliving.org/us-en/what-sri-sri-said-today

Jai Guru Dev!
www.artofliving.org

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Appreciate what's little but makes life soooo meaningful!

Are we taking enough time out of our day to appreciate the smaller things in life? Or are we more obsessed with big, impressive material things? It's important to remember that we can't fully appreciate the major things unless we can appreciate the minor ones, too. A stranger's smile, a little kid's gigglefit, or even just the beautiful clouds in the sky all deserve our notice. We all run the risk of taking things for granted if we don't appreciate them more consciously.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Our strength lies in small things!

Be faithful in small things because it is in them that our strength lies!

Mother Teresa




Saturday, August 4, 2012

The best thing, next best thing or worst you can do in moment of decision!

In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing and the worst thing you can do is..nothing!

Theodore Roosevelt

Friday, August 3, 2012

Back to school art project - 5 simple steps in right direction as a family!


Featured in Times-Republican

Summer vacation is almost over. Stores are so filled with back to school supplies, clothes and new decors. Not to mention … It's school time again!

A new school year is also the beginning of a period defined by mixed emotions for everyone; exciting yet crazy days full with conflicting schedules, getting homework done while keeping up with demanding extracurricular activities, and the famous pick and drop kid’s scenario. I tell you, if we mothers get paid for driving around our kids…we will be so rich!

So, it’s time to bid a not so desirable farewell to those lazy laid back mornings, that comforting cup of tea with a lavish book reading and say hello to chaotic beginning to the day, followed by super chaotic evenings.

On a positive note, life offers us a fresh start every moment and back to school with new everything around is a wonderful opportunity to talk to our kids about aspirations and small things that can make big changes in our lives. Tell them about our dreams that came true and dreams that we are still working on…times when we felt proud and times when we almost gave up on things. Stories of our success and failures can empower them and make them relate with events in their lives and apply.

I am so scared of swimming. My daughters are so fishes. They dream of swimming like Michael Phelps and make us proud. They tell me all the time, mom, its ok come and try. It’s nothing. It’s so comforting. We will teach you. I tell them it’s so easy for you and so hard for me…because it’s all in the mind.

The other day she had to do her vault and bars routine in her new gym for first time. She was so nervous. She came to me and she said it looks hard mom…and I said like swimming for me. It’s all in the mind mom, right? I am going to do this, will you learn swimming. I said yes! And she went and gave it her best. Now, bars, beams or vaults…bring it on! She rocks them all…

As for me I am going to enroll for swimming lessons.

This month’s art project is make a list of 5 things you and kids want to accomplish together in coming year, 5 simple steps in right direction as a family.

What you will need

• Chart or cardboard
• Construction paper
• Stencils (optional)
• Pencil
• Scissors
• Paints
• Sponges
• Markers
• Glue

Using pencil draw 5 shapes on construction paper. Cut them using scissors. Stick them on chart using glue. To cover the remaining area, dip the tip of sponge in paint and pat gently on the paper. You can use same sponge for all the colors. Just go from lighter to darker for beautiful overlapping effect.

Make a pizzazz artwork for the family room using inspirational words, craft supplies, stickers, sequence etc. Express your style stating your family goals.

It’s never too late for anyone to be what they could have been! Push each other, be each others strength and keep up with the good work!

Thanks for visiting and have a colorful day:)

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Raksha Bandhan - Celebrate the bond!

India celebrates the festival of Raksha Bandhan!

Here is such a beautiful and lovely quote by Smt. Bhanumathi Narasimhan.

"This full moon is dedicated to the seers -- the Rishis. It is also called the Raksha Bandhan, which means a bond that protects you. Your bondage to the knowledge, to the master, to the truth, to the Self, all save you. Today the sister ties Rakhi on the brother's hand saying, 'I will protect you and you protect me'."

Happy Raksha Bandhan everyone!

Featured is rakhi I made from reusing rakhis from previous years.

Festivals are colorful and joyful times. As we indulge in celebrations lets keep our carbon prints as less as possible. Reuse, Reduce, Recycle, Reconsider!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Have complaints!

A person who accepts the situation, acts, corrects and moves forward never complains and a person who is stuck and not ready to take any action ....will have plenty to offer...

No matter what, sooner or later we all have to accept, acknowledge and move forward. Nothing is perfect and complaining is not the perfect solution to strive for perfection. Doing is:)

If you find yourself stuck ask yourself,  "what's next"? and go for the possible alternative..

Happy solution hunting:)

A person

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Friday, July 13, 2012

It's all in the mind!!

http://www.keshavchugh.com/
If you feel you are free,
you are free...
If you feel you are bound
you are bound...




 

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Fun and easy recipe to make your own big bubbles solution!

What you will need
  • 11 cups of water
  • 4 cups of liquid dish soap that's not antibacterial
  • 1 cup corn syrup
  • A clean plastic container. Dirt or other contaminants may ruin the solution.
  • Serving spoon to mix
Combine ingredients in a clean plastic container and mix well using serving spoon. Blow bubbles using a big bubble wand:)

Thanks for visiting and have a colorful day!!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Acrylics on Canvas!

http://www.keshavchugh.com/
Life is a continuous process of teaching us to ‘let go’!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

You inspire us Dad!

You are always there for us..with questions when we think we know all the answers and with answers when we barely know the questions. Your wisdom always inspires us!

Thanks Dad for giving us a strong foundation to a good life! We love you:)

Happy Fathers Day Dad!!

Celebrate life! Thanks for visiting and have a colorful day:)