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www.exoticindia.comShiva is ‘shakti’ or power. Shiva is the destroyer, the most powerful God of the Hindu pantheon and one of the God heads in the Hindu Trinity. Shiva, known by many names – Mahadeva, Mahayogi, Pashupati, Nataraja, Bhairava, Vishwanath, Bhava, Bhole Nath. Lord Shiva is perhaps the most complex of Hindu deities. Hindus recognize this by putting his shrine in the temple separate from those of other deities.Shiva As Phallic SymbolShiva, in temples is usually found as a phallic symbol of the ‘linga’, which represents the energies necessary for life on both the microcosmic and the macrocosmic levels, that is, the world in which we live and the world which constitutes the whole of the universe. In a Shaivite temple, the ‘linga’ is placed in the center underneath the spire, where it symbolizes the naval of the earth.Story of the Shiva LingamA Different DeityThe actual image of Shiva is also distinct from other deities: his hair piled high on the top of his head, with a crescent tucked into it and the river Ganges tumbling from his hairs. Around his neck is a coiled serpent representing Kundalini or the spiritual energy within life. He holds a trident in his left hand in which is bound the ‘damroo’ (small leather drum). He sits on a tiger skin and on his right is a water pot. He wears the ‘Rudraksha’ beads and his whole body is smeared with ash.The Destructive ForceShiva is believed to be at the core of the centrifugal force of the universe, because of his responsibility for death and destruction. Unlike the Godhead Brahma, the Creator, or Vishnu, the Preserver, Shiva is the dissolving force in life. But Shiva dissolves in order to create, since death is the medium for rebirth into a new life. So the opposites of life anddeath and creation and destruction both reside in his character.The Most Fascinating of GodsShiva is also often portrayed as the supreme ascetic with a passive and composed disposition. Sometimes he is depicted riding a bull called Nandi decked in garlands. Although a very complicated deity, Shiva is one of the most fascinating of Hindu gods.The God Who’s Always HighSince Shiva is regarded as a mighty destructive power, to numb his negative potentials he is fed with opium and is also termed as ‘Bhole Shankar’, one who is oblivious of the world. Therefore, on Maha Shivratri, the night of Shiva worship, devotees, especially the menfolk, prepare an intoxicating drink called ‘Thandai’ (made from cannabis, almonds, and milk) sing songs in praise of the Lord and dance to the rhythm of the drums.(source: http://hinduism.about.com/od/lordshiva/p/shiva.htm)
(contributed by: Mohan Rao on 22.03.2012)(contributed by: Mohan Rao on 22.03.2012)
In human body heart is a strong muscle and its work is to pump the blood around the body. For this these muscles need oxygen to work. When these muscles get improper oxygen it cause a heart attack.
In past few years it had seen that young people have not been prone to heart disease.
Heart disease is a sickness, which is generally for older people. But times are truly changing and more and more young adults today are now on high risk of having heart problems and the main reason behind that is high cholesterol.
Now a day it is seen that the rate of young people with high cholesterol level, high blood pressure and on the risk of heart attack is increasing very fast. The main reason behind that is the way technology changed the way people pace their lives, there is less and less motive for a person to even stand up and walk around for work.
People are spending their time in just sitting in front of the desk 8 hours a day. The number of individuals having car has increased so you no longer have to walk or ride a bike for you have your own car where you can stay relaxed while driving home.
The same position is there at your home also as you have a very comfortable bed waiting for you. People like to spend their time in watching television rather than to have some walk. And along with all that the modern medications are focusing away from what really matters such as the protective actions of exercise and proper diet.
Lots of information buddy, so whats the solution? The solution to prevent heart diseases has hidden in our self. People just have to take a time out to focus on their health each day or even just a few days within the week. It will greatly decrease their chance of heart disease.
The main reason behind heart disease is normally caused by obesity, high blood pressure and high level of cholesterol. You just need to burn those fats, in order to turn away from those heart problem-causing agents.
(Source : http://www.healthcureguide.com/ArticleDetails.aspx?artID=40)In human body heart is a strong muscle and its work is to pump the blood around the body. For this these muscles need oxygen to work. When these muscles get improper oxygen it cause a heart attack. In past few years it had seen that young people have not been prone to heart disease. Heart disease ...
Abhi Lasha shares a great relationship with her mother-in-law. Everyday after returning from office she shares what happened in the office with her mother-in-law. Her mother-in-law too tells her what she did throughout the day. Her mother-in-law misses her badly when Abhilasha goes to visit her mother’s place. Abhilasha believes that her mom-in-law is her best friend. (Hard to digest, isn’t it?)
You are already raising your eyebrow with surprise, are you not? We tend to follow the image of the monster mother-in-law as it is depicted in the saas-bahu serials and movies. But are we aware of some truths about the mother-in-law and daughter-in-law relationship that are way too different from what we believe and experience.
Mother-in-law can be a good friend
If the words of Aristotle are to be believed that friend is a single soul dwelling in two bodies then befriending your mother-in-law can be the key to share a great relationship with her. Sharing ups and downs of your life with your mother-in-law would be a great start to boost the bonding.
To be a good daughter-in-law you should seek your mother-in-law’s advice when you face hurdles, you should listen to her distresses, you should be able to be part of her happiness and sorrows and finally you should believe that a mother-in-law can be the best pal of her daughter-in-law.
Give respect, receive respect
Respect given is respect earned. Respect should be the base of any relationship no matter if it is a relation of a husband and wife, a mother and child or a mother-in-law and daughter-in-law. To be a fantastic daughter-in-law giving respect is the important factor to enhance the relationship.
In Indian culture touching feet of the elders is considered highly respective. Apart from this, respect is all about trusting your mother-in-law, valuing her decisions and not doubting her instincts. Clashes are ought to happen in every relationship but overcoming them can be quite an achievement. Look at every doubt, issue or disagreement as a challenge and how you can work around that.
Do not be prejudiced. If you are going to visit your mother-in-law for the first time, remember that first impression is the last impression. The simple formula to nurture any relationship is putting forward your real self. ‘Be yourself’ and everything will be fine.
It is true that one should respect in-laws but one should also set some limits to their interference in your life. You should not tolerate domestic violence, harassment or physical or emotional abuse from any of your in-laws. If you are being the victim of such abuse then as a responsible citizen it is your duty to report it to the concerned person or women’s cell.
The Mother-in-law and daughter-in-law relationship is always perceived negatively. But if in-law relationships stumble, it is not necessary that it will be always a mother-in-law’s fault. Have you ever told you mother-in-law that you really adore her? Have you ever complimented her for making tasty food?
Let your mother-in-law know that her presence in your life makes the ride worthwhile. Have you ever though about buying a gift for her on mother’s day? Let your mother-in-law know that you care and feel concerned about her.
Secrets to be a good daughter-in-law
Understating daughter-in-law dos and don’ts may help you to handle in-law relationships. Where there are relationships there will be frictions. Sometimes you may not agree with another person’s point of view, in such a situation you should learn to be calm.
- Be optimistic. Do not form any preconceptions regarding your relationship with your mother-in-law.
- Be respectful towards your mother-in-law.
- Seek her advice when it is appropriate.
- Agreeing to her whims every time may not be correct or even tough for you. Nevertheless you should respect her opinion and say what you feel.
- Go out for a lunch, just the two of you or invite her for a lunch and prepare what she likes.
- Get to know the positive aspects in her
- Make her birthdays and anniversary special for her
- Buy your mother-in-law gifts on special occasions
When you marry you are going to be someone’s wife, someone’s daughter-in-law and someone’s sister-in-law. If you are not married you have the responsibility to make your fiance’s mother believe in you. What say? At one moment you will be terrified of your mother-in-law and at next moment you might be giggling hearing the mischievous stories of your spouse’s childhood from her. Give it a try, it is worth it!
(source: http://www.indiaparenting.com/relationships/article.cgi?art_id=85&sec_id=7)Abhi Lasha shares a great relationship with her mother-in-law. Everyday after returning from office she shares what happened in the office with her mother-in-law. Her mother-in-law too tells her what she did throughout the day. Her mother-in-law misses her badly when Abhilasha goes to visit her mother’s place. Abhilasha believes that her mom-in-law is her ...
Once again Italy has found itself a hero and an antihero. But then, as history has shown, ‘they are like that only’
Rome: In Gregorio Maria De Falco, the until recently unknown head of operation at the Port Authority in the Tuscan coastal city of Livorno, Italy found itself not just a national hero, but the anointed foll to Capt. Francesco Schettino, the reckless and apparently cowardly captain of the cruise ship Costa Concordia.
Easily adapting to the national propensity for dualism, Italians have got themselves a hero to play against their antihero, a champion to their villain, as Pierluigi Battista wrote in the Milan newspaper Coriere Della Serra on Thursday. Captain De Falco’s reprimand to Captain Schettino loosely translated into English as “Get back aboard! Damn it,” has already entered the national lexicon, not to mention the front of T-shirt, and (according to Italian news reports) as a cellphone ringtone.
“Italian are ashamed and understand that what’s at stake goes beyond life and death and touches on the notion of national identity that has to do with history, ethics and the way we are perceived,” said Francesco Merlo, a commentator with the Rome daily La Repubblica, in an interview.
This sense of shame has made for a hyperbolic retelling of the tale.
Though knowledge of the personalities of the two men is perfunctory at best, the Italian news media easily tagged them as distinctive Italian stereotypes: Captain Schettino as the flashy daredevil and rule breaker; Captain De Falco as the upholder of duty and respectability, who is often overlooked in a nation easily taken in by more boisterous — and usually sneaky behaviour.
The striking contract was compared by some to the equally conspicuous difference between Italy’s former prime minister, the flamboyant media mogul linked to scandal, Silvio Berlusconi, and his successor since November, the staid and virtuous churchgoing technocrat Mario Monti.
And as social commentators latched onto the sunken Costa Concordia as an obvious metaphor for the country, mired in an economic and political morass, sinking under the weight of its unwieldy public debt. Captain De Falco’s no-nonsense pragmatism came to echo that of Mr. Monti and his technocratic government. At the same time, Captain Schettino’s taped conversations reassuring that nothing was wrong on board were reminiscent of Mr. Berlusconi’s repeated avowals that Italy’s finances were sound — he pointed to full restaurants as proof — even as the country teetered toward economic ruin.
“To see someone that in a moment of difficulty maintains steady nerves is consoling because that is what we need,” said Beppe Severgnini, a columnist for Corriere Della Serra and the author of “Mamma Mai!” a new book about Mr. Berlusconi.
Indeed, in the face of the enormity of the tragedy apparently caused by Captain Schettino’s navigational misjudgment, Italy openly sought, and found, some solace in Captain De Falco’s clear-headed reaction in those chaotic moments as the ship began to sink with no obvious leadership to oversee the rescue operations.
Some commentators have drawn analogies with other ignominious episodes from Italy’s past, like the escape from Rome of the royal family and the prime minister after Sept. 8, 1943, when a new government announced Italy’s breach with her Axis partner and the signing of an armistice with the Allies — often described as a classic moment of abandoning a sinking ship.
“The notion of running away is part of our history, and nail the Italian character,” Mr. Merlo said, noting that cowardice was a theme in many great films of Italy’s neo realist tradition.
“That is our history, even when we try to modify it,” he said. And, he added, “our moment of greatness, often, have an element of the accidental hero,” as in the case of Captain De Falco.
But other warned of such simple narrative. Captain Schettino is being made “as easy scapegoat upon whom to vent our rage ” and contrasted with ” a hero with out stain to placate it,” wrote Massimo Gramellini, in the Turin daily La Stampa. He called on Italian to suspend judgment of the episodes, and objected to what he called the abuse of the term hero, which he said in Italy today seemed to be awarded to anyone who does his or her duty.
Captain Da Falco might be the first to agree. he is under order not to speak to the news media, but his reticence he is not one to seek celebrity. When he has been to reiterate that he and his team were only doing their job.
(SOURCE : Times of India dated 22.01.2012)Once again Italy has found itself a hero and an antihero. But then, as history has shown, ‘they are like that only’ Rome: In Gregorio Maria De Falco, the until recently unknown head of operation at the Port Authority in the Tuscan coastal city of Livorno, Italy found itself not just a national hero, but the ...