Happy Rakshaa Bandhan 2015

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Happy Raksha Bandhan 2015

This post is to all brothers, sisters and Bhabhis. To the ancient wise men and women who created traditions of love, compassion, trust, protection to keep families together. The strong bond of love between a brother and sister is such a  beautiful tradition of the Indian culture. Happy Raksha Bandhan everyone.  This year it is saturday sept 29th, 2015 .

Happy raksha bandhan

Happy raksha bandhan

Once a year on the full moon day in the month of shraavan, it is customary to tie a small thread of a symbollic thread of protection – a bond by sister to brother. It is also customary to change the ceremonial jaanav or janoi thread on this day.

Being in the modern times and in usa, most times and festivities don’t exactly happen at the most auspicious times as it does not always fall on a week end and  as  we all know life these days revolves around week ends only. Yet we try our best to perform them to the closest times possible.

The main thing is to  remember here and to pass on to the next generation is  the true meaning behind the “Raksha bandhan” and to always be there for each other as a brother and sister. It is also important to remember that  when Bhabhi (brother’s wife) comes into the family, many families like mine also tie raksha to bhabhi along with the brothers as a symbol of expecting and exchanging protection love and caring from bhabhi as well as from bhai.  Thereby meaning bhabhi is equally as important as bhai.

When a sister is far away like india/USA/UK, we send the ceremonial symbolic raakhi  threads by mail and now even online. Thanks to the modern technology  we can now send sweets with our raakhis as well.

As I  was growing up, I saw my mother’s and my father’s side of the family,  we tie Raakhi (or raksha- meaning protection from all evil) to brothers and brother’s wives as well. Yet some families tie rakhis to brothers and sisters(each other as a symbol of protecting each other).

Follow whatever  customs / traditions your family/moms created for you but remember to pass it on to the next generation and make sure to explain to them the bond the symbolism and the true meaning behind it all. Not the token exchanged by money but the true meaning of all these traditions and cultural happenings. Enjoy everyone.  Have a wonderful weekend.

So, obviously we all love sweets so much and since it is a day to share with sweets, here is my family favorite carrot Halva I am sharing. Enjoy with your family and friends.

Gaajar Halva

Shraavan Maas Shraavan Somvaar Day 1

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I knew it was shraavan meditation time . When I was sitting out on the deck swing this morning and the rain drops started falling on me with the sky full of dark clouds, my heart just wanted to meditate and not get up. (Quiet meditation). Yes it is the first day of  The month of Shraavan has always been one of my favorites as it starts all the religious festivities of the season.

In Gujrati we call it : Shraavan naa saravdaa – શ્રાવણ નાં સરવડા  means shraavan brings light showers.

In Marathi we  have a really short and sweet poem from my childhood school days  that is embedded in my mind since and always reminded by my brother it goes like this: “Shraavan maase harsha maanasi hiravad daate chohi kade, kshanaat padti sar sar dhaaraa kshanaata firuni uuna padey.”  श्रावण मासी हर्ष मानसी हिरावाड दाते चोही कडे क्षणात…

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Shri Shiv Mahimna Stotrum श्री शिव महिम्न स्तोत्रम्

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Have a wonderful month of shravan everyone. Tryr to meditate as much as possible. Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu.

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Shri Shiv Mahimna Stotrum श्री शिव महिम्न स्तोत्रम् By Pratibha Jani
for the Auspicious month of Shraavan especially Mondays.

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How to pluck Tulsi Seeds How to Trim Jasmine By Pratibha Jani

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Summer flowers update 4 How to pluck Tulsi Seeds How to Trim Jasmine By Pratibha Jani

Tulsi prayers are on this page here 

Indian Jasmine flower is considered a very favorite of  Lord Narsingha- Here are those prayers

Tulsi and Indian Jasmine (Mogro)

Home grown tulsi from seeds

Home grown tulsi from seeds

Pretty meditative rose garden

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Pretty meditative rose garden
I wish to share this beautiful pretty rose and perinnial garden by me. Such an amazing place for a beautiful morning/evening meditation session.

Find a beautiful outdoor space bench,during the spring/summer time to relax/ meditate and look within- talk to yourself. Close your eyes. Watch your breath. Listen to the birds chirping, hear the rustle of leaves, the gentle wind blowing and the heavenly scent of the flowers blooming around you.

Remember to let me know if you are able to find a space/outdoor spot /bench this spring -summer to meditate. Early morning/before sunset works best.

rose and perinnials

rose and perinnials

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Pretty meditative rose garden

I wish to share this beautiful  pretty rose and perinnial garden by me. Such an amazing place for a beautiful morning/evening  meditation session.

Find a beautiful outdoor space bench,during the spring/summer time to relax/ meditate and look within- talk to yourself.

Close your eyes. Watch your breath. Listen to the birds chirping, hear the rustle of leaves, the gentle wind blowing and the heavenly scent of the flowers blooming around you.

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Shri Narsingh Prayers and Aarti.श्री नरसिन्ह By Pratibha Jani

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Shri Narsingh Jayanti in USA is on sat/sun may 2/3rd of 2015 this Year.

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Shri Narsingh Prayers and Aarti.श्री नरसिन्ह By Pratibha Jani

Lord Narsingh श्री नरसिन्ह is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. He is supposed to have taken this form to save his devotee Bhakta Prahlaad(a young boy) and to teach a lesson to the evil demon Hiranyakashyapu. In short The story goes to say that The Lord  took the form “Narsingh Avataar ” which means half Lion, Half man.

The demon had a boon that he would not be killed by a man, or a beast, in morning or at night, and such many other criteria  which  made him almost impossible to be killed. Due to this boon he had grown stronger and when the atrocities of this demon became unbearable the Lord took the form of half man, half lion, during the sunset time and killed the demon in mid air on his thighs,with his nails.  Thus protecting his devotee Prahlaad…

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