Guru Purnima 2022–The Guru- Shishya Parampara of Ancient India

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The Guru-Shishya Parampara of ancient India denotes a spiritual relationship between the teacher and the students.

In ancient India, the relationship between the Guru and Shishya was emotional and personal, and not just related to books and classrooms.

In those days, the Shishya or the student had to live at the teacher’s home, or the Gurukul.

The Gyana or the knowledge was imparted by the guru, not by the books, but by day- today activities, and by examples set by the teachers or the gurus.

The relationship between the Guru and Shishya was pure, selfless, with a feeling of commitment and submission for each other.

The Shishya, while observing his Guru closely, used to master all the skills and knowledge given by his teacher.

This required commitment from both the Guru and the Shishya.

The Shishya had a sense of gratitude and lifelong respect for the Gurus.

Guru Purnima is celebrated all over India, to honour the Gurus, to express gratitude to the Gurus.

Anyone who teaches you anything or even something, is your Guru, your parents of course, being your first Gurus.

गुरू-गोविन्द दोऊ खड़े, काके लागुं पाय,

बलिहारी गुरु आपने, गोविन्द दियो बताय।

—-संत कबीर

Happy Guru Purnima 🙏🙏

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Raisin, Cinnamon Cake: Weekend Treats

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When you want to make your loved ones smile,

Bake a cake,

When you feel relaxed, because it’s weekend,

Bake a cake,

When you are feeling a bit low,

Bake a cake,

When you have something to celebrate,

Bake a cake,

Happiness is- – – – –

Baking a cake for your loved ones.

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Monday Motivation: My Thoughts

Sunset picture through car window #Mondaymotivation, picture by ©Chitrangadasharan

Excuses make today easy,

But tomorrow hard.

Discipline makes today hard,

But tomorrow easy.

Halwa, Kheer as Prasad: Weekend Treats

Suji Halwa as Prasad, Picture by ©Chitrangadasharan
Rice Kheer as Prasad, Picture by ©Chitrangadasharan
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Anyone familiar with the Indian traditions, must be familiar with the significance of Prasad (offerings) in Puja (worshipping.)

Though there can be many food items, fruits, dry fruits etc. which we can offer in pujas, the most common Prasad is Halwa, Kheer and seasonal fruits.

Today is the auspicious day of Shri Jagannath Yatra, and therefore I thought of sharing the Prasad, which I have offered to Lord Jagannath.

Halwa, can be prepared with wheat flour, suji (semolina), Besan (black gram flour), dry fruits Halwa and many more.

Halwa is prepared with pure desi ghee and sugar or jaggery, dry nuts, and other ingredients, with devotion and purity.

Rice Kheer is prepared with rice, milk, dry nuts, cardamom, sugar or jaggery, again with devotion and purity.

After offering to the Lord, the Prasad has a unique divine taste.

My best wishes to everyone for a Blessed Rath Yatra day.

Jai Jagannath 🙏🙏

संत कबीर के दोहे

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St. Kabir Das—The famous Indian poet, saint and social reformer, whose poems, couplets, teachings are still relevant, although he composed them in 15th century.

Famously known as “Kabir ke dohe”, teaches us the important lessons of life. Sharing some of them here, on Kabir Jayanti.

Father’s Day: My Thoughts

“What we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they are not trying to teach us.”— Umberto Eco.

Happy Father’s Day!

The love of a father is often unexpressed.

Fathers usually don’t show their tears or their fears.

But, the invisible protection, which his presence provides us, remains the pillar of strength throughout our lives.

Remembering my father not only on this Father’s Day, but everyday.

Yes, I miss him every moment, and feel his presence and blessings always upon me.

My Father— A Memoir

Some quotes to express my feelings on ‘Father’s day.’


1. There is no teacher equal to mother and there’s nothing more contagious than the dignity of a father. — Amit Ray

2. Confident women are raised by loving dads. —-Nitya Prakash

3. Dads are most ordinary men turned by love into heroes, adventurers, storytellers, and singers of song.—-Pam Brown

4. I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection. —Sigmund Freud.

5. To the world, you are a dad. But to our family, you are the world. —Unknown

6. It is a wise father that knows his own child.—William Shakespeare

7. The heart of a father is the masterpiece of nature. —Antoine Francois Prevost.

8. A girl’s first true love is her father. —Marisol Santiago

9. The greatest mark of a father is how he treats his children, when no one is looking. —Dan Pearce.

10. To be the father of a nation is a great honour, but to be the father of a family is a greater joy. — Nelson Mandela.

11. My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person: He believed in me. —- Jim Valvano

Birthdays Make You Feel Special

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Birthdays are special days, and we make sure that the birthday person feels happy and special. Spending time with family and friends, with good food, gifts, birthday wishes, music, dance and what not!

Then there are various social media platforms, such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, WhatsApp and others, which are flooded with birthday wishes.

Then there are phone calls, video calls and other advanced technologies to make you feel special and happy for your special day.

All this sounds so good, and the birthdays are really special nowadays.

However, when I was younger, and there was no social media, birthdays were celebrated by visiting the temples, receiving blessings from the elders of the family, new clothes, having sweets or some delicious homemade food and all that.

Those were days of joint family system and there were so many people within the family, that there was no need to go outside or invite others.

It was always a celebration time.

After my marriage, my father, mother, grandfather always sent me letters (handwritten, of course) on the occasion of my birthdays.

Those letters are my precious possessions, even now.

Rice kheer and sweets were a must for prasad on birthdays, but cakes were optional.

Well, now I prepare all the delicacies— the auspicious and traditional kheer, Laddoos, and of course cakes, because it’s always good to carry on and combine the traditions with modernity.

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The elders