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Showing posts from November 26, 2006

Gayatri Mantra as Doorbell

I discovered the use of Gayatri Mantra as a door bell on a visit to one of my friend’s house. I was surprised about it then. Later, I found that it is being sold online. The online traders saysIt is an alternative doorbell that does not blast into your ear; on pressing the bell a sacred chant – ‘The Gayatri Mantra’ - is played once instead. Each time you have a visitor, you get the benefit of improved psychic vibrations which occur whenever a sacred chant is activated.But I feel hearing the Gayatri Mantra at odd time will be nothing short of horror. And sometimes embarrassing too!! It will not be good to hear the mantra when indulged in activities that are completely non-religious. I am not indulging into the activities that will create embarrassment. But the mere imagination can evoke some good laugh.

So is it wise to use Gayatri Mantra as Doorbell?

Parvati Khan Sings Bhajans to Prisoners

This program at the Varanasi Central Jail was part of her mission for world peace. The pop star started off the program with Ganesh Vandana and Gayatri Mantra. Popular bhajans like ‘Ae maalik tere bande hum, ‘Jot se jot jagate chalo’ were received with thunderous applause. Some prisoners accompanied here on tabla, harmonium and drums. Hindustan Times reports:Prior to the beginning of the formal programme, Parvati Khan addressed prisoners, and said: “Humanity is my religion. I have come here to share your pain and provide you some moments of happiness.”“As part of my mission for world peace, I have been extensively traveling to jails in different parts of the country. Recently, I performed amongst prisoners at Lucknow jail. I have also travelled all 12 Jyotilinghs in the country and the journey has brought tremendous change in my life,” she added.She had earlier performed at Delhi's Tihar Jail and Lucknow District Jail.

When Sonia Gandhi is advertised as a Hindu

The Hindu newspaper today carries a photograph of Sonia Gandhi being welcomed at the Tirupati temple. Numerous politicians visit the temple and most of the newspapers give little importance to it. The visit of Sonia Gandhi was ignored by most newspapers.

But somehow The Hindu did not ignore it. Why?The Hindu which claims to be the champion of secularism wanted to convey to its avid readers mostly Hindus that Sonia Gandhi is a Hindu. There is only a picture in the front page. No report about the visit. The report strangely is a very small one pushed into the far down corner of eighth page. So it is clear why the picture was published in the front page. Just to advertise that Sonia Gandhi is a Hindu. Interestingly the report has a sentenceMs. Gandhi reverentially bowed her head when they applied ‘tilak’ on her forehead.What does this sentence mean? That others don’t bow their head reverentially or to indicate that she respects Hindu values. The Hindu is also trying to send out another me…