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About the Author of the Song Vaishnav Jan to Tene Kahiye and its English Translation

Vaishnav Jan to Tene Kahiye is the starting line of the famous and highly inspiring devotional hymn written by 15th century Gujarati poet and Saint Narasinha Mehta. The song was popularized by Mahatma Gandhi and it was his favorite hymn. Gandhiji felt that the lyrics of this devotional hymn – sung at dawn and dusk in the houses in Gujarat in his days – carried the essence of Hindu philosophy. It communicated the gist of Sanatana Dharma in a language which could be easily understood by common man. This devotional hymn was translated into English by noted Indian author and columnist Mr. Khushwant Singh in a column written in the Hindustan Times.Vaishnav Jan to tene kahiye
Jay peerh paraaye janneyray
Par dukkhey upkar karey,
teeyey man abhiman na anney rayA godlike man is one,
Who feels another’s pain
Who shares another’s sorrow,
And pride does disdain.Sakal lokma Sahuney bandhey,
Ninda Na karye kainee ray
Baach kaachh, Man nischal Raakhey,
dhan-dhan jananee tainee rayWho regards himself as the l…

Universal Society of Hinduism

Few days back several online newspapers carried a report about the formation of an organization named ‘Universal Society of Hinduism’ (USH). The President of the society is the Nevada-based Hindu priest Rajan Zed, who came into limelight by delivering open prayers in various state assemblies and the Senate. The executive director of the society is Journalist Dharam Loonaa.The newspaper reports said the organization aims to provide worldwide Hindu identity, enhance understanding of Hinduism, to foster inter-religious dialogue and to promote the ethics, spirit, culture and philosophy of Hindu heritage.But the formation of the organization was not reported by any prominent newspapers. Neither was I able to locate the website of the organization. I guess the organization is in its infancy.But yesterday some of the major newspapers and television channels did report that the Universal Society of Hinduism has expressed fear that the upcoming Hollywood movie ‘The Love Guru’ may lampoon the r…

How to Prepare Sweet Karadai Dish for Savitri Nombu?

Karadai Nonbu takes its name from the unique dish ‘Kara Adai’ prepared during Savithri nombu or Karadaiyan Nombhu. The dish ‘Kara Adai’ is cooked especially during the Karadai fast. It is eaten to break the fast observed by married women. The recipe is quite simple and it is believed that Savitri prepared this dish and offered it to God as a thanksgiving for sparing her husband’s life.There are two types of Karadai preparation – sweet and savory. You can read the recipe to cook white karadai or uppu kara adai here.
IngredientsTwo cups of rice flour¼ cup of Karamani (Cowpeas)Grated Jaggery 1 cup or same about of solid jaggery (You can lessen it if you want it to be less sweet)¼ cup slit small coconut pieces or ¼ cup of grated coconut½ tsp cardamom powderPreparation of Sweet Kara AdaiRoast the rice flour – stop when it is off white to light brown color. The consistency should be like the rice powder used for drawing kolams. Once roasted properly keep the rice flour aside.Slightly roast t…

Holi Festival Dandia Sari: Special Saree Gifts to Daughters

Dandia is a special sari, or saree, gifted to daughters during the Holi festival. Dandia therefore is an important Holi gift and many Hindu parents make it a point to gift the sari during Holi. Married daughters are invited and are specifically presented with the saree. Dandias are also unique saris and they differ from the normal saris in appearance.In some places, Dandia is only gifted to newly-wed daughters. In other regions, the sari is presented to both married and unmarried daughters. In some places, along with Dandia a normal sari is also gifted. Dandia is a cotton sari with Indian pink edges. The pink color creates an uneven pattern and the sari can be described as a pink and white colored sari. The saree also contains other designs and the part covering the head has ‘kiran’ attached to it. ‘Kiran’ is the gold or silver color borders found on the sari of brides. The pallu also has ‘kiran’ attached to it.Dandia is worn by newly-weds on the day of Holi. Elderly women wear it mai…

A Poem of Sant Kabir

What is seen is not the Truth
What is cannot be said
Trust comes not without seeing
Nor understanding without words
The wise comprehends with knowledge
To the ignorant it is but a wonder
Some worship the formless God
Some worship His various forms
In what way He is beyond these attributes
Only the Knower knows
That music cannot be written
How can then be the notes
Says Kabir, awareness alone will overcome illusionSant Kabir