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Anju Bhargava in US President Obama’s Faith Based Council

Anju Bhargava, founder of Asian Indian Women of America, has been nominated as a member of the faith council that will advise the President of the United States on faith-based and other key issues, such as fatherhood and poverty. This particular office in the White House is meant primarily to support faith-based groups, including by helping them get government funding or access to legal guidance about religion-state boundaries. Anju Bhargava is noted for her insightful articles on Hinduism.Sitayanam, a Woman's Journey... of Strength, a contemporary perspective on Goddess Sita from Ramayana, is one of the articles of Anju Bhargava.Anju Bhargava is a graduate of StellaMarisCollege, Madras University, India and Rutgers University (MBA), with training at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, AmericanUniversity, Kellogg, Graduate School of Management and Dale Carnegie Institute. She has provided thought leadership in the public and private sectors. She has conducted workshops, presen…

Maha Vishuba Sankranti – Orissa New Year

Maha Vishuba Sankranti, also known as Mesha Sankranthi and Pana Sankranti, is observed as the Oriya New Year. The day marks the beginning of the New Year in the traditional Oriya Solar Calendar. The summer season also commences from this period. In 2018, the date of Maha Vishuba Sankranti is April 15.

Maha Vishuba Sankranti is noted for subdued celebrations. The highlight of the day is the preparation of sweet drink called ‘Pana,’ which is made from fruits, milk, curd etc. Cultural programs are organized in some regions including literary meetings.

People visit various temples and offer prayers and special pujas. Maha Vishuba Sankranti also marks the end of temple festivals in some regions of Orissa.

Swami Sukhabodhananda on Success and Failure

Success and failure become points of celebration rather than points of frustrations. How is it possible to celebrate success and failure? The ordinary paradigm is when one is successful there is the greed to be more successful. Thus they lose the ability to rejoice success.It is this greed to be more successful that makes one look at the other as a threat and a competitor. Where there is failure, instead of learning from the failures we whip ourselves with self-pity. One has to celebrate one’s learning and failure as an opportunity to learn. So when you are successful, celebrate your success and don’t fill that moment with greed but with joy. Plan about the actions.Planning is not a part of greed but a part of wise living. Greed is an ulcer to the soul.Do not fail to see the surprise element in the successes and failures. See the many variable that have contributed to it. Do not be dead to surprises. When you bring the quality of surprise and embrace each moment with this energy, then…