Thursday, March 29, 2012

RAJYA SABHA ELECTION & PRBHAT KHABAR

लोहरदगा, थाना टोली,     ०२:२५ PM      २९ मार्च २०१२
झारखण्ड में राज्य-सभा चुनाव! और 'प्रभात खबर' की मुहीम!!
वाह! 
आज कई दिनों से प्रभात खबर(अखबार)लगातार ये छपे जा रहा है कि अबकी बार राज्य सभा का चुनाव बिना किसी भ्रष्टाचार, कदाचार के संपन्न हो. नेता बिकें नहीं. 
मात्र २ सीट है और ५ उम्मीदवार मैदान में हैं. ऐसे में क्या होगा? ३ को तो निश्चित हारना होगा. क्या वो यूँ ही हार जायेंगे? क्या वो ये बात नहीं जानते या अपनी औकात नहीं पहचानते? प्रमुख राजनीतिक दलों के रुख रहस्यमय बने हुए हैं! जनता की इसमें कुछ नहीं चलने वाली. ये शक्तिशाली अति-संपन्न व्यक्तियों के जीवन का संघर्ष है, जिसके लिए वो आज तक जिंदा हैं, सिर्फ अपने-अपने स्वार्थ के लिए न की जनता और देश के लिए! जो हारेंगे उनकी भी झोली खाली नहीं रहेगी. जो जीतेंगे वो तो विजयी कहलायेंगे ही. "प्रभात खबर" चाहे अपनी बात स्याही से छापे या फिर खून से! प्रभात खबर की मुहीम जब तक जनता की मुहीम, जन-आन्दोलन, जन-जन की अपनी लड़ाई न बन जाये प्रभात खबर के सामान निष्पक्षता का सन्देश फैलाते रहना होगा.
पुनश्च:
 चौकन्ने प्रशाशन की हालिया २.१५ कड़ोड़ नगदी जब्त करना ऐसी ही निष्पक्ष मुस्तादी और कुशल प्रशाशन की सफलता है.
०२ अप्रैल २०१२
कौन कहता है की आसमान में छेद नहीं हो सकता, एक पत्थर तो ज़रा दिल से उछालो यारो!!!
.....श्री सुएंद्र मोहन पाठक के उपन्यास से.

_श्रीकांत तिवारी.

" प्रणव आ रहा है! "

What is Om? [PRANNAV]

It is the smallest mantra (मंत्र; mantraa). It is also called pranav-mantra. Probably 'pranav' (प्रणव; praNNav) means primordial (मूल; mool).
A mantra is a word or a phrase used for meditation and chanting.
A shloka (श्‍लोक; shlok) is a verse. Generally people use the words - 'mantra' and 'shloka' as synonyms!(पर्याय,समनार्थक)
Sacred ancient Indian texts like Vedas (वेद; ved), are collections of shlokas. Some of these shlokas are used as mantras.
It is a common practice to begin other mantras with 'Om'. E.g. 'Om Namah Shivaya' (ॐ नमः शिवाय; Om namah shivaaya), 'Om Shanti Shanti' (ओम शांति शांति; Om shaanti shaanti).
Jainism, Buddhism and Sikhism originated from India after Hinduism. These religions adopted lots of Hindu philosophies and practices. These religions have their own form and understanding of 'Om'. Religious minded Hindus believe that 'Om' is the ultimate, hyper or super-natural sound!
Using DevaNagari alphabet, this word can be written as 'ओम्' or 'ओम'. It is general practice in DevaNagari to drop the last 'halant' (i.e. ''). So 'ओम' is generally preferred over 'ओम्'.
Generally the spelling 'ओम' is used in literature (as noun); while the sign/symbol 'ॐ' is used for religious purposes.

The Meaning of Om or AUM

Some of us are not yet very sure of the precise meaning of the word 'Om'! It is certainly related to the God/Heaven!
Twelve verses of ved collectively called 'माण्डूक्य उपनिषद' (maandookya Upanishad) tries to explain this sacred word Om or 'AUm' (अ-उ-म्).
As per the Sanskrit/Hindi grammar ('vyaakaraNN'; व्याकरण) the vowel 'O' (ओ) is sometimes substituted for two consecutive vowels 'A' (अ) and 'U' (उ); Generaly public too prefer 'Om' instead of AUM ('AUm')!
Gayatri Mantra (गायत्री मंत्र; gaayatree maNtra) like many other vedik shlokas starts with Om. That's why I assumed that Om (ओम) means 'My Lord' or 'Oh, our God' ('हे परमेश्वर'); I may be wrong.
Some people say there is a relation between the words 'Om' and 'Amen'; others doubt it!

The Om symbol - ओंकार

An 'Om symbol' is a sign (glyph, shape) to write (scribe, represent) the 'Om' sound.
'Om symbol' is called 'Omkar' (ओम्-कार; Omkaar) or 'Onkar' (ओंकार; ONkaar). ओंकार can be written as ओँकार (ONnkaar).
As discussed earlier, the 'Om' sound can be written as 'ओम' in DevaNagari. So 'ॐ' is a kind of short cut of the word 'ओम' in DevaNagari and other Indic scripts.
People use this sign/symbol for meditation and worship.
Om symbol is drawn mostly as in the picture below i.e. as 'ॐ'.
Om Symbol
If you want a bigger picture of the 'Om symbol', click the above picture.

Is Om a religious symbol?

YES. It is main religious symbol for Hindus and Buddhists (Bauddh; बौद्ध). Sikhs have a derived form called 'एक ओंकार' ('Ek ONkaar').
In Hindi and Sanskrit,
shape = AAkaar (आकार) or AAkRIti (आकृति)
glyph = AkShar (अ‍क्षर) or AkSharaakRiti (अ‍क्षराकृति)
indicate = saNket (संकेत)
symbol = saNket + AkShar (संकेत-अक्षर)
saNket + AkShar = saNketaakShar (संकेताक्षर)
sign = chihna (चिह्न)
In Hindi 'dharma' means religion. So it is mainly a religious symbol (dhaarmik chihn; धार्मिक चिह्न).

What is ओ३म् (O3m)?

Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati (महर्षि दयानन्द सरस्वती; maharShi dayaanand sarasvatee) was founder of the 'Arya Samaj'. He used to write 'ओ३म्' instead of 'ओम'. The '३' (DevaNagari digit 3) between 'O' and 'm' is called 'ploot' (प्लूत). Dayanand used 'ploot' to emphasize long pronunciation of 'O'. Only followers of Dayanand Saraswati (members of 'Arya Samaj') write 'ओ३म्' instead of '‍ॐ'.
The syllable that is prior to a ploot is pronounced for a longer time/period (more than double). So 'ओ३म' is to be pronounced as OOOm (o..m).
O3m Symbol

Is Om the most powerful symbol?

There is no scientific study to prove that ॐ is better or more powerful than any other symbol or letter for meditation etc. No symbol can really bring good luck, wealth or power. This symbol is sometimes misused by greedy preachers/god-man. How about using this symbol for peace!

Can Om symbol help you in meditation?

If a dark circle (or a point) can help you in meditation then the Om symbol will also help.

Proper Use of Om

Someone wrote that a reverse (flipped) Om brings bad luck. Luckily most Hindus do not believe in such nonsense. If you care for sentiments of Hindus (who are mostly peace-loving), avoid drawing this symbol on footwear, near dirty places, etc. If you want to make tattoos including this symbol, please try to maintain the shape and avoid tattooing it on leg, thigh, etc.
Om using Deeyas/s
_HIS BABUJI,
SHRIKANT TIWARI