Archive for December, 2006
- Matsya – invertebrate – fish
- Kurma – testaceous or shelly – turtle
- Varaha – vertebrate – boar
- Narasimha – erectly vertebrate – man-lion
- Vamana – mannikin – dwarf
- Parasurama – barbaric
- Ramachandra – civilised
- Krishna – wise
- Buddha or Balarama – ultrawise
- Kalki – destructive
Found in the Hinduism Today RSS feed
KAUAI, HAWAII, December 24, 2006: An issue came up at the Hindu Mission of Canada in Quebec regarding the chanting of the famed Gayatri Mantra by the ordinary devotees. Some brahmins held the position that the mantra should be chanted by everyone only when a priest is leading the chant. The chairman of the mission, Dharam Pal Verman, asked Hinduism Today to research the issue.
We, in turn, asked our Delhi correspondent, Rajiv Malik, to consult with experts in India. He reported the following points:
1. The chanting of Gayatri Mantra collectively in large groups is something very common place in the temples and Arya Samajas all over India. It takes place everyday. No one ever objects to non-brahmins joining the priests and other brahmins in this chanting of the Gayatri Mantra.
2. In an earlier interview with Hinduism Today, the Shankaracharya of Puri said that mantras need to be chanted by common people in an extremely careful manner so that they do not get harmed by the high level of energy generated in the process of chanting them.
3. In consultation with Swami Pragyanand of Delhi, who is a big promoter of Gayatri Mantra, Swami said:
a. “Gayatri mantra is for everybody. Why I say this is because every mantra has a devata and in the case of Gayatri Mantra, the devata or God is the Sun God. Now the Sun God is for every creature in this world. therefore gayatri is also for everybody in this world. Gayatri is also known as mother and again mother is for everyone and therefore Gayatri is for every child of God. Anything which is created by God is for everybody, whereas if a man creates something it may be used for the benefit of some people only.
b. “In Bhagavad Gita lord Krishna said that among mantras I am myself the Gayatri Mantra. So how can anybody be deprived of chanting the Gayatri Mantra?
c. “The essence of Gayatri Mantra is that God may grant wisdom to all. Now wisdom is not a monopoly of any one person, state, religion or sect. Therefore as wisdom is for everybody, Gayatri Mantra is also for everybody.
d. “When I went to Surinam in South America for the first time, in some of the temples they did not allow chanting of Gayatri Mantra. But when I explained the meaning and essence of Gayatri Mantra to the people there, they got convinced and the things changed. Today, a few radio stations have a round-the-clock recitation of Gayatri Mantra.”
e. Asked about the point of view of the Puri Shankaracharya, Swami said that as the Shankaracharya was of orthodox views therefore he held this kind of opinion on this matter. In an earlier case, the Puri Shankaracharya objected to women chanting the Vedas. Others who wish to comment on this issue may e-mail email@example.com.
disclaimer: am a hindu by birth and donot want to argue regarding who can and not chant !
But the statement “mantras need to be chanted by common people in an extremely careful manner so that they do not get harmed by the high level of energy generated in the process of chanting them” should be considered carefully
It is similar to handling fire i.e., like letting a child near/inside fire when the child doesnot understand/realise/sense the power of fire !
What should one infer looking at ticket numbers assigned to support/feedback requests from web services ? numbers assigned to 2 tickets sent with a 1/2 hour gap..
Lots of clueless users or users with problems or passionate users ?
Have you written twice to a web service and been assigned consecutive numbers ?
Should web services use and reveal running ticket numbers or use running numbers but reveal GUIDs?
Why and Why not ?
Update on 2007 01 16 Tue : Joshua Schachter: lessons learned: autoincrement considered harmful – mm. Did Joshua read this post ?
Technorati lets users maintain favorite blogs and publishes Technorati Most Favorited Blogs
What would happen to this list if a weighted average logic would be used instead?
The result would be very interesting!
Let me order the favorite list similar to in Namaste Netizen: inspiring + people
P1 favorites blogs a, b, c, d and P2: c,d and P3: a,d – Even though d is favorited 3 times, d is the last on the 3 lists and that should mean something in ranking !
I would expect a to be on the top of the list..
Should not be difficult!
mm. What is the difference between a “feature suggestion” and an “enhancement request” ?
Update: mm. The term “weighted-average” is probably not the right term. What would be the correct name ?
Update: Maybe a variation of Google Pagerank should be used
I was quite surprised to see that technorati doesnot know blog.del.icio.us
Text: There are blogs, and then there’s whatever you just typed in. If it’s a blog, we don’t know about it. Maybe you made a typo. Or maybe it’s a blog that doesn’t exist. Maybe you don’t exist. (In which case, please ignore this.)
What about adding “maybe there is a bug!” in addition to “maybe you don’t exist.”
that will be another bug in technorati in december..
A few days ago, I published a post titled the most interesting people on earth after coming across TED
Am recommending TED to anyone who cares to listen I avoid doing this and let people become ready for websites as in “When the student is ready – the teacher appears” – But TED is different and I digress!
How are you recharging for the new year ahead ?
Am pruning the feeds on bloglines to make sure that I read the most inspiring people first
Who are your inspiring people? – tag @ del.icio.us with people and inspiring – blog home page preferred or essays etc – this is where we learn from them most often and timely
note: Am aware of the Technorati Most Linked to and Favorited Blogs. But these mostly contain information aggregated from other sources. Am looking for original material most of the time or atleast more of original material based on a current event e.g., Blake Ross on Firefox » GOOG down 1. (Tip: Trust is hard to gain, easy to lose.)
note 2: Sites like Trizoko most welcome too as long as there is original material.
mm.. maybe I should have titled the post “The most inspiring websites/blogs on earth” – But I wish to meet all these inspiring people in person one day and not their blogs/sites
trivia: 777 items have been posted to del.icio.us. The first link on Google for 777 is Boeing 777
Attn Amazon Prime
There is a bug in the “Amazon Prime” logic !
The Amazon Prime page states “Ship to any eligible address in the contiguous United States”
The shipping address is “Singapore”
So why did I see message “You qualify for a FREE trial of Amazon Prime”
Bribing Bloggers – Joel on Software : ..I’ve been thinking long and hard about this, and the only conclusion I can come to is that this is ethically indistinguishable from bribery..I’ve decided that from this point forward I’m not accepting anything, full stop. Even if my moral logic is faulty, and there’s nothing wrong with accepting gifts, I personally feel that it’s not worth the reduced credibility..
Well said !