- Look before you leave on Maps
- Do not panic if you find any route blocked or in water
- Try to avoid street roads or shortcut roads. Take main roads and known roads.
- Don’t go out unless necessary
- Keep yourself updated with the situation by local newspaper, local news channels and your contacts in the city
- Order online for things that you can
- If you are stuck in somewhere, follow the herd and avoid taking any individual route. Follow the basics. Keep sanity and stick to the norms.
- If you find anywhere water is sipping or rushing fast, avoid going that side.
- Use a stick or some support, if you are walking in water. Keep high alert and keep calm.
- Keep contact of emergency numbers handy like local fire station, rescue helpline, NDRF helpline, Ambulance and Police. As well as corporation helpline.
Krishna Janmashtami is an annual Hindu festival that celebrates the birth of Krishna, the eighth avatar of Vishnu. It is observed according to the Hindu lunisolar calendar, on the eighth day of the Krishna Paksha in Shraavana or Bhadrapad, which overlaps with August or September of the Gregorian calendar.
This year – Janmashtami falls on 12-Aug-2020
The celebrations are being done on family level and most of them either celebrating with a Krishna idol in cradle or dressing their little kids as young Krishna.
Overall ambiance has uplifted due to the celebrations and it is going to increase with more festivals in line.
Krishna is considered to be the avatar of Vishnu, one of the Trinity – other two being Shiv and Brahma.
The Purpose of Birth
Krishna’s avatar was responsible for curbing the evil spread by Kansh who happens to be his maternal uncle. The birth story of Krishna involves lot of hurdles which his parents being put in prison and how he escapes it in a magical way. The Leela of Krishna starts from early childhood and continues until he plays a crucial role in the Kuruskshetra war between Pandavs and Kauravs.
Krishna has provided baseline lessons regarding every phase of life and also preached about the right way to live :
- He has shown by example of his life.
- He overcame his situations and became the master of it.
- He faced innate difficulties yet always showcased positivity.
- He was a guide in true sense.
- He was a warrior in his own life.
- He was a musician – playing beautiful music on flute.
- He was a king. He was a ruler of Dwarka. He was a good friend to Sudhama.
- He was a charmer in love and relationships.
He has so many names based on his Leelas and roles he has taken in his life. And he has left behind a blueprint for living social life. He has given his teachings in the form of Geeta – The Bhagavad Geeta – one of the finest lessons of life. It is said that all answers lie within it. One who seeks will find it.
Krishna belief has transformed India in ways that has never happened. Places like Mathura, Vrindavan and Dwarka are associated with Krishna. These places are considered to be Religious spots and are revoured deeply by the people of India.
Dwarka is considered to be one of the “Char Dham” – places of prime religious importance. The Char Dham are located in different directions of India forming a logical geographical boundary. Badrinath in the North, Jagannath Puri in the East, Rameshwaram in the South and Dwarka in the West.
The disciples of Krishna are huge and follow various interdisciplinary ideologies based in location and the era they belong to. Similar one modern belief group of Krishna – ISKCON is internationally famous and followed across countries around the world. The people who seek peace and harmony, find the answers and way through the consciousness.
The beauty of the Life of Krishna has lessons which are timeless, priceless and very much relevant in modern times. We can seek and find ways to uplift our social, personal and professional lives.
May you find the path you seek – by consciousness.
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Corona like symptoms – cough, cold, shivering, fever, sour throat, bitter taste, body pains and similar experience related to ARI. For any examination and diagnosis, contact doctor and medical expertise for relief and immediate attention.
You may follow similar diet to get relief and feel better –
- Drink lukewarm water
- Add honey and lemon juice into lukewarm water
- Drink citrus juice – Orange, Mosambi, Melon and others
- Eat fruits – Apple, Pine Apple, Pomegranate, Papaya, Kiwi and others
- Drink Kadha – made from Indian spices as a constant immunity booster and instant relief to throat and nose.
- Keep clean and dry
- Wash your hands often. Use sanitizer. Keep distance
- Read books if you like. Watch movies. Check old albums/photographs. Keep light environment and avoid heavy debated talks or discussions either over phone or directly.
- Try looking at nature – birds, animals, plants, tree and likewise.
- Create craft or paint if you like or have interest. It is a good pacifier.
Drink some liquid every 2 hours and possibly hot beverages. Avoid coffee if possible.
Take medication if any issue persist and always seek medical attention by doctor.
Keep smiling and stay positive. Stay at home and stay safe. If you or your family members have to go out, keep your mask on and follow social distancing. Avoid touching surfaces and avoid strictly avoid touching your face at any time.
Invest in good mask if you are going out frequently and keep it clean and dry at all times.
It’s Monsoon in India – so keep precautions and watch. Avoid getting drenched as much as possible. If you have to go out – use raincoat and umbrella.
Share positive thoughts and stories. Pray if you may like. And keep calm.
This year festivals are flying by like a blink of eye. One day you wait for a week to come by and then it’s already a week over. August is the month of festivals in India. Below are festivals of 2020. Though there is not much celebrations outside homes due COVID19 pandemic, within the hope and energy for people is slowly starting to rise.
1 August Bakri ID
3 August Rakshabandhan
Festival of Bond between Brother and Sisters. Analogous to modern day friendship bands. A Rakhi (band) is tied by sister on the right hand wrist of Brother, symbolising promise, power and bond. Sweets are exchanged. Brother gifts sister usually some clothing, ornaments, money or anything she may like. Even after marriage, women visit her maternal home and celebrate this festival.
11-12 August Janmashtami
Festival of fun, energy and joy. It is the festival celebrated in the memory of Shree Krishna birthday. It is believed on this day at midnight Krishna is born. People fast whole night with hymns and kirtans to welcome Krishna. During the next day, many places celebrate Duleti where they mimic the Krishna playing with his friends and breaking butter filled pots by creating a human pyramid.
15 August Independence Day
India got independent on 15 August 1947. This year the parade and all the celebration will be minimal. No schools or colleges are open yet so no celebrations at those locations. However FLAG hosting and ceremony will be done.
16 August Pateti – Parsi New Year
22 August Ganesh Chaturthi
29 August Muharram
31 August Onam
There seems to be certain level of awareness regarding the COVID19 but within the attempt to raise awareness, there has been perforation of various uncertainties, which has led to the stigma, disassociation and fear in a way. The resultant response is not very clear from the suffering, neither from the people people around. Any respiratory illness and symptoms are being noticed and looked at, probably dealt in ways that might not been.
But amidst all the noise, news, updates, rumors and intent to raise awareness, what slightly possibly is missed is the acceptance of the uncertainty of the way virus may react on the host person and it may change. Secondly any symptomatic person must get attention – professional specialized Covid-19 attention to get the best treatment or response. People who have symptoms and have been in contact with positive confirmed cases should be very vigilant and report at the earliest. Along with that people who have no contact of any form but experience any mild symptoms of ARI, should seek medical attention and isolate.
But beyond all the medical terms and protocols, people must learn to empathize and show care of every form. By helping the people around with clear steps and reducing the vibe and nervousness, things may seem to get clear view.
Each needs to be dealt differently. Half the battle is won if the person is clear in the head.
So to avoid any kind of stigma or reluctance to proceed further with Corona testing or treatment, one must be given proper information and care. Also the time to digest the symptoms.
Empathy. Care. Affection. This will result into a strong response method combined with isolation, medication and precautions.
Martha is having difficulty sleeping lately and no longer enjoys doing things with her friends. Martha lost her husband of 26 years to cancer a month ago.
Anya, age 17, doesn’t feel like eating and spends the days in her room crying. Her grandmother recently died.
Both of these individuals are experiencing grief. Grief is an emotion natural to all types of loss or significant change.
Feelings of Grief
Although grief is unique and personal, a broad range of feelings and behaviours are commonly experienced after the death of a loved one.
Sadness. This is the most common, and it is not necessarily manifested by crying.
Anger. This is one of the most confusing feelings for a survivor. There may be frustration at not being able to prevent the death, and a sense of not being able to exist without the loved one.
Guilt and Self-reproach. People may believe that they were not kind enough or caring enough to the person who died, or that the person should have seen the doctor sooner.
Anxiety. An individual may fear that she/he won’t be able to for herself/himself.
Loneliness. There are reminders throughout the day that a partner, family member or friend is gone. For example, meals are no longer prepared the same way, phone calls to share a special moment don’t happen.
Fatigue. There is an overall sense of feeling tired.
Disbelief. This occurs particularly if it was a sudden death.
Helping Others Who Are Experiencing Grief
When a friend, loved one or co-worker is experiencing grief- how can we help? It helps to understand that grief is expressed through a variety of behaviours.
Reach out to others in their grief, but understand that some may not want to accept help and will not share their grief. Others will want to talk about their thoughts and feelings or reminisce.
Be patient and let the grieving person know that you care and are there to support him or her.
This is an excerpt from CBSE 10th English Textbook.