Saturday, 5 October 2013

Foundation Laying Ceremony of First Shree Aniruddhadham

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Hari Om Friends
I have just returned from Dudhalgaon, the site of the first Shree Aniruddhadham (located on the Pune-Alandi road), after performing upasana and poojan at the site, on the most auspicious occasion of Guru Pournima, which set into motion the construction work on the project. I have got down to writing this post as I just could not wait to inform all my Shraddhavaan friends about this extremely historic event.
A total of 18 of us left Mumbai early at 7.00 am and reached the site at around 12.15 pm. We were joined by around 350-400 Shraddhavaans from 30 upasana centres from Pune district. Upon reaching there, we gathered that it had rained heavily the previous day and the entire ground was slushy and muddy. People at the site were at a loss to figure out how the foundation laying ceremony would happen today. But, by the time we reached the venue, there were barely any tell tale signs of yesterday’s heavy rains. The sun was out in full glory and the skies were a clear blue. Such is the krupa of our Sadguru.
A stage had been erected on which were placed photographs of Mothi Aai, Dattabappa and Bapu, Aai & Dada. The Mahadharmavarmans Dr.Yogindrasinh Joshi and Dr. Vishakhaveera Joshi went on stage for performing the Upasana. All Shraddhavaans present participated in the Upasana, which lasted around 45 minutes.
Thereafter, I, along with the Mahadharmavarmans descended on the floor of the pit from where the foundation was to be erected. There, using turmeric paste, I drew the skanda chinhaswastika and deep on the floor of the Foundation, from where the first pillar was to be erected, Thereafter the Mahadharmavarmans offered flowers at the same place. We also broke coconuts and sprinkled the water around. I had brought along with me Udi from Happy Home which also I sprinkled around.
Thereafter, the first trolley containing cement concrete for the Foundation was brought for emptying in the pit. The Mahadharmavarmans assisted by the workers emptied the concrete into the pit, thereby setting in motion the construction of the first Shree Aniruddhadham. This is truly a very historic day in the annals of mankind.
Temporary sheds have been constructed on the site which houses a material testing lab, a site office and staying quarters for the labour.
Bapu has said that the first ever Shree Aniruddhadham will be inaugurated on the Ramnavami of 2015.

Recipe of Wheat Concentrate (Gavhache sattva)

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In His discourse of 27th June 2013 Bapu spoke about ‘Gavhache sattva’ (Gahu=wheat. sattva=the concentrate. Gavhache sattva=the concentrate of wheat). I am sharing the recipe of this nutritious dish: 
Soak the wheat (grains) in water overnight. On the following day, drain the water and soak the wheat once again in fresh water. Repeat the same procedure on the third day too. On the fourth day drain the water and adding a little fresh water, grind the wheat (in a mixer or on the grinding stone). Now squeeze and strain the ground mixture in a vessel and cover it. 
Open the lid after six or seven hours. The thick concentrate settles down in the vessel leaving a watery fluid floating above it. Drain the fluid and store the thick concentrate in a jar or a closed container. 
Variety 1:For those who need to watch their weight:1) The wheat concentrate – 1 bowl (वाटी ) 2) Water – 4 bowls (वाटी ) 3) Asafoetida (Hing) – 1 teaspoon 4) Salt – to taste 5) Powdered cumin seeds (Jeera) – to taste   
Mix the above ingredients and cook on slow fire. Keep stirring the mixture to avoid lumps. 
Variety 2:For the underweight (or the lean):1) The wheat concentrate – 1 bowl (वाटी) 2) Ghee – 2 teaspoons 3) Milk – 1 bowl (वाटी) 4) Sugar – 2 teaspoons 5) Powdered cardamom – to taste 
Stir the ghee in the vessel. Mix in the wheat concentrate, the milk and the sugar. Cook this mixture on slow fire. Add the powdered cardamom (optional). Stir continuously until this blend begins to glisten indicating that it is cooked. Remove from fire. 
The wheat concentrate prepared in the above way contains the essential goodness of wheat and so is high in its nutritive value. It is recommended that a standard sized bowl of the preparation be eaten every day. 
(Note: The video of this recipe would be provided soon)

Digital Fortress

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Just a couple of weeks back, I finished reading an extremely interesting book titled Digital Fortress; a techno-thriller novel written by the renowned American author Dan Brown who has authored the international bestseller novel, The Da Vinci Code. I read the Marathi translation of the book which was wonderfully done by Ashok Padhye. Its great to see Mehta Publishing House making these quality novels available to Marathi readers. 
Digital Fortress transports the reader deep within one of the most powerful intelligence organizations on earth; an ultra-secret, multi-billion dollar agency whose existence is hardly known to its countrymen and the world.
The book describes in absolutely gripping detail, how this organization comes to being held hostage… not by guns or bombs, but by a software code, so ingeniously complex, that if released, it would cripple the intelligence system of its country. The book opens up before the reader a mysterious, unknown world of IT driven technologies and machines. It throws light on an altogether different aspect of Information Technology, which is particularly used in the field of intelligence. The book showcases the extent to which an individual or an organization can go to protect the national interests of his country.
With its unrelenting pace and unexpected twists and turns, particularly where the agency is scrambling to avert the biggest intelligence disaster in history, and to foil a desperate bid to destroy a creation of inconceivable genius by an impregnable code-writing formula that threatens to forever alter the balance of power, Digital Fortress is virtually ‘unputdownable’.   
It just goes to show that hi-tech advancements in technology can be a double-edged sword, which may be used for massive destruction if it falls into the wrong hands; but, if used judiciously and positively it can bring about development and betterment and also act as a deterrent against anti-national elements. India’s nuclear policy of ‘no first strike’ is a classic example of judicious use of advanced technology.
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Bapu and Sports

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Bapu, on an umpteen number of occasions in His pravachans has emphasized the importance of playing various sports and outdoor sports in particular. We all know that Bapu was a keen sportsman Himself during His younger days, particularly distinguishing himself in the outdoor sports. A couple of weeks back I was fortunate to see Bapu in ‘action’ once again, when we a few of us had gone for a week’s outing along with Bapu, Nandai and Suchitdada at a resort located not very far from Mumbai. The monsoon had just begun and the whole place was lush green. The resort had a great facility for various sports, with a huge indoor court. Bapu, Aai and Dada had a great time playing various games such as badminton, table tennis and even cricket. It was indeed a beautiful sight to behold watching Bapu and Aai playing badminton and then Bapu bowling to Aai and Aai hitting a ‘sixer’ off a ball. More than enjoying the game, playing it, we all enjoyed watching Bapu, Aai and Dada playing.
While playing a game of cricket, Bapu asked all the ‘boys’ to participate, and bowled to each one of them; and in the process completely bowled them over.  I am attaching a video clip that, I’m sure, you will not only enjoy watching but will also treasure it for the rest of your life.
Bapu preaches what he practises. Bapu has time and again stressed upon the importance of sports in our lives. Bapu himself was an expert badminton player. He also excelled in football, cricket and Indian sports like kabaddi and kho-kho. You will be surprised to know that Bapu was an excellent rugby player and is an expert swimmer too. Bapu is also an expert in Kushti (wrestling) and has even prepared akhadas for kushti contests. During our last picnic at Umergaon I also enjoyed playing pool with Bapu and Suchitdada. My thoughts go back to the time when the Gurukul in Jui Nagar was under construction. One day when Bapu had gone to Juinagar to check the progress made on the project, he called for an impromptu game of cricket with the volunteers at Juinagar. Bapu, as many of you may be knowing, is an expert in the ancient Indian martial arts. 
Bapu has always maintained that, “the family that prays together stays together and the family that plays together stays together”. To make all of us play these outdoor games Bapu has himself taken the initiative and established Aniruddha’s Institute of Bonsai Sports. This Institute is the brainchild born out of Bapu’s research.  Here Shraddhavans are taught and made to play various outdoor games within minimum available space and even with less number of players.
Bapu has always maintained that playing outdoor games develops and hones our personality, inculcates in us a sense of team spirit and prepares us both physically and mentally to face the tough challenges that might come our way.