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Day 56: Z for Zen
Zen. One word, even the way it sounds makes us feel a lot lighter. Of course, not that it just automatically makes us better, but at least the way it sounds, it brings in some kind of peace. Zen evolved in China and later moved through other nations and is now is known as Japanese Zen. It is from Buddhism. In fact, it is from the root word of 'dhyan' in Sanskrit (the mother of all languages). It is what Indian philosophy also teaches us through the concept of yoga and meditation. By yoga, I do not mean the physical exercise, but more of the yogic state of mind that helps us experience 'bliss' in 'nothingness'. In today's changing and fast-paced world, everything around us is chaotic. We can only work in peace and realize our 'self' only when we find that rhythm in the chaos. To do that, we need to appreciate different tools to reach that state of 'dhyanam' which can help our thoughts and mind.
Being 'still' even amidst the chaos Picture Courtesy: Meena Arvind (2014)
Just because I'm writing about this does not mean, I'm capable or have been successful in finding that everyday. I'm writing this post today, as a reminder to myself and all others out there about the little changes we need to make in our life to be peaceful. There are days when stress does not let me even write a decent post here, or plan my reading for work or even focus for long. It could be a physical or mental stress. We need to seek help from such techniques that will actually help us focus. Dhyan and yoga techniques surely will help reach our 'zen state'.
Wishing y'all a peaceful night and see you tomorrow with a new series of posts.
Do you guys know about Manjadikuru ? They are the little red seeds. For anyone who is from God's own country or is familiar with Kerala wouldn't have missed this. There is something special about holding them, playing with these seeds. Usually, most homes will have a small 'uruli' or a bowl filled with these beautiful and shiny red seeds. In most Krishna temples in Kerala, you will come across a small 'uruli' with Manjadikuru. People believe that it is lucky to take these seeds with both hands and just play with them when you visit a temple. Some even leave a couple of coins as they do this. In Guruvayoor (my favorite place), you can see a big 'uruli' with manjadi.
So, why and how did this become prevalent ? It goes back to a story from the past. Many years ago, there lived a poor lady in northern Kerala. She was an ardent devotee of Lord Guruvayoorappan (Krishna) and always wanted to visit Guruvayoor. She could not afford to buy any offering (nived…
Dasan and Vijayan team is one of the most popular character pair in Malayalam movie fraternity. Every Malayalee will remember the dialogues from these movies. The pair of Lal-Sreenivasan as Dasan - Vijayan just brought (and still bring) smiles and simple joy among movie goers. Between Sathyan Anthikkad and Priyadarshan, there were three movies directed using the same team for the lead pair. With the script written by Sreenivasan himself, these movies have become immortal in the history of Malayalam cinema.
Among the set of 3 movies done using the combination, the first one was 'Nadodikkattu'. The picture that depicts the dialogue is from that movie. The second and third were 'Pattanapravesham' and 'Akkare Akkare Akkare'. Even though each movie was good this one is something very special. The dialogues are so popular that I don't think any of us would 'not' use them in everyday life.
This one given below is by Vijayan (played by Sreenivasan) that s…
Today is Chingam 1 (to be read as onnu). It is the new month according to the lunisolar calendar. This month is also called as Avani and Shravana. So, why is this month special? This month marks the beginning of the festival season back home and the it is fun to have small celebrations through the months until mid- December. It is also the month of Onam (Harvest festival in Kerala).
The first festival we have this month is the 'sacred thread' changing ceremony for men/boys who wear that. This is followed by usually the birthday of little Krishna and then the elephant-head god, Ganesha. Then comes Onam followed by the beautiful month of Navaratri or Durga Pooja. So, the big set of festival season is here and here is a wish to all of you on Chingam 1. Wishing you all blessed and excellent months ahead. Have fun!