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Guru - Igniting the light of knowledge July 31, 2015 14:04

The full moon day in the month of Ashadha (June-July) is celebrated as Guru Poornima. The day is to honor the ancient lineage of enlightened beings who have graced the world with their presence, imparting the knowledge of the “Self.” The word “Guru” in Sanskrit is translated as “dispeller of darkness.” The Guru dispels the darkness of ignorance and leads the seekers on to the path of enlightenment. Guru is one who removes the darkness of our ignorance. Guru Poornima is the day in which the first guru was born.Gurus are often equated with God and always regarded as a link between the individual and the Immortal. Just as the moon shines by reflecting the light of the sun and glorifies it, all disciples can dazzle like the moon by gaining the light of knowledge from their Gurus.Guru gives height of awareness and makes you alive. Guru gives intelligence, an awakened intelligence. In Gurupunima you remember all gurus of the past. Assess what  lessons you have learned and how you are growing in knowledge. It’s reviewing yourself in knowledge. Mother gives the first birth to a child. Second birth is through the teacher. Teacher delivers you the knowledge and skill. Who is a ‘Guru’? The Brahmanda Puran says: - "Guru is Shiva sans his three eyes, Vishnu sans his four arms, Brahma sans his four heads. He is parama Shiva himself in human form" How to worship Guru? Gurur-Brahmaa Gurur-Vissnnur-Gururdevo Maheshvarah |Guru-sakshat Param Brahma Tasmai Shrii-Gurave Namah ||1|| Meaning of words: Gurur-Brahmaa: The Guru is Lord BrahmaGurur-Vishnnur-Gurur-Devo: The Guru is Vishnu, The Guru Deva isMaheshvarah: Maheswara [Shiva]Guru- sakshat: The Guru is VerilyParam: SupremeBrahma: Brahman, the Absolute ConsciousnessTasmai: To HimShrii-Gurave: To Sri GuruNamah: Salutations, Obeisance Meaning of the verse The Guru is Brahma, the Guru is Vishnu, the Guru Deva is Maheswara (Shiva), the Guru is Verily the Para-Brahman (Supreme Brahman), Salutations to that Guru.The festival of Guru Poornima is traditionally celebrated by Hindus, Jains and Buddhists and pay their respects to their teachers and express their gratitude. This festival has a great importance for Indian academics and scholars. Indian academics celebrate this day by thanking their teachers as well as remembering past teachers and scholars.Hindus celebrate the day in honor of the great sage Vyasa, who is seen as one of the greatest gurus in ancient Hindu traditions and a symbol of the Guru-shishya tradition. Vyasa was believed to have started writing the Brahma Sutras on ashadha sudha padyami.Guru Poornima is one of the most important festivals celebrated in the nation. People celebrated it irrespective of caste or creed because in this country, the most important thing was not wealth or money but ‘Knowledge’. Knowledge or knowing is considered pious with the highest value. A teacher or guru is considered as the highest entity in the society, because knowledge is more important than everything.Guru is a spiritual teacher leading the disciple on the path of "god-realization". The Vishnu Smriti and Manu Smriti regards the Acharya or Guru (teacher), along with the mother and the father as the most venerable gurus of an individual. “Matha, Pitha, Guru, Daivam” means First Mother, then Father, then Guru and then God is to be worshipped for the prosperity and success in life. According to Deval Smriti there can be eleven kinds of gurus and according to Nama Chintamani ten. According to his functions he is categorized as rishi, acharya, upadhya, kulapati or mantravetta.Mundak Upanishad says to realize the supreme godhead, holding samidha grass in his hands one should surrender himself before the guru who knows the secrets of Vedas. Kathopanishad speaks regarding the guru as the preceptor, who alone can guide the disciple on the spiritual path.Apart from spiritual works Guru’s sphere of instruction includes the subjects like Dhanurvidya (archery), Arthashastra (economics) and even Natyashastra (dramatics) and Kamashastra (sexology). All pervading intellect of the ancient Acharyas had perpetuated even shastra like thievery. Shudraka's celebrated play Mricchakatikam tells the story of Acharya Kanakashakti who formulated the Chaurya Shastra or the science of thievery, which was further developed by the gurus like Brahmanyadeva, Devavrata and Bhaskarnandin.The great urban universities at Takshashila, Vikramashila and Nalanda has been essentially evolved from tiny gurukulas tucked away in deep woods. Chinese travellers who visited Nalanda at that time, records that there were more than 1,500 teachers teaching various subjects to more than 10,000 students and monks.There are many popular legends regarding Guru – Sishya relationships. The most popular legend is that of the amazing young tribal boy Ekalavya on being rejected by the ace trainer Dronacharya, raised the statue of Dronacharya whom he considered as his guru and with great dedication practiced the art of archery and left behind Arjuna, the master archer, who actually learnt the art under the living guru. In the Chandogya Upanishad, there is an aspiring disciple Satyakama, who refuses to tell lies about his caste in order to get an admission in the Gurukula of Acharya Haridrumat Gautam. In the Mahabharata we come across Karna, who did not bat an eyelid while telling Parashurama that he belonged to the Bhrigu Brahmin caste just to obtain the Brahmastra, the supreme weapon.For centuries, the institution of the guru has evolved various basic tenets of Indian culture and transmitted spiritual and fundamental knowledge. Gurus formed the axis of the ancient educational system and ancient society and enriched with various fields of learning and culture by their creative thinking. There lies the lasting significance of the gurus and their contribution towards the upliftment of mankind.If one looks into his inner consciousness, it can be found that life is also a guru. From the time of birth, to till date we have learned many things while living. Life has taught us many things knowingly or unknowingly. Hence, it is much required to consider life as a guru and pay obeisance to our life for whatever good and bad has happened in the life. The difficulties and bad have given us the courage and knowledge to move forward in our lives.Guru Purnima is the day you reflect on your life and honor the wisdom that life has offered. When you see how wisdom has transformed your life, you feel grateful for all that has come your way. Wisdom is there in each and every one of us, but we must throw light on our life, because when we throw light on our life, wisdom dawns.Guru purnima is the day to feel grateful for the great knowledge you have received from your master. It is time to review how much knowledge you could ingrain in your life. This may bring a realization for scope of improvement which will bring humility in you. You have to be grateful for the way this knowledge has transformed you. If you cannot see any change, then you haven’t had a good look into yourself. Gratitude and humility together blossom a genuine prayer inside you! Guru is a tatva - an element, a quality inside you. It is not limited to a body or a form.Life is an ocean of love. Flow the lamp of knowledge in it. The ego that comes out of truth and knowledge is dangerous. Sense of righteousness makes you hard.By Premji

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Yakub’s emotional side in the last few minutes July 31, 2015 12:41

Apart from the judicial procedures, there are a few emotional procedures held before Yakub was hanged.Just before the night of his hanging, Yakub was given chicken leg and some rotis for his dinner and Yakub had it unwillingly. After eating those, he asked the police that, at what time, he will be woken up the next day.The sources say that, “he was woken up around 5 am. After having a bath, Yakub had some tea and was given the Quran to read. After that, he was taken to the medical examination. Knowing that his health condition was good, the officials asked about his last wish if any. Yakub Memon's last wish Yakub Memon then said that, he wishes to speak with his daughter Zubeida. The officials allowed him to speak with Zubeida from Nagpur prison’s official landline. However, the conversation he made with his daughter is kept private.  After that, Nagpur city’s metropolitan magistrate, Judge M.M. Deshpande, and deputy collector Girish Joshi had reached the prison. Deshpande read out the legal citation, where the charges against Yakub and the reason for his hanging, were spelt out. Yakub Memon kept silent for that question Yakub was then asked whether he concurs with the judgment or not. But Yakub remained silent, leaving the situations to his fate. He was then taken to the gallows at 6.55 am. The noose was put around Yakub’s neck, his hands bound behind his back, legs tied. Then at a signal to the hangman, the lever was pulled. Yakub Memon's body postmortem after proper confirmation Reacting to the issue, a police official said, “We kept the body undisturbed for 10 minutes, before taking it down. After the medical superintendent pronouncing Yakub to be dead, a post-mortem examination was then conducted, where strangulation and injury to the spinal cord at the neck, was ascertained as the cause of death.” Yakub Memon relatives reached the prison after Yakub was hanged. Yakub’s brother, Suleiman, and cousin Usman reached the prison at around 8.15 am. Yakub’s body was then transported to Nagpur airport in an ambulance. The body was taken through the cargo terminal and put on Indigo Airlines flight to Mumbai, which took its start at 10.30 am. Yakub Memon’s fate might be this way, if he did not choose this path At an age of 53, Yakub might have happily spent with his family, seeing his daughter married and playing with the grandchildren and loving his wife, if he thought for a second before attacking and killing the people.  “No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.” - Gautham BuddhaBy Phani

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This is mega hero ‘Thikka’ July 31, 2015 11:46

Sai Dharam Tej, who is an ardent follower of Pawan Kalyan, seemed to follow Power star, right from the beginning of his career, like giving a tribute to Pawan, through songs, taking out his topic in the scenes of his film etc.This time, Sai took a step forward to express his love on his uncle, by adopting a famous word in Pawan’s dialogue called “Naakkochem Thikkundi, kani daniko lekkundi.” As expected the word is ‘Thikka.’Sai Dharam Tej new film is launched today with the title ‘Thikka’. It will be directed by Sunil Reddy, who earlier directed 'Om 3d' with Kalyan Ram in the lead, and also the producer of the flick. Though the film did not work out well, it is appreciable that, Sai is working with Sunil, believing in his directional skills. Clash of opinions about Sai new film Thikka director. But the mega fans are giving different opinions on the project, as though the title is strong, the director might not live up to the expectations. However, it is the subject that made ‘Om 3d’ film to drop down, but not because of Sunil’s direction. As of now, Sai is working for ‘Subramanyam for Sale’ movie, under Gabbar Singh fame Harish Shankar direction. The film was launched in the past and is awaiting its release now. Subramanyam for Sale audio release will be made on Chiranjeevi’s birthday as a tribute to his other uncle. After a class title like Subramanyam for Sale, it seems, Sai is aiming to be a full fledged action hero, and that might be the reason behind opting a perfect mass title. Hope the saga of Mega heroes entertaining mass public, will continue through Sai Dharam Tej too. By Phani

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Shocking result after 1 hour of consuming Coke July 31, 2015 09:54

Have you ever imagined that a can of coca cola can bring very drastic changes in your body, that too in just one hour of consuming it. Also read: Shame on Indian media!Eager to know what it does? Here’s the video.      By Phani

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Rishiteshwari case: Ganta warns the culprits July 31, 2015 09:29

Andhra Pradesh Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao reacted on Rishiteshwari case and strictly warned all the culprits.Finally, one leader came out of Andhra Pradesh government to react strongly on Rishiteshwari death issue. Speaking to the media, Ganta said that, “the Universities has become the centers for all types of irregularities. There is no scope of entertaining any such incidents on the girl students in the state.”“A serious action will be taken on all the culprits involved in Rishiteshwari death, no scope of sparing any person involved in the case, however big they are,” Ghanta warned. Inquiry on Rishiteshwari case is going on The inquiry on Rishiteshwari case is currently going on in the university itself. A four member committee was formed regarding this. The university students are sent to home, declaring the holidays. So this is seriously objected by the student unions and even the parents of Rishiteshwari.“The inquiry will be useless when students are not present in the college premises. More details can be found from the students,” the student unions and Rishiteshwari parents argued. So regarding this, Rishiteshwari parents demanded that, the inquiry should continue for five more days, after the return of the students from the holidays. The Principal should rejoin - Rishiteshwari parents demand It is known that, Principal Babu Rao was suspended from his duties. But now, Rishiteshwari parents strongly demand that, the principal should rejoin in the job and only then, proper details relating to the case, can be found out.  Various Unanswered questions in Rishiteshwari case; Logic-less silence of the media On the other hand, it seems, the inquiry that officials are carrying out currently, is just a namesake one. There is no logic behind why most of the leaders are silent, including Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, on Rishiteshwari death issue. Except one or two channels, no media is able to hype the case. All these incidents are paving the way for buzz in common public that, a proper judgment in Rishiteshwari case might remain as a question forever. By Phani

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Ways to repair damaged hair after colouring? July 30, 2015 18:52

Most of us like to dye our hair for different occasions. It looks trendy and beautiful but it may eventually take a toll on the quality of hair. Here are some simple tips for damage control. Reduce shampooing: The hair produces oils naturally. It helps in nourishing the hair. So be sure to not shampoo it more than twice a week as the chemicals in the shampoos may make your hair dry. Avoid hair dryers: After showering, your hair dries almost instantly. Avoid using of hair dryers as it may break your hair. If you have to use a heating device, make sure it's on low settings. Apply a hair mask: There are a variety of 'hair masks' that you can make with eggs, milk, honey or bananas to improve the quality of your hair. Condition your hair: After you wash your hair with shampoo, apply conditioner to it and wear a shower cap. Leave the conditioner on for 30 minutes and then wash with cold water. Choose an appropriate comb: Use a wide-toothed comb and only brush your hair once it is completely dry. If you untangle it while it is wet, you may risk breakage.By Lizitha

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Coffee consumption linked to Alzheimer’s disease, says study July 30, 2015 18:22

Coffee has many health benefits. But increase consumption overtime may increase risk of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) early symptoms of Alzheimer's disease (AD) and dementia, says new research. These findings were published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease.The researchers from University of Bari Aldo Moro, Bari, Italy examined 1,445 individuals recruited from 5,632 subjects, aged 65-84 year old, from the Italian Longitudinal Study on Ageing (ILSA), a population-based sample from eight Italian municipalities. The study found that cognitively normal older individuals who modified their habits by increasing with time their amount of coffee consumption ( more than a cup of coffee per day) had about two times higher rate of MCI compared to those with reduced habits (less than a cup of coffee per day). They also had about one and a half time higher rate of MCI in comparison with those with constant habits (neither more nor less than one cup of coffee per day).The researchers also showed that both rare and higher consumption of coffee (more than 2 cups per day) were associated with higher risk of the incidence of MCI. By Lizitha

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Rani Mukherjee on Vogue - back with a bang July 30, 2015 18:11

Rani Mukherjee is one of the all time Bollywood beauties, who carry a huge fan following among the fans.After Mardaani, she did not give an opportunity for her fans to watch her on screen again. But the gap she took is definitely to give a grape vine and here is it.Also read: Sonakshi Sinha hottest everThe queen of tinsel town was spotted on the cover page of Vogue magazine. It seems, Rani had pulled out a lot of flesh recently, and her effort can be felt on the image above. She is utmost sensuous and in fact earned more glow than never before in the past.  Her floral printed Dolce & Gabbana dress is revealing the other side of Rani, which Bollywood missed the opportunity to show all these years. A very subtle makeup and dark toned lip, are the added features to the real beauty. Also read: Cover page talk : Malaika AroraIn spite of decades of her career in Bollywood, Rani is still managing to rule the hearts of many. Needless to say, she was declared as the queen of Tinseltown, by standing in number one position. After Mardaani, Rani did not sign any other new film, as she was busy in her family life. But her fans are still stressing her to do films. So at least for them, it would be better if the queen compromises and sign a film soon.By the way, the vogue magazine on which Rani will occupy the cover page, will be available in August month, So get ready to grab a copy.    By Phani

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Huge Ocean may be hidden underneath, Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography research says July 30, 2015 17:54

According to a breakthrough discovery by Chinese scientists, there could be an “ocean” hidden under one of the driest areas on the earth. The amount of salt water found beneath the Tarim basin in northwestern Xinjiang province might be equivalent to 10 times the water in all five Great Lakes in the North America.“This is a terrifying amount of water,” said professor Li Yan, who led the study at the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography in Urumqi, the Xinjiang capital. “Never before have people dared to imagine so much water under the sand. Our definition of desert may have to change,” he said.Around 10 years ago during the course of research, Li’s team found that large amounts of carbondioxide are disappearing in Tarim, with no explanation over where it could be going.Scientists had suspected that the melt water from high mountains nearby might had sipped beneath the basin, but the exact amount of water reserves available remains unknown. Exact estimates on this are difficult, because surface water in the region, such as seasonal rivers and lakes appear at random times in inconsistent locations, making direct measurements impossible.Li’s team stumbled on the discovery accidently. “We were after carbon, not water,” he said. Greenhouse gas carbondioxide can be absorbed in the certain regions known as "carbon sinks", such as forests and oceans. Locating these sinks will help the scientists to better understand climate change.They have found that under the Tarim desert, over a depth stretching thousands of metres, there is an enormous amount of saline water full of carbon dioxide. “Our estimate is a conservative figure. The actual amount could be larger,” Li said.“CCS [carbon capture and storage] is a 21st century idea, but our ancestors may have been doing it unconsciously for thousands of years," he said. Li emphasised that the "ocean" under Tarim would not be much immediate use of Xinjiang's economic development. “It’s like a can of coke. If it is opened all the greenhouse gas will escape into the atmosphere,” he said.By Premji

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Ultra violet light kills pathogens in fruits, finds study July 30, 2015 17:27

Simple and inexpensive Ultraviolet rays can kill food borne pathogens on the surface of fruits, according to a study performed by Washington State University food safety specialists. "UVC radiation is present in sunlight. It has germicidal properties and can be effective against bacteria, mould and viruses. However, it is completely absorbed by the ozone layer and earth's atmosphere," said Shyam Sablani, lead researcher and food safety specialist.After learning from organic farmers and food processors about a lack of sanitising options, Sablani and his colleagues decided to looked into alternatives and decided to explore Ultraviolet C (UVC) light. They found that UVC light, which cannot penetrate opaque, solid objects, can be effective in sanitizing surfaces. Sablani and his colleagues exposed apples, pears, strawberries, raspberries and cantaloupe to different doses of UVC to determine how effective the pathogen-killing light was against a mix of strains of E coli and listeria.They found that the light can inactivate up to 99.9 per cent of pathogens on apples and pears. However, listeria was more UVC resistant than E coli. The study was published in the International Journal of Food Microbiology.By Lizitha

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