Mo Odisha

Odisha is a state of India, located on the east coast of India, by the Bay of Bengal.It is the modern name of ancient republican nation of Kalinga, which was invaded by the Indian Emperor Ashoka in 261 BC, that led to a turning point in the Emperor’s life when deeply saddened by the bloodshed he embraced Buddhism in search of inner peace.The modern state of Odisha was established on 1 April1936 as a province in British India, and consists, predominantly of Odia speakers. 1 April is therefore celebrated as Utkal Divas (Odisha Day).

 

Odisha is the ninth largest state by area in India,and the eleventh largest by population. Odia is the official and most widely spoken language. Odisha has a relatively unintended coastline (about 480 km long) and lacks good ports, except for the deep water facility at Paradeep. Then arrow, level coastal strip, including the Mahanadi River delta supports the bulk of the population. The interior of the state is mountainous and sparsely  populated. Deomali at 672 m is the highest point of the state.

 

Odisha is subject to intense cyclones. The most intense one, in October 1999, Tropical Cyclone 05B caused severe damage and some 10,000 deaths.Odisha is home to the Hirakud Dam, one of the longest dams in the world.

 

Odisha has several popular tourist destinations. Puri,with Lord Jagannatha’s temple near the sea (famous for Rath Yatra or the Car Festival), and Konarka, with the Sun Temple, are visited by thousands of tourists every year. The Jagannatha Temple of Puri, The Sun Temple of Konarka, The Lingaraja Temple of Bhubaneswar, and the Barabati Fort of Katakare important in the archaeological history of India.

 

We are proud to be an Oriya. I love my Odisha. Odisha s located at the eastern part of India besides the Bay of Bengal. It is full of natural heritage. Puri is one of the holiest places in Odisha which is world famous for Lord Jagannath and Rath Yatra (Car festival). Also, there is a very beautiful beach in Puri which attracts numerous tourists from across the world.Konark is another tourist place and is famous for the Sun Temple. Bhubaneshwar,the capital city is famous for Lingaraja Temple. Nandan kannan is a very big zoo located in Bhubaneshwar. Other attractions in Bhubaneshwar are Planetarium,Indira Gandhi Park, ISKCON Temple, Utkal University, Museum, Khandagiri,Udayagiri, Dhauli etc. Chilika is a very beautiful salt water lake which is a favorite picnic spot.

 

Odisha is rich with natural resources. It has Hirakud Dam which is one of the longest dams in the world. From education point of view Odisha is a forerunner in India. It is famous for its renounced Universities and colleges and for the quality education.The arts produced by the famous Sand artist of Odisha,Mr Sudarshan Pattnaik are remarkable. Cuttack is famous for Tarakashi kama(Silver works). Pipili  for Chandua.These products are high in demand inside and outside Odisha.

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ARE YOU READY FOR THE WORLD? Dealing with the opposite sex

As one grows, one begins to become aware of the opposite sex. One wants to be noticed and make friends. For its part, the media is relentless in projecting images of young people going around with someone of the opposite sex: the staple diet of films is a boy-girl relationship, while in advertisements; it seems that everything must be used to attract the opposite sex. Soap, toothpaste or talcum powder is not to be used for personal hygiene, but for the attention they may help in getting.

Can you blame a young person from getting confused? It is common to come across complaints from youngsters that they do not have a steady girlfriend or boyfriend and are considered backward by their peers. In every college, there is always a small group of Westernized students who seem to have no inhibitions or parental restriction, giving an inferiority complex to the others.

Let us pause and think whether this complex is justified and how it can be tackled. A school or colleges are preparatory stages, providing opportunities to interact with many people. If there are sixty people in your class, it is an opportunity to have sixty friends. Being part of a group is enjoyable. Why do you want to reject all those wonderful people and get limited to the friendship of just one person? Often, it would mean molding oneself to the whims and fancies of that one person. Is it advisable to give up your freedom? Needless to say, an involvement at a young stage would also mean saying goodbye to your dreams of making a professional career. A romantic involvement is never without its costs.

Moreover, intimacy with one person may also result in something more serious as a sexual relationship. Statistics show an increase of teenage pregnancies all over the country, pointing to the mess that young people are making of their lives. Are you up to handling a pregnancy during college?

The smart person, on the other hand, does not get involved. Friends of the opposite sex are all right and one enjoys their company in a group. This is a healthy relationship which will add to your confidence. At the same time, it is important to have your head firmly on your shoulders and not get carried away by peer pressure or media images. One must develop the ability to say no politely. If you do feel strongly about a person, wait till you start earning. There will be plenty of time to romance and to find out whether the feelings are mutual.

The next time you see a commercial on television where young couples are close to each other, remember it is a con-game: an entire industry of gifts and cards rests on making you fall in love. The manufacturers will no doubt succeed in selling their products, but what happens to your life is none of their business. If you want to fall in love, ask yourself the question whether you want to be conned by images designed by marketing experts. Make sure that you have evaluated all the consequences before committing yourself.

Does our children need moral education?

The present-day world appears to be running fast towards destruction. As per Indian scriptural evidence, the conditioned souls are enveloped by Lord’s illusory energy consisting of three primal qualities— Sattva, Rajah, and Tamah. ‘Tamah’ indicates tendency to commit vice or to inflict injury. In fact, tamah tendency has now engulfed the whole world and is spreading over like fire and showing it’s most monstrous destructive ugly appearance.

The sagacious persons are bewildered to find any solution of this terrible tendency of violence.

By Rajah-guna living beings are created, by Sattva-guna they are maintained and by Tama-guna they are destroyed. Living beings are non-eternal. Human beings are the best amongst all kinds of created species, because they have got the discriminating power between good and bad, eternal and non-eternal, vice and virtue. Eating, sleeping, defending and mating are equal in beasts and human beings but human beings are superior because of their discriminating power. Practically it is demonstrated now that the human beings have become the greatest enemy of their own species. They are causing unnatural deaths without considering the innocence of the killed— whether they are children or women, whom the killers have never seen and who have never done any harm to the killers. It is the greatest shame of such human beings to claim the false vanity of being the best amongst created beings.
Lord does not think much about sins of other living beings who have got no such discriminating power. They do actions out of instinct. But God has bestowed discriminating power to human beings. In spite of that if they commit heinous crimes, surely they will be punished. They will never be spared. They are lowering the status of humanity. We may commit heinous crimes by deceiving ignorant human beings, beasts and birds, but we cannot deceive Supreme Lord Who is Omniscient. Lord is residing in the heart of every individual soul.

‘Karmanye va dhikaraste ma phaleshu kadachana’ —Bhagvad Gita. As human being has got relative independence, he can do good and bad deeds by good or bad use of his relative independence. But the fruits of those deeds are controlled by Supreme Lord and not by conditioned souls of the world. Out of ignorance, conditioned souls always have the aptitude to blame others for their sufferings.

When human beings have lost the capacity to understand difference between civilisation and non-civilisation, good and bad, they have lost everything. There is one pithy saying to know the criterion to understand which is good and bad, beneficial and non-beneficial— ‘When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; and when character is lost, everything is lost.’ Now there is competition of who can become more wealthy, mutual rivalry between haves and have-nots. This wrong conception and rivalry between haves and have-nots have engulfed the whole human race and they are becoming more and more ferocious and murderous. Even some of them have got the ghastly mentality of endeavouring to invent horrible bombs to destroy all living beings. Is it the criterion to understand development of civilization? But this most heinous mentality is spreading like fire very fast, which may ultimately lead to complete destruction. The sensible persons should think now very seriously to save the situation from such devastation. The highest importance should be given now for character building of the human society. The root cause of such venom is false ego— wrong conception of self, consequently causing false interests. Those who have lost the basic knowledge of self-realisation have become completely blind and they are making others blind.

Indian saints have given knowledge of that path of self-realisation by holding discourses on authentic scriptures and by writings. Only theoretical knowledge is not sufficient, there should also be practical spiritual life. ‘Example is better than precept’. This must be started forthwith and introduced in Education system. Character building is the backbone of the nation and human civilized society. But most important is that the instructor should have practical moral and spiritual character. ‘Don’t follow me, follow my lecture’ should not be the way of teaching. Only theoretical lectures without practical life will not be actually effective.

In oxford dictionary, ‘Education’ is defined as— systematic instruction, course of this, development of character; ‘Character’ is defined as— mental or moral qualities. The word ‘secular’ is very often used in Education. As per Oxford dictionary, secular means— ‘concerned with the affairs of the world, not spiritual, not sacred’. When secular word is not sacred, what is the reason to feel hesitation in introducing basic moral and spiritual education to children and the youth? If citizens of the country have got no basic moral and spiritual qualities, how can we think about good governance of the country by the citizens without moral and spiritual backbone?

Stop using Face Book

Lecture By H.H.Bhakti Vikasa Swami Maharaj

So better to leave it to use on senior devotees, Guru’s and maharaj’s and if you have time use it for reading and distributing srila prahupada’s books.
I myself is not on face book,I decided that not to go in too much,So many people ask me ‘add me as friend’.I believe that it should be used only for preaching purpose.Because of Facebook our senses became impersonal, We are not meeting with people in real. And there is no direct contact. It creates intimacy which is created by being with people rather than digital impression of people on screen or digital sound of impression which is not actual or original.Being with actual people is less unless in modern world So,we became more mechanised.
Those who are leaving please take prasadam and then only go, Otherwise take photo of prasadam and give them on internet or facebook as photo prasadam. (laughter)
You may find many people on this facebook but personal interaction is not possible. So question is, Is it conducive for devotional service to use social network like Facebook etc? can we use it for preaching, sadhu sanga or other devotional interaction how far one should use such site on the name of preaching?
I prefer it should be used only for preaching purpose and on limited way by leading and senior devotees only. Some people they live their whole life around internet and Facebook,I mean apart from eating.So, i also use computer a lot for writing books definitely it is beneficial but don’t be internet or Facebook Junky. Don’t spend your valuable life behind Facebook. Sometime they use funny words like hiiii,,,,,,,,,,, or hello,,,,,,,,,,,and Wishing variety of words for birthday etc,It breaks Vaishnava etiquettes.
There is word like internet friends but only by Facebook how can anyone became friends of others.Friend means different exchanges priti lakshanam like Dadati Prati Gruhnati Guhyam Akhyati Guhyam Puchyati,giving something and receiving something, this is not possible with Facebook friends.Bhungte Bhojyate Chaiva this is also not possible with Facebook,Internet,Twitter or Orcut, how can you send prasadam by Facebook.All this done by personal interaction only.Not by Facebook or any other internet site. Do not use it as a substitute or do not use it for your personal interaction.
May remote people can use it for devotees association but do not live whole life behind this better to live with real people. Srila Prabhupada give us option that is farm community. Farm community means live life as Krishna personally choose to live life on land and with Cow.
Krishna is Vaikunthanath, if Krishna wish Mobile, Internet,Facebook,Twitter account he could have. Don’t think that we are more advance than Krishna. Krishna is in our heart he can hear anything even if we talk secretly with girlfriend, boyfriend or wife husband. Don’t think you two only knows,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, (Devotees laugh and Maharaj said but Krishna knowsssss,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,You can get Punished,Cruel Punishment.) Krishna prefer simple rural Agrarian life where is people are more real and natural in dealing with others.
When I see rural people in India I mark that this are the real human being but in cities they are like ghost or something.(Devotees laughed) really I mean they don’t like or look each other. You are here in city surrounded by many people but you may know very few. In rural life very normal relationship’s are there they know very few people, Help each other and live simple life that’s all. Now you can find some contamination because of TV. Facebook destroy our personal, real, natural dealing and devotional services.
My reply for question is personally I am not favourable in use of Facebook, etc,.It could be used by senior devotees and leading devotees only for preaching purpose do’t use other’s. Already life is too complex why this another complexity?For email i go sometime, I don’t like to use mobile also,Use only if you think real necessity. For my answer I got reply from my disciples and from one of them devotee narrates me the whole issue about the problem of Facebook with devotees in his resident area. Somebody comes in ISKCON and find this and he can use it for Money,Girls etc, using by some relevant name like Das, Dasi or Maharaj and they can cheat us may be Gaudiya Madh and Ritvikvadi can use it. 
According to this Devotee Facebook should be fifth regulative principle. Parent’s don’t have control on this and young people normally use more and more everyday may be two or more hours on facebook. Today’s youth think i am also using Internet, Facebook, OrKut, Twitter etc and feels proud to be modern but it is foolishness.
Years ago i said that do not use TV and don’t wonder around internet (now included with Facebook,Twitter,OrKut) if you have time better to read Srila Prabhupada Books or go for Distribute Books, Memorise verses or do something devotional. Internet and Facebook is useful but there is a lot of chance to be misuse. Facebook is next contribution of Maya.You can use it but tendency comes in mind to misuse it.
So my request and conclusion is better to leave it on Senior Devotees, Guru’s and Maharaj’s to preach by Facebook don’t use other’s. So if you have time go for Preaching, Books Distribution or read Srila Prabhupada’s Books. Facebook make you more and more shallow. So, other’s don’t use it at all
N.B. Please refer here word Facebook included with internet, orkut, twitter etc internet social site.

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