Living History – Kanishka’s relic “Dev Uthan” in Hindus


देव उठान का त्यौहार गुर्जर और जाटो में विशेष
रूप से मनाया जाता हैं|

यू तो हिंदू शास्त्रों के अनुसार हिन्दुओ द्वारा यह त्यौहार विष्णु भगवान के योग निद्रा से जागने के उपलक्ष्य में मनाया जाता हैं परन्तु इस अवसर पर गुर्जर परिवारों में गाये जाने वाला मंगल गीत अपने पूर्वजो को संबोधित जान पड़ता हैं|

गुर्जर अपने पूर्वजों को देव कहते हैं और उनकी पूजा भी करते हैं|
यह परम्परा इन्हें अपने पूर्वज सम्राट कनिष्क कुषाण/ कसाना (78-101 ई.) से विरासत में मिली हैं| कुषाण अपने को देवपुत्र कहते थे|

कनिष्क ने अपने पूर्वजो के मंदिर बनवाकर उसमे उनकी मूर्तिया भी लगवाई थी| इन मंदिरों को देवकुल कहा जाता था| एक देवकुल के भग्नावेश मथुरा में भी मिले हैं|

गूजरों और जाटो के घरों और खेतों में आज भी छोटे-छोटे मंदिर होते हैं जिनमे पूर्वजो का वास
माना जाता हैं और इन्हें देवता कहा जाता हैं, अन्य
हिंदू अपने पूर्वजों को पितृ कहते हैं|

घर के वो पुरुष पूर्वज जो अविवाहित या बिना पुत्र के मर जाते हैं, उन देवो को अधिक पूजा जाता हैं| भारत में मान्यता हैं कि यदि पितृ/देवता रूठ जाये तो पुत्र प्राप्ति नहीं होती| पुत्र प्राप्ति के लिए घर के देवताओ को मनाया जाता हैं|

देव उठान पूजन के अवसर पर गए जाने वाली मंगल गीत में जाहर (भगवान जाहर वीर गोगा जी) और नारायण का भी जिक्र हैं, परन्तु यह स्पष्ट नहीं हैं कि गीत में वर्णित नारायण भगवान विष्णु हैं या फिर राजस्थान में गुर्जरों के लोक देवता भगवान देव नारायण या कोई अन्य|

लेकिन इस मंगल गीत में परिवार में पुत्रो की महत्ता को दर्शाया गया हैं और देवताओ से
उनकी प्राप्ति की कामना की गयी हैं|

पूजा के लिए बनाये गए देवताओं के चित्र के सामने पुरुष सदस्यों के पैरों के निशान बना कर उनके उपस्थिति चिन्हित की जाती हैं| इस चित्र में एक नहीं कई देवता दिखलाई पड़ते हैं, अतः गुर्जरों के लिए यह सिर्फ किसी एक देवता को नहीं बल्कि अनेक पूर्वजो को पूजने और जगाने का त्यौहार हैं|

गीत के अंत में जयकारा भी कुल-गोत्र के देवताओ के नाम का लगाया जाता हैं, जैसे-

जागो रे ………..के देव या जागो रे …….के देव,

किसी नाम विशेष के देवता का नहीं|

यह भी संभव हैं की भारत में प्रचलित देव उठान का त्यौहार गुर्जरों की जनजातीय परंपरा के सार्वभौमिकरण का परिणाम हो| कम से कम गुर्जरों में यह शास्त्रीय हिंदू परंपरा और गुर्जरों की अपनी जनजातीय परंपरा का सम्मिश्रण तो हैं ही|

आपके अवलोकनार्थ प्रस्तुत हैं देव उठान मंगल गीत-
देव उठान गीत:
उठो देव बैठो देव

देव उठेंगे कार्तिक में…..कार्तिक में…… कार्तिक में

सोये हैं आषाढ़ में

नई टोकरी नई कपास

जा रे मूसे जाहर जा…..जाहर जा…..जाहर जा

जाहर जाके डाभ कटा डाभ कटा कै खाट बुना…..

खाट बुना……..खाट बुना

खाट बुना कै दामन दो

दामन दीजो गोरी गाय

गोरी गाय……कपिला गाय

जाके पुण्य सदा फल होय

गलगलिया के पेरे पाँव पेरे पाँव……पिरोथे पाँव

राज़ करे ………की माँ….. .. की माँ
राज करे ……की माँ…… की माँ

राज करे मिहिर की माँ

औरें धौरे धरे मंजीरा ये रे माया तेरे बीरा

ये रे……तेरे बीरा ये रे….. तेरे बीरा

औरें धौरे धरे चपेटा ये हैं ……तेरे बेटा

औरें कौरें धरे चपेटा यह हैं …..तेरे बेटा

औरें कौरें धरे चपेटा यह हैं …… तेरे बेटा

नारायण बैठा ओटा नो मन लीक लंगोटा

जितने जंगल हीसा-रौडे उतने या घर बर्द-किरोडे

जितने अम्बर तारैयां उतनी या घर गावानियां

जितने जंगल झाऊ-झूड उतने या घर जन्में पूत

जागो………..रे………के देव……..

How Native Americans were destroyed and Kumbh Melaa


Do you find any link between these subjects?

India as a nation; Indian people as a cultural group of humanity; story of the extinction of the Native American people as a nation; Kumbh Melaa to be held in India;  Indian culture-basing LitFests in vouge now-a-days ……

If you cannot find any link between these dissimilar subjects,  then we invite you to read the following and the material at the connected links there.

First read this:

http://swarajyamag.com/culture/why-the-kumbh-mela-is-at-risk/

Then read the following:

http://firstpeoplesvoices.com/cultural.htm

Now read this:

http://www.newsgram.com/dismantling-hinduism-is-kumbh-mela-next-in-line/#comment-89579

Also read:

In 2013 I was watching kumba mela covered by National Geography, In fact when they announced that they will be making a documentary I was curious what they will cover, since most of the programs aired through NG is of high quality I was expecting something different,it was for about 1 hour, initial 15 mts it was good, later they started showing their true colour, their focus was mainly on Naaga Sadhus ,Aghori,the way they dress ,and their eating habits, and they caught hold off one young Aghori, and asked him to demonstrate his power, innocently he demonstrated his power,it was something related to hanging a big stones to private part  and swinging  the stones for several minutes,then some stupid discussion about it.After going through the write up by Rajiv now I am able to correlate what he is saying and what I saw.

Dr Arathi V B

Genome-wide analysis correlates with Ayurveda ‘Prakriti’


By : B. Santanu

“Genome-wide analysis correlates Ayurveda Prakriti” – Excerpt

Excerpts from a fascinating study published recently in Nature, “Genome-wide analysis correlates Ayurveda Prakriti“, 29th Oct ’15:

The practice of Ayurveda, the traditional medicine of India, is based on the concept of three major constitutional types (Vata, Pitta and Kapha) defined as “Prakriti”. To the best of our knowledge, no study has convincingly correlated genomic variations with the classification of Prakriti.….we found that PGM1 correlates with phenotype of Pitta as described in the ancient text of Caraka Samhita, suggesting that the phenotypic classification of India’s traditional medicine has a genetic basis; and its Prakriti-based practice in vogue for many centuries resonates with personalized medicine.

Introduction

Among the traditional systems of medicine practiced all over the world, Ayurveda of India has a documented history dating back to 1500 BCE1,2.

 

…The basic concepts of Ayurveda are; 1. five elements – panchabhuta – which constitute the physical universe including the human body and; 2. three doshas (Vata, Pitta and Kapha) or constitutional types of every human. These doshas refer broadly to the functions of motion, digestion and cumulation. Though all three doshas exist in every human being one is dominant based on which an individual’s Prakriti is determined. Prakritis are discreet phenotypes and they are determined on the basis of physical, psychological, physiological and behavioural traits, and independent of social, ethnic and geographical variables1,3,4. The etymology of these Sanskrit terms suggests that Vata originates from movement, Pitta from digestion and Kapha from cumulation. Since Prakritis underlie an individual’s predisposition to disease as well as response to treatment, it is imperative in Ayurvedic practice to identify the Prakriti of a patient before treatment5.

Concept of Prakriti in Ayurveda and its relationship with genomics was hypothesized over a decade ago6. … While these studies have shown the association of specific genes with the phenotype of a particular Prakriti, the association of genomic variations with Prakriti classification was lacking. This is the first attempt to classify the Prakritis using genome-wide SNP markers and to provide a scientific basis for Prakriti classification.

Thanks to my friend Sanjay for alerting me to this research study

By B Shantanu on November 3, 2015 · Posted in Indian Medicine & Ayurveda

 

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A Brief History of the 93rd Constitution Amendment


Reality Check India

Early 2005 was a time of joyous celebration in the Congress Party. They had just upset the BJP led National Democratic Alliance at the polls. Their allies DMK and the Communists had pulled off spectacular wins in their states.  Sonia Gandhi was in firm control of the Congress party and none of the smaller allies had any big ticket ambitions. They could be placated by a few sectarian concessions, relaxed prosecution, or providing them corruption opportunities. It seemed like the dark days of the Hindutva agenda under Vajyapee were truly over.

However, under the covers, one critical problem loomed that needed urgent fixing. Strategic thinkers of the establishment realized that the principal canon of the “Idea of India” was damaged beyond recognition under BJPs rule.  That of the state to run outright communal preferences in the domain of education.

Judicial blows to the Idea of India

The Indian state has grappled unsuccessfully with the issue…

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Reasons and Seasons of Protest in India


By: Dr. Kishore Dere

(Supreme Court Advocate and Visiting Professor of International Law and International Relations)

Of late, there has been a wave of protests in India – the biggest and largest functioning democracy in the world. One should not be surprised at all about the surge of protests because dissent, disagreement, debate, discussion, criticism, and opposition are the very essence of the vibrant democratic way of life. Thus democracy not merely as a form of government but as a way of life entails even opposition for the sake of opposition if that serves enlightened public interest.

So, more the protests, better it is. Therefore, let us heartily welcome protests and congratulate protestors of all hues and shades, not just one.

Their valid causes need to be espoused by us.

In fact, one is reminded of what a great French philosopher Voltaire said, “I don’t agree with what you say but I will defend to the death your right to say it”.

Now this is indeed a double-edged sword.

If the protestors for a variety of reasons, best known to them only, want to protest against rising intolerance only at a particular point of time, they are quite within their right to do so. It is quite unfair to question their choice. One should support them in exercising their right to do so.

But any well-meaning person will accept the hard fact that nobody has monopoly over truth.

Therefore, the critics of such seasonal protestors also have a democratic right to question the motive behind such occasional, seasonal  or selective  protests.

Both the sides have an equally justified right in questioning each other. Nobody has a final say.

It is an ongoing debate.

Only time will tell who is bad and who is worse.

If there are people in society who want to endorse or turn a blind eye towards many other forms of intolerance and want to single out only one, either real or imaginary, then their critics will become vociferous and quite justifiably so.  In other words, in order to prove one’s impartiality and objectivity, it is essential that one ought to call spade a spade and not be hand in glove with any group or faction.

Otherwise, one risks becoming a laughing stock and butt of jokes.

So, dear seasonal protestors, it is in your own enlightened self-interest as well as the larger interest of reasoned debate to be fair, objective and bold enough to squarely criticise wrong-doings of all and roundly condemn the intolerance emanating from all quarters.

Selective amnesia is not at all a panacea.

It can only offer short-term publicity to few but undermine the long-term goal of peace and progress of human civilisation.

Thus, “choice is yours”, Lord Krishna had used these wise words in his message to Arjun.

So, it is up to you whether you want to go down in history as reasonably objective persons or unabashedly and unashamedly subjective ones. Best wishes to you in making your own choice.

Paris Terrorist Attacks: Business as Usual?


By : Dr Kishore Dere

(Supreme Court Advocate and Visiting Professor of International Law and International Relations)

As France prepares to play host to the UN Climate Change Summit at the end of this month,  just few days ahead of that,  there have been deadly terrorist attacks in Paris.  On 13 November 2015,  the night of violence unfolded soon after 21:00 (GMT 20:00) ) as people were enjoying a Friday night out in the French capital.  International news media is awash with this coverage.  BBC, CNN and AFP reports,  among others,  available on their respective websites are being extensively used for writing this piece.

The latest terrorist attacks at multiple locations in French capital have resulted in the killing of at least 130 innocent lives and injuring over 180 people,  80 of whom are in a critical condition.  This is the deadliest peacetime attack in France and the worst in Europe since the 2004 Madrid bombings.

As usual,  the debate has begun over who might be the perpetrators of such heinous attacks and what might be their motive behind carrying out such ghastly attacks?

Before jumping to the conclusion,  this question may be answered by looking at the pattern of violence and targets which included bars, restaurants,  a concert and aa high-profile football match between France and Germany where President François Hollande himself was a spectator.

At least one gunman opened fire on Le Carillon bar in the rue Alibert, not far from the place de la Republique, before heading across the road to Le Petit Cambodge (Little Cambodia), killing at least 12 people.

A few streets away, another gunman then opened fire on dinners sitting on the terrace of La Casa Nostra pizzeria in rue de la Fontaine au Roi, with the loss of at least five lives. At around the same time, on the southern outskirts of Paris,  80, 000 people who had gathered to watch France play Germany at the Stade de France heard three explosions outside the stadium about half an hour after kick-off.

President Hollande was among the spectators and was whisked to safety after the first explosion.

It later emerged three suicide bombers blew themselves up at fast food outlets and a brasserie near the stadium.

The attack on the 15, 00-seat Bataclan concert hall was by far the deadliest of Friday night’s attacks.  Gunmen opened fire on people watching US rock group Eagles of Death Metal. The event had been sold out.

The gunmen took 20 hostages,  and told their captives: ” It’s the fault of Hollande,  it’s the fault of your president,  he should not have intervened in Syria. ”

Within an hour,  security forces had stormed the concert hall and all four attackers there were dead. Three had blown themselves up and a fourth was short dead by police. Police believe all of the gunmen are dead – seven killed themselves with explosive vests and one was shot dead by the security forces – but it is unclear if any accomplices are still on the run.

Thus by now the finger of suspicion is bound to be raised towards the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS or IS) group. And in fact,  the latest reports say, ISIS has already released a statement on Saturday saying “eight brothers wearing explosive belts and carrying assault rifles had carried out the attacks on “carefully chosen” targets, and were a response to France’s involvement in the air strikes on IS militants in Syria and Iraq”. That is to say,  the IS has claimed responsibility the attacks.

In fact one should indeed have a long sigh of relief for this statement by the ISIS. This would prevent and pre-ampt one from being accused of being involved – in favor of or against any particular group.

The Paris attacks and the subsequent IS statement should not even leave even an iota of doubt in any sane person’s mind that the ISIS and its affiliates are bound to pursue their killing spree anywhere and everywhere in the days, months and years to come.

Various world leaders have rightly condemned the deadliest attacks.

Indian Prime Minister,  Narendra Modi, in his address to the British Members of Parliament on 12 November had rightly called for an early adoption of the Comprehensive Convention against International Terrorism by the United Nations.  This is indeed an emphatic reiteration of India’s several decade-long principled stand on the scourge of terrorism.

Let us wait and watch whether this ever happens or remains a mere pious wish as various members of international community jostle for power and settle scores with each other.

Lack of consensus among nations of the world on the definition of ‘terrorism’ is a major problem even today.

Any kind of dilly-dallying and wishy-wishy response of opportunistic and power-hungry nations and sponsors of terrorism may only embolden the resolve of terrorists who are committed to their ’cause’ of killing anybody and everybody whom they perceive or suspect to be an opponent.

Let us hope brute power-driven world politics does not subvert rationality-based and equity-oriented international law and the sublime cause to victims of terrorism around the world.

An important message in Hindi for citizens


अति महत्वपूर्ण सन्देश !

साहित्‍य अकादमी पुरस्‍कार लौटाए जाने के पीछे राष्‍ट्रीय-अंतराष्‍ट्रीय साजिश काम कर रही है !
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साहित्‍य अकादमी पुरस्‍कार लौटाने का यह जो खेल चल रहा है, आप लोग इसे हल्‍के मे न ले।

मोदी सरकार पर किए गए इस वार मे पर्दे के पीछे कांग्रेस पार्टी-अंतरराष्‍ट्रीय एनजीओ-मीडया का बडा नेक्‍सस काम कर रहा है।

जो जानकारी मिली है, उसके अनुसार- मोदी सरकार ने खुफिया विभाग से इसकी जांच कराई है और प्रारंभिक जांच मे यह पता चला है कि है, देश मे चल रहे इस कोलाहल मे अमेरिका- सउदीअरब- पाकिस्‍तान तक शामिल है।

बकायदा इसके लिए एक अंतरराष्‍ट्रीय पीआर एजेंसी को हायर किया गया है।

पुरस्‍कार लौटाने का खेल तब शुरू हुआ जब कांग्रेस के कुछ बडे नेता, जेएनयू के कुछ प्रोफेसर और कुछ अंग्रेजी पत्रकार साहित्‍य अकादमी के पुरस्‍कार लौटाऊ साहित्‍यकारो से मिले और उन्‍हे इसके लिए राजी करने का प्रयास किया और अखलाक मामले को मुददा बनाकर पुरस्‍कार लौटाने को कहा।

पहले इसके विरोध मे होने वाली प्रतिक्रिया के भय से कई साहित्‍यकार तैयार नही थे, जिसके बाद नेहरू की भतीजी नयनतारा सहगल को आगे किया गया।

इसके बाद वो साहित्‍यकार तैयार हुए, जिनके एनजीओ को विदेशी संस्‍थाओ से दान मिल रहा था, जो मोदी सरकार द्वारा जांच के दायरे मे है और जिनकी बाहर से होने वाली फंडिंग पूरी तरह से रोक दी गयी है।

अंतरराष्‍ट्रीय स्‍तर पर 150 से अधिक साहित्‍यकारो व पत्रकारो को इस पर लेख लिख कर, भारत को असहिष्‍णु देश साबित करने के लिए, अमेरिका- सउदी अरब- पाकिस्‍तान के पक्ष मे एक बडी अंतरराष्‍ट्रीय फंडिंग एजेंसी ने एक अंतरराष्‍ट्रीय पी आर एजेंसी को हायर किया है, जिस पर करोडो रुपए खर्च किए गए है।

संयुक्‍त राष्‍ट्र संघ मे भारत की दावेदारी को रोकने लिए अमेरिकी, सउदी अरब व पाकिस्‍तान मिलकर काम कर रहे है।

इसके लिए भारत को मानवाधिकार पर घेरने और उसे असहिष्‍णु देश साबित करने की रूपरेखा तैयार की गई है।

इसके लिए पहले अमेरिका ने अपनी धार्मिक रिपोर्ट जारी कर भारत को एक असहिष्‍णु देश के रूप में प्रोजेक्‍ट किया और उसमे गिन-गिन कर भाजपा के नेताओ व उनके वक्‍तव्‍यो को शामिल किया गया।

इस समय सउदी अरब का राजपरिवार संयुक्‍त राष्‍ट्र संघ के मानवाधिकार आयोग का अध्‍यक्ष है और पाकिस्‍तान के हित मे वह शीघ्र ही भारत को मानवाधिकार उल्‍लंघन के कटघरे मे खडा करने वाला है।

यह रिपोर्ट भी मोदी सरकार के पास है। जांच मे यह भी पता चला है कि, उस अंतरराष्‍ट्रीय पीआर एजेंसी ने बडे पैमाने पर भारत के पत्रकारो, मीडिया हाउसो व साहित्‍यकारो को फंडिंग की है और इस पूरे मामले को बिहार चुनाव के आखिर तक जिंदा रखने को कहा गया है।

गोटी यह है कि, यदि भाजपा बिहार मे हार गयी तो उसके बाद उसे बडे पैमाने पर अल्‍पसंख्‍यको के अधिकारो का उल्‍लंघन करने वाली सरकार के रूप मे अंतरराष्‍ट्रीय स्‍तर पर प्रोजेक्‍ट किया जाएगा।

संभवत: इससे मोदी सरकार हमेशा के लिए बैकफुट पर आ जाएगी, जिसके बाद गो-वध निषेध जैसे हिंदूत्‍व के सारे मुददो को ताक पर रख दिया जाएगा।

अमेरिका खुद डरा हुआ है कि वहां क्रिश्‍चनिटी खतरे मे है और बड़ी संख्‍या मे लोगो का रुझान हिन्दू धर्म की ओर बढ रहा है।

यदि भाजपा बिहार में जीत गयी तो राष्‍ट्रीय- अंतरराष्‍ट्रीय साजिशकर्ता मिलकर देश मे बडे पैमाने पर सांप्रदायिक हिंसा को अंजाम दे सकते है, और मोदी सरकार को पांच साल तक सांप्रदायिकता मे ही उलझाए रख सकते है।

मोदी सरकार पूरी तरह से चौकन्‍नी है और वह स्थिति का आकलन कर रही है।

संभवत: बिहार चुनाव के बाद बडे पैमाने पर जांच शुरू हो, जिसे रोकने के लिए भी देश मे कोहराम मचाए जाने की सूचना है।

इसलिए सभी भारतवासियों से हाथ जोड कर अपील है कि, विदेशी साजिश का हिस्‍सा न बने और सांप्रदायिक सौहार्द्र बनाए रखने में मद करे।

यह देश आपका है, प्‍लीज अमेरिका-सउदी अरब-पाकिस्‍तान के हित मे अपने देश को बदनाम न करें।

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