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Ashtottaram 54) OṀ BRĀHMAṆAPŪJANABHŨMYAI NAMAH:
Ashtottaram 54: OṀ (AUM) –BRAAH-MAṆA-POO-JA-NA- BHOO- MYAI—NA-MA-HA
ॐ ब्राह्मणपूजनभूम्यै नमः
(Brāhmaṇa: One who knows Brahman or the Vedās; Pūjana: Worship)
A TRUE Brāhmin is the one, who has acquired brāhminhood not by birth, but through his noble actions. He, who has gained Supreme Self-knowledge of Brahman, is a Brāhmin. Vedas, Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, and Epics proclaim that there is no caste differentiation in the Brāhminic State.
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Vedas say that ‘Janmaṇā Jāyate Sūdrah, Brahmajnānāt Eva Iti Brāhmaṇah’ which means- ‘everyone is born ignorant and the one who knows Brahma Vidya is considered as Brāhmin’. The one who studies śhāstrās and lives his life accordingly is considered a Brāhmin. In Hindu dharma and Veda shāstrās, the restrictions and duties that are imposed on Brāhmin varṇam are not present in any other varṇam. For example sandhyāvandanam, vegetarianism, reading Vedas on a daily basis, virtuous life, and so on…
In the life journey of every Hindu, there are sixteen saṃskārās (sacraments) to be full filled starting from birth to death. We need a Brāhmin to conduct pūjas and the rituals. Indians are not satisfied unless their marriage is performed by Brāhmin priests. Even those who do not follow Hindu traditions and festivals, when it comes to the last rites of their parents, they want a Brāhmin to perform the rites. When we visit temples who do ashtottarams, sahasranāmams? Who does homams and vigraha pratisṭāpanās?
To be a Sat-Bāhmin is not that easy. Memorizing very difficult Vedic mantras is not an easy task; they start at a very early age and practice correct pronunciations for many years under the guidance of a guru. Brāhmins used to advise kings on how to rule the country and they used to care about the welfare of the community. They used to hold minister positions in kingdoms. They used to be experts in literature and kings used to grant them acres of fertile land and gold. Later on, there was a gradual moral and ethical decline in Sat-Brāhminism.
Nowadays, very few are Sat-Brāhmins. Modern Brāhmins do not follow any enjoined duties and some of them even eat meat, drink alcohol, smoke; but the first thing they boast about themselves is their caste. So, it’s just serving the purpose of boosting their egos and prejudice against fellow Indians. Maybe it’s the effect of kaliyuga (dark age), and the influence of western civilization; whatever it may be, we find only a handful of authentic Brāhmin varṇam. Many Brāhmins as swamis, gurus and preceptors are still honored by the Indians here and abroad. The Brāhmin caste continues. We still honor them, respect them, and make them part of our life for the fulfillment of prescribed sacraments in life.
So, our motherland is ‘Brāhmaṇapūjana Bhūmi’.
As robots evolve to do more work around us, the UK-based humanoid robot manufacturer Engineered Arts has infused more human-like facial expressions into one of its robots, which may leave you with an eerie feeling.
In a video posted on YouTube, the robot called 'Ameca' displays various human expressions, like appearing to "wake up" from sleep, as its face shows confusion and frustration when it opens its eyes.
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Once awake, 'Ameca' starts looking at its hands and arms, opens its mouth and raises its eyebrows, just like a human does.
At the end of the video, Ameca smiles and holds a welcoming hand out towards the viewer.
According to Engineered Arts, the humanoid bot is currently unable to walk and it is working towards giving it the ability in the near future.
"Designed specifically as a platform for development into future robotics technologies, 'Ameca' is the perfect humanoid robot platform for human-robot interaction," says the company.
The 'Ameca' hardware is a development based on its own research into humanoid robotics and built on its advanced 'Mesmer' technology.
Ameca' on display at the CES 2022 conference in Las Vegas in the US in January.Unsplash
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Engineered Arts is slated to put 'Ameca' on display at the CES 2022 conference in Las Vegas in the US in January.
"Human-like Artificial Intelligence needs a human-like artificial body. Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning systems can be tested and developed on Ameca alongside our powerful 'Tritium' robot operating system," the company posted on its website. (IANS/PR)
(Keywords: Humanoid Robot, Ameca, Technology)
Microsoft has disrupted the activities of a China-based hacking group, gaining control of the malicious websites the group used to attack organisations in the US and 28 other countries around the world.
The Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit (DCU) said in a statement that a federal court in Virginia granted its request to seize websites of the hacking group called 'Nickel', enabling the company to cut off Nickel's access to its victims and prevent the websites from being used to execute attacks.
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"We believe these attacks were largely being used for intelligence gathering from government agencies, think tanks and human rights organisations," said Tom Burt, Corporate Vice President, Customer Security and Trust at Microsoft.
Obtaining control of the malicious websites and redirecting traffic from those sites to Microsoft's secure servers will help the company protect existing and future victims while learning more about Nickel's activities.
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"Our disruption will not prevent Nickel from continuing other hacking activities, but we do believe we have removed a key piece of the infrastructure the group has been relying on for this latest wave of attacks," Burt said late on Monday.
To date, in 24 lawsuits - five against nation-state actors -- Microsoft has taken down more than 10,000 malicious websites used by cybercriminals and nearly 600 sites used by nation-state actors.
"We have also successfully blocked the registration of 600,000 sites to get ahead of criminal actors that planned to use them maliciously in the future," the tech giant informed.
"We believe these attacks were largely being used for intelligence gathering from government agencies, think tanks and human rights organisations."Unsplash
In some observed activity, Nickel malware used exploits targeting unpatched on-premises Exchange Server and SharePoint systems.
"However, we have not observed any new vulnerabilities in Microsoft products as part of these attacks. Microsoft has created unique signatures to detect and protect from known Nickel activity through our security products, like Microsoft 365 Defender," the company noted.
Nickel has targeted organisations in both the private and public sectors, including diplomatic organisations and ministries of foreign affairs in North America, Central America, South America, the Caribbean, Europe and Africa. (IANS/SP)
(Keywords : hacking, China, Microsoft, website, victim, intelligence, attack, malicious, traffic, server, company, disruption, lawsuits, cybercriminals, vulnerability.)
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Chip manufacturer MediaTek on Monday announced that it is focused on making 2022 a year aimed at rapid growth, business success, substantial expansion in Research and Development capabilities.
MediaTek's plans to boost technology democratisation and enable access to disruptive connectivity with its range of mainstream to flagship 5G chips.
"We at MediaTek are focused on making 2022 a year aimed at rapid growth, business success, and substantial expansion in our R&D capabilities. For 2022, we are focused on further strengthening our presence in India, offering incredible experiences to customers, and supporting the country's technology initiatives with our expertise and collaboration with leading OEMs," Anku Jain, Managing Director, MediaTek India said in a statement.
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In the flagship segment, MediaTek recently announced the Dimensity 9000 chip, which is a milestone of innovation and a rise to the incredible, built-to-power flagship 5G smartphones in the world, the company claims.
MediaTek Dimensity 9000 features a single Cortex-X2 performance core clocked at 3.05GHz, three Cortex-A710 cores at 2.85GHz and four Cortex-A510 efficiency cores at 1.8GHz.
It packs a 10-core Arm Mali-G710 that takes care of graphics processing, the report said.
The chipset also comes packed with MediaTek's fifth-generation APU with six total cores for AI processing.Unsplash
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The chipset also comes packed with MediaTek's fifth-generation APU with six total cores for AI processing.
The chipset can handle screens with up to a 180Hz refresh rate at Full HD+ resolutions. It is also the first chipset to have an 18-bit image signal processor, offering the ability to capture 4K HDR video using up to three cameras at the same time, or still photos using up to a massive 320MP sensor. (IANS/PR)
(Keywords: 5G, smartphones, Mediatek)