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Power of Words: The Story of Spiritual Form of Logging in the Solomon Islands

The people of Solomon islands practice curse magic which involved cursing and yelling at the tree in order to bring it down

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A village in Solomon Islands. Wikimedia
  • Solomon Islands is a group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean
  • Culturally, the story of Solomon’s curse practice is both powerful and positive
  • While there is no validity of truth, the mythological moral of the story is important for a healthy life

June 24, 2017: There is an impactful story that exists in the Soloman Islands, a group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean. In a village, some people use a spiritual form of logging.

The story goes that the villagers in order to bring down a tree that is otherwise too thick to cut down, practice a form of curse magic. The trees that are too big to be chopped down are cursed and yelled at powerfully. This practice continues for thirty days after which the tree surrenders and dies. The villagers believe it has worked for them every time.

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While there is no scientific validity to this story, it is, however, a remarkably thoughtful narration. It magically portrays the power of words, thought, and what some might consider aura and energy of the individual. This process of ‘yelling and felling’ is dangerously true in real life.

Buddha’s ‘You are what you think’ is the essence of the story of Solomon Islands. When the villagers curse, their whole intent to break the tree’s spirit is so strong that they successfully commit the murder. Psychologically, over the 30 days what the villagers keep repeating becomes their strong belief.

The story of Solomon Islands was first mentioned in Bruce H. Lipton’s ‘The Biology of Life’.

– by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2394

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Remove negativity and welcome positivity to your home with these simple Vastu tips

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Home related Vastu tips
Vastu tips for home. Pixabay

New Delhi, September 9, 2017: Comfort, warmth, beauty what could possibly be holier than home? Your home plays a role in your life, bigger than you think. It affects you in ways, and to an extent, you might have a hard time believing. Do we then not owe our homes, a favor of letting it keep its holiness intact? Of course we do, but the good news is, we do not need to work our heads off to give this little present to our homes, in fact, a little effort and a little knowledge is all it takes. And the best part about the deal is, in the process of helping your home, you help yourself, majorly.

Here are the few steps one can take, according to Vastu Shastra, to gift to their homes and ultimately themselves, positivity, serenity, and ‘good vibes only!’.

Vastu Tips For Home To Bring Positive Energy:

  • Mirrors in bedroom: If you have mirrors in the bedroom of your house, it’s high time you switch its place. If you have a wardrobe mirror or a dressing table, that you can probably not shift, make sure you cover it with a curtain or some other cloth while sleeping. Also, keep it at a maximum distance from the bed. Vastu says, It leads to bad health and dissonance in the family.
Vastu tips on mirror
Mirror should not be there in the bedroom:Vastu tips. Pixabay

Vastu tips for home

Lemon to the rescue: Lemon keeps evil away, therefore one must keep it in a glass of water and place the glass in one of the main areas of the home. Make sure the water is changed every week.

Vastu tips suggest lemon in water
Lemon in water: Vastu tips. Pixabay

Vastu tips for home

  • Lighten the rooms with lamps and Diyas: Darkness is widely believed to symbolize negativity. To shoo this negativity away, one must light lamps, diyas and incense everyday at home, in the morning and the evening.
lamps and diyas: Vastu tips
Lighten the room with lamps and diyas: Vastu tips. Pixabay

Vastu tips for home

  • Position of the kitchen: The kitchen, according to Vastu, must be placed in the south-east corner of the house. However, if it is impossible to place the kitchen in this direction, north-west corner is the second best option one can go for.
Vastu tips about position of kitchen
Position of the kitchen:Vastu tips. Pixabay

Vastu tips for home

  • Remove all medicines from the kitchen: Kitchen is the last place you should keep your medicines, in fact, not even that. You can remove the negativity from your kitchen simply by removing these medicines. The logic behind is that the kitchen represents health and happiness, medicines, on the other hand, represent the contrary.
Vastu suggests no medicine should be there in kitchen
Medicine in kitchen: Vastu tips. Pixabay

Vastu tips for home

  • Say YES! to meditation: if you really wish to clean your surroundings, start by cleaning your mind. Say hello to positive thoughts to befriend positive vibes. Wondering how you can shake hands with positive thoughts, and what would the experience be like? meditation awaits you!
Meditation is good, Vastu tips
Meditation: Vastu tips. Pixabay

Vastu tips for home

  • Swastik: The holy symbol of Swastik is auspicious to use in the house. The symbol of Swastik depicts wealth and prosperity. Drawing symbols of Swastik and OM at the entry of your house, prevents the evil from stepping in.
Vastu tips related to Swastik
Swastik: Vastu tips. Wikimedia

Vastu tips for home

  • Welcome Wind Chimes in your house: The music that the tinkling of these bells produce, breaks patterns of the negative energy, letting positive energy to pervade instead.
Vastu tips suggest welcome wind chimes
Wind chimes: Vastu tips. Pixabay

Vastu tips for home

  • Salt absorbs Negative energy: A healer that it is often called, it does its job well. When negativity breathes into life, it works as a superhero by resisting the negative force, making positivity win the battle.

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Salt absorbs negative energy: Vastu tips
Salt: Vastu tips. Pixabay

Vastu tips for home

  • Holy water: You can keep the holy water, Ganga jal, in the dark, rarely used corners of your house, in order to keep the positivity flowing in. Mere presence of the holy water, according to Vastu, works wonders.
Holy water or Ganga jail: Vastu tips
Holy water: Vastu tips. Pixabay

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-prepared by Samiksha Goel of NewsGram. Twitter @goel_samiksha

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Spiritual significance of colors in Hinduism: Read Here!

The Hindu population identifies colors with philosophy and tradition and is often used as a tool for worship

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  • Transcending the decorative values and emotional association, Hinduism which is so in tune with nature, gives a spiritual meaning to almost every color
  • The Hindu population identifies colors with philosophy and tradition and is often used as a tool for worship
  • Red symbolizes passion, power, strength and purity and is of utmost significance in the Hindu religion

The way we view and perceive the wonderful world around us is because of the life is given to it by colors. Colors not only define what we see but have also been proven to induce emotions and generate thoughts that can drastically change our state of being. We often associate colors to feelings like how anger and passion can be associated with warm colors like red and orange, and sadness and calmness are linked to colors like blue and green.

Colors when used to depict natural elements like the sun, the earth, and the sky, become the symbolic representation of that element possessing all of its characteristics and functions. Transcending the decorative values and emotional association, Hinduism which is so in tune with nature, gives a spiritual meaning to almost every color. The Hindu population identifies colors with philosophy and tradition and is often used as a tool for worship. Saints dress themselves in saffron to symbolize purity and blue is associated with the Hindu deity Krishna.

Here are some of the colors and their significance-

Red

Red symbolizes passion, power, strength and purity and is of utmost significance in the Hindu religion. In the wedding ceremonies, brides wear red clothing, put red dye in their hair and place a red dot on their foreheads as it signifies purity. It also depicts fertility as the clay earth is red and produces many harvests. Red is also the color of shakti. Deities depicted in red are those who are charitable, brave, and protective. According to the traditions, on the death of a woman, her body is wrapped in a red cloth for the cremation.

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 Saffron
Saffron which is composed of shades of golden-yellow and orange represents the fire which burns the impurities and cleanses itself in the process. Holy men and ascetics who have renounced the world dress in saffron as it represents purity and religious abstinence.The color saffron is also representative of lightness and wisdom, qualities that the saints possess.

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Image Source: 123rf.com

Green

Green represents the natural world that the deities created and symbolizes purity, peace, and happiness. It also is  symbolic of the happiness, peace, and harmony that the deities bring to Hindus. Fertility, life, and rebirth that are found in nature are also represented by the color green.

White

Purity, cleanliness, peace, and knowledge are what the color white represents. Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge,  is always shown as wearing a white dress, sitting on a white lotus. White is also symbolic of death in Hinduism. A Hindu widow wears a white dress in mourning as it represents their need to reflect back to the world and detach themselves from society while grieving.

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Blue

The sky, the oceans, the rivers and lakes that make up most of what we see are blue. It is symbolic of the peacefulness of nature. Many Hindu gods, such as Vishnu, Krishna, and Shiva, are depicted as having blue skin as it represents calmness and intuition. A deity like Lord Rama and Krishna who has the qualities of bravery, manliness, determination, the ability to deal with difficult situations, of stable mind and depth of character are colored blue.

Yellow

Often depicted in the clothes of wise Hindu deities, such as Vishnu, Krishna, and Ganesha, the color yellow symbolizes stability and knowledge, and spring.As the color of the sun, yellow also represents the characteristics of the sun, such as light, warmth, and happiness. It is also the color of spring which activates the mind.

– prepared by Ajay Krishna of NewsGram. Twitter: @ajkrish14

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Chabeel Day: Sikhs mark Guru Arjan Dev’s 410th martyrdom day by serving sweet drinks

This summer, when people will be feeling a little hot and tired, Sikhs will be there to spread positive energy

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Chabeel Day
Chabeel Day is celebrated by serving cool, sweet drinks Image source: napecjalandhar.blogspot.com
  • Chabeel’ is a Punjabi word referring to a sweet, cool, and a non-alcoholic drink
  • Chabeel day is celebrated to remember the martyrdom of the fifth Sikh Guru, Guru Arjun Dev Ji
  • This summer, when people will be feeling a little hot and tired, Sikhs will be there to spread positive energy

For hundreds of years, Sikhs in India have offered chabeel to the general public on hot days, between the months of May and June.

The first ever Chabeel Day is going to be celebrated on June 18th.Chabeel Day is an adaptation of last year’s ‘Chabeel Week’ held by Sikhs across the world. Chabeel’ is a Punjabi word referring to a sweet, cool, and a non-alcoholic drink. This refreshing drink is served to the public to pass on the message that one should be eternally optimistic.

The poster. Image Source:Twitter

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Chabeel day is celebrated to remember the martyrdom of the fifth Sikh Guru, Guru Arjun Dev Ji. Guru Arjan Dev Ji, became the first Sikh martyr in 1606 after he refused to alter the Sikh scriptures as ordered by the tyrannical Mughal Emperor Jahangir, in an effort to curtail the Guru’s growing influence in India. When Guru Arjan Dev Ji refused, he was tortured by being made to sit on a red hot plate, whilst hot sand was poured over him.

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Chabeel Day. Image source: educationnewsline.blogspot.com
Chabeel Day. Image source: educationnewsline.blogspot.com

He asked the Sikhs to accept God’s will as sweet instead remembering this event through mourning. Therefore, Sikhs changed negativity into positivity by turning an attack upon them into a chance to serve others. Sikhs honor the Guru’s burning by cooling everyone else. This is Chardi Kala.

Chardi Kala translates to ‘ever-rising spirits.’ It dictates that one should be eternally optimistic as a sign of their contentment with the will of God, even during the times of adversity.

This summer, when people will be feeling a little hot and tired, Sikhs will be there to spread positive energy.

-prepared by Ajay Krishna of NewsGram. Twitter: @ajkrish14

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One response to “Chabeel Day: Sikhs mark Guru Arjan Dev’s 410th martyrdom day by serving sweet drinks”

  1. I really liked the motive of this day, ‘to be optimistic eternally.’ This is a very good initiative, and knowing that it is celebrated by Sikhs all over the world is even more delightful. I’d really like to have Chabeel one day or the other!

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