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Happy Birthday America

It is 4th of July, Independance Day of United States of America.

Below is the 4th of July fireworks show at the Disney-MGM Studios in Walt Disney World, FL. Taped in 2005. This version of the show made its debut in 2004 and has been the same since.

Enjoy fellow Americans. Also its a great to see those sparklers even if you are not an American like me. 

Mahisasura Mardini Stotram

This very popular stotra of Goddess Durga is supposed to have been written by Ramakrishna Kavi. Nothing is known about the author. The great Tenali Rama was known as Ramakrishna Kavi and he was a great Bhaktha of Durga. But there are no references to say that he wrote this great work. Due to its very poetic nature and repetition of words in the same stanza with different nuances, this storam feels one with a unique energy when you hear it. I have posted video of this divine stotram and also lyrics with its translation. This transation is not done by me but have adopted it from other internet sources. Do write your comments about this beautiful, divine work.

Part I

Lyrics:
Ayi giri nandini, nanditha medini, visva vinodini, nanda nuthe ,
Giri vara vindhya shirodhini vasini vishnu vilaasini jisnu nuthe ,
Bhagavati he shiti kanta kutumbini bhoori kutumbini bhoori kruthe ,
Jaya jaya he mahishaasura mardhini ramyaka pardhini shaila suthe 1

Oh, Daughter of the Mountain, Who makes the whole World happy,
Who makes all the Universe rejoice, Who is praised by Nandin,
Who dwells on the peaks of the great Vindhya Mountains, with radiance reaching far and wide, Who is praised by those desirous of victory,
Oh Goddess, Wife to blue-necked Shiva, Mother to many families, Doer of many deeds,
Victory, victory to You, Oh Slayer of the Buffalo Demon!
Victory, Daughter of the Himalayas, with beautifully plaited hair! 

Suravara varshini durdhara dharshini durmukha marshini harsha rathe ,
Tribhuvana poshini shankara toshini kilbisha moshini ghosha rathe ,
Danujani roshini ditisuta roshini durmada shoshini sindhu suthe ,
Jaya jaya he mahishaasura mardhini ramyaka pardhini shaila suthe 2


Who bestows boons upon the Gods, Who defeats the undisciplined,
Who tolerates the ignorant, Who is ever rejoicing,
Who nourishes the three worlds, Who pleases Shankara,
Who removes sins, Who inhabits the sound of AUM,
Whose wrath befalls the progeny of the demons Danu and Diti, Who destroys those drunk on the evil intoxicant of pride, Who is Daughter of the Ocean!
Victory, victory to You, Oh Slayer of the Buffalo Demon!
Victory, Daughter of the Himalayas, with beautifully plaited hair! 

Ayi jagadamba madamba kadamba vanapriya vaasini haasa rathe ,
Shikhari shiromani tunga himaalaya shringani jaalaya madhya gathe ,
Madhu madhure madhu kaitabha ganjini kaitabha bhanjini raasa rathe ,
Jaya jaya he mahishaasura mardhini ramyaka pardhini shaila suthe 3

Oh, Mother of the World, my Mother, Who loves Her Kadamba tree forest, Who is always smiling,
Whose dwelling is in the tallest peaks of the Himalayas, the greatest of all mountain chains,
Who is so very sweet, Who keeps the treasures of Madhu and Kaitabha, Who slayed Kaitabha, Who is ever dancing,
Victory, victory to You, Oh Slayer of the Buffalo Demon!
Victory, Daughter of the Himalayas, with beautifully plaited hair! 

Ayi shata khanda vikhandita runda vitundita shunda gajaadhi pathe ,
Ripugaja ganda vidaarana chanda paraakrama shunda mrigaadhi pathe ,
Nijabhuja danda nipaatita khanda vipatita munda bhataadhi pathe ,
Jaya jaya he mahishaasura mardhini ramyaka pardhini shaila suthe 4 

Who splinters demons\' heads into hundreds of shards, Who severs the trunks of their great battle elephants,
Whose great Lion mount exhibits terrifying valor, as he tears apart the temples of the enemy\'s elephants
Who shatters the skulls of enemy chieftains with the strength of her own arms,
Victory, victory to You, Oh Slayer of the Buffalo Demon!
Victory, Daughter of the Himalayas, with beautifully plaited hair!

Ayi rana durmada shatru vadhodita durdhara nirjara shakti bhruthe ,
Chaturavi chaara dhureena maha siva duta krita pramathaadhi pathe ,
Durita dureeha duraashaya durmati daanava duta krutaanta mathe ,
Jaya jaya he mahishaasura mardhini ramyaka pardhini shaila suthe 5

Oh, it is You Who possesses the invinceable force that vanquishes hard-to-subdue enemies in battle
Who promoted Pramatha, the great attendant of Shiva, a master of subtle thinking, to be Her general in battle,
Who destroyed the messengers of the demons, who were sinful, with evil intention in their thoughts and minds,
Victory, victory to You, Oh Slayer of the Buffalo Demon!
Victory, Daughter of the Himalayas, with beautifully plaited hair!

Ayi sharanaa gata vairiva dhoovara veerava raabhaya daaya kare ,
Tribhuvana mastaka shoola virodhi sheerodhi kritaamala shoola kare ,
Dumidumi taamara dundubhi naada maho mukharee krita tigma kare ,
Jaya jaya he mahishaasura mardhini ramyaka pardhini shaila suthe 6

Oh, it is You Who gives protection to the wives of heroic enemy warriors when they seek refuge;
Who aims a flawless spear at the head of the demon who causes great pain in all the three worlds,
Who burns like a blazing hot sun, inflamed by the resounding din of the war-drums of the Gods,
Victory, victory to You, Oh Slayer of the Buffalo Demon!
Victory, Daughter of the Himalayas, with beautifully plaited hair!
 

Ayi nija hunkriti maatra niraa krita dhoomra vilochana dhoomra shathe ,
Sama ravi shoshita shonita beeja samudbhava shonuta beeja lathe ,
Shiva shiva shumbha nishumbha mahaa hava tarpita bhuta pishaacha rathe ,
Jaya jaya he mahishaasura mardhini ramyaka pardhini shaila suthe 7

Oh, it is You Who, with a single roar, disperses the streams of smoke flowing from the eyes of advancing demons,
Who thrives like a vine on the blood that falls on the battleground,
Who delights alike in the company of the auspicious Shiva, inauspicious Shumbha and Nishumbha, and the ghoulish spirits who feed on the battle carnage,
Victory, victory to You, Oh Slayer of the Buffalo Demon!
Victory, Daughter of the Himalayas, with beautifully plaited hair!
 

Dhanuranu sanga ranakshana sanga parishphura danga natat katake ,
Kanakapi shanga prishatkani shanga rasadbhata sringa hataa batuke ,
Krutachatu ranga balakshithi ranga ghatadbahu ranga ratad batuke ,
Jaya jaya he mahishaasura mardhini ramyaka pardhini shaila suthe 8

Who decks Her tender limbs with fine dancing ornaments at the moment of battle, as She readies Her bow,
Who slays huge enemy soldiers with Her shining sword and arrows from Her golden-brown quiver,
Who plays with the vast enemy forces arrayed on the battlefield as if they were screaming toy soldiers,
Victory, victory to You, Oh Slayer of the Buffalo Demon!
Victory, Daughter of the Himalayas, with beautifully plaited hair!
 

Suralalanatha tatheye tatheye kritabhinayodara nrityarate,
Ritakukurat kukutogadadhi katalakutohala danarate,
Dhimikitadhi kitadimidhnidho mridanga nidarate,
Jaya jaya he mahishaasura mardhini ramyaka pardhini shaila suthe 9

Jaya jaya japya jaye jaya shabda parasthuthi thath para vishva nuthe ,
Bhana Bhana Bhinjhimi Bhin kritha noopura sinjitha mohitha bhootha pathe ,
Natitha nataardha nateenatha naayaka naatitha naatya sugaana rathe ,
Jaya jaya he mahishaasura mardhini ramyaka pardhini shaila suthe 10

Victory to You! Victory to You! Whose victory need be sung and praised by all the Universe,
Who attracts Shiva\'s attention with the tinkling of Her bells and ornaments as She dances
Who delights in Her own beautiful singing, and Her dance in the form of Ardhanari,
Victory, victory to You, Oh Slayer of the Buffalo Demon!
Victory, Daughter of the Himalayas, with beautifully plaited hair! 

Ayi sumanah sumanah sumanah sumanah sumano hara kaanthi yuthe ,
Shritha rajanee rajanee rajanee rajanee rajanee kara vakra vruthe ,
Sunayana vibhramara bhramara bhramara bhramara bhrama raadhi pathe,
Jaya jaya he mahishaasura mardhini ramyaka pardhini shaila suthe 11

Oh, it is You Whose flowerlike complexion attracts all good-hearted souls,
[The meaning of the middle two lines is unclear],
Victory, victory to You, Oh Slayer of the Buffalo Demon!
Victory, Daughter of the Himalayas, with beautifully plaited hair!

Sahita mahaahava mallama tallika mallitha rallaka malla rathe ,
Virachitha vallika pallika mallika bhillika bhillika varga vruthe ,
Sita krutha phullisa mullasi thaaruna thallaja pallava salla lithe ,
Jaya jaya he mahishaasura mardhini ramyaka pardhini shaila suthe 12

[The meaning of this verse is unclear.]
Victory, victory to You, Oh Slayer of the Buffalo Demon!
Victory, Daughter of the Himalayas, with beautifully plaited hair!


(lyrics continued in PART-II)

Part II

Lyrics:
Avirala ganda galanmada medura matha mathangaja raaja pathe ,
Tribhuvana bhooshana bhootha kalaanidhi roopa payonidhi raaja suthe ,
Ayi suda theejana laalasa maanasa mohana manmatha raaja suthe ,
Jaya jaya he mahishaasura mardhini ramyaka pardhini shaila suthe 13

Who effortlessly steers huge royal elephants in their fury, musk streaming in rivers down their temples,
Oh Great Princess, Daughter of the Ocean, Who has the beauty of the Moon,
Who is Ornament of the triple world,
Princess of Love, whose beautiful smile enchants the minds of those entrapped by desire,
Victory, victory to You, Oh Slayer of the Buffalo Demon!
Victory, Daughter of the Himalayas, with beautifully plaited hair!

Kamala dalaamala komala kaanthi kalaakali thaamala bhaala lathe ,
Sakala vilaasa kalaa nilaya krama kelicha latkala hamsa kule ,
Alikula sankula kuvalaya mandala maulimi ladbaku laali kule ,
Jaya jaya he mahishaasura mardhini ramyaka pardhini shaila suthe 14

Whose flawless forehead displays Her beautiful complexion, pure and delicate like lotus petals,
Whose flocks of swans follow Her with the fluid grace that is the mark of all beautiful arts,
Whose swarms of bees sail down from the bakula trees to light with other bees atop the lotus flowers,
Victory, victory to You, Oh Slayer of the Buffalo Demon!
Victory, Daughter of the Himalayas, with beautifully plaited hair! 

Kara muralee rava veejitha koojitha lajjitha kokila manju mathe ,
Militha pulinda manohara gunjitha ranjitha shaila nikunja gathe ,
Nijaguna bhootha mahaa shabaree gana sadguna sambhrutha keli thale ,
Jaya jaya he mahishaasura mardhini ramyaka pardhini shaila suthe 15

Who so sweetly plays Her flute that its music puts the Kokila bird to shame, Who always has sweet thoughts,
Who dwells in colorful mountain groves that echo pleasantly with the bustle of mountain folk,
Whose playground is filled with breathtaking tribal women, who are manifestations of Her own great qualities,
Victory, victory to You, Oh Slayer of the Buffalo Demon!
Victory, Daughter of the Himalayas, with beautifully plaited hair!

Katita tapeeta dukoola vichithra mayookha tiraskritha chandra ruche,
Pranatha suraasura mauli manisphura damshula sannakha chandra ruche,
Jithakana kaachala mauli padorjitha nirbhara kunjara kumbha kuche ,
Jaya jaya he mahishaasura mardhini ramyaka pardhini shaila suthe 16 

Who outshines the brilliance of the moon with the colorful rays flashing from the yellow silks around Her waist,
Whose toenails shine like the moon as well, reflecting the crest jewels of the gods and demons who bow at Her feet,
Whose breasts outshine the temples of wild elephants and the high peaks of golden mountains,
Victory, victory to You, Oh Slayer of the Buffalo Demon!
Victory, Daughter of the Himalayas, with beautifully plaited hair!

Vijitha sahasra karaika sahasra karaika sahasra karaika nuthe ,
Kruta sura thaaraka sangara thaaraka sangara thaaraka soonu nuthe ,
Suratha samaadhi samaanasa maadhi samaadhi samaadhi sujaatha rathe ,
Jaya jaya he mahishaasura mardhini ramyaka pardhini shaila suthe 17

Who surpasses the thousand-rayed sun with the brilliance of Her own thousand hands, and Who is in turn praised by a thousand suns,
Who does battle to save the Gods, and Whose sons fought the demon Taraka and are Saviors,
[Meaning unclear],
Victory, victory to You, Oh Slayer of the Buffalo Demon!
Victory, Daughter of the Himalayas, with beautifully plaited hair! 

Pada kamalam karunaa nilaye vari vasyati yonu dinam sa shive ,
Ayi kamale kamalaa nilaye kamalaa nilayahsa katham na bhaveth ,
Tava padameva param pada mityanu sheelayatho mama kim na shive ,
Jaya jaya he mahishaasura mardhini ramyaka pardhini shaila suthe 18

Oh Benevolent Goddess, accompanied by Shiva, when one daily cherishes Your lotuslike feet,
Then, Oh lotus-dwelling Lakshmi, how will one not become wealthy?
Oh Auspicious Goddess, what riches will not be mine, if I earnestly believe that Your feet are the highest goal to be achieved?
Victory, victory to You, Oh Slayer of the Buffalo Demon!
Victory, Daughter of the Himalayas, with beautifully plaited hair! 

Kanaka lasat kala sindhu jalai ranu sinchi nute guna ranga bhuvam ,
Bhajathi sa kim na sachi kucha kumbha thatee pari rambha sukhaanu bhavam ,
Thava charanam sharanam kara vaani nataa mara vaani nivaa si sivam ,
Jaya jaya he mahishaasura mardhini ramyaka pardhini shaila suthe 19

If one bathes You, the playground of virtues, in the shining golden waters of the ocean,
Will one not experience in Heaven the joy, equal to that of Indra, of embracing the full bosom of Sachi?
Oh Goddess worshipped by the Gods Themselves, I take refuge at Your feet, which are also the abode of Shiva.
Victory, victory to You, Oh Slayer of the Buffalo Demon!
Victory, Daughter of the Himalayas, with beautifully plaited hair!

Tava vimalendu kulam vadha nendu malam sakalam nanu koola yathe ,
Kimu puru hootha pureendu mukhee sumukhee bhirasau vimukhee kriyathe ,
Mama thu matham siva naama dhane bhavatee kripayaa kimutha kriyathe ,
Jaya jaya he mahishaasura mardhini ramyaka pardhini shaila suthe 20

When one sufficiently dedicates oneself to Your entire moonlike visage, brighter than a host of perfect moons,
How will one be turned away in heaven by the moon-visaged beauties of the city of Indra?
[Meaning unclear],
Victory, victory to You, Oh Slayer of the Buffalo Demon!
Victory, Daughter of the Himalayas, with beautifully plaited hair! 

Ayi mayi deena dayaalu thayaa krupa yaiva thvayaa bhavi thavya mume ,
Ayi jagatho jananee krupa yaasi yathaasi thathaa nubhi thaasi rathe ,
Yadu chitha mathra bhavathyu raree kuruthaa duruthaa pama paa kuruthe ,
Jaya jaya he mahishaasura mardhini ramyaka pardhini shaila suthe 21

Oh Uma, please look kindly upon me, because of your virtue of compassion toward the meek,
[Meaning unclear],
But you may do as You wish with me, Oh You who removes the pain of Her devotees.
Victory, victory to You, Oh Slayer of the Buffalo Demon!
Victory, Daughter of the Himalayas, with beautifully plaited hair!

Maran Mantra - A Mantra to Kill for Download

Philosophy of Life

Judge me by what you read. My writings explain myself in ways that I can't really explain. I love life. I believe in looking for the good in the bad. With all of the philosophies about life And the meaning of it, How can we all decide on one set thing?
I don't really think we can, Because everyone wants to believe what he or she wants to believe, And not be forced into something.

But my philosophy that sums up my meaning of life is simple.To live. 
I think we were set on this planet, and this world, To live, And do what we want with what we have.

I mean life is going to suck sometimes, I can guarantee it,
But you keep living, And you never, never, give up.

You can study the great philosophers of time, And maybe get a bit of what they tried to teach,
Or you can come up with your own, 
Because really,
Philosophy is an opinion.

This is what I believe in black and white,
But this is only my opinion,
My philosophy on life.

You can make of life whatever you want,
Just make something of it.
Keep living no matter what.
Every single person can do great things with their life;
They only have to find out where to start.

Courtesy: Deepa Vora - Orkut Profile

Utaval Savalma - Mariz

એ રીતે એ છવાઈ ગયાં છે ખયાલમાં;
આવેશને ગણી મેં લીધો છે વહાલમાં.

તારા વચનનો કેટલો આભાર માનીએ,
વરસો કઠણ હતાં તે ગયાં આજકાલમાં.

સારું છે એની સાથે કશી ગુફતગૂ નથી,
નહિતર હું કંઈક ભૂલ કરત બોલચાલમાં.

કરતો હતો જે પહેલાં તે પ્રસ્તાવના ગઈ,
લઈ લઉં છું એનું નામ હવે બોલચાલમાં.

લય પણ જરૂર હોય છે મારી ગતિની સાથ,
હું છું ધ્વનિ સમાન જમાનાની ચાલમાં.

મુજ પર સિતમ કરી ગયા મારી ગઝલના શેર,
વાંચીને એ રહે છે બીજાના ખયાલમાં.

એ ‘ના’ કહીને સહેજમાં છૂટી ગયા ‘મરીઝ’,
કરવી ન જોઈતી’તી ઉતાવળ સવાલમાં.

- મરીઝ

This is one my favourite ones. It tells so many things in just few lines. Simply splendid work by the writer.

Selfish Jains

Jainism is all about Right Conduct. Right Conduct includes – 

1. Non-Violence
2. Truthfulness, 
3. Non-stealing, 
4. Sexual restraint, 
5. Non-attachment and 
6. Non-selfish attitude towards life.

But in my view, all of these conducts or attitudes are under scanner in modern day world or rather I would say young jains are either confused or not able to accept these conducts wholeheartedly.

The reason I am writing this article is to expose the weak part that prevails in todays jains and to what extent it hurts other people. Jain youth, especially girls, are under so much pressure from family that for sake of just enjoying life momentarily flirts and affairs with guys of other religion. Because they know once they are hooked up with certain Jain Boy they won’t be able to enjoy life to the fullest or in other words they would get trapped in traditional Jain rites and rituals.

Few of my friends, who had Jain Girl Friends, has suffered a lot due to this. They enjoy with you completely before marriage and when it comes to talk to the parents about the affair they show their backs giving lame excuses that her family only wants a Jain Boy. And funny part of it is that they don’t even allow guys to atleast talk to their parents and bring a solution to the problem. If you really love someone than atleast you should once bravely say your parents and bring a feasible solution. And if that doesn’t workout in your favor than it’s your destiny. Their selfishness looms when they just stop talking to you one day and wants guy also to not keep any contact with them.

Another lame excuse that they give is that – they wont be able to fit in other environment which is non – jain, they have problem with the food from all of the world, and also sometimes forces their partner to change to Jainism which is the shittier of all.

If you love any person wholeheartedly, just love him / her without any conditions. They have problems even if their partners are liberal enough to allow them to follow their religion and instead try to force their philosophies on others. One should be clear in their own mind what they want – a beautiful life with the person you love or a life where you can follow all your rites and rituals without any problem?? Just be clear what you want in life before playing with others emotions and feelings. It is really really hard for a person to come out of such trauma, when someone ditches without any logical reason.

After seeing all this non-sense, I certainly don’t have any regards for such a religion and people of that religion. Muslims atleast are much better I should say who knows their limitations. We all see this happening in our everyday life still no one dares to voice Jains but it is different when it is Muslim or Christian in the picture. I ask why Jains cant synchronize with the way modern world is changing?? Why they don’t understand their limitations and just stop before playing with feelings of other people?? Why not even a single eye brow raised against  such proselytizing techniques which are used in our society??


PLEASE NOTE: THESE STORIES HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH MY PERSONAL LIFE. I URGE COMMENTERS TO SHOW SOME RESPECT TOWARDS SOCIETY AND STOP ABUSING EACH OTHERS. I AGREE SUCH PRACTICES PREVAILS IN EVERY RELIGIONS BUT I DONT SEE ANY REASON TO DO COMPARISON OF VARIOUS RELIGIONS IN HERE. THANKS FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING.

PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO ABUSIVE NATURE OF COMMENTS; THE COMMENT SYSTEM HAS BEEN DISABLED FOR THIS ARTICLE. RESPECT !!!