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First day of Navratri - Devi Shailaputri

Shailaputri

The first among the Navadurgas is Shailaputri. Shaila means stone, and putri means daughter. Praying to this aspect of Mother Divine brings strength (like a stone). It brings commitment. When the mind is wavering, chanting the name of this Devi Shailaputri helps the mind to be centered and committed. It gives us strength, courage, and composure.

Read more at http://www.artofliving.org/navratri/navdurga

What is the difference between a student, a disciple and a devotee?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar- Student-Disciple-Devotee

Sri Sri: These are three different levels, primary, higher secondary and college. A student only wants to take some knowledge and leave. A disciple goes one step further and forms a relationship, he is connected with the heart and mind. And a devotee, well he controls God himself, he makes God is servant! If one is a master he is a devotee, if he wants to do seva, he is a disciple and if he wants to simply takes something and go then he is a student.

Celebrating 4 decades of Spic Macay with Padmashree Dr Kiran Seth

Padma Shri Dr Kiran Seth, 66, was studying in the US when he had an epiphany during a Brooklyn concert by dhrupad maestros Ustad Aminuddin Dagar and Ustad Fariduddin Dagar. When he came back to India and started teaching mechanical engineering at IIT Delhi, he realized most of his students were cut off from any form of Indian classical music. This inspired him to start a small organization called SPIC MACAY in 1977, to expose young people to India's vast cultural heritage. The organization grew and grew, and is today the largest voluntary non-governmental body of its kind. It organizes more than 5,000 concerts each year and has a presence in 800 Indian cities and towns. It is estimated to have impacted more than 3 million students from schools and colleges, many of whom credit SPIC MACAY with giving them their first taste of classical music.

The disharmony outside is a direct reflection of the disharmony within a large majority of the population. Bringing in art and other aspects of Indian and world culture into our lives can make all the difference.

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Jyoti Envirotech in Lucknow

 

Lucknow’s first Municipal Solid Waste Treatment Plant at Shivri will soon have a wide belt of trees to improve surrounding area’s air quality. Jyoti Envirotech, the NGO that is already collecting garbage from 57 out of 110 wards in Lucknow will be planting trees to ensure good air quality at Shivri.

Jyoti Envirotech will also need to process the leachate (waste moisture) use it within the treatment plant for sprinkling during composting. Else, the leachate would be harmful for surrounding environment, and should not be thrown outside premises.

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