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MARCH <strong>2016</strong><br />

VOLUME 1 l ISSUE 2<br />

HINDU SWAYAMSEVAK SANGH<br />

<strong>Balagokulam</strong> AZ Times<br />

HINDU DHARMA FOR KIDS, TEACHERS & PARENTS<br />

cooking Tips:<br />

QUINOA<br />

a super grain<br />

SERVE Phoenix<br />

at St. Mary's Food Bank<br />

Importance of<br />

Sanskrit<br />

Glimpses of<br />

2015 family camp<br />

Holi celebration<br />

by <strong>HSS</strong> on <strong>March</strong> 19,<strong>2016</strong><br />

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Spotlight<br />

MANANEEYA<br />

SAUMITRA GOKHALE<br />

VISHWA VIBHAG SAMYOJAK FOR <strong>HSS</strong><br />

Mananeeya Saumitra Gokhale<br />

has the responsibility of Vishwa Vibhag<br />

Samyojak (Global Coordinator) for Hindu<br />

Swayamsevak Sangh. He inspires and<br />

guides Sangh work around the world.<br />

A VERY DYNAMIC SPEAKER WITH A<br />

WEALTH OF KNOWLEDGE ON HINDU<br />

DHARMA, INDIA AND ANCIENT<br />

TRADITIONS<br />

Saumitraji graduated with a B.E. from<br />

Pune and an M.S. (Mech) from Canada.<br />

After finishing his studies, he dedicated<br />

his life to serve the society. He worked<br />

as a pracharak (full-time worker) for<br />

over 4 years in India. Since 1999, he<br />

started working as a pracharak in the<br />

Caribbean countries, Canada and<br />

USA. Based currently in the US, he<br />

constantly travels around the world,<br />

mingling naturally with everyone from<br />

small balas (children) to business and<br />

social leaders, and heads of state. A<br />

very dynamic speaker with a wealth of<br />

knowledge on Hindu Dharma, India and<br />

ancient traditions, his counsel is sought<br />

by people around the world. Saumitraji<br />

has conducted a number of seminars<br />

and workshops which have inspired<br />

hundreds of youth to come forward and<br />

give time for the society. He is part of<br />

the International Center for Cultural<br />

Studies (ICCS) Advisory Council, an<br />

institute dedicated to research on<br />

ancient and native traditions of the<br />

world.<br />

A very passionate speaker with a<br />

wealth of knowledge on Hindu Dharma,<br />

India and ancient traditions. Saumitra<br />

has conducted a number of seminars<br />

and workshops which have inspired<br />

hundreds of youths to come forward<br />

and give time for the society. He has<br />

worked in a number of places including<br />

India, Caribbean countries, Canada and<br />

the USA.


Featured Story of the Month<br />

SANSKRIT<br />

classes for <strong>HSS</strong> Team<br />

Sanskrit was considered as “Dev Bhasha”,<br />

“ Devavani “or the language of the Gods<br />

by ancient Indians.Sanskrit (meaning<br />

“cultured or refined”),<br />

The classical language of<br />

Hinduism, is the oldest and the<br />

most systematic language in<br />

the world. The vastness and the<br />

versatility, and power of expression can be<br />

appreciated by the fact that this language has<br />

65 words to describe various forms of earth, 67<br />

words for water, and over 250 words to describe<br />

rainfall.<br />

As a language, Sanskrit is the cultural backbone<br />

of India. It holds the key to India’s timeless, rich,<br />

cultural heritage. Knowledge of Sanskrit opens<br />

new vistas in areas such as Indian philosophy,<br />

yoga, ayurveda, mathematics, etc. By restoring<br />

Sanskrit to its rightful place in the cultural<br />

legacy of India, it is believed that the fate of<br />

India’s cultural heritage will also be secured.<br />

Besides being a treasure trove of knowledge,<br />

Sanskrit has the power to unify India. The<br />

language of Sanskrit holds no boundaries.<br />

Now in Phoenix, Shilpa Desai and<br />

Selvakumar created opportunity to learn<br />

Sanskrit for “FREE” by volunteering to start<br />

Sanskrit classes. Enthusiastically, about 25<br />

people attended the initial sessions. The<br />

sessions are aimed to learn spoken Sanskrit.<br />

The pilot sessions are currently conducted<br />

once every week. A total of 10 sessions are<br />

planned for the course.<br />

“If I was asked what is the greatest<br />

treasure which India possesses and what<br />

is her greatest heritage, I would answer<br />

unhesitatingly that it is the Sanskrit language<br />

and literature and all that it contains. This<br />

is a magnificent inheritance, and so long as<br />

this endures and influences the<br />

life of our people, so long will the<br />

basic genius of India continue.”<br />

-Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru


Featured Story of the Month<br />

<strong>HSS</strong> Phoenix<br />

Varshik Yojana Baithak<br />

( Yearly Meeting)<br />

On Feb 27th, <strong>2016</strong> Karyawah/Mukhya Shikshak/Gata Nayaks<br />

from all 6 shakas and Nagar team came together to share<br />

experiences with each other and understand the thrust / goals<br />

for Year <strong>2016</strong> and work towards achieving those.<br />

This is once a year meeting for all<br />

of the <strong>HSS</strong> karyakarthas to meet in<br />

person, share their experiences and<br />

collectively pan to chart a course for<br />

<strong>2016</strong>. It was fortunate for Phoenix to<br />

have Jayantji (Sah-Karyavah), Pravinji<br />

(Sampark Pramukh), Hemantji(Boudhik<br />

Pramukh) from the Southern California<br />

Vibhag team to mentor and help the<br />

Phoenix team to plan for this year. The<br />

Baithak started from 8am to 12:30pm.<br />

The Half-day long Baithak was broken<br />

into different sessions to help plan in<br />

detail for some of the thrust areas.<br />

Some of the achievements for Phoenix<br />

in 2015 were<br />

Shivaji and Ramakrishna Shakhas were<br />

started.<br />

Sakhi Sammelan<br />

Sankranti Haldi-Kumkum<br />

9 People from Phoenix attended the<br />

Sangh Shiksha Vargs and 11 Nagar-level<br />

Vargs<br />

Two vistarikas: Vaishnaviji (Australia) &<br />

Anuji(Bay Area)<br />

Pravas: Ma Ved Nandaji, Arunji Kankani,<br />

Maulikji, Sreejithji, Sabithaji, Baluji<br />

Sastry, Shankar Ramji, Hemantji<br />

Discover India & India Nite<br />

Participation.<br />

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Person of the month<br />

Shivaji was born around 1627 A.D. (or<br />

1630 A.D.), at a hill fort named ‘Shivneri’<br />

located in the Puna city. His father was<br />

Raje Bhosale, who was Mercenary in<br />

the army of the Sultan of Bijapur. Shivaji<br />

was grown up under the care of his<br />

mother and Guru Dadoji Kondadev.<br />

Chhatrapati<br />

Shivaji Maharaj<br />

Chhatrapati Shivaji is one of the<br />

most progressive and sensible<br />

rulers in Indian history. The tales<br />

of his bravery are countless and<br />

stories of his victories innumerable.<br />

He was a great hero, saint,<br />

bhakta and a great king.<br />

Shivaji was brave and kind since<br />

childhood. He studied Mahabharata<br />

due to his great interest in the religious<br />

teachings. His mother and guru inspired<br />

him with the patriotic and noble ideas.<br />

Kondadev taught him the military<br />

training and the art of government. He<br />

was the founder of the Maratha Empire.<br />

He was famous for his bravery. Once<br />

the Nawab of Bijapur send Afzal Khan,<br />

who carried an iron cage with him and<br />

entered into the territory of Shivaji.<br />

He sent him a fake message of peace<br />

to persuade Shivaji to meet him. But<br />

Shivaji was wise to his ways. He went<br />

prepared for a battle. He had fitted steel<br />

points in his left hand and a dagger in<br />

his sleeve. He tore open Afzal Khan’s<br />

stomach with steel points, and stabbed<br />

him in his back, as he was attacked.<br />

Shivaji was the head of his<br />

administration. He had eight members in<br />

his administration to help. He has given<br />

the freedom to choose any religion in his<br />

empire.<br />

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj died on<br />

April 3, 1680 after suffering fever for 3<br />

weeks, but the Marathas continued their<br />

struggle against the Mughal emperors<br />

under his successors.<br />

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<strong>HSS</strong> <strong>Balagokulam</strong><br />

Holi 2015 Memories<br />

HOLI <strong>2016</strong> is here on <strong>March</strong> 19th<br />

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Making Safe,<br />

Natural COLORS<br />

Dyes made of toxic chemicals are too often used during<br />

holi. The food based recipes below along with edible food<br />

coloring, offer safe alternatives for all colors.<br />

Red: Soak red pomegranate rind in water overnight. A<br />

pinch of edible gypsum mixed with turmeric powder in<br />

water gives a bright red. soak red hibiscus flowers in water<br />

overnight.<br />

Yellow: Turmeric powder makes a terrific yellow.<br />

Brown: Soak betel nut in water overnight and dilute as<br />

necessary. or boil tea or coffee in water.<br />

Purple: Boil blueberries in an iron vessel and let stand<br />

overnight.<br />

Magenta: slice or grate one beet root, leave overnight in<br />

water. dilute as needed for different shades.<br />

Green: puree spinach, coriander or mint leaves in water,<br />

strain and use.<br />

How did the frolicking with color originate?<br />

Legend has it that krishna noticed one day how much<br />

lighter radha’s complexion was than his own.<br />

His mother playfully suggested that he smear radha’s<br />

cheeks with color to make her look like him, which krishna<br />

did.The strong willed radha gracefully retaliated and a<br />

merry chaos ensued. Another legend has it that krishna<br />

celebrated this festival with his friends and gopis. They<br />

danced and frolicked, filling the air with color in joyous<br />

welcome of spring.<br />

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Why did i choose to<br />

Learn Dance?<br />

BY Arpana Ajith (5th Grade)<br />

India has a very rich tradition in<br />

classical dance. There are many dance<br />

forms in India and the root of all<br />

classical dance forms is Natya Shastra<br />

by Barathamuni.<br />

Arpana Ajith<br />

from Shakthi Sakha<br />

Origin of Indian Classical Dance is far back<br />

in Indian history and it developed over 1000s<br />

of years. The word classical means a Natya<br />

Shastra based art performance and it was<br />

introduced by Sangeet Natak Academy.<br />

The dance forms performed inside temple<br />

according to rituals called Aagama Natanam<br />

and those performed in royal court are<br />

called Carnatakam. Natya includes nrita,<br />

singing and abhinaya. Main feature of Indian<br />

classical dance is mudras. Mudras are hand<br />

gestures which are used to narrate the story<br />

or demonstrate certain concepts .Facial<br />

expression is also considered as an important<br />

part of a classical dance.<br />

Sangeet Natak Academy gives classical status<br />

to 8 Indian dance forms.<br />

1. Bharatha Natyam.<br />

Bharatha Natyam originated from Tamil Nadu.<br />

It is a very traditional and popular dance form.<br />

It is a Temple dance form and has its origin<br />

in Natya Shastra. It is a combination of bha-<br />

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(Bhavam) expression, ra- (ragam) music, ta<br />

- (thalam) beat, Natyam - dance.<br />

2. Kathak.<br />

Kathak originated from Uttar Pradesh. It<br />

is originated as a court dance. The name<br />

Kathak derived from a Sanskrit word Katha<br />

means story. Complicate foot works, spins<br />

and abhinaya are the highlights of Kathak.<br />

3. Kathakali.<br />

Kathakali originated from Kerala during 17th<br />

century. It is noted for attractive make up<br />

and costumes. Kathakali is a combination of<br />

5 elements like expression, dance, mudras,<br />

song and instrument. Usually it performed at<br />

night and ends at early morning.<br />

4. Kuchipudi.<br />

Kuchipudi originated from Andra Pradesh.It<br />

uses Carnatic music accompanied by Vocal,<br />

Violin, Flute, Tambura and Mirdangam. It<br />

shares common elements with Bharatha<br />

Natyam. There are certain unique styles in<br />

kuchipudi (Tharangam) in which the dancer<br />

balances a plate with Diya in hand and a<br />

pot full of water on head while dancing on a<br />

brass plate.<br />

5. Manipuri.<br />

Manipuri is a major Indian Classical Dance<br />

form. It originated from Manipur. It is purely<br />

religious .The Manipuri dancers never<br />

strike their feet hard on ground. Body and<br />

feet movements and facial expressions are<br />

subtle and aim at grace and devotion.<br />

6. Mohiniatam.<br />

Mohiniatam originated from Kerala in 16th<br />

century. The word Mohiniatam means<br />

“<br />

I wanted to learn dance because I<br />

had seen dance in TV and movies. So<br />

I told my parents I wanted to dance.<br />

That’s how I started learning dance. I<br />

am learning dance for last 4 yrs.<br />

“dance of the enchantress” Main theme<br />

of this is love and devotion to god mainly<br />

Vishnu or Krishna as hero. Smt.<br />

kalamadalam kalyanikutty Amma considered<br />

as mother of Mohiniattam.The dance<br />

involves gentle body movements. The<br />

costume of Mohiniattam is a white sari<br />

with golden edges. The lyrics used in this<br />

is Manipravalam (mixture of Sanskrit and<br />

Malayalam].<br />

7. Odissi.<br />

Odissi originated from Orissa .It is the<br />

oldest surviving dance form of India. This is<br />

a temple dance and has its origin in Natya<br />

Shastra. It gives importance to independents<br />

movements of head, chest and pelvis<br />

and basic square stance symbolizes Lord<br />

Jaganatha.Dance involves stamping foot<br />

and striking various postures.<br />

8. Sattriya.<br />

Sattriya originated in Assam. The main<br />

theme of this dance form is mythological<br />

stories.<br />

I wanted to learn dance because I had<br />

seen dance in TV and movies. So I told my<br />

parents I wanted to dance. That’s how I<br />

started learning dance. I am learning dance<br />

for last 4 yrs. with Sreemathy maami-at<br />

Silambam Phoenix dance school. Now I love<br />

to dance and I want to be a good dancer. I’m<br />

ready to practice hard.<br />

“<br />

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Events<br />

SERVE Phoenix<br />

at St. Mary Food Bank<br />

in January <strong>2016</strong><br />

Sewa International's Serve<br />

Phoenix is a monthly<br />

volunteering program for<br />

Kids 8+ years and Adults<br />

lead by Monica Gupta to<br />

promote the volunteerism in<br />

local community.<br />

On Jan 16, 26 Volunteers including<br />

kids and adults participated in St.<br />

Mary’s Food bank which is the first<br />

food bank in the world. They helped<br />

to pack the donated food cans in the<br />

boxes to keep it ready to deliver to<br />

the needy and poor people.<br />

After the event, all volunteers<br />

gathered together to get to know<br />

each other and played fun games as<br />

an ice-breaker which was enjoyed<br />

by everyone. Also, information about<br />

various Sewa International Programs<br />

was given to all.<br />

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SERVE Phoenix<br />

at St. Mary Food Bank<br />

Esha Manage<br />

Esha Manage Daughter of<br />

Shilpa & Manoj Manage<br />

from Phoenix, AZ. She<br />

is a 9th grade student<br />

and volunteered for<br />

Diwali Food Drive by<br />

going door to door in her<br />

neighborhood.<br />

She visited around 17 houses<br />

including both Indians and Non-<br />

Indians. She collected around 32lb of<br />

canned food.<br />

She got lots of appreciations from<br />

people which motivated her to collect<br />

more food. Her parents supported<br />

and encouraged her all the way and<br />

were happy as she was getting Sewa<br />

Sanskar on the occasion of festival.<br />

Esha herself thanked Sewa<br />

International USA - Phoenix<br />

for providing such wonderful<br />

opportunity.<br />

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Events<br />

Vivekananda shaka builds<br />

ANIMAL Shelter<br />

a kids enthusiast<br />

I would like to share this experience that happened in our shaka this<br />

Sunday. After our Shaka I was explaining to a few kinds about Nature<br />

and showing how bees pollinate the flowers etc. They wanted to<br />

make a project so I told to make a house using some stones. I was very<br />

surprised without telling me anything, one by one all the kids joined<br />

the group and they finally came up with a shelter for animals. I was<br />

pleasantly surprised!<br />

By Manjunath Prasad<br />

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Tips<br />

QUINOA A Super-Grain<br />

Method<br />

The world is upbeat about a new grain called<br />

Quinoa (pronounced “keen-war). A complete<br />

food in itself, quinoa is aptly called a supergrain.<br />

The cooked seeds have a delicate and<br />

nutty flavour. The quinoa seeds are even<br />

ground into flour and used in breads.<br />

Quinoa has nutrient richness, takes less time<br />

(10 to 15 minutes) to cook than other whole<br />

grains and has a delightful taste even on its<br />

own. It has the highest protein content with nine<br />

essential amino acids and is therefore, perfect<br />

for vegetarians and vegans.<br />

Quinoa With Spinach And<br />

Tomatoes<br />

Ingredients:<br />

Quinoa (rinsed)<br />

Water or vegetable broth<br />

Fresh spinach<br />

Chopped tomatoes<br />

Fresh lime juice<br />

Salt to taste<br />

Pepper<br />

Grated parmesan cheese<br />

1 cup<br />

2 cups<br />

1 cup<br />

1/4 cup<br />

1/2 tsp<br />

1/2 tsp<br />

2 tbsp<br />

1. Cover and simmer rinsed quinoa in vegetable<br />

broth or water for 10-12 minutes until quinoa is<br />

almost cooked.<br />

2. Fold in fresh spinach and heat for 3-4 more<br />

minutes until spinach has wilted and quinoa is<br />

cooked through.<br />

3. Add chopped tomatoes, salt and pepper and<br />

cook for 2 more minutes.<br />

4. Remove from heat.<br />

5. Drizzle with lime juice.<br />

6. Garnish with freshly grated parmesan cheese<br />

(or cottage cheese).<br />

7. Optional: Garnish with basil, thyme or other<br />

herbs for extra flavour.<br />

Some Preparations For Quinoa:<br />

• Add red beans (rajma), pumpkin seeds, onions<br />

with leaves and coriander to cooked and chilled<br />

quinoa. Season to taste.<br />

• Add nuts and fruits to cooked quinoa and<br />

serve as breakfast porridge. Try making noodles<br />

with quinoa flour.<br />

• Sprouted quinoa can be used in salads and<br />

sandwiches.<br />

• Add quinoa to your favourite vegetable soups<br />

and curries.<br />

• Ground quinoa flour can be added to cookie or<br />

muffin recipes.<br />

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Glimpses of 2015 family camp<br />

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Glimpses of 2015 family camp<br />

<strong>HSS</strong>,AZ<br />

Family Camp <strong>2016</strong><br />

coming up!!!<br />

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Q&A<br />

Hinduism<br />

Volume 2<br />

Hinduism is the oldest religion of this world. During the<br />

period when people in other areas were hunting down<br />

animals, the great Hindu sages, holy men and Kings were<br />

leading their people in virtuous life by chanting the vedas,<br />

carrying out great yagas (yagna) and medical research in<br />

Sittha, Ayurveda and also in astronomy.<br />

Q: What is the meaning of<br />

Kalpa?<br />

‘Kalpa’ is the measurement of a very<br />

long period of time calculated by our<br />

ancient sages. Like a minute, hour,<br />

day, month or year, Kalpa denotes<br />

a very long period of time. We try to<br />

explain it below:<br />

According to human calculation, 430<br />

crore human years are equal to Lord<br />

Brahma’s one day (12 hours). If we<br />

add another 430 crore years, it adds<br />

up to make one day and one night (24<br />

hours).<br />

Thirty Brahma days give one Brahma<br />

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month and 12 Brahma months give<br />

one Brahma year.A period of 100 such<br />

Brahma years are called one Kalpa.<br />

Thus one KALPA is equal to 4,320<br />

million human years.<br />

Q: Which are the upper worlds?<br />

1. Poolokha<br />

2. Puwar Lokha<br />

3. Suvar Lokha<br />

4. Sana Lokha<br />

5. Thabo Lokha<br />

6. Kaa Lokha<br />

7. Sathya Lokha<br />

Q: Which are the nether worlds?<br />

1. Athala Lokha<br />

2. Thala Lokha<br />

3. Suthala Lokha<br />

4. Tharathala Lokha<br />

5. Mahathala Lokha<br />

6. Rasathala Lokha<br />

7. Pathala Lokha<br />

Q: What are the names of<br />

Navagrahas?<br />

1. Sun<br />

2. Moon<br />

3. Mars<br />

4. Mercury<br />

5. Jupiter<br />

6. Venus<br />

7. Saturn<br />

8. Rahu<br />

9. Kethu.<br />

Q: Who are the four eminent<br />

saints of Saivaism?<br />

Appar<br />

Sundarar<br />

Sampanthar<br />

Manickavasagar.<br />

They were among the 63 nayanmars<br />

who devoted therir life to Lord Shiva.<br />

These four sung devotional songs<br />

(Devarams) on Lord Shiva.<br />

Q18: Who are the 12 vaishnava<br />

saints<br />

1. Poikai azhvar<br />

2. Poothathazhvar<br />

3. Peyaazhvar<br />

4. Thirumazhisaiyaazhvar<br />

5. Mathurakavi azhvar<br />

6. Nammaazhvar<br />

7. Kulasekaraazhvar<br />

8. Periyaazhvar (Vishnu siththar)<br />

9. Aandal (Surumbaar kuzhal kothai)<br />

(Female)<br />

10. Thondaradippodi aazhvar (Vippira<br />

narayanar)<br />

11. Thiruppaanaazhvaar<br />

12. Thirumangai aazhvar<br />

Q: Eight Directions and the Lords<br />

of Them<br />

1. East : Indra<br />

2. West: Agni<br />

3. South: Yama<br />

4. North: Niruthi<br />

5. North East: Varana<br />

6. South West: Vayu<br />

7. South East: Kubera<br />

8. North West.: Eesana<br />

Q: What are the Navaratnas?<br />

1. Diamond<br />

2. Sardonyx<br />

3. Emerald<br />

4. Pearl<br />

5. Carbuncle<br />

6. Sapphire<br />

7. Topax<br />

8. Lapis Lazuli<br />

9. Coral.<br />

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Ganesh Maharaj<br />

laid the first brick<br />

of the first ever<br />

Maha Rajagopuram<br />

in Arizona for<br />

MAhaGanapathi<br />

Temple, AZ and<br />

blessed our <strong>HSS</strong><br />

Team members<br />

LEARN PHOTOGRAPHY &<br />

BECOME A PRO PHOTOGRAPHER<br />

a Knowledge Sharing Session by <strong>HSS</strong>,AZ<br />

One would learn<br />

* About Light,<br />

* Basic Colors,<br />

* Camera Principles,<br />

* How Cameras Work<br />

* How to take Professional Pictures<br />

* Aperture, Speed,ISO<br />

*Hands on Photo Shoots and Analysis<br />

“PHOTO COMPETITION”<br />

Contact to register<br />

your kids in this workshop<br />

byra_s@yahoo.com<br />

smanjup@gmail.com<br />

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Story<br />

Mother’s love<br />

Once upon a time, there was<br />

a cowherd’s wife named<br />

Hiramani. She lived in the<br />

lowlands of Maharashtra’s<br />

Raaygadh fortress. She<br />

would sell milk to all the<br />

people living within the fort.<br />

On Aso Punam, she went<br />

to sell milk as usual in the<br />

fort. That day there was<br />

a bhajan festival taking<br />

place. The day slipped by<br />

quickly. As evening came,<br />

the doors of the fort were<br />

closed. Hiramani said to<br />

the gateman, “My child is at<br />

home and has been hungry<br />

since morning. Let me go.<br />

Otherwise he’ll go hungry.”<br />

However, the gateman<br />

replied, “Once the gates<br />

close, they will only be<br />

opened in the morning; that<br />

is the rule here. Therefore, I<br />

cannot open the door.”<br />

Hiramani started frantically<br />

worrying about her child.<br />

Her mother’s heart became<br />

impatient to be with her child.<br />

Hiramani took the<br />

dangerous mountain<br />

path to get home. Once<br />

she was home, she took<br />

a breath of comfort<br />

when she hugged her<br />

crying child.<br />

The only other way for her<br />

to get home to her child was<br />

through the mountains at the<br />

other end of the fort. But, this<br />

path was very dangerous.<br />

Even so, without caring for<br />

her life, Hiramani took the<br />

dangerous mountain path<br />

to get home. Once she was<br />

home, she took a breath of<br />

comfort when she hugged<br />

her crying child.<br />

In the morning, Raaygadh’s<br />

Maharaja, Chatrapati Shivaji,<br />

heard about this courageous<br />

incident. He called Hiramani<br />

to his darbar and praised her<br />

motherly love. He also gave<br />

her a reward to honour her<br />

courage.<br />

This just goes to show how<br />

powerful a mother’s love can<br />

be.<br />

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Yoga pose of the month<br />

Sahajahasta Bhujangasana<br />

Cobra pose is one of the very powerful backward<br />

bending asana in Hatha Yoga. It has a huge amount<br />

of benefits which cover all the body systems. In this<br />

position the body takes the position of cobra, raising<br />

its body and preparing to strike.<br />

How to do<br />

1. Bring both the hands near the chest and<br />

place the palms on the ground with the fingers<br />

together pointing forward and thumbs pointed<br />

towards the body.<br />

2. The elbows should be raised towards the<br />

ceiling close to the body.<br />

3. Place the forehead on the ground.<br />

4. While inhaling slowly raise the forehead,<br />

bend the neck backwards and then slowly<br />

raising the shoulders, chest and abdomen<br />

from the ground until the arms are straight,<br />

very slowly, vertebrae by vertebrae, stretching<br />

backwards.<br />

5. Continue to maintain the asana, breath<br />

normally.<br />

6. Inhale and while exhaling slowly lower the<br />

abdomen, chest and finally the forehead on the<br />

ground using the support of the arms.<br />

7. Place the chin on the floor and return the<br />

arms back to the prone position.<br />

In this position the pressure is felt on the arms<br />

and hands as well as the lower back. Over<br />

time this pressure can gradually be placed<br />

more on to the lower back. One should try to<br />

raise the body up with the help of the spine.<br />

Once the final position is attained the arms<br />

are straight, the chest is forward and open, the<br />

shoulders and neck are back and the heels<br />

are together. The neck is compressed and the<br />

throat is stretched. The facial muscles should<br />

be relaxed. The breathing should be normal.<br />

The lower back and stretch on the front side<br />

of the body. The arch of the back, relaxing<br />

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the lower back and normal breathing. Also<br />

on abdomen and chest while breathing in a<br />

relaxed way through chest.<br />

Do’s<br />

1. Try and keep the arms straight, palms on<br />

the ground.<br />

2. Try and keep the knees and ankles<br />

together, toes pointed.<br />

3. Gaze towards the ceiling.<br />

4. You can lift the hips and thighs if the back<br />

is not flexible.<br />

5. Open the chest; pull the shoulders<br />

backwards and downwards.<br />

6. Relax the lower-back and raise the hips if<br />

you experience pain in lower-back.<br />

Benefits for Women<br />

Tones the ovaries and the uterus and helps<br />

to alleviate gynaecological disorders such as<br />

leucorrhea (irregular vaginal discharge due to<br />

an imbalance in oestrogen), dysmenorrhoea<br />

(painful menstruation) and amenorrhoea<br />

(absent menstruation).<br />

Asana is good for<br />

1. Therapeutic applications<br />

2. Back ache<br />

3. Neck pain<br />

4. Gynaecological disorders<br />

5. Anorexia<br />

6. Flatulence<br />

7. Constipation<br />

8. Sluggish liver<br />

9. Impure blood<br />

10. Stress<br />

11. Slipped disc<br />

Should not be practiced by<br />

those who have undergone<br />

surgeries of spine, brain,<br />

abdomen, heart and lungs.<br />

Precautions and<br />

Contraindications<br />

1. Should not be practiced by those with<br />

severe problems of the spine, stomach ulcers,<br />

hernias or pregnant women.<br />

2. should be practiced with care for those with<br />

stiff backs and for those who are menstruating.<br />

3. Not recommended for people with heart<br />

diseases.<br />

4. Should not be practiced by those who have<br />

undergone surgeries of spine, brain, abdomen,<br />

heart and lungs.<br />

Duration<br />

1. To begin with, this asana should be held<br />

for 5 to ten seconds.<br />

2. It can be repeated 3 to 5 times, depending<br />

on the individuals capacity.<br />

3. With practice, the number of repetitions<br />

can be increased.<br />

4. At this point reduce the number of<br />

repetitions, but increase the time.<br />

5. Gradually increase the time to 1 minute.<br />

6. After more practice the time can be<br />

increased up to 3 to 5 minutes.<br />

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