My childhood prayer

April 19th, 2012 by Jashodhara Purkayastha

During my childhood,we had a custom to sing a prayer in the dusk after the evening pastime. We used to sing the prayer of Avatars of Lord Vishnu i.e the hightest God in Hinduism.

The scripture says that there are different incarnation of Lord Vishnu that take the divine form and recognised as the various stages of human evolution.It means to destroy the cruelty and injustice and re-establishment of righteousness on Earth.

The sequence of Lord Vishnu on Earth is in the tune with evolutionary theory.  

The First Avatar of Lord Vishnu— Matsya Avatar i.e fish that rescue plant and animals. It has been confirmed by science that the first life evolved underwater.

The second Avatar—Kurma Avatar i.e tortoise which can live in water and on land.It supports the churn of the ocean to obtain treasure dissolved in ocean. It indicates the moving life from under water to surface of water.

The third Avatar—Varaha Avatar is boar that raises earth from bottom of the sea.Boar is a complete land animal that means life has moved out of water and proceeded towards land.

The fourth Avatar–Narasimha Avatar i.e Man-Lion challanges classification and overpowers mortals who seek to outwit death.The incarnation is the tranformation of animal to man.

The fifth Avatar–Vamana Avatar–i.e the dwarf who claims the sky from gods and buries the demons in  underbelly of the earth. The transition from breastly form to human form and development of intelligence.

The sixth Avatar– Parasurama Avatar i.e a priest who turns to violence to kill unrighteous kings and immoral women. He developed weapon and axe. It symbolises the transformation of stone to axe and first settlement of human in forests.

The seventh Avatar– Ram Avatar i.e the perfectman, the king of Ayodha,who uploaded old rules at the cost of his personal life. He cleared the forest and developed  small communities and protected them.

The eighth Avatar—Krishna Avatar i.e the divine figure was a cowhard, cherioteer who carefully and intelligentlychanged the rule.He potrayed with cow and other people,the beginning of domestication and development. 

The ninth Avatar— Balaram and some people say its Buddha i.e.Buddha simply mean a person possesses buddhi i.e intelligence, preaching false views in order to delude demoms. The beginning of agricultural era as Balaram potrayed with plough. 

The tenth Avatar–Kalki Avatar i.e kalki means eternity. It is the last incarnation who is expected to appear soon when the world will get rid ofthe oppression of its unrightousness and unvirtuousness. That Avatar is yet to come. It is believed that it will ride a swift horse A nuclear weapon is stored and it will destroy the world illustarte this.

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Techniques of memory

April 12th, 2012 by Jashodhara Purkayastha

I came across many people including young students who are very much forgetful, so this prompted me to write the topic. They can not remember things properly. Even I can not remember the names easily. Recently I found that my mother can’t remember the recent incidents properly but she is neither emotional nor  is she aggressive. Keeping these things in my mind, I thought of writing some memory exercises. These techniques are useful for all. Students can do the exercise regularly for better performance. 

There are many techniques to improve memory. The memory depends on age. Some old people remember the old experience well but forget the present. We tend to forget the name, password, telephone numbers etc, etc. very often and sometimes it is very difficult to memorize again.

Lets find out some of the common & simple techniques to remember the things well.

Mnemonics: It is a greek word which means “Aid to memory”. This system usually makes use of visual imagery to provide useful association and connection to memory. Some popular devices are—-

a) Pegword method: We build up a picture in our mind. We have to remember a set peg words rather than a location.

The peg words numbering 1 to 10 may be memorized by—

One is won 

Two is tow  

Three is tree  

Four is more 

Five is hive 

Six is mix 

Seven is heaven

Eight is rate 

Nine is Rhine

Ten is hen 

If these images don’t attract, then change them for something more meaningful.

b) Link and story method: Link and story is one of the easiest mnemonics. Create a memorable story and link with the present situation.

I’ll mention the remaining techniques in next write up.

 

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Characteristics of Education

April 5th, 2012 by Jashodhara Purkayastha

a)   Education is a life-long process.—Education never stops till ones grave. Everyday, from everyone, we are learning. Shri. Ramakrishna Paramhansa used to say, “As long as I live, so long do I learn.”

b)   Education brings about integrated development.—- Education is not only going to school and classroom but also the act of combining character building and living with all sect of people.

c)    Education is a tri-polar process.—– These three things are dependent on each other to complete a cycle of Education.

Tri-polar

d)   Education is the need of today.—-Without education, nobody improves ones thought. Education teaches us to be flexible, open-minded and above all rational.

e)   Education preserves the culture & transmits from one generation to another.—-Learning from our grandparents, Learning from books, Learning from folk-lore, Learning from festivals & celebration make the culture alive and communicate from generation to generation.

f)  Education brings changes in the behaviour.—-  Going to schools, colleges and living with teachers bring the change in oneself.

g) Education is the development of mental faculties.—–Education is concentration, expansion of one’s intellect and strengthening the power of mind.

h)   Education brings out the latent talent within individual.—–Every individual has its talent inside. To bring out the originality of a person is education.

i)   Education has a specific goal of improving one’s capabilities, capacities and performances.——Goal of Education is to bring out the inner talent and capacities of a person.

j)  Education is a continuous reconstruction process.—Education is the alteration or remaking of ones own short comings.

k)   Education teaches the art of reasoning and analyzing.—-Students ,nowadays want ready made notes,power point presentation etc which give them easy information to acquire a degree. They fail to reason out of their own short comings. They have forgotten critical thinking. True education is—when one can give reasoning to any learning or thought and analyze properly.

l) Education is the nurturing process of personality.—–Personality comes from within. Though physical traits are important,yet behaviour patterns, cognition and emotion are having a great significance in ones life.Education nurtures the inner process.

m)  Education should be related to life, not bookish or irrelevant.—Educational degree is important in life but it is irrelevant if not used in appropriate time and place.

n)  Education should be job-oriented & skilled based.—-There are drop-outs from school due to a loaded curriculum. Some students have intelligence for a particular skill but it is not given importance by the school authority due to the system of education. True education —which can make the person stand on its own feet with the training of his inner skill.

 

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