Yoga for Peace and Harmony International Yoga Day 2018

Yoga way for International peace is a global initiative that promotes respect, safety and dignity for every human being in the world. International peace and harmony could be established through organizations and individuals that address to cross-culture arts, sports, human rights, technology, yoga, meditation, education, engineering, medicine, or diplomacy as a means to end to all forms of mistrust, dispute and fighting.

Marking the fourth International Yoga Day, the Prime Minister of India said yoga has become one of the biggest mass movements in the quest for good health and well-being.

Along with the Prime Minister, around 50000 yoga enthusiasts kick started India’s International Yoga Day celebrations at Dehradun-based Forest Research Institute today.

Inspirational quotes have an amazing ability to motivate others and change the way we feel about the world, ourselves and others. This is why I they are so interesting and crucial on our paths to international peace and harmony.

 

“Yoga means addition – addition of energy, strength and beauty to body, mind and soul.” — Amit Ray

Yoga is also looking inside and purifying the mind.

“Yoga is not a work-out, it is a work-in. And this is the point of spiritual practice; to make us teachable; to open up our hearts and focus our awareness so that we can know what we already know and be who we already are.” — Rolf Gates

Yoga creates flexible attitude towards life.

“Yoga is the fountain of youth. You’re only as young as your spine is flexible.” – Bob Harper

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63rd Jio Filmfare Awards 2018 Winners

Winners of the 63rd Jio Filmfare Awards 2018

The 63rd Jio Filmfare Awards 2018 was an event the entire Bollywood was looking forward to. The prestigious award ceremony witnessed a lot of Bollywood celebrities. From emotional speeches, timeless moments to stars showcasing their style game, the award gala was filled with a little bit of everything.

 

Best Actor In A Leading Role (Female)
Vidya Balan – Tumhari Sulu

Best Film
Hindi Medium

Best Director
Ashwini Iyer Tiwari – Bareilly Ki Barfi

Best Film (Critics)
Newton

Best Actor (Critics)
Rajkummar Rao – Trapped

Best Female Actor (Critics)
Zaira Wasim – Secret Superstar

Best Actor In A Supporting Role (Male)
Rajkummar Rao – Bareilly Ki Barfi

Best Actor In A Supporting Role (Female)
Meher Vij – Secret Superstar

Best Music Album
Pritam – Jagga Jasoos

Best Lyrics
Amitabh Bhattacharya – ‘Ullu Ka Pattha’ (Jagga Jasoos)

Best Debut Director
Konkona Sen Sharma – A Death In The Gunj

Best Playback Singer (Male)
Arijit Singh – ‘Roke Na Ruke Naina’ (Badrinath Ki Dulhania)

Best Playback Singer (Female)
Meghna Mishra – ‘Nachdi Phira’ (Secret Superstar)

Best Action
Tom Struthers – Tiger Zinda Hai

Best Background Score
Pritam – Jagga Jasoos

Best Production Design
Parul Sondh – Daddy

Lifetime Achievement Award
Mala Sinha
Bappi Lahiri

Best Costume
Rohit Chaturvedi – A Death In The Gunj

Best Sound Design
Anish John – Trapped

Best Editing
Nitin Baid – Trapped

Best Choreography
Vijay Ganguly and Ruel Dausan Varindani – ‘Galti Se Mistake’ (Jagga Jasoos)

Best Original Story
Amit V Masurkar – Newton

Best Dialogue
Hitesh Kewaliya – Shubh Mangal Saavdhan

Best Screenplay
Shubhashish Bhutiani – Mukti Bhawan

Best Cinematography
Sirsha Ray – A Death In The Gunj

Vidya Balan 218 Film award

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Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli on shopping in Cape Town

V&A Waterfront is South Africa’s most popular shopping destination. With over 450 retail outlets selling everything from fashion, homeware and curios, to jewellery, leather goods and audiovisual equipment.

The Indian cricket team is out in Cape Town where the first Test series between India and South Africa will be played. What is more interesting than this is that most of them have been accompanied by their respective families which is rather making the work trip more of a pleasure trip.

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Virat Kohli meets Miss World Manushi Chhillar in an Award Show

Virat Kohli meets Miss World Manushi Chhillar in an Award Show

 

Manushi was awarded the Special Achievement honor by Kohli, while Kohli himself won the Popular Choice for Indian of the Year award.

Miss World Manushi Chhillar asked:

“You are one of the best batsman in the world today and you’ve been such an inspiration. You’ve really given back to the society. But there are a lot of young people who draw inspiration from you. How would you like to give back for children, especially in the world of cricket?”

Virat Kohli  replied:

“Well, what’s very important to understand is when you do what you do and you express yourself on the field, it has to be genuine and it has to be from the heart. Otherwise if people find out that you’re trying to pretend, then they can never connect to you. I’ve never tried to be anyone else. I’ve always been myself; I always mention that people had a lot of issues with how I was, how I conducted myself, but I had never had any problems with that.”

“We must believe that everyone has a plan and that plan has been executed for them at the time they are in, and all they can do is work hard, no one can change the plan, what we can do is work hard and be honest with ourselves.”

He also said:

“For me the joy of life is just watching that ball and hitting it from the middle of the bat”.

 

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Mumbai is Recovering – A Day After Heavy Rain

The India Meteorological Department and the Union Water Ministry have also issued an advisory on “very heavy rainfall” over the next three days in parts of 12 states, including Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. The rain on Tuesday, 30 times the average, had brought Mumbai to standstill on Tuesday with water flooding low lying areas. Thousands waded through waist-deep water, abandoning cars to walk.

Mumbai is  returning slowly back to normal a day after heavy rain battered the city. The rainfall recorded in Mumbai yesterday is said to be the heaviest in 12 years, recording almost 300 millimeters in some locations.

Today, several roads have been cleared for traffic and water has receded from some public areas. Local trains are also running, though most of them are behind schedule.

Mumbai’s famous dabbawalas, who deliver lunch to offices, won’t operate today. The weather office has, however, forecast more rain in Mumbai today.

 

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Trees and the Enlightenment of Gautama Buddha


How did Gautama Buddha reach Enlightenment? What was the obstacles? These are the eternal questions for every person on earth. The story of the Buddha’s enlightenment is fascinating subject for modern research.

Buddha got his enlightenment at Bodh Gaya, located about 115 km south of Patna, in the modern Indian state of Bihar. By finding the path to Enlightenment, Siddhartha was led from the pain of suffering and rebirth towards the path of Enlightenment and became known as the Buddha or ‘awakened one’.

Siddhartha, was his earlier name, which means “the one who brings all good.”

Siddhartha practised meditation but concluded that in themselves, the highest meditative states were not enough. He the life of extreme asceticism for six years, but this did not satisfy him either; he still had not escaped from the world of suffering.

He abandoned the strict lifestyle of self-denial and ascetism, but did not return to the pampered luxury of his early life. Instead, he pursued the Middle Way, which is just what it sounds like; neither luxury nor poverty.

One day,  Siddhartha Gautama sat beneath a sacred fig (Ficus religiosa) and began to meditate. He sat down and vowed, come what may, he would not move until he found an end to sorrow.

Siddhartha became deeply absorbed in meditation, and reflected on his experience of life, determined to penetrate its truth.

When his mind was purified by concentration, he acquired the Three Knowledge. The first knowledge was that of his past lives and the past lives of all beings. The second knowledge was of the laws of karma. The third knowledge was that he was free of all obstacles and released from attachments.

Buddhist legends say that Mara wished to stop Siddhartha’s quest for enlightenment, so he brought his most beautiful daughters to Bodh Gaya to seduce him. But Siddhartha did not move. Then Mara sent armies of demons to attack him. Siddhartha sat still, and untouched.

Then, Mara claimed that the seat of enlightenment rightfully belonged to him and not to a mortal. Mara’s demon soldiers cried out together, “I am his witness!” Mara challenged Siddhartha—These soldiers speak for me. Who will speak for you?

Then Siddhartha reached out his right hand to touch the earth, and the earth itself spoke: “I bear you witness!” Mara disappeared. To this day, the Buddha often is portrayed in this “earth witness” posture, with his left hand, palm upright, in his lap, and his right hand touching the earth.

And as the morning star rose in the sky, Siddhartha Gautama realized enlightenment and became a Buddha.

Source:

Role of Trees in the Path of Enlightenment – A Psychological Review

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Vijender Singh Dedicates his Victory to Peace between India and China

Vijender Singh Dedicates his Victory to Peace between India and China. For weeks, India and China have been involved in a stand-off along part of their shared border.

The Doklam plateau in Sikkim has been witnessing disturbances between India and China. India supports Bhutan’s claim over the region. Vijender Singh defeated China’s Zulpikar Maimaitiali recently. I want to dedicate this victory towards peace and harmony between India and China.
Vijender Singh

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Ramdas Athawale – Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh Match against Pakistan

Pakistan scored 338 runs after put in to bat first by Virat Kohli. Athawale alleged that Team India fixed the ICC Champions Trophy final against Pakistan. Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Ramdas Athawale made a rather outrageous comment on Saturday.

Athawale questioned on Saturday. “In the match against Pakistan, someone like Virat Kohli who scores a century so often and other accomplished players like Yuvraj Singh who have scored so many runs in the past, looked like they were playing to lose,”

“Was there any match fixing involved? There should be an inquiry into this. Anil Kumble was the coach there. Kohli, who has scored so many runs in the past, what happened to him that day? That’s the reason why I have a doubt that was it a case of match-fixing? The players betrayed us. They kneeled in front of a rival like Pakistan. The same Pakistan that has kneeled in front of us many times, to kneel in front of them in such a way is major act of disrespect to your nation,” rambled Athawale.

Mohammed Amir (6-2-16-3)  tormented the Indian batsmen with a devastating first spell and eventually the 2013 champions were bundled out for 158 in only 30.3 overs.

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