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Celebrating Birth Day - Star or Earth Day? 1 month 1 week ago #2117

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We have to Identify our self in time and space, that is why birth time and place is noted, we are all identified by that. Our passport has not just our own picture because our appearance will change but not our record of time and space. We always look for something to refer that is permanent and not changing. Our baby picture cannot be used to identify ourself when we are at the age of 40 or 50. The same way when I ask for directions to your home, you have to give a reference point of something that doesn't change by the time I come. There should be a relatively very unchangeable thing there, you can say the gas station is there from there you to turn to the right and so when I reach next day the gas station will be there. But if you give a reference that there will be a courier van parked and from there you have turn right means, by the time I come there that courier van would have gone because you cannot refer to something that is changing too frequently. That is why you cannot take the English birth date because that is based on the earth's movement. If today's is Nov 2nd then it did not represent the Moon date, it represents the earth date, the earth is constantly moving. What is that in the sky which is least moving? It is the stars, the nakshatras are the least moving and changing. You have to identify yourself to something that is less changing, less moving and that is why the rishis identified ourself with the least changing star positions. Every birthday is based on your unchanging or least changing star, that's the exact reference you can have, not the frequently changing these English dates. My parents they did not celebrate English birthday, they still wish me only on the Nakshatra the birth star date because that is the right thing.

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Re: Celebrating special days 6 years 7 months ago #881

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Good Idea!

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Re: Celebrating special days 6 years 7 months ago #879

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These teachings should start from kid's stage. It is hard to implement once grown up (But not impossible)

Few things which I have tried with with my kid. Always mention to her everyday is her birth day. Always ask the question who are you? (Instead of you, I mention the name of the kid).

These might looks very abstract, but it is amazing that the kids get these abstract knowledge very easily than grown ups.

After constant teaching and discussion, Now a days, if I ask my kid Who are you? with the name. She answers "It is just My name" Then I point to her body ask Then who is this? she answers, "This is just My body". Then I ask her then who is speaking?, she anwers "It is kuttima uses the tongue and speaks"

Kuttima is the term which we use in childish terms to describe consciousness.

Try it out with younger kids starting from 2 years, it will be amazing to see how deep they can go.

As parents we make sure that we don't get too excited and treat her different during birth days. We will treat her as any other days.

This is the same way we treat wedding days also, we don't get excited and start to plan for something different (Eventhough at the back of our mind we know the date).

I can't blame how others celebrate these so called occasions. It is just how they are brought up.

I always try to remember the below quote frequently.

WE NEED TO BE THE CHANGE WE WISH TO SEE IN THE WORLD - Mahathma Gandhi

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Re: Celebrating special days 6 years 7 months ago #873

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Correctly said.
What so ever we do we must try to spend the whole day joyfully.Of course this applies even to everyday of our life.

But nowadays as we are finding happiness only with these kind of parties and junk foods this kind of trend is going on.They has to be a way to make kids or parents realize the true happiness..

Talking about wasting Earth's resources-

What can we do of the little extra left over food at home? Though we try to cook sufficient enough food for our family still sometimes the food is left over and it goes to the garbage. I hate to put the food in the garbage but find no other options like giving to the servant maid or at least to the street dogs or cows as we do in India.

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Re: Celebrating special days 6 years 7 months ago #864

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When I was young, birthday celebration was based on Nakshathra and not on the solar day as we do now. On that day, my parents would take to the temple and do archana and also give rice and money for making prasad which is served for Anna dhana to every one in the society. It was a way to increase every year the SAL Energy. On that day we are supposed to remind ourselves purpose of our life and make commitments for Self improvement.

It is a pity to see now the way we celebrate birthdays are merely a social gathering and "Show off". Food is wasted and so is Earth's resources. Naturally there is no room for contemplation for "Self" improvement.

This holds good for wedding Aniversary too.

This does not mean that good things to be done or contemplation be done only on the special days. If these are done or a daily basis, every day is a special day and celebration by itself.

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Celebrating special days 6 years 8 months ago #650

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How much importance do we give to our Birthdays, Wedding anniversaries etc? What is the right way of celebrating these occasions? Please share your ideas on this..

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