Friday, August 12, 2016

Obama: One Voice

Obama's Victorious Speech

Dinner with Barack and Michelle

Published on Sep 24, 2012

Four couples had the chance to have dinner with President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. Over dinner, they talked about policy, family life, personal values and the importance of getting involved in this election.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

What does $2,000 mean to you?

As published on Dec 2, 2012

For more than 19 months, President Obama campaigned on the idea that if we're going to be successful, every American has to do their part and pay their fair share.

taxes should not go up on the middle class.

Right now, President Obama is asking you to think about what $2,000 a year means to you and your family.

Grandma Stories

Clever Cap Seller 
Clever Donkey 
Clever Thirsty Crow 
Crow Who Pretended 
Fox & Crow 
Fox & Grapes 
Greedy Dog 
Hare & Tortoise 
Lion & Cows 
Lion & Mouse 
Monkeys Justice 
Two Beggars 
Two Crows 
Two Silly Goats 
Ugly Tree 

Monday, July 25, 2016

Sandhyavandhanam by Sringeri Bharathitirtha Swamigal

Sringeri Jagadguru on doing Sandhyavandanam

In several Anugraha Bhashanams, Sringeri Jagadguru emphasized the importance of doing Sandhyavandanam. A rough translation below:

"People say they don't have any time to do Sandhyavandanam. But they have time to watch television, read newspaper and engage in gossip. So to say that there is not enough time for Sandhyavandanam is wrong.

The Shastras prescribe two pakshas: Mukhya Paksham and Gouna Paksham

To do 1008 Gayatri Japam is Mukhya Paksham. People used to do this for 3 kaalas in the olden days.

If there is not sufficient time, then the Shastras prescribe Gouna Paksham of doing 108 Gayatri Japam.

If there is further little time, then the Shastras prescribe doing at least 32 Gayatri Japam.

But people usually ask for an alternative and a way to leave Sandhyavandanam. For that, there is no other alternative.

For a person who has had Upanayanam and Brahmopadesham (according to Shastras), he has to do Sandhyavandanam till the end.

If he says he can't do or has no time to do, it will become a grave mistake.

The reality is people don't have the will to do Sandhyavandanam and hence give various reasons.

In Kannada, there is an old saying: "Where there is will, there is way." (Manasu irindal margam irukum)

What one needs is real Shraddha to do Sandhyavandanam and not other reasons."