Blog: Close to Heart

Blogger: Saranya
A young man working in the army was constantly humiliated because he believed in God.One day the captain decided to humiliate him before the troops. He called the young man and said: - Young man, take the key and go and park the Jeep in front. The young man replied: - I can not drive! The captain said: - But then ask your assistance from God! Show us that He exists! The young man took the key and walked to the vehicle, praying the whole time.As a result he parked the Jeep to the place perfectly well as the captain wanted.The young man came out of the jeep and saw them all crying. They all said together: - We want to serve your God! The young soldier was astonished, he wanted to know what wa... Read more
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Blogger: Saranya
I am just trying to mixing some quotes and my photography. I hope you enjoy that :) ... Read more
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Blogger: Saranya
I am just trying to mixing some quotes and my photography. I hope you enjoy that :)... Read more
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Blogger: Saranya
              Saint Patrick's Day or the Feast of Saint Patrick (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig, "the Day of the Festival of Patrick") is a cultural and religious holiday celebrated on 17 March. It is named after Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), the most commonly recognised of the patron saints of Ireland.Things You Didn't Know1.No doubt you'll be seeing the color green everywhere today in honor of the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick. Here's a look at five things you didn't know about St. Patrick's Day2.St. Patrick Was Not Irish -His birth name was actually Maewyn Succat -- it wasn't until he was in the Church that it was changed to Patricius, or Patrick. St. Pat... Read more
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Blogger: Saranya
This year’s theme for International Women’s Day, celebrated annually on 8 March, is: “A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women”         Worldwide today,Up to 50% of sexual assaults are committed against girls under the age of 16.Globally, 603 million women live in countries where domestic violence is not yet considered a crime. Up to 70% of women in the world report having experienced physical and/or sexual violence at some point in their lifetime.Over 60 million girls worldwide are child brides, married before the age of 18…    International Women's Day is also an opportunity for women to come together and realize their collective po... Read more
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Blogger: Saranya
With gleam of Diyas and the Echo of the Chants May Happiness and Contentment Fill Your life Best Wishes for You & Your FamilyHappy Diwali!... Read more
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Blogger: Saranya
               The last few days has made me following the run up to the US presidential elections on all media.When I follow the US elections, I am exposed to Obama’s and Romney’s views on the country’s economy, on the global economy, on the environment, on ecology, on outsourcing, on global warming, on medicare, on job creation, on interest rates, on their housing policy, on education, on research, on technology, on taxation, on exports and imports, on their foreign policy, and so on.Following the US election campaign is informative and educational.why the US Elections become interesting is because there is a debate. The problems are out there for everyone to see... Read more
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Blogger: Saranya
"Thank you so much.Tonight, more than 200 years after a former colony won the right to determine its own destiny, the task of perfecting our union moves forward.It moves forward because of you. It moves forward because you reaffirmed the spirit that has triumphed over war and depression, the spirit that has lifted this country from the depths of despair to the great heights of hope, the belief that while each of us will pursue our own individual dreams, we are an American family and we rise or fall together as one nation and as one people.Tonight, in this election, you, the American people, reminded us that while our road has been hard, while our journey has been long, we have picke... Read more
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Blogger: Saranya
               Mr.Obama is a great person and he has a lovely family. The US presidency suits him. He is a good father, lovingly husband and a intelligent leader. He has the guts how to lead a country including its public. I am happy that he is elected for more four years. What an exhilarating feeling that must be ~ to know the world is cheering you on! Of all the presidents who have asked for a second term, you deserve it!                  The world needs a leader like Barack Obama . He is Humble but Strong.  Patient but not Scared. Last but not least a President who will restore unity among all nations and abolish racism in the US.             ... Read more
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Blogger: Saranya
“The richness of the rain made me feel safe and protected; I have always considered the rain to be healing -- a blanket -- the comfort of a friend. Without at least some rain in any given day, or at least a cloud or two on the horizon, I feel overwhelmed by the information of sunlight and yearn for the vital, muffling gift of falling water.” ― Douglas Coupland, Life After God ... Read more
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                        Initiated by the efforts of Dr. William Pepper, the Free Library of Philadelphia was chartered in 1891 as "a general library which shall be free to all." The library opened in March 1894.The Free Library is home to 54 locations and 7.2 million circulating items. In addition, the system has free Wi-Fi at each of its locations and nearly 1,000 public access computers, making it one of the largest providers of free internet in Philadelphia.           It has several rare and unique special collections. The Rare Book Department at Parkway Central Library features one of the world’s most renowned Charles Dickens collections—featuring... Read more
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Blogger: Saranya
               Francis Patrick Kenrick initiated the building of this magnificent Church in 1846. It was continued through the tenure of Saint John Neumann and completed in 1864 by Bishop (later Archbishop) Wood. The Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul is modeled after the Lombard Church of Saint Charles (San Carlo al Corso) in Rome. It is an excellent example of Roman-Corinthian architecture.       With its majestic facade, vaulted dome, ornate main altar, eight impressive side chapels, and main sanctuary the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul is one of the largest brownstone and architecturally-eminent structures in the City of Philadelphia. The C... Read more
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Blogger: Saranya
Concentration on the Breath A very simple way of meditating is concentrating on your breath. The breath is like a bridge between your body and mind. When you concentrate on your breath for a while, your body becomes relaxed and your mind becomes peaceful. Sit in a comfortable position with your back straight. Place your hands in your lap with the left hand on the bottom. Keep your eyes half-closed or closed. Concentrate on the tip of your nose. Notice your breath going in and out. Lotus posture Full lotus is the best sitting posture. Begin by sitting in half-lotus, then work your way up to full lotus. Full-lotus- Sit on the edge of a cushion. Place your left ankle on your right thi... Read more
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Blogger: Saranya
           Philadelphia  is the largest city in the  Pennsylvania and the fifth-most-populous city in the United States.It is located in the Northeastern United States along the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers.                   In 1682, William Penn founded the city to serve as capital of Pennsylvania Colony.By the 1750s it was the largest city and busiest port in British America.During the American Revolution, Philadelphia played an instrumental role as a meeting place for the Founding Fathers of the United States, who signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and the Constitution in 1787. Philadelphia was one of the nation's capitals during the Revolution... Read more
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Aniruddha and the Golden Rabbit Once there was a poor farmer who offered his only bowl of rice to a holy man who was even poorer than he. This meant he would have nothing to eat that day. He went back to his work and forgot all about having given his rice away. Suddenly a rabbit hopped alongside the farmer and jumped on his back. The surprised farmer tried to brush it off. He tried to shake it off, he tried to knock it off, but the rabbit would not bulge. He ran home to his wife, crying, "Get this rabbit off my back!" By this time the rabbit had turned into solid gold! The wife flipped the rabbit into the air. It hit the floor with a "Crackkk!" One of its golden legs broke off and a... Read more
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Blogger: Saranya
             The Independence Day in India is celebrated every year on the 15th of August in honor of the birthday of the nation. On 15th August 1947, India achieved her independence from British rule and became a sovereign nation.             On the eve of 15th August 1947, India tricolor (saffron, green and white) flag was first hoisted by Jawahar Lal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India, at the Red Fort of Delhi."Long years ago we made a tryst with destiny, and now the time comes when we will redeem our pledge, not wholly or in full measure, but very substantially. At the ... Read more
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The Wounded Swan One day when Prince Siddhartha and his cousin Devadatta were walking in the woods, they saw a swan. Quickly, Devadatta drew his bow and shot the swan down. Siddhartha rushed to the wounded swan and pulled out the arrow. He held the bird in his arms and caressed it. Devadatta angrily shouted at Prince Siddhartha, "Give me the swan. I shot it. It belongs to me!" "I shall never give it to you, You will only kill it!" said the prince firmly. "Let's ask the ministers of the court and let them decide." The ministers all had different views. Some said, "The swan should be given to Devadatta." Others said, "It should go to Prince Siddhartha." One wise minister stood up ... Read more
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The Deer King Long ago in a forgotten forest, lived a deer named Banyan. He was golden like the sun and his horns glistened like silver. His body was as large as a colt and his eyes sparkled like jewels-alight with wisdom. He was a King of Deer and watched over a herd of 500 deer. Not far away, another herd of deer was watched over by another golden deer named Branch. In the tall grass and shadows of the deep forest, the two herds lived in peace. One day, the King of Benares was out on a hunt and spied the beautiful green forest where the deer lived. "What a perfect hunting ground!" he declared and into the forests he dashed with his thousands of hunters and came upon the two her... Read more
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The Buddha was a great storyteller and often told stories to get his message across. Stories were also told about the Buddha by his followers both to explain and understand the Dharma. These stories have been passed down to the present day and the most popular ones are the Jataka tales, a collection of hundreds of tales about the Buddha's past lives. They show the kind of life one should lead to become a Buddha one day. In many of these stories, the Buddha appears as an animal to teach the value of qualities such as kindness, compassion, and giving. The Monkey King and the Mangoes Once upon a time, the Buddha came into the world as a Monkey King and ruled over 80,000 monkeys. He wa... Read more
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                   August 2 is Raksha Bandhan,the festival celebrates the bond between a brother and a sister.Raksha Bandhan is a popular festival in India, especially North India. The festival depicts the love of brothers and sisters. On this day sisters tie a thread called 'Rakhi' around her brother's wrist. She prays to God for the safety of her brother and to lead him to good path.The brother in return gives her sweets and blesses her with good wishes. The festival should not be celebrated as a formality but should be celebrated whole heartedly.           The festival is held on Shravan Purnima, or the full moon day of the month of Shrav... Read more
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BUDDHISM IN THE EAST Buddhism was first introduced into Sri Lanka from India in the 3rd century BC by Mahinda, the son of King Asoka. There it achieved great popularity and is still flourishing today. In the early centuries AD, Buddhism was introduced taken to Southeast Asia by merchants and missionaries. The great monuments like Borobudur in Indonesia and Angkor Thom in Cambodia are evidence of the splendor of Buddhism in these regions. In the 1st century AD, Buddhism reached China where many Sutras were translated into classical Chinese. In the 4th century AD, Buddhism found its way to Korea and on into Japan.  BUDDHISM IN THE WEST Even before the 17th century, people in the ... Read more
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Blogger: Saranya
Buddhist symbols have special meanings that remind us of the Buddha's teachings. The main room or building is called a shrine or a Buddha Hall. In the front of this room, there is an altar. There are many beautiful things on the altar. Here are some of them. Images of the Buddha Traditional offerings Dharma instrumentsBuddha ImagesSome people believe that Buddhists worship idols, but this is not true. Buddhists bow or make offerings of flowers and incense in reverence to the Buddha, not to the image. When they do so they reflect on the virtues of the Buddha and are inspired to become like him. Buddha images are not necessary, but they are helpful. The most important thing is to follow the Bu... Read more
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Blogger: Saranya
In this unit, we will pretend to visit different Buddhist temples. When visiting a temple, we should dress modestly and follow the rules and customs of the temple. Buddhists pay their respects to the Triple Jewel by facing the altar and bowing when entering the temple. Visitors may join in the worship rituals or just watch quietly. In Buddhism, the monks and nuns are treated with great respect. They sit or stand in front of everyone else and take their food first. When we talk to them, we should put our palms together and speak politely. Theravada Buddhism Our first visit is to a Theravada Buddhist monastery in the forest in Thailand where only the monks live. We sit in the quietn... Read more
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In the centuries following the Buddha's lifetime, his followers faithfully preserved his teachings and spread them to many countries in Asia. Today, there are two main schools of Buddhism: Theravada and Mahayana. Theravada means 'the teaching of the Elders'. Theravada monks follow the practices that have been passed down by the senior monks from the Buddha's time, such as living in the forests and meditating. The goal in Theravada Buddhism is to become an Arhat, a person who is free of suffering. Theravada is practiced mainly in southern Asian countries such as Sri Lanka, Thailand and Myanmar (Burma). Mahayana stresses following the Buddha's example of going out into the world an... Read more
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