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Happy Youth Day!

“Our country requires heroes; stand firm like a rock, be brave. Have faith in yourself.”
-Swami Vivekananda

Today, 12/01/2013 is Swami Vivekananda’s 150th birthday and is celebrated as national youth day in India. There is a lot to learn from Swami’s life and teachings. I would like to share one of his speeches in Rameshwaram. This is from the book “Lectures from Columbo to Almora”.

A few excerpts from this speech-

He who sees Shiva in the poor, in the weak, and in the diseased, really worships Shiva; and if he sees Shiva only in the image, his worship is but preliminary. He who has served and helped one poor man seeing Shiva in him, without thinking of his caste, or creed, or race, or anything, with him Shiva is more pleased than with the man who sees Him only in temples.

He who wants to serve Shiva must serve His children — must serve all creatures in this world first. It is said in the Shâstra that those who serve the servants of God are His greatest servants.

So ignorance and wickedness are the dirt and dust that are on the mirror of our hearts. Selfishness is the chief sin, thinking of ourselves first. He who thinks, “I will eat first, I will have more money than others, and I will possess everything”, he who thinks, “I will get to heaven before others I will get Mukti before others” is the selfish man. The unselfish man says, “I will be last, I do not care to go to heaven, I will even go to hell if by doing so I can help my brothers.” This unselfishness is the test of religion. He who has more of this unselfishness is more spiritual and nearer to Shiva.

The complete speech can be found at : http://www.vivekananda.net/BooksBySwami/LecturesColomboAlmora/4.html

Arise, Awake, Stop not till the goal is reached!

sCTF quals experience

This was my second sCTF qualifier experience. Our team Virat did not qualify in the first time. So we got another chance to prove ourselves. I just practiced something the day before the contest sitting late at night.

Well, it was 3 members in a team. But one of the members couldn’t be present during the contest. So we thought we are unlucky and definitely will be placed in the bottom line.The contest was from 10am to 4.pm

During the first one hour we topped the rankings. I solved some trivia questions and Savita, my team mate solved some crypto questions.  But later on our ranking was somewhere in the middle.
Had no idea on how to proceed further. We then reached a saturation state with a score of 650.

This was the score till 3.00pm. Target is 1000.  I started doing web questions. Had no previous experience practicing web based challenges. Well a 200pt question was based on email injection. I started learning about it. Went through the details. Meanwhile at around 3.10pm , Savita gave a good shot to crypto 300. Well we ranked 950 and topped again. Then the try was to somehow make it to 1000.

And around 3.45 I could solve a web 200pts question, the one on email injection. We both were so happy. Yes we did a good job. Learned a lot during the process. I was about to take rest. I saw the rankings. Ooops we are in second place. Then at the last 5 mins I started doing  web 400pts question. Of course admins gave me some clues to proceed. Wooaah! We reached 1550!!

In IRC I saw a post. Team Virat topped the rankings. 🙂 Never expected.

Wonderful Experiences!

I would like to share some experiences that I had during this vacation.

Paper Presentation

It was in October that I came to know about a paper presentation contest conducted by Robert Bosch. We, a group of three decided to take part. Paper had three phases. Abstract submission, Paper submission and Presentation. Topic that we selected was ‘Empowering Rural India Using Cloud Computing”. With the help of Guide and seniors, we could do it well. Out of 600+ teams, 9 teams were shortlisted and our team was one among them. We were called to to do our final presentation on 16th December at Robert Bosch, Bangalore. This was  an amazing experience.

International Conference (ACWR 2011)

As an undergraduate student, I was often fascinated by the word ‘conference’. But I never thought I will get a chance to attend one. ACWR (Dec 18-21) was  an International conference on wireless networks for humanitarian relief. It was a great chance to meet some of the well-known professors in the world. It is always nice to listen to stories. Yes, we got a chance to listen to some real stories of great thinkers. The message that each story conveyed was unique. But each story was made up of confidence, hard work and passion. ACWR was a great opportunity for students to learn.

What you give is what you get. In fact, you get more

In august, I met a lady who is working as a professor in US. She came to India to learn Sanskrit. We had a good chat on the way to Ernakulam. It was a trip from my college to Adi Shankara’s birth place. Sharing the various problems that the society face, and sharing the experience of Indian Culture, we travelled. I gifted her a book “Lalita Sahasrama slokha”  towards the end of the day. She thanked me and took my address. She had promised me to send a book on journalism( I have a passion towards it). But then we did not have a chat quite often. She was busy .  I thought she might have forgotten me. But, I got a big parcel on New year. And I was surprised. I could find four books in it!  This is the best new year gift that I ever got 🙂

These are the three wonderful unforgettable experience that I had in my life. I am back to blogging, which is another nice experience. 🙂

Mother Of All…Amma!

Have you ever  come across certain  situations,

Where you are happy and peaceful?
Where you have done something for others but not for you?
 A feeling of selfless service?
Experience a sense of satisfaction?

Amma’s birthday celebrations fills you with such kind of feelings.

I have gone to many festivals. But the people who attended mainly belonged to nearby places or may be from Kerala or can be from India. But Amma’s birthday is a festival, where people from every nook and corner of the world pool into this small village ‘Amritapuri’ to seek blessings from Amma.

Sharing and serving is a special joy that people would experience in these two days, 26th and 27th sept. Yes, Amma’s birthday is on 27th September. People from all ages (right from small babies to senior citizens),  people from all countries, people from all professions( students, teachers, research people, lawyers, workers etc) and people belonging to all religions have only one mission i.e, to see Amma and get her blessings.

You can really feel the the joy when all people across the whole world come together and sing ‘Loka samastha sukhino bhavathu‘ (Let all beings in the world be happy)!

I was very fortunate that I could be a small part of this occasion last year. The joy and energy that I gained from this celebration is immense.  The duty assigned to me was Security. We the students of Computer  Science and Engineering were at the engineering campus as securities( security for the people who stayed there). We had a lot of fun and learning.

Amma is called the Mother of AllThose who have purity of heart and thirst for God will seek Amma and reach Her.

So, be here on 27th September. Get Amma’s darshan.

Don’t Miss it!

                                                                   Aum Amriteshwaryai Namah!                 

“Do your work and perform your duties with all your heart. Try to work selflessly with love. Pour yourself into whatever you do. Then you will feel and experience beauty and love in every field of work. Love and beauty are within you. Try to express them through your actions and you will definitely touch the very source of bliss.” – Amma

Share!

All firms in any fields,  lay stress upon team environment. A common target is acheived by the whole team through sharing their knowledge and experiences.

In fact, the idea of sharing is there in our great epics. This idea is said in the form of short stories with good morals. I would like to blog one such story which illustrates how people are happy when they share a lot of things. The story goes like this.

Lord Vishnu invited all the devas and asuras to vaikunda for a lunch. All people were happy to enter vaikunda. After serving food to devas and asuras, Lord said that there is a condition before having food. All were surprised to hear that. Condition? That too for having food?

The condition was that they should not bend their elbows while eating. All asuras became very angry as how can one eat food without bending the elbows? They shouted anti slogans of vishnu and left vaikunda.

Whereas the devas did not complain. They fed each other and became very happy after having the delicious food. So collectively, we can get success rather than doing alone. When you feed yourself (with food and knowledge) you will definitely be happy. But when you feed others, the joy is different!

Sharing is divine!!!

Amma’s Bhajan

Nature only gives,

Sustaining all that lives...

For us to survive, we need to strive,

To care for all life...

Mother nature,

May our hearts rise,

in the beauty of creation...

Seeing God in... one another.... in the wind, the trees , the water.

Every bird that sings,

All living things,

are nothing else but you...

As a part of the whole,

we have to play our role...

Learning to feel,

striving to heal,

the wounds of this world...

(mother nature...)
(nature only...)

Guru Poornima

I remember kabir’s doha which I had learnt in my childhood,

Guru Govind Dono Khade kake lagun paya
Balihari Guru aapne, Govind diyon batay

My guru and God are in front of me
To whom do I bow down and touch feet?

I give my life to my guru
It’s he who showed me GOD.

GU- darkness

RU-light

The one who guides us from darkness to light is GURU. A Guru understands you much better than anyone else in the world.  Guru knows your positives and negatives. Guru helps you in inculcating positive qualities and supressing the negative ones. A Guru can be your parents, teacher, a spiritual leader, or any person who constantly helps you in all your activities and giving you strength and courage to identify GOD.

The full moon day in the Hindu month of Ashad (July-August) is observed as the auspicious day of Guru Purnima(July 15, 2011) , a day sacred to the memory of the great sage Vyasa. All Hindus are indebted to this ancient saint who edited the four Vedas, wrote the 18 Puranas, the Mahabharata and the Srimad Bhagavata. Vyasa even taught Dattatreya, who is regarded as the Guru of Gurus.

Significance of Guru Purnima
On this day, all spiritual aspirants and devotees worship Vyasa in honor of his divine personage and all disciples perform a ‘puja’ of their respective spiritual preceptor or ‘Gurudevs’.

This day is of deep significance to the farmers, for it heralds the setting in of the much-needed rains, as the advent of cool showers usher in fresh life in the fields. It is a good time to begin your spiritual lessons. Traditionally, spiritual seekers commence to intensify their spiritual ‘sadhana’ from this day.

The period ‘Chaturmas’ (“four months”) begins from this day. In the past, wandering spiritual masters and their disciples used to settle down at a place to study and discourse on the Brahma Sutras composed by Vyasa, and engage themselves in Vedantic discussions.

Let’s pray to our Gurus on this day seeking blessings from them!

Gururbrahma Gururvishnur Gururdevo Mahesvarah,
Guruh Sakshat Parambrahma Tasmai Shri Gurave Namah.

source : http://hinduism.about.com/od/festivalsholidays/a/gurupurnima.htm