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Sopanam - April 2012 1Volume II Issue 1 15th April, 2012 5114 ssN{Xw t km ] m \wt km ] m \wA Family-Magazine from SevA dArShAn KuwAitFor more information contact : Seva Darshan, Kuwait - INDEMB/KWT/ASSN/[email protected] Sopanam E-Magazine - (For members circulation only)Sopanam - April 2012 2Amritha VachanamAayX hN\wSubashitamkp`mjnXd'' ""AwN CWMB{ KAG, N TZ LAG, L MJX AH BZ AG. q bJ bL iLB{W VJAI K V AK J d K X . J dc E AX CW J{ I GJMAX . A c K J { B{E , VA VJc J K. VPic TB{IAUG, VB{IAUG; IG cA i cZ H TA, J KG WU Tx Lf . W N d dJa I MA. dJa bW . J V B{ x d N I . Ja b K TA b K a K{ fcBZ VJAK I V KA I J c VJc . Sopanam - April 2012 3Editorialemail : [email protected] BoardKrishna Kumar PaliathManoj NairVibheesh TikkodiRedhish ChandranGayatri Raveendrandata ManagementAjaykumar AnjaneyamRajarajan GanesanAnandharaj KonniRani B. BaskerSindhu SanjithReshmy Krishna KumarAneesh Kumar. UAjith Kumar. SSuresh VarickolilRoopesh R. SouparnikaReshmi SudheerCreative & designSreenivasan C.P.Vinaya Babu. C.K.Viswajith .M.K.PrejithCover Design: Sunil PookodeIllustration : Sasi Krishnan For Comments, Submissions & Subscriptions please write toAs you would be reading this anniversary edition, Seva Darshan family members would be celebrating their Vishu Seva Dinam festivals around Kuwait.A year ago when the Seva Darshan team deliberated the idea of a Social E Magazine that would help promote the hidden talents of its members, the team didnt expect the kind of responses we have received so far. From an idea to help promote the artistic talents of our members, our ideas have crossed over to making Sopanam an effective medium of promoting our nations rich culture and heritage here in Kuwait. The literary standards and informative set down by our contributors have won accolades from all its readers. With more than 2000 readers online from Kuwait and abroad, Sopanam is slowly growing into a truly international magazine with eminent writers providing us their opinions and articles. This anniversary edition gives you an outlook into the coming editions and the wide variety of articles and opinions we would be putting before you to ponder over. We invite all of you send in your valuable thoughts and share with everyone your creativity be it stories, poems, drawing, discussions and so forth.Ram Naavami has just got over and the festival of sharing and giving, Vishu has come. Vishu, the harvest festival of Kerala celebrates the spirit of abundance and Seva Darsham members have made a great effort in being able to make the people of the community to provide their vishu kaineetam to the children of our bala sadans across Kerala. Once the harvest is over the people get a new lease of life and this is the vibrancy that is refected in Vishu. It would be so appropriate to share this joy with those who are in need and requires a helping hand to help them survive. The spirit of prosperity and sharing is celebrated by one and all with this novel custom.As the story goes once Swami Vivekanda was handed over a gracious sum of amount on a cheque by a businessman after a speech. The business man waited for some time before asking Swamiji why he had not thanked him for the same. Swamiji handed over the cheque back to him told the businessman he should be thanked instead for giving the businessman an opportunity to do Seva to the needy. Who are we to do charity? We need to be doing seva by serving the needy mankind who are born and live amoungst ourselves. The Seva Darshan members likewise have the principle of Seva in the heart of their work. Be it the Bala Darshan activities, the Adhiatmic Samithi activities, the volunteers give and help expecting and receiving nothing in return except the mental satisfaction of having served the nation in its wellbeing. Doing Seva should not be an act of patronizing but should be aimed at over all development, progress and upliftment. The philosophy and methodology remains unmatched by any of the many charities we see today.Wishing you all a very happy Vishu and a prosperous year ahead.Sopanam - April 2012 4Kerala is ready to welcome its New Year which they celebrate as Vishu. Even the nature shows its enthusiasm covering itself with yellow blanket of Kanikonna all over. The rituals of Vishu are very close to our heart from time immemorial. Vishu-kani the frst sight of the day with the help of moth-er is so special to us. To begin a new year with a sight of prosperity has its root in our tradition. It is a part of Indian culture to have a good beginning for all the good things in life like agriculture, house warming, education etc with the holy rituals and seeking the blessing of God almighty. It is believed that if starting is good, that will keep on till end. According to Indian astrology, the good/bad time is calculated on the basis of nine planets. As the nine planets move around the Sun, the changes are refected on nature too. The good and bad ef-fect of that change is to be borne by its occupants including human. We consider the nine planets as God. The frst sight of the day Vishukani is made along with Lord Vishnu, the head of Kaala Purusha, the God of Time.As per the astrology based of Sun, the day in which Sun enters Aswini is mentioned as Vishu. In malayalam calender this day is marked on Me-dam 1st and Keralites celebrate this day as New Year. The visible blessings of Lord Sun in the form of warm rays enhance the energy and inner strength for the whole living beings.Vishu is celebrated in different parts of India in different names and traditional rituals. In Kashmir it is Navera, in Andhra Pradesh it is Yugadi, In Maharashtra it is Guddipadva, in Punjab it is Bai-sakhi, in Tamilnadu it is Puthaand, in Bengal it is Poyla Baisakhi, and in Assam it is Bohagvihu. With similar concepts, but with different rituals, when we Indians celebrate a festival, it indicates the diversity in our splendid cultural heritage. In Kerala it is the harvest festival. The richness of the harvest season is totally submitted with prayer to God as an offering. The frst thing that comes to our mind on Vishu is the Vishukani, the prosperous frst sight of the day. It is believed that Kani is made in expectation of a prosperous year ahead, in terms of health, wealth and the well being of all living be-ings of mother Earth. On Vishu eve, grandparents or elder ones make the Kani in the pooja room. All the Kani items are to be arranged with the attitude of total submission to almighty. Vegetables, fruits, fowers especially kanikonna, new dress, gold, nine types of grains, coconut etc are kept before the God of time, Krishna with a thankful heart to our mother nature for giving us all these prosperity and to bless us with the same all through the year. Vishu Indian Cultural Perspectivevibheesh tikkodiCulturalkmwkvImcnIwSopanam - April 2012 5Each item in the Vishukkani has its own impor-tance and representations. Kani should be arranged in an Uruli made of Panchaloha which represent the Panchabhoota which includes Earth, Water, Fire, Air, and Sky. Mirror, gold, sindooram, san-dalwood, new dress should also be placed in Kani. Lighted coconut on each side represents the light of spiritual enlightenment. The light is expected to remove the darkness of ignorance in our life by which we are able to know the God almighty. The ripened mango, banana, and the Kanivellari which has golden color represent the Sun, the nine types of grain shows the nine planets and the red sindooram indicates the immense strength is us and the holy book represents the knowledge which lead us to a blissful life. Main attraction of Kani is Kanikonna. This golden coloured fower decorates the whole pooja room with its gleam. Interesting part is that, the Konna tree gets fowered only during this season. Our mother gets up early morning, lights the lamp, wake up each of us and lead us to the Vishukani with our eyes closed for a divine frst sight at the pooja room. She is our frst Guru who introduced us to our splendid heritage. The mirror placed in Vishukani refects our face which indicates the ul-timate truth that God dwells in our own heart. Kani is made for the physical and spiritual prosperity of human. Our life should be rich with light of inner knowledge, wealth, food, and health. There is a practice of showing the Kani to trees, plants and animals. This shows that the nature and human are so closely related to each other that they cant be separated.Another attraction of Vishu is the custom of giv-ing Kaineetam to relatives, neighbors, people who are in diffcult situations etc by the elder genera-tion of a family. This represents the blessings and wishes for a wealthy and prosperous as well as the healthy attitude to sacrifce, share and serve the fel-low beings. The celebration fnds its extremity with the joy with crackers. The sound of crackers will be in air for long time. All the family members go to temple wearing new dresses, a new start for the New Year with lots of expectations and prayers. Let us all make a Vishukkani in our mind for the knowledge of self realization. With the blessings of our creator we can successfully lead a prosperous life both spiritual and physical. Let us all welcome Vishu with spirit of oneness. CulturalkmwkvImcnIwSopanam - April 2012 6SpiritualismArmnIdMaha Vishnu, the creator, sustainer and the de-stroyer of the Univers