The World No Tobacco Day is observed on May 31 every year, and this year, the World Health Organization (WHO) is calling for governments across the world to enact policies for plain packaging of tobacco products.
World No Tobacco Day – Prernamurti Bharti Shriji
WHO’s slogan for this year’s World No Tobacco Day is “Get ready for plain packaging” and in a statement released Tuesday, it said: “Plain packaging is an important demand reduction measure that reduces the attractiveness of tobacco products, restricts use of tobacco packaging as a form of tobacco advertising and promotion, limits misleading packaging and labelling, and increases the effectiveness of health warnings. Plain packaging of tobacco products refers to measures that restrict or prohibit the use of logos, colours, brand images or promotional information on packaging other than brand names and product names displayed in a standard colour and font style.”
According to WHO, about 6 million people die every year from tobacco-related illnesses. About 5 million die from direct tobacco use, and more than 600,000 deaths are caused by second-hand smoke.
Shivaratri is not just an ordinary festival, but a way to please Lord Shiva. Though the major Shivaratri comes once a year, but Masik (monthly) Shivaratri is being observed every month. Read this article to unfold the answers.
Masik Shivaratri or monthly Shivaratri falls in every month on the Chaturdashi Tithi of Krishna Paksha. Like Mahashivratri, Masik Shivaratri also holds immense importance for the Shiva devotees. This day is exclusively meant for worshiping and pleasing Lord Shiva. Here, in this article, we have come up with all information i.e. dates of each Masik Shivaratri for the year 2016..
Each Hindu festival is associated with many beliefs and mythologies, so is the holy day of Shivaratri. One belief says that Shivaratri is celebrated to commemorate the day when Lord Shiva consumed the deadly poison, which came out during Samudra Manthan (churning of the ocean) Whereas, according to another belief, it is the day when Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati got married.
Let’s know the legend of Samudra Manthan in detail.
The legend of Samudra Manthan is the reason as to why Shivaratri is celebrated. It is said that once the devas (Gods) and asuras (devils) were churning the ocean of milk. During the churning process, several things came out of the ocean. Among all those things were a pot of poison. The poison had the potential to destroy the universe, which frightened the devas (Gods) and asuras (devils). To seek help, they ran to Lord Shiva, the Lord of destruction. Lord Shiva, in order to save the universe from the deadly effect of poison, swallowed it but held it in His throat. This act resulted in Lord Shiva’s throat turning blue, for which he earned the name ‘Nilkantha’. To celebrate this event of Lord Shiva, Shivaratri is celebrated.
Masik Shivaratri Significance For Women
Throughout the country, the occasion of Shivaratri holds prime importance for the married women as well as young girls. On this day, women observe fast and worship Lord Shiva for the welfare of their husband and sons. Unmarried girls on the other hand observe fast and pray to Lord Shiva for a right match.
Shrimad Bhagvad Gita is more concerned with the right approach to the performance of karma rather than running away from karma. The right approach cons ists of two important aspects:
1. Sankalp(संकल्प ) sanyasa or abdication of motives.
2. Tyaga (त्याग )or offering of the results at the feet of God.
This way of doing karma (deeds) is known as niskamakarma (selfless deeds) or nivrittikarma . Shrimad Bhagvad Gita declares that one should concern oneself with the duties to be performed but not with the results that may occur. ‘Result should not be the motive of any deeds’ Shrimad Bhagvad Gita says. Eligibility of an person is to be decided on the way of performing deeds as described by Scriptures not by person’s interest in result of work. This approach is expressed in Shrimad Bhagvad Gita by the expressions like ‘sangam tyaktva’, ‘asaktah’, ‘kamasankalpavarjita’ etc. Activity undertaken with such a frame of mind is known as niskamakarma or nivrittikarma. Such an attitude is possible only, if one understands his role in the activity correctly.
There are basicly five factors underlying each activity according to Shrimad Bhagvad Gita.
1. Adhisthana (अधिष्ठान ) i.e., the place, the object with reference to which an activity is initiated.
2. Karta (करता ) ( i.e., the Jiva who is only a dependent agent.
3. Karana (कारण) i.e., the instruments i.e. Indriyas etc.
4. Vividha chesta (विविध चेस्टा) i.e. the various actions of these that are necessary for the production of results.
5. Daiva (देवा) i.e. the supreme God who is behind all these as director and regulator. One who knows this will easily realize his limited role and will be able to undertake niskamakarma.
Engaging oneself in such a nivrttikarma, one has to dedicate the results of his activity at the feet of God. This is tyaga, Gita declares it more than once. ‘Mayi servanikarmani sammyasya’ ‘[Yat karosi yad asnasi’ etc. several statements make it clear that the fulfillment of work is in the dedication of it to the God. Work is worship is the motto of Gita. ‘Svakarmanatam abhyaechya Siddhim Vindati manavah’.
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