Pictures! Priyanka and Nick’s Mehendi!

We have some amazing pictures from Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Mehndi! You can feel the ebullience and the love!

Priyanka wrote on Instagram, ”One of the most special things our relationship has given us is a merging of families who love and respect each other’s faiths and cultures. And so planning our wedding with an amalgamation of both was so amazing. An important part for the girl in India is the Mehendi. Once again we made it our own and it was an afternoon that kicked off the celebrations in the way we both dreamed.”

We would write more but you are not reading it we know!!!

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he happy couple were married in a Christian ceremony today but more on that and all the wedding celebrations later!

Scientifically Speaking, Women Like Their BFFs More Than Their Husband

Countless movies have told us our significant other is our best friend. The movie ends when you find ‘the one’ & all is right with the world.

by Aishwarya Dharni

But guess what? for women IRL, nobody can replace their BFFs, not even their one true love.
According to a study, women like their best friends more than their spouses.


1517 women were a part of the study and more than 50 per cent claimed that their girlfriends were their first priority and not their husbands.

There a lot of reasons why women would prefer their BFFs over their BAEs but the ones listed in the study were:
Women feel they can tell their best friend anything and everything as compared to their husbands.

And that led to them saying that their best friends are better listeners.

They also added that they feel more at ease with their personality in front of their besties rather than their hubbies.

Some of them went as far as saying that their gal-pal got on their nerves less than their romantic pal, and that they have a better sense of humour.

And lastly, since women are born-therapists, most of them feel that their best friend offered way better advice than their husbands.

Guys, more for you to be jealous of.

4th INTERNATIONAL DAY OF YOGA 2018

Bihar School of Yoga, Munger, presents Yoga for developing inner awareness and potential

On the occasion of the fourth International Day of Yoga we offer our good wishes to all sincere seekers and aspirants of yoga. It is a day to honour the ancient yoga vidya, a science of spiritual evolution perfected and handed down by the seers and sages of humanity through all times.

The science of mantra is an important component of yoga, which according to Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati, “is an incomparable gift by the Indian seers to the world, for in no other culture will you find such an elaborate system of mantras. They are the medium through which, by understanding the connection of one’s life with Nature and the Supreme Reality, one can act in accordance with Nature and make the effort towards selfevolution and self-realization.”

“Mantra is defined as mananat trayate iti mantrah – as the power, force or energy through which one is able to liberate the mind from its obsessions. Many people see mantras as religious words or try to understand their literal meaning, but in essence the mantra is a sound vibration, and in mantra yoga one needs to identify with the vibration as much as possible. It is for this reason that mantras are always repeated, not just chanted once. When the mantra is sustained for a period of time, and you merge your consciousness in the feeling, chanting and articulation of the mantra, and begin to identify with the vibrations that you are creating while chanting the mantra, then you begin to experience what is called mantra meditative awareness, and attaining this awareness should be the aim of sincere yoga aspirants.” This year’s program has been designed keeping this theme in mind. A conscious and sincere effort to integrate mantras into one’s yoga sadhana and lifestyle will transform the state of one’s own mind and unlock its dormant potential.

Your Program for the International Day of Yoga 2018

From 6 am to 7.30 am, people will gather on the rooftops, verandahs, courtyards and other open spaces of their homes and community centres and do the following practices:

1.Kaya sthairyam with a focus on experiencing balance and harmony in body and mind

Mantra

2.Shanti mantras:
Aum saha nau vavatu saha nau bhunaktu saha viiryam kara vaavahai tejasvi nau adhiitam astu maa vidvis saavahai Aum shanti shanti shanti

3.Mahamrityunjaya mantra with sankalpa for healing, energy, power, immunity and strength (11 rounds):
Aum tryam bhakam yajamahe
sugandhim pushti vardhanam
urva rukamiva bandhanat
mrityor mukshiya maamritat

4. Gayatri mantra with sankalpa for wisdom, inner clarity, intuitive knowledge and learning (11 rounds):
Aum bhur bhuvah swaha
tat satitur varenyam
bhargo devasya dhimahi
dhiyo yo nah prachodayath

 

5. 32 names of Durga with sankalpa for vercoming distress in life; experiencing peace and harmony (3 rounds):

Om Durgaa Durgaartishamanii Durgaapadvinivaarinii l
Durgamchchhedinii Durgsaadhinii Durgnaashinii ll

Durgtoddhaarinii Durgnihantri Durgmaapahaa l
Durgamgyaanadaa Durgdaityalokdavaanalaa ll

Durgmaa Durgmaaloka Durgmaatmsvaruupinii l
Durgmaargpradaa Durgamvidya Durgmaashritaa ll

Durgmgyaansansthaanaa Durgamdhyaanbhaasinii l
Durgmohaa Durgmagaa Durgmaarthsvaruupinii ll

Durgmaasursamhantrii Durgmaayudhdhaarinii l
Durgmaangii Durgmataa Durgmyaa Durgmeshvarii ll

Durgbhiimaa Durgbhaamaa Durgbhaa Durgdaarinii l

Asana

6. Tadasana (9 rounds)*
7. Tiryak tadasana (9 rounds)
8. Kati chakrasana (9 rounds)
9. Shavasana**
10. Pada sanchalanasana, stage 2 (9 rounds)
11. Naukasana (9 rounds)
12. Chakki chalanasana (9 rounds)
13. Vayu nishkasanasana (9 rounds)
14. Vajrasana (with abdominal breath awareness, 1–2 minutes)
15. Marjari asana (9 rounds)

These asanas comprise a short and easy-to-practise capsule for toning the entire digestive system.

Pranayama

16. Sheetali/sheetkari pranayama (10 rounds)
17. Nadi shodhana pranayama 1:1 (10 rounds)
18. Bhramari pranayama (10 rounds)

Yama-niyama

For a few minutes each, contemplate on and develop the yama of manahprasad, or happiness, and the niyama of japa.

19. Manahprasad: This yama was introduced on IYD 2016. To what extent have you been able to practise this and what have been the effects? Observe your mental states over the last few days and identify moments when you were truly happy. Connect with the energy and positivity of those moments and try to bring yourself into that state now. Strive to increase the duration of this state each day. If you are still in a state of unhappiness, try to find its underlying cause. Identify the negative, limiting quality in yourself that it reflects. Next, focus on the opposite positive and uplifting quality and try to strengthen it to become happy.

 

20. Japa: We are connected with the senses and sense objects all the time. Japa becomes a method to disconnect the mind for a little while and connect with something different. The connection between your mind and the senses and sense objects is broken. In that break you direct your attention and awareness towards discovering your inner nature, and that is where you find peace. With this aim in mind, practise Om chanting for 5 minutes remaining fully focused on the sound of the mantra. Also make a resolve to practise mental japa of Om or your guru mantra whenever possible during the day.

Pratyahara

21. Ajapa japa (So Ham awareness in frontal passage, 5 minutes)
22. Yoga nap (basic yoga nidra with stages 3 & 4, 10 minutes)
23. Chanting of the yogic prayer:

Asato maa sad gamaya
Tamaso maa jyotir gamaya
Mrityor maa amritam gamaya
Sarveshaam svastirbhavatu
Sarveshaam shantirbhavatu
Sarveshaam poornam bhavatu
Sarveshaam mangalam bhavatu
Loka samastaa sukhino bhavantu
Om shantih, shantih, shantih

This final prayer is a resolution and contains the essence of yogic teachings. It represents the personal aim of attaining harmony, equilibrium and balance in one’s own life and the social aim to reach out to everyone with a wish for their wellbeing

* In the dynamic practices, awareness should be directed to the physical movement in the first 3 rounds, breath and pranic awareness in the next 3 rounds and mental visualization in the last 3 rounds.

** Shavasana may be practised as per the need of the group

All sincere yoga aspirants are advised to follow the above practices for one year, and then reflect on their success and the changes experienced in the quality of life. We hope and pray that the inspiration of yoga remains with you and in turn, you are able to assist others on the path of yoga and yogic living

Hari Om Tat Sat
Swami Sivadhyanam
Coordinator

The Style Souk is a retail celebration of all things beautiful.
A shoppers’ paradise, the Style Souk has amazing deals and promotions on a rage of products and services. Product showcase will include interiors, bridal trousseau, jewelry, home décor, beauty products and all things stylish,

Head to the fabulous Rembrandt Hotel in downtown Bangkok on 28th and 29th April 2016 for a great shopping experience.

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Sri Sri Ravi Shankar addresses ‘World Culture Festival’, says ‘yes, it’s private party – with whole world invited’

New Delhi: As Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s mega ‘World Cultural festival’ kick started on Friday with cultural extravaganza, the founder of the Art of Living Foundation took on to his critics calling the event as a private party in which the entire world is invited.

While addressing the event, Sri Sri said, “People from so many countries have gathered to send a message that we are one world family.”

“Yes, this is a private party, because the entire world is my family,” Sri Sri said, appearing to respond to a controversy over government’s help and funding for his event.

Speaking on the controversy over his event, by the NGT, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar said, “When you want to do something great, there will be obstacles.”

The three-day long ‘World Culture Festival’ organised by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s Art of Living (AOL) today crossed last minute hurdles as attempt to stall the mega show failed in the National Green Tribunal which gave more time to the organiser to pay Rs 5 crore fine.

Over the next three days, the festival will feature musical performances, mass meditation sessions and prayers led by Sanskit scholars. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has described it as “a Cultural Olympics”.

Meanwhile, senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy took to Twitter to offer his best wishes to Sri Sri and termed the event ‘colourful and disciplined’.

Thousands of people have gathered at the sprawling Yamuna floodplains for the event that is expected to draw lakhs of people over the next three days. People from different parts of the world are also expected to attend the mega event of music and dance.

The National Green Tribunal on Friday cleared the decks for the event and gave Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s foundation three more weeks to pay Rs 5 crore in damages for holding the jamboree on the ecologically fragile Yamuna floodplains in Delhi.

http://zeenews.india.com/news/india/sri-sri-ravi-shankar-addresses-world-culture-festival-says-yes-its-private-party-with-whole-world-invited_1864731.html

Things That Put You in Bad times :Direction South east

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Clutter. The planet Venus rules prosperous energy. Venus won’t enter a dirty home. Piles of junk serve as an obstacle so that positive energy cannot pool and accumulate in your space.

Leaks. If you have a kitchen or a bathroom with a leaky faucet in this area than the theory is that your money will also be leaking away.

Toilets. If you have a toilet in this area and there is nothing you can do about it, then make sure that you keep the lid closed at all times to keep your cash from being “flushed away.”

Kitty litter boxes. Animal toilets have the same negative association as toilets — especially if they smell bad.

Broken objects. The theory is that “If it’s broke, you probably are too!” Remove anything that doesn’t work, including clocks that keep the wrong time, dead batteries and similar decrepit items from this area. Also replace any burnt out light bulbs, as it is essential that this area be well lit.

Dead or withering plants: Anything obviously decomposing is antithetical to the energy of prosperity and should be removed from this area.

Trash cans. Like the toilet, this item drains vital energy from the prosperity area.

Images of Poverty or Want: Art that depicts objects or landscapes in a withering, rustic or decomposing state should not be displayed here. Also avoid placing photographs of yourself when you were going through a “broke phase” (such as when you were a student in college or just recently divorced) here. You might repeat the situation!

By Soniaa Bakshi

Texting excessively may lower “relationship quality” in couples: Study

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Texting may not be the best way for couples to solve disagreements, apologise or have serious conversations, a new study has found.

Brigham Young University researchers Lori Schade and Jonathan Sandberg studied 276 young adults around the country and found that being constantly connected through technology can create some disconnects in committed relationships.

Researchers found that for women using text messages to apologise, work out differences or make decisions is associated with lower relationship quality.

For men, too frequent texting is associated with lower relationship quality, the study found.

However, expressing affection via text enhances the relationship for both the genders, researchers found.

“Technology is more important to relationship formation than it was previously. The way couples text is having an effect on the relationship as well,” said Schade.

The study participants weren’t just casually dating – 38 percent said they were in a serious relationship, 46 percent were engaged and 16 percent were married.

Each participant completed an extensive relationship assessment that included questions about their use of technology in the relationship.

About 82 percent of them traded text messages with their partner multiple times a day.

Many of the couples used texting for stuff scholars call “relationship maintenance,” or the kind of conversations that help couples get on the same page. Ordinarily having these conversations is a good thing, but texting can get in the way and make things worse.

“Reaction to disappointment and reality testing occurs more quickly face to face. There is a narrowness with texting and you don’t get to see the breadth of a person that you need to see,” Sandberg said.

For men, more texting doesn’t necessarily mean a better relationship. And they don’t just get tired of receiving texts; their relationship satisfaction is also lower when they send a lot of texts themselves.

The good news is that saying something sweet in a text works universally for men and women. In fact, sending a loving text was even more strongly related to relationship satisfaction than receiving one.

The study was published in the Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy.

Source: http://gadgets.ndtv.com/mobiles/news/texting-excessively-may-lower-relationship-quality-in-couples-study-440005

Thailand will host the 14th International Anti-Corruption Conference, or IACC 2010, at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center in Bangkok on 10-13 November 2010. The four-day conference focuses on the theme “Restoring Trust: Global Action for Transparency.”


IACC 2010 is an interesting conference in Thailand this year. Organized jointly by the Office of the National Anti-Corruption Commission, the Ministry of Justice, and Transparency Thailand, in collaboration with Transparency International and the International Anti-Corruption Council, it aims to work out strategies to overcome the effects of corruption on human security, climate governance, natural resources, energy markets, and accountable corporate world.

There will be 1,000-1,500 participants from 135 countries. They will come from all sectors of society: public, private, and civil society organizations. Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva will preside over the opening of the conference on November 10 at 10:00 a.m. The Thai government has emphasized the policies of promoting good governance, transparency, and anti-corruption efforts.

Please visit the website: www.14iacc.org for more information.

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