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Significance’ of Mehandipur Balaji Temple, Rajasthan

Sunday, September 24th, 2017

‘There’s one phenomenon common in all man-made faiths: They all believe in ghosts.’

Indian rationalist M N Roy

I’m sure, many readers are familiar with this famous line and they’ve chanted it as well, ‘Bhoot-pishaach nikat nahin aavei, Mahavir jab naam sunavei,’ in Tulsidas’ ‘Hanuman Chalisa’. Lord Hanuman’s name is uttered to drive away evil spirits and this temple at Dausa (near Jaipur), Rajasthan is dedicated to Balaji (yet another name of Lord Hanuman) with this very purpose: Getting rid of apparitions and evil spirits.

The question is: Do (good/evil) spirits really exist? It’s again a matter of faith and faith entails complete absence of rationality. Here, it’s in the fitness of things to quote Sri Lankan rationalist Abraham Kovoor, who relentlessly fought against these superstitions and esp. all faith-based irrational phenomena. No occult or devotee could ever accept his challenges to prove whether spirits exist, does black magic really harm or it has a placebo effect, do godmen and godwomen possess certain extraordinary powers or they just hoodwink gullible people? All these questions were never suitably answered by anyone and are still unanswered.

That even in this age, so many people still believe that bhoot-pret do exist is a sad commentary on the extremely slow evolution of collective human intelligence. Even the so-called ‘educated’ people believe that ghosts and spirits exist and they can harm us! Many houses are abandoned, believing that there’s some evil spirit residing there!

Here, author’s intention is not to cast aspersions on any deity or the belief system of the majority. If people have been cured of ghosts and spirits, it’s good. What more can one ask for? But the question remains, were they (‘possessed’ people) really affected/possessed by spirits in the first place?

What’s a ghost: A mere figment of an irrational mind that believes before it’s asked to believe. What we call ghost is actually ‘a fearful projection of our own brain that plays tricks and confounds us’ observed Sigmund Freud in his essay ‘ Living with a hallucination.’

His student Carl Gustav Jung seconded his master’s observation and added that seeing and possessing ghosts is a neurological phenomenon and such things just don’t exist.

Exorcism or jadu-tona/ojha/recondite mantras, which have no meanings, are ‘psychological deviations and diversions’ according to the evolutionary biologist Dr Richard Dawkins of England.

Mankind is still collectively un-evolved. So these esoteric phenomena appeal to us immediately. At the same time, there’s a psychological thrill in ‘believing’ ghosts because that gives us a different kind of kick. This cogently explains, why most of us love to hear the stories of ghosts and watch haunted movies.

With due respect to the Mehndipur Balaji, one can but opine that worshipping him as ‘a destroyer of evil forces’ is underestimating his divinity because there’s no such thing as ghost or evil force/power/element. So anyone who still believes in ghosts or is curious to know about Lord Hanuman, can visit the Balaji temple. Mehandipur Balaji timings are from 6 AM to 9 PM, all days of the week.

5 Perks of Using Mobile Applications in the Education Industry

Sunday, September 24th, 2017

With evolution of the mobile technology, not only the industries like retail or banking or manufacturing is changing but the education industry is also witnessing a lot of changes with time. According to a recent study on such educational mobile apps, in last 2 years, Google apps usage is increasing in an exponential way. More than 20 million students are using Google apps for their educational purposes.

Nowadays, students with a smartphone and a good Internet access can get to know about a lot of things beyond the books. In today’s highly competitive era, eLearning is becoming immensely popular and with the help of efficient mobile apps, this is becoming even more fruitful. This is definitely introducing some creative ways of learning. Here are 5 perks of using mobile applications in the education industry.

#1 Introducing New Methods of Learning

Most of the learning applications include fun activities that help the students to grow their thought processes. Moreover, by solving different effective puzzle games, students understand and learn things from different perspectives. This enhances their ability to think on their own resulting in taking better and wise decisions in future life.

#2 Enhanced Interaction

Another benefit of using such apps in this education industry is the enhanced interaction between the parents and the teachers. Strengthening the teacher-parent communication is extremely crucial for a student’s overall growth. The better the interaction and communication, the better parents can keep a track of how their child is progressing. Moreover, parents might have some queries and questions that they want to ask the teachers. Now, with the help of such apps, without wasting any time, effective interaction is possible. This definitely makes sure to keep up the much-needed transparency in this sector of education.

#3 Utilisation of Leisure Hours

Well, no sensible parents want their children to watch TV for hours and to waste time! Accessing useful learning apps and learning new things are more welcoming than wasting time by watching the ‘idiot box’! Yes, entertainment is obviously an important part of our lives and such apps won’t disappoint in that case. Education apps are more of a package of both entertainment, fun and learning.

#4 Instant Updates

Nowadays, there are several applications trending in the market that not only serve educational purposes but helps to get instant updates on the various campus events, alerts, timetables along with other vital information. Thus, even though someone misses to follow the updates physically, they can get it through such effective mobile apps.

#5 Online study and eBooks

These days, most of the students prefer to study online. This not only helps one to learn about a particular thing from different perspectives but also helps to gain knowledge beyond books. In such scenario, various book searching applications and library applications become useful. Now, searching proper study materials is at the fingertips of students with the help of such effective mobile apps.

Apart from all the above-mentioned benefits, using such educational apps can make sure to offer a systematic learning process along with an improved and transparent educational system.