Friday, December 31, 2010

New Year Upasana at Mid-Night Hour

This blog post is to wish all the readers a very happy and prosperous new year 2011. " Aniruddha - Varshabhinandan" to all of you. Wish that all of us get increased bhakti, seva, sharanyay (at His Feet) leading to prosperity.

Last year fortunately for all the Shraddhavans the last day of the year i.e. 31st December had fallen on the holy day i.e Thursday and there was Pravachan as usual. But it was extended for celebrating the new year. A special prayer ceremony was specially organized at the mid-night hour.

Following mantras, verses and hymns were recited by all the Shraddhavans in presence of Param Poojya Aniruddha Bapu, Param Poojya Nandai and Param Poojya Suchitdada. The sequence of the special prayer recited is as follows:

1) Ram Vijay Mantra ( "रामो राजमणी सदा विजयते" shlok)

2) Ghorkashta-Uddharan Stotra (1 time) ( "श्रीपाद श्रीवल्लभंत्वं सदैव" )

3) "अनसुयोत्री संभुतो, दत्तात्रेयो दिगंबरा, स्मर्तुगामी स्वभक्तानाम उध्दरता भव संकटात" shlok (for sometime, approx 3-5 mins)

4) Adimata Ashubhanashini Stotra (1 time)

5) "सर्व मंगल मांगल्ये, शिवे सर्वार्थ साधिके, शरण्ये त्र्यंबके गौरी नारायणी, नमोस्तुते" mantra (for sometime, approx 3-5 mins)

6) "ॐ  ऎम ह्रिम क्लिम चामुंडायैय विच्चे" mantra (for sometime, approx 3-5 mins)

7) "ॐ  कृपासिंधु श्री साईनाथाय नम:" mantra (for sometime, approx 3-5 mins).
8) "Akkalkot Swami Stavanam" (Refer the image above)

9) Aarti of Shree Saibaba ( "आरती साईबाबा, सौख्य..." )

After this prayer P. P. Bapu had asked all the Shraddhavans to offer this same sequence of prayers to the Lord on the eve of every new year at the stroke of mid-night. Bapu said that this period of transition from old year to new year is very important (from 11 : 50 pm to 12 : 10 am) and holy recitations should be essentially made during this time. Further, Bapu had said that this prayer should be done by keeping our Mother, Bhakta - Mata (Chida-nanda Shakti) in front of you or by imagining Her to be infront of us. Once we do this He i.e. Lord Parmatma and Goddess Alhadini would come and settle Themselves in the life of each one us for the entire year. P. P. Bapu said that one can enjoy the new year to the fullest, one can throw a party, enjoy great food and cakes but should not forget Him (Lord Parmatma) during those celebratory times.

Thank You Very Much Bapu for a great last year.

Very, Very Happy New Year to You (Bapu), Nandai, and Suchitmama

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

BEL Developing Advanced, Software Driven Communication Radios for Indian Armed Forces

harat Electronics Limited
is developing a light-weight, cost-effective software-driven communication radio that can operate on any frequency band. The software-defined radio, as this device is called, can operate on Very High Frequency, Ultra High Frequency, High Frequency and L-band, which otherwise need different radios.

The radio can also work with any legacy radio. "It (software-defined radio) will change the way communication is managed in a battlefield situation", said Mr. I. V. Sarma, Director (R&D) of the defence electronics company under the Ministry of Defence.

In these radios, hardware blocks would be replaced by software ones. So, a software will do the job of a hardware Circuit Board. "A software today can generate a waveform which is equivalent to a modulated signal," Sarma said, adding, "Every hardware element in the radio is getting replaced by a piece of software".

"Entire radio can be designed using quite a lot of software", he said, adding, there will only be hardware to run the software and to amplify power.

BEL, which has supplied close to two lakh radios (earlier versions) to the Defence Forces till date, expects to demonstrate the Army-version of the software-defined radio in March and come out with the ones for Air Force and Navy within a year from then.


Tuesday, December 28, 2010

God Has Indeed Come !!!

This is a special issue of a Marathi newspaper Star Vrutta. It describes how masses came to know about Param Poojya Sadguru Aniruddha Bapu and His real form. The narration is done by Sadya Pipa Shri. Govindsinh Dabholkar (Grandson of Sai Charitrakar Shri. Hemadpant Dabholkar).

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Sunday, December 26, 2010

ISO 9004:2009 Is Out and It Surely Looks Different

The new revision to ISO 9004 came off the press in the last quarter of 2009. It is significantly different from its predecessor. ISO 9004:2009 embodies the quality management principle relating to continual improvement. The technical experts made bold strides in their quest to address market needs by producing a standard that would help organizations maintain and improve their quality management systems over time. While that was the stated intent with the 2000 version, the fact is that the majority of users considered it a road map for implementing ISO 9001.

Individuals who were familiar with the 2000 version will have several questions. The first is: “Where’s 9001?” In ISO 9004:2000 the entire text of ISO 9001:2000 was embedded into the standard. The clauses, by and large, mirrored ISO 9001 and the structure was identical. Those who utilized ISO 9004 as a how-to guide for ISO 9001 had no trouble finding the relevant clauses. The only problem with that approach is that ISO 9004 was not intended to be a handbook on how to implement ISO 9001. It was intended, as the title plainly indicated, to provide “Guidelines for performance improvements.”

“Performance improvements” sounds like a great idea. Until you ask yourself the next question: “Why?” What is the value in improving performance? Within the answer lies the crux and purpose of both ISO 9001 and ISO 9004. That answer is found in ISO 9004’s new title—“Managing for the sustained success of an organization—A quality management approach.”

It’s not good enough to achieve ISO 9001, proudly displaying the coveted certificate on the wall. To conform to the requirements of ISO 9001, it’s important to maintain the quality management system that has been established. It’s important to consistently fulfil requirements found in multiple sub-clauses relating to establishing objectives (5.4.1), monitoring and measuring product and processes (8.4), reviewing changes that could affect the quality management system (5.6.3), and striving for continual improvement (8.5.1).

So ISO 9004:2009 is about what you do after you’ve established and implemented your quality management system to keep it going and to make sure both you and your customers continue to derive benefit from your organization. They get a reliable supplier and you get to stay in business. It also addresses one of the basic truisms of our universe: things change. Hence, the new ISO 9004, and particularly the annexes, is heavily weighted toward monitoring and periodically assessing so that you can respond to change.

The new version of ISO 9004 was structured to facilitate this quest. The sub-clauses flow from the organization’s environment, to strategic planning, through resource management to managing processes, to monitoring and analyzing, and ending up with improvement, innovation, and learning.

Think of it like this: “This is who we are. This is the big plan for the organization. This is what we have to work with. This is how we do things. This is how we figure out what’s working and what isn’t. And these are the things that will allow us to still be around tomorrow—this is how we plan for our future.” Any of these can, and probably, will change over time. How your organization handles those changes will determine your “… sustained success.”

Under the first sub-clause we look at who we are. We also look at stakeholders, or as the standard refers to them, “interested parties.” This concept is situated early on in the standard because interested parties are directly relevant to our organization now and in the future. You could say they are an element of our identity. Interested parties can be customers, stockholders, employees, suppliers, and society at large, just to name a few. Changes with any of these interested parties affect our organization.

The next sub-clause talks about strategy and policy. I think this is a great step forward. It illustrates the very tight bond that should exist between the real business of the business and the quality management system. For too long top management in many organizations has considered the quality management system, and its requirements for management review and management involvement, as an odious infringement on their sanctum sanctorum. Time is overdue to recognize that a good quality management system is in harmony with strategic goals and planning.

Consideration of resources is another key factor that often changes over time. Monitoring what resources currently exist and which will be impacted by changes such as turnover of personnel, slower cash flow, cost of fossil fuel, and scarcity of raw materials, sequels directly into the next section dealing with managing processes. It’s impossible for processes to remain consistent when support such as resources and infrastructure are changing.

You’ll note throughout the emphasis on monitoring.
This is carried through to annexes that give you tips on how to assess your organization. Doing it once gives you a starting point. But the assessments, just like any other effective monitoring tool, needs to be utilized cyclically to achieve any real benefit. The annexes are a useful guide; but you can also devise your own methodology to assess your organization. Whatever method you use, make sure that your assessment reflects inter-dependencies and interrelations between various factors. The results should help you identify what needs to be enhanced, what needs to be discarded, and what needs to be improved.

Use ISO 9001 to build a great quality management system. Use ISO 9004 to maintain it and to help it to become even greater.

(Courtesy: Mr. Denise Robitaille, & )

Friday, December 17, 2010

India Commits USD 100 million for Sri Lankan Navy Enhancements

The Sri Lankan Navy celebrated its 60th anniversary on 12th December 2010. Indian Navy's  Chief of Staff, Admiral Nirmal Verma was in attendance as a guest for the celebrations. Naval vessels INS Mysore and INS Tarangini were on a port visit to Sri Lankan capital, Colombo in association with the celebrations.

In addition to Admiral Nirmal Verma, the function is also being attended by the Chiefs of Australian Navy, Pakistan Navy, Bangladesh Navy, UAE Navy, and the Maldivian National Defence Force. The four day celebrations include a symposium on maritime matters, a sailing competition and other interactions between the various participants.

The Indian Navy has an enduring relationship with the Sri Lankan Navy. India’s commitment to the capacity building and the capability enhancement of the SLN is manifest in numerous ways. The Indian government has extended a line of credit of 100 Million dollars towards this effort.

It may be recalled that India had gifted an Offshore Patrol vessel (OPV) to the Sri Lankan Navy, now operated as SLN Sayura. In addition two Coast Guard OPVs are also on lease to the SLN. The Indian Navy also provides extensive training support for the Sri Lankan Navy.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

"The Meaning of Sadguru" - by Sadguru Aniruddha Bapu

It was the occasion of birthday of Sadguru Shri Aniruddha Bapu's on 21st November 2010. The celebration went ahead on for next two days till 23rd November 2010. On the final day of celebrations on 23rd November 2010 Param Poojya Bapu graced everyone by giving a discourse on the extremely important subject of "The Meaning of Sadguru". Before actually discoursing on the subject, Bapu reassured all the Shraddhavans that He is always with them even when they are committing sins (so that He keeps the sinner as much away from committing the sin as possible). Hence we can and should chant Bapu's name even when we are committing sins so that their effect and occurrence gradually reduces. Before starting with the actual subject Bapu complimented all the Shraddhavans by saying "I am proud of you all and I LOVE YOU". Bapu has also advised all the Shraddhavans to say Shree Gurukshetram Mantra atleast once everyday for others which may include your collegues, relatives, friends, parents or even your opponents. By doing this, Shri Gurukshetram acts on them which inturn would benefit the Shraddhavan who chants it for them. Even when we get angry with somebody we can chant Shri Gurukshetram Mantra for him so that it acts on him to benefit us.

"The Meaning of Sadguru" - by Sadguru Aniruddha Bapu

>> SADGURU is the most simplest and the best(est, est, est, est, est.........) thing in the world.

>> After going through 84, 00, 000 forms (योनी) a soul takes human form. And hence every person has the seeds (traits or habits) of all these forms in him. Thats the reason why every animal  (here animals mean vicious and wrong traits and habits) is present in the human body (प्राणमय देह).

>> These are the seeds that bring sorrow in the human life. Bapu exemplified this as follows; snake gives us trait of anger, rabbit gives fear, dog gives barking (blaming others),  fox gives theft, etc.

>> SADGURU is the only 'expert hunter' of all these animals who take shelter in our minds.

>> Once SADGURU kills any animal from our mind that animal vanishes from one's life not  only for this birth but forever for all the future births as well.

>> But when a human tries to kill these animals the 'hunter gets hunted' (In this case a normal human being).

>> This is what even Jesus Christ has described in bible by quoting "Do not kill evil by force. Only HE is capable of doing it".

>> SADGURU is Lord Dattaguru's 'Order' and Adimata's 'Grace' which is ever changing as humans are also ever changing. SADGURU is bliss and favours ever form from its birth.

>> SADGURU protects our aura continuously. This is called 'Uniqueness'. This aura is given to us because of love Dattaguru and Adimata on this earth.

SADGURU's symbol is Number 1. Number 1 is very, very, very important and the rules of mathematics originate from 1. (Zero gets it value only after it comes after 1 and not when it is before it).

>> SADGURU exists only for those who love atleast one form of Lord (Parmatma.) For others SADGURU doesn't exist at all. (The Lord here means any holy form for Parmatma worshipped in any religion).

>> SADGURU is our providence. HE is everyone's private property.

>> SADGURU was, is and would be fully for us (individually for everyone).

>> SADGURU supplies joy and happiness to everyone without hurting others.

>> If SADGURU is in our life then devil has no entry in our life.

>> In the last second of my life I must see HIM with HIS arms spread to take me to an area unknown to humans which is filled with bliss. (Heavenly abode or भर्गलोक).

>> I as a human (his Shraddhavan) I would celebrate every second of my life and not moan. I will not kneel down in front of anybody, not be scared of anybody, not even SADGURU but should rather have respectful love for HIM.

>> Why does SADGURU need to take birth on this earth? Can't HE do HIS intended work from above (भर्गलोक)? The answer to this is, HE takes birth to accelerate the processes (of purification and correction of the worldly order) so that work that needs 100 births for us to be completed can be accomplished in just 1 birth.

>> SADGURU's Look (रूप), Name (नाम) and Praise (गुण संकिर्तन) is extremely important for us. They enrich each other in cyclic manner.

>> We should not forget HIM as we have been related with HIM for all our births.

>> We should literally drink HIS Looks through our eyes (रूप). Should look at HIM again and again, look at HIS picture, HIS movements, HE Himself. This in-turn imparts us Name (नाम) and Praise (गुण संकिर्तन).

>> HIS sight itself overtakes other animal forms and takes control of them.

>> Chanting of HIS name kills the animals in our minds, HIS praise opens the roads of our development and removes hurdles in our life.

>> Once we start doing this we would start feeling our SADGURU perpetually in our life. The proof to this point is Bapu Himself as this is exactly the same feeling that HE has for HIS Sadguru (Lord Dattaguru and Goddess Adimata).

>> If we consider Bapu as our SADGURU then HE would not deny this consideration as this is the order to Bapu from Lord Dattaguru and Goddess Adimata as Their love is the reason of existence of Bapu. (Lord Dattaguru is the 'Father in the Sky').

>> Bapu would always love us even if we don't love HIM or even spit or bark  at HIM. HE only thinks of our well being.

>> "I would never forsake you" is the promise of Bapu to everyone.

>> We as Bapu's children would never be orphans, be abandoned, be poor because Lord Dattaguru has sent Bapu here for providence and not abandonment.

>> We as Bapu's children would never suffer from silence of God as it is Bapu's promise to everyone of us and that this is HIS promise to everyone of us.

>> SADGURU is always confidant (विश्वासपात्र ) of HIS devotees.

Finally the celebrations ended with a melodious Satsang which interestingly had Bapu Himself singing few of the gajars.