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‘Dissolve mental blockages to achieve your true potential’



New Delhi, July 26 Most humans tend to aim high but run into a mental block when it comes to striving to achieve their aspirations. One needs to dissolve the apprehensions and scepticism that causes such blocks to tap one’s true potential and be prepared for whatever life throws at you, says Anand Saxena, who served in the Indian Army for 32 years before retiring as a Major General and has now written a book detailing nine mantras that prove the importance of creative visualisation and positive affirmation in taking you to your goals.

“Dissolve blockages and resistance from your mind. We seem to have an inability to honestly believe that our grand vision or goal will indeed be a reality. While we wish to achieve something and even take action towards achieving that goal, we remain apprehensive or sceptical about whether we are really capable of achieving it,” Saxena told IANS in an interview for his book, “Nine Mantras For Happiness And Success” (Redomania).

“There seems to be a mental block, an underlying resistance in our mind, which doesn’t allow us to unfurl our true potential. I have detailed the alchemy of dissolving all blockages and resistance from your mind so that you can tap the pure potentiality of your being. I also suggest ways to be prepared to be ready for whatever life throws at you.

“The nine mantras are tangible scientific evidence to prove the importance of creative visualisation and positive affirmations in realising your goals,” he added.

“It is a fact that all of us eventually seek happiness and want to avoid unhappiness in life. Success for us also denotes the achievement of glory and joy in the chosen field and yet, most are or perceive themselves to be unsuccessful. Just look around, we find that bulk of humanity is unhappy or unsatisfied with what they have or don’t have.

“Why does this happen? It is my firm belief that success indeed leaves clues as also successful persons do. In my quest for clues to this profound question, I read scriptures of all religions and life stories of hundreds of successful persons from all walks of life. I also read lots of literature/books on success and its principles by prominent authors. Some precepts started to become clear to me due to this twin-pronged study as if a heavy fog had lifted,” Saxena said of his research in writing the book.

He also looked back on his life and introspected. There were areas where he had emerged very successfully while in many other areas, he had only achieved mediocre success or even failure. The jigsaw puzzle fell into place for him once he compared his successes and failures against the mantras gleaned from his study.

The book thus contains the essence of our scriptures, the life-stories of 79 successful (or otherwise) organisations, persons, products and his real-life (and near-death) experiences over the last 52 years, for 32 of which he was serving the nation in the Artillery and the Army Aviation Corps.

“I am not an achiever extraordinaire, but a common man like you and therefore am convinced of the power of the ‘Nine Mantras’ for happiness and success. I have divided the book into nine simple steps, referred to as Nine to Fine, which has helped me achieve success and happiness. Many of these steps were taken unknowingly at that time but have been thoughtfully remembered and collated in one place, to provide a blueprint for happiness,” Saxena pointed out.

What, then, are the nine mantras?

1. Dare to Dream…Big. Whatever you wish to manifest in your life must be manifested first in your mind and the Universe will deliver your dream to you.

2. Concretise your Dreams. Set tangible goals that will be your loadstar on your voyage of success and provide you with a definite benchmark against which you can measure your progress towards your dream.

3. Persevere. There is nothing called failure. Failures or perceived failures are bound to be there along our journey to success as they are the lessons you need to learn to embrace success. Success is 10 per cent inspiration and 90 per cent perspiration. Innate talent is there in a few and can help one to go up to the starting block, but the grand achievement is “Talent plus Preparation plus Perseverance”. One should never give up — the end in the road as seen from far may turn out to be only a bend and for your good.

4. Have a Positive Attitude. The ability to take the inevitable reverses in your stride and remain optimistic about the eventual outcome is an ability that is worth its weight in gold. This positive attitude can be the critical difference between outstanding success and miserable failure.

5. Normal is Passe. Dare to be Different. Aryabhata, Thomas Alva Edison, the Wright Brothers, Steve Jobs, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, all brilliant innovators and creators, had one thing in common: They looked at an issue differently and asked themselves, “what do I do which can help humankind or improve their lives?” Learn the nuances to be “hat ke” (different).

6. Continue to Grow and Reinvent Yourself. Truly successful people do not only achieve success but also retain it for a very long time. Enduring success can’t be a one-shot phenomenon; it needs deliberate efforts to repeatedly look at yourself, your organization and competition and take firm and resolute steps to keep improving.

7. Winning and losing are habits, develop good habits. Eighty per cent of the tasks or work that we do is out of sheer habit. Even successful people must be doing a lot of activities daily that directly contribute to their success, out of habit. Conversely, those who find the going tough also must be doing a lot of things wrongly as a matter of habit. By following the discipline of consistent, good habits over the years and decades, successful people experience the power of compounding, which further turbocharges their performance. Learn the methodology of forming good habits and forgetting bad ones.

8. Be Happy: it’s intrinsic. Happiness is directly correlated with success. Whenever we compare ourselves with someone else, we are bound to feel unhappy. On every parameter of life, we are going to be inferior (as per our perception) to some other person in the world. If we seek happiness extrinsically, we will invariably fall short, but if we are intrinsically happy, the circumstances of life will fail to ruffle us.

9. Visualisations and Affirmations. Every manifest human-made thing that we see around or every superhuman feat that human beings have achieved, was first created in the mind of someone. That man (or woman) was convinced, in the core of his/her heart, that whatever could be visualised could also be achieved or created — this is the power of positive affirmations and creative visualisation at work.

There you have it. All that is now required is the 90 per cent perspiration to make it work!

(Vishnu Makhijani can be reached at [email protected])

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Unakoti in Tripura: Where Lord Shiva spent a night on his way to Kashi



Agartala: Colossal sculptures of Lord Shiva, Lord Ganesh, Goddess Durga and many more sculptures carved out of huge mountain are part of the largest open air rock sculpture gallery in India at Unakoti in Tripura.

Tripura is now opening to the world with its rich art, culture, music and heritage as it is being brought about to the people. This magical place is an Ancient Saivite pilgrimage.
Even the name of Unakoti district is derived from Unakoti hills and its Kokborok name is Subrai Khung.

The place hosts an ancient Shaivite place of worship with huge rock reliefs celebrating Shiva. It is the prime tourist spot of Unakoti district in the Kailashar subdivision of Tripura. This Shiva pilgrimage dates back to an unknown era.

There are two kinds of image at Unakoti — rock-carved figures and stone images. Among the rock-cut carvings, the Shiva head and gigantic Ganesha figures deserve special mention. The central Shiva head known as Unakotiswara Kal Bhairava is about 30 feet high including an embroidered head-dress which itself is 10 feet high.

On each side of the head-dress of the central Shiva, there are two full-size female figures – one of Durga standing on a lion and another female figure on the other side. In addition, three enormous images of Nandi are found half-buried in the ground. There are various other stone as well as rock-cut images at Unakoti.

Legend has it that Lord Shiva once spent a night here on his way to Kashi and 99,99,999 gods and goddesses followed him. He had asked his followers to wake up before sunrise and make their way towards Kashi.

Unfortunately, none awoke, except Lord Shiva himself. Before he set out for Kashi alone, he cursed them all to turn into stone. And that is how the site got its name. The place is peaceful and surrounded by lush greenery.
Annual fair Ashokastami Mela is held in the month of April which is visited by thousands of pilgrims from all across.

Another smaller festival takes place in January. The place is around 178 km to the north-east from Agartala district of Tripura and 148 km to the south-east from Silchar district of Assam.

But the site has suffered centuries of neglect causing degradation and loss of considerable scale to the rock art. Since its adoption by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) as a heritage site, the situation has slightly improved, though a lot of work including substantial excavation remains to be undertaken.

The government of India has approached to UNESCO to declare it as a World Heritage Site. The Government of Tripura is also trying to create all kinds of facility for the convenience of pilgrims and tourists.

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Did you know these five waterfalls exists in Tripura! Checkout details 



Agartala: Tripura is well known to people across the country for its natural flora and fauna and historical places like Unakoti and Eastern India’s lone water palace Neermahal.

But, did you know Tripura also has as many as 5 small waterfalls, while many are yet to be discovered by govt and organizations.

However, if you are planning to spend your time chilling out in , these are the five places you can plan your next trip.

These are the waterfalls you can visit when in Tripura.

1)Tayung Tuku Waterfall
2)Dumla Waterfall
3)Saika Tuisoi Waterfall
4)HawaiBari Waterfall
5)Buddha Waterfall

So, are you excited and want to know the location? Follow RiseEast for to know more about these waterfalls and how you can reach them.


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VHP wants Govt to declare Bhagwatgita National Book of India



New Delhi: The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) wants to give a memorandum to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to declare Srimad Bhagwatgita as the National Book of the country. The VHP has been demanding it from very long and has been working in this regard. Now, some other sections of the society too have started demanding it to be declared as the National Book.

The VHP also wants to hand over a memorandum to ensure security of saints and sages across the country in view of attacks, lynching and murders of sains in the country. Secretary VHP Acharya Radha Krishna Manodi will speak to media on September 30, 2021 in detail on this issue and tell the strategy of the organisation on this.

This is to recall that the then External Affairs Minister Late Sushma Swaraj also demanded that Srimad Bhagwatgita must be declared as National Book of the country way back in 2014. She had said that initiative in this regard has already been taken when Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered Srimad Bhagwatgita to the then US president Barack Obama. She said that just a formal announcement has to be made.

Several other BJP members in the Lok Sabha made a strong plea for declaring Bhagwad Gita as the National book. The issue was raised during zero hour by BJP MP Yogi Adityanath, who is Uttar Pradesh Chief minister at the moment, said the teachings of the Gita have become all the more relevant at a time when the world is concerned over ‘jehadi’ terrorism. Noting that the scripture teaches immortal values and is a guide to humanity. He also wanted that learning of Bhagvad Gita be made part of school curriculum.

Speaking on the occasion of International Bhagvad Gita Mahotsave at Kurukhshetra in 2018 Sushma Swaraj said that Lord Krishna was a great philosopher besides many other qualities attributed to him, but he was a greater psychologist to understand the feelings of Arjuna that he was undergoing at the time of the great war of Mahabharata.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi released one of the interpretations of Srimad Bhagavad Gita on March 9 2021 and said, “We are releasing 11 editions that bring together 20 interpretations of the Srimad Bhagavad Gita. I respectfully salute all the scholars and others for their efforts behind this sacramental work and congratulate them. You have done a great job of making such a huge repository of knowledge accessible to today’s youth and for generations to come.”

The Prime Minister said, “Through the Gita, India has served the entire humanity outside the boundaries of the space and time. The Gita is a treatise that is for the whole world, every creature. It has been translated into so many languages of the world, so many countries are doing research on it and so many scholars of the world are associated with it. It is the Gita that introduced the world to the ideals of India like selfless service. Otherwise, India’s selfless service, our spirit of ‘universal brotherhood ‘, is nothing short of a surprise to many.”

Bhagwatgita is a complete book and it must be declared as the National Book. The VHP will not only give a memorandum but also start a campaign to get this book declared as National Book of India, said the VHP source to the RiseEast.

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