Blessed Blossoms ~ Joyful Jasmines

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A tropical plant, the sweet smelling Jasmine flowers are pristine blossoms associated with sensual pleasures and romance. A popular offering to the planet Rahu or the north lunar node in Vedic Astrology, this blossom has multiple uses in wellness, medicine, magick, decor, and is an integral part of women’s dressing in India.

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The jasmine shrub grows in any soil, although its best found in places with a temperate climate. It comes alive especially in Spring and Summer and emits its inherent heady fragrance after sunset, when the moon and stars rise at night. It is for this reason that the Jasmine is nicknamed ‘Raat Rani’ or the Night Blossoming Queen of Flowers in India, as it literally comes alive in the darkness and draws people towards it with its magnetic smell. Its a fragrance that makes one think of romance and sensual pleasures amidst nature, its a flower for lovers secretly meeting in twilight  amidst forests and quaint coves. Snakes are also said to found near its shrubs and it is a flower used in many night worship rituals.

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Associated with Rahu or the north lunar node, its a popular offering for those seeking to please this Planet of Shadows  who grants boons of foreign travel, mysticism and supernatural. It is believed that Rahu can either plunge the devotee into an abyss of darkness or magnify him to princely glory depending on his/her karmas. Its also associated with the hidden trades – smuggling, drugs, cheaters and illegal matters. If well-placed it can benefit & protect the lower/backward classes or underdogs in society. Place a handful of jasmines near a Rahu yantra and pray in a foreign language (anything different from your mother/native tongue) to seek the grace of this planet and to remove unseen/dark hurdles from your life. Its also used in strings and garlands in many temples in Southeast Asia, especially  in Thailand its offered in shrines along with betelnut & tobacco for letting go of bad habits and addictions along with releasing toxic energies from the self.

 

It has multiple magickal properties and is used extensively in many Wiccan spells , tantric practices and pagan rituals. It grows in abundance as the moon waxes and its associated with all things romance and is dear to Goddesses Luna, Selene and Aphrodite. It has an enticing smell and is use in many Intention Setting & Attraction rituals for soul mate, spiritual love, good health, wealth charms and more – anything the heart desires.  It connects  one to the higher dimensions of spirit and enhances a person’s pure intent, compassion and finer qualities of Life. Dreaming of jasmines is said to indicate quick marriage and it also magnifies ones personal clairvoyance, guiding through prophetic dreams. It supports astral travel and boosts the rise of the kundalini energy in Tantra.

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Its extensively used in beauty & wellness products in the form of sachets, parfums, essential oils, skincare creams, shower gels and more. It boosts immunity, cures illnesses, boosts mental capacity, relieves depression, stress, insomnia and is also a potent aphrodisiac. It also gives respite to women from post-partum depression, aches, pains and is useful for curing sunstroke and sunburn to skin. Its extracts are also used in Chinese Medicine to cure a host of illnesses and infections in the eye and urinary tract.

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Jasmines are popular gardening plants, are found hanging in intertwined vines on archways of gardens, parks and wooden trellises of personal spaces. These are low-maintenance plants and can be grown in small earthen pots, as vines, as shrubs,  and decorative motifs. These magnify the sensuousness of the place, are highly ambient in feel and visually striking in nature. They are also kept as houseplants or office plants as they uplift the mood & senses in just few minutes with their soft creamy petals and energizing smell.

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Jasmines are also used in wedding decor and brides wear them in their hair for a successful union with their mate and to magnify their inter-personal chemistry. Indian women wear jasmines woven in delicate strands in their hairdos on special occasions and festivals to gain blessings of the Goddesses for themselves and their husbands and to remove off any evil eye and to enhance their vibes and induce calm into the relationship. Jasmines are innocent looking flowers, associated with the mysterious, unknown, unseen sides of nature. Gift them to a beloved to make a promise of love, sensual affections, divine connections and to guard your union from all kinds of harm.

Deesha Kriplani is a Freelance Writer & Editor with creative interests in spirituality, food & fashion. Connect with her on https://deeshakriplani.wordpress.com/ 

Eco-friendly News – Green Initiatives in India

The pious City of Varanasi has decided to use herbal colors or abeer gulaal this Holi – the Spring festival of colors in India. People in rural parts of India along with metropolitan cities are getting aware of the harmful effects of synthetic colors on skin and hair. A local Rohni said that “I am aware that chemical colors have high content of lead, silica, chromium, dyes and alkalis. We have been purchasing starch-based herbal colors made from extracts of flowers, bark of trees and leaves.” Another local resident has decided not to play with color at all. She said, “My children asked me not get any colours. They said that their teachers have told them about harmful effects of synthetic colours. So, we will only buy sweets.” Read the rest of the details on Times of India.

The city of Kolkata has decided to use eco-friendly materials during the polling season as a way to conserve nature. Banners made of cotton or jute are being used instead of plastic flex. “One of our objectives this year is to maintain a clean and green Sundarbans this polling season. It is being done both for poll campaigning by all political parties as well as during voter awareness programs and training sessions of poll officials done by us,” South 24 Parganas District Magistrate PB Salim told PTI. This green project is being implemented in all the 13 assembly constituencies of South 24 Parganas district of the Sundarbans. Another portion of the archipelago, a UNESCO World Heritage site famed for its tigers and mangrove forests, lies in the adjoining North 24 Parganas district. Read the rest on Firstpost.

The Air India flights have decided to go green by using the Indian handwoven textile Khadi for its VVIP flights which carry the Prime Minister on international tours. While women cabin crew will wear khadi silk sarees, the male crew will sport Khadi silk jackets. Additionally khadi amenity kits will also be provided to the First Class & Business Class International passengers. The kits include khadi hand sanitizer, khadi moisturizer lotion, khadi lemongrass, khadi handmade soap, khadi lip balm, khadi rose face wash, essential oils etc. This order will generate more than 60,000 man hours which will be a boost to the workers who need the employment and the income. Read the complete details on Daily Pioneer.

An eco-friendly food vending cart which has provisions for waste disposal and solar power generation, developed by students of Jamia Millia Islamia, is among the innovations showcased at the Festival of Innovations at Rashtrapati Bhavan.“The product named ‘Innokart’ is an economical food vending cart that provides proper storage, shelter and hygiene. The cart promises to transform street food selling in India for the better,” said Mini S Thomas, Honorary Director, Jamia’s Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE).“Besides the storage drawers, the cart has two sections for waste disposal — for dry and wet waste each. The top panel has been kept free for advertisements while there is a plan to set up solar panel on the rooftop,” she added.Read the complete details on The Hindu.

Boating in Mattupetty lake in Munnar will soon be eco-friendly, with wildlife being least disturbed. As part of its efforts to develop responsible tourism in Munnar, the Hydel Tourism Centre has purchased a solar-powered boat, which will be a marked change from kerosene-powered boats and petrol speed boats. Kerosene-powered boats have been the reason behind the pollution of the water body, even leading to occasional fish-kills, not to mention the ecological and environmental threats they pose. In addition, wild animals seldom used to drink water from the lake during summer seasons, thanks to contamination. Read the complete details on The Hindu.

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Positive News Today: Green Initiatives in India

Kochi will soon have CNG (compressed natural gas) buses into the KSRTC fleet which will ensure a clean transport system in the State. The project which is being planned for introduction on a pilot basis, will continue to give people the option of an  environment-friendly transport mode. CNG buses are already functional in many Indian metropolitans including the capital New Delhi. Read the complete details on The Hindu

Schools in Dehradun & Mussoorie have started Green initiatives within the campus to combat the problem of waste disposal. E-waste stalls within the school, sensitization workshops hosted by NGO’s, help of specialized agencies are some of the implemented ideas. Additionally, the purpose of garbage segregation is being explained to kids in Kasiga School, Doon International School is planning to build a recycling plant and an NGO ‘Waste Warriors’ is conducting composting workshops in schools as part of the Microsoft “Create to Inspire” Educational Program. The Doon School has also set up an effluent treatment plant within the school premises through which waste water from boarding houses and the dining hall gets treated and is sprinkled in the school fields and used for gardening purpose. Read the rest of the details on Times of India.

A unique eco-friendly project is being set up in Hyderabad’s  Khammam District called “The Sitarama Project”. It has been designed to create an additional irrigation potential of 1.65 lakh acres, in addition to 3.33 lakh acres proposed under Rajivsagar and Indirasagar in Khammam district, with a bigger balancing reservoir to store 10 TMC ft water. This will ensure water supply for farming purposes as well as drinking water to villages. The project also aims at saving and preserving the Kinnerasani Wildlife Sanctuary from submergence.Read the complete details on The Hindu.

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Eco-friendly News -Khadi Textile, Bamboo Bicycles, Sustainable Labs

There are so many simple ways in which one can be Eco-friendly in daily life. Here’s a look at what National leaders, communities and scientists are doing to go green.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has plans to make Khadi global! A textile first introduced by the inspirational Mahatma Gandhi, the making of this fabric involve spinning wheels and not electronic machines or polluting equipment in big factories. Its handcrafted by artisans using spinning wheels called charkhas in rural parts of India and is very popular among fashion designers for its raw beauty, skin-friendly quality, lightness & authenticity. Modi’s strategy involves introducing solar-powered spinning wheels which will enable manufacturing of the fabric on a larger scale and also create work opportunities for village folk by paying them monthly wages of Rs 6000 – Rs9000. Under Adarsh Gram Udyog, atleast 70-80 lakhs jobs are being estimated for 2016-2017. Read the rest of the news details, Courtesy India Today.

Cycling is great for staying fit and with bamboo bikes you would be nice to the environment too! Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative is a firm that has started the trend of making use of the native bamboo plant to construct these bikes. Simple & sturdy these get you around easily and are also very low-maintenance. For every one bamboo tree that’s used, the firm plants ten more to maintain the balance. the bikes have created feasible income for the locals who lovingly create these bikes and make them pretty with native symbols & varnish. Watch the workings of this bike and also read the complete details courtesy, India Today.

Scientists are also doing their bit to reduce usage of energy, the Harvard University FAS Sherman Fairchild Laboratory is a popular example, owing to its long-standing contribution to a greener world in more ways than one. Some globally well-known scientific labs are going green by undertaking simple measures such as recyclable building materials, solar panels, large windows to maximise daylight, using green chemicals, rainwater harvesting, and natural ventilation system within the laboratory space. Read the rest of the details, Courtesy Blue & Green Tomorrow.

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Eco-friendly News -Mosques, Buses and Weddings go green in India

‘Going Green’ and getting more conscientious about Natural Energy Resources is the way forward and its really good to see that many positive changes are happening around the world to conserve energy and to preserve Mother Nature. In recent times, India has seen many eco-friendly initiatives and here’s a gist of some of them:

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An architectural & sustainable beauty, Bad-riya Jum’a Masjid at Kodi in Kundapur has many eco-friendly features built by the Beary Group. The mosque was inaugurated by All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) President Moulana Sayyed Mohammed and Rabey Hasani Nadvi. This is “The world’s first zero-energy eco-friendly green mosque” as it has been designed to be maintained by renewable sources of wind and solar energy. Its surrounded by plantations of date, coconut and mango trees and a huge water tank to keep it naturally breezy and cool. The plumbing has “Pressmatic” taps that allow only a fixed amount of water to flow. The building is ‘L Shaped’, is 70 feet high, has a wind turbine on the minaret for electricity, large glass windows for air and light – all of which contribute to keep the shrine well-ventilated and devotees comfortable. Read all the details on: Deccan Herald, Daiji World.

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The State of Himachal Pradesh has introduced Electric buses which are more eco-friendly than diesel and petrol counterparts as their carbon emissions pose threat to the Himalayan Range & Glaciers. This project has been granted 35 crores by The Central Government and plans to set up charging stations for their battery at bus stations are already under way. An electric bus can run around 100 kms after being charged, zero pollution and also will help in reducing vehicular traffic in the plains. Read all the details on: Himalayan Watcher, Times of India.

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Another trend that’s picking up is of An Eco-friendly Wedding. A typical Indian Wedding is lavish with greeting cards, all sorts of floral, electric & floor decorations. However, keeping in mind the huge garbage disposal problems many couples are choosing to go green with minimal wastes. A recent example of this was transport minister Ramalinga Reddy’s daughter Sowmya’s wedding with Abhishek Raje which was organised by a group of waste-pickers. The decor was made from recycled paper, cruelty-free products were used for make-up & clothes, the giveaways (wedding favours) were plant saplings such as mango, sandal and neem, vegan treats & keychains with messages. Even last year,  Civic Activist Meenakshi Bharat’s daughter’s wedding was similarly conducted with e-invites, a polite refusal for floral bouquets, and easily decomposable coconut fronds & strings of flowers for decor. Read the rest of the details on Times of India.

Which eco-friendly measures would you take or are taking to conserve natural resources? Which are the simple things one can do for reducing & disposing garbage levels? Share your inputs with us and get featured on The Positive Media.

Positive News Today – From India

Here’s a short news-round up of positive happenings and events in India.

The Siddhivinayak Temple in Mumbai City, considered one of the most sacred shrines of Lord Ganesha in the World has decided to fund the education of children who’s farmer parents have committed suicide due to natural disasters and hopelessness. The Temple’s trust has set aside Rs 1 Crore for this under the Sidddhivinayak Scholarship Scheme which will provide for the education of these children upto graduation. Read the full story on Mumbai Mirror.

Recently even the Odisha Government has set up ‘Anwesha’ to fund the education of tribal kids in elite institutions. Implemented in 17 districts, everything from the children’s books, uniforms, school supplies and more will be provided for. Read the full story on Indian Express.

Four IT Initiatives in multi-lingual formats have been launched for healthcare of the masses.These include an online tool to help addicts quit tobacco, support for TB patients and weekly informative audio messages via cellphones related to pregnancy and childbirth for expectant mothers. A mobile based app would also impart training from Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs). Read the full story on Times of India

Stay tuned for more news updates from the Team at http://www.thepositivemedia.com.

 

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