What to Gift on Mother’s Day?





 Mother’s Day is May 13th, a.k.a. right around the corner. If you’re on the hunt for a gift for a mother figure in your life, here are beautiful options. They make thoughtful gifts and would give your mother a memory of lifetime.


Indoor Plants



Plants uplift mood instantly. You can to decorate your Mom’s most used corner of the house before she wakes up and uplift her mood instantly by doing so with indoor plants. Flowers are an easy option but plants would stay longer. More to it, give the plants name tags and give one of them your name. This would give your Mom a pleasant memory when you are away.


Mother- Daughter/Son Tattoo




If your Mom is into fashion and moves along with the tide, both of you can have tattoo made on Mother’s day. If any of you are reluctant for a permanent tattoo, go for a temporary one. It would be a beautiful gift for a mother.


Spectacles or Glares



You can go ahead and buy a cool pair of spectacles or glares for your Mom this summer. There are photochromatic spectacles and polarized sunglasses available in market that would give your Mom a cooling effect.


A Handcooked Meal



You along with your siblings can plan to cook dinner for Mom. Decide on cooking her favourite dishes. You can also take help from your Dad or Aunt or Grandmother on this. But make sure you don’t create a mess in the kitchen! 🙂 Set up a table in the garden/terrace or balcony with candles and wish her happy mother’s day!


A Good Read


You can gift you Mom joy of reading her favourite titles as well as new ones. Subscribe to a library that delivers books to you doorstep and reserves and returns books online or over the phone. Subscribe now at www.skryf.in


So what would be your gift this year? Whether you gift or not make sure you wish your mother a very HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!



Shiva- A Myth or A God?

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When asked to Sadguru about it-

          Sadguru- When we say “Shiva,” there are two fundamental aspects that we are referring to. The word “Shiva” means literally, “that which is not.” Today, modern science is proving to us that everything comes from nothing and goes back to nothing. The basis of existence and the fundamental quality of the cosmos is vast nothingness. The galaxies are just a small happening – a sprinkling. The rest is all vast empty space, which is referred to as Shiva. That is the womb from which everything is born, and that is the oblivion into which everything is sucked back. Everything comes from Shiva and goes back to Shiva.

          So Shiva is described as a non-being, not as a being. Shiva is not described as light, but as darkness. Humanity has gone about eulogizing light only because of the nature of the visual apparatus that they carry. Otherwise, the only thing that is always, is darkness. Light is a limited happening in the sense that any source of light – whether a light bulb or the sun – will eventually lose its ability to give out light. Light is not eternal. It is always a limited possibility because it happens and it ends. Darkness is a much bigger possibility than light. Nothing needs to burn, it is always – it is eternal. Darkness is everywhere. It is the only thing that is all pervading.

          But if I say “divine darkness,” people think I am a devil worshiper or something. In fact, in some places in the West it is being propagated that Shiva is a demon! But if you look at it as a concept, there isn’t a more intelligent concept on the planet about the whole process of creation and how it has happened. I have been talking about this in scientific terms without using the word “Shiva” to scientists around the world, and they are amazed, “Is this so? This was known? When?” We have known this for thousands of years. Almost every peasant in India knows about it unconsciously. He talks about it without even knowing the science behind it.

The First Yogi

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          On another level, when we say “Shiva,” we are referring to a certain yogi, the Adiyogi or the first yogi, and also the Adi Guru, the first Guru, who is the basis of what we know as the yogic science today. Yoga does not mean standing on your head or holding your breath. Yoga is the science and technology to know the essential nature of how this life is created and how it can be taken to its ultimate possibility.

          This first transmission of yogic sciences happened on the banks of Kanti Sarovar, a glacial lake a few miles beyond Kedarnath in the Himalayas, where Adiyogi began a systematic exposition of this inner technology to his first seven disciples, celebrated today as the Sapta Rishis. This predates all religion. Before people devised divisive ways of fracturing humanity to a point where it seems almost impossible to fix, the most powerful tools necessary to raise human consciousness were realized and propagated.

One and the Same

          So “Shiva” refers to both “that which is not,” and Adiyogi, because in many ways, they are synonymous. This being, who is a yogi, and that non-being, which is the basis of the existence, are the same, because to call someone a yogi means he has experienced the existence as himself. If you have to contain the existence within you even for a moment as an experience, you have to be that nothingness. Only nothingness can hold everything. Something can never hold everything. A vessel cannot hold an ocean. This planet can hold an ocean, but it cannot hold the solar system. The solar system can hold these few planets and the sun, but it cannot hold the rest of the galaxy. If you go progressively like this, ultimately you will see it is only nothingness that can hold everything. The word “yoga” means “union.” A yogi is one who has experienced the union. That means, at least for one moment, he has been absolute nothingness.

          When we talk about Shiva as “that which is not,” and Shiva as a yogi, in a way they are synonymous, yet they are two different aspects. Because India is a dialectical culture, we shift from this to that and that to this effortlessly. One moment we talk about Shiva as the ultimate, the next moment we talk about Shiva as the man who gave us this whole process of yoga.

Who Shiva is Not!

          Unfortunately, most people today have been introduced to Shiva only through Indian calendar art. They have made him a chubby-cheeked, blue-coloured man because the calendar artist has only one face. If you ask for Krishna, he will put a flute in his hand. If you ask for Rama, he will put a bow in his hand. If you ask for Shiva, he will put a moon on his head, and that’s it!

          Every time I see these calendars, I always decide to never ever sit in front of a painter. Photographs are all right – they capture you whichever way you are. If you look like a devil, you look like a devil. Why would a yogi like Shiva look chubby-cheeked? If you showed him skinny it would be okay, but a chubby-cheek Shiva – how is that?

          In the yogic culture, Shiva is not seen as a God. He was a being who walked this land and lived in the Himalayan region. As the very source of the yogic traditions, his contribution in the making of human consciousness is too phenomenal to be ignored. Every possible way in which you could approach and transform the human mechanism into an ultimate possibility was explored thousands years ago. The sophistication of it is unbelievable. The question of whether people were so sophisticated at that time is irrelevant because this did not come from a certain civilization or thought process. This came from an inner realization. This had nothing to do with what was happening around him. It was just an outpouring of himself. In great detail, he gave a meaning and a possibility of what you could do with every point in the human mechanism. You cannot change a single thing even today because he said everything that could be said in such beautiful and intelligent ways. You can only spend your lifetime trying to decipher it.

Books – Are They No Longer Human’s Best Friend?

          When I was in school back in 90’s, our teachers use to say that books are man’s best friends. There were other sayings as well like ‘Buy an old coat but a new book.’ What an era it was! All the children were full of life. They went outside for playing games with neighbourhood friends. They used to write letters. Girls used to play ‘ghar ghar’ and boys ‘gully cricket’; together they used to play ’stop and party’.

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          I wrote everything; technically I typed everything in past tense because nothing of the above seems today. Every child is so busy catching up with the pace of fast growing, technologically driven world that they do not enjoy little moments. Little children have to carry their heavy bags. Some schools do have no book fundamental; there, the children have to carry ipads and laptops.

          Today, families do not have enough time for spending with each other. Children and parents sit together but they are in their own worlds of gadgets. There is immense loss of human touch.

          According to many researches, the best time a child and parent can spend is while reading. There are a lot of positive aspects of reading for all age groups but for children it is most important that they read or be read by parents.

parents reading book with kids

          While reading, parents would get immense insight of how their child grabs information which does not happen with other modes of media like television or radio. Here, while reading, parent can make out by studying their child’s expressions and response whether they are grasping information or not. Parent would make out the amount of words or even colours (if it’s a picture book) their child knows. A parent can know that does their child have the understanding of a particular story or the lessons that are taught through the story.

          By maintaining bedtime rituals or reading bedtime books to children, one can create life long bond of understanding, views and characterization. Before that last good night ritual always make time to read. Even reading a page per day is helpful

Reading has following impressions on a child

  • Enhance their Vocabulary – by reading different kind of books, they come across millions of words, which helps them to enhance their vocabulary.

  • Help in grasping, learning, reading. – Daily reading for 20 minutes, will help them understand different aspects that life throws through its twisted ways.

  • Increase their concentration power. – Due to lot of reading, get use to focusing in what they are doing as story makes them hold on to what they are reading.

  • Enhance their communication skill. – With reading lot of books, they go through lot of conversations, dialogues through which they grasp the communication skills.

  • Creates logical and situational thinking

  • If a child reads 20 minutes a day than by the end of the week 100 minutes of studying material/Book on average, he/she reads 400 minutes by the end of the month and 4800 minutes in a year.

  • Reading inculcates imagination power unlike watching videos which stamps the impression of a particular image on a child’s mind for years to come. Hence, hampering exponential brain growth.

  • A child’s mind is very delicate and can process information in a very eloquent way. Bedtime reading can enhance this brain power and can develop deep understanding of things, studies say.

  • Regular reading with parents and making children recall what they read the previous night helps in enhancing memory power.

Who says, books are no longer a man’s best friends. They truly are man’s best friend. More than that they a child’s BFF.