Jalsa, Mumbai July 6, 2017 Thu 11:45 PM
Birthday - Ef Saurabh Bhakri Fri, July 7 .. all our good wishes for the birthday of Saurabh .. happiness always ..
Many have often wondered what the name Prateeksha, my first owned home, meant … and how and why was it so named ..
The name was given by my Father, as has been the practice for other names that he has given for the family, and has a reference to a line of one of his poems :
“स्वागत सब के लिय यहाँ पर , नहीं किसी के लिए प्रतीक्षा”!! ~ HRB
प्रतीक्षा is Prateeksha ।।
The lines like most of his views on life and its philosophy have always had a tinge of revolutionary thought .. and so too in the naming of the house, the first ever personal home of the family, Prateeksha ..
“ There is welcome for all at this abode ; but we do not wait for no one “
In Delhi, when we built a home for my Mother and Father, he saw the house for the first time when it became habitable, saw the three floors that it enveloped, with many folds of stairs and named it SOPAAN .. Sopaan means steps .. the steps represented the number that the staircase made up to the third floor ..
JANAK, the office cum residence was also given its name by him .. a prominent and devotional name from the Ramayan .. JALSA, was initially MANSA, the Mother from where the family generation began .. which became JALSA ..
There have been many relatives and admirers that had come to my Father for the naming of their children .. at times there would be requests for the naming of the Company for business that needed a name and they came to my Father .. what is this naming game .. I have othe ften wondered .. there is a desire for getting a name that has both meaning and acceptability .. one that brings happiness and prosperity .. numerology takes over at times .. names of films go through inadvertently the process to decipher whether a particular name is going to be valuable for particular film .. spellings undergoing change as per the numerologist suggestions .. personal names too go through similar adventures .. but .. mostly its been the English letters that have attracted attention .. each alphabet getting a number by its side, added subtracted to come to one that is going to prove successful .. the bottom line being, that an artist could put up the most exhausting work in a project, but if the numbers in the name of the film were not right, the product would fail ..
And then astrologers take over .. time, date of birth, stars and their movements, Latitudes and Longitudes, the star charts, the movement of the planets and their effects .. the ‘जनम पत्री ‘ , and an endless anxiety of what will happen and whether it is a good time to get involved in certain acts or not, health issues, progress, health, death .. the works ..
I do not know how it works .. but it is a presence in all our lives somehow ..
There is not a single printed news paper or magazine of prominence that does not dedicate at least a page or two on the astro charts of the various celestial birth signs …
SO .. I know the questions that must be arising in the million minds of the BLOG and elsewhere .. do you believe in them or not ..?
The next topic of discussion in our esteemed Blog shall be ……