Purswani -Sindhi

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purswani

Pinda Daan- (NASIK)

Nasik:

For Last Rites in Nasik:

Ram Ghat at Panchvati has special arrangements for Sindhis.

The pandas there have the information of all our ancestors who visited Nasik for Last Rites.

All you need to give is your native village from Sindh.

Alternatively if you remember your Nukh or Caste – they can bring out the past information easily.

There is a seprate Pandit who is allocated to a Surname and a Location.

For Kukerja’s it is Pandit Dhamodhar Maharaj.

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Visit the following   links  for more information on Sindhi Rites

http://sindhirites.blogspot.com/2004_09_19_archive.html

http://www.kalighat.net/pinda_daan.htm

http://gayajipinddaan.com/

 

 

Mahalaxmi Diwali Puja- Sindhi way

Way the Sindhis perform the Diwali puja

Now for the conventional puja:

Keep your house clean and draw a rangoli at your doorstep to welcome Goddess Laxmi.

For the best time for puja, a pandit could be consulted.

You will require:

 

  • Some silver and gold coins.
  • 10 Suparis
  • Some uncooked Rice
  • 5 paan leaves
  • A coconut
  • Water in the ‘lota’. May add Ganga water if you have.
  • Kumkum for applying tilak
  • Gulaal (holi colour)
  • Mithaai (Indian sweets)
  • Agarbattis (insence sticks)
  • Diya
  • Camphor

 

On a new piece of cloth, make mounds of rice and place suparis on top.  The suparis stand for the planets. Either keep another supari for Ganesh, or a Ganesh icon.

Fill the Lota with water, adorn paan leaves around the lota .Place a coconut on top of the lota.

Dress the lota with a red cloth and tie a red string around it. On the lota draw with kumkum four lines representing the Vedas. A Swastika moving clockwise with 4 tikas. Light the agarbattis and the diyas.

On a thaali place the silver and golden coins. These represent ‘wealth’ or Mother Laxmi.

Take some water on your left hand and sprinkle water on to yourself after washing and purifying your hands.

Place a flower on your palm with some rice.

Chant the Gayatri Mantra 3 times (optional).

Now first visualise Lord Ganesh. Welcome Him to your puja.  Chant a Ganesh Mantra.  If you are not very good at remembering mantras, let me make it easier for you. Say: Om Ganeshaya Namah or I bow to you Lord Ganesh

Pray to Shivji the same way. Say: Om Namah Shivaya

For the more enthusiastic ones, please refer to ‘Mantras and Prayers’ for more mantras / prayers for Ganesh or Shivji.

Sprinkle water on the lota, apply kum kum, shower rice, offer a mithaai and fruit and accord the same treatment that you would to an esteemed guest. The water in the lota stands for all the sacred rivers.

Follow the same procedure with the 9 planets and the 4 directions. Sprinkle water towards the North, South, East and West. These are the 4 ‘dishaas’ of the world or the Universe.

Then bathe the silver and gold coins with milk, water, gulaal, flowers and offer the mithaai. It is said if you make the coins jingle, it would attract Laxmi Ma to come to you.

Visualise MahaLaxmi and say:  Om Shreem MahaLakshmaye Namah

Now you are ready for the Aarti.  Light the Aarti diya. Light camphor. Sing the aarti to the tune of ‘Om Jai Jagdeesh hare’ along with the accompaniment of the jingle of the bell.  (You will find the words of the Aarti at the end of this note)

Then place the thaali in your safe for 3 days.

Do the above with faith and devotion and don’t worry too much if you do not do it very correctly.

Say ‘Haraye Namaha‘ 3 times.  That takes care of all the mistakes that you may have committed knowingly or unknowingly during the ritual.

What is most important is your faith and love.

THE MAHALAXMI AARTI

Om Jai Laxmi Mata, Maiya JaiLaxmi Mata,
Tumko nis din sevat, Hari, Vishnu Data
Om Jai Laxmi Mata

Uma Rama Brahmaani, Tum ho Jag Mata,
Maiya, Tum ho Jag Mata,
Surya ChanraMa dhyaavat, Naarad Rishi gaata.
Om Jai Laxmi Mata.

Durga Roop Niranjani, Sukh Sampati Data,
Maiya Sukh Sampati Data
Jo koyee tumko dhyaataa, Ridhee Sidhee dhan paataa
Om Jai Laxmi Mata.

Jis ghar mein tu rehtee, sab sukh guna aataa,
Maiya sab sukh guna aataa,
Taap paap mit jaataa, Man naheen ghabraataa.
Om Jai Laxmi Mata

Dhoop Deep phal meva, Ma sweekaar karo,
Maiya Ma sweekaar karo,
Gyaan prakaash karo Ma, Moha agyaan haro.
Om Jai Laxmi Mata.

Maha Laxmiji ki Aarti, nis din jo gaavey
Maiya nis din jo gaavey,
Dukh jaavey, sukh aavey, Ati aananda paavey.
Om Jai Laxmi Mata.

Diwali -Aartis

Diwali Aarti

Shree Ganesh Aarti
Jai Ganesha Jai Ganesha Jai Ganesha Deva
Maata Jaaki Parvati Pitaa Mahadeva
Ladoowan Ka Bhog Lage Sant Karen Sevaa
Jai Ganesh Deva
Eka Dant Dayavant Chaar Bhujadhari
Maathe Par Tilak Sohe Muse Ki Sawaari
Paan Chadhe Phool Chadhe Aur Chadhe Mevaa
Jai Ganesh Deva
Andhe Ko Aankh Det Kohin Ko Kaaya
Banjhan Ko Putra Det Nirdhan Ko Maaya
Surya Shama Sharan Aaye Safal Kijye Sevaa
Jai Ganesh Deva

Maa Lakshmi Aarti
Jai lakshmi maataa, Maiyaa jaya lakshmi maataa
Tumako nishadina dhyaavata, Hara vishnu vidhaataa

“Glory to you, O Mother, glory to you, mother Lakshmi. Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma meditate on you everyday and night.”

Brahmaanii, rudraanii, kamalaa, Tuuhii hai jaga maataa
Suurya chandramaa dhyaavata, Naarada rishi gaataa

“You are yourself the consort of Brahma, Rudra and Vishnu and the mother of the world. The sage Narada sings your praises and the Sun and the Moon meditate on you.”

Durgaa ruupa nirantara, sukha sampati daataa
Jo koi tumako dhyaavata, riddhi siddhi dhana paataa

“As Durga, you grant both happiness and prosperity; and he who centres his attention on you becomes a recipient of all riddhis and siddhis-Prosperity and Accomplishment.”

Tuuhii hai paataala basantii, Tuuhii shubha daataa
Karma prabhaava prakaashaka, Jaganidhi ke traataa

“None but you dwell in the nether regions of the earth and you alone ensure good luck, bring to light the effect of Karma (action) and protect all worldly treasures.”

Jisa ghara mein tuma rahatii, saba sadaguna aataa
Kara sake koii kara le, mana nahin ghabaraataa

“All the virtues collect themselves where you have your dwelling ; with your grace and favour even the impossible becomes possible without causing any nervous agitation.”

Tuma bina yagya na hove, Vastra na koii paataa
Khaana paana kaa vaibhava, Saba tumase hii aataa

“No sacrifice can be performed without you (your grace), no one can obtain any garment (to cover his body); it is from you that one obtains one’s sustenance (food and drink).”

Shubha guna mandira sundara, Kshirodadhi jaataa
Ratana chaturdasha tuma hii, Koii nahiin paataa

“O daughter of the Ocean of Milk and the beauteous temple of all propitious virtues, you are a living mass of all the fourteen gems with which none else is endowed.”

Aartii lakshmii jii kii, Jo koii nara gaataa
Ura aananda umanga ati, Paapa utara jaataa

“Whosoever hymns this prayer to Lakshmi is purged of his sins and experiences the ecstasy of joy.”

The Universal Aarti
Om Jaya Jagadheesha Hare
Swami Jaya Jagadheesha Hare
Bhakta janonke sankat
Bhakta janonke sankat Kshan me door kare
Om Jaya Jagadheesha Hare

“Om! Victory to You, Hari, Ruler of the Universe, You make the troubles of your devotees vanish in a second”

Jo dhyave phal pave
Dhukh bin se man ka
Swami dhukh bin se man ka
Sukha sampati Ghar ave
Sukha sampati Ghar ave
Kasht mite tan ka
Om Jaya Jagadheesha Hare

“Whoever thinks of You, gets results without any mental grief, Happiness and wealth come to his home, And his bodily woes vanish.”

Mata pita tum mere
Sharan padum mi kis ki
Swami sharan padum mi kis ki
Tum bina aur na dooja
Tum bina aur na dooja
Asha karum mi kis ki
Om Jaya Jagadheesha Hare

“You are my mother and my father, Who else can I seek refuge from? There is no one else other than You for me, Who shall I yearn for?”

Tum pooran Paramatma
Tum Antaryami
Swami Tum Antaryami
Parabrahma Parameshwara
Parabrahma Parameshwara
Tum sab ke Swami
Om Jaya Jagadheesha Hare

“You are whole and You are the Supreme Self, You are the Indweller in every being. O Supreme God, O Supreme Ruler, You are the Master of everybody”

Tum karuna ke sagar
Tum palan karta
Swami Tum palan karta
Mi sevak tum swami
Mi sevak tum swami
Kripa karo bharta
Om Jaya Jagadheesha Hare

“You are the Ocean of Mercy, You are the Ruler, I am Your servant and You are the Master, Please show mercy my Lord”

Tum ho ek agochar
Sab ke pranapati
Swami sab ke pranapati
Kis vidhi miloom dayamaya
Kisi vidhi miloom dayamaya
Tum ko mi kumati
Om Jaya Jagadheesha Hare

“You are the Unseen, You are the Master of everyone’s life, How can I meet You, O Abode of Kindness”

Deena bandhu dukh harta
Tum rakshak mere
Swami tum rakshak mere
Apane hast uthavo
Apane hast uthavo
Dwar khada mi tere
Om Jaya Jagadheesha Hare

“O friend of the downtrodden, O remover of grief, You are my protector, I am standing at your door, Please raise Your hand to assure me.”

Vishaya vikar mithavo
Pap haro deva
Swami pap haro deva
Shraddha bhakti badhavo
Shraddha bhakti badhavo
Santan ki seva
Om Jaya Jagadheesha Hare

“Please eradicate all material desires in me, And remove my sins, Increase my love for You and let me serve You”

Tan man dhan sab kuch hi tera
Swami sab kuch hi tera
Tera tujh ko arpan
Tera tujh ko arpan
Kya lage mera
Om Jaya Jagadheesha Hare

“My body, my mind, my wealth, And my everything belongs to You, I offer what is Yours to You, What is there that is mine?

Om Jaya Jagadheesha Hare
Swami Jaya Jagadheesha Hare
Bhakta janonke sankat
Bhakta janonke sankat
Kshan me door kare
Om Jaya Jagadheesha Hare

“Om! Victory to You, Hari, Ruler of the Universe, You make the troubles of your devotees vanish in a second”

Step By Step Diwali Pujan:

  • First clean the Puja room and then Bathe each Deity (Lakshmi & Ganesh) first with water, then with panchamitra/or rose water, followed by water once more
  • Now put Deepak (Lamp) in front of the Deities – As the tiny diyas of clay are lighted to drive away the shadows of evil spirits
  • Make a Panchamitra with 5 ingredients of milk, curd, ghee (clarified butter), sugar & Honey.
  • Place Few mithais, snacks & fruits as a prashad.
  • Make offerings of flowers, Abir (red colour), Sindoor (vermillion) and Haldi (turmeric). Light the Agarbatti (incense sticks) and lamps filled with Ghee.
  • Now make offerings of Fruit, Sweet dishes (mithai), Salty snacks (Mathis, Ghathia, Namakpare) and offer Dakshina (token money), which could be given to the poor. In the end offer paan (betel leaves), cloves. Now pray to the deities to seek their blessings.
  • Ganesh Pooja : Ganesh Puja is a must for deepavali Puja. (Lord Ganesha is to be worshipped in all pujas before any other God or Goddess.) (Ganesh Aarti is sung)
  • Laxmi Pooja : Place Lotus and other flowers at her feet as an offering. A silver coin is placed in front of the Goddess during the puja. Now perform Aarti with flowers in hand (Lakshmi Aarti is sung). After Deepawali Pujan have the Prasad and go out to burst Diwali Crackers.

Diwali UK Celebrations

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Mahtani Shalini (Hongkong)

Shalini Mahtani

 

Shalini Mahtani is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Community Business, a non-profit organization in Hong Kong working with some of the world’s largest companies in corporate social responsibility (CSR).

Mahtani works on matters of CSR strategy, corporate community investment, diversity and work-life balance.

Mahtani has advised many companies on CSR in Asia, conducted extensive research and written numerous publications on these subjects.

In 2008, Mahtani was awarded an MBE from H.M. Queen Elizabeth II for services to corporate social responsibility in Hong Kong.

In 2007, Mahtani was named Asia 21 Young Leader by the United States’ Asia Society and as one of 35 global women leaders under the age of 35 by UK-based World Business.

In 2005, Mahtani was awarded the “Chief Executives Commendation for Community Service” by the Hong Kong SAR Government for her contribution to the ethnic minorities of Hong Kong.

Previously, Mahtani had a career in accounting and banking. She is a graduate of the London School of Economics and a Certified Public Accountant.

Mahtani Sabrina (Sierra Leone)

http://www.inspiredindividuals.org/index.cfm?i=6818&mid=4&ministryid=22304

Sabrina is a Zambian born, UK educated advocate who has worked both at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda established after the 1994 genocide and the War Crimes Tribunal in Sierra Leone.

She went on to read for a Masters in Transitional Justice in the New York. Her passion for justice started when as a child he father was unjustly imprisoned in Zambia on a trumped up charge of treason. This childhood experience brought home the vital need for much more effective legal representation on the continent. But it was on a mission trip with Tearfund and the Christian Lawyers Association that her two passions – her passion for justice and her passion for God – where brought together.

THE NEED

It was during her time in Sierra Leone that Sabrina came to witness first hand the plight of women on death row in that country. Often being convicted without legal representation, denied any right to appeal and despised by all as the very worst and the very lease of these.

A report recently released by the UN cites the ongoing abuse within Sierra Leone’s prisons and the failure to protect the rights of inmates as a serious threat to peace in the country. Sierra Leone suffered a brutal decade-long civil war that formally ended in 2002, although the country continues to experience widespread extreme poverty and is currently ranked second to last on the Human Development Index.

The UN report, entitled ‘Behind Walls: An Inventory and Assessment of Prisons in Sierra Leone’ highlights the excessively lengthy periods of remand experienced by most prisoners and their lack of access to legal representation, as well as the squalid conditions of the country’s over-crowded prisons. The systematic violation of rights within the country’s prisons is cited by the report as a risk to security and stability in Sierra Leone.

SABRINA’S INTERVENTION

Sabrina returned to Sierra Leone in 2006 to establish AdvocAid with a group of friends. She provided Legal aid to Female prisoners.

Sector: Criminal Justice Reform  Selected: 2009 Sabrina Mahtani provides legal aid to female prisoners in Sierra Leone


Sindhi Business Links (Mahtani)

Card Designer: Paru (Mumbai )http://www.parusperceptions.com/

Designer: Rahul ( New York) http://www.rahulmahtani.com/

International Trade: Heny (Hongkong) http://www.kayel.com/

Jwellery: Raj (Kolkatta) http://www.rajmahtani.com

Manufacturers: (Chemicals-Veraval,Gujrat) :http://www.chitinindia.comormal.html

Mahtani Rajan (Zambia) Victorious!

Rajan Mahtani

Republican President Michael Sata has instructed Finance minister Alexander Chikwanda to with immediate effect return Finance Bank Zambia Limited to the rightful owners.

The Bank of Zambia, last year, seized Finance Bank from its shareholders for violating the law through unsound practices, including insider borrowing.The Central Bank last month announced the sale of Finance bank to South Africa’s First Rand at a cost of $5.4 million, a move that raised a lot of concerns from various stakeholders.

And former Finance bank chairman Rajan Mahtani says the truth on the sale of the bank has finally prevailed.Dr. Mahtani says Zambian investment has been restored to Zambians adding that at least a thousand jobs that were at stake have been secured.Speaking to journalist at State house this morning, Dr. Mahtani said the sale of the bank was politically motivated by the previous MMD government for reasons known to themselves.

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DR Rajan Mahtani yesterday said he is saddened to read about the government’s sale of Finance Bank, the bank he struggled to build for over 20 years with other stakeholders.

And Finance Bank Zambia (FBZ) employees have expressed displeasure at the bank’s new owner, South Africa’s First National Bank (FNB), decision to force them to resign and re-apply for jobs without getting their redundancy packages for the many years they worked. In an interview from Johannesburg where he has been recuperating after undergoing open-heart surgery over a month ago, Dr Mahtani, a former Finance Bank executive chairman, said he had decided to return home against the doctors’ advice because he wants to continue his legal battles and prove his innocence. He said no matter how long it would take, the truth about Finance Bank will eventually come out.

“This will give me the opportunity of continuing the legal battles to prove my innocence to the many allegations made against me and to regain my integrity and dignity. I believe in the rule of law in Zambia and the judiciary’s ability to maintain the highest ethics in the legal profession.