A brief history of Diwali in Jainism … thanks Jay

Diwali is one of the most popular festivals in india. For Jains it is a very important occasion. It is a festival of glory and achievement of Bhagwan Mahavira who attained nirvana on this day.

A brief history of diwali in jainism:
Diwali was known as Deepalika- the Festival of Lights. Deepak is a symbol of light of abolishing the darkness of ignorance.

Dhan Teras was known as Dhanya Teras in olden days. Before his nirvana,Bhagwan Mahavira started giving his last sermons on this day. Thus the day was known as Dhanya. Now it is called as Dhan as too much importance is attached to wealth.

Kali Chaudas
Bhagwan spoke continuously for 48 hours. His last sermons are recorded in one of our Aagams called the uttaradhyana sutra.

Bhagwan left this world and attained Nirvana at Pavapuri. The light was gone forever and the whole world was enveloped in pitch darkness. Gods dispelled it with bright gems and humans lit earthen lamps. Lamps are lit to symbolize the dispelling of ignorance.

Gautam swami, the chief disciple of Bhagwan Mahavira attained keval gyana on this day.

Bhai dooj
After Bhagwan’s nirvana his brother king Nandivardhan was inconsolable due to grief. His sister, Sudershana called him to her house and comforted by giving him religious knowledge.
Thus the traditions found their way in today’s world. But let’s not forget the real significance of celebrating Diwali.
‘Ahimsa paramo dharma’ was Bhagwan’s teaching which is at the very heart of Jainism. Let’s celebrate an Eco Friendly Diwali. Protect jeevs and pray for peace towards all.

Happy Spiritual Diwali to you all


Homage to Billy Connolly

Homage to Billy Connolly
He may be an acquired taste but this will show you why I think he’s such a great person, let alone stand up comic. Note: None of this touches on his style of going on about a story and leaving it to start multiple other stories which he finally weaves with great endings.

Billy Connolly – Erect for 30 years

Missing come back later or let me know in the comments below if you find it.

Missing come back later or let me know in the comments below if you find it.

Billy Connolly: a BAFTA Tribute


50 Commons Things You Probably Didn’t Know There Was A Word For … thanks Matt Buco

1. Paresthesia – the prickly feeling when your limb “falls asleep”
2. Balter – dancing clumsily
3. Petrichor – the way it smells after it rains
4. Grawlix – a series of symbols commonly used in comics or cartoons to represent curse words
5. Callipygian – having a shapely butt
6. Nibling – the gender-neutral term for nieces or nephews
7. Ailurophile – a cat lover
8. Phosphene – a luminous impression due to excitation of the retina (stars you see when you rub your eyes)
9. Aglet – the tag covering the ends of a shoelace
10. Pilgarlic – a bald head
11. Philtrum – the vertical groove on the median line of the upper lip
12. Natiform – something resembling a butt
13. Darkle – becoming cloudy or dark
14. Pogonotrophy – growing and grooming a beard or other facial hair
15. Cancatervate – heaping things into a pile
16. Lemniscate – the infinity symbol
17. Dactylion – the tip of the middle finger
18. Poobah – a powerful person
19. Interrobang – a punctuation mark designed for use especially at the end of an exclamatory rhetorical question; usually written as ?!
20. Bruxism – involuntary habitual teeth grinding; usually during sleep
21. Rasceta – the lines on the inside of your wrist
22. Rasher – a thin slice of bacon
23. Pandiculation – stretching when tired or when waking up
24. Runcation – removing weeds
25. Sciapodous – having large feet
26. Crapulence – sickness from eating or drinking too much
27. Muntin – a strip separating panes of glass in a window
28. Krukolibidinous – looking at someone’s crotch
29. Griffonage – careless or illegible handwriting
30. Interfenestration – the space between two windows
31. Caruncle – the triangular, pink areas at the corner of your eyes
32. Agelast – a person who never laughs
33. Kyphorrhinos – a nose with a bump in it
34. Duffifie – laying a bottle on its side for some time so that it may be completely drained of the few drops remaining
35. Scintillate – emiting sparks
36. Snellen chart – the standard eye exam chart
37. Cachinnate – laughing very loudly
38. Preantepenultimate – fourth from last
39. Algedonic – something that is both painful and pleasurable
40. Brannock device – that metal thing used to measure your feet at a shoe store
41. Steatopygic – having a large butt
42. Gambrinous – being full of beer
43. Tatterdemalion – a person dressed in ragged clothing
44. Accubation – eating or drinking while lying down
45. Defenestrate – throwing of a person or thing out of a window
46. Tines – the prongs of a fork
47. Fourchette – a strip or shaped piece used for the sides of the fingers of a glove
48. Armscye – the shape or outline of the armhole in clothing
49. Lunule – a crescent-shaped body part or marking (such as the whitish mark at the base of a fingernail)
50. Tittle – the dot over i or j