OUR BODY, MIND AND SOUL/SPIRIT


OUR BODY, MIND AND SOUL/SPIRIT

LISTENING OUR HEART

Heart is the ocean of soft feelings
Where all tides of emotions
For a moment are like high tides
While other times these are very low
Low and high emotions
Emanating from our heart
May hurt the person concerned
But never others’ sensitive emotions
Since our Creator resides here
And wherein our Creator lives
There cannot be animosity
Prejudice and Anxiety
There is purity in thinking
There is purity in dealing
Where authority of truth prevails
Liars, judgementals and people with baser ideas & jealousy
Have restrictive entry
For all the negative traits really..
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We are well aware that man is made up of body, mind, soul or spirit and heart. Our soul evolves with every good experience we have in life – all the activities we are performing bestow us opportunity to learn something through those experiences we garner from activities. Our body is the medium through which we perform these activities and get experiences. These are controlled by our mind and heart based purely on our thought precepts.


FUNCTIONS OF OUR SOUL


The soul is on a journey on this earth and provides life to our body. As long as soul resides in the body, our body has life, bereft of soul in the body, the body becomes inert, lifeless thus cannot perform any function. Thus our soul is just like fuel in a vehicle. As long as there is fuel in the vehicle, it works or else it does not run at all.


MORE RELIANCE ON MIND AND SENSES


We must have experienced that we mostly are controlled by our mind; which means our senses control us. We get attracted by the outer attractions without seeing the inherent qualities. Therefore, we have more outer influences. By so doing, we live in the world of outer shows and glitters and ignore our inner potentials. By giving more credence to our mind, we tend to ignore our heart. When we have less reliance on our heart, then, sure enough, we are living in the world of our own making, a mirage which is not based on truth.


The work of our heart is reduced but our mind takes major decisions. We are controlled by our mind through our ego; based on the thinking that whatever has been happening happens due to ‘I, me’ etc. . In order to listen more to our mind, we tend to narrow the function of our heart. By narrowing the influence of our heart, we tend to narrow ourselves in knowledge and wisdom. Most of our sufferings are due to more reliance on our mind and senses resulting in physiological and psychological disorders. The overbearing influence of our senses generate stress and strain, ego-centric tendencies, greed, fear, envy, jealousy, anxieties and above all ignorance of highest order pervading. When we give more credence to our mind and senses then we may get momentary satiety but ultimately we are unsatisfied. We sleep and get some solace, eat and drink just to fulfil the need of our body, but after sometimes again we feel hungry. If it is not provided, we feel dismayed.


CONDITIONING OF OUR MIND


As we grow up, our mind gets conditioned, we become judgmental due to the influence of our parents, and other members of the society. The use of our heart starts narrowing down. This way, our egocentric tendencies start increasing. Instead of doing everything freely, we start to be restrictive or protective, we adopt clever means to get something based on our mind’s dictates, act smart to showcase ourselves to the society, rather than becoming non-judgmental, free, possess harmony, empathy or kindness toward others as per the demands of our heart.


TRAITS OF OUR HEART


The trait of heart is positive in nature, which include: understanding, forgiveness, patience, tolerance, assistance to the needy, kindness, empathy, sympathy, altruism, balance and harmony and above all spreading love and smiles amongst the fellow beings without discrimination. If we listen more to our heart, we tend to adopt all the good qualities and change our habits and behavior as such. The heart does not care for negative things which are of little value as far as sagacity or wisdom is concerned. Such a person remains balance in all the experiences – good or not so good. If we work according to our heart yearning, there would be joy of giving, joy of sharing and joy in doing everything. Then winning or losing will not matter at all. When winning or losing does not affect us in the least, we tend to act without attaching with the fruits of our action. Only the job would be to accomplish our task truthfully without too much reliance on the result of our Karma. There would not be any thought about what others would think about us. We shall be doing our job without any attachment to the fruits of our action – with joy abandon. This way, we shall not be having social anxieties; what others may be thinking about our thoughts and Karma based on those Karmic deeds. As a child, we used to do or think without any encumbrance or attachment. But as we age, influence of the peer group, formal and informal institutions and society in general changed our outlook thus orienting our habits and attitudes.


We must have seen the physical and mental suffering of the world at large. For these solutions are not far to seek. These are available within us only. If we delve inside us, a sea change can happen which will make us realize that we have ocean of opportunities to refine ourselves but for this to become reality, we have to work as our heart bids us to do. Since the messages originating from our hearts are pure, simple and based on truth, we can ensure our growth spiritually by following these messages. A pure desire comes to our mind whenever there is a need of this. We tend to be exercised whenever we see somebody in pain as per the bids of our heart. But when the ego-mind just jumps into the fray and stops us doing something which is good and subsequently uses its instruments of anger, jealousy, pride, coercion etc. Our mind will give thousands of reasons for not doing a good thing. Suppose when we see an accident victim, our heart tells us to render requisite assistance but the mind overcomes this thought and we tend not to render any help citing some reason for not doing so.


HEART DEALS WITH SOFT EMOTIONS


Essentially, we are sometimes duped by the suggestions or reasons given by the mind which takes into consideration the extraneous perspectives into consideration thus leaving our soft emotions. We’ve self motives in whatever we do and mind is the architect of these. We always behave with others in the manner so that we get maximum benefit from whatever we do or do not do. We have become selfish in everything we transact. The heart does not deal with profit or loss but with soft emotions.. It thrives on love and compassion, in sharing and caring. It tells us how best we can do good to others. Due to our policy of discarding the heart and its voice, we tend to listen more our mind.


Conclusively, if we want to be selfless with positive attitude, we have to listen more to our heart than mind. For this, we have to delve inside us. It may be difficult initially, but after some practice, it will give us joy and happiness. We have to expand our heart and contract the mind, listen more to our heart and less to our mind and its senses. Then we shall feel more relaxed, more joyful. Our body, mind and soul will work in tandem and we shall be smiling more, there would be earnest dealings with others based on give and take, forgetting and forgiving, and finally a purposeful life with the active participation of God.

How to increase literacy rate of a country with special emphasis on rural areas including girl child and minority communities?


How to increase literacy rate of a country with special emphasis on rural areas including  girl child and minority communities?

Answer

 Best Answer:  We in India have more than 70% population living in rural areas. These people have to be educated about the need of education for their cohesion and adjustment with the educated people living in the urban and metropolitan cities in this highly surcharged atmosphere of competition. In order to teach more people, we have to reach more people; especially in rural areas. Although Government aided and  run educational schools and colleges are fulfilling the needs of the populace, yet, there is a urgent need to enhance the educational pursuit through people oriented programmes. The following are some of the aspects which are to be taken into account for spreading literacy amongst the people.

a/ Making the people aware about the need of education  through print and electronics medias. 


b/ Opening more schools and colleges in the less accessible areas. 


c/ Provide reading and other educational aids’ including books to the needy. 


d/ Providing uniforms to the needy. 


e/ Provision of scholarship to the needy. 


f/ Picking up the meritorious students for higher studies from the rural areas. 


g/ Give specialized type of education to the physically challenged children/children with special needs. 


h/ Periodically monitor the educational standard of the people areawise and devise measures for its improvement. 


i/ Provide grant-in-aid for needy for meeting needs arising out of educational pursuit. 


j/ Provide computers and other modern electronic aids for the schools. 


k/ Proper training and education for the teachers for making the educational pursuit a successful venture. 


l/ Make the people aware about teaching women folks with a view that if we teach a girl you teach a family as a whole.


m/ As far as possible make educational pursuit possible for adults also so that they could also assimilate in the society and get benefits that are accrued.

n/ Those amongst us who could not educate themselves due to some reason or the other, starting special classes for them so that they adjust with the society as a whole. NGOs should chip in for this.*

*Literacy rate of any country depends  on the facilities available in the forms of schools/educational institutions, needful infrastructure for these (study rooms, proper and clean toilet facilities – separate for boys and girls,  adequate number of trained teachers proportional to the students  so that individual necessary playing equipment/toys for specially needed children (for varieties of disabilities) with physiotherapist and specially trained teachers who could meet the needs of these gifted  children etc.

 

In rural India, there is a need of girls’ education because there is wide disparity in the literacy rate of boys and girls. It is well known fact that when we educate a girl, we educate the entire family as such because the child in the initial stage of growth and development, first lesson is imparted by the mother and if she is educated she can amply do so. Illiteracy of the females negatively impacts the entire family to which she goes after marriage. If she is literate and well educated besides cultured one; well versed in value system including traditional modes of behaviour then she can conveniently transfer/impart that value system to her children which doubtlessly will help afterwards in life when a child grows up and faces life. The sluggishness in females’ education could better be removed through the joint and sincere efforts of Government and parents. Efforts should also be made to convince the parents to send the girl child for necessary schooling.  An idea should be spread that both boys and girls need education for adjusting in the life. More so for girls for they have to assimilate themselves in different sort of environments after their marriage. Though in urban and metropolitan cities the literacy rate of girls has improved manifold yet in rural areas there are glitches like non-availability of more schools, teaching staff and other requisites like sanitation etc for girl students which need to be attended urgently.  More funds should be provisioned by the Government for infrastructural and other provisions in the rural areas.  If rural area with more population is awaken through literacy then the country as a whole will have inclusive progress.

Apart from giving fillip to education to girls, there is an urgent need of enhancing literacy rate amongst minorities along with attending to the caste related problems impacting their education. It has been experienced that children from these communities although enroll in the school in first standard but their dropout rate is too high because of factors like financial stringency due to poverty of parents, school available at far off places and available schools do not have trained and efficient staff including non-willingness on the parts of parents to send their children to school etc. Rather they would like their children, in many cases, to follow the parents’ traditional profession to meet the family financial needs. Actually absolute poverty too deters the pursuit of educational pursuits in the rural areas. Though Government is making efforts in educating the rural masses the need of education through publicity campaign and by opening new schools and bridging the gap yet still more needs to be done.

 

 

 

NIRJALA EKADASHI VRAT (A FAST WHICH IS UNDERTAKEN WITHOUT INTAKE OF EVEN A DROP OF WATER)


NIRJAL EKADASHI TO GET THE GRACE OF LORD VISHNU

NIRJALA EKADASHI VRAT (A FAST WHICH IS UNDERTAKEN WITHOUT INTAKE OF EVEN A DROP OF WATER)

Today is the NIRJALA EKADASHI VRAT – a fast which has strict observance conditions i.e. without taking anything, not even a drop of water. In order to get benefits of purification of our body, mind and soul, we should not take anything solid or liquid (Not even water drop) for the complete day and night. Otherwise, we shall not be able to get any benefit of observance of this fast. This fast is being observed today itself. The devout observe fast with piety with prayer on their lips and purity in their heart and mind.

This fast is observed to make the God of Evolution, Lord Vishnu, happy and get his bountiful blessings. Lord Vishnu is the giver and provider of things. He is the upholder and preserver of dharma and part of Trinity; Lord Brahma (The Lord who creates the lives), Lord Vishnu (the preserver what has been produced) and Shiva (Destroyer to create again). He stands for higher consciousness, the destroyer of illusions, bestows knowledge, provides purity of body, mind and soul. Harmony and above all self-realization.

In order to uphold dharma, Lord Vishnu incarnated to remove evil from the world at large. He is the defender of law and giver of bounties when anybody offers sincere prayers on to him. He resides in Vaikuntha in the milky waters on a bed made of the coils of the Adishesha while Goddess Lakshmi attend upon him.

While evil gains ascendance, Lord incarnates to restore dharma. For this, he incarnated nine times and tenth would be in near future.

LEGEND ABOUT NIRJALA EKADASHI VRAT KATHA

We are aware that in one month, there are two Ekadashis are observed. In these Ekadashis fruits, water etc. could be taken But for Nirjala Ekadashi, not to speak of food items not even a drop of water could be taken. Nirjala Ekadashi is also associated with Pandava’s one (Bhimsena) of the five brothers – Yudhishtra, Bhima, Arjuna, Nakul and Sehdev. It is also termed as the Bhimseni Ekadashi. It is known that those who observe this fast receive the graces and benevolence of Lord Vishnu with all the bounties.

Legend has it that once Bhima asked with immense reverence to saint Ved Vyasa that he could perform charity, perform meditation but he could not observe any fast since he feels very hungry to maintain his large body. The legendary Guru who has authored Mahabharata and Puranas besides some other important religious scriptures which had strong bearing on the Hindu traditions.

Giving response to the query of Bhima, Ved Vyasa replied that if he could observe fast on two Ekadashis every month then he would be graced with everything including the Moksha or liberation. But Bhima interjected that he could not observe so many fasts due to his disproportionate hunger and further asked the well-informed one to tell him one day in a year on which he could observe fast so that he could get Moksha. Thereupon, the most knowledge one advised him to observe a fast as NIRJALA EKADASHI –  a fast observed without taking anything including not even a drop of water for complete day and night. By doing so, a person could get the bounties of Lord Vishnu. If this fast is observed with all the sincerity while keeping our body, heart and mind pure, we can get all the benefits.

While observing the fast for complete day and night, we should pray Lord Vishnu with complete devotion and utmost sincerity. After having observed the fast, we should again offer prayers to Lord Vishnu for having his eternal graces for our happiness and prosperity.

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Implications of remaining-at-home in lockdown situation


Implications of remaining-at-home in lockdown situation

Presently, all of us are experiencing hard times in the environment of Novel Coronavirus Pandemic. It may be remaining confined to our homes (home quarantine) or observing Lockdown or observance of social distance while going outside our homes to meet our requirements; we are in constant fear of infecting ourselves.  This lockdown or self-imposed isolation is due to fear of contracting Coronavirus infection which has not got any vaccine to cure. The only option left is to remain confined at home in lockdown condition.

Remaining at home has positive and negative implications which are mentioned below:-

POSITIVE ASPECTS OF HOME QUARANTINE

HAPPINESS IN DIVERSITY
  1. Living together, the members of family can render assistance to other members of the family and enhance cooperative endeavour for overall good of the family.
  2. After having acquired cooperation with the members of the family, it will facilitate consolidation of love and affection between the members of our family.
  3. Both the spouses can work together in taking care of their offspring along with taking care of their education and other aspects for their growth and development.
  4. The parents will get opportunity in transferring value system to their children for spiritual growth too for holistic growth – body, mind and soul.
  5. The family members can learn to live with the dictum: Union is strength thus fulfill the purpose of life.
  6. All the members of the family can contribute in every way to run the affairs of the family in the best possible way possible – economically and otherwise.

NEGATIVE IMPACTS OF LOCKDOWN CONDITIONS

LIFE IN ISOLATION
  1. As the lockdown conditions have impacted the economic health of all the economies globally, therefore, fear of job losses and lay-offs remain haunting us all. The businesses are down due to because the work-force has to confine at home because of fear psychosis of infection.
  2. If we lose all avenues of earning of livelihood due to job losses, the future of ours and that of our family members would be threatened.
  3. Downward spiral economically due to job losses means depletion in standard of living thus impacting adversely the life of vast majority of people.
  4. Confining at home means limiting our sphere of activities – both in thoughts and deeds thus retarding our holistic growth and development thus losing our moorings in real terms.
  5. It is axiomatic, Inactivity leads to boredom and boredom brings about monotony bringing in its wake physiological and psychological problems.
  6. Both physiological and psychological problems leads to mental health related ailments such as depression, attitude and behavioral disorders, enhancement of obsessive and compulsive tendencies, paranoia and getting suspicious and doubtful. Putting all these together leads to multiple psychological disorders which enhance negative tendencies in us.
  7. Enhancement of negative tendencies leads to loss of self-confidence to face the world at large which impedes our growth and development.

MARTYRDOM DAY OF GURU ARJAN DEV JI


MARTYRDOM DAY OF GURU ARJAN DEV JI

Guru Arjan Dev Ji
Was the embodiment of Godly devotion
Who rendered selfless service (Seva) of society
A saintly trait
Along with it all
He was an apostle of peace
Who stood firm and rock-solid on his principles
For which he made supreme sacrifice
And attained martyrdom – a painless one
‘Thine doings seem sweet unto me’
While remaining firm in his convictions/beliefs he held dear

Guru Arjan Dev Ji
Has immortalized himself
For his thoughts and noble deeds
He held dear
Which would be remembered
By all those who matter the most.
A Guru Ji who collated the Hymns
Of Sikh Gurus Jis’
As the cornerstone of present day Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji
Known with immense reverence as the Tenth Guru
Himself contributed a total of 2218 hymns
Of Guru Granth Sahib Ji
Along with Sukhmani Sahib Bani
Which bestows us joy and eternal peace
Which emphasizes meditation
As a pillar of strength
For removing worries and anguish from our being
While we remember our Creator
We dispel the fear of death
And our enemies are defeated
Remembering God,
We remain awake day and night
Remembering God we do not suffer with sorrow
Thence remembering God
In the company of saints so Sacred
We are graced
With all invaluable treasures – O Guru Nanak Dev Ji.
His major achievements are far too many
Became instrument in installation of Sikh Holy Book
Adi Granth
Became main instrument in the construction of Golden Temple
Then developed Amritsar as a Centre of excellence
Enhanced the role of Sikh Society
By Introduction of Masand System
His motto was to be compassionate
He advised all Sikhs  
To donate a tenth
Of their earnings in charity
A noble cause
For which Sikhs are known
The world over.

HEARTIEST CONGRATULATIONS ON THE MOST AUSPICIOUS DAY OF EID-UL-FITR (THE FEAST OF FAST BREAKING).


HEARTIEST CONGRATULATIONS ON THE MOST AUSPICIOUS DAY OF EID-UL-FITR (THE FEAST OF FAST BREAKING).

FASTING FOR PURIFICATION OF OUR BODY AND MIND


Fasting is a willful restraint
From intake of food material
Giving a needed break
To our digestive system
Regulating the body metabolism
In sync with our body’s requirements
Which helps us do our body functions
Thus ensuring sound health & wellbeing
And live life in association with Super Being.
Fact remains foodstuff taken
More than our body needs
Results in our digestive system
To function more than its ability
Leading it to go awry
Producing fatty contents in excess
Than our body actually requires
And bereft of any body exercise
We become obese
Leading to laziness
and related illnesses.

EID MUBARAKH TO ALL

Eid-ul-fitr – after the month long observance of strict fast,
Based entirely on article of faith,
Purifies our body, mind and soul with fasting,
During the holy month of Ramzan / Ramadhan,
While offering prayers without break
To remain close to the benevolent One,
It is the anniversary on which Holy Quran,
Was revealed by most revered Prophet Mohammed,
Chaste in fasting while doing our duties,
For ourselves and for others around,
Dear to us – leaving none,
Or the ones who are forlorn,
Due to days so unfortunate,
We ought to meet their needs with utmost compassion,
Especially during the days of Coronavirus pandemic,
When many unfortunates,
Have lost the continuous flow of income,
Needed for body sustenance,
We ought to be filled with belief while performing donation,
And our heart feeling pain at others’ pain,
Thus bridging the gap that exists,
Between people of different hues in the society,
Awash with fervor thoroughly,
Overflowing with empathy,
Thus generating hope for the hopeless brethren,
Which will, in turn give us inner satiety,
Sufficient piety,
Of fond trust,
That there will dawn as a result,
Of being compassion towards our fellow beings,
A day which binds all humanity with a holy thread,
Of oneness, and brotherhood,
Prevailing in all humans.

EID-UL-FITR (THE FEAST OF FAST BREAKING).

Allah may bestow us wisdom and resilience, in ample measure, for bringing dawn of peace, cooperation, goodwill, compassion and brotherhood among peoples of world. As we all are the creations of a single CREATOR, we should cement our love with each other and help each other meet our needs and never have ill-will for our fellow brethren. It is more important now than ever since these are difficult times due to Covid-19 pandemic which has brought untold miseries due to loss of work and stoppage of continuous flow of money for our sustenance of our family.

During these trying days of Coronavirus pandemic, we should offer prayers to God observing all the Lockdown conditions, keeping distance, putting on face mask etc. It should be our endeavour to be careful lest we get infection and spread the same to our our dear ones.  

After regular observance of fast with devotion and piety for a period of one month during Ramadhan, devotees celebrate – Eid Day means a day of joy, a day of spreading love and affection, a day to spread fellow feeling besides a feeling of being pure after the observance of fast for one month.

Let this EID and coming EIDS be the torchbearer of our prosperity with Allaha’s Grace. Lets pray that the fervor and enthusiasm of EID remain etched in our hearts for ever and let this festival lasts for eternity with all its benefits.

The Muslims observe fasts in the month of Ramadan or Ramzan. It is a sacred month since Holy Quran was revealed in this month. The word Ramadan has been driven from the Arabic word ramaida meaning intense heat accompanied with dryness of ground. It is called so since it amounts to driving out sins with our good deeds like offering charity and keeping away or desisting from all body enjoyments etc along with intense penance by following the practice of fasting.


The word “fasting” (sawm) literally means ‘to refrain’ – means desisting from not only from food and drinks but also from unethical thoughts and actions which sully our thoughts and actions besides following all the guidance in letter and spirit enunciated in the Holy Quran. In other words, it is not merely restraint from food and drink but also our resolve as to how to control the urge of hunger and thirst besides devote ones energies on prayers thus gain spiritually. This way, the devout learn the traits of self discipline through self restraints too. The fast is broken at sunset before recitation from Holy Quran and thus being in connectivity with Allaha. The fast is broken with a sip of water and some dates.

Fasting is done as an exercise of keeping oneself away from certain activities which prevent devout from being spiritually aesthetical both physically and emotionally. Thus desisting from taking anything and keep oneself away from worldly pleasures i.e. humdrum of eating drinking or even being away from thinking about anything like lust etc and divert all the energies to prayers – five times. Having abstinence means devoting much of time and resources on charities besides prayers infuses self discipline and ushers in all round development in the individual.


Everybody may be aware about IFTAR party – a social event where fast is broken. Here meal is shared with friends and others. Free meals are also served for the general public too at this get-together.


Fasting or not eating food for a fixed or for a pre-determined period of time with for giving our digestive system some break or rest consequently keeping the body free of extra fats and toxins so as to focus on the job at hand without bodily interruptions besides offering prayers to our Lord with ease and peace.

In other words, fasting is intentional skipping of intake of food material, drinks or sometimes both for a fixed or sometimes for a prolonged period of time. It may be for a complete day (24 hours) from early morning to evening (dawn to dusk) or early morning on a particular day to the morning of next day. Then the fasting could be continuously or intermittent; depending on the body requirement or for the intended purpose of observance of fast as a religious tradition being followed in some religions.


While in intermittent fasting, we remain without food, for a fixed time-span and then eat at a set time but in continuous fasting we remain without food for a long period of time – say from morning to the following morning of the day or still more for more days at a stretch.


Fasting is both for regulating and energizing the body metabolism by pepping up / streamlining the digestive system so as to keep the body free of the extra fats and toxins besides keeping the body’s carbohydrates (sugar) synchronized with the need of our body. With slower and regulated metabolism, means our body organs can work for a longer period of time thus prolonging our age.


Then fasting too is undertaken as a religious observance.


Hindu fast on religious and sacred days or on the religious festivals like: Navratris, Puranmashi (Puranmashi is the full moon day in traditional Indian calendar), Ekadshi (Ekadashi is the eleventh day of both the dark and light fortnight of each month), Maha Shivratri (auspicious time for Maha Shivaratri puja activities like Fasting and prayers are performed), Ramnavmi (Fasting observed on the birthday of the Lord Ram) , Krishna Janamashthmi (fasting on the birthday of Lord Krishna) besides many other festivals connected with Demi Gods and fasts relevant to local populace of a particular locality.

The Christians skip their desire for food and instead devote time in seeking God. Meaning, the time spent on preparation of food etc could meaningfully be utilized for prayers and meditation on the Word. This fasting time could be per-determined and hunger for food could be compensated with hunger for the Lord. Jesus fasted from all food and drink. The Bible also describes some extreme times when people fasted.

Ramadan is more than fasting. The entire month is devoted to prayers, internal cleansing, charity etc.

  • The devout devote all his/her energies to focus on God.
  • No compromise on the practice self restraint – physical or mental.
  • Re-evaluate lives in the light of Islamic guidance.
  • Forget and forgive those who wronged.
  • Purify our lives physically and emotionally besides our thoughts and actions. A devotee thus adopts the qualities of head and heart.


Fasting helps self awareness / self enlightenment.

  • Saves a devout from distractions and create the traits associated with sincerity and simplicity.
  • Restraint helps us discipline ourselves besides a person turns inward with regular prayers.

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KEEPING HAPPY DESPITE DIFFICULT TIMES


REMAINING BALANCED IN DIFFICULT TIMES

REMAINING HAPPY DESPITE DIFFICULT TIMES

Presently, all of us are experiencing hard times in the environment of Novel Coronavirus Pandemic. May it be remaining confined to our homes observing Lockdown or observance of social distance while going outside our homes to meet our requirements; we are in constant fear of infecting ourselves. We should try to remain balanced in happiness and sadness – never getting overly concerned thus impacting our growth and development.

 It should always be remembered that our unlimited desires are responsible for our sadness and disappointments. If we control our desires and remain satisfied with what we have then we shall be happy at all times.

The following points should be kept in mind for keeping a healthy balance in our life for keeping ourselves happy despite hardships:As the waters (of different rivers) enters the Great Ocean, which though full on all sides remains undisturbed, like wise a person who is not disturbed by the incessant flow of desires – can alone achieve peace, and not the man who runs after these desires & strives to satisfy such desires –  BHAGWARD GITA.

BELIEF THAT GOD WOULD BE THERE FOR US IN ALL SITUATION WILL MAKE DIFFERENCE

  • In our lives we cannot have good times always. There would be difficulties and persecutions as we cannot keep all the people happy at all times. Whenever we face difficulties, our resolve to be happy is tested by our self-belief and unflinching belief in our Lord.

That is why for Christ sake, delight in weaknesses in insults, in hardships, in persecutions,  in difficulties,. for when I am weak, then I am strong – BIBLE

  • We should always believe in God that He will come to our rescue whenever there is any difficulty. Only our belief in God would always come to our succor.

The day it comes, no soul shall speak except by His permission. Some of them will be wretched, and some happy.

And as for those who are happy, they will be in Paradise, abiding there so long as the heavens and the earth endure, unless your Lord wills, as uninterrupted giving. HOLY QURAN

  • We should endeavor to act in such a way which bestows us happiness (Sukh) and inner satiety besides finally gives us freedom from any unhappiness (Dukh), In other words, we should perform all actions which give us joy – joy of giving and should not do anything which give us sorrow. 

Apparently, as all human resources are aimed at seeking out happiness, it becomes imperative to convince ourselves as to exactly where this happiness is located. Is it located in the worldly objects, or, is it located somewhere else? SRI GRANTH SAHIB JI.

  • By leading a spiritual oriented life. To be aware of your own self – knowing your potentials and weaknesses then remove the weaknesses to live a humble and sublime life.
  • Be satisfied with what you have.
  • Take right decision at right time.
  • Giving gives us happiness. Be compassionate to the needs of others.
  • Happiness and sadness are the two sides of the same coin. Introspect why you are unhappy and try to solve the cause of that unhappiness rather than recycling the thought of unhappiness.
  • Understand your own self – WHO I AM?’ rather than comparing yourself with others.
  • Be your own master by reigning in the mind rather than being becoming its slave.
  • Never take anything negative to your sleep. If some conflicting incident(s) happens with anybody including the members of the family, these should be sorted out before going to sleep otherwise these incidents will remain haunting you since these will go to the sub-conscious mind thus impacting our life.
  • Multiply your happiness by dividing smiles.
  • Right thought and right Karmic deeds give happiness.
  • Forgive and forget somebody’s mistakes.
  • Always be positive in what you think and act.
REMAINING BALANCE ALWAYS

A SELFLESS PERSON


A SELFLESS PERSON STANDS OUT IN CROWD

A SELFLESS PERSON

A person with humbleness to the core
With all the traits goodness and much more
In his thinking
There is positivity prevailing
His Karmic deeds too are praiseworthy
Thoughts and actions are in sync literally
He lives for others
Toils tirelessly for the good of others
Bereft of even an iota of expectations from anybody
Since he is conscious fully
About the purpose of his life on this beautiful planet
To do good and forget to a maximum extent
A spiritually oriented one
Who seeks connectivity with the One
An all powerful – Omnipotent
And present everywhere – Omniscient
An all knowing Super-Soul – Parmatma
One who is compassionate of all
An egoless to the core
And stands out in the society due to his work culture
This is always for the wellness of others
While such a person lives on this planet
He gets immense satisfaction
When his fellow-beings get what they want.
And finally when he is no more
People remember him for the excellent work
He did for others while he lived.

MY REAL LIFE HERO – A SELFLESS PERSON

In life, we come across different people with different temperaments, with different mindset, with different set of views but there are the ones who influence us immensely. These people are actually the cream of our society. Words of praise just come out for them. I shall call them as the gifts of our Creator.

A selfless person is the one who is compassionate in nature, empathetic and always fulfills others’ needs even putting his life in peril. I know a person who worked with us as an engineer. He left his service at a time when he could have made a grade for himself as an upright professional. As an individual, he would always come forward in rendering any sort of assistance to others without anything in return with no expectations whatsoever. Whenever anybody appreciated his work and conduct, he used to skip the subject and talk something else – more productive Karmic deeds than the former one. To say the least, he was a Karma Yogi, humble and humane to the core besides all the positive traits which are dear to our Creator.

In the evening, as usual, he used to teach the students from the weaker strata of society. Not to speak of this, whatever salary he used to get, half of it, he used to spend on the needy children, for their books, stationery, etc.

After leaving the service, he opened a school, with the money from his voluntary retirement from service, even employed some teachers besides some volunteer teachers too came forward in assisting him. This way, he not only changed the destinies of the hapless fellows but also made his own life a shining example for others to emulate.

He is no more now but his contributions to the society in changing the destinies of many youngmen in our locality still remain. I salute to him. May his soul rest in peace, and sure enough, it will be, because of his stellar role to the society. Many would like to emulate his positive traits and contributions for the society. Such people leave an indelible impression in the society and become a shining example. Such people attain Moksha or Liberation from births and deaths ultimately.