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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.

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on October 24, 2015 in Inner Thoughts

 

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MAHA SHIVRATRI IS THE PIOUS NIGHT (Happy MAHA SHIVRATRI – 24th FEB 2017)

MAHA SHIVRATRI IS THE PIOUS NIGHT (Happy MAHA SHIVRATRI – 24th FEB 2017)

MAHA SHIVRATRI IS THE PIOUS NIGHT

 

MAHA SHIVRATRI

Maha Shivratri is celebrated on Krishna Paksha Chaturdashi in the month of Phalguna as per Hindu calendar which is in the month of February. This is an annual feature which is celebrated with great enthusiasm and reverence. This is the holiest day since this day is associated with sacred marriage of Lord Shiva and Lordess Parvati (the daughter of Himalaya) – in fact coming together of Shiva & Shakti.

It is pertinent to mention the background as to how Shiva and Parvti had their first meeting. Parvtati had seen Shiva while she was only eight years old. She formed an opinion that she will marry him only when she grows up while he was in a meditative trance. When she grew up, she told her father (Himavan) that she wanted to marry Shiva but he always remained in meditative consciousness. She was also fully determined to make him realize her love for him. She used to take leaves only and after a while she left eating anything and thereafter even drinking water. Then finding suitable opportunity, her father made mention about the state of health of his daughter to Shiva.

Mysticism of it all is that Shiva wanted to test her love for him still more. He went to her in the form of a handsome young man and asked her why she wanted to marry Shiva who, more often than not, remains in meditative trance and always remains in the cremation grounds amongst ghosts etc with ash smeared on his body. He offered himself to marry her. Parvati straight away refused marrying him and was adamant that she will marry Shiva only and no one else. This way, he came back to his old form and asked Parvati for a boon. She asked Shiva to marry her.


Shivaratri means night of Shiva. On this day devotees observe strict fast and keep themselves awake during the night time, immersed in Lord’s prayers for deriving maximum benefits out of these sacred rituals.


Shivratari Lord Shiva’s most favorite day/night. When earth was created, Shakti (Lordess Parvati) asked Shiva which day was dearest and favourite one for Him. Shiva replied that 14th night of the new moon in the month of Phaluna was most pleasing to Him. Parvati thus repeated these words amidst the company of friends and others and thus the word spread far and wide to the multitudes and since then this day is being celebrated with great adoration.


Maha Shivratri is associated with the marriage of Shiva and Shakti. The devotees (Bhakta) know the significance of this day since it is very dear to Lord SHIVA. On this day, the devotees in different age groups (young & old) take early bath in some sacred rivers like Ganga, Yamuna etc and offer prayer (pooja) in temples and also make offerings of bel patra and other leaves including berries also pour water on the Shiva Linga. Before washing the Lingum (the symbol of Lord Shiva) with utmost reverence with milk, ghee, honey, rose water etc people chant mantras. As Lord Shiva is known for His austere living he likes simple things and simple offerings in the form of herbs and leaves for pleasing Him. Devout perform prayers with immense pleasure and devotion.

There is also another legend attached with this day. At the time of the churning of the sea by the Godheads and the Demons (Rakshas) there surfaced a vessel full of poison amongst other enchanting objects like Kamdhenu (Wish fulfilling cow, white horse, white elephant, Kalpavriksha (Wish fulfilling tree), Lakshmi (Goddess of wealth), Dhanvantri (Divine Phycian) and finally the vessel of Amrita (nector). To save the world from the devastating effects of poison, Lord Shiva consumed the pot of poison and kept the same in his throat with his Yogic Powers and that is why

He is also called NEELKANTHA or Blue Throated with immense reverence. By doing so, LORD SHIVA saved the world from being annihilated.

 

SHIVA OR SIVA means ‘that what is not’ or which is beyond anything or everything. It is comparable to nothingness of vast cosmos /  nothingness of space with galaxies, planets, etc. That which is propitious, pure, simple, gracious, benevolent and full of beauty. In Vedic scriptures/literature, Shiva also connotes liberation or emancipation. He is the auspicious deity who is creator, reproducer and destroyer of the forces of negativism and darkness. Shaivism also represents beliefs and practices of Hinduism. Shiva is not affected by three Gunas (Sattva, Rajas and Tamas). He is called Supreme Lord. He is a great Yogi. One who is beyond any limit of appreciation – nothingness which can absorb anything and everything.

 

A great Yogi who gave us Yoga and method of living – living as mystic  Yogi but not oblivious of the family bondings. His contribution as a recluse and the householder is phenomenon and cannot simply be ignored. The complexity of His traits as a deity cannot be comprehended if we do not delve deep into his life. In the earlier years, he used to wander in the Himalayan region and subsequently an ascetic who is always absorbed in Yogic meditation. This was proved right when the barat (marriage party) was received. Strange as it looked: Shiva as a groom, rode a bull, with matted hair, ash smeared all over the body, wars a part of koupina or loincloth., a garland of bones and skulls, as usual a trident in one hand and damru (drum) in the other hand.. There was beating of drums and mixed sound of trumpets – a terrific sound indeed. Amongst the baratis Marriage party) were Gods and Demi-Gods Not to speak of this, his marriage barati’s consisted of the ganas, ghosts and other strange and fearful witches, vampires etc. The marriage receiving party

 

A  MYSTIC WHO COULD BE PLEASED EASILY

We always say him in meditative posture – completely immersed in contemplation. He is Yogi with a difference who could be termed as the deity who could be pleased with bel patra and fruits. Simple sincere prayer can earn His bounties – that is why He is called as Bhole Shankar.

ULTIMATE WHEN FEROCIOUS

When Shiva is provoked beyond a limit, when He was in trance, as was done by Cupid or Kamadeva,  He opened His third eye and reduced him to ashes in a fit of anger.


There are 12 Jyotirlingas (Lingas of Light) which are held sacred by the devotees. They offer prayers at these holy places.


Devout chant Mantra OM NAMON SHIVAYE and also Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra to get special benefits since this day falls in the most appropriate planetary positions in the Northern hemisphere; helps devotee raise his / her spiritual energy vigorously. The prayers are answered if these are done with sincerity. This day is also celebrated because on this night Shiva performed His cosmic dance (Tandava). This dance was enjoyed even by other Godheads.


Lord Shiva’s abode is mount Kailasha. He bearer of sacred river Ganga on his head besides a serpent named Vasuki. His devotee Nandi is carrier of Lord Shiva.

In Shiv Purana, it has been mentioned that Shiva prayers should be done in the following manner to get maximum benefit:-

  1. SHIV LINGA. Shiva means auspiciousness and lingam means a symbol and when put together it means: ‘a symbol of the great God of the universe who is all auspicious’. It also means ‘the One in whom the whole of creation sleeps after dessolution. The worship of Shiva in the form of Longa is most prominent. It represents as a symbol God Himself. Shiva lingam is to be bathed with water, milk and honey. For purification of these, bel patra should also be added. Vermilion paste represents virtue, after bathing the Shiva Linga with water, honey, curd etc with utmost devotion vermilion paste is applied on it.
  2. Natural fruits like berries are very dear to the Lord, hence these are offered. Fruits are also the sign of fulfillment of our desires and hence should be offered.
  3. For getting His grace and bounties offerings when dhoop (incense) is ritualistically burnt give maximum benefits.
  4. Then lamp is lighted. The lamp symbolizes knowledge and wisdom and keeps away our ignorance. If this is lighted with devotion and offered to the Lord, we can derive maximum benefits.
  5. Finally betel leaves are offered which symbioses the satiation of our worldly desires besides keeping our spiritual onward march intact.


ATTRIBUTES OF LORD SHIVA


It is important to know the attributes of Lord Shiva which are depicted variously as: benevolent, pious with huge reserves of compassion, easy to be pleased, honourable, delightful with brilliance, innocent, easy to be pleased, invincible, having huge prowess, fearful or ferocious when hugely provoked, Wrathful, violent and dangerous, destructive, austic (Yogi Raj).


SHIVSHAKTI


Shiv-shakti Shiv is called Kala (the eternal time) and Parvati the consort of Shiv is also called Kali meaning ‘Time’ or ‘death’ (two mixed together means the ‘time has come’). Various people worship Shakti or Kali represents the feminine force whereas Shiva is the masculine force along with the power of peace.


LORD SHIVA’A FAMILY


Lord Shiva has two aspects. Firstly as an ascetic (Yogi) shown meditating and also as a householder – having family performing the dual functions wonderfully well. He has a consort named Parvati (the daughter of King Himalaya). The family consisted of the following:-


(a) Parvati. She is the Consort of Shiva, variously described as, Shakti (Divine Energy), Devi, Divine Mother along with Goddess Tripura Sundari, Durga, Minakshi, Kamakshi etc. She is also identified with Nature, creative energy, Ardhanarishvara (dynamic extention of Shiva without whom Shiva is incomplete.


(b) Ganesha.  Ganesha is the deity in a human form but with the head of an elephant which represents the power of the Supreme Being that removes obstacles. .He was created out of the the remains of smut from the body of Parvati and further infused life into it. He is worshipped with great devotion, before starting any prayer or starting any business or new job His name is taken. He is said to the remover of Lord of removal of obstacles (vegin karta), Lord of beginning. No Yagna or any ritual is incomplete without beginning with prayers to Lord Ganesha.


(c) Kartikeya. He was assigned with the responsibility of protecting the Gods and Demi Gods. He is worshipped in South India by various names such as: Murugan, Subramanya, Shanmugan and in North India as Skanda and Kartikeya.


(d) Ashok Sundari. While Parvati felt very lonely, she created Ashok Sundari from a tree to remove her monotony and loneliness because Shiva remained in meditation most of the time.


(e) Manasa Devi. She is considered kind to the devotees who worship her. Due to her bad temper and unhappy disposition Mansa was rejected by Lord Shiva. She is termed as the goddess of snakes and worshipped in North India. She is also described as destroyer of poison (vishhara).


(f) Ayyappan. In the incarnation of Lord Vishnu as a woman named Mohini, Lord Shiva was charmed by her beauty and through the union of the two Ayyappan was born. He is specially worshipped in South India.


(g) Then there are other children of Lord Shiva named Andaka and Jalandhar and Mangala.

 

Names of Lord Shiva. According to Shiva Purana there are 1008 names of Lord Shiva. Some of these are given below:-


NATRAJA

There is a description in Puranic period that Lord Shiva is also termed as the Lord of Dance or Eternal Dancer. The two most renowned dances are Tandava (which is powerful and masculine dance) and is associated with the destruction while Lasya which is very graceful and exhibits delicacy of emotions and is attributed to Parvati and associated with creation. Both destruction and creation are the important factors in the universe and the world at large.


DAKSINNAMURTI

Represents the form of Shiva Murti facing South. This represent aspects as a teacher of yoga, music and wisdom.


ARDHANARISHVARA


It represents the combination of two; Shiva and Shakti (Parvati) depicting half male (Shiva) and half female (Parvati). It is due to the fact that Lord Shiva was hugely pleased by the austere traits of Parvati and granted her the boon of becoming part of his body.


Tripurantaka. In this Lord Shiva is depicted with four arms having bow and arrow in the at of destroying Demon named Tripura.

AVTARS OF SHIVA. In the description in Linga Purana there are 28 forms of Shiva. Hanuman is known as Rudra Avtar (Rudra is a name of Shiva) as eleventh Avatar.


Aashutosh – One who fulfils wills.
Akshayaguna – With limitless attributes.
Anantadrishti – With unrivalled vision.
Bholenath – One who is benevolent.
Bhooteshwara – one who is Lord of ghosts.
Bhudeva – One who is Lord of Earth
Mahadeva – Greatest God
Devadeva – Lord of the Lords
Gurudeva – Lord of all
Ingaraja – Lord of Lingas
Vishveshwara – One who is the Lord of Universe.

 

There are 12 Jyotirlingas (Lingas of Light) which are held sacred by the devotee. They offer prayers at these holy places. These are mentioned below:

  1. Somnath ( Lord of the Nectar of Knowledge)
    2. Nageshwar or Nagnath (Lord of 5 headed snake):
    3. Kedarnath ( Lord of Kedar):
    4.VishwaNath ( Lord of the Universe), Banaras-UP:
    5.Mahakaleswar ( The lord of Death) Ujjain, MP:
    6. Amaleshwar (Lord of Purity) : Lord shiva the purifier of all sins.
    7. Trayambkeshwar ( Lord of Third Eye ), Maharashtra:
    8. Ghrishneshwar (Lord of Positive Energy obtained from Churning of divine Knowledge), Maharashtra:
    9. VAidyanath (Lord of Vaidya/Ayurveda), Maharashtra:
    10. Bheemashankar (Mighty & Powerful Lord), Maharashtra:
    11. Mallikarjun ( Lord ), Andhra Pradesh:
    12. Rameshwaram (Ram worshiping Lord Shiva), Tamilnadu:


It has been observed that this earth and what it contains, universe and all that it possesses (the sun, the mooth, countless stars, etc) are the wonders which have been created by our Creator. These are created only by some SUPREME BEING to whom we can feel if we have right attitude and all the other fine-tuned attributes like love, trust, etc. He has fathered us for a purpose and it is our duty to fulfil the assigned tasks in whatever way we can – by helping those who are not able to help themselves, doing good to others, forgiving others’ follies etc.


I consider religion as a pathway to reach to our Creator, it may be any religion to that matter. One thing that binds us together is that our requirement(s) are the same. He has given His precious bounties like air, water and other the gifts of nature without any bias. Let us thank Him in our own way suiting us for connectivity with the Source and living a life full of peace and happiness.

 

 

THOUGHTS ON LORD SHIVA

LORD SHIVA

MAHA SHIVRATRI is the Pious Night
The Great Night of Shiva – our most loved Godhead
When Shiva & Parvati got united in sacred marriage
Exchanged solemn promises to uphold the principles of togetherness
Recollecting this, we pray the Bhole Shankar & Mother Divine,
And seek oneness of self with that of Divine

Thenceforth Divine Couple appeared in the form Ardhanarishwa

Thus complementing each other

As Shiva and Shakti to bless us all


Lord Shiva is one of the Godheads amongst the Trinity,
Lord Brahma – the Creator,
Remains absorbed in His domain of Creation,
Lord Vishnu – the Preserver,
Keeps His Lotus hands on Preservation.
And the venerable Lord of all Lords,
With healthy mix of potencies & benevolence,
Enjoys esteemed place in realm of Godheads,
With the power to cause destruction,
Dissolving or destroying for fresh creation,
On the premise, if end is not there then there is no fresh beginning
A golden chance of our soul’s cleansing


Shiva is known variously by 1008 names according to Shiv Purana
Mahadeva, Maheshwara, Ardnarishwara,
Devadeva, Gurudeva, Lingaraja, Natraja, et al.
In fact Vishveshwara – One who is the Lord of Universe.

During churning of ocean by Gods & Demons together,
He swallows a pot full of poison which came out with their joint effort,
Thus saved the living beings & universe from its destructive effect,
And kept this high potency poison in his throat (kantha),
And Shiva is thus called Neelkantha
He is also known for His benevolence
Can be pleased with utmost ease
Thus bestowing soothing balm to troubled souls.

The Lord is too found in Phallic Symbol of Linga.
In this form He is the Centrifugal Force of the Universe,
And is mix of the simplest
And most complex amongst all the deities.
Mass of curly hair, crescent tucked into it,
The Mighty Ganges flowing out from His piled hair.
With trident representing true virtues,
Coiled serpent named Vasuki signifying Kundalini,
The immense spiritual energy within,
Two sided drum (Damroo) drumming rhythmically,
Enchants everyone including other Deities magically
Simplest in His manifestation
Immersed in His Yogic mystic meditation.


With ash smeared all over the body,
Wearing Ruthraksha beads round his neck and arms,
He is the Lord whose grace could be had with ease,
Differentiates not at all between demons or sages,
While bestowing His graces,
Demon King Ravana was His most likeable devotee,
Whosoever invoked Him with sincere love and piety,
Becomes a candidate for His bounty,
The Omniscient & Omnipotent Yogi’s abode is Mount Kailasha,
Where He dwells with our Divine Mother Parvati,
And sons Ganesha & Kartikeya – the greatest in their own right,
Lord Ganesha for His trouble shooting,
And Lord Kartikeya for demon conquering,
His Cosmic Dance is second to none,
By this Cosmic Dance all the Gods & Demi-Gods get enthralled.


Behold still, when immensely provoked by callous acts,
Opens His Third Eye – a ferocious one
And annihilates the evil doers
Kama Deva, the God of Love got reprisal when he provoked
Shiva when He was in deep meditation and met his end.

We rejoice this occasion and seek His Ultimate blessings
with immensity of reverence in our inner recesses of being
For our spiritual health and inner peace

 

 
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Posted by on February 20, 2017 in Inner Thoughts

 

Are girls attracted to weird guys or something?(As asked by a youth).

Are girls attracted to weird guys or something?

 

Now I’m not the best looking guy ever like I would probably count as ugly or whatever but anyways girls always seem to be attracted to me for reasons I have not the slightest idea.

I don’t get it I’m like super weird guy who does crazy stuff I’m now a college drop out with probably the worst hair,super pale, green eyes and my height is just stupid I’m 6’2′-6’4′ and still growing.

Answers

Best Answer:  First of all you have seemingly indicated all your negative traits which goes to show your positive characteristics which are given as under (which I think is the magnetism with which you attract the girls):-


(a) You know yourself fully and do not shy in expressing yourself; that is the reason that the opposite sex likes you.


(b) You are not a person who says something but acts just opposite – you are upright in what you are which is found rare in today’s youth.


(c) Some people are uglier from their inner self but feign to be pure from outside – they always reflect their true selves after sometimes after they come in contact with others.


(d) Your height in any way is not any impediment in your attraction.

All the above qualities are suiting and hence should not be construed as negative ones but you should be proud of all these bounties which Lord have bestowed with and thank Him for everything else too including and that is why girls ‘seem to be attracted towards you.

INNER THOUGHTS.


Attraction or repulsion by anybody is an individualistic phenomenon. There are the people who are people who get attracted towards the persons with following traits:-

 

  1. Look of the person is not the only consideration. There are the persons, though are not so good looking, yet, have personal magnetism due to their positive outlook. They create such a sphere of positive influence with which they attract both the sexes with aplomb by making good their outward look by their positive attitude.

 

  1. With rich family background. It has been seen that some people are lured by the showy demeanor or outer-ward  pump and show. This way they hoodwink people by hiding their real self under the veneer of falsehood; especially the girls get swayed by the false promises and outer show. My intention of writing this, in any way, is not to brand all rich people with dual personality but to show cautionary note. 

 

  1. With genteel outlook. It has been observed that we can hardly hide our true nature. It could be feigned for sometime but not all the time as truth cannot be hidden for long. It is revealed after sometimes. Then consequences would be disastrous. Here girls are no exception they too are attracted towards those with good manners.

 

  1. With strong inner strength. A person with inner strength is not subjugated by any defeatist tendencies. That person is faces failures and successes with equanimity; thus he has such a magnetism that pulls everybody towards him – girls no exception because humans as a whole gets attracted to truth in the end.

 

  1. With reasoning mentality. People with sensible mentality will always be fair in their attitude and could be amenable to the changing time and state of affairs. Those girls who are rational themselves in their attitude, in general, get attracted towards likeminded personalities.

 

From the above it could well be concluded that while we all want to have a good lifestyle, here, but we should not forget that generally speaking we should not get attracted by the ostentatious way of life. A life lived with undemanding  style of living or subsistence makes a huge difference to us. Simple living and high thinking is the best one which everybody should aspire for and live for a peaceful and joyful living.  

 
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Posted by on February 17, 2017 in Inner Thoughts

 

NEW MEANING OF LOVE FROM SAINT VALENTINE – MAY THIS DAY BESTOWS LOVE TO EVERYONE

NEW MEANING OF LOVE FROM SAINT VALENTINE.


Saint Valentine gave  us a new meaning to LOVE. Following poem and description is for your appraisal.


LOVELY LOVE DAY – VALENTINE DAY

A love from where we prefer losing everything
A true love which is not at demanding
A love which knows only sacrificing

A love which is universal in nature.

A love which gives joy while we are giving
A love which teaches us profusely ethical & moral methods of living
A love which is bereft of any sort of suspecting.

A love which paints everyone with humane touch
A love which gives a sublime love a gentle thrust
A love which has sufficient Divine grace for its sustenance.
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A love which dies not at all,
A love which broadens its base without bias
A love which gives synergy for its prolonged existence.

A love which cares not for caste, color or creed
A love which excels in every way we feel
A love which kindles trust amongst soul-mates.

A love which is eternal and indeed magical
A love which is not even a bit theatrical
A love which is not at all mechanical.

A love which asks nothing in return
A love which burns all suspicions in turn
A love where differences get resolved on the basis of trust.

A love which cares not, even if the ultimate result is supreme sacrifice
A love which showers only fragrance

A love which emanates from our inner self.

A love which remains unaffected as time passes doubtlessly
A love wherein even slippery time puts its indelible stamp of its immortality
A love we would like to quote for its sacredness oftenly.

Thus cleansing the polluted air around,
Spreading goodwill for all without doubt

Suffering  pain for the love-mate without even a slightest moan.
Like the Love of Saint Valentine,

A Catholic Bishop of Terni

In Roman Empire
Who for love’s sake attained martyrdom,
For solemnizing marriage secretly,
Of condemned soldiers,
For whom marriage was a bar
Under the Roman Empire’s law
And marrying those forbidden once to marry,
Attracted the Saint’s imprisonment,
And ultimately martyrdom.

While in the condemned cell of a prison,
With his miraculous touch he cured the daughter of the jail warden,
Saint Valentine sent out a farewell letter,
With words so eternal in nature,

“From your Valentine”,

These words have become a grand brand,
Presently for us all to express to our love one,
With a huge sprinkle of pride,
Mixed with a huge smile,
Lasting for good in our imagination,
And in real life too, we live with complete affirmation
That love binds us & bestows us God’s eternal compassion.

 

Valentine’s Day is celebrated on 14th February every year. There is a very popular account that a Christian Saint was imprisoned and prosecuted under the Roman Law for solemnizing the marriage ceremony of soldiers who were not allowed to marry. Saint Valentinus performed the marriage of these soldiers and broke the Roman Law. There is also a legend that while being in the prison; he healed the daughter of the jailer named Asterius.


Legend has it that before he was to be beheaded he wrote a letter finally signing as: YOUR VALENTINE to bid final adieu.

For expression of love for our soul-mate, it is a important that we fulfill all the ingredients which are needed. such as; our intention and attention that we pay in expression of our sincere love, synergy in that love, willingness that may spring from our inner self, etc. It is also a must that we’ve full trust on our soul-mate.


For love to be effective, it is a must that we develop an initial belief or trust that we are ready to have a right friend, with traits in agreement with ours to shower love and affection. If one finds friend of his/her liking, it is equivalent to love of our Lord. This love of the Infinite Absolute Lord facilitates us humans to distribute this love to others with whom we come in contact with. His eternal love also solves many of our own problems concerning love.

A love of a soul-mate is unique in nature, the person with whom we want to develop friendship, we have to accept him/her wholly – with all weaknesses and strong points. True love transcends all boundaries, all differences based on colour, creed, caste etc. It is pure and simple love. No questions asked about anything else.


There are two ways of finding an appropriate life partner; firstly love at first sight and secondly somebody arranges the same and he/she could be termed as the our life-partner (this is termed as arrange marriage, where marriages happen according to Hindu religious beliefs; where Vedic Mantras/Hymns are chanted, by taking seven vows around the fire with seven promises made by both the partners). Or there may be other customs and traditions in other religions for marriage.


Anyway, we can have true and sacred love with our soul-mate with basic premise of  following parameters:-

(a) Trust each other without any strings attached.

(b) We should exhibit emotional maturity while ironing out differences.

(c) Take her/him to the inner recesses of your heart and feel that he/she remains in your imagination though he/she may not be physically present with you.

(d) Thinking about him/her may evoke a feeling of joy and sometimes you may skip a heartbeat for your partner.

(e) Creating a strong affinity with the soul-mate of yours even in his/her absence.

(f) Sharing joys or sorrows together, good and bad situations, etc.

(g) Not to hide anything from your partner so as to develop indelible impression of friendship.

(h) We should forget and forgive each others mistakes which may creep in sometimes.


Love has many manifestations. When one is immersed in it, he/she gets everything in losing everything even the most precious one for us. While we take love as a God’s gift, love gifts us many things in return too. This return gift is all encompassing – a saintly feeling for us all. We do not care for our life, if that is at stake for earning the gift of love. We want losing everything including making supreme sacrifice for gaining the ultimate LOVE.

May this day usher in indelible love to us all and removes doubts and differences from us all in fact without biases and live happily.

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on February 12, 2017 in Inner Thoughts

 

WHAT ARE THE TRAITS OF A GOOD RELIGIOUS PREACHER WHO COULD INFLUENCE AND EDUCATE THE TARGETED AUDIENCE?

WHAT ARE THE TRAITS OF A GOOD RELIGIOUS PREACHER WHO COULD INFLUENCE AND EDUCATE THE TARGETED AUDIENCE?

It has been observed that whenever we attend religious discourses or congregations, our intention evidently is to get spiritual benefits thereof. Many a times, some of us feel seemingly very disappointed when we are not able to understand the intricate discourses / sermons which are being given by learned preachers. This to say the least is a sorry state of affairs.

The objective of writing on this topic dawned on me, a few days before, when I liberty to ask, just casually, to one of the  ladies co-passengers as to where they had gone. He replied that they had gone to a Satsang on Bhagwat Gita (A discourse on Bhagwat Gita). When I asked what he actually learned from the said discourse/lecture, he mentioned that it was sermon on Karma. Subsequently, I again queried him as to what does Karma stand for? He was felt confused and could not reply clearly. The others too could not explain exactly what Karma meant in real sense of terms. I introspected, what was the purpose of the visit to the discourses when they could not get what they intended! Why waste time in such discourses when nothing tangible is attained?

Then a question popped in my mind, what was the purpose of attending sermons when we are not clear about what the preacher intended to preach.The preachers have, it is worthwhile to mention, they’ll have to be more thoughtful and should not take the audiences for granted or consider them as erudite / knowledgeable. Their (preachers’) main responsibility is to think the audiences/ seekers as the greenhorns who are to be imparted proper lessons for better results. It should always be noted that they (audiences) should feel a difference after they come out of the place of religious discourses and not go out with more confusion. The task of the preacher is bit  complicated but if put to practice in right earnest could make difference to the audiences enlightenment / insight.

Under such scenario, it is evident that till such time we are clear about the information being imparted through different lectures, the real import or purpose of the same will not be realized by us. Then question arises, should not the discourses given at the congregations be meaningful, concise being being simple so that it could be understood by every devotee irrespective of qualifications or experiences gained over a period of time.

Axiomatically, attend the congregations simply to garner knowledge so as to get spiritual awakening and every sermon should make difference and clear our path for our deliverance. But if instead of clearing cobwebs / contradictions it tends to make us more confused, then, sure enough, we would be where we started after covering so long a distance and wasting our precious time by attending each congregations but with no fruitful results!

A person who intends to increase his/her know-how about spiritualism but fails to get what that person wants then whole  the exercise of discourses gets defeated. I think preachers should keep the following points into consideration while giving the same:-

(a)One subject at a time should be covered. There are preachers, who while delivering lecture on a particular subject, just skip to another subject without clearly explaining the subject matter being dealt with, start discourse on other one and then another; which certainly confuses the audiences. They are neither here nor there – in total puzzled state of mind hence a wastage of time and effort.

(b Language used should be simple to comprehend. If intricate language  is used, as given in the scriptures, then the same should be clarified by using simple language, sentences and phrases, if possible, in the language the audiences could understand fully.

(c) Clarifications to be offered if and when required. If clarification is asked by audience, then, surely it should be given  voluntarily even during ongoing discourse, without reservation or without standing on ceremony.  Or alternatively, the same could be individually clarified to the individual concerned after the end of programme.

Importantly, no formal qualification is required for a seeker / devotee for connecting with God. It is also a fact that those giving discourses must have gone through different training sessions, intense penance over a period of to make themselves able to deliver lectures. It is because learning the discourses from religious scriptures requires a lot of effort should be  accurate and to be point. Otherwise the purpose of lecture gets defeated. They should keep in mind that they are delivering lecture(s) to the mixed lots – educated, semi-educated and ignorant ones etc. They should give their lectures in such a way which could be understood by all irrespective of their education attainments including standing in society etc. The audiences or the seekers should also have eagerness to learn.

It should be kept in mind that our Creator is omnipotent and omniscient and He knows our inner feelings/emotions. Therefore, no formal qualification or experience is required to establish connectivity with Him. He requires our love only in simple form. Even entering into a religious and registering in the religious place is sufficient.  It goes to show that God accepts all the prayers which are done with pure heart and for that qualification or no qualification is a must.

Conclusively, it could be said that learning anything is interplay of keen audiences and compassionate preachers besides understanding between them as learner and expert lecturer is a must. Here formal qualifications of the learner though bestow some benefits yet is not everything in order to establish connectivity with our Creator. The relationship of preachers (Gurus) and the audiences (devotees) are akin to teachers and their pupils and have the stamp of devoutness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on February 5, 2017 in Inner Thoughts

 

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WISHING YOU ALL COLOURFUL BASANT PANCHAMI ON 1st FEBRUARY 2017

BASANT PANCHAMI

Fairs and festivals are the obvious indications
That a society is on the move together in their celebrations
Some festivals are seasonal in nature
Others are related to beliefs so prevalent
But one thing is common in all of these
People participate in each of these festivals
With a feeling brimming with emotions.

Basant Panchami has religio-seasonal connotations
After people have withstood the chilling cold of winter season
There has begun much awaited  dawn of a season, so  very pleasant

Whence Mother Nature is at its most excellence  .
Wherein a carpet of yellow mustard plants is one of the best attractions

People put on their yellow attire, so gorgeous
And imbue themselves in natural colour – yellow.


There is a legend attached to this festival
Brahma who is the Creator-in-Chief
Happened to see earthwards
He felt very sad on seeing the bare trees
Barren land bereft of any greenery
He scattered some water from His enchanting jar
Lo and behold all
There appeared Goddess Sarswati
The giver of wisdom and scholarship
Music, art and craft and knowledge to imbibe
She too is termed as the Goddess of Basant Panchmi!
Lord Barahma too gifted greenery to the plants in abundance
Bringing in its wake brightness in natural spectacle
And verve and vigor in everybody’s life.

 

Yellow flowers are offered to God
Even our food items exhibit yellowness
With saffron strands giving yellow colour
Emitting fragrance everywhere.
People worship the musical instruments
Art, craft and all the learning mediums
For these are the gifts of Goddess Saraswati
Processions in the honour of the Goddess is taken
To implore Her to bestow us humans the wisdom
And power to find the difference between truth and falsehood
Her four hands symbolize ego, intellect, alertness and the mind
Her white dress is the symbol of purity
And she loves truth of all forms
Her postures of sitting too has vast meaning.
Our humble prayers to Thee O Goddess Sarasvati
The embodiment of learning
We implore Thee to remove illiteracy & ignorance from our midst

And bring forth the dawn of enlightenment
Remove ego as You are the giver of wisdom
And do imbue us all in THY  INDELIBLE COLOUR

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BASANT PANCHAMI


ASSOCIATED WITH GODDESS SARASATHI


Basant has been taken from Sanskrit word VASANT’ which means Spring. Basant Panchami (fifth tithi) is celebrated in the honour of Goddess Saraswati in different parts of India. She is the divinity of knowledge (music, arts, science etc). We worship the Goddess so that she bestows us necessary knowledge and removes the ignorance from our midst. On this day, people also initiate the education of their small children in their homes or schools besides it is  considered auspicious to start new ventures businesses.


In schools and colleges too, in the morning hours, prayers to Goddess Saraswati are conducted in order to get her graces, blessings for enlightenment and removal of agyan (ignorance). Although whole of the day is considered promising  yet most auspicious time is from sunrise to the midday (which is also termed as the Purvahna Kala) and it is considered as the propitious time to conduct Saraswati Pujan with great reverence and piety for seeking her graces.


FESTIVAL ASSOCIATED WITH DIFFERENT ASPECTS


In some parts of india, farmers conduct earth pujan for more agricultural output from their fields before tilling their fields. People eat sweet rice and put on yellow clothes – yellow colour is associated with Basant Panchami. Dandya dance is also performed on this day in Gujarat state which is also associated with harvesting, sowing and reapting etc. The ploughting implements too are worshipped on this day.


ASSOCIATED WITH KAMADEVA AND RATI


Season-wise, chilling cold season ends and start of more pleasant and enjoyable season starts – Basant Ritu. There is also a tradition that in Basant, there is air of love and affection which is associated with kamadeva and his wife named Rati. When we associate this day with Kamadeva, it means there used to be dance based on love in the royal palaces in which the women folks of the royal leanings and other girls used to dance’  (in their best  attires) in the midst of singing suitable for the occasion – basically on love between Krishna and Radha. People put on yellow attire on this occasion in consonance  with the flowering of yellow tamarind  crops. It seems as though the Mother Nature has spread a yellow coloured cloth with seasonal flowers. There is also fragrance of flowers all around.

 


Basant Panchami is also called as Shree Panchami and Sufi which is observed in Sufi shrines. This festival is also celebrated in different parts of India though slightly differently. People enjoy kite flying, – Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, etc,  Eastern India including Bengal wherein Saraswathi idol is immersed in Ganga.


PRAYER TO LORD SHIVA AND LORD VISHNU AND SUN GOD

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People in different relgions also worship Lord Shiva and Godess Parvati including Lord Vishnu and Lakshmi and offer flowers including Sun God and other offerings for their wellbeing. Devotees and compassionates also feed the needy on this occasion.


It is not merely Hindus who celebrate BASANT PANCHAMI.


Saint Nizamuddin Aulia was famous for his generosity, compassion and simplicity coupled with humane heart. There used to be Langar at dargah where food was served to all. When his nephew died, he felt so saddened that he stopped all the activities. Then Amir Khusrau wanted to bring him to his normal state. While seeing the women putting on their yellow attire, with colourful flowers, he also put on yellow clothes and flowers and went in front of the Saint. Upon seeing Khuarau in that dress, the Saint smiled. Hence Basant Panchami too is celebrated in Dargah of Saint Nizamuddin Aulia.


The Sikhs too celebrate Basant Panchami. Basant  Raga or Spring Raga (composition) forms one of the well-known Ragas in Sri Granth Sahib Sahib Ji and sung with great reverence. The marriage of Guru Gobind Singh was solemnized on the auspicious occasion of Basant Panchami.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on January 31, 2017 in Inner Thoughts

 

ON GENERAL BELIEFS ETERNAL TRUTH

BELIEF ON GOD & OTHER BELIEFS

 

Beliefs are formed, in general

By the people

On following certain traditional modes of behavior

Certain beliefs are firmed

After these are transferred

From generation to generation

With utmost love and affection

Some old beliefs are considered most potent

While the others lose their importance

With passage of time or space

But the ones which are considered enduring

Are etched in the memory of people remain continuing

Even time do not lessen

Their eternal sheen.

One belief that outshines all other beliefs we dearly go after

Because this belief is the belief on our most dearest One amongst all

That is the belief on our dearest God.

Other beliefs just continue to flourish

And are religiously followed

By the societies around

With verve and vigor at our command.

All other principles and beliefs

May be dented and may undergo some changes

Evolve as the time passes

Some beliefs fall by the wayside

And fade into oblivion

Because these beliefs have lost their relevance

Which is proved by empirical evidence.

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The traditional beliefs, principles, doctrines which the people would like to continue – despite their ill-effects sometimes. The thought that prompted me to write about these was the instant reaction that was witnessed in the state of Tamil Nadu (India) after the Apex Court intervened for discontinuation of Jallikattu, a bull sport on the occasion of Pongal (harvesting thanksgiving) considering it a cruelty to animals because the bulls are forcefully intoxicated and sometimes chilly powder is sprinkled in their eyes for maddening them. The protests against the decision of the Apex Court, especially spearheaded by the youth was obviously peaceful based on non-violence (Gandhian in fact) and the Government was constrained to issue ordinance otherwise the protests could have spiraled out of control which unfortunately it did on the last day of the protests by the youth.

Although this traditional sport was started during 400 – 100 BC in order to showcase courage and strength and for that a lot of practice went into this for taming the bulls. When tradition is inbuilt in the hearts and minds, the Government in power have to intervene to listen perforce and yield to the wishes of the general masses; which it was done. But a belief when crosses the limit and borders on cruelty to the animals then something tangible has to be done to alleviate the pain caused to the bulls during the sports. Beliefs and traditions can flourish only when these are in consonance with natural justice and fair-play.

In effect, different societies and regions differentiate in their cultural forms or beliefs of behavior. The traditional modes of practices are spearheaded with humane, moral and ethical overtones and transferred from generation to generation liberaly. There is attachment of huge sense of pride in following such beliefs/principles held dear. How a belief or tradition takes its root depends on the fact beliefs and faiths along with the value system that our parents feed us in our childhood periods. But care ought to be exercised that the childhood conditioning should not remain static, it should change in its methodology and evolve as per change In time and present scientific temper.

But with the passage of time, some beliefs and practices are felt to be redundant and hence banned. The tradition of Sati Pratha and widdow burning beside child marriage, honor killing, infanticide of females practiced in some parts of India, among other practices have been banned.

Beliefs and principles which have continued cutting across religious caste lines are considered beneficial for enhancing inter-religious goodwill and brotherly feelings. It is also true that the continuing of beliefs and traditional practices bestow the requisite impetus and security to the concerned societies.

Some traditional beliefs and practices which still continue to be practiced are enumerated below:-

THE AGHORI SADHUS. Aghoris are the Hindu Sect members who generally worship Lord Shiva and live near the cremation grounds. They are having belief that everything they do within their power and nothing is considered sacrosanct for them including drinking alcohol / drugs and eating the dead human flesh. This may seem bizarre but it is true. In fact, they live on the dead bodies; eat their flesh, put on the clothese the dead bodies are put on by their relatives including the use of burning pyre for keeping them warm besides for other purposes.

BABY TOSSING. This practice has been followed in Solapur (Maharashiretra state) where the parents toss their babies from the foot tower and the thrown babies are held / caught on the ground with the help of a sheet by others.

WALKING ON THE BURNING COAL. There is a belief that those who walk on the red-hot burning coal are cured from their diseases due to which some get their feet burnt and forced to get medical help. Still this practice continues.

Crossing the sea. Previously journey across the sea was considered unholy. For example Swami Vivekananda was not allowed to enter the temple after he came back from America where he had gone to attend a Religious Conference and where he delivered his famous speech on Hinduism. But this belief is not being practicised because of globalization and considered irrelevant.


MARRIAGE WITH TREE. It is believed that according to astrology when there is MANGAL DOSHA in their horoscope in respecitve houses then it is suggested that in order to lessen the adverse affects of mangal dosha they should get married firstly with a tree by chanting of vedic mantras.

LATH MAR HOLI. I have seen lath mar holi in Mathura (the birthplace of Lord Krishna) where women folk beat their male partner with a stick and the partners save themselves with shields.

ENTRY OF WOMEN IN TEMPLES. There are some holy places of worship where the women entry is banned due to one reason of other. In some cases like Shanidham in Shignapur, Sabarimala temple and Haji Dargah (both in Maharashtra) women entry has been allowed due to the judicial intervention of the Court. Yet the entry in Lord Ayyappa temple, Patbausi Salra Assam, Lord Kartikaya temple, Pushkar etc is still not allowed.

THE SYSTEM OF BELIEF OF RELIGIONS. Strongly religious people would like to continue to religiously follow the religious oriented beliefs given in their respective religious texts and tenets. It has also been observed that those who are affulient are less prone to follow religious beliefs to be book. It is also observed that the modernity and scientific temper has markedly made the people to question the advocacy of the ancient beliefs held dear. Following ones religious belief is all right but without impinging on the others to follow their own religious beliefs held dear by them. Intolerance of any sort is really irreligious because all the religions teach us as to how to reach to our SINGLE SOURCE.

THE PRINCIPLES OF CASTES. Manu (the law giver and architect of Hindu society) divides Hindus into four Varnas – also grading these by their respective professions/occupations.

The variation of the occupation was considered as beneficial for the society as a whole. These Varnas are:-

  1. The ones connected with knowledge. They are assigned the task of having scriptural knowledge and also how best to spread the same.
  2. Connected with power and hence are assigned the duties of ruling and administration.
  3. They are associated with wealth
  4. They were assigned the task of serving all the three Varnas.

Notwithstanding the varieties of functions assigned to different VARNA, with the universal spread of education, the caste system which was hitherto being followed has lost its luster. Now a Shudra could study and follow any profession to which he is profession. A Vaishya could change could enroll in defence or a Brahmin could adopt any other trade of occupation just divergent to his VARNA.

THE SYSTEM OF BELIEF OF CULTURAL TRADITIONS. There are certain belief which are difficult to be erased from people psyche. These principles are dear to people. The festivals connected with religious orientation/overtones or connected with seasons remain. The religious festivals such as Dussehra, Shivratri, Janamashthmi, Diwali, lohri, Ieds, Christmas Day celebrations, Basant Punchami, Holi, Prakash Utsavs etc.

THE TENETS OF FAMILIES. There are the principles held dear which are particular to individual families purely based on family traditions and modes of behaviour. Family customs and traditions such as worshiping the family deities, observing shradh ceremonies for the dead ancestors, observing religious tenets etc.

THE THOUGHTS ON POLITICS. In politics there are the people who follow different political philosophies. For example, communist party, liberals, democratic, BJP, Congress, or other regional parties have their own agendas etc follow different sets of principles. All of them offer their manifestos and ask people to vote for them.

ABSOLUTE TRUTH

Traditional beliefs, doctrines and principles held dear could change with the passage of time but one thing hardly changes and that is belief on our Creator. Different people can have varieties of beliefs, principles, doctrines which could undergo any change due to evolution in thought but there is only one truth about God which hardly changes in time or space. All the religions are pointers to indicate that there is only one ABSOLUTE TRUTH. All the practices and beliefs lose their importance when we talk about God – eternal truth. Faiths, principles and practices are merely pathways to reach that SOURCE. It is OCEAN OF ABSOLUTE TRUTH in which all the rivers in the forms of different faiths flow. When we establish our connectivity with this ETERNAL SOURCE with sincerity in our meditation/prayer and thus the ETERNAL SOURCE gives us eternal joy and eternal peace.

 

 
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Posted by on January 27, 2017 in Inner Thoughts

 

Why Inner Peace Is Missing Despite Availability Of All The Comforts Of Life And How To Bring About Tranquility In Our Life Despite Hurdles?

Why Inner Peace Is Missing Despite Availability Of All The Comforts Of Life And How To Bring About Tranquility In Our Life Despite Hurdles?

In our life span, we must have come across different people with different temperaments, different financial background, different way of demeanour meaning every individual is different in some way or the other. But some are excessively mindful about their state of affairs, they take everything serious. Even a slight deviation from their bent of mind makes them markedly off-the-track and could not only dangerous for themselves but also for others around. The incident of 8th Jan 2017, in which a 38 years, former Merchant Navy Officer killed his father, barged into the neighbour’s flat and blows up his flat by switching on the LPG supply. Besides creating law and order problems for the police and mayhem for the entire neighbourhood.

The above incident is a pointer to the limit a person could go if the pent up aggression is not controlled when required. The aggression exhibited by the individual is also a stark reminder for the parents that the cocktail of pent-up anger and depression could spell havoc not only for the individual, family but also the society. It goes to prove that our financial position, material possessions etc has got no relevance as far as mental peace is concerned.

CONSCIOUS EFFORT IS THE NEED OF THE HOUR

First and foremost thing is to have an awareness of the changes that are needed for living a peaceful life. We need material possessions for a living, within which we can live peacefully, but when we make this as a be-all and end-all then disruption of peace starts. We have to be fully aware that we as individuals are more important than the materials we need for our sustenance. We lose peace of mind when we attach too much importance to anything or everything. For this, a conscious effort has to be made to get rid of ill-conceived sadistic thinking and consciously introspect on my virtues. This way, we can challenge our vices and bring about the dawn of value based living and virtuous life.

IS SPIRITUALITY THE ANSWER TO PEACE IN LIFE?

Till such time we are self aware thereby challenge the unsavory mindset which has taken a deep root in our system, it is difficult to achieve peace. Here mere detachment from the material possessions will not be the right answer. We have to go beyond this. Delving deep to draw out vices is a must before adopting a spiritual bent of mind. Living spiritually, merely through chanting or prayer or meditation with all the vices in ourselves is not the answer. We’ve to make a conscious effort to realize the importance of our SOUL which is basically a virtuous being; beyond all self created differentiations. Hence the need of the hour is to eradicate all ill-gotten bad tendencies or vices like anger, greed, animosity, covetousness, lust / yearning for everything that attracts unreasonably, excessive attachment, ego etc, we cannot lift ourselves from the quagmire in which we are living presently. By shedding negativity, we can make our path smooth for our spiritual journey and its result would be mental peace and satiety.

If I tend to live a life with outer wrap of virtues and value system but inwardly I am stinking with all vices then will I be able to attain that elusive peace? Absolutely not. In daily routines, we come across such people who through their lofty ideals impress us but when we come to know about their real self, we are in for a shock which and would change our opinion for that person. There are several examples of so called great visionaries but in actual practice such people themselves are very insecure from within with tension abounding. Hence cleansing from within ourselves is a must, spirituality and its good affect will come on its own. If every job we undertake is done with a missionary zeal and with spiritual inclination then sure enough there would be ample peace of mind.

Spirituality is actually detachment from the fruits of our action as enshrined in Bhagwad Gita. We can perform our action with sincerity at our command and without wasting any time for thinking about the result of our Karma. Thinking about the result of our action makes us fearful and thereby we shall not be able to even concentrate on our action we take in hand.

It is pity that we go to places of worship and start begging for something from our Creator rather than offering our love to our Creator and thanking him for all the bounties He has given us. If we offer our prayers with focused attention then results would be to our liking ultimately and that too without attachment to the results of our action. It should also be kept in mind that God is Omniscient – for His worship, no fixed place is a needed. No fear about the result of our action means no pressure or stress while we are fulfilling our aspirations and ambitions.

TO BE SEEKER ALWAYS

It should always be kept in mind that knowledge could be gained at anytime and from anybody, but for this, need is to keep the doors of our mind open to receive the same. For this, what to be learnt and what to be avoided should also be known. Avidya results in erecting road blocks in our path. Every day is a new opening for attainment of knowledge.

When one says, he has learnt everything, it means he is either an egoist or a person who is exaggerating about his acquired know-how. We as humans, have the vast treasure of scriptural knowledge enshrined in different religious granths (scriptural texts) which can quench our thirst as a seeker and enlighten us. But knowledge attained have to be utilized meaningfully in day to day life should also be remembered. We should not be Ravana of today by using our knowledge against others otherwise it will boomerang on us only as happened against demon king Ravana. Besides, the knowledge we gain by personal interaction with whosoever we have chance meeting, will in fact, be of immense value for us.

Therefore, we can have learning experiences – something from anything, anywhere and everywhere. What matters is our inner quest, zeal and enthusiasm. This learning process and knowledge gained when used will bestow us with sagacity when utilized judiciously will bring about resilience and finally peace of mind.

LIVING SPIRITUALLY IS POSSIBLE ONLY WHEN

1. When one is true to self. The first and the foremost important thing in life is to be self aware – by knowing our plus points and weaknesses. It could be attained through self analysis, mincing nothing at all. Sincerity in self study will help us immensely – in plugging the loopholes in us and steadily pushing ahead with zeal and enthusiasm.

2. When one is free from external pulls and pressures through self belief and belief on God. In life, nobody can say he/she is without pulls and pressures due to one reason or the other. It may be due to our family problem, office work pressure, maladjustment in the society, psychological and many a times physiological problems among others. Can we be oblivious to these? Absolutely not. But one thing is for sure, we can keep ourselves cool despite various pulls and pressures by not yielding ourselves to thse. Self belief and belief on God will be of immense help for us.

3. Self belief could do wonders for us. The cases of Lance Armstrong and cricketer Yuvraj Singh who were afflicted with dreaded cancer disease but both the players started their respective careers after treatment. It was due to positive outlook/attitude, motivation, self belief besides belief on God. On 18th January 2017, Yuvraj Singh smashed 150 runs and became man of the match – which helped in winning the match against English cricket team.

4.When one is detached from inner conflicts based on our desires. If we nurture unbridled desires, we tend to be prisoners and slaves to these desires and if these are not controlled and kept within limit, these could create more inner conflicts and contradictions thus coming in the way of inner peace and tranquility.

5. When one has control over mind and senses. Day before yesterday, while I was about to enter a temple, I felt surprised when I heard a voice: ‘We do not feel cold’ – while actually it was a pinching cold that day. It goes to show, it is how you react to a situation which counts. There are the people who, despite having all the comforts available but still are not satisfied or may be they feel still ‘more’ to placate their senses. Or worse still, they have everything to eat but cannot digest what is available. Or every cloth to put on but still feel the cold-pinch because their mind and the senses are not in their control.

6. When perception and acceptance has equanimity. There are times when we identify ourselves with something but do we make that perceived thought compatible with day to day routines. Or maybe, we grudgingly accept our own viewpoint thus put ourselves in quandary and in confused state which results in loss of peace ultimately.

7. When we remain tranquil / equanimity despite hurdles. How best to attain this tranquil mindset is the question? It could not be attained merely through day dreaming or through wishful thinking. It has to be attained by going through the journey of life undergoing ups and downs, getting experience from our failings by accepting challenges that life throws on us till such time we reach to a stage when failures and successes hardly matter but our efforts continue to push us up. Even at the pinnacle of success, we should not be ensnared by the hydra of ego. .

8. KEEP OURSELVES AWAY FROM OUR EGO. When Ego Takes Root, Our Deceleration Process Starts –This Truth Should Never Be Forgotten.

9.JOY OF GIVING. One of the best feeling of joy that we get is through giving and meeting others’ needs. In this process, it becomes a source of peace and tranquility for us.

10. Ending Enduring Confusion. All the confounding confusions that we nurture due to our mindset could be removed by facing challenges that ‘time’ throws on us. The clarity thus attained, through self-effort could bring about clarity in our insight which will help in removing the enduring confusion rampant in our system and solidify the roots of peaceful existence in us.

From the above, it could conclusively be said that if we want an enduring peace and tranquility in our life, we have to remove conditioned thoughts impinging on our life, remove rampant skepticism impacting our life’s forward march besides leading a life full of dynamism and courage thus live with self belief and belief in God ultimately for eternal peace.

 
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Posted by on January 20, 2017 in Inner Thoughts