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WHAT IS TRUE HAPPINESS OR ETERNAL JOY?

ETERNAL HAPPINESS

 

We measure happiness by the yardstick

Of earthy passions or lack of it

That we want to anyhow acquire

To show off our status or power

Amongst the people we live with

Without giving even a passing thought

That we’ve moved not

Even an inch forward on joy plane

But rather taken backward strides

For not understanding our own self!

Not knowing self means not knowing our Creator

Which is the cause of all discomfiture

Getting earthy things in abundance

Hardly means getting perpetual happiness

Getting Him means getting eternal bliss

Which is more important before the final kiss

To this beautiful earth we reside.

 

WHAT IS TRUE HAPPINESS OR ETERNAL JOY?

True happiness and true joy are sequel to our God realization. Due to God realization we can have His compassion, grace and bounties. But moot point is how we can get His glory? It is also an acknowledged fact that true happiness is acquired through the quietness of our soul. How the quietness of our soul is acquired is also important. This is doable when we have control over our mind and its five senses.

Truly, God’s innate joys, pleasure, inspiration, sagacity could be attained when we sincerely meditate, when the thoughts which bedevil us stop rushing and spoiling the show of our spiritual rev up while meditating. These myriad thoughts could be about some disgusting experiences which we tend to latch on or deceit of our own close relatives who has ditched us whom we trusted the most. These memories cloud our reel of real life and we remain immersed in those thoughts. The net result is depressing on three counts; firstly, the past remains haunting our present thoughts thus impacting adversely our actions and secondly, it stops our further movement in spiritual progress and thirdly; it negatively affects our Karma (Karmic debit is increased). We have to quite our present thoughts if we want to acquire knowledge for awakening. Not to speak of spiritual progress, remaining glued to past or future puts stop to our acquiring any meaningful knowledge for living a meaningful life.

It is also a fact that we tend to be deluded partly by our own past influences and partly due to the environs we live in presently. Not to speak of these past bulging baggage, we tend to even clutter our mind with the thoughts of future too – with the thoughts like; in the scenarios which are developing what would be our position, how we would adjust, if failure results how we shall subsist? These thoughts remain haunting us making us still more confused and jittery.

In the cacophony of past and future clouding our present thoughts we do not make concerted effort for a coherent thought for today – the present moment, for now. We just forget that there exists some force who could be relied on, who could manage things for us and who could stabilize our present. For this, stillness or silencing our confused thoughts is a very must. I call this, putting these thoughts in the back-burner of our mind try letting them die their natural death – if these cannot be detached from us! Lets try. May be, we succeed. One who is able to control his mind and senses is the great fighter and a victor ultimately.

Need is to probe and explore our inner self and enjoy the inner self of everlasting glory of Spirit. By delving more inward, the more detached we would be outward. In this way, we can get rid of the deadwood of our past and even the thoughts of unpredictable future too.

Now environs in which we live too remain influencing; / keeps us pre-occupied in its thoughts. Need is to live in the environs and not to be totally enthralled by its outer magnetism. Complete detachness could come if we’ve learnt to enjoy our inner glory and to live in partnership with our God – by accepting our shortcomings and overcoming these so as to make a pucca road-map to our Lord so that He accepts us. Pure heart attracts pure thoughts and pure thoughts are dear to our God.

We all know that purpose of life is to be happy but this happiness is not a true happiness because it is based on earthy material mindedness which keeps us shackled /bondage with the Maya as earthy things cannot bring about true or eternal happiness. Earthy comforts, fame, status are transitory in nature. With all these, people remain worrying for something else like health or other anxieties concerning their love ones etc. The happiness which we get due to transitory things is fleeting. Anybody anytime can take this from us either by deceit or through other corrupt means. Then what is left? Then we would have existential problems. In such a scenario, if we have will to survive under diverse situations besides never-say-die attitude coupled with complete belief on our Creator then everything could be retrieved including our pride and wellbeing.

This goes to prove that God realization and unifying with Him thereby nullifying the separateness between individual and God and His glories is the main purpose of our life – above everything and everybody. He is the everlasting bliss; eternal happiness/joy.

It should never be forgotten that if we’ve unflinching desire for acquiring anything in life, we can. If this were so then why not desire for something which is invaluable and everlasting – not only for this existence but also the next(s) and perhaps libration (moksha)! That is the desire for our GOD. He is acquired through true, pure and sincere efforts

 

Once we realize Him, then we will know that His bounties are easiest to acquire than any human’s. The beauty of God is the law of compassion and grace. When He is acquired then compassion, grace, wisdom, understanding, knowledge, and every other thing needed will follow without asking since then He knows our needs and aspirations and tries fulfilling without us asking Him.

Conclusively, it could be said that Nothing else matters other than God. If this idea seeps in ourselves then there is nothing else to acquire. Once this is done, then will would be enjoying His ETERNAL JOY.

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on August 31, 2015 in Inner Thoughts

 

RAKSHA BADHAN – RAKHI FESTIVAL (This festival is on 29th August 2015)

RAKSHA BADHAN – RAKHI FESTIVAL (This festival is on 29th August 2015)  

May God spread the message of brotherly feelings amongst the humanity

 

RAKSHA BANDHAN – RAKHI

  

Rich in cultural traditions despite upheavals,

India with its varied festivals,

Keeps reminding the multitudes,

Of the importance of the festivals,

Based sometime by changed seasons,

Or some sacred religious occasions,

Other times based purely on human emotions,

Whilst there is a need to revive relationships.

  

The RAKSHA BANDHAN is the festival, so dearest,

Where sister ties the sacred thread around her brother’s wrist,

Which is held in the Hindu month of Shravan,

Witnessed by the auspicious FULL MOON FROM THE HEAVEN,

Profuse with sisterly adoration,

And awe-inspiring sentiment of brotherly affection,

A festival of deep bond of emotion,

Wherein a brother promises fortification,

Of his sister from any danger unforeseen ,

An ultimate ‘bond of protection’ though unwritten,

Yet this thread is not an ordinary twine,

But solemn undertaking giv.

 

Rakhi is not mere a knot between blood related brothers and sisters,

It is knot between neighbours,

And other society members,

To keep the fabric of society united,

To ensure communal harmony,

History is replete with examples,

Rajputs & Maratha queens sent Rankhis,

To the Mughal kings,

And won their assistance at the time critical

There is also a story of Alexander the Great’s spouse,

Sending a Rakhi to King Porus,

Which King Porus reciprocated and respected

By not harming her husband

Such is the sacred rakhi’s bond.

  

Such is the power of this ordinary thread,

That it can keep even adversaries united.

 

O our All powerful Creator,

Thee who can do anything anywhere,

Knot the world community with thy Holy Thread,

So that all live in peace and concord.

  

HARBANS KHAJURIA

 

RAKSHA BANDHAN (An Ordinary Twine which unites souls)

 

We, Indians, like many in many countries of world, are fortunate to have different festivals which we celebrate with religious fervour and devotion. Festivals may be different but there is a commonality of feelings which is emoted during these festivals; which is indeed mesmerizing. That is the beauty which binds us  together with a common Thread of Love and Care for each other.

The word Raksha means an act  of protection and bandhan means a relation/connection/tie/bond/association. Taken together the two means a relation which ensures/bestows protection.  Raksha Bandhan, in other words is a bond between brother and sister for bestowing protection to the sister whenever contingency arises – a sacred pledge that he (brother) will fulfil the promise of protection come what may. In return, the sister prays for the wellbeing and prosperity of her brother.

Raksha Bandhan is a  Hindu festival which highlights the importance of brother-sister relationship. Here, brother-sister may be related or biologically unrelated. In some parts of India it is simply called Rakhi festival or Rakhi Purnima (falling on full moon). Indian being a multi-cultural society, not only Hindus, it is celebrated by Sikhs, Jains etc. The sister ties a (Rakhi thread) sacred thread on the wrist of her brother and the brother in turn gives a solemn pledge or promise to the sister to come to her succor at any unforeseen eventualities. A promise which is formulized on RAKHI PURNIMA DAY. This festival falls on full moon day (Shravan Poornima) and that is why it is also called as Raksha Poornima.

The brother-sister relationship is really very sensitive. When brother and sister are biologically connected then they grow up together under the same roof and the parents make them understand the importance of brother-sister relationship. As the sister, after she grows up, has to leave the home and hearth of her parents, Rakhi Thread becomes a link between brother and sister to remind each other that there exists somebody to care for him/her. It is, in other words, an emotional bond/link which brings forth the memories of the past days when both brother and sister had lived and brought up together. To say the least, I opine, sisterly love is next the motherly love.  A simple woven thread, self made or purchased from market with great reverence cements relationship even further between brother and sister.

Some of the salient features of RAKSHA BANDHAN are given below”-

 

  1. Raksha Bandhan signifies the love and affection between brother and sister – an emotional link which solidifies the relationship between the two blood-related or otherwise.

 

  1. Brother promises to protect her sister and come to her succor whenever called for besides giving a suitable gift for his sister as a token of love.

 

  1. At the time of tying the knot of sacred thread parents, grand-parents and other members of the family ritualistically gather to shower their blessings on brother-sister at a spot where sister ties knot of Rakhi to her brother and pray for their well-being and prosperity. Tying of knot of a Rakhi is done in a ceremony by lighting a earthen wick or a candle in a shallow plate. Sister applies tilak or tikka on the forehead of her brother and then ties Rakhi. The purpose of lighting a wick is for sanctification of RAKSHA BANDHAN in presence of Fire God. Brother gives her gifts and promises to protect her whenever there is a need. Subsequently, the sister prays for the wellbeing and prosperity of her brother. Some sing religious songs in connection with Rakhi festival.

 

  1. The sister prays to God for the safety and prosperity of his brother.

 

  1. A sacred thread, in the form of Rakhi thread, cements a bond between brother and sister thus establishes goodwill and emotional bond between them two.

 

  1. Most importantly, when brother-sister love is affirmed outside the biological relationship then it will enhance inter-faith cohesion and fellow feelings between different castes, religions etc. This practice persisted in the past and is prevalent now as well. Raksha Bandhan evokes feeling of love, respect, and a sense of protection and also engenders a feeling of togetherness between different religions.

 

  1. Then there is a practice of sending Rakhi threads made by the school children to the soldiers guarding the borders who could not be with their sisters because of their emergent commitments. These soldiers will naturally feel elated and emotionally suffused by this sacred gesture.

 

  1. Self made Rakhi Threads along with the sweets and gifts are sent to the orphanages for tying to the ones who were not so fortunate to have their brother tying this sacred thread. This also brings smile on their faces.

 

  1. Brothers and sisters who are geographically separated send their Rakhis by post or any other fast means along with the gifts in the form of gift cheque etc. Now-a-days, due to the progress of communication owing to net, Rakhis could even be e-Rakhied without wastage of time. What a way to exploit the fast communication! This gesture too keeps the bond of brother-sister love ever blossoming.
  2. The Prohits self-make Rakhis and distribute amongst their disciples who put these on their writs with fervour. This too is considered as a SARED TWINE.

 

Historical Perspective

Earliest exampels of a Rakhi Bandhan prayer is found in VISHNU PURAN:  a prayer that Yasoda sung while tying a sacred rakhi lucky charm on Krishna’s wrist.

May the lord of all beings protect you,
May the one who creates, preserves and dissolves life protect thee.


Historically legend has it that Rajput queens used to send rakhi threads (a scared thread) to other neighbouring rulers in order to show their linkage or relationship and establish a bond of relationship and spread brotherly feeling amongst the neighbourhood and avoid bloodletting on small pretext or misunderstanding of any nature.


There is a legend, Lord Ganesha had two sons named Shubh and Labh. While Ganesh’s sister came to tie a Rakhi around the wrist of Ganesh, his sons became disappointed. They wanted a sister too. Then  Narda Muni came and persuaded  Lord Ganesha for the same and thus created a daughter by the name of Santoshi Maa by the divine flame emerging from wives named Ridhi and Sidhi who tied Rakhi on the wrists of her brothers Shubh and Labh.  
There is also a legend in Bhagavata Purana and Vishnu Purana that after Lord Vishnu won the three worlds from demon king Bali, he requested Lord Vishnu along with Maa Lakshmi to stay in his palace. This was not like by Goddess Lakshmi. She had a plan. She tied a Rakhi around the wrist of King Bali and made him his brother. When asked for a gift she asked for the freedom of Lord VISHNU and freed from the promise to live at his palace. Demon king agreed.

In Manabharta, Lord  Krishna considered Draupati as his sister. When there was a cut on his finger while beheading Shushupal, she pierced a piece of her sari and tied it around his injured finger which was bleeding. Krishna took it as a sacred thread (RAKSHNA BANDHAN) and bestowed her protection whenever called for the same.

There is also a legend of Yama (the lord of death) and Yamuna (river). Yama, due to pre-occupation could not visit her for 12 long years. She told Ganga for the same. Gangaji mentioned this to Lord Yama. He visited his sister thereafter. Yama was very happy to see his brother after a long time; prepared tasty food for him. On asking for a gift, she extracted a promise that he should visit her year after year. This too is connected with Rakshna Bandhan.

May true spirit Raksha Bandhan prevails and creates congenial brotherly feelings amongst the humanity in general.

 
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Posted by on August 28, 2015 in Inner Thoughts

 

ON BEING SIMPLE

ON BEING SIMPLE.

I am of the firm belief that a simple person has the capability of moving around unhindered with candor. The person concerned need not  worry about losing his/her self esteem because his definition of it all is very practical in nature. A simple person has nothing to lose if somebody rebukes him/her at a public place or while that person is immersed in His naam.

In his scheme of things, self esteem or self respect is lost only when a person tells lies, makes false promises and fails to fulfill, feels jealous, angry on small things, is sluggish, hunger for sex beyond his/her marriage, steals somebody’s possessions, possesses ego for intelligence, ego for material possession and ego for spiritualistic attainments, becomes judgemental, foot-dragging man, acts holier than thou and his demeanor remains toxic and makes compromises for earning name and fame.

A SIMPLE PERSON HAS THE FOLLOWING TRAITS WHICH HE ASSIDUOUSLY FOLLOWS LETTER AND SPIRIT:-

  1. Ego does not touch a simple person. Ego based on intelligence, wealth and status can hardly touch a simple soul since that person knows that these things are transitory in nature.
  1. Knows the realities or nuisances of life. A simple soul knows the complexities of day to day activities. When somebody points a finger this soul does not feel let down but turns inwards in order to know whether something is lacking which prompted somebody to do so. If no response, then nothing to be done if some self flaws are there then thank the person and make peace with self.
  1. Reducing needs. A person of simple habits, knows how to survive under adverse circumstances. Simple habits means simple needs – not asking for the moon which is difficult to be have. These needs could be met with the resource one is able to have. If there is financial stringency, adjust accordingly. No demonstration effect at all. His life is according to the old adage: cut your coat according to the cloth. No matter what is the challenge tries to adapt hisself/herself as situation demands.

  2. Simple prayers. A simple person connects with our Creator with simple but sincere prayer. It is not through long winded mantras or prayers of which the person concerned does not know the meaning even! A simple AUM NAAM is sufficient to connect with the Creator. He / she is always of the opinion that our Allaha/Lord/Bhagwan/Waheguru could be connected at anytime or any place, need is the utmost sincerity. That person also is aware that He does not require our costly offerings. A simple person simply surrenders himself completely to Him. Is there anything more to offer than this?
  1. Knows his limitations & strengths. A simple soul knows his limitations and strength acts accordingly.
  1. Simple life. A simple person lives a most penny-wise, hardly overindulges in anything, desists from borrowing to the extent possible, cuts his requirements according to the resources he is having rather tries to meet others’ need, as and when required, from the resources he is having.
  1. Never forgets roots. A simple man is the one who never forgets his origin even though that person might have acquired some status due to his hard work and graces of our Creator.
  1. Simple expressions. He expresses his ideas in simple language which is easily understood and never showcases his intelligence when not required. This may be written or spoken words. He speaks in measured tone and expression.
  1. Quality of life. The measure of life, according to a simple person is based on the quality of life and not the number or quantity of years one lives. Swami Vivekananda was born on 12 Jan 1863 and died on 4 Jul 1902 but his thoughts are still relevant and respected by right thinking people. His philosophy in life were unique: to have complete faith in God, perseverance, patience and purity are most important in life, our thinking make difference(positive thinking leads us to success and negative thinking takes us to ignorance and hence failure) and weakness is the main cause of our miseries among others.
  1. Credence to creativity in life. A simple soul makes sincere effort to draw out his inner potentials and creates something which others emulate.
  2. Detachment from the fruits of action. A simple person endeavours sincerely but does not attatch too much attention to the fruits of his actions. He maintain equanimity both in success and failure.
  3. Time management. A simple person manages his time judiciously after making allowance for the time when some respite is also required.
  1. Self reliance is the goal. To the extent possible, he lives a life of economic prudence and hence is not burdened with debits.
  1. Be a part of solution but not a part of problem. He does not make matters complicated rather he wants to be a part of a solution of a pestering problem.
  1. Middle-of-the-road attitude. He always treads with caution lest any controversy is created hence adopts middle course for resolving any contentious issues.
  1. Raise the awareness. A simple person knows the laws governing the nitty gritty to know about raising awareness concerning self in that being karma yogi rather than living in make belief world, about environs in which a person lives including all the concerns like relationship with his fellow beings, living with an understanding about the main purpose of our existence and our duties to address the issues confronting humankind.
  2. Never roused into anger. A simple person is known for his simplicity and sincerity and lives a life which is God oriented. He is so much self composed that he cannot be aroused into anger by anybody at any situation whatsoever. Nothing can turn him to toxic behavior.
  3. Easier and simple to understand. He is approachable and could conveys his ideas in the most plausible manner which could make even a person with normal intelligence could follow and understand.
  4. Manages his recourses judiciously. Spends available resources, earned earnestly besides keeps something for rainy days. He never takes loan from others thereby put himself in unexpected burden for himself and the members of his family from where it is difficult to comd out.
  5. Pockets even insult for a cause or while  following truth – being truthful to the core. He believes in the saying; if you do not tell the truth then somebody else would be telling the truth for you.

 Respects the Laws of the Land and Natural Laws. Being gentle to the core, he works within the confines of laws of land and also natural laws besides respecting those norms of behavior which are dear to the society in general.

Some of the examples of great personalities who followed the norms of simplicity throughout their lives.


The former President, the recipient of highest civilian award Bharat Ratana, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam is rightly said to be the father of nuclear programme of India, the missile man who loved children besides impeccable/unquestionable integrity, a scientist and a personage with a humane touch. He was the rightful example of following simple life

He was the epitome of simplicity and humility besides the following principles which he cherished:-


  • No love for worldly possessions. He came to Rashtriya Bhawan with two suit cases and mentioned that he will go back with these two after relinquishing the office of President. One suit case contained two days’ requirements and the other one some books.

  • Humble background, His father rented out some boats to local fishermen and while Kalam as a child distributed newspapers to support the family and also to meet the expenditure on his studies. humble in his behavior,

  • To simple and humble person the position does not make any difference.

  • He was a muslim but he interacted with all that is why many called him Kalam Iyer.

  • Accessible. While he was President of India, he opened his doors for the common people and that is why he was called ‘The People’s President’.

  • Simple lifestyle. Had simple eating habits, One of his classmates, the Former Associate Director of Defence Research and Development Laboratories (DRDL), noticed how from college days to the days when he was the President, there were barely any changes in his lifestyle.

  • Teaching gave him immense pleasure.
    Loved children the most.

 

Abraham Lincoln was born in a humble surroundings and poor family. His father was a farmer and a carpenter. Abraham Lincoln had to work hard and studied by the light of the fireplace. His got his first job as a clerk in a general store. He impressed everybody with his positive attitude, endearing nature, wit and intelligence. Then due to his persistence, acumen, oneness of purpose and above all accessibility rose to be the President of America.

  • Due to his untiring hard work, he is famously called the missile-man of India. This name has not been achieved easily. Much of persistence and hard work have gone into it.

  • A hardworking. Dr. Kalam once said in a speech that if one wants to shine like the sun, one has to burn like it as well, and indeed, we know of him as a sun that shone bright with all his might, making the entire nation proud of him.

A simple person not only leaves behind the knowledge base but also a legacy which could be emulated by others for refining their own lives by learning a lesson that determined efforts cannot go answered by our Creator.

 

 
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Posted by on August 21, 2015 in SIMPLE LIVING

 

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ON TRAITS OF A GOOD LEADER AND ALSO A GOOD HUMAN BEING

A GOOD HUMAN BEING


Our Omnipotent and Omniscient God
Bestows  traits to us humans
Not at random
Or at will – He wants or does not want
Nor on pick and choose basis
But gave us humans free choice
To be what we want to choose
In accord partly with our past karmic deeds
And partly with our present actions
Willful or intentional inactions.

A good human being is humane to the core
With integrity, most uncompromising and more
All the best traits are enmeshed
In small frame of his system!
Which strengthens the glow of his flame
Amongst these humility – so authentic
Self-awareness of highest order, so pragmatic
Puts others’ service ahead of self consideration
Personal excellence without any demonstration.

Selflessness and sincerity are his way of living

Every day is his day of learning
He is positively oriented at any situation he is placed
And does not brag about the things he has accomplished
He is easily accessible
And for his actions he is ever accountable
Never minces words whence needed
But never loses his charm, which is so magnetic
Even at the height of difficulty, we cannot predict
He is known for spreading smiles
Forgets and forgives even his sworn enemies
Humor is his armor at all occasions
Which keeps him insulated from all bad omens
Even in dire adversity
`Does extraordinary things just ordinarily
Defines goals and endevours to fructify these
With all the resources and faculties
Ego for intelligence, possessions, spirituality
Touches him not at all eventualities
He is open to suggestions
Adopts according to the need of the hour for further actions
Thus spreads the love’s fragrance for and wide
Trustworthy in his words and deeds
Bridging the gap without seam
Between different people of all hues
Thus acts as a problem solver
Refining even the problem creators
Equanimity in both success and failure
Leaving not the quality of head and heart
Being polite to the core is his art and craft
Interacting with conflicting people
With conflicting views
At conflicting circumstances

Bringing bitterly divisive conflicts to peaceful resolution

Resulting in balance between the God’s creations
His toughness is masked in civility
Aspires for no awards for his unflinching honesty
Being always a student, most earnest
He is the powerhouse of awareness
Yet his thirst for knowhow is insatiable
He is ever cool at any given state
Remains committed to the task
At all occasion with the grace of our Creator
Such persons are the true humans
To whom gentry remembers
Even after they are no more around.

 

Harbans Khajuria

 

ON TRAITS OF A GOOD LEADER AND ALSO A GOOD HUMAN BEING

While we shower praises on the good human being, but is it so easy to be a person of this nature; certainly not, it is not so easy! It has rightly been said: uneasy lies the head that wears the crown. Such a person has to learn everything hard way, face challenges with equanimity, stand tall despite failing, has to pass through different complex challenges with head held high, many a times has to undergo litmus test of being truthful because of skepticism prevalent at every step –suffer to survive in the initial stages. I opine, a good leader is the one who judiciously uses head and heart while deciding a thing.


A person to whom we want to emulate have to be uniquely consistent in his/her approach to a problem – makes sustained efforts, is resilient and enduring and provides dynamism to the efforts. With his presence there is a reconciliation and cooling affect on the surcharged environs. Creates enabling environment whatever he/she does. Mere exhaustive plans are not sufficient, the suitable environment and team spirits for execution of these plans are also required. Important of all, that person should command our respect and trust. That person is the one who draws out the suppressed / latent energies from the one who come into his/her contact. Such is the influence of this sort of a person.


A person is a true leader when he/she excels in leadership skills, is passionately involved with everything, very attached to work, being bold and forthright in whatever he/she is doing. Honoring the promises/commitments he/she makes and if not able to due to some inescapable change in situation tells the concerned persons in confidence and win trust rather than being distrustful. To win confidence of all is the hallmark of any organization or society at large.


A true leader or a true human being is self realized. We just hover around the purposeless domains of existence and think that our prime goal or aim is to get material prosperity and measure our happiness or otherwise based on comforts we possess. This way, really, we miss the true meaning of our existence and also the true meaning of eternal happiness. We’ve to know as to who is behind our life – the architect of our life. For this to happen, self analysis is most important and for a true leader it is of paramount important because people have to emulate him/her. He has to set example for others and charity begins from ‘home’ first.


Eating, drinking, sleeping and making merry are not the sole aims of our life. This type of existence is a mechanical one. We should know our weaknesses and strength and delve on the weak areas and bridge the gap to the extent possible. Not making self analysis means just ignoring our shortcomings. This amounts to remaining static hence leads to our self destruct. A true human being knows these aspects.


It has been proven beyond doubt that we inherit the traits of past lives. Every person is unique in some traits but with some biological hereditary resemblances. A person takes birth according to his / her past karma; has been known to us. We’re in fact the architect of our own destiny is a fact known to everybody.


For progress of soul, self analysis is a most important. The areas we require some change can be done with will and determination. It should never be forgotten whatever inappropriate traits are there in us could be undone with our sincere efforts. A true human being knows this too.


This is also a fact that our body and mind are interrelated. If we are having a sound health, then our mind too works fine and there is liveliness in our thoughts and actions thereof. In other words, we are harmoniously disposed towards others when we are in sound health. It has been observed that when we are not physically sound, our general behavior (both our thoughts and emotions) become unpleasant. Thus, in whatever state we want to be, we can make amands, with sincere and honest efforts and graces of our God. The true human being goes through this mill too.
Thoughts can make difference. Positive thoughts even in relatively inappropriate situation can deliver us from our present state of negative feeling and thus pave the way for better life ahead.


Change in mental attitude. The food we eat, the environment we live in and thoughts we entertain have enduring effect on our general behavior and wellbeing. Firstly, we should try to live and adjust in any environment we are placed then only we can have eternal peace and happiness and subsequently, if possible, we can change the adverse situation through our sincere efforts; in fact with the participation of the other members of the society.


It should never be forgotten that anger, fear, jealousy combined with greed make us still more unhappy and quarrelsome/cranky though there may be some satisfaction for a short span of time with these negativities yet this satisfaction is not enduring. It dissipates after sometime. A true human being tries to adjust as per the requirement of the environment he/she is put.


Love makes us happy and serene. Whatever nature we want to have, whatever behavior pattern we want to develop in us is possible could be developed with a magic potion called LOVE. Whatever ego we have; moral ego or material ego has to be seen as a challenge and efforts made to live a righteous life. Self-righteous people are the intolerant ones. A life lived uprightly with love is a life lived purposefully/meaningfully. True morality means compassion towards others. We should, therefore, not be the prisoners of our habits but come out of these and be lovable.


Then we have to have a healthy balance between three sorts of egos; intellectual ego, materialistic ego and spirituality ego. Any of three going out of control will put us in self-righteous category. Our conscience and intuition should decide what is suitable for us and the guiding light should be love. The wall created by evil in us have to be broken by our will power, the sooner it is done the better for us and the people around us. Our daily behavior should reflect our good intentions; and love is a universal remedy for all these. The true human being is lovable to the core.


A true leader or a true human being does not waste time. We’ve seen people boring, with time hanging large. This aimless life reflects on their behavior pattern and finally on our attitude towards others. If we have time, we should read Holy Scriptures, follow on the footsteps of our saints, philosophers, thinkers which could make difference. Their life should make us change our lives by our own karma.


One who takes responsibilities head on and does not tarry can accomplish anything. Hanumanji, while in the quest of taking ‘Akash fal’ (fruit in the sky), surmounted all the challenges on His way in order to take on the Sun which he misunderstood as a delicious red fruit. Although, Hanumanji was a mere tool in the hand of Ishwara to teach lesson to Surya Bhagwan (the Sun God) who was drunk with excessive pride yet it proves the point that pride never pays in the long run.

Conclusively, we can easily say that although humans with humane touch are rare yet they are the gifts of our God to this earth and influence whereinsoever they set their  feet on. God may increase their flock to spread the message of GOD.

 

 
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Posted by on August 16, 2015 in Inner Thoughts

 

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15TH AUGUST – INDEPENDENCE DAY (HEARTIEST FELICITATIONS)

15TH AUGUST – INDEPENDENCE DAY
(HEARTIEST FELICITATIONS)

Keeping in view the sacrifices made by our forefathers, I pray to Almighty God that India may progress optimally, despite impediments. My wish-list for this Independence Day and the coming ones is a mix of social harmony, economic, political expediency, probity, law & order, etc.

  • People’s Representatives should be made answerable. The mayhem and noisy scenes we witness in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha during this monsoon session has made the general public very sad about the behavior of our reps. The time wasted by their unruly behavior has cost the exchequer hugely. This money could have been utilized for the welfare of the general masses. Not to speak of this, important legislations like GST, Land Bill, and other important legislation have too stalled and whose loss of this. The loss is of the country. We therefore plead that the time wasted already cannot be retrieved by any means but in future there some law should be enacted so that whichever party stalls the working of the two houses should be made accountable. We would like to see this happen in the next Independence Day. No wastage of time due to one pretext or other.

  • Traditional Modes of behavior/Values. It is a sad commentary that we are forgetting the traditional modes of behavior. The value which our forefathers attached to family and our cultural modes of behavior is being forgotten and in its place narrow parochial considerations are being followed knowing well that these are neither beneficial to the person concerned nor to the ones he/she comes in contact. I would like my countrymen to imbibe traditional values for which my Bharat is acclaimed since ages with the dictum, respect others if you want to get respect. It is never a one sides affair.
  • A Country which Respects the Rights of Girl Child/Women. The Divine Trinity has his female counterpart; Saraswati (learning) – Lord Barmha, Lakshmi (wealth) – Lord Vishnu and Parvati (power) – Lord Shiva. All the rituals, especially auspicious ones, are incomplete without women being part of it all. Disrespecting women was construed as the disrespecting the God. All the relationships – mother, wife, daughter, sister, etc are essential for our life. In olden times these relations were considered very reverential. Without these, what is the status of father in relation to mother, wife in relation to husband, daughter in relation to son, sister in relation to brother etc.

A woman was supposed to be the manifestation of Goddess/Shakti and the male was supposed to be incomplete without the female (Shakti) with him. Lord Shiva is incomplete with His Shakti (Maan Parvati) that is why it is called SHIVSHAKTI.

Even in Ramayana times women used to choose their suitors – Maan Sita chose Lord Rama after he broke the Dhanush of Lord Shiva in a sacred ceremony called soambar. Even in Mahabharta Dropati chose Arjuna in a soambar.

In other words, those who want to subjugate women and refuse to give their proper place, they are hypocrites. A simple question: CAN THIS PROCREATION and raising of new GENERATION possible without women? Men and women are the equal partners and ought to be taken as such.

  • Self Respect. It is a fact that respect is earned. It is not given to us on the platter for nothing. If I want that others should respect me, it is essential that I respect others. One who knows how to maintain self respect knows the need of respecting others on the basis of quid pro quo. It is synonymous with: Charity begins from home. Even a small child will respond with respect if I treat that child well.
  • Respect of Bharat Mata in the Comity of Nations. We are connected with other countries of the world. Anything that happens in one part of the world has its reverberations / repercussions in other parts of the world. It may be economical deceleration, political upheaval, extremists / terrorists strikes / activities, all these have their affects on all the countries.
  • If we want to progress, it is a must that we are internally strong. For this to happen, it is a must that we are economically stable, politically strong, militarily strong, whose opinion is taken with a pinch of salt diplomatically, helps the weaker countries with finance and sometimes militarily as done in case of African nations by India many a times.
  • Black Money Menace. It has been seen that in order to avoid paying taxes and to escape from queries of sources of black money, people are stashing their ill-gotten monies in the foreign banks in the process, bleeding the country. The money which ought to have been used in job creation, infrastructural creation/improvement, etc are being used by others! Government, in the light of directions of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India, has constituted SIT to unearth black money. This is a welcome step. Lets see if it could show tangible results and bring back the black money which could be used in our country.
  • Corruption Free society. One of the impediments that is eating into the very vitals of our society is the hydra headed corruption. We are aware about the scamps and corrupt practices that were used in allotting coal blocks, use of middle man in defence purchases, and currently even the Judiciary has come under attack with some people tarnishing its image. God forbid, this is the wing of our society which should/is respected the most, if it falls prey to corruption then on whom our society will bank on! Wish that our country becomes corruption free one. This is a crying need of the hour as corruption is taking the wheels of progress backward.
  • Unquestionable Integrity. I would like all people with unquestionable integrity for upholding the unity and solidarity of India. This is the most essential asset for an individual. If it is in suspect then very existence of ours is in doubt and a life with doubt is fraught with impediments.
  • Respect for Each Others Faiths and Beliefs. India has diverse cultural modes. Its different religions, castes, creeds, belief systems, languages etc. If we respect each others’ modes of behavior, then there would be cohesion and brotherhood amongst our country men. When we are united, then no power can subjugate us. For this to happen in real sense of terms, it is important that we respect each other rights.
  • Educational Improvement. Education of the masses is one of the important factor for overall health of the country. Care ought to be exercised that students are taught the skills along with the general education so that they ‘earn while they learn’. Skilled and semi-skilled training should be imparted according to the capacity and capability of the student. We are rich in Human Resource. We have to exploit this rich resource for our own benefit. This is also important for avoid brain drain which is presently happening. Our IITs and IIMs are churning out technocrats and management professionals of highest caliber. Their talents should never go waste. Let our Government come forward in absorbing these talents for garnering benefits for our country.
  • Economically Strong Country. Now-a-days, economical clout in the comity of nation is very essential. For becoming economically strong, it is a important that all the sectors of the economy; may it be industrial or agricultural should contribute their mite for economic health of the economy. This can only happen when we have inclusive growth and development. Nothing happens in isolation.
  • Research and Development (R&D). Due to one reason or the other, this has been experienced that our R&D is just in doldrums. For example, the different projects which are being pursued by DRDO are not fructifying on time or lacking necessary resources (manpower or other resources). For example, the project for producing indigenous fighter aircraft project is just not complete till date. Wish that our R&D matches with best in the world so that we do not be dependent on others for our defence needs or any other crucial needs.
  • o Industrial Development takes place. Due to one reason of the other, the industrial development of our country remains almost stagnant or is below par. This is due to lack or resources. A country whose markets are being exploited by foreigners remains industrial backward is really bad. People buy and use Chinese made goods at cheaper rates without any guarantee of their use. Can India not manufacture the same goods for their own people and exploit gigantic market – benefiting the industry and the people both. The profit earned by the owners of the industry could then be pumped for more production and increasing their capacities.
  • Agricultural Development is ensured. Due to beggaries of monsoon, the agricultural production remains uncertain. The fear of scanty rain results in increase in prices of food item/vegetables etc creating food inflation. This is especially so in rainy season. The prices of vegetables is sky rocketing. The people do feel a pinch.
  • If water management is properly done, then, the deficit created by scarcity of rain could be bridged.
  • The Government’s project/ plan of connecting major river could do wonders in this regard.
  • Infrastructure Development ought to be a continuous process.
  • Imports / Export Policies oriented for improvement of imports and exports. More exports means more foreign currency for the country. More foreign currency could reduce the budge deficit which has become a number one headache for the country.
  • Foreign Exchange Reserve to be replenished.
  • Fiscal Policies revised as per the need of the hour so that the current rate / value of rupee does not fall as is being happening presently.
  • IT Sector to be given boost. India is potentially a soft power giant. But we have to exploit this resource to the hilt as is being done by other countries. We IT experts are proving their mettle in other countries. We are thus losing our human resources and also the benefits which our country ought to have garnered.
  • It should never be forgotten that other countries too are improving in this sector. It is a must that this Sector should be given more incentive so that it improves further and earns much needed Foreign Exchange for the country.
  • Spiritually Forward Nation. One of my fondest wish is that India may become progressive but with spiritualistic outlook, where people are awakened morally, culturally, aesthetically, progressive and more compassionate. Also keeping all along in that progress – leaving none.
  • The above are some of our wish-list which every right thinking Indian would like to have for the overall development of the Bharat of our dream.

It is my fond wish that our next Independent Day should be more progressive in its outlook, self reliant, spiritually awakened and its youth positively oriented for steering the ahead from the choppy waters of deceleration.

Historical perspective is mentioned as under:-


British East India company overpowered /subjugated the local kingdoms with their superior military power in 17th century. They were a force to reckon with by 18th century and spread their tentacles in whole of the country by deceit or through military power. Then after the rebellion of 1857, the British Crown started their direct control over India vide Government of India ACT 1858.

Indian National Congress was formed 1n 1885. Thereafter, started more repressive policies after Rowlatt Act was passed. It followed the call for self rule by Indian people whose patience was being tested. More repressions by the rulers were unleashed on the people of the country. Those who talk of human rights now, their own forefathers had perpetrated much worse human rights violations on Indians and others.

Subsequently, non-violent movement was started by father of the nation – Bapu Gandhiji in the forms of non-cooperation and civil disobedience. Then World War II (WWII) saw still more disturbances and more upsurge for freedom. The violent struggle by the sons of the soil, coupled with non-violent movements forced the Britishers to leave India in 1947 left with a scar of divide into India into India and Pakistan resulting in blood-letting and mayhem. Thus on 15 August 1947, Independence Day resulted.

India got its independence with a lot of supreme sacrifices, we want that these should never be forgotten. We have to ensure that Indian flag flutters majestically, thus creating a warm feeling in us all that this independence has been acquired with difficulty and we have to keep this in mind.

 

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Posted by on August 14, 2015 in Inner Thoughts

 

WHY WE INDIANS FEAR THE POLITICIANS, BUREAUCRATS AND POLICE?

Why we Indians fear THE politicians, bureaucrats and police?

Update: They are actually public servants but why they are treated special???

Best Answer: It is a sad paradox that we only choose politicians or bureaucrats or police simply for guest of honour or chief guest because 3PS+B ( politicians, police and public including bureaucrats) are inevitably interrelated that if one constituent dysfunctions it impacts the functioning of others. Politicians are responsible for legislation of laws for governance, bureaucrats are responsible for implementation of those legislated laws and police is responsible for maintenance of law and order in the society. All these three constituents are integral to India’s or any country’s onward march hence invited to for becoming Chief Guests etc. It is not merely due to fear or awe that we call them.

It is, therefore, pertinent to understand their respective roles and how, we, as responsible citizens want them to serve the country better and earn respect with no fear attached.

While there are some amongst these three constituents (politicians, bureaucrats and police personnel) who perform their assigned duties/ tasks diligently and go all out and earn a name and fame, in getting their responsibilities fulfilled; while others just showcase their VVIP culture in order to hog limelight. The responsible ones are creams of our society while the recalcitrant’s are the burden on our society and national exchequer and hence set a bad name.

Our representatives are chosen by us in the election. If they are not performing their duties as per the our wishes (general public) or are corrupt then such people should not to be chosen in the next elections. This will serve a lesson for others too. As far as the question related to bureaucrats or top babus are concerned, they are the one of the important components of the governance. It is not that everybody in them is corrupt or everybody is upright. Exceptional are always there in the hierarchy of service.

Similar is the case with some police personnel. Some, police personnel who are responsible for law enforcement, as a routine, adopt corrupt practices thus earn a bad name for their entire organization but there are exceptional too who provide exemplary services to the common people.

Why our police force is always talked about negatively? In the police force there are the people who are worth emulating – Late Karkare (who offered supreme sacrifice while protecting the general masses) and many more examples are there. In any organisation in the society, a few people spoil or tarnish the image and give a bad name. We should not feel disheartened and fear big babus or police force. They are there for serving the society, including in fact the politicians. They are part and parcel of the society and necessary for governance/- running the machinery of the government. Is governance in any way possible without these three components? Certainly not.

The way out is to impart training to bureaucrats and police personnel so that they do not forget that they are for the service of the people at large. They are their public servants and not their masters. Now general public can take recourse to filing RTI (Right to Information) against the wayward public servants and get their grievances addressed if they feel something untoward has happened.

Conclusively, following need is felt:-

(i) Amongst politicians, who are corrupt, do not perform their duties as responsible representatives of the people should be given special counseling in public relations by their parties concerned and sensitized so that they perform their duties as true reps of the people, if they still do not make amends, their weaknesses should be exposed. Even then, if there is no change in their behavior pattern, then people should have right to recall them. It is the responsibility of the politicians to transact business in the houses (Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha) or in State Assemblies.

We’ve seen how much noisy scenes are being created in both the houses thus spoiling chances of enacting new laws or amending the old ones which have not stood the test of time. This way, they are doing disservice to the nation and coming in the way of progress of India. Need also is being felt to deduct the salary of those who remain absent or obstruct the smooth functioning of the houses. Our electronic and print media is very active in exposing the VVIP Culture. This way, general public is made aware about the day to day behavior of the public servants.

People should also know their representatives fully – how they are performing their duties as responsible reps. If they are not actively performing their duties as responsible reps then in next elections they should be voted out. I opine, the people should have right to recall the reps who do not contribute their mite for legislation or create hurdles in legislative work.

(ii) Big Babus or bureaucrats and police officers should be sensitive towards the needs of the society at large and thus earn respect from them instead of fear and awe.

(iii) The VVIP culture which is prevalent in our society should come to an end. Respect to the concerned people should be based entirely on their work culture and devotion to duty. Citizens should be awakened and should know their constitutional rights and duties and act accordingly.

  • Politicians are special because they are responsible for legislation of laws and amend those which are old and not suiting.
  • Bureaucrats are special because they are responsible for: Assisting the Govt in implementation of policy matters, administrative planning, assisting the Government in implementation of legislated laws, looking after the financial aspects of the country, assist the Govt in streamlining and maintaining the relations with other countries besides all the functions that are assigned from time to time etc. We can say that bureaucrats are the backbone of any country.
  • Police is special because it is responsible for maintenance of law and order within the country so that writ of state prevails and the law breakers are dealt with as per the law of the land.

Three constituents of governance (POLITICIAN, BUREAUCRATS AND POLICE) are special is indisputable but we cannot ignore the part played by JUDICIARY; which though I am not delving upon here.

 

 
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Posted by on August 7, 2015 in Inner Thoughts

 

Chetan Bhagat: Porn ban

Chetan Bhagat: Porn ban.

Banning porn in India  is no solution to stopping people from viewing the same from any other sources because of curiosity. Solution is let people select their own choice as per their caliber and capability. The publicity with which this ban has elicited, even the ones who did not have any notion about porn available are now doing it!

 

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Posted by on August 5, 2015 in Inner Thoughts