GOOD BYE YEAR 2016 & WELCOME YEAR 2017
As we say goodbye to the year gone by (2016), we must have learnt some sweet and bitter lessons in the year just passed by. Keeping in mind our successes and shortfalls in our efforts / inadequacies and see that we keep the doors of our progress open in the year 2017. Shutting the doors of our improvement means not letting the air of progressive ideas enter our system. Everything hinges on our sincere efforts only. If we want uninterrupted all round progress; we have to accept both criticism and appreciation, learn from the same and move on the next step without losing ourselves in the bargain. Sitting on our some of our laurels our get discouraged if nothing goes well for the time being is not the answer.
For uninterrupted progress in various fields, we have to keep ourselves fully aware of the factors responsible for our multi-dimensional onward march. This way, we shall not only keep ourselves abreast with the time but also contribute in the best possible ways for ourselves and those around us. Some of which are:-
SINCERITY IN OUR EFFORT MATTERS MUCH
It should be our sincere endeavor to put in our best under all situations / conditions while handling our commitments. To turn an untenable / unsuitable situation into suitable one is not possible without our sincerity in our efforts. Although the inner conflicts and contradictions besides external impediments would always be there to block our efforts yet we’ve to have unflinching belief in ourselves and our Creator. Nothing comes in the way when we associate all our deeds with Him – only sincerity in our efforts should be our guidepost to reach to our destination we aspire for.
DELUSIONS OF LIFE
One who possess the notion that life is transient (impermanence of life) will conduct in peace and poise/with equanimity. That person, while facing hardships will have the conviction that any piquant situation will also pass. A person with this trait will always associate with the people who remain detached from the fruits of their karma based on wisdom of Bhagwad Gita. Hard times for such person are for getting experience for further forward march in life; not roadblocks but pathways for journey ahead. Nothing deludes them.
SELFISHNESS LEADS TO OUR ISOLATION
Persons who want to get their things done through their ulterior attitude would face music after sometimes when people would come to know about their real intention. When it is made known to everybody around then their real purpose will come to fore consequently these sorts of people will be isolated as a punishment. Here the precept of Abraham Lincoln holds good: You Can Fool All The People Some Of The Time And Some Of The People All The Time, But You Cannot Fool All The People All The Time.
IMPORTANCE OF GIRLS TO BE FINANCIALLY SECURE
Today, I happened to meet two sisters (one aged 24 yrs and the other one around 30). The former is seeking divorce from her husband after her love marriage simply because she could not pay the increasing demands of her in-laws. She is not able to support her daughter studying in pre-nursery merely because she is not financially secure. To compound the problem, she is not even Graduate! The later although graduate, confided that she does not want to marry because of the reason that she fears her marriage may result in failure like her younger sister. Hence my earnest request for the parents to make their female members educationally competent and financially secure before marriage so that they could lead a life worth living.
OUR KARMA IS RESPONSIBLE FOR OUR LIFE
It should never forget saying: as you sow so shall you get. When we transact any unethical and immoral act, in return too, we shall be getting the same. If we are privy to create our own problems, then it is our duty to explore all possibilities to solve those problems, no matter what the challenges we face. Those who sit tight and do not accept the challenges will not be able to do much in their lives
TO THANK GOD FOR HIS UNLIMITED GRACES
God has graced us with unlimited graces by way of earth to live and crops for our substance, fire for cleansing and cooking, air to breath and also water to drink including meeting other requirements, provided different organs of our body for performing different functions besides acquiring knowledge, our Creator has graced us with different relations to meet our varied needs, etc. Besides, He has bestowed us a tongue which helps us when to speak and what to speak and how best to speak or otherwise depends solely on us. How best to utilize our tongue depends on us only. There are so many natural bounties without which we cannot liv. For all these, we have to be thankful to our LORD.
INCULCATION OF TRAITS OF COMPASSION AND HUMILITY
What we give, returns back to us in equal measure or may be even more. A person with the traits of both compassion and humility meets others’ needs dispassionately when left hand not knowing what right hand does. Humility, despite sufficiency of everything (knowledge and other requirements of life), and keeping our head clear makes much difference.
MIND CONTROL HELPS WITH SINGLE MINDED DEVOTION
Knowledge and its usage help in ensuring purity of mind due to our single-minded devotion to the task at hand. When we meditate, our mind should not waver from one thought to another. A single point focus is a must. Unruly mind or misdirected thoughts takes us nowhere hence the first necessity is to control mind and senses and proceed to acquire the ultimate.
EGO CREATES IMPEDIMENT IN OUR LIFE
It should never be forgotten that our ego is our enemy number one. If we think are nursing a notion that we are perfect, we can do everything without others’ assistance or any other thinking which gives more credence to ‘I’ or ‘me’ then we are living in fool’s paradise. Everybody is dependent on somebody else for fructification of our needs.
NOTHING HAPPENS IN SECLUSION
It should never be forgotten that nothing happens in isolation. Every event that happens takes place in relationship with other event. Nothing happens in isolation or in seclusion. We should always remember that if there are bad guys there are good ones, if there is darkness there is light also, every night has its day. It could better be inferred that nothing happens in isolation and there is always opposites of everything and anything. We have to live with this reality.
SELF RESTRAINT ESSENTIAL TO A LIMIT
To the extent possible, restraint should not only be followed but should be manifestly be done practically. But with a caution, if others take advantage of our softness then we have to seek other options to safeguard our interests. In other words, our reaction should be based on the situation as it arises – but when all other options including restraints lose their relevance.
OBEYING THE ADVICES OF THE MEN OF WISDOM
Our scriptures have enough treasure of knowledge / information which if followed dispassionately can make huge difference in our daily lives. There are also some areas which are considered taboo and should not be followed. Injunctions, if we care to adopt in our daily lives, can avoid untoward situations and solve our daily problems.
THOSE WHO ASPIRE FOR POWER ARE INSECURE PEOPLE
One thing should never be forgotten that we have not brought anything while we were born on this earth and will not take anything while we leave this earth.
The demonetization move of the Govt of India move has thrown open Pandora’s box how much of cash and jewellery have been kept as black money by so many people. It has been proved that 90% of the people are honest and the pervasive monster of corruption is due to 10% of people who amassed huge cash and other valuables secretly hoodwinking the laws of the land. How much of pain the common man was put can be seen to be believed but they suffered agony proving that only handful of people want to amass huge sums because of their power hungry attitude. These people are facing the music now.
PURITY IN LIFE COULD BE ACQUIRED THROUGH TOTAL DEVOTION
A life which is based on purity of thoughts and action thereof leads to purity in our life. This is possible when we live righteously, respecting others spiritual and religious viewpoints, conduct ourselves within the confines of our limits, realise the importance of spiritual values, earn our honest living, earning wealth of knowledge with its proper useage and not wealth for daily comforts. Having acquired the traits of purity, we surely pave the way for connectivity with the Supreme Soul (Param Atma). Hence panacea for all ills in our life could be by total devotion to God.
MEDITATION CAN BRING ABOUT PERMANENT PEACE
It is experienced that when we disassociate ourselves from God and for this we have to make concerted efforts to delve deep within our own self and experience Him. The joy we get out of this experience is just out of this world. Comforts which we tend to get is short lived in comparison with this one. Meditation with utmost denotation is the only way to get eternal joy.
IMPORTANT ASPECTS OF SPIRITUAL KNOWLEDGE
- First of all, do everything to cleanse ourselves off the baser instincts dormant in ourselves through personal efforts and through dispassion and to the extent possible total belief on our karma philosophy.
- Control over the mind and five senses. Keeping peace, total faith in the God, focused mind, intense longing for God makes much difference.
- Performing our essential duties with sincerity.
Maintaining tranquility at all occasions.
- Having known self then further journey will start to establish our connectivity with god by thoroughly focusing on Him.
- Understanding the subtle concepts of scriptural knowledge.
• Our curiosity to know about our God and his creations.
- GOD’S WRIT RUNS SUPREME
It should never be forgotten that we all are the playthings of our creator. It should never be forgotten that there is a hidden hand which is controlling everything; without his approval nothing transpires. Providence’s help is required at every step we venture to take. Hence denotation to Him but without any sort of expectations will mitigating factor. In other words it can rightfully be said, our action, without doubt, is subject to our Creator’s will. Without his will nothing moves.
HAND OF DESTINY IN DAY TO DAY AFFAIRS
We must have seen people cursing God when they face any difficult situation totally forgetting that everything happens or do not happen based entirely on our past karma. Virtuous deeds bring forth good results and evil deeds bring us punishment. It should always be remembered that whatever is destined will surely happen though we can assuage our feeling with self assurance so that our future course of action is positively oriented for positive results thereafter.
MAY GOD BE WITH US ALL IN THE YEAR 2017 – DIRECTING OUR ACTIONS FOR THE PEACE AND PROSPERITY IN THE WORLD AS A WHOLE
HAPPY NEW YEAR