SAYING GOOD BYE TO 2019 & WELCOMING THE COMING YEAR-2020 (TWENTY-TWENTY)
Time just passes on without waiting for anyone. Past time and events become part of history. It is an important factor for getting new experiences. With the passage of time, we tend to establish new relationships but lose others due to one reason or other. While our life goes on with some sweet and some not so sweet moments, and from these, we get new experiences which make our life worth-living since it is through amalgamation of sweet and sour occurrences we gain knowledge. If we have only sweet moments our life becomes monotonous. This makes the life worth living by enjoying both highs and lows in our lives.
To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven. Bible
Eternal time is the primeval source of the interactions of the three modes of material nature. It is unchangeable and limitless, and it works as the instrument of the Supreme Personality of Godhead for His pastimes in the material creation – Srimad Bhagavatam.
How a person feels when he does not performs an important act when time is appropriate. I had the experience of witnessing the life of a senior officer who did not have any problems related to finances, health-wise; had every comforts which a person aspires for but he had not married. When he reached at his late 50s he started feeling very lonely – which is not conducive for the wellness of an individual.
The year that passed by was very promising in many ways than one. It started on a positive note, as anticipated, ended on a positive note too – giving credence to the statement; expect the best and the result would be the best with some hiccups here and there notwithstanding. The fact remain, it is not always that we shall get positive results but need is to have optimism to turn negative results into positive ones simply with self-effort with sincerity along with belief on our God. It is our common experience that when time is favourable, we consider ourselves on the seventh-heaven but when we experience some down-slide; we just plunge abysmally into the abbess of our own making, surprisingly sometimes without rhyme or reason.
Based on past experience I have gleaned over a period under various situations and conditions, I resolve to make my life spiritually oriented, methodical, adaptable besides being positive in all situations and conditions.
While we are endowed with all we aspires for, we should not lose patience. We should put in sincere efforts. No problem, God willing, we shall get sometimes afterwards. As far as I am concerned, I have not got unlimited needs as I do not compare myself with others. If I do not get anything which I aspire, I remember Gita Song. Arjuna is still confused about what is better: renunciation of work or work in devotion. Krishna explains that devotional service is better. Since everything belongs to Krishna, nothing is one’s own to renounce. Thus whatever one possesses one should use in Krishna’s service. A person working in such consciousness is renounced. This process, called karma yoga, helps one escape the result of furtive action—entanglement in rebirth.
One, who works in devotion with his mind and senses controlled, is in divine consciousness. Although his senses are engaged with sense objects, he is aloof, situated in peace and happiness. This wisdom filled assertion keeps me contented.
LEARNING FROM SMALL KIDS
Our kittle kids are our entertainers. You smile at them and they will give you smile as a return gift. I like their innocence and sincerity at any event and at all times. Though they are dependent on others for their daily needs, yet, their joyful chatter keeps us absorbed. I learn from these small kids; innocence, simplicity, tolerance, patience etc. In Bible it has been emphasized: God calls children a blessing and a gift! Their spirits are filled with innocence, joy and laughter. Jesus actually tells us to be like children and to come to Him full of faith and trust.
BUILDING THE TRAITS OF PATIENCE, TOLERANCE AND SELF-CONTROL
Patience always pays should never be forgotten. It has been seen that those who remain patient despite provocations are rewarded with good health and wellness. Here keeping self-control is a must. This calls for control of our mind lest it goes berserk. In life, we have to adopt patience as an important tool to deal with life’s vicissitudes.
But time factor affords us the wherewithal to introspect and come out with plausible answer to practice patience. Patience gives us opportunity to choose objectively what we actually want or what we do not want. Progress would be slow but after practicing a number of times results would be to our liking. Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive – Bible. This wisdom should always be kept in mind.
HAPPY NEW YEAR – 2020
Wishing you all Happy & Prosperous New Year
A sincere wish, for the success of our vision
By infusing God-Speed for the fulfillment of our mission
Coupled with self-involvement and bountiful God’s graces
Thereby bestowing us prosperity, peace of mind and happiness
Engendering a feeling of satiety and huge self-confidence
This bestows us the stamp of eternal bliss
For our holistic wellness is based on spiritually oriented existence.
We should never ever forget
Yesterday Karmic deeds
Sure enough impacts the life of today
Whatever we did the year just passed
Impacts on the outcome on the present year – without doubt.
We’ve given fond farewell to year passed by by
It has become a part of history
The memories of it passed-by remain
As a silent reminder
The Karmic deeds or Karmic misdeeds we’ve done
Or may not have at all done
Due to reason beyond our control
Or due to our mind going berserk.
In life, we should share others’ happiness and sorrows
Whence we share the pains of the sufferers
We reduce our Karmic debits
Which helps in quelling our own agony
Since division of sorrows mutually
Can reduce the sting of our depression.
Then I shall get lesson
From the Mother Nature
Which gives us air, water and sun without discrimination
Without any expectation in return
Only thing necessary for us
Is to respect Nature
By keeping its balance
To make it serve us better
As when it gets imbalanced
It’ll cause irreparable damage to our wellness.
Thank giving bestows us pleasure of showing our gratitude
For coming to our succor
When we are engulfed in trouble
Whereas acting thanklessly is action in stark ignorance
To others’ goodness which others have done for us.
We should cultivate good relationship with others
In a spirit of jointmanship
The fellow-feelings and good-will we should cultivate
From the experiences of our well-wishers and friends.
I’ve gained much with the experience
Gained by learning from others
Which has changed my life for better
And altered the philosophy of my life.
We’ve learned to maintain a balance in our survival
In happy or in not so happy times
There are times when I felt immense pain
Looking at the others’ situations and conditions
While there were also the time
I did something for others
And also times when I had to remain a silent spectator
Resulting in huge disappointment in the process.
I learned how best to establish good relationship
Some with known and some entirely unknown
And how to bridge the gap in the bad relationship
For the persons whose relationship had gone sour
And filling it with sweetness and wellness.
Including how best to infuse confidence in others
Due to unreasonable reasons.
Question is what the year gone by has given us
Or taken from us
Depends on how much it has enriched us with bias
With civility and humility
Despite all the ups and downs which visit us.
I shall introspect what experiences I gained
Some pleasant and others not so pleasant
Some we would like to keep as priceless trophies
Others we would like to forget being so terrifying
But all these give us some experience
Impacting our life to maximum extent.
Then there were parting for good, so unfortunate
The friends and close relatives we hold so dear.
When we are down and out
Engulfed in anxiety clouded with judgment, so distressing
Causing physical and mental affect
Then practicing patience delivers us
From all these mental blocks.
Then friends whom we hold dear
Puncture our trust
I shall try to mend my ways
Where I had wavered or gone haywire
I shall withdraw my footsteps
By realizing my folly.
My sincerest prayer for our Omniscient and Omnipotent
To grace us all with His bounties
For the New Year 2020
Is that we should become more conscious
Of each others’ conditions
And do not trade threats
Which come in the way of happy and blissful living
As the creations of our common Creator
Wishing that we live in a spirit of amity
Under the care of our Almighty
Wishing you all Happiness and Prosperity
In the year 2020
WITH BOUNTIFUL GRACES OF OUR GOD.
LESSONS FROM PREVIOUS YEARS & MAKING THE YEAR 2020 PRODUCTIVE AND CREATIVE
The following are some of the lessons which I got partly through my interactions with others and partly through knowledge garnered from others during 2019 and years before.
SMALL THINGS TAKEN TOGETHER CAN MAKE HUGE DIFFERENCE
We are aware, there are some things which we’ve to take seriously in life and there are also the ones which could be ignored. But there are events which we think insignificant for our lives can also impact our life hugely. Ignoring these could do irreparable damage to our life. Even a screw in the machine could make the working of that machine dysfunctional. Similar is the case with our life.
TIMES WAITS FOR NONE
It is a fact that time waits for none, it just passes on leaving us high and dry. If we do not avail the present moment and remain procrastinating then we shall lose our grip and waste it therefore we have to keep a tight leash on time and realize the purpose of our life here on this earth.
Eternal time is the primeval source of the interactions of the three modes of material nature. It is unchangeable and limitless, and it works as the instrument of the Supreme Personality of Godhead for His pastimes in the material creation.—Srimad-Bhagavatam.
Whatever we are and whatever we have got is due to the blessings of our God. By doing so, we are opening a window of opportunity for new vistas in life which are owing to the grace of God. Our physical, mental and relationship with others too are subject to all-around wel-lbeing. These too are possible due to His blessings. Every moment given us to breathe and live in appropriate atmosphere is also due to HIS BOUNTIES. Therefore, we have to thank Him for everything. In Bible it has been mentioned ‘Enter his glory with thanksgiving and his courts with praise, give thank to him and praise his name.
FORGIVING AND FORGETTING
Our relationship with others is important for us since we cannot transact all our functions in isolation. Therefore, whenever we experience any difference, it should not be allowed to deteriorate any further in the spirit of forgiving and forgetting. In this way, many of relations could be saved. According to Bhagwad Gita,
Forgiveness through spiritual transmission is a divine quality.
GIVING GIVES US SATISFACTION
If we meet somebody’s need, it gives us satiety thereby making us happy. We cannot compensate this happiness with anything else under the sun. The gift which is given to one who does no service in return, with the feeling that it is one’s duty to give and which is given at the right place, in right time and to a worthy person is considered as “Saattvika Daana”. The donations that are given to the right person at the right place and time, and in the spirit that charity is a bounden duty done without any expectation, are said to be good.
SMILE AND THE WORLD WILL SMILE WITH YOU, WEEP YOU WILL WEEP ALONE
This should never be forgotten; if you smile, everybody will smile with you and if you weep, you weep alone. Therefore we should divide smiles in order to get happiness in the process. Smile is the positive sign of developing friendship and good relations.
LEARN TO SAY SORRY OR OFFERING APOLOGY
We, as humans, tend to do commit some mistake unintentionally, thereby creating a misunderstanding between us and others. This results in animosity between even the fast friends. If we take recourse to say four-letters word SORRY, matters could be amiably be settled.
Don’t let guilt linger in your heart. Go apologize, say I’m sorry, and make things right – Bible.
WHEN NOTHING WORKS ACCEPTANCE IS THE BEST COURSE
There are occasions when all our sincere and best efforts are not enough to acquire the intended results, in that case, the only option left with us is acceptance. Otherwise, we may fall into the web of our own creation leading to more unacceptable contradictions.
PROCRASTINATION IS BAD HABIT
There are the people who are in the habit of putting off things thereby reaching a stage where retrieval is not possible. Therefore, the best course is to solve the contentious issue then and there. One who performs actions inconsistently, who is careless, who is vulgar, who insults others, who is pretentious and indolent, who procrastinates unable to timely accomplish what one boasted, who has an acute lack of discrimination. Such a one is unremittingly situated in tama guna the mode of ignorance – BHAGWAD GITA
SEEK GOD WHEN ALONE OR EVEN WHEN WITH A GROUP OF PEOPLE
When in solitude, we can seek our God with sincerity to compensate our loneliness. His name could also be taken while amongst the people around. Naam is the great creative and controlling power of God.
Naam has no beginning and no end. It is unchanging, ancient and eternal and it is the life current which pervades the entire creation. The withdrawal of Naam from creation would lead to its decay and destruction – Guru Granth Sahib.
WHEN NOTHING WORKS, SILENCE WORKS BETTER
It should never be forgotten that nobody has ever won an argument or talking without mincing any words. Many of our differences in the families and friends could be solved when we tend to be silent/ tranquil when our point of view in words is not understood despite repeated try. Silent meditation has its own reward. Supreme bliss comes to a self-realized whose mind is tranquil, whose desires are under control and who is free from faults. When mind gets discipline by the practice of meditation becomes steady, one becomes content with absolute bliss, consciousness by beholding with purified intellect – Bhagwad Gita.
IGNORANCE SHOULD BE REMOVED
We should always be the student throughout our life. We can learn anything from anybody and anywhere. It should always be remembered that ignorance is synonymous with darkness and may pull us down anytime anywhere.
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being my priest since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children – Bible.
LIVING ON THE EDGE
We all want to have our intended job transacted immediately but in this sort of a hurry, we just forget our own security or anticipate impending danger(s) that may come anytime. Hence our approach should be to scrutinize all angles or parameters and take corrective steps or course correction. While traveling in a bus, I observed that people were hurriedly climbing and coming out of the bus without caring for their safety. Then, I saw a person hastily climbing down from the bus while it slowed a bit before the bus stop fully, was run over by a vehicle which was coming from the same direction at a speed. He had to be taken to the hospital.
CREATING EMERGENCIES FOR OURSELVES AND THEIR ADVERSE IMPLICATIONS
In our lives, many times, we remain to postpone things. May it be getting our body checked for any disease on experiencing `some clues or symptom. Or not sticking to the time schedule for catching a flight or rail journey and hurrying for these without thinking that there may be several hindrances on the way – traffic jams due to one reason or another. Similar is the case with not stick to the time schedule on fructification of any project in hand. The proper time-planning should have made difference. Think of a predicament when one is not able to reach one’s destination because he/she had not made concerted efforts taking into account the element of time which moves on thereby creating emergencies for ourselves and unnecessary stress and strain.
FOR CLEANLINESS TO BE EFFECTIVE, WE’VE TO REMOVE THE POLLUTION (PRADOOSHAN) FROM OUR MIND
Arguably, it could be rightly said that the polluted mind is dangerous not only for the person concerned but also for the people around him. We always keep our body, mind, and soul untainted/unstained. A small black spot can sully our character. It should never be forgotten that what we earn with our sincere effort will just be lost if we lose our character. It is earned with a lot of difficulties but lost just in a second. I know one of my best friends who has earned name and fame for himself including a happy family. Once he could not keep control over the unreasonable temptation thus losing his everything in the bargain.
NATURE (PRAKRITI) IS A GREAT TEACHER IF WE CARE TO LEARN FROM IT
Nature is anything or everything that is not man-made/ inartificial. Essentially, if we understand nature and its working then we shall understand more than from any formal or informal teachings. Here everything is natural – may be created by the intervention of Super Natural Power. Natural environment includes all living and non-living elements and their utilization in the day to day lives. The three elements of nature Sun (which gives energy), Air (which we breathe without which we cannot survive) and Water (used variously by humans besides drinking).
Besides, the entire ecology works as a natural system which includes all the flora and fauna, rocks, soil and what is contained in it. It also includes environment and all the natural phenomenon and material/physical phenomenon. Natural environment includes all living and non-living elements and their utilization in the day to day lives.
Then there are universal natural resources which do not have clear demarcation such as air, water, energy, climate, light, electric charge, giving out of radiation, magnetic field etc. from these we enrich our lives.
The meaning of Prakriti (Nature) refers to everything that is included in nature which gives shape and form as pure energy. When we spoil the Nature or Prakriti, it is termed as vikriti. When we spoil the natural balances by our acts of omissions and commissions then it does not pardon and retaliates in its own way.
Prakriti is associated with female power and Purusha represents masculinity is associated with Lord Shiva. When both work in tandem there is a balance which is essential for all.
Lord mentions in Bhagwad Hita: I will explain further the sublime spiritual knowledge superior to all others, by knowing which all the sages have attained to supreme perfection on the dissolution of this body. They take sanctuary in this wisdom, and having attained to my state they are not born again even at the new evolution, nor are they disturbed at the time of general destruction.
We can learn much from each of the elements of nature:-
THE SUN (ADITYA)
The Sun is a vast source of energy. We are exploiting its energy variously in the day to day lives without which our survival is not possible. It teaches us a huge lesson. Despite giving life force, it does not browbeat the other natural elements such as cloud which has got its own function. When the cloud comes in the way of sun, it does not force its way but provides a thin ray of light to the black-cloud making the cloud presentable.
There is a wonderful lessons from this for us humans. Rather than showcasing our ego at every given opportunity, we should be accommodative and supportive of others’ efforts. We worship the Sun through Surya Namushakar (Paying respect) to thank it for the services it renders to the living and non-living beings with OM ADITYA AYE NAMON.
From the rising of the sun to its setting The name of the LORD is to be praised –Bible.
THE MOON (SHASHI – CHAND)
While we compare somebody’s beauty, especially female’s, we compare her with charm and beauty of the moon. Its various forms, full moon, half moon, semi-circular forms are really tempting to say the least. Poets and thinkers have written treasures of literature on the beauty and its cool nature despite all the disturbance that happened in the areas around it. Who does not enjoy the moonlit night? It too exerts influences on the oceanic tides and further tidal force of the Moon is more than that of the Sun.
This should also serve as a lesson to us humans that remaining cool like the Moon hardly means that it cannot have its influence when needed. We should just be like the Moon – remain cool but when the crunch comes just display your power without being too much showy.
Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years – Bible.
THE OCEAN (SAMUNDAR)
The oceans are the huge source of livelihood for the humans and sea life in its bosom. There is more than 71% of water on the surface of the earth in the forms of lakes, rivers, ponds and other water bodies but oceans contain a huge chunk in it. It influences the climates, causes rain, provides us sea-foods, helps in navigation etc. The sea water when dried becomes the source of salt for us.
It too remains cool when not disturbed but could be vengeful if its natural balance is disturbed. In recent times, due to the phenomenon of rising in temperature, due to human omissions and commissions, the sea level is rising due to the melting of snow in Antarctica. Alas, if this continues, a day is not far when it could have disastrous consequences.
Just as the ocean remains undisturbed by the incessant flow of waters from rivers merging into it, likewise the sage who is unmoved despite the flow of desirable objects all around him attains peace, and not the person who strives to satisfy desires – Bhagwad Gita.
THE MOUNTAIN (PARBAT)
The snow-clad mountains present a beauty of its own. All the big and small rivers are formed due to the water from melting of snow from these snow clad mountains and become the source of water to the habitations on their banks including the animals and plants.
Lessons from the mountains. The mountains withstand blizzards and another natural phenomenon including the burden of huge snow which falls on these but remain erect despite all these. We as humans too should remain undeterred by the challenges in our lives.
If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge and if I have faith that can move mountains, I am nothing – Bible.
The forests provide natural sanctuaries to the animals and birds. The forest cover keeps a balance in nature. The humans due to its greed are cutting forests partly for habitation and partly for meeting various needs thus spoiling the healthy balance in nature. The forests give everything to all the living beings but only want that its forest cover should be protected and new plants should be planted if and when some are cut for use. Otherwise, all will have to feel its heat if the forests are cut in large numbers.
In fact all the constituents of nature follow its own laws and anybody flouting is punished by it.
And shall consume the glory of his forest, and of his fruitful field, both soul and body: and they shall be as when a standardbearer fainteth – Bible.
THOSE WHO ASPIRE TO BECOME PERFECTIONIST END UP BECOMING STRESSFUL
I have met people who aspire to be perfectionists in their work. There may be some who are perfect but I did not have the chance of meeting such people and therefore, I am nursing with the notion that only our God is perfect. We all try and reach our goal through our since hard work and perseverance. Sometimes, we are unsuccessful but try again and reach the milestone we set to achieve.
I had the privilege of meeting an old friend of mine who wanted to be perfect in whatever he wanted to do – over-ambitious indeed. He had everything that he wanted through his hard work; established his business, money, the position he wanted and everything that a most successful person would like to acquire. But during this effort to reach the pinnacle of success, he had got stress-related diseases.
WHEN OUR INTENTION (MANSHA) IS SINCERE EVERYTHING FALLS IN PLACE
It has been experienced that when our intention is pure and simple, God will certainly come to our succor and our efforts will bear bountiful fruits. It should never be forgotten that honesty, sincerity, belief on self and indomitable belief on our God/Bhagwan Ji/Creator/Lord/Allah or Super Soul will pull us out in whatever we intend to do.
SINCERE INTROSPECTION MAKES HUGE DIFFERENCE
We must have observed that whatever we want to tell others, we must sincerely analyze the contentious issues threadbare, taking into account the pros and cons and subsequently reach to a conclusive end result. This way, we shall not face any impediments on the way, no heart burns, no ill-will, no disharmony and finally regrets whatsoever.
In the year 2020, I shall try to sincerely follow the following:-
• Adopt patience and tolerance through experimentation and practice.
• Remaining calm in emergency contingencies.
• Leading a spiritually oriented life.
• Unlearning some bad habits and not care to cultivate any bad habit afresh.
• I shall experience and face life squarely rather than quitting.
• Self-belief and belief in God to be paramount.
• Evolving through practice.
• Becoming more self-aware and self-conscious.
• Become a witness to a change.
• Always remember that nobody has seen tomorrow.
• Try for self-actuation and self-realization.
• Giving more credence to truth, love, and enlightenment.
• Perfection is good enough, no doubt in that, but it should not be at the cost of our health and our wellbeing.
• If health is lost for the fructification of our ambition then we shall not be able to enjoy the fruits of that success.
• Learning from the mistakes and making these mistakes as stepping stone for success, of course without carrying the baggage of mistakes along, makes huge difference.
• Following a positive oriented and spiritual life will always make huge difference in our life. I shall endeavour to follow this type of lifestyle, of course, with God’s grace.