ESSENTIALS OF SOCIAL-DISTANCING AND SELF-ISOLATION WHILE PURSUING ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES


LOCKDOWN CONDITIONS

ESSENTIALS OF SOCIAL-DISTANCING AND SELF-ISOLATION WHILE PURSUING ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES

When we talk about lockdown conditions, two things come to our mind. These are social-distancing and self-isolation. I have tried to answer the two for our benefit. It has also been said that those who do not obey the rules of the game, they will and are suffering the consequences of our misdemeanor or not remaining confined to the rules.

We all are aware that those countries which adopted and acted according to the norms which are necessary for making this exercise successful, it is in the fitness of things to adopt the principle of safety-first percept. Any transgression would prove to be counter-productive- deaths and destruction besides may spell doom for the booming economies around the world.

In real sense, there is a great lessons learned; those countries who adopted social-distancing, self-isolation, sanitizing ourselves on touching something besides keeping ourselves neat and clean to keep ourselves safe from infection of Novel Coronavirus Pandemic/Covit-19.

In this, two things are very important: these are Social-Distancing and Self-Isolation, which I have explained below:-

SOCIAL-DISTANCING

Social means action in the society or community in which we are living and distance here connotes a safe distance which we have to adopt while in the market place or outside our homes. It is the distance observed by everybody while going out or while purchasing something from the marketplace. This healthy distance is about two meters so that we do not get infection from others and keep ourselves safe.

SELF-ISOLATION

The self means the particular individual; or a person and isolation means performance of an act or instance of isolating ourselves or an act of separation from others in order to safeguard ourselves from any contagious disease which is spread through our contacts or in the instance case through adherence and following some norm of behaviour of safety first realization.WHY LOCKDOWN IS A NECESSITY

If we all follow lockdown norms with utmost sincerity, till such time a suitable vaccine is found  for the cure of infection, it is essential to keep ourselves safe from this dangerous infection. It has been seen that those who assiduously followed and obeyed the norms of lockdown, there were less infections and resultant less deaths while those who did not comply with the lockdown norms or were late to react had unfortunately more infections and resultantly more deaths.

OBSERVANCE OF LOCKDOWN NORMS WHILE PURSUING ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES

HOPE FOR THE WORLD IS TO SHARE LOVE, SHARING AND CARING

If we have to come out from the predicament of Coronavirus infection, it is in the fitness of things to follow individual home-quarantine or institutional-quarantine (those who are working for keeping the economy ticking while observing social-distancing and self-isolation norms as we cannot let the economies globally go to doldrums. A balance has to be created in this direction.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO OUR DEAREST AMAY


HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO OUR DEAREST AMAY

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU MY DEAREST ONE



May Heaven’ s choicest
Plentiful blessings
Be showered
On to you, our love one
And also remain ever blessed
You – the love one
A shining star of our eye
A star that will shine further still
With the enlightenment of value system
Transferred by parents with a lot of love
Which has warmth
Which spills out of the inner recesses of heart
Generating in its wake a feeling of pride
That you’re not apart from us all
A blood relation producing warmth.

WISH YOU HAPPY BIRTTHDAY


You will represent us in the days to come
We pray for your happiness Knowledge and wisdom
For our love one indeed.
When you smile
We smile with you
When you laugh
We laugh with you.
Your chatter captivates us
When you are in pain it pains us.
A feeling of happy feeling that you’re one amongst us
Whose birthday falls
On 27th day of April.
Named variously with love
Dadi and Dadu’s Sonu & Gofu
Mama & Dada’s Sundru
Badi & shoti Bua’s Amu
Let Amay’s birthday
Be celebrated with trueand the loftiest sprits
With love and longings
From us all
Besides Almighty God.
Though in lockdown
Pandemic conditions
While observing all precautions
Needed to ward off infection
This birthday is unique in itself
In more ways than one way
But suffusing with affection
For Amay our little master.

THE EARTH DAY – 22ND APRIL 2020


EARTH DAY ON 22ND APRIL 2020 IS THE EARTH DAY

The Mother Earth takes in its bosom
The innumerable corpses
Or corpses being cremated
Leaving this Earth due to Cronavirus infection
Which hardly does any discrimination
While leaving its deep-rooted impression
The Mother Earth
Does not raise objections
like any other mother on this Earth
who brings up her children
with utmost care and caution.


Due to humans’ negative attitude
Our own dearest Mother Earth
What we do to the Mother Earth so dear?
It has been revealed without doubt
Whence the humans disturb the balance of Nature
By playing with the laws of Nature
It gives birth to invisible enemies
Hideous ones
It may be polluting the environs
By fires of forests and deforestation
Thus denuding the Earth Crust
And spoiling the Eco-system
Or polluting the Water bodies
By the pollutants from the households and industries
Or through sound pollution
Created by us humans
Or worst still
May be imbalance in our eating habits
Thereby deciding what to put on our plates and eat
And what we as humans should desist
Leave for the elements to take care
That bats may be the possible origin
Of diseases like Ebola
And now Novel Coronavirus
Which is having free run
Infecting the populace around
Thus having dangerous death dance globally
The Mother Earth which bestows us with all sorts of gifts,
Which sustains us from time we become flesh & blood,
Till time this body sustains us not,
With no expectations in return gift from us selfish humans,
Some of us use Nature’s creation
Such as and other harmful
We leave litters around,
After partying & feasting at the mountain sites so enchanting
With fragrance of natural flowers just intoxicating
Making the environment so fascinating
Adding splendor to the scenic beauty are the flora and fauna,
But the left over litters just spoil the virginity of mountain spots
With spread of odor of leftovers of the people partaking foodstuff
Stench also leaves a scar on the act of these people
Who spoilt the place with their profane acts.

Left out road side old vehicle parts
Wait till eternity for the people to pick these up
Nobody ever comes to do this solemn act
Till elements like winds and rains mix these in the Mother Earth itself – alas!

Vehicle repair workshop just line up the roadsides
Blackening the area with grease and what not
Generating a shabby look around
Green cover is being denuded
For habitats for increased numbers
And cultivation of food for multitudes
Thus multiplying the adverse implications
To the Eco-system
Causing blizzards and change of clim
ates.

Plundering the earth of the mineral wealth
In the form of crude oil
Precious metals, stones and coal
Leaving the earth bereft of natural resources
Thus producing an imbalance the internal fabric of the earth
Which too comes out & reacts most violently
Causing earthquakes of huge intensity
Spreading deaths and destruction all around hugely.
Spewing of gases so poisonous
To the sky above
Enlarging the black-hole
Impacting us by harmful sun rays.
My humble please to us all
Have some pity to the Mother Earth
Not for us but AT LEAST for our coming generations,
If at all?

EARTH DAY ON 22ND APRIL 2020

EARTH DAY

Essentially, as far as our Earth is concerned it has physical matter, solid substance along with gross objects. These are grouped in the category of the five elements (Mahabhutas) which could be termed as the cosmic substances. These are earth, air, water, fire and ether. Each one of these elements are inter-linked or associated with each other besides the space or ether or acts like a container or basket to sustain all these elements.

If these elements are spoiled by our acts of omissions and commissions as diminution of forest cover by cutting trees without planting the new ones, emission of poisonous gases in the atmosphere from the industrial units, pollution of water bodies with the affluence/wastes of industries. Here Mahatma Gandhi’s quote is most relevant: ‘Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.’

For fulfillment of our ulterior and selfish motives, we are spoiling the eco-system without even a slightest thought about the consequences of our acts. Therefore need of the hour is to save the Mother Earth from the pollution which is impacting the lives of all the living beings globally.

It has been observed that when we do not observe the Laws of Nature and play with the Mother Nature irrationally– in our eating habits including our attitudes towards other creations (birds and animals). This Earth Day is coming at a time when globally the humanity has been facing the challenges posed by Novel Coronavirus Pandemic. The virus, Covid-19 virus, is the creation of humans due to their omissions and commissions by spoiling the eco-system of the Mother Earth by their eating habits. This most dangerous virus infection is transmitted through minutest droplet particles through respiratory droplets. The virus is also transmitted through contacts with the infected person through the medium of sneezing and coughing.


We know that the most essential forms of Nature without which cannot have our existence at all are Earth, Water, Fire, Ether and Air. We know that life on this earth would not be possible if any one of these forms of Nature are not available at all.
All the creations live on the earth and use air and water by our body for chemical reaction which occur in the cells of all living beings in order to sustain life. This chemical reaction is termed as metabolism. This activity ensures growth of our body and also help in reproduction. The activity of growth and development along with reproduction cannot happen without a solid earth for living beings. Then there are the living beings which live and sustain themselves in water. These are called aquatic beings.


Then we have ether (the atmosphere over the earth) which is essential for the survival of the living beings. The upper air of the atmosphere has to be kept pollution-free for breathing. It has been seen that we spoil the balance of Nature by polluting the air by our own omissions and commissions.


Our earth contains flora and fauna – flora means trees and fauna means animal world. The trees are essential for us since the trees convert Carbon Dioxide (CO2) into Oxygen (O2). Without trees and green cover, on earth, we cannot have good health and wellness. The more trees we plant, the more greenery we would be having thereby a pollution-free environs for breathing.


The fragrance of flowers on the earth crust, the fruit trees, the crops we grow on the earth give us food to eat which sustains our lives.


Mother Earth has been very kind to us in providing us everything from birth till death. It has on its crust trees, birds, forest cover and everything; lofty and majestic mountains, vast sea, water reservoirs, mesmerizing scenic beauties, flora and fauna, animal world and what not. All these add to our sustenance in our daily lives.

Mother Earth contains all sorts of mineral wealth which is helpful for further growth and development of the countries. But exploitation of the mineral wealth has also got a limit. We are cutting trees indiscriminately affecting the eco system. Industrial wastes are being thrown in the rivers polluting the water. We spew dangerous gases to the atmosphere affecting the atmospheric balance. Not only this even teh Antarctic Continent is being adversely affected by the acts of us humans.

If air is polluted by emission of harmful gases, we will be breathing in impure air resulting in lung related diseases, if water is impure, we are constrained to take in polluted water resulting in impacting our health, if earth’s eco-system is polluted by a mix of our activities then we can imagine the health hazards besides when the whole atmosphere is polluted, it can bring about severest harms to our climate, cause lung and respiratory related diseases, exposure to polluted air can cause cancer and could in many cases impair reproductive system etc. These affected severely are children and the old people including those who are constantly exposed to pollutants.

By our acts of omission and commission, we are doing everything to spoil the balance of the nature which is causing negative results implications to our next generations.

In Bhagwad Git has rightly been said: As the earth thus becomes crowded with a corrupt population, whoever among any of the social classes shows himself to be the strongest will gain political power.
ALSO
The citizens will suffer greatly from cold, wind, heat, rain and snow. They will be further tormented by quarrels, hunger, thirst, disease, and severe anxiety.
Both Nature and Spirit (Purusha) are without beginning and end. Nature is the source of all material things whereas spirit is the source of consciousness which experiences pains and pleasure. Then we have Spirit Supreme or Lord Supreme or Supreme which directs our lives and graces us wellness.

OUR REAL ATTAINMENTS IN COVIT-19 ENVIRONMENT


OUR REAL ATTAINMENTS

OUR REAL ATTAINMENTS


We term our success
On being successful
In competitive examination
Got after sincere uphill-struggle
Oftentimes in most trying environs
Due to financial stringency
Or any other frustrating conditions
Under adverse circumstances
But determined perseverance
Accompanied with taking on challenges head on
This may be in academic excellence
Or accomplishment of highest order
For enhancing status, position and power
Thereby earning a place in the society
In which that person is living
Such a person leads a positive oriented way of life
Meets his demands
Alongside meeting the needs of others
According to his aptitude.
On the other hand
An individual adopts outright corrupt practices
To garner power and pelf
Utilizes acquired position
For still more worldly possessions
After making comparisons
With most influential in the social order
Earning for himself tendencies so ego-centric in nature
Thus a Ku-sanskari or negative oriented existence
Adversely affecting body and mind.
A success most potent
Is the one
Which we achieve
By rendering assistance
To meet somebody else’s needs
This achievement or success in giving
Is second to none
Since it is an acquired accomplishment
Through practice and experimentation
Which is dependent
More on selfless service
Which may not bring about worldly recognition
But only bring about
Profusion in inner satiety
And with it everything
That is needed for an individual
To fulfill the very purpose of existence.
Our attainment in our existence
Is counted to much extent
Not by sack-full of notes
Earned with illicit practices
But by enhancing awareness
For removing ignorance
That is the attainment
In true sense of terms.

OUR ATTAINMENTS ARE SWEET WHEN THESE ARE ATTAINED WITH HARD WORK AND PERSEVERANCE

OUR REAL ATTAINMENTS

We tend to attribute our success in our lives when we have sufficient worldly possessions and with it our power, position and status. Such a person showcases his money power whenever he finds it fit. This worldly may be earned by adopting illicit or illegal means even by taking excessive loans from the banks which he does not intend to pay. There are so many cases who have taken excessive loans from different Banks; even not using that loaned cash for the purpose they had taken the loan. I would not like to pin-point the names but these people are from well to do families! The ultimate result may be adverse effect physically and mentally.

In any way, I do not consider this profusion of money as a real attainment because the money loaned out is from the accumulated cash from the Bank customers, the smalltime earners? Such people should realize that this ill-gotten money takes away the inner peace and with it the respect which such people have garnered over a period of time; even the ancestral earned respect! This power and possessions is of no avail ultimately. What satisfaction this illicit earned money gives for the uncertain life in the NOVEL CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC environment wherein people are dying in thousands. Just introspect, there may be people who must have amassed a lot by illegal means, they too have not taken anything along with them. Even they did not get the last rites rituals which are considered necessary! ANY USE OF MONEY ATTAINED THROUGH ILLIGITIMATE MEANS, IN SUCH A SCENARIO?

Contrarily, a person who earns his living by adopting sincere means in order to meet the needs. These needs are simple which are based on the earning of the person concerned. Such a person is satisfied with what he possesses. He does not take loan from Bank or any other sources – which he cannot repay. Such a person walks with head held high at all times since such a person, besides meeting his simple needs also meets others needs according to his capacity. He is satisfied while he is living on this earth and feels no remorse or regrets while his death Is so near. I consider this as a greatest attainment. While leaving this world, he knows that he has followed his life observing the Laws of Nature and Laws of Land along with following a positive oriented life. He lives his life based on Bhagwad Gita: He had not brought anything when he came to this world and surely will not be taking anything when he leaves this beautiful earth. Whatever he has, is attained here, and would be left here only. Such a person does not feel overly happy or overly unhappy on success or failure. JUST A BALANCED PERSONALITY IN ANY SITUATION AND CONDITION.

In the trying times of Novel Coronavirus Pandemic and consequent lockdown conditions, there are some difficulties and challenges experienced  by almost everybody. There are also opportunities to cement the relationship amongst people of different religions by coming to the assistance of each other when hugely required. There is a unique example of a recent case of a person (Name – Rajendra) a Hindu by religion in Rajasthan (Bajrang Nagar – Jaipur), whose Muslim neighbors willingly came forward and cremated him as per Hindu rites – as there was no male member in the family to perform cremate the dead body besides there was no Hindu neighbor in the vicinity. The other relatives residing at far flung areas could not come for cremation because of lockdown conditions. I think this like instances help consolidate relationships between different religions, castes or any other narrow considerations. This, I think, is a huge attainment and a step-forward for us all. Wish that this example multiply mutual succour multifies in future.

Our real attainment while living on this planet are:-

  • Covit-19 infection has taught us some lessons such as living a disciplined life, following rules of self-isolation or in lockdown conditions, keeping distance while going outside etc. Any deviation means you are yourself inviting the dangerous infection; meaning you are susceptible to this virus. You could catch it from anybody, any source etc.
  • Earn a living with sincere means, the method which we shall not regret even in NOVEL CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC environment.
  • Live life in such a manner as though this present is only with us to live and enjoy this present moment to the fullest. LIVE LIFE KINGSIZE – NOT LITERALLY THOUGH SINCE I DO NOT SMOKE.
  • Always stay cool in any situation in which you are placed. No frills. Failure or success would be there in life, enjoy both! Seems cool but it should be since we do not know when and where the journey of ours will end, which this CORONAVIRUS has taught us.
  • What a feeling one has when somebody you have helped wishes you will! This is a really attainment. Is not it?
  • This uncertain times has taught me a sweet lesson, be self aware and live your own life according to your needs and aspirations and not like somebody else lifestyle.
  • Never feel letdown if somebody insults you unreasonably when you are not the candidate for this insult. Learn even from this unsolicited ‘insult. This is the real attainment.

BIRTHS AND DEATHS


DAY AND TIME OF BIRTHS AND DEATHS ARE NOT KNOWN

BIRTHS AND DEATHS

The way the Novel Coronavirus is spreading its tentacles and engulfing the world thus infecting the people who do not observe the necessary lockdown conditions in which the old and ailing ones are being infected. Since remaining at the confines of our homes is the only remedy for Covid-19 till such time we have vaccine for cure of this virus.

            While at home, we have to keep ourselves neat and tidy. Whenever we have to go out for meeting an emergent requirement, we have to keep healthy distance, when at home, we should properly wash our hands with soap etc.

            It is significant to mention that the symptoms of Covit-19 are: cold and cough with sneezing, pneumonia and weakness in the entire body. When these symptoms are felt, it is proper that the concerned person should be taken to the hospital for formal medical care for testing for the Coronavirus infection. When it is felt that the particular person is positive then proper then such person should be properly quarantined where all the precautions are observed under the supervision of a medical staff.

            Care and caution for those who suffer from hypertension, lung related diseases, sour throat, kidney malfunctioning, liver related diseases etc. should be very careful. If such people get this infection, it requires extra care and caution is required in such cases.

            Think of the people who have lost their love ones due to Covid-19 Pandemic. How miserable it is to lose a member of a family? People are dying in the hospital and the near relatives feel shattered on losing their love ones.

The way people around the world are dying, it calls for self-discipline in the form of LOCKDOWN confining at home for those who are healthy. No other cure is available presently.

Also, those who have lost their lives stands at  1,20,000 and infections exceed two million and counting while there is no vaccine round the corner.

In Bhagwadd Gita it has been opined:

जातस्य हि ध्रुवो मृत्युर्ध्रुवं जन्म मृतस्य च |
तस्मादपरिहार्येऽर्थे न त्वं शोचितुमर्हसि

jātasya hi dhruvo mṛityur dhruvaṁ janma mṛitasya cha
tasmād aparihārye ’rthe na tvaṁ śhochitum arhasi

Meaning:

Death is certain for one who has been born, and rebirth is inevitable for one who has died. Therefore, you should not lament over the inevitable.

BIRTHS AND DEATHS



When our births and deaths are in the hands of the Almighty God
Then why get unreasonably worried!
Death does not keep any calendar is well known
For which date and time is uncertain
‘Let the die be cast’ in anyway
Cause may be any
Let it be due to hideous virus like Cobid-19
Or a untimely death at 19!
Caused due to some accidental touch
On an infected surface
In infects us
When we touch our hands
On the mouth or nose
Which passes to our throat
Through windpipe
Infects our lungs
Causing pneumonic conditions
Including dysfunction of our kidneys
Causing untold condition of the whole of our system.
This virus or any other virus originate
Due to cardinal error of humans
While Nature gets disturbed
Through reverse engineering
Or through the ill-design of a super-spreader
Which can happen by any immoral element
Becoming the cause of deaths
Of all age-groups
Vast majority of them being
Old and ailing.




LET THIS VAISAKHI FESTIVAL ON 13TH APRIL BE AS A SINCERE PRAYER TO ALMIGHTY GOD FOR WELLNESS OF ALL THE CREATIONS


LET THIS VAISAKHI FESTIVAL  BE AS A PRAY TO ALMIGHTY GOD FOR WELLNESS AND GOOD HEALTH OF HUMANITY & ALL THE CREATIONS

BAISAKHI or VAISAKHI



Evidently, fact remains
That we are passing through the most trying moments
When we are fighting a real battle
With the Novel Coronavirus Pandemic
A hidden foe which attacks
Without bias of any kind
Yet, we have to bear in mind; hope lingers with life
And we should not forget our renowned historical festival and events
Which we usually commemorate
Owing to one sound reason or other
Though this time, there will not be any fair or gathering
Yet we can at least keep remembering
About the historical and traditional values
We attach with the festival as Vaisakhi
Which marks ushering in of New Year – Vaisakh
While wishing all Happy New Year
Of Vikrami Samvat Calendar
A lunar calendar based on ancient Hindu tradition of yore,
Falling, surprising on 13th April on every year!
When new resolutions are made by the general masses
This year, though, the resolutions
Are of different sorts
These are for prayers to Almighty God
To keep the humanity in general immune
From the virulence of the Covid-19
A prayer for our children and the old ones
For their good health and wellness.
A festival Vasaikhi is celebrated variously in different regions.
Whilst the farmers toil in the fields on months on ends,
Tilling their lands from morning till late in the evening,
Occasionally forgetting even their meals,
Sow seeds and water the crop that grows,
Taking care for the crop in the fields,
Observes its growth with keenness,
So that his crop’s yield may increase,
Like he observes the growth of his dear ones at home.
On this auspicious day the farmers,
Having collected all the harvested crops
I also prayer for the farmers and their love ones
For their good health, wellness
Because if the yields in the fields is good
Then we shall be able to get the required food
At the cheaper rates.
The farmers in their normal times,
Join together in singing and merrymaking with full gusto,
Celebrate Baisakha with Bhangra by the males
And Gidha by females at full throttle,
In their colourful mesmeric folk attires,
Distributing sweets and good wishes in delight,
At the holy monuments of ‘pirs’ and ‘fakirs’,
Known for their sacredness across all religions,
Offer prayers for the prosperity all around,
And also for their crop yield to grow, years after years.
The nature too is at its colorful best,
With flowers giving out fragrance all around,
The blanket of greenery spreading far and wide,
Everywhere your eyes could see, all across,
Making the environs invigorating and joyous indeed,
Surprisingly, without even intoxicating agent!
This day too has a history of its own,
Guru Gobind Singh established Khalsa Panth
On this day in 1699,
To bestow security to the hapless,
Along with meeting the needs of the needy,
People too gather in various Gurudwaras,
And offer prayers,
Shri Golden Temple emits its splendour as ever,
Devout take a dip in the holy tank,
And pray for wellbeing of their nears and dears.

Although, Vaisakhi which is on 13th April 2020, would not be held in the form of fair or large congregation but it is fitness of things to remember about this festival and the importance of this day. It is the start of Baisakh, The New Year which bestows us opportunity of passing new resolution for the year ahead; as is usually done after 1st of January every year. Therefore, though, no fair or gathering would be held because of LOCKDOWN conditions, yet, we can determine to make the lockdown condition a success and make the percept of JAAN HE TO JAHAN HE (If life is there we can get what we want) and hope lingers with life.

LET THIS CELEBRATION BE FOR GOOD HEALTH AND WELLNESS OF ALL CREATIONS

India is a land of festivals. All festivals are in commemoration of certain historical events, change of season, cultural and religious events, traditional based et al. The well-known amongst several ones are Dussehra, Diwali, Eid, Gurpurbh, Lohri, Holi and others having regional leanings. In all these festivals, people of all hues celebrate with gaiety and religious fervour. Baisakhi is generally celebrated in Northern India on 13th OR 14th April every year. It is also a starting of New Year of Vikrami Samvat Calendar.

In India, there are fairs and festivals which are celebrated on the occasion of season change and on the occasion of name of some religious festivals or national festivals. Vaisaikhi is celebrated on the Vikrami Samvat; the start of the new year. Factually this is a spring harvest festival.

The Vaisakhi festival too is celebrated in connection with the formation of Khalsa Panth of warriors under the stewardship of Gurru Gobind Singh in 1699. This festival has a special significance for Sikhs, marking the birth of Sikh Order (Order of the Pure Ones) after the execution of Guru Tegh Bahadur who refused to convert himself to Islam on the orders of Mughal Emperior Aurangzeb. Alsom Ranjit Singh was also proclaimed as the Maharaja of the Sikh Empire on 12th April. 1801 which also has its eonnection with Vaisakhi. On this day the Gurdwaras are tastefully decorated and hymens from Sri Granth Sahib are recited with fervor and reverence.

People also bath in holy rivers such as Ganga, Yamuna, Kaveri etc and the devout too visit temples for prayers for seeking wellness of their love ones.

Nagar Kirtan

On this day, Sikh communities Nagar Kirtan in the form of congregations are celebrated.  These are lead by the Five Khalsa termed as Panj Pyaaras. This procession goes from street to street singing prayers from the Sikh Scriptures.

Baisakhi or Vaisakhi: It is celebrated due to the following reasons:-

  • It is celebrated on the occasion of 1st day of Vaisakh month of Vikrami Calendar (samat).
  • BAISAKHI is a seasonal festival and it is especially celebrated in Punjab region and in Jammu province.
  • After harvesting the wheat crop the farmers feel joyous and to express their joy they celebrate it by staging Bhangra in different groups, Bhangra competitions are also held and award presented to the one which wins this competition. This is in the form of fairs (melas) wherein people gather in majority and make merry. Different stalls selling wooden crafts and other household earthen wares are sold there at reasonable prices. Then there are the stalls selling the seasonal fruits like water melon, musk melon etc make brisk sales. All age group people including children enjoy Baisakhi fair.
  • Vaisakhi also affords an opportunity or an occasion to thank God for bestowing the formers with bountiful crops besides praying for more crops in future too.
  • Vaisakhi has special significance for Sikhs since on this day, Khalsa Panth was established by 10th Sikh Guru Gobind Singh. On this day Sadh Sangat take organise religious congregations and sing prayers and rhymes from Sri Granth Sahib.
  • Hindus and Budhists too worship Baisakhi with zeal and jest. Hindus take sacred bath in River Ganges They pray to God for His grace. Even in parts South India this day is celebrated but with different name.

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LESSONS FROM THE LOCKDOWN CONDITIONS


THE DAWN OF HAPPINESS WILL BE THERE FOR US ALL

LESSONS FROM LOCKDOWN CONDITIONS

It is significant to mention that when we are experiencing difficult times created by total lockdown due to Covid-19 conditions. It should always be highlighted that while we are engulfed by trying times, the difficult times should provide us opportunity to face the challenges of our existence and come out unscathed . Therefore, the best way is to learn from the disturbance created by the Novel Coronavirus Pandemic.

There are some lessons which I have listed in the following poem captioned: AVAIL THE OPPORTUNITY…

AVAIL THE OPPORTUNITY…….



Avail the opportunity of cleansing your body externally
So that we may remain sanitized – in other words neat and tidy
Observe the lockdown norms with absolute punctually
By confining yourself at home only
This is the way to ward off Covid-19 virulence, surely.

Avail the opportunity of cleansing your ‘self’ internally
By turning inwards – in the deeper recesses of your heart
For self-awareness
For a forward movement in our existence
For a higher goal realization
By following a life of spiritual orientation.

Avail the opportunity of cementing relationships
By sharing and caring for each other
While staying with the comforts of our residences
And eliminate lingering differences
Developed due to less time spent with your love ones
Due to existing pressures
Both at home and at workplaces.

Avail the opportunity of drawing out your latent potentialities
By turning inwards
You’ll be really surprised
To see that you’ve reservoir of creative instincts dormant
Exploit these when you’ve time in abundance
This will also enhance your self-confidence.

Avail the opportunity of exercising
Or the Yogic exercises
For ensuring health thereby your mental health
Along with ensuring holistic growth.

Avail the opportunity of dietary control
To ensure good health
And with it, control over your mind
Since sound mind dwells in sound body.

Avail the opportunity to erase
Every shred of egocentric tendencies which has made residency in your life
With the realization that our Creator
In any event, can make difference to whole creations
Whatever will happen will happen for the best
When we have positive frame of mind even in these times so testing.

Avail the opportunity of staying cool by slow-pacing your existence
And make silence your sole companion for sometimes
Since while staying confined at home
You can remain invulnerable from the pulls and pressures
Which you experience when at your work places
For meeting emergent contingencies.

Avail the opportunity of pursing a hobby
So that bundle of time available
Could meaningfully be utilized
For some productive leisure pursuit.

Avail the opportunity of meeting the needs of others
By having empathy, sympathy and compassion in sufficient measure
And every other things put together to enhance KARUNA in the environs of CORONAVIRUS
Which is so heart-warming indeed
Both to the giver and the one who is being given.

Avail the opportunity of removing egocentric tendencies
By realizing that Covid-19 virus obliterates ‘I and me’
And replace these with ‘we and us’
Since present is the only sure thing as our possession
And certainly next moment may or may not dawn on us.

Avail the opportunity of cementing the relationship
While in lockdown condition at our residence
By assisting each other
In every conceivable way
Past difference could be forgotten
With new hopes and expectations
For the new dawn.

Avail this opportunity of becoming master of your mind
Thereby removing the negativities from your system
Lust for worldly possessions
Lust for sex outside the marriage
Along with going off the tangent on the silliest pretexts.

SELF-BELIEF CREATES BELIEF IN GOD SHOULD NEVER BE FORGOTTEN