ANNIVERSARY WITH WORDPRESS


9 Year Anniversary Achievement
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A WORD OF THANKS

To day is the date when I started the current WEBSITE, nine years before. It was really a learning journey and WORDPRESS has been one of the prime-mover for innumerable writers who have made their mark and excelled.

I take this opportunity of thanking WORDPRESS.COM in giving direction to the budding writers and channel their latent energies purposefully.

It is here in WORDPRESS family that I was able to author two books on INNER THOUGHTS; in which the WORDPRESS has its stellar role.

Thanks ever so much for guiding us and making the sojourn productive, enjoyable and knowledge giving.

WITH WARM REGARDS

HARBANS KHAJURIA

Implications of remaining-at-home in lockdown situation


Implications of remaining-at-home in lockdown situation

Presently, all of us are experiencing hard times in the environment of Novel Coronavirus Pandemic. It may be remaining confined to our homes (home quarantine) or observing Lockdown or observance of social distance while going outside our homes to meet our requirements; we are in constant fear of infecting ourselves.  This lockdown or self-imposed isolation is due to fear of contracting Coronavirus infection which has not got any vaccine to cure. The only option left is to remain confined at home in lockdown condition.

Remaining at home has positive and negative implications which are mentioned below:-

POSITIVE ASPECTS OF HOME QUARANTINE

HAPPINESS IN DIVERSITY
  1. Living together, the members of family can render assistance to other members of the family and enhance cooperative endeavour for overall good of the family.
  2. After having acquired cooperation with the members of the family, it will facilitate consolidation of love and affection between the members of our family.
  3. Both the spouses can work together in taking care of their offspring along with taking care of their education and other aspects for their growth and development.
  4. The parents will get opportunity in transferring value system to their children for spiritual growth too for holistic growth – body, mind and soul.
  5. The family members can learn to live with the dictum: Union is strength thus fulfill the purpose of life.
  6. All the members of the family can contribute in every way to run the affairs of the family in the best possible way possible – economically and otherwise.

NEGATIVE IMPACTS OF LOCKDOWN CONDITIONS

LIFE IN ISOLATION
  1. As the lockdown conditions have impacted the economic health of all the economies globally, therefore, fear of job losses and lay-offs remain haunting us all. The businesses are down due to because the work-force has to confine at home because of fear psychosis of infection.
  2. If we lose all avenues of earning of livelihood due to job losses, the future of ours and that of our family members would be threatened.
  3. Downward spiral economically due to job losses means depletion in standard of living thus impacting adversely the life of vast majority of people.
  4. Confining at home means limiting our sphere of activities – both in thoughts and deeds thus retarding our holistic growth and development thus losing our moorings in real terms.
  5. It is axiomatic, Inactivity leads to boredom and boredom brings about monotony bringing in its wake physiological and psychological problems.
  6. Both physiological and psychological problems leads to mental health related ailments such as depression, attitude and behavioral disorders, enhancement of obsessive and compulsive tendencies, paranoia and getting suspicious and doubtful. Putting all these together leads to multiple psychological disorders which enhance negative tendencies in us.
  7. Enhancement of negative tendencies leads to loss of self-confidence to face the world at large which impedes our growth and development.

MARTYRDOM DAY OF GURU ARJAN DEV JI


MARTYRDOM DAY OF GURU ARJAN DEV JI

Guru Arjan Dev Ji
Was the embodiment of Godly devotion
Who rendered selfless service (Seva) of society
A saintly trait
Along with it all
He was an apostle of peace
Who stood firm and rock-solid on his principles
For which he made supreme sacrifice
And attained martyrdom – a painless one
‘Thine doings seem sweet unto me’
While remaining firm in his convictions/beliefs he held dear

Guru Arjan Dev Ji
Has immortalized himself
For his thoughts and noble deeds
He held dear
Which would be remembered
By all those who matter the most.
A Guru Ji who collated the Hymns
Of Sikh Gurus Jis’
As the cornerstone of present day Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji
Known with immense reverence as the Tenth Guru
Himself contributed a total of 2218 hymns
Of Guru Granth Sahib Ji
Along with Sukhmani Sahib Bani
Which bestows us joy and eternal peace
Which emphasizes meditation
As a pillar of strength
For removing worries and anguish from our being
While we remember our Creator
We dispel the fear of death
And our enemies are defeated
Remembering God,
We remain awake day and night
Remembering God we do not suffer with sorrow
Thence remembering God
In the company of saints so Sacred
We are graced
With all invaluable treasures – O Guru Nanak Dev Ji.
His major achievements are far too many
Became instrument in installation of Sikh Holy Book
Adi Granth
Became main instrument in the construction of Golden Temple
Then developed Amritsar as a Centre of excellence
Enhanced the role of Sikh Society
By Introduction of Masand System
His motto was to be compassionate
He advised all Sikhs  
To donate a tenth
Of their earnings in charity
A noble cause
For which Sikhs are known
The world over.

HEARTIEST CONGRATULATIONS ON THE MOST AUSPICIOUS DAY OF EID-UL-FITR (THE FEAST OF FAST BREAKING).


HEARTIEST CONGRATULATIONS ON THE MOST AUSPICIOUS DAY OF EID-UL-FITR (THE FEAST OF FAST BREAKING).

FASTING FOR PURIFICATION OF OUR BODY AND MIND


Fasting is a willful restraint
From intake of food material
Giving a needed break
To our digestive system
Regulating the body metabolism
In sync with our body’s requirements
Which helps us do our body functions
Thus ensuring sound health & wellbeing
And live life in association with Super Being.
Fact remains foodstuff taken
More than our body needs
Results in our digestive system
To function more than its ability
Leading it to go awry
Producing fatty contents in excess
Than our body actually requires
And bereft of any body exercise
We become obese
Leading to laziness
and related illnesses.

EID MUBARAKH TO ALL

Eid-ul-fitr – after the month long observance of strict fast,
Based entirely on article of faith,
Purifies our body, mind and soul with fasting,
During the holy month of Ramzan / Ramadhan,
While offering prayers without break
To remain close to the benevolent One,
It is the anniversary on which Holy Quran,
Was revealed by most revered Prophet Mohammed,
Chaste in fasting while doing our duties,
For ourselves and for others around,
Dear to us – leaving none,
Or the ones who are forlorn,
Due to days so unfortunate,
We ought to meet their needs with utmost compassion,
Especially during the days of Coronavirus pandemic,
When many unfortunates,
Have lost the continuous flow of income,
Needed for body sustenance,
We ought to be filled with belief while performing donation,
And our heart feeling pain at others’ pain,
Thus bridging the gap that exists,
Between people of different hues in the society,
Awash with fervor thoroughly,
Overflowing with empathy,
Thus generating hope for the hopeless brethren,
Which will, in turn give us inner satiety,
Sufficient piety,
Of fond trust,
That there will dawn as a result,
Of being compassion towards our fellow beings,
A day which binds all humanity with a holy thread,
Of oneness, and brotherhood,
Prevailing in all humans.

EID-UL-FITR (THE FEAST OF FAST BREAKING).

Allah may bestow us wisdom and resilience, in ample measure, for bringing dawn of peace, cooperation, goodwill, compassion and brotherhood among peoples of world. As we all are the creations of a single CREATOR, we should cement our love with each other and help each other meet our needs and never have ill-will for our fellow brethren. It is more important now than ever since these are difficult times due to Covid-19 pandemic which has brought untold miseries due to loss of work and stoppage of continuous flow of money for our sustenance of our family.

During these trying days of Coronavirus pandemic, we should offer prayers to God observing all the Lockdown conditions, keeping distance, putting on face mask etc. It should be our endeavour to be careful lest we get infection and spread the same to our our dear ones.  

After regular observance of fast with devotion and piety for a period of one month during Ramadhan, devotees celebrate – Eid Day means a day of joy, a day of spreading love and affection, a day to spread fellow feeling besides a feeling of being pure after the observance of fast for one month.

Let this EID and coming EIDS be the torchbearer of our prosperity with Allaha’s Grace. Lets pray that the fervor and enthusiasm of EID remain etched in our hearts for ever and let this festival lasts for eternity with all its benefits.

The Muslims observe fasts in the month of Ramadan or Ramzan. It is a sacred month since Holy Quran was revealed in this month. The word Ramadan has been driven from the Arabic word ramaida meaning intense heat accompanied with dryness of ground. It is called so since it amounts to driving out sins with our good deeds like offering charity and keeping away or desisting from all body enjoyments etc along with intense penance by following the practice of fasting.


The word “fasting” (sawm) literally means ‘to refrain’ – means desisting from not only from food and drinks but also from unethical thoughts and actions which sully our thoughts and actions besides following all the guidance in letter and spirit enunciated in the Holy Quran. In other words, it is not merely restraint from food and drink but also our resolve as to how to control the urge of hunger and thirst besides devote ones energies on prayers thus gain spiritually. This way, the devout learn the traits of self discipline through self restraints too. The fast is broken at sunset before recitation from Holy Quran and thus being in connectivity with Allaha. The fast is broken with a sip of water and some dates.

Fasting is done as an exercise of keeping oneself away from certain activities which prevent devout from being spiritually aesthetical both physically and emotionally. Thus desisting from taking anything and keep oneself away from worldly pleasures i.e. humdrum of eating drinking or even being away from thinking about anything like lust etc and divert all the energies to prayers – five times. Having abstinence means devoting much of time and resources on charities besides prayers infuses self discipline and ushers in all round development in the individual.


Everybody may be aware about IFTAR party – a social event where fast is broken. Here meal is shared with friends and others. Free meals are also served for the general public too at this get-together.


Fasting or not eating food for a fixed or for a pre-determined period of time with for giving our digestive system some break or rest consequently keeping the body free of extra fats and toxins so as to focus on the job at hand without bodily interruptions besides offering prayers to our Lord with ease and peace.

In other words, fasting is intentional skipping of intake of food material, drinks or sometimes both for a fixed or sometimes for a prolonged period of time. It may be for a complete day (24 hours) from early morning to evening (dawn to dusk) or early morning on a particular day to the morning of next day. Then the fasting could be continuously or intermittent; depending on the body requirement or for the intended purpose of observance of fast as a religious tradition being followed in some religions.


While in intermittent fasting, we remain without food, for a fixed time-span and then eat at a set time but in continuous fasting we remain without food for a long period of time – say from morning to the following morning of the day or still more for more days at a stretch.


Fasting is both for regulating and energizing the body metabolism by pepping up / streamlining the digestive system so as to keep the body free of the extra fats and toxins besides keeping the body’s carbohydrates (sugar) synchronized with the need of our body. With slower and regulated metabolism, means our body organs can work for a longer period of time thus prolonging our age.


Then fasting too is undertaken as a religious observance.


Hindu fast on religious and sacred days or on the religious festivals like: Navratris, Puranmashi (Puranmashi is the full moon day in traditional Indian calendar), Ekadshi (Ekadashi is the eleventh day of both the dark and light fortnight of each month), Maha Shivratri (auspicious time for Maha Shivaratri puja activities like Fasting and prayers are performed), Ramnavmi (Fasting observed on the birthday of the Lord Ram) , Krishna Janamashthmi (fasting on the birthday of Lord Krishna) besides many other festivals connected with Demi Gods and fasts relevant to local populace of a particular locality.

The Christians skip their desire for food and instead devote time in seeking God. Meaning, the time spent on preparation of food etc could meaningfully be utilized for prayers and meditation on the Word. This fasting time could be per-determined and hunger for food could be compensated with hunger for the Lord. Jesus fasted from all food and drink. The Bible also describes some extreme times when people fasted.

Ramadan is more than fasting. The entire month is devoted to prayers, internal cleansing, charity etc.

  • The devout devote all his/her energies to focus on God.
  • No compromise on the practice self restraint – physical or mental.
  • Re-evaluate lives in the light of Islamic guidance.
  • Forget and forgive those who wronged.
  • Purify our lives physically and emotionally besides our thoughts and actions. A devotee thus adopts the qualities of head and heart.


Fasting helps self awareness / self enlightenment.

  • Saves a devout from distractions and create the traits associated with sincerity and simplicity.
  • Restraint helps us discipline ourselves besides a person turns inward with regular prayers.

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KEEPING HAPPY DESPITE DIFFICULT TIMES


REMAINING BALANCED IN DIFFICULT TIMES

REMAINING HAPPY DESPITE DIFFICULT TIMES

Presently, all of us are experiencing hard times in the environment of Novel Coronavirus Pandemic. May it be remaining confined to our homes observing Lockdown or observance of social distance while going outside our homes to meet our requirements; we are in constant fear of infecting ourselves. We should try to remain balanced in happiness and sadness – never getting overly concerned thus impacting our growth and development.

 It should always be remembered that our unlimited desires are responsible for our sadness and disappointments. If we control our desires and remain satisfied with what we have then we shall be happy at all times.

The following points should be kept in mind for keeping a healthy balance in our life for keeping ourselves happy despite hardships:As the waters (of different rivers) enters the Great Ocean, which though full on all sides remains undisturbed, like wise a person who is not disturbed by the incessant flow of desires – can alone achieve peace, and not the man who runs after these desires & strives to satisfy such desires –  BHAGWARD GITA.

BELIEF THAT GOD WOULD BE THERE FOR US IN ALL SITUATION WILL MAKE DIFFERENCE

  • In our lives we cannot have good times always. There would be difficulties and persecutions as we cannot keep all the people happy at all times. Whenever we face difficulties, our resolve to be happy is tested by our self-belief and unflinching belief in our Lord.

That is why for Christ sake, delight in weaknesses in insults, in hardships, in persecutions,  in difficulties,. for when I am weak, then I am strong – BIBLE

  • We should always believe in God that He will come to our rescue whenever there is any difficulty. Only our belief in God would always come to our succor.

The day it comes, no soul shall speak except by His permission. Some of them will be wretched, and some happy.

And as for those who are happy, they will be in Paradise, abiding there so long as the heavens and the earth endure, unless your Lord wills, as uninterrupted giving. HOLY QURAN

  • We should endeavor to act in such a way which bestows us happiness (Sukh) and inner satiety besides finally gives us freedom from any unhappiness (Dukh), In other words, we should perform all actions which give us joy – joy of giving and should not do anything which give us sorrow. 

Apparently, as all human resources are aimed at seeking out happiness, it becomes imperative to convince ourselves as to exactly where this happiness is located. Is it located in the worldly objects, or, is it located somewhere else? SRI GRANTH SAHIB JI.

  • By leading a spiritual oriented life. To be aware of your own self – knowing your potentials and weaknesses then remove the weaknesses to live a humble and sublime life.
  • Be satisfied with what you have.
  • Take right decision at right time.
  • Giving gives us happiness. Be compassionate to the needs of others.
  • Happiness and sadness are the two sides of the same coin. Introspect why you are unhappy and try to solve the cause of that unhappiness rather than recycling the thought of unhappiness.
  • Understand your own self – WHO I AM?’ rather than comparing yourself with others.
  • Be your own master by reigning in the mind rather than being becoming its slave.
  • Never take anything negative to your sleep. If some conflicting incident(s) happens with anybody including the members of the family, these should be sorted out before going to sleep otherwise these incidents will remain haunting you since these will go to the sub-conscious mind thus impacting our life.
  • Multiply your happiness by dividing smiles.
  • Right thought and right Karmic deeds give happiness.
  • Forgive and forget somebody’s mistakes.
  • Always be positive in what you think and act.
REMAINING BALANCE ALWAYS

A SELFLESS PERSON


A SELFLESS PERSON STANDS OUT IN CROWD

A SELFLESS PERSON

A person with humbleness to the core
With all the traits goodness and much more
In his thinking
There is positivity prevailing
His Karmic deeds too are praiseworthy
Thoughts and actions are in sync literally
He lives for others
Toils tirelessly for the good of others
Bereft of even an iota of expectations from anybody
Since he is conscious fully
About the purpose of his life on this beautiful planet
To do good and forget to a maximum extent
A spiritually oriented one
Who seeks connectivity with the One
An all powerful – Omnipotent
And present everywhere – Omniscient
An all knowing Super-Soul – Parmatma
One who is compassionate of all
An egoless to the core
And stands out in the society due to his work culture
This is always for the wellness of others
While such a person lives on this planet
He gets immense satisfaction
When his fellow-beings get what they want.
And finally when he is no more
People remember him for the excellent work
He did for others while he lived.

MY REAL LIFE HERO – A SELFLESS PERSON

In life, we come across different people with different temperaments, with different mindset, with different set of views but there are the ones who influence us immensely. These people are actually the cream of our society. Words of praise just come out for them. I shall call them as the gifts of our Creator.

A selfless person is the one who is compassionate in nature, empathetic and always fulfills others’ needs even putting his life in peril. I know a person who worked with us as an engineer. He left his service at a time when he could have made a grade for himself as an upright professional. As an individual, he would always come forward in rendering any sort of assistance to others without anything in return with no expectations whatsoever. Whenever anybody appreciated his work and conduct, he used to skip the subject and talk something else – more productive Karmic deeds than the former one. To say the least, he was a Karma Yogi, humble and humane to the core besides all the positive traits which are dear to our Creator.

In the evening, as usual, he used to teach the students from the weaker strata of society. Not to speak of this, whatever salary he used to get, half of it, he used to spend on the needy children, for their books, stationery, etc.

After leaving the service, he opened a school, with the money from his voluntary retirement from service, even employed some teachers besides some volunteer teachers too came forward in assisting him. This way, he not only changed the destinies of the hapless fellows but also made his own life a shining example for others to emulate.

He is no more now but his contributions to the society in changing the destinies of many youngmen in our locality still remain. I salute to him. May his soul rest in peace, and sure enough, it will be, because of his stellar role to the society. Many would like to emulate his positive traits and contributions for the society. Such people leave an indelible impression in the society and become a shining example. Such people attain Moksha or Liberation from births and deaths ultimately.

My son had seen me making out with my wife’s sister while in inebriated state but he has not told to my wife about this yet although it has been two month since this happened. Why could he not be telling?


FAMILY AS A UNIT GIVES US WARMTH AND PROTECTION

My son had seen me making out with my wife’s sister while in inebriated state but he has not told to my wife about this yet although it has been two month since this. Why could he not be telling?

In essence, family unites all the members work with a common thread of love. Here all the members take care each member respecting their privacy; the youngsters in the family learn the traditional modes of behavior, value system. Besides the elders and the infirm get protection, medical and otherwise. It is the unit where the offspring learn the first lesson in habit formation, attitude and behavior. In other words, in the families where the parents and other members of the family get right know-how and awareness face the society at large with self-confidence and poise. On the other hand, families where the elders in the family lead a carefree life, resort to misdemeanor, do not give quality time to their children which may facilitate holistic growth, their children grow to be spoilt ones and cannot face the world at large with confidence.

It is significant to mention that you should have been very cautious and should not have resorted to ‘making out’ with your wife’s sister in an inebriated state and that too in your own home where your family members were also there. This could have been avoided in presence of your family members.  You should have anticipated somebody seeing your unethical action. You have mentioned that your son had seen your act but not told your wife since she did not react after the incident. This is your impression and I respect your viewpoint.

Your son being of an impressionable age, take care that he should not keep it hidden in his young mind – otherwise he will not have adequate love and respect for you in his entire life. This incident will play like a film in his mind whenever he will see you.

Alternatively, may be, he has already told your wife and she has kept quite simply to keep harmony in the entire family since the women do not want to spoil the fabric of their family. It is my suggestion to you that you should clear the air in the family and promise all concerned that you will not repeat such unprincipled act again. By so doing, you will earn goodwill from all concerned. This way, you will also earn respect/goodwill from your son and he will learn to accept mistakes and make amends whenever there is a need. since we follow the foot-steps of our parents and elders in the family – they are our rolemodels.