OUR THOUGHTS, KARMA & SAMSKARAS (OUR DISPOSITIOONS, CHARACTER & BEHAVIOUR PATTERNS)


OUR THOUGHTS, KARMA & SAMSKARAS (OUR DISPOSITIOONS, CHARACTER & BEHAVIOUR PATTERNS)

OUR THOUGHTS ARE THE ORIGINS OF OUR KARMA AND THE FIRST SIGNIFICANT PLAYER IS OUR SOUL

On origin of the thoughts fro our eternal soul direct our mind to introspect and then there is play of intellect (Budhi) and we transact our Karma based purely on our thoughts and conclusion reached after introspection. Basedd on these thoughts, we form our attitude, habit and behavior patterns besides tendencies which we call it SANSKARA OR SAMSKARA (Sanskara are dispositions, character or behavioral traits). It goes to indicate that our thoughts are the precursor or forerunners of ultimate Karmic deed we transact.

It goes to show that our Karma starts with the initiation of the thought and the process continues till end of the Karma or action to perform.

OUR KARMA FLOWERS WHEN IT IS IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION

If we be offensive (A negative trait), it becomes our habit if we do not change our habit otherwise it will form a permanent feature in our character. Contrarily, when our thought is based on time tested truth, then the process and the Kama or action would be positively oriented and result would also be good though we should not overly concerned about the results of our thoughts if the thoughts are positive then results will also be positive. In this context Bhagwad Gita’s concept is more relavant:

You have a right to perform your prescribed duties, but you are not entitled to the fruits of your actions. Never consider yourself to be the cause of the results of your activities, nor be attached to inaction. Bhagwad Gita       

While performing our Karma, care should be exercised that we’re not to be judgmental in any way while performing our Karma since first thing that we should have is self-awareness/self-conscious – remaining in total control over our mind.

CONNECTIVITY BETWEEN OUR KARMA AND DESIRES

We all have desires. It is the type of awareness which determines our desires. What we desire depends partly on our inner potentials and partly on the environs in which we live. The quality of Karmic deeds in realizing the our desire is also essential. It is the quality of our Karma or action with which our destiny is shaped. But what we desire under the circumstances and how best to achieve that desire depends on the excellence of Karma and also external factors such as our relationship with persons we are associated, the environment in which we are transacting our Karmic deeds. A desire cannot be fulfilled merely by daydreaming about it. We’ve to put in hard work for its attainment. There may be failures but our persistence and doggedness to succeed will determine the final outcome. Then ‘desire for ‘moon’ will not do any good for us. We’ve to be careful in choosing our desires too. Nothing happens in isolation. For every outcome, we’ve different yardstick of Karma for achievement too. If a hard mission is desired, then, we’ve to be ready for putting in our efforts and that too with missionary zeal. Nothing should stand in our way.

So when you consider that change, action caused by desire, caused by your state of consciousness, it becomes very apparent  that it is really important  to determine your state of consciousness. You, by your free will and choice can largely determine this outcome. What type of consciousness that you will have. Bhagwad Gita

SUNSHINE OF OUR LIFE DAWNS WHEN WE TRANSACT RIGHTEOUS KARMA

DUALITY IN OUR LIFE AND OUR KARMA

We live a dual life. Everything happens in pairs. We’ve birth and we’ve death. We’ve honour and we’ve dishonor. We’ve happiness, we’ve sadness. We’ve day and we’ve night. We’ve success and we’ve failure. We’ve friends and we’ve enemies. In other words everything comes in pair –  two-some. One who is balanced both in positive and positive outcomes is a happy person. The quality of our Karma determines our outcome.

One who is equal to friends and enemies who is equipoised in honor and dishonor, in heat and cold, happiness and distress, fame and infamy, who is always free from contaminating association, who is silent and satisfied with anything, who doesn’t care for any residence, who is fixed in knowledge, and who is engaged in devotional service – such a person is very dear to Me. Bhagwad Gita

WHAT WE GIVE OTHERS IT COMES BACK TO US

May be an image of flower and nature
WHEN OUR KARMA ARE GOOD, THE OUTCOME GIVE OUT FRAGRANCE OF GREAT SIGNIFICANCE

What we do today good or bad remains with us in one form or other on the premise that what we give to others, it returns back to us. It is on the belief; ‘action and reaction equal and opposite’. The Karma we do today, adds our experience in real term thus impacting our future life along with enough of maturity in our future thoughts and actions. It goes to show that for everything which happens in our life, there exists some cause. Therefore, most of our happiness or unhappiness is the consequence of our own thoughts and actions we transact.

Lord Buddha had a unshakable faith on the Law of Karma. He opined that we should abstain from having any thought and action which is considered as evil. Whatever hurts others should be avoided. Thus the edifice of morality is considered essential – which any society should follow.

AVOID ANY TEMPTATION OF DOING ANYTHING WRONG

It should always be kept in mind that nothing happens without specific reason. Or nothing happens in isolation. It is in the fitness of things to set adequate standards of behavior thus as far as possible we should resist any temptation to avoid doing anything wrong. It goes to show that before doing anything wrong, we’ve to be ready for wrong-doing.

OUR KARMA STARTS WITH THE QUALITY OF OUR THOUGHT

It is also a fact that our Karma begins on the start of our thoughts, considered to be the cause of any Karma and conditions are the effects. Truly, we enrich or lower our lives based purely on the premise or our thoughts and action (Karma) and we’ve to face the results too. If at the beginning of thought itself, if we think the thought is not conducive and hits at the very foot of ethics, then, that thought could be revisited. Often-time, whenever a thought emerges with the play of our mind and senses, we are tempted to act. Here we forget that thoughts are causes and conditions are the effects. Wrong thoughts will results in wrong effects.

I consider KARMA as action transacted taking into account the aspects mentioned in the succeeding paragraphs.

ACTION DONE – POSITTIVE ASPECTS TO EARN KARMIC CREDIT POINTS

POSITIVITY IN OUR THOUGHTS ENGENDERS POSITIVE KARMIC DEEDS- WHICH IS A POSITIVE RAY OF HOPE EVEN IN HOPELESS SITUATION

Essentially, when we perform our action by surmounting all the pitfalls or challenges which bedevil our path then that act of ours provides us challenges. These challenges are taken head-on without qualm by a Karma Yogi. I consider that if our actions are positively oriented then nothing can come our way, not even the result of our action. Therefore, positive thoughts leading to positive action in any way should never be forgotten. No attachment with the fruits of our action. When our action is righteous then the result positive or negative should not distract us from our path. Action with a positive bent of mind should be our prime conideration. No distractions/distractions from our chosen  path should stop us from the forward movement. Bhagwad Gita has very clearly mentioned about the performance of our duty without attachment to the fruits of our action.

COMPLETE FOCUS SHOULD BE OUR MOTO

Complete focus is a must for getting things done. This could best be done through unstinted focus at hand. This focus could be attained through total detachment or surrender to the work in hand without thinking about the outcome of ours.  

LINK BETWEEN KARMA AND OUR RELATIONS

Our duty as parents, daughter, brother, sister, uncle or any other relationships is diverse and multi-dimentional. All our duties performed towards our family or for the society should be directed towards bringing about positive change in the mindset of the people.  We also have our duty for our workplace, family, society and finally for the country we are living. Then we’ve our duty towards our children, to impart them necessary value system, traditional modes of behavior etc.

FOUNDATION ON WHICH THE EDIFICE OF KARMA STANDS FIRM

How we perform our duty counts taking into account the environs we are placed. If we unite dharma (sacred duty) and karma yoga then the content of duty becomes all the more mystical or spiritual. By so doing, we shall be following a spiritual oriented path (faithfully doing ones duty) and the resultant consequence of all these activities is more often than not appropriate. It is because there is a internal motivation in every activity we undertake by the method of dharma and karma yoga methodology. While following dharma and karma yoga, we shall be performing our duties with positive frame of mind without attachment to the fruits of our action. But one thing we should not forget, our karmic deeds this way will not go unrewarded ultimately.

WHY WE PERFORM KARMIC DEEDS

Then question arises, why we perform our task?. We perform our duty since it is essential for our existence, earned with sincere work, material sufficiency (for self and meeting the needs of others who are dependent on us) besides while performing our own duties we should not do anything which may have divergent implication for others.

NEVER ASPIRE FOR MOON

HAVE A BALANCE IN LIFE IN DUAL SITUATION AND CONDITION – THERE IS LIGHT EVEN IN DARKNESS

Also, it should never be forgotten that while we were born, we had not brought anything and everything we have got is got here only and that too with the action or Karma we have performed. Our destiny is dependent on the positivity orientation of our Karma. No action or no Karma means no change in destiny.

It is also a fact that our action (Karma) gives us experiences and these experiences give us confidence to face life’s challenges with determination and with firm conviction.

KARMA DONE – TO EARN MORE THAN OUR DUE SHARE

While we desire more than what we actually require then that sort of earning is done by resorting to corrupt practices. This is Ku-Karma of highest order and results in subtraction from our Karma credit thus undoing whatever good Karma we have done. There are people who resort to charity work from such a earning, which will not fetch any Kamic credit. This act of ours adversely impacts not merely our mind but also soils our true self (soul – Atma). The wheels of justice comes out with full circle when our ill-conceived Karma reaches its zenith. For example, Demon King Ravana met his justice when he crossed the ill-conceived Karma after  he kidnapped Sita Maa, the consort of Lord Rama. Unenlightened thoughts leads to more ignorance and weakens with roots of our existence.

QUALITY OF KARMA AND ITS CONSEQUENCES

The quality of Karma we transact, the enlightening the consequences we get. Continuous performance of quality Karmic deeds makes our life sublime and spiritually oriented and enlightened person. Enlightened person bereft of ego, desire, lust, anger, jealousy etc. lead to connectivity with God and finally Moksha or liberation from births and deaths.

WHILE PERFORMING OUR KARMA, THERE SHOULD NO FEAR OR ILL-FEELING

Importantly, it should always be realized that action performed bereft of any fear, with pure mindset, use of heart and mind, leading a spiritually oriented life, performing our task without any anger, jealousy, lust, detached and all other negative traits. On the other hand, we should transact our Karma purity of mind, peacefully, calmly, with utmost sincerity and honestly, with complete patience and with complete humility.

RIGHTEOUS KARMA LEADS TO RIGHTEOUS RESULTS

Finally, our righteous Karma is also quantified and qualified by the warmth in our emotions, warmth in our respect for others and steadfast in our trust. All these traits enhances our love for others and where there is excessive love, there exists the existence of our Omnipotent and Omniscient God.  The type of Karma determines our way of living and even next births. It also bestows us balance both in happy and sad times.  By so doing, we can even attain Moksha or liberation from births and deaths.

O best amongst men [Arjuna], the person who is not disturbed by happiness and distress and is steady in both is certainly eligible for liberation. Bhagwad Gita.

GOD MAY BESTOW US LOVE AND LIGHT EVER

Thus from the above, it is evident that our Karma is paramount and the way we transact Karmic deed is also significant.

THE LIFE AS A JOURNEY


THE LIFE AS A JOURNEY

LIFE IS A JOURNEY WITH MANY A RED & GREEN ZONES BUT JOURNEY CONTINUES

Life as a journey has got no given syllabi
With no laid down form or formulae
It has different stages of journey
With every stage having its unique attributes
But communality in all of it is the variety of challenges faced in every stage
With ups and downs which come on the way
Have to be perforce surmounted with care and caution
In life – for daily routines
The wheel of fortune
Sometimes takes us up the ladder
And other times down the ladder
Sometime in the middle of it
When one of the steps of the ladder
Gives way abruptly
Then our struggle to catch the upper step of ladder starts
Fortunately get hold of it on time
Other times we fall to the ground
Breaking parts of our body
Life’s journey goes on relentlessly
Other times we’re not so lucky
Now and then we fail to catch the upper step
And fall to the ground
Fracturing our part of our body
Thus causing difficulty
In getting things done with ease
Causing immense pain in the process
Recovery takes many months altogether
Tolerated pain with all the willpower at our command
At every step to move ahead
Struggle goes on unabated even then
This struggle continues till end in one form of other.

THEE IS ALWAYS A RAY OF HOPE AFTER SOME DIFFICULTIES

Still moving ahead in our life with cool-head
And tolerating anything which comes on the way
Offering new situations and opportunities
Getting practical experience from all these
Struggles give unabated even then.

When one step is surmounted in our journey of life
There are milestones to surmount
The other step may give way
Sometimes it is a smooth climb
Other times it may be falling back where we started
It is difficult to fathom what would happen on the next step
Life just goes on unabated even then
On the move ahead
From one step to other and go on till goal is attained
Then getting experiences which are so essential
For moving ahead in life without let or hinderance

THERE ARE SUNSHINES IN OUR LIVES AND THERE ARRE DARKNESS BUT LIFE JUST CONTINUES

Practical experiences strengthen our resolve to move ahead in our journey
Bestowing us self-assurance which is the need of the hour
With immense belief in Almighty God
Thus life goes on
Garnered through the experiences gained over a period of time
Turning our negative attitude
Into positive one with the grace of our Lord
Who bestows with Love and Light
Thus making our struggle in our life
A purposeful one ultimately
Till the end of life’s journey
Proving that life is a sacred book of lessons and experiences
Provided we are self-realized of the purpose of our life
Got through continuous struggles till our last day of our life.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY : HAPPY JOURNEY WITH WORDSPRESS.COM


HAPPY ANNIVERSARY WITH WORDSPRESS.COM

10 Year Anniversary Achievement
ANNIVERY OF BEING WITH WORDSPRESS

To day on 29th May is the date when I started the current WEBSITE, in the year 2011. It was really a learning experience besides a journey which is highly awarding to say the least. The WORDPRESS has been one of the prime-movers for so many bloggers who have made their mark and excelled and matured as very good writers of repute.

For instance I have authored two books during this stint with WODSPRESS.COM the credit of which goes to to WORDSPRESS.COM. I offer my gratitude for this noble cause. There are so many budding writers who interact with each other and exchange their ideas enriching and enlightening each other with their experiences.

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HAPPY BUDDHA JYANTI


BUDDHA PURNIMA

Born in the year 563 B.C. to King Sudhodhana & Queen Maya
His birth name was Sidharatha
In Lumbini in the Kingdom of Kapilavastu in Nepal
Wherein he had his  upbringing
With love and affection overflowing
From childhood itself he was emotionally surcharged.


He used to feel much pain
When he saw anybody in utter pain
Hence the King kept him at his residence
With a lot of opulence
And all the comforts which a person needs.


Prince Sidhartha was married to princess Yasodhara
So that his son remains busy in the palace life itself
Just cut off from the outside existence
Filled with pain and sufferings
As his father wanted him to be the king and rule his kingdom after him
But the seers predicted that Sidharatha would be spiritual oriented.


A Buddha – is the most enlightened one
The one who possesses Bodhi
An unparallel perspicacity
An ideal state attained through spiritual orientation
With scholarly and ethical perfection
Who would transform others’ lives with all his realizations
But what is destined will surely happen.

One day he saw the outside life with pain in abundance
With sickness, oldage and finally death
He also saw a monk just wandering about
He wished to be a monk too
For understanding the real meaning of life in real sense
He ultimately left the comforts of the palace
Did strictest penance

For six long years.


While meditating under a Bodhi tree
In Bodhgaya in present day Bihar
With single minded meditative trance
Without taking anything for days on end.
He wanted to know the cause of human sufferings

Which is commonly seen  

Removing ignorance can remove sufferings
He faced many a hurdles during his meditation so severest
Ultimately he attained enlightenment
And became Buddha – the one suffusing with immense wisdom.


Got what he aspired for in case of human existence
As prophesied by the seers!

FROM CHILDHOOD TO THE ENLIGHTENMENT

It is significant to note that from the childhood itself, he was very emotionally oriented and used to get emotional on small pretexts. The seers predicted that one day he will become Bhuddha. But the King wanted to see him as a great king. With this point in mind, he told his wife to keep him away from miseries of life and  provided him all the comforts within the four walls of the palaces. With this point in view, the King Sadodna kept him away from the lives of common people and the hard lives that they lived.

At the age of sixteen, Prince Sidhartha was married to princess Yasodhara. The king provided all the comforts in the palace so that his son may remain engrossed in the ways of the world and never leave the palace. But a person who is destined to become a great Buddha cannot be kept aloof in the comforts of the palaces.

Therefore, one day, finding time he went outside and saw for himself the life outside his palace. Not only one, he made three trips in which he saw sickness, old age and death. On the fourth trip outside his palace, he saw a wandering monk. He determined to be like him. Therefore, he determined to leave everything including his nears and dears. He got his hair cut, changed his clothes and subsequently called himself Gautama. He wanted to know as to how to remove the suffering from our midst. For this purpose, he went to different sages and wise preachers. But none could alleviate or satiate his doubts.

Importantly, in order to find the cause of sufferings for a period of six years, he practiced strict penance in which he took fruits, leaves and root of the trees. Many a times he remained hungry for days on end. But he could not get what he wanted. Then again he began eating health giving food in order to get what he actually wanted.

Axiomatically, it has rightly been said that for a determined man everything is possible. Therefore, while he was sitting under the Bodhi tree (In Bodhgaya) in meditation, he determined that he will not get up from this spot until he got satisfactory answer to his prayers. It has rightly been observed that whenever we are in quest for a truth, we have to surmount so many hurdles. In order to get pure gold, it has to undergo different processes, therefore, he too had to go through tests. Subsequently during the night Mara (an evil soul) visited him and threw different temptations to him but Gautama came over every temptation with his virtue. Finally, he realized the cause of suffering. Thus he became Buddha as destined and prophesied by sages. 

After he got answers to his strict penance in the form of enlightenment, he went to Deer Park in the city of Benares and shared his enlightenment with five holy monks who understood him and thus became his disciples. Thus the journey for teaching Bhudhist teaching started. For a long period of 45 years, he travelled far and wide to preach his dharma. During this period he along with his disciplines faced many hardships but they did not tarry from their path of spreading true teachings. There was sobriety and piety in his speech which attracted his audience immensely.

It was during the reign of King Ashoka was Bhuddism spread from India to other countries as well.

There is a famous story about Gautama, during his preaching trip, he found one monk down with contagious disease. He washed the monk thoroughly and rebuked the other monks as to why they were not taking care of his brother monk who was suffering in pain.

Buddha taught that everyone of us could imbibe Buddha nature and teachings and become Bhuddha himself/herself. He also preached that we should know our ordinary nature which include our fear, anger and jealousy. But our true nature include pure, wise and perfect. We have to discard our ordinary nature and know our true nature. This termed as Bhuddha Nature.

TEACHINGS OF BUDDHA

KNOWLEDGE CAN REMOVE IGNORANCE AND SUFFERINGS

Matter turns into energy and energy turns into matter. We are born of our parents and our children are born out of us. If we harm others, in turn, we would also be harmed ultimately.

  • Everything changes. Nothing remains static, everything changes. Our like is like a river whose current goes on and on. It does not change. Sometimes it is smooth and the other places its current is swift. The current also passes through hurdles in the form of rocks etc. Anything could happen at any time.
  • Law of cause and effect. The third truth is that there are continue changes taking due to law of cause and effect – which is governed by our Karmic deeds and misdeeds. Everything happens to us due to our own Karma. If we are doing good to others, the good things would be done to us too and vice versa.

THE FOUR NOBLE TRUTHS

(a) There is suffering. Which is common to all.

(b) Cause of suffering. We are the cause of our suffering.

(c) The end of suffering. One should enlighten oneself by removing ignorance.

(d) The path to the end of suffering. This is by adopting Noble eight path – middle path which constitutes:

  • Right view. See through the eyes of the Buddha (With wisdom and compassion).
  • Right thought. Clear and right thoughts makes huge difference.
  • Right speech.
  • Right conduct.
  • Right livelihood.
  • Right effort.
  • Right mindedness – goodwill towards others.
  • Right concentration. Focusing one right thought at a time.

Buddha breathed his last around 486 BC at the age of eighty but his preaching are most relevant and followed round the globe.

From the life of Gautama Buddha we can adopt the following things in our lives:-

  • Right action leads to right results.
  • If we be good to others, others will be good to us.
  • If we make right and sincere efforts, we would be successful in our efforts.
  • Our sufferings are due to our own Karmic deeds or misdeeds.
  • We should focus on good deeds.
  • We should cultivate good mannerism and conduct for successful living.
  • We should use right words during our conversation with others.
  • We should always act with wisdom and foresightedness.
  • Right action should follow right thought.
  • We should never adopt corrupt ways in earning our livelihood.
  • Our ignorance is the cause of our suffering, remove the ignorance and all our sufferings will stop.
  • Nothing is destroyed in nature should always be kept in mind.
  • Change is the ways of nature. Everything under the sun changes should never be forgotten.
  • As you sow so shall you reap should never be forgotten.
  • Nothing is lost in the nature should never be forgotten.
  • Right attitude leads to right results.

May his teachings remain etched in our heart and remain guiding us to make our life sublime, peaceful, purposeful along with living righteously.

LIVING APPROPRIATELY AT HOME IN LOCKDOWN CONDITION


APPROPRIATE  LIVING  IN  CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC SITUATION

CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

While corona is raging its head in all its fury
Taking in its trap all and sundry
Coming in its contact, leaving nobody
Discriminating none – lowly or mighty
With possible remedy
Is observance of social norms with complete regularity
Including wearing face masks while it is necessary
To move out of the confines of homes when needed essentially
Otherwise we shall be infected with infection so deadly
When infected with Covid-19 virus so ferocious
Which has spread its tantacles so hideous.
Crying need is to vaccine all including our children
Till such time almost all get vaccinated
And attain needed resistance in herd
Then there is the requirement of cure
Against black and white fungus
Which is so dangerous.

HOW BEST TO LIVE APPROPRIATELY IN LOCK DOWN SITUATION?

In essence, the coronavirus pandemic has thrown many a challenges and imponderables.  If we take these challenges with a pinch of salt and do everything to put our lives in proper perspective by infusing positivity in the minds of those who are connected with us. The others aound us too should come in our reckoning; those who are taking the onslaughts of not merely the Coronavirus but also black fungus or white fungus (Mucomycosis) which is proving to be more dangerous if it is not detected in the initial stage itself.

As things stand today, it is not merely vicious mutating infection which is taking heavy toll but also the natural upheavals in the form of cyclones which have resulted in deaths and destruction of property.

Be that as it may, as things stand today in lockdown situation, now is the time when we not only need the graces of our Creator but also assistance to the needy to generate confidence in the minds of people who need to have determined mindset to face the challenges fearlessly, with indomitable courage coupled with inner strength. My sincerest prayer to our Almighty God; O Omnipotent and Omniscient God, do come to the succor of the suffering lots.

The challenges which this lockdowns have thrown due to unpredictable cronavirus pandemic, which is mutating without any warning has not only snatched precious lives but also resulted in loss of employment of a large number of people as many of the small companies have closed down their shutters due to non-availability of finance to pay to their employees. The real estate business too has taken a huge hit. Then small retail shops are not able to transact any business thereby putting their families under huge financial strain. The requirement of money for the families to meet the medical bill has also compounded the problem manifold.

Due to lockdown conditions, the people are sitting at their homes continuously for days together. Fortunate are those people who have more than one room in their homes. Living in the confines of their homes for days on end puts too much pressure on their body and mind creating physiological and psychological problems.

In order to generate inner strength, it is in the fitness of things to take the succeeding points to inculcate inner strength and courage to face the situations and conditions with steely nerve.

REMAIN FEARLESS IN THE RAGING DEADLY INFECTION

As we are aware, we have lost many precious lives, many parents have lost their love ones while some offspring have lost their parents or elders in the family. Many hapless children will not see the faces of their parents ever. Their upbringing and continued uncertain modicum of existence have become a big question mark! Governmental and NGOs should come forward and assist these unfortunates. First thing which is of hugely significant is courage and inner strength to face the fact as we’re aware that fear psychosis is the first essential need of the hour.

PURSUING SOME HOBBIES

Verily, in order to remove the monotonies and routines of the people under lockdown condition, it is paramount that affected people follow their hobbies like reading, writing, gardening etc. for diversion from the boredom of spending their times in lockdown situation.

BY FOLLOWING SPIRITUAL ORIENTATION WE CAN GET OVER AGNONIZING LOAD OF WORRIES ABOUT THE LOVE ONES

We’re aware that in lockdown period, we cannot visit temples, mosques  etc., therefore, the affected people have to contend with adopting the principle of ‘Man hi Mandir’ and, therefore, have to meditate at home thinking that our God is Omnipotent and Omniscient. God resides in our mind and therefore we’ve to delve into the inner recesses of our own self. Awareness should dawn on us that God remains in all the atom of our body. We should be aware that our body, mind and soul are His creations and our soul is part of Super Soul (Param Atma – God). As He resides in every atom, therefore, we should consider our mind as a Mandir. We’ve just to go inside us and connect with our God. This connect with Him would be an eternal one.

CEMENTING RELATIONSHIP WHILE AT HOME

It is an undisputed fact that all the members of the family live together in lockdown conditions, therefore, we’ve to consolidate our relations not get fed up with each other living together for a longer period of time. Our effort should be to give quality time to all the members of the family.

In the normal times, the couples are busy in their respective jobs (Some are busy pursuing their jobs, housewives are busy in household chores etc.) but in lockdown conditions, they all have to live together for a considerable periods of time, therefore, have to be adaptive to change – love and respect each other, be understanding, shower care and caution etc. When we understand other’s feelings, we cultivate seeds of love for every members of the family which will not only fuse or cement relationship but also cultivate loving relationship till the end of journey on this earth.

CULTIVATE  LOVE FOR MUSIC

We know that music has soothing affect on our mind and body. It can influence us a lot. It can have positive impact on our state of mind; can prove panacea for anxiety/depression besides music can change the perception of the world at large.

IMPACT OF HUMOUR IN CHANGING OUR ATTITUDE

Humour is a balm which can restore to health our flared tempers thus providing a meaningful diversion from our present state of anxieties and worries which have multiplied due to routines of our lockdown. It is not merely culturally effective but also sooth our body, mind and soul. In other words, it impacts our psychological wellness. Humour, thus exerts a lasting impression on our goodness by changing our attitude and way of thinking. It is a universal phenomenon which exerts lasting impression on us. Think of the time while we’re under the spell/influence of humour, we tend to have a peel of laughter which positively transforms our well-being thereby changing our attitude and thinking. It exerts ineffaceable impression on our inner being. Thus, humour could prove to be a useful tool, a key to change in our body and mind.  It has been experienced that humour is in fact a best cure for frayed tempers to keep us away from constant boredom created by the lockdown situations and conditions.

ENSURE WELLNESS OF NEEDY IN LOCKDOWN SITUATION

In lockdown situation, many of the people have lost their jobs. It has made their lives difficult in this raging pandemic. While in financial stringency, people are hard pressed to tide over the situation. Therefore, only ray of hope left is succor from those who can afford something from their sincere earnings. To fulfill needs of others is in line with all the Holy Scriptures.

In Bible proclaims thus: For you have been a stronghold to the poor, a stronghold to the needy in his distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat; for the breath of the ruthless is like a storm against a wall.

PURSUING THE SCIENCE OF NATURAL HYGIENE WHILE AT HOME

While we live according to the Laws of Nature, which are based on internal cleanliness when our system gets clogged with toxins– producing bad cold,  heaviness in the head, etc. When  toxins remain in the system itself, it produces diseased state which cannot be eliminated. Therefore, proper diet is a must  for keeping the body free from toxins. We should take tender coconut water at least twice a day which will produce natural tranquilizer and will have calming effect on the body. Cool wet packs over the forehead and spinal baths will also have a calming effect. Then enema should be done once or twice a day, eating of vegetables, fruits, cereals etc. Then, we should chew our food properly so that  proper digestion takes place.

KEEPING  A FIRST AID BOX

The households should keep a first aid box containing all the needed medicines for emergency use and seek expert medical advice when there is an urgent need. As long as lockdown condition prolongs, every household should have Oximeter (To measure Oxygen and Pulse rate), Thermometer (To measure temperature) PCM, Aspirin, Dispirit,  Digine, pain killers, Needed Vitamins, Zinc tablets, Quadridrum cream for skin rashes..  

The following Homeopath medicines could be kept in the First Aid Box:

  • For common cold. Nux Vomica-30, Allum Cepa—30, Aconite—30 (Any one of the medicine 5 pills three times at an interval of at least 4 hr). 
  • For burns. Calendulla Lotion for external application.
  • Cough: Antimonium Tart – 30, Belladonna – 30 (Any one of the medicine 5 pills three times at an interval of at least 4 hr).
  • Diarrhoea: Pulsatilla – 30, Lucopodium-30 (5 pills three times at an interval of at least 4 hr).
  • Food poisoning: Carvo Veg – 30, Pulsatilla – 30. (Any one of the medicine 5 pills three times at an interval of at least 4 hr).
  • Hoarseness: Aconite-30 – 5 pills three times
  • Hiccough: Ignatia – 30, Mag Phos 6 X (4 Tabs. 4 times & 4 hrly). 5 pills 3 times a day.
  • Fever: Aconite-30, Belladonna-30, Bryonia-30 ((Any one of the medicine 5 pills three times at an interval of at least 4 hr).
  • Headache: Ipecac-30, Antim Crud-30 (Any one of the medicine 5 pills three times at an interval of at least 4 hr), Mag Phos 6 X..
  • Eye Drops: Cineraria maritima – two drops  three times a day.
  • Blood Pressure: Rauwolfia Q (15 drops in the morning and evening).
  • Blood Sugar – Gymnema Syl Q (15 drops in one tea spoon of clean water in the morning and evening).

WAR ON COVID-19 PANDEMIC


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WAR ON COVID-19 PANDEMIC

As things stand today, the experience of first wave of infection in India and elsewhere, it was refreshing to see climate of chang,,

 from utter negativity to positivity.  The businesses started as usual, the market places were abuzz with activity offices started functioning as usual. But unfortunately, the second wave of Coronavirus pandemic started this year with utter fierceness after first wave peaked after September 2020. In the second wave started raising its hydra-head from March 2021 onward. The most infected in this wave constitutes all age-group –  old, younger age group and even small children which is utter regrettable. Though the rise in infection is pleauting in various states yet there is no way out except vaccination, sticking to the Covid-19 norms besides taking health giving diet for enhancing immunity from the infections.

ould not do anything like not putting on facemasks or not observing social distancing or by spoiling the environs around and be the cause of spreading Covid-19 but be the ambassador of hope and wellness to alleviate the situation created by this virulent virus.

VACCINATION IS THE ONLY WEAPON TO ELIMINATE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

For vaccination to cover 80% of population above 18 years of age, it is paramount that we increase the vaccination at the rate of at least 100 million doses per month. At the current rate of vaccination of above 3.2 million doses per day, only 30% of the eligible population will be covered by the year ending. Therefore, there is a urgent need of vaccinating maximum number of people so as to create herd immunity or to provide indirect protection from the infectious disease.

ONE DAY HUMANITY WILL RID OFF THE COVID19 PANDEMIC

The World Health Organisation has rightly felt the need of vaccinating maximum number of people with the idea: ‘No one is safe, unless everyone is safe’. Therefore, universal vaccination is needed to avoid resurfacing of the infectious disease which is changing its mutational stance without any warning. This time over, the second wave is infecting the small children too in a big way, therefore, the urgent need is to vaccinate them too as soon as possible.

NEED FOR VACCINATION FOR HERD IMMUNITY IN CITIES AS WELL IN RURAL AREAS

It is a huge tragedy that this virulent virus has spread even in the villages. In India, more than 65 % of people live in rural areas whose means of livelihood mostly is agriculture. The complexity has been  compounded due to non-availability of adequate medical facilities – both doctors and para-medical staff.  Although Government has activated the village dispensaries yet more needs to be done to cover wide chunk of population.  For this to be possible, it is necessary to enhance medical infra in a big way. Besides, the task of sanitization of the village lanes and homes too is needed.  Spread of coronavirus pandemic in villages is a matter of huge concern and due to this, our medical services would be stretched to its limits. This calls for  proactive efforts both from village Panchayat and Government agencies, but not without forgetting the observation of Covid prevention norms such as putting on face masks, observing social distance etc.

THERE WOULD BE DAWN OF HAPPINESS ALWAYS WITH THE GRAE OF GOD

 LOCKDOWNS HELPING PLATEUING IN SPREAD OF INFECTION

It is a matter of great satisfaction that the spread of the cronavirus is plateauing and this dip in the cases is due to in this judicious use of available medicines, availability of sufficient oxygen cylinders, oxygen concentrators, medicines, local lockdowns and other restrictions adopted are helping a lot. This is due to lockdowns observed by different states. The contribution of our armed forces in establishing covid related facilities transporting Oxygen from far flung areas etc. is obviously commendable. The down to business role of states and central Government is really creditable in curbing the northward march of infection.

LOCKDOWNS AND ECONOMIC DOWNSLIDE

It has been obseved that when there is total lockdown, the economic activities goes down the drain putting the economy under severe strain. Due to this, the companies are shut and the employees lose their jobs. During the second wave, till April 2021, more than 7 million job losses were there and more companies are shut due to non-functioning of these companies. Overall, all the sectors of economy go southward in the long run. Therefore, as far as possible, lockdowns should be determined by the states concerned and that too depending on the covid-19 pandemic situation and condition. Besides all India lockdown will have negative economic implications on all the sectors of economy.

SMALL CHILDREN THE TARGET OF INFECTION IN THE SECOND WAVE

In the second wave, unlike the first wave, even the small children are becoming the target of infection. Therefore, there is an urgent need of covering small kids too after we have vaccinated 18 years and above population.  Or, if possible, the children should be vaccinated along with other age groups.

SPREAD OF COVID-19 IN RURAL AREAS

In the second wave of coronavirus pandemic, unfortunately,  corona has spread in villages too, therefore, of necessity, dispensaries in the villages should have necessary medical staff, testing of the villagers, Remdesivir  injections, medicines including Remdesivir injunctions in sufficient quantity to meet its requirement when hugely required, oxygen cylinders and concentrators etc. These are required in the villages since villagers have to travel to city hospitals which are already over-burdened

ALTHOUGH THE PATH IS NOT SMOOTH YET WE HAVE TO REMAIN POSITIVE

OCCURRENCE OF BLACK FUNGUS (MUCORMYCOSIS)

It has been observed that those patients who are suffering from uncontrolled diabetes, cancer and people with less immunity are suffering from black fungus. This fungus is also attacking those patients who take steroids for a long time due to increase of sugar level. The fungus (Mucormycosis) with symptoms of one-sided facial swelling, headache, sinus problem with persistent fever, black lesions on nasal bridges which becomes more severe with passage of time and even reduction in eye vision due to infection. There are also the abdominal pain, vomiting etc. If any of the symptoms are observed, it is in the fitness of things to take medical help, the sooner this is done the better, for proper treated as soon as possible as this fungus is proving fatal when not cured. This fungus is being perceived to fall under the purview of Epidemic Act by the State Governments.

VACCINATION JAB THE ONLY ANSWER

There is a big challenge of giving boost to drive of vaccine jab to all eligible citizens but due to the paucity of vaccines. Till today more than 18 crore people have been administered and to administer jabs to all people would be a challenging task. This challenge has to be met head on before it further takes further toll of humans and takes the economy  

DO NOT BE INSTRUMENT OF SPREADING MISINFORMATION ON COVID-19

Do not become cause of spreading lies and misinformation about the Covid-19 virus Vaccines. Rather encourage the masses to have vaccine jabs in the way you can rather than spreading lies. I and my wife have very good experience of both the jabs and we have not got any adverse effects after administration of vaccination. After the administration of vaccine jabs, we still put on face masks, keep healthy distance as and when we have to go to the market place for meeting some urgent contingencies.

COVID-19 NORMS TO BE OBSERVED TO STOP SPEAD OF INFECTION

Of necessity, it is not essential that even after vaccination, we should observe Covid norms till such time adverse affect gets eliminated totally. We should ensure that our people are vaccinated so that Covid-19 pandemic gets lesser adverse effects of infection.

FEAR PSYCHOSIS TO BE ELIMINATED

It should always be kept in mind that fear psychosis created by the Coronavirus pandemic is more harmful for our body and mind rather than catching infection itself. When we are infected, we can surely get cured either by quarantining ourselves at home with less symptom of infection or getting admission  in the hospital, when need of the same is felt when severity of infection is more. Or when there is a necessity of administering oxygen in ICU in emergency. The way the need for O2 support is required when the saturation drops below 90%. Also, in the event of a patients with history of some  with high risk lung diseases and other internal organs, administration of oxygen is required.

IMMUNITY HELPFUL IN WARDING OFF THE INFECTION

It is my personal experience that when we keep our body fit by taking needed quantity of food balanced diet containing different kinds of foods which contain right proportions of calories, proteins, minerals, vitamins and nutrients in adequate quantities. Exposure to sun light and regular exercises or Yoga is a must to keep our body and mind agile.  All these helps in having immunity from the infections and gems. It is essential for us to keep our body healthy to withstand any onslaught of disease

Kindly don’t be the cause of disruption of vehicles transporting life saving oxygen to the hospitals where it is mostly needed. The so called farmers sitting at the Delhi borders should take note. Be facilitators rather than interrupters to save life.

DOCTORS AND PARA-MEDICAL STAFF ARE WORKING ROUND THE CLOCK

Please do not create scenes at the hospitals where the doctors and their staff are performing the most difficult tasks. They are also human beings, they too have their families yet they are serving the society by putting their own life at stake.

HAPPINESS WILL VISIT US ALL WHEN VIRUS IS ELIMINATED TOTALLY

 The following points are to be kept in mind:-

  • As vaccination is the biggest weapon against the Covid-19 pandemic, therefore, as far as possible, maximum people should be covered under vaccination especially children who too are infected in the second wave.
  • Misinformation in any form should be stopped.
  • Medical infra to be improved so that overall medicare is ensured. More emphasis should be in rural areas since in the second wave, the villages have been badly hit by the virus and due to lack of proper medical infra, the situation is turning from bad to worse.
  • War on coronvirus  as per vaccine calendar to be adhered to as spread is widespread.
  • Differential pricing of drugs to be ironed out, sooner it is done, the better it would for vaccination of maximum people in the country.

OUR THOUGHTS & KARMA


OUR THOUGHTS & KARMA

IF WE WANT TO LIVE HAPPILY, WE’VE TO HAVE A POSITIVE ATTITUDE

Karma used simply is termed as action
Factually when we get a joy in action
Karma could be used mystically
Following this path we get inner peace & prosperity
And establishes God connectivity.

Any act done with sincerity
And with love overflowing in plenty
Will bestow us internal satiety
Since it is positive in its orientation.

Depending on our behavior and attitude with which we perform our action
At the levels of body, mind and energy generation
And while transacting such action
Leaving behind certain residue
Which impacts our body, mind and soul.

THERE ARE LIGHT AND DARKNESS IN OUR PATH BUT WE HAVE TO PERFORM RIGHTEOUS KARMA


Daily actions of ours hardly means good Karma
Like acts of giving alms
In public glare
To showcase of being a great generous donor
Will be considered as a shrouded Karmic deed.

Our five senses – touch, hear, taste, smell, sight and smell
Remain collecting data from sources external
And that too at every moment that we live.

Then we’re literally attacked
With stimulus at every moment
Thence these become voluminous
Since sense impressions bond as one
And assume a certain distinctive pattern within our system.

Thereafter these typical patterns slowly but surely
Shape our behavioral tendency
Which after sometime becomes
A group of tendencies
Which we term as our personality characteristics
Which actually is our own true natural-self.

WE’VE TO PERFORM OUR KARMA ANYWAY


This also becomes our way of living
By which we behave and belief system
Form our manner, attitude or approach to any situation and condition
Whatever we believe with conviction
Becomes a reality, if we transact action
Based on the belief system we espouse
In fact an orientation of our life and living with confidence
By removing the roadblocks that we’ve to surmount during our journey of our existence.

Literally we are the architects of all these ways of living thru Karma
Surprisingly, all this happens in relative unawareness
But all the same, it all happens
Showing what we pick-up from the outer-world of ours, we absorb
And by imbibing goodness & doing Karma thus, we become happy
And unhappy by doing Ku-Karma.

Factually what we’re today
Is the result of add-on actions (Karmic deeds) of days gone by
Which form our habits, desires, aims, intentions
Without even conscious effort made on our part!

Karma is an old story
You have written yourself only
Which has stuck in your system lasting for years
Sometimes knowingly and other time unknowingly.

EVERY DAY IS NOT FLOWERY – WE’VE TO TAKE IN WHATEVER COMES IN OUR LIFE


Karma means a plan of action that we have done
Or blueprint created which lasts with us
Everybody is responsible for his/her karma
Means everybody is responsible for his/her life.

It should be kept in mind
That Karma is not a natural law
Or a law which has been imposed on us from above
It is the natural basis of all our existence
It is also true that we all are responsible for our Karma or action
Good actions lead to wellness
And bad actions give us unpleasant results
Meaning what we’re today is the results of our past Karmic deeds.

Karma is a internal cycle created by our own self
These internal patterns are not oppressing you from outside
But from innermost convictions in our being while we transact our Karma
No compromise means no negativity
Compromise and face difficulty.

We may be anywhere and at any time and space
But internally we’re at our original self
The same mental reactions
The same psychological tendencies
The same behavior pattern which we have made with our own preferences.

LIGHT MAY BE LURKING IN THE HORIZON BUT WE HAVE TO SEEK IT ANYHOW BY OUR GOOD KARMA


Then there exists coded karmic information
In our system
In a varieties of cycles
The largest cycle runs for some period of time
Wherein we lead a healthy existence
Abounding in happiness
But as the cycle decreases
Our life becomes gradually more imbalanced
Then a cycle less than one month – termed as the lunar cycle period
Resultant mentally deranged state of mind.

Not breaking pattern in our Karmic deeds
Nothing new happens as we go on in our lives
And the person unconsciously senses
A downward slide in our state of mind and senses.

POSITIVE THOUGHTS LEADS TO POSITIVITY IN OUR LIVES



With continuing Yogic exercises
We can maintain the solar cycle
Which assure our stability and balance
We may not change what we transacted in the past
In the form of credit or debit
In mental and emotional Karma
But we can keep our cycle either in tact
Or maybe we can have slightly less changes
In the present and future cycles
Acting negatively takes away the positive aspects from our account
Our karmic deeds when are positively oriented
Then we add together good karma
Thereby, making us the master of destiny of our own.


HAPPY AKSHAYA TRITIYA – A DAY OF RECKONING


HAPPY AKSHAYA TRITIYA – A DAY OF RECKONING BRINGING HAPPINESS TO ALL



Akshaya is a Sankrit word which means which remain unrivalled or which remains undefeated or which remains eternal. Besides Trititya is the THID DAY of eternal peace and prosperity. This day is also associated with joy, hope, expectation and inculcating a win-win mindset. We pray to Lord Vishnu (With Strong Vibrating Mantra: Om Namo Bhagwate Vasudevaya with lyrics ॐ नमो भगवते वासुदेवाय) to bestow all humanity good health and wellness especially during the difficult and trying times of COVID-19 pandemic.

LORD VISHNU – THE LORD WHO IS INCHARGE OF EVOLUTION


This festival is also known as Akti o Akha Teej festival. This festival is celebrated in the months of April or May (in the Gregorian calendar) in accordance with lunar-solar Hindu Calander of Shukla Paksha of Vaisakha month.


Today is also the most sacred day since today is the Parasurama Jyanti – the birthday of Lord Parasurama (The Sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu). He became instrument in removing evil from the society which was prevalent during that period.

LORD PARUSHAAMA – THE INCARNATION OF LORD VISHNU

On this propitious and most auspicious day, Sudama, the childhood Gopa (Friend) of Shri Krishna met him at his Kingdom at Dwarka. He had brought some flattened rice with him as a present for his childhood friend which he desisted to give him since he thought that Shri Krishna may not like his present. But Shri Krishna accepted the offering whole-heartedly and relished the same. After that Lord Krishna gave him riches and also blessings by which his friends fortune changed in its entreaty besides showering him with precious gifts. That is the reason why people perform charity according to your propensity.


Akshey Tritiya is auspicious day since the temples Yamunotri and Gangotri temple are opened for the dharshan of people in general.

SACRED GANGOTRI


Legend have it that Lord Kubera (the Lord of wealth and wellness) received his status of wealth as the Lord of Wealth on this auspicious day.


People start their new enterprises and businesses besides investing their money in precious metals (gold and other metals).


Women folks pray for the peace and prosperity of their male members in the family, People also distribute sprouted grams, fresh fruits, food items and sweets to the needy along with distributing provision of clean water and other health giving drinks such as sugarcane juice to the needy.
The farmers too starts their sowing paddy for their Kharif season. People also pray to Mother Earth for prosperity.

WOMEN PRAY FOR THE HEALTH AND WELLNESS OF THEIR MENFOLKS



It is a most significant and auspicious day since on this day holy river Ganga descended on to the earth after severest meditation of King BhagiRatha to Lord Shiva – a most benevolent of the Trinities responsible for destruction for recreation. As a boon of penance Maa Ganga Ji descended on to the earth and helped his ancestors attain liberation. Ganga Maa Ji is considered sacred river since mere a bath in the sacred river along with sincere our prayers in this river removes our misdeed Paap Harni Maa along with cleanses our inner self. Hindus immerse the last remains after cremation in the Ganga Ji for Mokshha of the departed soul and peace and prosperity of the entire family.

KINNG BHAGIATHA PRAYING LORD SHIVA


It is the day when Rishi Ved Vyasa dictated Mahabhaata to Lord Ganesha (The one who is known for His memory and far-sightedness).

SAGE VED VYASA


People purchase precious metals along with utensils. People also give alms to the needy on this day especially food items.

On this day, Lord Krishna met Pandava in the forestswhile they were on exile and presented Akshaya Patra to Daupadi which helped the Pandavas to have food whenever required.

LORD KRISHNA

As this day is of multifaceted and most auspicious since it is connected with so many deities: Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva, Lord Krishna, Lord Shiva, and many rishis of repute therefore, my prayer to all is to bestow the humanity happiness, joy, peace and prosperity.

EID MUBARAK TO ALL




HEARTIEST FELICITATIONS ON THE AUSPICIOUS DAY OF EID-UL-FITR THE FEAST OF FAST BREAKING ON 14th MAY 2021

EID MUBARAK TO ALL

MAT THE FRAGRANCE OF EID REMAINS ETERNALLY IN ALLOF US


Eid-ul-fitr – after the month long observance of fast
Based entirely on article of faith
Having purified body, mind and soul with fasting,


For the complete holy month of Ramzan / Ramadhan
Being close to our benevolent One,
It is the anniversary on which Holy Quran
Was revealed by most revered Prophet Mohammed
Chaste in fasting without forgetting our duties
Towards all without discrimination
Dear to us – leaving none
Or the ones who are forlorn
Meet their needs with utmost compassion
Brimming with belief while performing donation
And our heart feeling pain at others’ pain.


Thereby bridging the aperture that exists
Between people of different hues
Awash with fervor thoroughly
Also overflowing with of empathy
Thus generating hope for the hopeless
Thence engendering basket-ful of goodwill
Of fond trust
That there will dawn as a result,

 A day which binds all humanity with a holy thread
Of oneness, and brotherhood

With the grace of the One – call Him by any name you think fit

Allah, Bhagwan or Lord or God.

Our prayers to Allah are more relevant now

Than any other time or situation anyhow

For bringing in dawn of peace to prosperity

Amongst humanity at lage.  

EID-UL-FITR (THE FEAST OF FAST BREAKING

After regular observance of feast 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.

The fasting is not eating food for a fixed or for a pre-determined period of time with a view to 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/Allah/Lord/Bhagwan with ease and peace. This will also give time to our digestive system respite to concentrate on prayers to one who created us. Our prayers to Allah, the great, are more relevant now than ever. He may bestow good health and wellness by keeping us all safe from Covid-10 Pandemic. Together we can weather all storm; should never be forgotten.

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.

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.

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 for total connectivity with Him.
  • No compromise on the practice self-restraint – physical or mental.
  • Re-evaluate lives in the light of righteous course with strict adherence of right conduct.
  • 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.
  • Be compassionate and meet the needs of others with what we have.
  • 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.

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 forever and let this festival lasts for 

God may bestow wisdom and resilience in ample measure bringing cooperation, goodwill, compassion besides brotherhood among peoples of world  for peace and prosperity amongst all humanity.