Our tears reveal everything about our emotions We may try hiding these But we may never succeed to do so Since these shine like pearls white Creating a blush,, so revealing Facial impression.
When we get excessively easily irritable Bordering on helplessness Which sends a chill down our spine Gushing out of tears will lessen The feeling so poignant Thus softening our annoyance so enveloping And help reducing The feelings of irritation That is why, we call these tears As the eye-wash tears!
When we’re imbued in joyous frame of mind With a news so very elevating Then too We are surcharged emotionally Our eyes well-up With tears, so warm Which add-up a heart-warming A feeling so very gratifying.
When we lose someone We love the most We get a heart-wrenching Emotional feeling A heart rending one indeed Resulting in sobbing Emanating From the heart so aching With pain So severe! When somebody pretends to showcase concern By shedding tears To give us an idea about their perceived anxiety But in actual practice It is merely crocodile tear So to speak In real sense of terms.
When cold wind blows in its full fury In unpleasant wintry chill Warm tears Roll down our cheeks These are natural spin-off Of the nippy weather conditions Not in our control anyhow!
When weeping or crying Is excessive than usual Or when our tears remain Welling-up unstopped For quite sometime The offshoot Would be swollen eyelid with eyes bloodshot With more blood flow To our parts around the eyes Which ultimately Will be harmful for our mental health.
Tears in essence Are the emotional response To our state of mind Associated with happiness Or not so happy feelings.
Too much attachment With our relatives Or even with our pets So dear to us We brought up Like our own kids When on the verge of parting Bring forth a wave Of emotional upsurge And a bout of tearful Farewell!
I imagine Nature is very kind To its creation Since the colour of our tear is white If it were blood-red Then what? Then you can Very well imagine what! And how our life would actually be.
In essence, we do not choose our relationships These are natural outcomes Destined by the Providence Hence the best option for us humans Is to uphold and respect the natural relations As has been bestowed to us By the Supernatural Being As artificial intervention May lead to health related issues for our offspring As an outcome of inbreeding If we do not respect dictated by Nature In the long run.
Incest is sexual relationship Between close relations Within the family circle Without any care For health and wellness Of the offspring Born out of such an illegal relationship And the newly born one is not legitimate As the law of the land Does not permit such a relationship As such a relation Is construed as unethical Immoral, illegal And a huge departure From the customs and tradition Which prevail.
While life started On the beautiful Earth A long while ago Nobody knows for sure When and how! The humans were termed as Homo Habilis Followed the relationships Based entirely as time dictated Crude, bereft of emotional maturity? As suited them during that time.
Humans continued evolving as time passed Had their evolution Along with maturity in emotion.
In some societies Inter family relations prevailed With sexual intercourse relations For procreation And to keep their family flock together Without outer interference.
Then in some royal families There were inter familial relationships Such s brother marrying sister Cousin marrying cousin Aunt marrying nephew Or anybody could marry other Suiting them, as per their convenience To perpetuate the royal lineage This practice continued For quite a long time.
INCEST RELATES TO SEXUAL INTERCOURSE BETWEEN BLOOD RELATED FAMILY MEMBERS
The word Incest has its origin from the Latin word incestus meaning sexual intercourse between the closely related blood related family members. This sort of relationship is taboo or banned by almost all the societies since it is considered as illegal, unethical, immoral. Besides this relationship is considered as impure, uncultured and borders on cross indecency and uncultured relationship or those related by affinity (stepfamily) or adoption or lineage. Two first cousins marrying is also an act of incest. Further, the children born out of illegal relationship are illegal which are also considered as unclean, unchaste besides being unhealthy in the long run. The incest is construed as an inhuman act with any standpoint under the sun. Presently, Incest related marriage is considered as a huge departure from custom and tradition.
PERPETUATION OF ROYAL LINEAGE AS A PLUSIBLE REASON FOR INCEST
In ancient times, there were marriages between brother and sister, father and daughter, mother and son, cousin and cousin, aunt and nephew, uncle and nience including other relations in order to perpetuate the royal lineage. This practice continued for a long time.
The union between children of the same parents was common in both Greek and Macedonian tradition. When peot Sotades criticized such an alliance, he was killed. At that time such a relationship did not attach any shame or disgust.
There were so many cultures and societies in which relationship between close relations was permissible and undertaken either to safeguard the royal lineage or for preventing the family secrecy being compromised if their progenies are married to other families or societies.
EVOLUTION OF MAN WITH THE EVOLUTION OF THOUGHTS
The earliest known humans is Homo Habilis who lived about 2.4 to 1.4 million years ago in Eastern and Southern Africa and subsequently scattered around the globe. At that time, incest was possible and permissible since everything was disordly. Then evolution in every sphere of activity started. There arose different societies with different philosopies and viewpoints with the use of fire and invention of wheel along with evolution in thinking and imbibing of scientific temper prompted man to evolve in multidirectional paths.
UNIVERSAL LAWS AGAINST INCEST
The thoughts which were considered as permisssible were came under the ambit of universal laws and considered as a civilized behaviour. Incest (sexual relationship between the close memberrs of the family) is considered as a taboo in many advanced societies since this carries with it ethical, moral and cultural aspects along with adverse biological implications.
INCEST IS CRIMINAL OFFENCE UNDER SECTION 5 OF HINDU MARRIAGE ACT
Incest is a criminal offence and carries with it the sentence. In India under section 5 of the Hindu Marriage Act, it bans mrriage between a brother and sister, unvlr snf nirnvr, suny snf nrphre ot vhilftrn o brother and dister or of two brother or of two sisters. If any marriage takes place between the two in these relationsips, these are considered void.
INCEST AND HELPLESSNESS OF A FEMALE MEMBER
Legally incest is prohibited but there are some households wherein such an illegal and immoral acts are happening. When a child is sexually assaulted by her own brother, father, grandparent or any other close relationship, the child in question is not able to question this illegal act because of financial insecurity. In such a scenario, she cannot report the case to the law enforcing agencies for this illegal relationship because of lurking fear of her being thrown out of the family security. The poor girl in question remains suffering the pangs of incesterous acts by her own blood relations!
GENETIC DISORDERS IN THE CHILDREN BORN OUT OF INBREEDING
It has been observed that the children born out of the inbreeding between are born with genetic disorders. They are born with physical disabilities and are growth and developmental issues. The incestuous relationship carries with it increased risks of infertility, miscarriage, heart diseases, facial asymmetry , ;pw weight, slow groth and development, and more deaths in the childhood stage itself. The disabilities are proportional to the closeness of relationship genetically speaking. Then there are imbibing of some of the traits of the incestor to the children born out of this sort of inbreeding.
WHY INCEST IS TABOO?
The incest carries with it certain taboos, inborn diseases and defects of an infant born out of inbreeding. Biologically data shows that the children born out of sexual relationship between real brothers and sisters result in more pronounced genetic diseases.
PROBLEM OF INCEST
The more pronounced problem with the incesterous relationship and consequent inbreeding is that it is it keep the bad genes in the family itself and may multiply its illleffects and may run the risk of fatalities and in many cases lesser lifespan.
VIOLATION OF LAWS
Essentially, no civilized society can encourage incesterous relationship since it is illegal and may result in spoiling the relationship in the family. It can result in child abuse, rape, molestation etc.
My take on incest:
Such relation is unnatural.
Such relationship is illegal.
It is uncultured relationships.
This relationship is impure.
Such relationship is unethical.
Such relationship is immoral.
Such relationship as offspring born out of this inbreeding will result in psychological and physiolocal problems including ailments which are there in the family history; inbreeding carries with genetic problems.
Such an illegal alliance is an abuse of disportionate proportion especially when it happens (in the form of molestation, rape and above all abuse) to an innocent child which the victim cannot forget for the entire life and may lead to psychological prolems for life.
The child born carries with it all stigma of born out of illegal relationship which remains permanently on the psyche of the victim.
The family members who resort to incest are physically and mentally sick, therefore, they should not perpetuate such an unethical and immoral act which is unnatural and inhuman.
MAKKAR SANKRANTI (ON 14TH JANUARY) A TRIBUTE TO SUN GOD (14TH JANUARY 2022)
Makkar Sankranti is celebrated in the month of Paus (January) Makar Sankranti is the day when the Sun God enters the Northern Hemisphere. Hindus like Greeks worship Sun God – the giver of immense energy. Sun God is termed as the manifest God, having all the glorious divinity. It is worthwhile to mention here that mantra OM ADITYA AYE NOMON and many other mantras are recited in order to get the blessings of the Sun God.
The devout also chant Gyatri Mantra, taken from Rig Veda while making final offering to God. which is from Rig-Veda, as Makkar Sankranti is associated with cosmic event which affects the life of humans immensely.
WE Which means: We meditate and adore thee the Supreme Lord, the Creator of everything, who’s Divine Light illuminates all spheres of activity (physical, mental and spiritual). We pray that this Divine Light may light-up our intellect forever.
This festival is celebrated with immense gaiety and enthusiasm in all parts of India with different names at different places but the keenness remains the same. Devout get up early in the morning, take bath in holy rivers first take the blessings of their elders and then offer prayers in the temples. After having offered prayers, people give alms to the needy according to their capacity. In the afternoon people share a special Khichri (Hotchpotch – a mix of dall-urdh and channa dal).
Makkar Sankranti has its origin to the movement of the Earth Around the Sun and begins from (Sankranti) one zodiac sign Into another – Capricorn zodiac (Makkar) sign Two movements are termed as Makkar Sakranti.
Makkar Sankranti marks the beginning of solar maagha masa Makkar Sankranti Day is beginning of start of harvest season Ushers in pleasant Spring Season Which is, in essence, a pan India celebration.
Factually, Makkar Sankranti has a solid Lohri connect Both fall one after the other 13th & 14th Day of January every year Both are considered sacred.
This day marks the beginning of warmer days ahead As the sacred months start from this day onwards Makkar Sankranti is celebrated with great fervor In western and northern India with zeal & gusto.
There is a mention of this day in Mahabharata As, it is the festival of Sun God Which gives us light and heat Thus becauses a cause Of life possible on our planett Earth Factually without any bias And bestows us lifeforce Thus holding an eternal significance.
For me, this day has a special worth indeed Since I saw the first dawn of the day in 1951, a day so sacred With the grace of my Lord Ever since I have been graced with a life so contended For which I am really thankful to my God, so very benevolent.
Then there is festival called Pongal Which is dedicated to Sun God A huge source of energy indeed In essence a life giving To living beings.
PONGAL FESTIVAL OF SOUTH INDIA
The Pongal festival is celebrated in South India (Especially in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and even in foreign lands such as Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore etc.). This festival is celebrated for four days (14th to 17th January). This is a harvest festival dedicated to the SUN GOD. The Sun is a huge source of energy which helps in growing the crops from sowing to the harvesting season. It also includes boiling of the rice of season sanctified to the Sun which is termed as Surya Mangalyam. Not only this, the natural energy in the form of solar energy is being utilized enormously presently.
BIHU FESTIVAL BIHU FESTIVAL OF ASSAM
Bihu, in essence is one of the most renowned festivals of Assam Which too is associated with harvesting season.
Its exclusivity also stems from the fact That it marks the start of Assamese New Year Thus giving the entire community pride To celebrate this day with huge delight Pride and a lot of pleasure from community feat.
Bihu dance is performed by the young men and women With joyous abandon Add-on with fast steps And hands with fast movements With red colour attire Signifying vigour And accompaniment with apt music.
BIHU FESTIVAL OF ASSAM
Magh Bihu or Rongali Biihu Festival is celebrated in Assam in the month of January. This year, it is being celebrated on 15th January 2021. It is the prominent harvest festival by the farmers. On this occasion, tasty community feast is organized and all people enjoy this feast on this occasion. This festival is unique to Assamese people since Assamese New Year starts from this day. I offer my felicitations from the core of my heart to the entire Assamese community on this momentous occasion. Like any other festivals like Lohri, Baisakhi, etc. Magh Bihu festival too is associated with agriculture; mainly harvesting.
The people enjoy feasts, play melodious music with dancing. Bihu dance is one of the most important part of Assamese culture. It is a group dance performed by the young men and women with brisk movement of hands and other body parts with beating of drums as enchanting music. The colour theme of the dancers is red which signifies joy and vitality.
There are also local traditional and cultural activities which are organized and conducted. The children wear flower garlands. In fact there are three Bihu festivals each of which have unique feature and significance but common feature in all these Bihu festivals is the participation and celebration by all the Assamese.
HAPPY LOHRI TO ALL ON 13TH JAN. 2022 MAY THIS FESTIVAL BRING ABOUT PEACE & PROSPERITY FOR ALL
SACRED FESTIVAL LOHRI
Festivals are events so special Which evoke sentiments Touching the musical-tones in unison These are linked with seasons Or occasioned as National Days of repute Or have religious overtones Reason may be any or countless But fundamental truth remains We all wait for festivals Since these special days light-up our inner emotions.
Lohri is a winter festivals Comes in the month of (13th January) Paush Which brings about happiness on the faces of the populace Especially the farmers.
This festival marks the end of winter season usually But this year seemingly a different one With rains and snowing heavily unabated The winter season has spread its wings But not dampened the spirit of festival.
The farmers start harvesting rabi crops The crops harvested in winter season Which include Wheat, Gram, Pea, Mustard, Linseed, Peas, Barley among others which are health giving.
Start of spring season is a Natural gift Adds additional spice to our festivities Besides bringing about smiles and festive moods on these occasions.
Customarily, on Lohri day a bonfire is lit so elegantly Devotees congregate overflying With reverence in their heart And take rounds around the fire Lit with due deference.
And with loving devotion offer Jaggery (gur), sesame seeds (til) Sesame coated sugar candy And popcorns are put into leaping bonfire The fire lit too shows That it too is enjoying the act so revered.
The skyward leaping fire flames purify the atmosphere Showcasing that the fire too is enjoying all acts of devout around In essence, there is hidden joy For devotees in this sacred bonfire.
Gathering partake the sacred parsadas offerings With satiety writ large on faces of devotees Offerings too is made to ‘panj tatavas’ The five elements of Mother Nature Fire, wind, water, ether and earth. Deference
Going around the bonfire with great a reverence And singing traditional songs with dance with due reverence Makes a huge difference. And that too in tune with beating of drums, so enchanting!
Tradition has it that there was a very brave person of repute Named Dulla Bhatti, a Muslim, From lineage of warrior race of the Rajputs In the reign of Mughal king Akbar Used to rescue poor girls from the clutches of robbers Thence used to get them married to suitable boys of choice.
People sing Lohri songs with gusto in his praise To mark and commemorate and appreciate his good deeds. .
Thence other legend of the origin of Lohri From the wife of Saint Kabir named ‘Loi’ Who was herself a lady so pious.
SIGNIFICANCE OF FESTIVALS IN OUR COUNTRY
Notably, our country is a home to multicultural, multilingual and multi-religious society. We can pride ourselves in having different festivals too which are related to religion, caste, faith, culture and traditions. These festivals are seasonal, traditional, custom based, religion based or for that matter any other sacred considerations.
In our beautiful land, every caste, religion and region has contributed its mite for enriching the cultural traditions of our land with variation in the cultural mores of behavior. The reason for the festival(s) may be any but the common thread of all of these is the zest and enthusiasm with which these fairs and festivals are celebrated by all without discrimination.
We Indians enjoy all the religious festivals. It may be it Eid or Prakash Divas/Gurpurab or as Eid or Diwali or Christmas Day. That is the beauty of India. I do not dispute that hotheads are there in any strata of life, those who do not know about their own religious festivals or of others are free to think in any way they like. One thing which pleases us is the discernible shine on the faces of every one of us while celebrating any festival!
LOHRI FESTIVAL & ITS CELEBRATION
Lohri festival is celebrated in Northern Indian states on 13th January – in the month of Pauch or Magha, one day before Makkar Sankranti. We term this festival as a community based one where Bhangra (dance by men folks) and Gidha (dance by women folks) to the beats of drums which brings vitality and jollity to this celebration. Youngsters, by and large, take pleasure in kite flying and enjoy the occasion.
On this festival, seasonal dry fruits peanuts, coconuts are mixed with jiggery (Gur) and sesame seeds (til) to make the eatables. Besides, milk cakes are specially made and distributed amongst relatives and friends. Following are some of the reasons for the celebration of Lohri festival:-
It marks the end of winter season and beginning of sowing of some crops such as Wheat, Gram, Pea, Mustard, Linseed, Barley, Peas and others. It infuses vitality and special enthusiasm in the lives of people – especially the farmers. The Lohri festival symbolizes prayer to the fire (Agni puja) in the evening. The people take parikarma (rounds) around the bonfire and shower offerings to fire as a mark of respect. Fire ritual or Agnihotra (Specially lit fire – Havan) is the process of purifying the environment and people also consign to the fire a mix of rice, peanuts, walnuts, almonds besides sesame seeds (til) and jaggery to the fire before distributing and taking the same themselves.
It is believed that the fire ritual has a special significance and possesses healing power besides it helps in happiness of all along with its benefits to the farming community. Special prayers to the God Almighty God are done in order to get the graces of benevolent God for peace and prosperity of all.. Newly wedded couples and newly born babies receive special attention on this festival. People give charity/alms to the needy on this occasion.
DIFFERENT LEGENDS IN RELATION TO LOHRI FESTIVAL
MUSLIM WARRIOR (DULLA BHATTI (RAI ABDULLAH KHAN)
The legend of Dulla Bhatti (Rai Abdullah Khan) is very popular. It is a legend of a Rajput warrior who saved a damsel in distress belonging to the Hindu family from the clutches of lustful and greedy robbers. The brave Rajput adopted her as his own daughter without let or hindrance and married her off to a young and suitable Hindu boy. He also gave her presents – nine mounds of sugar along with other gifts etc on her marriage. This shows that there was a community feeling during those days.
Then question arises, if during those feeling for each others was rampant then why not now!? To appreciate his gesture, the people sing the following song describing the event and also mentioning about the beauty of the girl who was saved.
While I was young, I along with my friends used to go to the houses in our neighborhood and used to sing and get sweets made for this particular day. This song is sung by the youngsters even now on this auspicious occasion :
Sunder mundriye ho! Tera kaun vicaharaa ho! Dullah bhatti walla ho! Dullhe di dhee vyayae ho! Ser shakkar payee ho! Kudi da laal pathaka ho! Kudi da saalu paatta ho! Salu kaun samete! Chache choori kutti! zamidara lutti! Zamindaar sudhaye! bade bhole aaye! Ek bhola reh gaya! Sipahee far ke lai gaya! ……………………
SANT KABIR & HIS WIFE
There is also a legend of Sant Kabir and his wife names Loi. He used to love his wife immensely. So much so intense was his passion for his wife that one day, he reached his home in the middle of dark night, travelling from a far off place. The door was closed from inside. His wife was sleeping on the first floor. Finding that there was no ladder, he took the help of a rope hanging from the first floor of his house. When his wife saw him, she was very surprised and asked him as to how he had entered the first storey. Thereupon, she along with Kabir saw that the help with which he had reached the first storey was with the help of a hanging python.
Sant Kabir’s wife got upset and in desperation uttered: The passion with which he was nursing for her, if he had the same fervour for the God, he could get anything from God as a reward?
Significantly, we know the life and the personage was Sant Kabir who was a mystical poet whose writings had a deep effect on Bhakti Movement and his verses find place in Sri Guru Granth Sahib too. He was brought up in a Muslim family but was deeply influenced by his teacher Ramananda but he criticized both in his verses because of his close proximity with both and knew ins and outs of these religions.
In the writings of Sant Kabir, he has emphatically mentioned that the God is only with those who follow righteous lifestyle and also one who follows a detached mode of life. His followers are known as Kabir Panthis.
It was due to the timely advise of his wife named Loi that Kabir had a huge transformation in his life and became a well known Sant who influenced millions with his writings. Lodi or Loi is also celebrated in his and his wife’s honor who was instrumental in transforming his life. There is a sound lesson in this, if two spouses combine together, they can make a huge difference not only for the husband and wife, but to the entire family or when a person is like SANT KABIR & and his LOI, then, a society can be transformed.
MAY THIS FESTIVAL BRING ABOUT PEACE, PROSPERITY AND WELLNESS FOR EVERYBODY BY THE BOUNTIFUL GRACES OF CREATOR
WISHING YOU ALL HAPPY GURU GOBIND SINGH JYANTI TODAY
SIGNIFICANCE OF TEACHINGS OF GURU GOIND SINGH JI
Today is Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti. This day is being observed in the honour to remember the great warrior, philosopher, poet and spiritual master of immense repute. He was born on Paush Shukla Saptami.
Guru Gobind Singh teachings include oneness of God and stress on the brotherhood and sisterhood of all without any difference of caste, creed, nationality and gender. He is known for his wisdom and compassion for all without any bias.
Guru Ji opposed Mughal rule in India because of their tyrinical rule which goes to show that he fought evil in order to bring about concord between communities. He was not only a brave warrior but also lauded for his nobility and kindness which is appreciated with immense reverence.
Guru Gobind Singh Ji was immeasurably spiritually oriented Guru who enlightened the general masses with his teachings. He immensely valued peace and harmony between all the humankind.
GURU GOVIND SINGH JI :
HAPPY GURU JYANTI
Guru Ji is the true messenger of God Sent to this beautiful earth To destroy/uproot sin & evil in its various forms and manifestations Thereby to establish The righteousness Along with uprightness So that the evil doers Be thrown out and meet their ends Off their roots.
Guru Ji opined Among other things’ That peace, ever lasting one Could only be attained & ensured Whence we eradicate Selfishness & self-centeredness From within us in all forms and manifestations.
It should never be forgotten The revered Guru Ji professed ‘I’ll tell the truth, Listen everyone Those who loved all without bias Will be able realize the Lord’.
The revered one proclaimed Those who follow righteous path Of Truth In their thoughts And actions thereof Are graced with His mercy Along with His compassion, aplenty.
He preached The importance of self And further said That those who do not have faith in self Cannot have faith in Almighty God.
The one who is filled with egotistic tendencies Is always confronted with all sorts of fears Since ego defile our life.
He opined that our Lord Is the One Who reveals us The true Path Since He is the Doer of all deeds indeed.
Whence we meet the True God We say good bye to hunger Since hungr does not depart By wearing the robes of a beggar.
Guru Ji opined very evidently That he falls at the feet Of those who meditate On the Truest of the True The Absolute One.
He opined very visibly Blessed is the True Guru Who gave the supreme gift Of the Name of the LORD.
Our revered Guru Ji advised Not to recklessly shed the blood With the sword The result of sword wielding may boomrang The same sword may fall upon The neck of the sword holder!
He proclaimed with utmost respect One one who loves God Through the medium of Guru’s Word Forget all their pain and suffering.
He opined those who trust God With a sincere oath on God Such a person’s protection Is ensured By the God Himself Since the God Himself Shows the Path.
He very respectfully considered that God has helped Him cure the disease of egotism Which he considered ego as the fatal one.
He lauded the virtues of the Guru Who helps remove evil from within And replace it with righteous existence.
We journey far and wide To seek our dearest God Sometimes visiting holy shrines Other times go on a pilgrimage to a place Considered sacred by us As an abode of our dearest One But still our quest remains unfulfilled.
Then we hanker after con-artists – the impostors Who show us green pastures Promise us the glimpses of Absolute Being Of course with price-tag of their own choosing That too, sorry to add, proves a futile exercise Leaving us high and dry, an exercise with no purpose Neither we get God Nor anything in return till end Finally we leave this material world, just bewildered & broken Empty handed as we had come to this world after our birth.
We resort to futile exercise in locating God At one place to other we visit But forget the pearls of wisdom of scriptures That our God is more near to us than we can imagine He exists inside us We’ve only to peep into our inner-self He is there to receive us with open hand.
Thus bestow us with answers to all our queries clouding our mind This way, we become fully conscious That God’s power is & was with us all the times Through the activities of mind and senses Even breathing and expression of our emotions Is due to the power of GOD within.
While we have deep desire for anything Thence, we the conditioned souls ! Get the connectivity of the Super Soul.
Though there are occasions When we are in deep confusion Owing the suspicions of our own creation Then we need the assistance Of some venerable person With profound spiritual orientation Who handholds us for quality guidance Ensures needful course correction And makes our path easier For God’s connectivity, for sure.
The challenges posed by the climate change are gigentic. This is due to human greed which includes efforestatopm clearing of forests for habitation and for agriculture, greenhouse gas emissions, forest It includes change in temperature globally resulting in melting of gracial ice in Antarctica and Arctic regions. This is resulting in rise in sea levels thus there is a fear of lowlying areas being engulfed by the sea. The rise in dispropotionate heatwaves is causing is causing wild fires at some places and disportionate rains at other places. There are countries which are responsible for gas and oil related emissions including industrial emissions along with throwing poisonous wastes into the water bodies thus polluting the environs and the water. All this results in inhaling of polluted air and water pollution. This becomes a cause of asthama and disturbance of digestive system eventually disturbing immune system. Losing immunity means inviting infections such as Coronavirus pandemic which is mutating unpredictably.
All the countries, especially the developd and developing ones to device ways and means and resolve to fight air and water pollution which is reslting in rise in temperature thus causing change in climate. The sooner it is done the better for us all. Besides, cleanliness (Subachchta) drive should be formed as a community based one so that our homes and its surroundings are neat and clean.
NATURE (PRAKRITI) IS A GREAT TEACHER IF WE CARE TO LEARN FROM IT
Nature is anything or everything that is not man-made/ inartificial. Essentially, if we understand nature and its working then we shall understand more than from any formal or informal teachings. Here everything is natural – may be created by the intervention of Super Natural Power. Natural environment includes all living and non-living elements and their utilization in the day to day lives. The three elements of nature Sun (which gives energy), Air (which we breathe without which we cannot survive) and Water (used variously by humans besides drinking).
Besides, the entire ecology works as a natural system which includes all the flora and fauna, rocks, soil and what is contained in it. It also includes environment and all the natural phenomenon and material/physical phenomenon. Natural environment includes all living and non-living elements and their utilization in the day to day lives.
TIME AND TIDE WAITS FOR NONE
It is a fact that time waits for none, it just passes on leaving us high and dry. If we do not avail the present moment and remain procrastinating then we shall lose our grip and waste it therefore we have to keep a tight leash on time and realize the purpose of our life here on this earth.
Eternal time is the primeval source of the interactions of the three modes of material nature. It is unchangeable and limitless, and it works as the instrument of the Supreme Personality of Godhead for His pastimes in the material creation.—Srimad-Bhagavatam.
PEACE & PROSPERITY FOR ALL WITHOUT DISCRIMINATION
Let’s pray for peace and prosperity for all in 2022. The year gone by was really very challenging. We pray that 2022 may bring peace and prosperity in every way.
BUILDING THE TRAITS OF PATIENCE, TOLERANCE AND SELF-CONTROL
Patience always pays should never be forgotten. It has been seen that those who remain patient despite provocation are rewarded with good health and wellness. Therefore, keeping self-control is a must. This calls for control of our mind lest it goes berserk. In life, we have to adopt patience as an important tool to deal with life’s vicissitudes. Patience gives us opportunity to choose objectively what we actually want or what we do not want. Progress would be slow but after practicing a number of times results would be to our liking. Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive – Bible. This wisdom should always be kept in mind.
BUILDING BRIDGES BETWEEN COMMUNITIES
Fundamentally, our effort should be to build bridges of confidence between communities and not the chasms which have been created over a period of time due to various misunderstandings. These misunderstandings, if not attended, addressed and ironed out amicably within shortest span of time become unmanageable creating disharmony and resultant violence.
LEARNING FROM KIDS
Our little kids are the ones who teach us lessons which even a grown-ups do not. When you smile at them, they will reciprocate your smile as a return gift.. I like their innocence and sincerity at any event and at all times. Though they are dependent on others for their daily needs, yet, their joyful chatter keeps us absorbed. I learn from these small kids; innocence, simplicity, tolerance, patience etc.
In Bible it has been emphasized: God calls children a blessing and a gift! Their spirits are filled with innocence, joy and laughter. Jesus actually tells us to be like children and to come to Him full of faith and trust.
WHEN NOTHING WORKS, SILENCE WORKS BETTER
It should never be forgotten that nobody has ever won an argument or talking without mincing any words. Many of our differences in the families and friends could be solved when we tend to be silent/ tranquil when our point of view in words is not understood despite repeated try. Silent meditation has its own reward. Supreme bliss comes to a self-realized whose mind is tranquil, whose desires are under control and who is free from faults. When mind gets discipline by the practice of meditation becomes steady, one becomes content with absolute bliss, consciousness by beholding with purified intellect – Bhagwad Gita.
SEEK GOD WHEN ALONE OR WITH A GROUP OF PEOPLE
When in solitude, we can seek our God with sincerity to compensate our loneliness. His name could also be taken while amongst the people around. Naam is the great creative and controlling power of God.
Naam has no beginning and no end. It is unchanging, ancient and eternal and it is the life current which pervades the entire creation. The withdrawal of Naam from creation would lead to its decay and destruction – Guru Granth Sahib.
LIFE IS AMALGAMATION OF SWEET & BITTER MEMORIES
Essentially, we should take life as the mix of sweet and bitter memories. Sometimes we fail and other times we succeed. The see-saw scenario of bitter and sweet memories just continues till the last stage of our life. All of us faced difficult times due to Covid-19 pandemic situation. Lives got lost due to Coronavirus, businesses got busted due to lockdown conditions yet there is flicker of hope . .
To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven. Bible
PROCRASTINATION CREATES CONFUSION
At times, we tend to procrastinate and this procrastination becomes a part of our habit till such time it is too late. I know the case of a senior officer who did not have any problems related to finances, health-wise; had every comfort which a person aspires for but he had not married. When he reached at his late 50s he started feeling very lonely because of not marrying when it was essential. Similar is the case with putting off things without realizing the wisdom in the maxim ‘A stitch in time saves nine’.
PROCRASTINATION IS BAD HABIT
There are the people who are in the habit of putting off things thereby reaching a stage where retrieval is not possible. Therefore, the best course is to solve the contentious issue then and there. One who performs actions inconsistently, who is careless, who is vulgar, who insults others, who is pretentious and indolent, who procrastinates unable to timely accomplish what one boasted, who has an acute lack of discrimination. Such a one is unremittingly situated in tama guna the mode of ignorance – BHAGWAD GITA
BE POSITIVE IN ANY SITUATION AND CONDITION
Fact remains; it is not always we succeed. We may fail. But we should bear in mind that we can still try and succeed. There is always a silver lining in the dark clouds which matters. It is our common experience that when time is favourable, we consider ourselves on the seventh-heaven but when we experience some down-slide; we just plunge abysmally into the abbess of our own making, surprisingly sometimes without rhyme or reason.
WHEN NOTHING WORKS SPIRITUALITY ORIENTED LIFE WORKS
Based on past experience, I have gained over a period under various situations and conditions, I resolved to make my life spiritually oriented, methodical, adaptable besides being positive in all situations and conditions. This has worked fine with me then why not with others.
SINCEREITY ALWAYS PAYS
If have not got much worldly possession, but with God’s grace, we are meeting our day to day needs. We should put in sincere efforts. No problem, God willing, we shall get everything and if we are not able to get then also there is no problem. As far as I am concerned, my needs are limited. I do not compare myself with others. I work sincerely and whatever I have got with my hard work, I am satisfied. I always remember Bhagwad Gita’s wisdom, I had not brought anything while I was born, I shall not be taking anything which I have got here on this earth. What is mine today may be somebody else’s tomorrow. Therefore no qualms if I am not having more. My needs are being met therefore I am thankful to God for whatever has been given to me.
LIVING WITH DIVINE CONSCIOUSNESS
One who works with utmost sincerity and singleness of purpose with mind and senses controlled, is in divine consciousness. Although his senses are engaged with sense objects, he is aloof, situated in peace and happiness. This wisdom filled statement keeps us contented in all what we have.
SMALL THINGS TAKEN TOGETHER CAN MAKE HUGE DIFFERENCE
We are aware, there are some things which we’ve to take seriously in life and there are also the ones which could be ignored. But there are events which we think insignificant for our lives can also impact our life hugely. Ignoring these could do irreparable damage to our life. Even a screw in the machine could make the working of that machine dysfunctional. Similar is the case with our life.
We should always thank God for everything which He has graced us. Whatever we are and whatever we have got is due to the blessings of our God. By doing so, we are opening a window of opportunity for new vistas in life which are owing to the grace of God. Our physical, mental and relationship with others too are subject to all-round wellbeing. These too are possible due to His blessings. Every moment given us to breathe and live in appropriate atmosphere is also due to HIS BOUNTIES. Therefore, we have to thank Him for everything. In Bible it has been mentioned ‘Enter his glory with thanksgiving and his courts with praise, give thank to him and praise his name.
FORGIVING AND FORGETTING
Our relationship with others is important for us since we cannot transact all our functions in isolation. Therefore, whenever we experience any difference, it should not be allowed to deteriorate any further in the spirit of forgiving and forgetting. In this way, many of relations could be saved. According to Bhagwad Gita, Forgiveness through spiritual transmission is a divine quality.
GIVING GIVES US SATISFACTION
If we meet somebody’s need, it gives us satiety thereby making us happy. We cannot compensate this happiness with anything else under the sun. The gift which is given to one who does no service in return, with the feeling that it is one’s duty to give and which is given at the right place, in right time and to a worthy person is considered as “Sattvika Daana”. The donations that are given to the right person at the right place and time, and in the spirit that charity is a bounden duty done without any expectation, are said to be good.
LEARN TO SAY SORRY OR OFFERING APOLOGY
We, as humans, tend to do commit some mistake unintentionally, thereby creating a misunderstanding between us and others. This results in animosity between even the fast friends. If we take recourse to say four-letters word SORRY, matters could amiably be settled. Don’t let guilt linger in your heart. Go apologize, say I’m sorry, and make things right – Bible.
EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENS FOR GOOD OF A MAN
It should always be remembered that everything that happens has a reason but we have to get experience from that happening. If the experience is bad, then we learn something out of that happening.
WHEN NOTHING WORKS ACCEPTANCE IS THE BEST COURSE
There are occasions when all our sincere and best efforts are not enough to acquire the intended result, in that case, the only option left with us is acceptance. Otherwise, we may fall into the web of our own creation leading to more unacceptable contradictions putting us in further confusion.
Those who love themselves can love others too because that becomes a habit of such a person. Therefore, self-care is essential for taking care of others.
DO NOT BLAME OTHERS FOR YOUR FAULTS
It has been observed that we tend to blame others for what is happening in our lives without going into the cause and effect of the same. It should be kept in mind that we are the responsible for our conduct and affects thereto. Blaming others for our state of affairs is too bad.
IGNORANCE SHOULD BE REMOVED
We should always be the student throughout our life. We can learn anything from anybody and anywhere. It should always be remembered that ignorance is synonymous with darkness and may pull us down anytime anywhere. My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being my priest since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children – Bible.
LIVING ON THE EDGE
We all want to have our intended job transacted immediately but in this sort of a hurry, we just forget our own security or anticipate impending danger(s) that may come anytime. Hence our approach should be to scrutinize all angles or parameters and take corrective steps or course correction. While traveling in a bus, I observed that people were hurriedly climbing and coming out of the bus without caring for their safety. Then, I saw a person hastily climbing down from the bus while it slowed a bit before the bus stop fully, was run over by a vehicle which was coming from the same direction at a speed. He had to be taken to the hospital.
In the year 2022, I shall try to sincerely follow the following:-
• No to repeat the same mistakes as done the year 2021. Not that I shall not be committing mistakes since, I am a human being and sine mistakes unintentionally.
• Face the situation boldly and calmly being aware that nothing remains permanent, not even the difficult situations and conditions.
• Never forget that words we speak can make or break us. Kind word can win us friends unkind ones can prove counterproductive. Therefore, we should select the words we use in any interaction with care and caution.
• Follow the belief in Karma that whatever I shall do, it will come back to me on the percept that what I sow, I shall get.
• As far as possible cleansing my body and mind off the toxic thoughts which I have imbibed willy-nilly.
• Heaven and hell are here. What we believe firmly happens. If we see darkness everywhere then we shall be living in shadow of gloom and doom. Alternatively, if we want to see opportunity in every situation then it will happen so. What sort of life we want to live depends on us only. Seeing positivity even in most conflicting situation will steer us clear off every
• We are responsible for our life. Nobody else, however powerful that individual may be, will come to our succor when crunch time comes. We are constraint to fight our own battles ourselves.
• Sleeping over a difficult situation will not solve our problem rather it will make our difficulties more complex. Therefore, best thing is to tackle the difficultly at the present moment only rather than leave it to aggravate and make it most intractable. .
• Becoming self-aware/self-conscious …./self-accuation will help us in many ways.
• Consciously witness the changing happening around and assimilating what is worth emulating and what is to be eliminated.
• Always remember, nobody has ever seen ‘tomorrow’. Today and now is the time we know is real. Every other thing is just a passé/out-of-date.
• Give more credence to truth, love and light, hope, knowledge, understanding, simplicity and above all humbleness will deliver us from all the situations.
• Everybody appreciates perfection but perfection at the cost of our life and wellness is asking more than what is required. We should try to learn things even in imperfection.
• If we maintain our health, we can solve most of our problems, if health is lost then we shall not be able to work as desired.
• Learning from our mistakes and accepting our mistakes as and when made is a most important thing in life.