WITH POSITIVE THOUGHTS, LOVE AND LIGHT COULD MAKE HUGE DIFFERENCE
HAPPY NEW YEAR : SOME LESSONS FOR A BALANCED EXISTENCE
SECRETS OF HAPPINESS
It has been observed that everybody wants to enjoy life by fulfilling his desires in this material world of ours. However, having fulfilled all his desires, hardly means that the individual concerned is having happy and peaceful existence. If material part of life is fulfilled, there may be other desires which require fulfilling. But by the law of material possession, everybody feels let down while he compares his wealth with those of others around him. Real happiness comes when we are contented with what we possess and live in accordance of SONG OF GITA:
Whatever has happened, happened for the good,
Whatever is happening, is also for good, A
Whatever shall happen, shall also be good,
What have you lost that you cry for?
What did you bring that you have lost?
What did you create that was destroyed?
What you have taken, has been from here,
What you gave, has been given here,
What you gave has been given here,,
What belongs to you today,
Belonged to someone else yesterday.
And will be someone else’s tomorrow,
Change is the law of Universe.
Therefore, we should try to be happy, peaceful and contented with what we possess.
DHARMA & KARMA ARE THE TWO PILLARS OF STRENGTH WHILE OUR EGO LETS US DOWN
While performing our duty or any other task, including prayer or meditation or following spiritual way of existence, it is our divine function, it is our dharma to stick to and follow our dharma righteously. While following the path of our Dharma, it should be our endeavor that following our Dharma should not harm others in any way. The Karma is the universe’s way of making us aware that we are virtuous or otherwise about the thoughts and Karma (action) to undertake. Righteous Karma or straying from the path of our dharma would earn us Karmic credit points or Karmic debit points,. We should never veer away from our Dharma. When Lord Indra, the Demi-God responsible for rain, storm etc. got displeased with the people of Vrindavan about the rituals involved to please him to win his favour, he unleashed excessive rain and storm on whole of Vrindavan which swamped whole of the area including the their live-stock. Lord Krishana went to Rain God for stopping excessive rain but he (Lord Indira) disagreed. Then Ultimately, Lord Krishna told him; Lord Indira could do his Dharma while He would do His Karma as a savior of His kith and kin. Finally, Lord Krishna, to save his people, made space for his people by picking up a part of Govardhan Parbhat/Giri Parbhat in Gokul on his little finger. All the affected people including the cow-herd were thus saved from being drowned. Lord Indira finally realized his folly and very reverentially requested for forgiveness for unleashing destructive storm and rain on the residents of Vrindavan. It served a lesson for us humans that we should not exceed our limits and get drenched in ego. Egocentric tendency is a negative trait and will harm us immensely.
LIVINNG IN THE PRESENT IS FINE BUT ONLY IF WE EMPLOY PAST EXPERIENCES
Experiences of past events could be meaningfully utilized for living with enlightened mindset on the solid foundation of knowledge-base and with love-abounding. It has been said that living at the present moment is the best way of existence. However, empirical facts remains, whatever evocative understanding in the past we could scrape-together could be employed in daily routines.
EXPANTION IN PERSPECTIVE OF LOVE
Love is a contagious. It spreads far and wide when we expand its sphere of influence. The best analogy for its explanation could be attributed to the spread-effect: when we throw a pebble in the still water in a tank or pond, its waves in circular form spread/expand to the limits of the water body. Similar is expansion-affect of love – a fellow-feeling for our parents, friends, society, country and better still for all countries and its peoples. Having done thus, we do not consider others as our adversaries. In such a scenario, we share pains and pleasures of others and contribute our mite for ameliorating or alleviating the same.
CONTROL OVER OUR MIND AND SENSES
Our mind could save us from any problem if we have total control over it or put us in trouble if it is not in our control. Also, those who are in total control over their mind and senses are peaceful, tranquil and balanced in their approach. both in pleasure and pain.
HUMAN PROSPERITY IS BASED ON PLENTIFUL NATURAL RESOURCES
Essentially, human prosperity depends on the abundance in natural resources in the form of oil and gas, food products, mineral products, sea resources, etc. The judicious use of these resources, with United Nation being the essential governing body over the oceans could go a long way in enhancing the happiness quotient globally. However, there are countries which are forcibly showcasing their sovereignty over the sea even outside their domain. A nation has the right to use the natural resources of sea up to 200 nautical miles, however, outside this zone is considered as international waters. But there are countries which are willfully increasing their sovereignty/jurisdiction. Such countries are even not merely forcibly occupying the natural islands but also constructing artificial islands. Wish that natural resources are distributed amongst globally.
CHANGE IN THINKING NEEDED EVEN TODAY DUE TO SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS
The coronavirus is again spreading its tentacles again. Its effect is more in China and it will spread to other countries. When this process of mutation of the virus goes on and on then what is needed is to change our own thinking. Let the virus change its tag character, with accompanying ferocity, we too will have to change by inculcating will to survive with every sort of scare surrounding us. All the humanity has suffered due to coronavirus, physically, mentally, financially etc/ then what essentially is required is to inculcate or generate immunity by changing our lifestyle, keep ourselves healthy by regular exercises or through Yogic practices, take proper diet including adopting spiritual orientation in our lives.
MISERIES ARE CREATED BY LIVING A PESSIMISTIC WAY OF THINKING
We understand that those who give more credence to sense objectification love to live with abundance of material possession are filled with miseries of different kinds. Miseries are divided into three kinds. Miseries created and related to body and mind (body ailments and psychological leanings), miseries created by our own kith and kin and miseries created due to natural calamities such as excessive rains, droughts, snowstorms, etc. A person with wisdom would try to eliminate their miseries both with the help of medical help and by living a spiritual oriented existence for a happy life, This could also be ensured by following optimistic way of living.
THE COMPANY WE KEEP INFLUENCES OUR BEHAVIOUR PATTERN
It has been observed, we’re hugely influenced by the company we keep. The company of good character individuals makes us persons with sound demeanor and vice versa. Therefore, as far as possible, our endeavor should be to interact, have good relationship with people who have a healthy functional morally, with sound attitude, behavior pattern including good habits. Expecting immunity from the ill-affects while being in the company of ill-reputed individuals can hardly stand the test of time.
WE ARETHE PRODUCT OF OUR KARMA
It is a considered fact that all the thoughts and actions we transact impact us hugely. Therefore, we suffer or enjoy our life according to our Karmic deeds. Karmic deeds (Karma or Kukarma) affect us physiologically and psychologically. Therefore, good or bad luck is in accordance with our good or bad karma.
WHAT IS THE AFFECTS OF LIVING SPIRITUALLY?
When we plant a sapling, we protect it from elements of nature, water it periodically besides make provision for manure / fertilizer for its growth. Pouring water on the roots transports water and thus energizes its trunk and other part of the plant thus helps in its growth. In the similar way, when we transact everything as a devotional service, we get benefit bodily and mentally and ultimately our soul gets purified. And with it, our connectivity with our Supreme Beings is established eternally. The ultimate affect is Moksha or liberation from births and deaths.
OUR DESIRES ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR OUR SAD STATE OF AFFAIRS
We’ve several unattained desires with five gates of heal; anger, greed, jealousy and ego. When we are not able to fulfill our desires, we tend to adopt shortcuts or corrupt practices for sense gratification. The resultant effect would be more unhappy situation. It may be on individual plane or based on international relationship. What is happening in the war between Russia and Ukraine which is raging on relentlessly for more than ten years now, the bombing and missile attacks have caused deaths and destruction? The consequence of this war is shortage and rise in prices of food products including rise in prices of oil and natural gas.
WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO PERFORM OUR DUTY BUT NOT ENTITLED TO THE FRUITS OF OUR ACTIONS
In Bhagwad Gita, it has been mentioned that we are entitled to perform our duties but you are not entitled to the fruits of your action. And we should never consider ourselves the cause of the result of our actions. However, we should focus on the action at hand rather than concentrating too much on the outcome of our actions. By so doing, we would be doing our action with oneness of purpose and thus we shall be happy by doing so.
WHY AFRAID OF A CHANGE?
We all are aware of the changes in the seasons sometimes it is hot and other times it is cold, day changes into night and vice versa, trees shed their leaves and new ones sprout, serpent changes its outer cover and adorn the new one. Everything in Mother Nature changes periodically without any interruption then why humans with characteristics of distinction (freedom to choose between two opposites) cannot change, as fundamentally required!
OUR MINDSET RESPONSIBLE FOR OUR DOWNFALL
In essence, people with negative mindset can shed their negativity and imbibe good habits and attitude. Those who are steeped in poverty work hard thus change their lifestyle. With belief in our own capabilities and belief on our Creator, we can do wonders. On the other hand, if we love status quo in our attitude and behavior pattern then we’re constrained to suffer ultimately. We know how Kauravas’ (of great Epic Mahabharta) suffered ultimately as they maintained stoic inflexibility towards Pandavas despite sagacious counseling by Lord Krishna.
THERE IS HIDDEN FEAR SURROUNDING US
Though through change we undergo necessary transformation in our attitude, behavior pattern, way of thinking etc. yet we resist change because we are always fearful about the implication which the change would result ultimately therefore we perforce remain status quoits therefore lose our peace of mind.
BAGGAGE OF NEGATIVITY HAS TO BE REMOVED FOR PEACE & PROSPERITY
If we want serenity and peace of mind, we have to empty our mind off the baggage of negativity in the form of anger, greed, bitterness, animosity, hypocrisy and deceit, jealousy etc. For the change to be effective, we in essence require sincere efforts, perseverance, eliminate the mental blocks which resist change in our attitude. But honest beginning could make difference though resisting change amounts to resisting practical changes is synonymous with resisting everything and anything in life.
WE SHOULD ALWAYS ACCEPT THAT NATURE CAN REMOVE HURDLES FROM OUR PATH – READ THE VARIOUS ASPECTS OF NATURE
MERELY STAYING POSITIVE IS NOT THE SOLUTION, WE’VE TO BE PRACTICAL TO FACE THE CHANGE
It should also be noted that when we are encircled with uncertain situation, mere staying positive will not do us any good. We’ve to experience the uncertain situation and seek solution to come out of the quagmire we’ve created for ourselves. By so doing, we can have confidence to face and come out of any situation we are willy-nilly put in future. Mere bravado of positive attitude will not help us steer clear of our predicaments. Will to fight and come out unscathed will do a world of difference. It should always be remembered that stress, fear, rigidity etc. are our enemy number one and these reduce our life span.
UNCERTAINTIES CAN BROWBEAT US BUT WILL TO SURVIVE STANDS THE TEST OF TIME
In essence, we become skeptical at every conceivable occasion. We just think that something bad will happen to us when in differing situation and condition. We suspect that something unpredictable will happen without even comprehending the exact scenario. When we come to know about the precise scene, we see something different. Meaning that we were have wrong perception. We can go with some presumption but that presumption should not always be negatively oriented since our accumulated knowledge could also come to our rescue while traversing into the strange situation or places. We should rather enjoy traverse into the strange territories with a feeling of certainty and if there is suspicion, confront it, fearing change will hardly deliver us of the problem.
NEVER HAVE DEFEATIST ATTITUDE
To alleviate the fear of change, nobody but an individual can help himself/herself. No soothsayers or any other person can help us. Such a person can only direct us to follow a particular path but we ourselves have to travel through that path. If we take charge of our thoughts and emotions then the fear of a change will evaporate in thin air.
Conclusively, in life, there are good tidings and bad ones too but remaining unaffected by these changes by challenging the onslaughts of bad tidings, we can surmount any hurdles. Here clarity in thoughts and actions thereto makes huge difference.
AS HUMANS WE’VE THE POWER OF DISCRIMINATION BESTOWED TO US BY ALMIGHTY GOD
My prayer to our Almighty God is for all humanity that He may alleviate the sufferings of the humans since with His intervention everything is possible. May bring peace, prosperity and good health and wellness Factually, the power of Almighty God is with us at all times through the activities of mind, senses, and expression of emotions. We have the power of discrimination bestowed by the Omnipotent God whether to follow righteous course or otherwise. The choice remains solely with us.