ON CHARITY


ON CHARITY

ADVERSE EFFECTS OF COVID-19 PANDEMIC

As has been observed, human civilization has been passing through intellectual and civilizational change. Most of the people want ‘maximum’ for the ‘maximum number of people’. However, these ambitious plans have been put paid by the downward spiral of economic development caused by Coronavirus pandemic. We all are aware how the  LOCKDOWNS and resultant business and job losses have impacted the general masses globally. These job losses have caused irreparable damage to the social fabric of most of the societies. Though Government has decided to distribute free ration to the people living below poverty line besides certain other steps are taken to alleviate the condition and remove social and economic disparities yet it will take more time for the economic health to be restored fully. Despite all the steps to retrieve the situation, there are still socio-economic inequalities. With uncontrolled unemployment due to job losses, the conditions of the general masses have worsened. In this, the middle class is worst hit. They are the ones who have to shell out taxes on their income, manage their household expenditure besides sundry expenditures to sustain their existence. Therefore, the need of the hour is to provide succor to the needy and take them along. How best we can retrieve the situation is a moot point. In order to ameliorate the condition of the poor,   contributions and donations by the ones who have resources is also a need of the hour. In Holy Quran it has been mentioned: And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these [is] charity.

NEED FOR CHARITY/DONATION

Charity or donation should be given by a person who is able to donate from his earnest earnings. A charity given from the ill-gotten affluence will not bring about Karmic credit to the doner. For charity to be credible, pure intention to donate from the legitimately and earnestly earned income will bring addition in Karmic credit account. In Bible it has been very rightly mentioned: And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these [is] charity.

CHARTY TO ADD TO OUR KARMIC CREDIT ACCOUNT

It has also been observed that it is not that a person with huge reserve of wealth can donate or give money in charity but a person with large heart with warm feelings for others can also donate in charity even from the paltry resources he/she is having. We accrue more reward in the form of addition in Karmic credit account if we part with what we have with us. It would be relevant to make mention about a employee of our organization. His name is Mr. Arvinder Singh, who donates partly to the daily Langar (Joint Kitchen) organized by the Sikh Gurdwara and partly meets the fees of those school children who due to their hard financial straits cannot pay the school fees but are proficient in their studies. He has set an example for others to follow that it is not the economic affluence by which one can make charities but expansiveness of heart too which counts too. Many of the people have taken cue from his large-heartedness and started giving money in charity for the needy ones.

TO WHOM TO GIVE IN CHARITY?

It is also worthwhile to note; when donating in charity we should know to whom you are giving our hard earned resources. Firstly, he/she should be the right person to donate and secondly the time of donation should be appropriate. Suppose there is an accident and money is required instantly to meet the hospital bills and the concerned person is not having even a penny. Then, it is a most appropriate time. Thirdly, the place where the charity has to be made is also taken into account. If we donate in charity just to showcase your status and position in public place then that donation will not earn you any Karmic Credit. It would be a futile exercise, an exercise done with passion. Fourthly, an intention to donate should originate instantly after seeing somebody in distress. There should not be any reluctance or dilly-dallying about meeting somebody emergent need. Fifthly, and most important one at that, we should not hope or expect anything in return from the charity we have made to that person. It is better if that person is worthy of your assistance and also a rank stranger.

For the charity to be of any substance, we should follow the guidance given in Bhagward Gita. Charity given to a worthy person simply because it is right to give, without consideration of anything in return, at the proper time and in the proper place, is stated to be in the mode of goodness. Then; the charity given in reluctance with the hope to get something in return or in expectation of reward is said to be in the mode of passion.

In Guru Granth Sahib Ji vide its Shabad, the Guru Guru Sahib has highlighted the significance of charity. He has compared Truth and Charity as His white clothes. In the Guru Granth Sahib the five traits are considered as important ones. It is also relevant to say that all the charities should be made in the name of God without witch where is no benefit of charity so given.

These five traits are:-

  • Truthfulness.
  • Honest Living.
  • Goodwill to all.
  • Praise of Lord.
  • Charity in the name of God.

The Ramayan states this too:

  • It reduces the attachment with the material possessions. When we do not have much attachment with the material wealth, then, if we lose material possessions, we shall remain balanced thus bring in its wake good health and wellness.
  • It inculcates a feeling of service (Seva). This service without any expectation is one of the best Karma Yoga that a Yogi performs.
  • It expands the heart – by enhancing our compassion and empathy for the needy ones.

The Skandh Purāna states the following:-

  • From the earning we have earned by earnest means, we should give one-tenth in charity.
  • We should dedicate our charity for the pleasure of God.

Lord Krishna has very rightly asserted in Bhagwad Gita: When charity is given freely from the heart to worthy recipients, at the proper time and at the appropriate place, it is considered to be in the mode of goodness.

ALL LIVES MATTER IN THE DOMAIN OF GOD


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Whilst living things were created on our earth

By the Creator

Using His creative energy

In his mold

As He desired

And for continuation

In the production of living beings and civilization

He made males and females

Thence started the continuous evolution

As time passes

But He exerted total control over births and deaths

Which may be due to the Karmic deeds

With mind and body

To consciously think and act according to the individual’s capacities

But as truth stands out

We are responsible for our thoughts and actions

Bad thoughts and actions lead to Karmic credit depletion

But good thoughts and deeds lead to increase in Karmic credit accretion

Of the person concerned

God made everybody in His mold

And that too with His energy

Every creation of His is dear to Him

In His domain

There is no difference

Based on caste, creed, color, region

Language, religion

Status and ideologies.

But Alas!

We humans have segregated

Divided His creations based

On narrow, selfish and pettiness

By pitting one person

Against another person

Without even slightest notion

That all the creations

Come and go to the Source of Origin

Where ALL LIVES MATTER

With no conflicts in civilization identities.

There are the selfish ones

Who get more pleasure by putting one against other

For spreading hatred and then rebellion

Resulting in violence

Amongst the vulnerable members of the society

By creating artificial divisions in the communities

Thus, pursue their violent agenda

Of provoking anger and unrest

Based purely on ignorance

That ‘SOME LIVES MATTER’

Pitting against the slogans ‘ALL LIVES MATTER’

The gullible and vulnerable get engulfed

And get stuck miserably

In the quagmire

An instigation for burning and looting of public properties

Without much insight that the properties burnt and looted

Are made out of their own taxes only!

We humans should follow those who taught

How best to adjust with all

Without any narrow judgment or distinction

Though we have the freedom for pre-assumptions

Based purely on compassion

Knowledge and wisdom-based considerations

That all that exists on this beautiful earth and beyond

Is the creation of our Benevolent Creator

With the definite purpose for all who is created on this earth

Besides in His realm so vast

Nobody is big or small indeed

Because ALL LIVES MATTER in His domain and ALL LIVES COUNT.

                      ALL LIVES COUNT IN THE DOMAIN OF OUR GOD

We all are aware that when our Creator created living beings in His mold and with His energy. Therefore, He created everybody unique – in traits and other characteristics. Everybody created by Him has a separate purpose. But the modern man has become very material-minded, for him money is very important; being an end in itself and not a means to an end. By doing so, the man has virtually ignored ethical, moral and above all spiritual aspects of his life. What he does or does not do, he wants something in return. In such a social environment, even a child cannot remain unaffected by this negative change. He picks up what his older members of the society do or do not do. Selfishness, self-centeredness, conceitedness and above all man has become intolerant. This intolerance is due to the fact that he has not got the patience to listen to other viewpoints, no tolerance to face facts and is always swayed by innuendoes which are fed to him on day to day basis. He forgets his roots and above all the source from where he is originated – leading to violence, lack of empathy and above all his basic purpose for which he has come to this earth gets woefully forgotten.  

DIFFERENCES IN THOUGHTS COMES WHEN WE MOVE AWAY FROM OUR TRUE NATURE

In his quest to get what the man wants to get, he forgets how the Mother Nature bestows Her most precious gifts in the form of air, water and sunlight without which we cannot survive. If our Lord does not discriminate in anything, then why we humans have a biased mindset based on parochial and close-minded considerations. If anything happens in any part of the world, we get swayed and want to showcase our egocentric tendencies by burning public properties, harming others based on differences in caste, creed, the color of our skin, region etc. All this happens when we are unaware of our true nature, we all are not apart from our God. 

In the BIBLE it has been said:

“Since all lives are created by our Creator

 So, God created mankind in his own image,

 in the image of God, he created them;

 male and female he created them”. 

DIFFERENCE IN PERCEPTION 

In essence, the religion-based, region-based and skin colour-based differences have made a huge negative impact on our psyche. All right-thinking people feel dismayed by the chaotic and confusing conditions created at the slightest provocation of a person or a group of people. We are aware of the ugly incidents of mob leeching or killing or maiming by the violent crowd due to difference in religious beliefs.

DIFFERENCES IN PERCEPTION BASED ON PAROCHIAL THOUGHTS LEAD TO VIOLENCE AND BAD BLOOD BETWEEN COMMUNITIES

We observe how violence erupts with global ramification due to a specific incident owing to the fault of a single or two persons; who anyhow was dealt with according to the laws of the land. There are clashes between ‘SOME LIVES MATTER’ versus ‘ALL LIVES MATTER’. This has affected societies more adversely than even Coronavirus Pandemic which too has engulfed the entire world. The Covid-19 pandemic infection and lockdowns will come and go as societies grow but the violence between societies based on narrow thinking remains. Alas, this is a matter of concern. 

OUR EXPECTATIONS 

 It is a sad commentary that we expected more tolerance, accommodation and acceptability of diverse opinions based on caste, creed, colour, language, status and ideologies due to spread of knowledge due to evolution of mankind. This all-encompassing knowledge dissemination should have changed the old mindset and changed outlook based on narrow considerations which were hitherto prevailing. But unfortunately, there were incidents of public property burning, looting due to spread of anger and hatred pitting one community against other. The division in the communities, based on perverted mindset, has opened a Pandora box of reeking worms proving that our perceived advancement and evolution are merely paper-oriented.

DIVISIONS IN THE SOCIETIES IMPACT OUR EXISTENCE 

In essence, the global adverse effect created due to parochial thoughtlessness has divided our societies. The situation becomes all the more daunting while almost all the communities globally are facing economic stringency owing to job losses and business losses due to Covid-19 pandemic lockdown conditions. Some people take pleasure in spreading violence and dissension even in these difficult times. It is a well-known fact that in this sort of scenario, the vulnerable and gullible are the poor and ignorant ones who get swayed and fall into the swamp of violence. Contrarily, the influential people mobilize people to deliver catchy slogans and speeches with an intention to create dissensions and consequent mayhem amongst communities by spreading hatred and hostility. By so doing, the authorities are constrained to close down economic activities thus impacting the economic health of the country concerned becoming a cause for an increase in unemployment.

IN THE DOMAIN OF GOD EVERY LIFE COUNTS

While we are aware that everybody is dear to our Lord, then, why we humans act otherwise and pit one against others owing to narrow considerations. Let all, without any ulterior motive, be empowered equally and grow equally by getting an equal share from the economic development of the country concerned. If this happens then there would be a dawn of good relationship between the communities based on the personal involvement of all, cooperation and understanding where ALL LIVES MATTER. 

WHEN ALL CONTRIBUTE FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF A COUNTRY THEN THERE WOULD BE A DAWN OF HARMONY

Importantly, the moot point is how best we all, without any bias, be equal partners in any situation and condition. If the situation in the country concerned is good, we can enjoy our life together, if otherwise, we can work hard together and make a difference. This could only be possible when all contribute with the avowed aim of bringing in its wake the dawn of harmony between all the communities without any discrimination. This becomes reality only when we realize the truth ALL LIVES MATTER. 

COVID-19 PANDEMIC ADVERSELY AFFECTS ALL SOCIETIES WITHOUT ANY BIAS!

The lockdowns due to Covid-19 pandemic, has clearly shown that the virus affects all. No society is immune to its ill effects then why to create artificial barriers? We can fight this virulent virus together since ALL LIVES MATTER.

FASTING FOR CLEANSING OF BODY, MIND AND SOUL


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FASTING – FOR CLEANSING OF BODY, MIND & SOUL



Food sustains our body is an undisputed fact
Proves harmful to our body system
When taken more than our body can digest
Since it forces our digestive system
Working more than what it is able to function
In the process
Producing toxins and fatty contents – in excess
Than our body actually requires
Being obese is the result of excessive food consumption
Which impairs our body constitution.
Fasting is a willful self-restraint
We impose on ourselves
Giving a needed breather
To our digestive system
And other metabolic related organism
In the process regulating the body function
In sync with our body’s needs
Thus ensuring sound mind
In a sound body
Thus cleansing the body and mind
Thus live a life suffusing with piety
With enough of satiety
Free from worries
Created due to life bereft of health related problems
Which otherwise adversely affects our system
Fasting thus gives us break
From eating
Which gives our digestive system
Too a needful break
Thus help our body
To perform all the functions properly
In sync with the need of our body
Along with all the organs of our body.
In the current Covid-19 Pandemic
Fasting will cleanse our body
With it our mind and spirit
Thus help establish connectivity
Connectivity with Omnipotent and Omniscient God Almighty
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 FASTING TO INFUSE SPIRITUAL ORIENTATION


Fasting means not eating food for a fixed or for a per-determined period of time. Fasting gives our digestive system some break or rest consequently keeping the body free of extra fats/fatty acids and toxins which results in numerous diseases such as disturbed sleep, hypertension, overweight etc. All these ailments prevent us from focusing on the job we are doing besides with unsound health puts a stop to focused attention to our prayers to our God for peace and prosperity in our life. Not having peace in life means we cannot serve the very purpose of our existence on this beautiful earth. Our purpose on this earth is to lead a spiritual oriented life by seeking connectivity with our Creator. Leading a spiritual oriented life means to perform our duties sincerely, having empathy for others by fulfilling the needs of others besides thanking Omnipotent and Omniscient God for His bountiful gifts which He has given us. Besides, leading a spiritual oriented life also do everything positive in life for Moksha or liberation from births and deaths ultimately. All this happens when we are having sound health. Sound health results when we keep a tight leash on our eating habits – when to eat, how best to eat and WHEN NOT TO EAT.

WHAT TO EAT AND WHEN TO EAT AND IN WHAT QUANTITY ARE IMPORTANT

Essentially, it has rightly been said, we become what we eat since we get necessary energy from the food we eat. If we eat a balanced diet, rich in vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates etc. then we would be having sound body. More the energy and synergy to perform our daily work more output thus more the satiety in our life.

It is important to mention ‘What to eat’ is very important since if we eat indiscriminately, we may have the intricate situation of having Covid-19 Pandemic  created by eating ‘bats’ meat’ or consuming whatever comes our way which has engulfed almost the entire humanity.

Then comes the significance of ‘When to eat’ since if we continue eating fast foods or anything which comes our way any time without even conforming to our eating schedules (breakfast, lunch and dinner), then, we are in for digestion related problems. It should always be remembered that every organ of our body including our digestive system require some breather or respite/rest; if it overworks, then, sure enough, it will not only adversely affect our digestive system but also impair overall working of our body metabolism. If we give a day’s rest to our digestive system, we shall feel light, our important organs like liver, intestines and in fact all the internal body mechanism will work in sync.

FASTING IS SKIPPING THE FOOD AND WATER INTAKE

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.

BENEFITS  OF FASTING


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.


FASTING AND RELIGIOUS CONNOTATION


FASTING BY HINDUS. 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.

FASTING BY CHRISTIANS. 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.

THE FASTING BY MUSLIMS. 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 FOR SPIRITUAL FORWARD JOURNEY

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.

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

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


Fasting helps self awareness / self enlightenment

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

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Heartiest FELICITATIONS ON THE OCCASION OF TEACHERS’ DAY CELEBRATIONS ON 5th SEPTEMBER 2020. AN IDEAL TEACHER – A MOST PRECIOUS GIFT OF GOD


HEARTIEST FELICITATIONS ON THE OCCASION OF TEACHERS’ DAY CELEBRATIONS ON 5th SEPTEMBER 2020.

AN IDEAL TEACHER

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An ideal teacher is a priceless gift of Almighty God
Since this gift builds the character of the pupils so solid
That the students face the challenges of life with fortitude.

An ideal teacher quenches the knowledge thirst of his disciples
By imparting needed know-how with a sense of inquest
To go deeper into the subject
Thus inculcating holistic growth & development.

An ideal teacher gives meaningful tasks to his students
In the class-room settings
Or through home assignments.

An ideal teacher takes online classes as an alternative
In the Covid-19 pandemic situation
And changes the mindset of the students according to the change in condition.

An ideal teacher is a human being who is kind-hearted and humane to the core
Imparts and spreads awareness amongst students and more.

An ideal teacher exhibits traits of tenderness & gentleness in abundance
And ensures that likewise these good traits be put in his students with a heavy dose of tolerance.

An ideal teacher has a huge reservoir of patience
And try imbibing the same in his students along with resilience.

An ideal teacher has attitude bereft of any discrimination
Against his pupils, with whom he teaches with utmost concern.

An ideal teacher posses sincere attributes with a firm belief system to follow
So that students absorb goodness and excellence in every way.

An ideal teacher inculcates the traits of compatibility
So that his students could adjust in any territory.

An ideal teacher is the modest and free of any egocentric tendencies
And expects these traits in his students.


An ideal teacher teaches the art of diplomacy in day-to-day existence
So that for getting their things done they do not follow the path of violence.

An ideal teacher removes the ignorance of the learners
And infuses enlightenment with self-belief and self-confidence
And transforms his raw pupils who changes according to the changed circumstances.

An ideal teacher, of necessity, should lay a solid foundation
So that the students can weather all storms which may come in the lives of their students.

An ideal teacher adopts different methodologies to set right the weak areas
Of his students to the best of his/her capacities and capabilities.

An ideal teacher teaches the value of innovations
With a lot of motivational appreciations
As and when needed most essentially.
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An ideal teacher is firm like a rock when need be
But soft like ice when needed hugely.

An ideal teacher has the genteel outlook with pleasing personality
Impresses the students with the lessons imparted so diligently.

An ideal teacher is sought after by the students personally
Because of his method of making even a most difficult lesson look so easy.

An ideal teachers uses trial and error method, so skillfully
Or through subject interaction technique so adeptly
Or Froebel method of freedom to act in a stimulating ambience
Or Montessori’s method tells us about the atmosphere so serene
With stress on social justice and community justice and fair-play
Method may be any,
The ideal teacher ensure that his students get enlightened in every way.

An ideal teacher teaches through discussions and collaborations
With each other for knowledge dissemination
Or through knowledge gained through experimentation
In a variety of situations and conditions.

Teaching could be by a formal teacher in the formal institute
Or informally through any informal institutions
Like temple, mosques, and churches so pious
The purpose is to disseminate instructions

To make huge difference in the students life surely
So that they get indepth know-how to face the life squarely.

An ideal teacher is resilient and infuses resiliency
Since greatness comes with the traits of flexibility.

O my God, please do help the teachers
To realize his/her dream of shaping the destinies of his learners
So that when they grow up they become a better person
Who gets adaptive in any circumstances with positive disposition.

AN IDEAL TEACHER

The teachers could be very rightly construed as the builders of a Nation as they assist the students in drawing out their inner potentials thus shape their future. Ideal teachers are the ones who exert sincerely and find out potentials and weak areas of all the students in the class and devise various methodologies in bridging the gap besides inculcating discipline and cooperation fervor amongst the students.

Importance of ideal teacher, as a national builder, although is acknowledged and appreciated, yet, one thing that needs to be remembered is that a teacher should be dispassionate or unbiased in attitude towards all the students. A good teacher should command respect from the students, exhibit the high sense of integrity, should be a unifying force and above all should be unbiased. For a teacher, all the students are equal and necessarily need attention equally while clarifying all the concept queries of all the students.

As a great teacher, Lord Krishna exhorts his disciple Arjuna to cut doubts that have developed in his heart, burn the ignorance with the sword of knowledge (Jnana) while taking shelter in Yoga of action.

Teachers’ Day is being celebrated on 5th September 2020 as a tribute to Dr. S. Radhakrishnan, a thinker, philosopher, a most proficient statesman besides a learner of repute. He was born on 5th September 1888. While his admirers requested him to celebrate his birthday, he replied that he would consider himself more honoured if his birthday is observed and celebrated as ‘TEACHERS DAY’ which is according being done. 

It is worth mentioning about his early life. He did his Masters in Philosophy, thereafter, became professor of Philosophy at Madras Presidency College. He was appointed King George V Chair of Mental and Moral Science at University of Calcutta. He is well known for his knowledge of scriptures and known as 20th Century philosopher of Comparative Religion and Philosophy. He became Vice Chancellor of AP University in 1931 and also VC of Banaras Hindu University. He also taught Eastern Religions and Ethics at Oxford University besides being appointed Haskell lecturer in Comparative Religion at University of Chicago. His philosophy was grounded in Advaita Vedanta. He proved to be a bridge between the East and the West. 

 He was not having much experience in politics and that is why he is referred to as the politician in shadow. He became the Vice President of India in 1952 and subsequently as the President. His insightful treasure of critical study of Indian Philosophy is worth appraisal.

TEACHER SHOULD BE WHOLLY IMPARTIAL IN THEIR ATTITUDE

I was obviously pained after observing the unethical and un-teacher-like attitude of an educator. A teacher should impart knowledge without any discrimination. For a teacher, every student is a learner and should try hard in removing ignorance and disseminate know-how. A teacher who is unbiased and imparts education to all without any ulterior consideration is precious – a gift of God. 

A TEACHER IS ALWAYS A LEARNER 

It should be kept in mind that knowledge has no limits. When we learn one thing, there is yet another thing to be learned. A teacher who enhances his knowledge and keeps himself updated on variety of things can quench the thirst of his students in a meaningful way. It should be kept in mind that now a days, the students can get knowledge from a variety of sources; net connectivity, media etc. yet, the knowledge imparted by the teacher is second to none, it has the formal stamp of authority and wisdom along with heavy dose of love and affection. 

ATTITUDE OF A TEACHER OR A GURU

The teacher or a Guru should be knowledgeable, unbiased, compassionate, and his only intention should be to teach the students and make them a true citizens so as to face the vicissitudes of life confidently that is. learn to be adaptive to the changed circumstances and  face the challenges in life with belief and confidence.

GURU SHISHYA PARAMPARA  (THE TRADITION OF TEACHER AND PUPIL)

The Guru (teacher) Shishya (pupil) tradition (parampara) is quite old in the Indian context. In Upanishads, the mention of Gurukulas have been made; here the progenies of the ruling classes and others used to get spiritual knowledge about scriptures such as Vedas, Puranas, Upanishads etc. The age group for this purpose used to be from 8 to 12 years. Besides, scriptural knowledge, the pupils (shishya) used to get weapon training too.For instance, there were Gurukul run by Drona to impart knowledge about scriptures and weapons – as imparted to Pandavas (of which Dhanushdhari Arjuna is the more pronounced one). Then there were discourses on the Brahman In Guru Varuni’s Gurukul on Indian traditions.

Conclusively, it could be said that a teacher is an essential part of any society, who changes the destinies of the students in the way considered most appropriate in accordance with change in time and space,/situations and conditions. Besides an ideal teacher is himself a student for ever.

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SHRAADDHAS OR SHRADHA FROM 1ST SEPTEMHER 2020 TO 17TH SEPTEMBER


SHRAADDHAS OR SHRADHA

Shraaddhas or Shradha meaning faith or belief
To bestow respect to our ancestors –  the departed souls
By the progenies of the (Pitr) soul so departed to the heavenly abode
These are important annual rituals as a remembrance
For our no longer alive  relatives of ours
And have gone to the lands unknown – none knows to where
We remember their love and affection
With overflowing emotions
For our love ones who had shown us this beautiful earth
Truth is, due to them only we’re here on this planet
The dear ones who had bestowed us the righteous path
Along with showering us with care so affectionate
And delivered us from many a difficult situations.
Now, as they have turned to Pitr (Gone for good from us) domain
It is our sacred duty, the bounden one
To remember their stellar contribution
Due to which we are in the present state of wellness
During Shraaddha days we tend to remember their role
In shaping our destinies
In which we’re placed presently.
Besides recollection of their role while they were with us
With eyes filled with tears and our emotions running at its zenith
It is our sacred duty to remember them
For bestowing us the care and caution when it was hugely needed
And steering us clear from the troubled waters in which we were placed
Thus saving us from directionless journey of our existence.
By observing Shraaddhas
With absolute faith, we present offerings of food
So that our (Pitras) ancestors
Who might be in the dark regions
After they are with us no longer
Are able to move from dark recesses
To the region of lights of the heaven
By attaining liberation or Moksha from births & deaths
By the performance of Shraaddhas
In which rituals are held
In the form of reciting of holy mantras
Mention of which have been found in Upnishads
And most sincere prayers to Omnipotent & Omniscient
With utmost devotion
Besides the charities too are made to the needy ones
For our departed love ones
Who though are not with us now
But we represent them to carry on family traditions
Never forgetting without them our existence would not have been
We reminisce them during these days
And thank them for everything they had done for us
While they were on this planet with us.

SHRAADDHA OR SHRADHA


Shraaddha or Shradha is the Sanskrit word which literally means Shradha or faith/belief and any act that is transacted with all the honesty and sincerity at our command according to pre-determined goal besides it has got sanctity faith/belief attached with it. Our emotional faith (Bhav) is a must for getting full benefits of the Shraaddas. Shraadhas are observed for 15 days (in the Hindu month of Ashvin) termed as the Pitra Paksh Period is very auspicious to offer Pinddaan so that the departed souls may get liberation (Moksha) from births and deaths. Mention of this has been in the ancient scriptures like Upnishads.

SHRAADDHA THIS YEAR FROM 1ST SEPT 2020


This year these are observed with effect from 1st September 2020 {Puranmashi – Full Moon Day to 17th September 2020 (Dark Night – Amavasya}. On these days, we Hindus reminisce our  forefathers/ancestors, who are not presently not with us. In other words, it is expression of our gratitude to th dead blood relatives (Pitras) and pay them respectful homage for their contribution towards us. In other words, it is expression of gratitude to our ancestors (Pitras) due to whom we are on this planet. For instance, I would be conducting Shraaddhas for my parents, elder brothers after linking with the dates on which they died.

It is pertinent to mention here that the Shraaddhas are held based on the dates on which our parents or grand-parents have left for their heavenly abode. The date for the shraadhas are observed based on the death anniversary – on the Shraadha Paksha.

SHRAADDHAS AFTER DEATH TOO


These Shraaddhas are also observed after the death of an individual (after the left out ashes are immersed in the holy water of river Ganga). These Shraddhas are performed accompanied with chanting of Mantras for the departed soul. The Sharaaddha ceremonies are also performed at Kurukashetra (A Holy place in Haryana) in a water-body where there was a huge battle between Pandavas and Kauravas and Holy Song of Bhagwad Gita originated.

SACRED PLACES WHERE SHRADDHA RITUALS ARE HELD

The Shraaddha rituals could be performed in Gaya (Bihar) the waterless river containing Phalgu (A type of sand) but water could be extracted from any spot by digging 2-3 feet at any part of this waterless river. While I visited Gaya and offered prayers at the famous Lord Vishnu temple and performed Shraaddhas for the departed souls of my parents, my brothers and grand-parents, and of course, for my relatives and friends who had left for their heavenly abode. I was spellbound by the air of Godliness everywhere there. It is believed that Sita Maa (while they were observing 14 years’ exile) had performed her Shraaddha rituals for her father-in-law Dhashratha at Gaya. It has been mentioned in Purana in great details.

The Shraddha rituals are performed not merely for our deceased parents, grand-parents but also our close relatives including small children who departed from this earth suddenly due to sickness or due to some unfortunate accidents. As these Pitrs (departed souls) have departed to their heavenly abode or may be not got Liberation or Moksha, due to one reason or other, the Shraddha performed with wholeheartedness will help liberate these departed souls.

METHODS OF SHRAADDHA RITUATIONS 

Place where these rituals are held
. First of all, it is essential that the rituals are held at a place which is known for performing these sacred rituals. It could be places like banks of river Ganga, Yamuna, Gaya, Baranasi etc. For these, there is no need of appropriate time like Shraddha Period (15 days).

Pinddaan. This constitutes the offering consisting of baked rice, cow’s milk, ghee, honey, barley flour. All these are mixed together so as to make balls of contents as mentioned. This should be done with intense faith and belief with emotional attachment.

Tarpan. It is the offering of clean water mixed with sesame, barley, and flour; in these, Kusha (grass) forms an important part. By adopting right approach besides absolute faith and belief, our ancestors could get the benefits for their onward journey from dark or negative region to brighter one.

Offering to the Animals and birds. Before offering meals to the priests (Brahmins), it is considered a good omen or auspicious to offer the prepared vegetarian meal, prepared without use of onions and garlic, khir (prepared with cow milk, rice, sugar, dry fruits etc.) to the cows and birds. If the offering of Khir is taken by the crows, it is consider auspicious.

Feeding to the Brahmins. Subsequently, the prepared meal is offered to the priests (Brahmins) with utmost reverence and emotional faith.

Clothes and donation. After serving food with love and affection with positive emotions running high (Priti-Bhoj) to the Brahmins, the Brahmins are offered clothes and cash so as to cover their expenses to reach the place of Shraaddha rituals.

PARENTING IN COVID-19 PANDEMIC SITUATION


PARENTING IN COVID-19 PANDEMIC SITUATION

It may seem strange but true that the lockdown situation has created some physiological and psychological problems for our young minds. Perforce they have to stay at home in lockdown for long hours with their parents besides attending online classes. They are cut off from the outside world due to fear of contracting Covid-19 pandemic infection. Absence of formal education which could have resulted in regular studies in classroom environs along with meeting with their classmates on daily basis wherein the teachers play pivotal role. The lockdown have made the students prisoners in their own homes. Although it is a fact that parents are the first teachers or Gurus of their wards but students require to attend formal and informal institutions for a holistic growth and development but due to self-isolation at homes, formal education has received a big jolt.

LOCKDOWN SITUATION & ONLINE CLASSES

Online classes give the students exposure to screen-time mobiles/computers for a longer period of time (From 8 AM to 3 PM) not only impacts their eyesight but also encourage them to view unethical and immoral videos pictures polluting their impressionable minds. Till such time formal teaching in schools or colleges starts, it is imperative that the parents take charge and take care of their progenies and act as both the parents as well as teachers.

In the absence of formal schooling, online classes are being attended by the students. It is a fact that in the absence of formal schooling due to social distancing and isolation as a necessity due to fear of catching infection, the online classes are being pursued. But the basic requirements for these are; net-connectivity, quality mobiles and also somebody net savvy at home to assist the students in uploading the questions/answers of the lessons and tests for the appraisal of the teachers taking online classes. If there is nobody to assist in such a situation, the very purpose of online classes gets defeated.

It is relevant to know about some drawbacks in online classes:-

·        Sometimes the quality of education is compromised due to lack of experience on online classes etc. by the teaching staff.

·        The feedback is limited or the students can hardly get clarifications of their doubts as done in classroom environs.

·         There is prevalence of cheating or copying – lack of discipline in teaching and learning processes.

·        Time management is sometimes compromised.

·        Social isolation results in physical and mental implications.

·        Lack of discipline in some cases creates problems.

·        It has been experienced that when online tests are conducted, if net-connectivity gets disrupted, the purpose of online classes gets defeated. I have observed parents facing difficulties in this respect.

·        Cooperation and fellow-feeling which the students learn in formal education at schools leads to adjustment problems in the children.

·        As the online screening-time is more, continuous exposure impacts the eyesight.

·        The teaching/learning have to be monitored by the parents as the children can be exposed to immoral and unethical videos with breach of Information Technology Rules (Sexual Orientation). This has happened in some cases, The parents should closely guard this aspect.

SOME ADVERSE IMPACTS OF ONLINE CLASSES OBSERVED

The parents should always be partners in online teaching/learning processes otherwise their children will have to face adjustment problems. To quote a few episodes; in one of the cases students of 12-15 age-group uploaded abusive and obscene messages along with offensive videos while online classes were on. This will have a negative implication on the students besides the teaching staff gets demoralised. On 23rd  August 2020), a seven year old boy slits his four year old cousin’s throat while playing a game outside their house in Bareilly (UP). Besides, there are so many unreported incidents which are impacting the students while living in the lockdown conditions.

For education classes to be effective and purposeful, it is important that the parents should always associate themselves fully while online classes are being conducted lest their wards get astray.

NON-USE OF ABUSIVE LANGUAGE

The other day, I was hugely surprised when I heard the abusive language being used by a five year child while he was interacting his sister aged about seven years. We may ignore it, thinking that such a use of language is merely by small kids who do not even understand the meaning of foul language. But, doubtlessly, if this stance continues then these kids will grow up to be spoiler of relationships. The parents should take extra care and caution that refined language is learned by their wards. For this, they themselves have to use the refined language in front of their children.

 In Bible it has rightly been said: ‘Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.’

RESPONSIBILITY OF THE PARENTS IN LOCKDOWN SITUATION

In the lockdown condition and resultant isolation from the outside world, it is the responsibility of the parents to monitor all the actions of their children so that they may not grow to be the law breakers when they grow up. While in schools, the students learn from their peer group but in their homes while in isolation due to lockdown condition the children may learn social norms besides traditional norms from brothers, sisters and other members of the family. If the parents use abusive language while having heated arguments then their children too will use the same language. My earnest request to the parents is to use refined and polished language at least while their children are around.   

PARENTS SHOULD DISPLAY PATIENCE AND TOLERANCE

It is ironical that, in some cases, I have observed that one-upmanship attitude too is responsible for spoiling the children. If one spouse wants to advice a child in a particular way, the other spouse just intervenes thereby creating a piquant situation. This attitude of ‘I am the boss’ undoes everything which a child has learned. The result is the child loses confidence on his/her parents who remain at logger heads on flimsy grounds. A child brought up in this environs grows to be quarrelsome, non-confident, non-trusting and above all non-cooperative while he/she grows up. For the children to grow to be moral, ethical and brimming with confidence, it is essential that the parents conduct themselves in patience, tolerance and in cooperative spirit while interacting with each other in front of their impressionable children.

FOUNDATION OF CHILDREN’S RIGHT ATTITUDE & BEHAVIOR

PATTERN STARTS AT EARLY CHILDHOOD ITSELF

It is important to note that while the children are observing lockdown norms at homes, it is the prime responsibility of the parents to remember that the base of their children (ethical and moral standpoints) would be made in the early childhood itself. And in the absence of proper formal schooling; this responsibility falls on the parents. They cannot shift their responsibility on others since it is their duty to look after every aspect of their children for ensuring holistic growth. If the parents observe that their child is behaving illogically or irrationally then they should analyse the reason and take corrective steps so that the child refines his/her behavior. The parents should never forget that it is in the early childhood that the foundation of the character is laid – their habits, etiquettes, attitudes. Behaviour patterns, patience, tolerance, perseverance, self-confidence etc. are learnt from the parents only till isolation norms continue. Care ought to be exercised that persuasion in place of persecution should be the norm – beating or abusing will not mend matters. These will rather raise a building with unsteady foundation.

DISCUSSIONS ON PHILOSOPHERS AND THINKERS WITH CHILDREN

It is our duty of parents, grandparents etc to raise their children in a way considered appropriate in lockdown situation. In the present scenario, the parents should make an endeavor to discuss  variety of useful things which are of interest to them such as sharing the lives of national heroes, about the scientists, about philosophers and thinkers who came from humble origin but had a indelible impression on the general masses.

USE OF INNER POTENTIALITIES

The parents should encourage their children to utilize their inner potentialities – instill creative mindset, ask questions about their doubts etc. It is the responsibility of the parents to ease any problem with physical and mental orientation and motivate them to have positive attitude. If need be they can take the help of medical advice if need be. It should be the endeavor of the parents that the time they have with their children is utilized in order to inculcate discipline, feeling of love and affection and also a feeling of cooperation. The children should also be encouraged to follow hobbies like reading, writing, gardening, cooking etc. since time management is a must. It should be kept in mind that time wasted cannot be retrieved therefore every minute should be used for further growth.

FOR MAKING CHILDREN SUBLIME THE PARENTS THEMSELVES HAVE TO BE SHINING EXAMPLES

 The parents should realize that any unethical behaviour pattern will learned will make a permanent residency in the psyche of the children which may be counterproductive when they grow up. Good parents are those who restrain themselves from acting unethically and irrationally in front of their wards because the social norms have to be learned from the family itself by the children while in lockdown situation. Closely observing the children growth and development should be the norm. If any mistake is observed, the child concerned should be advised to follow the right course of action but here too with love because with love we can control even a brute. Love is a great motivator should never be forgotten.

In Guru Granth Sahib it has been said: He alone is a householder, who restrains his passions.  The parents, therefore, should be tolerant and patients while transforming the behavior pattern of their offspring.

THE PARENTS CAN GIVE QUALITY TIME TO THEIR CHILDREN

In the lockdown period, the parents have sufficient time. They can utilize their time and resources so that their children cultivate good attitude, habits, behaviour pattern, etiquette and above all follow social norms. Giving quality time to the children will benefit the children manifold.

TIMELY ACTION BY THE PARENTS ACTS AS A PANACEA

While giving quality time to their children, as and when they find any adverse influence, they should make sincere efforts in refining their behavior without wastage of time on the basis of dictum ‘A stitch in time saves nine. When we plant sapling, it has to be watered regularly and protected then only it can yield sweet fruits. This analogy could also be for our children.

MAINTAINING  DISCIPLINE – FORMATION OF GOOD HABITS AND ATTITUDES

It should never be forgotten by the parents that they are the only ones who can influence their children while they are in lockdown situation – under the care and protection of the parents. They can discipline them according to the requirement but in this endeavor, love and care should be the prime requirement. It should be realized that habits and attitudes ones formed cannot be undone with ease therefore the parents should utilize this lockdown time in this direction.

Conclusively, the parents should keep in mind the following aspects while in Covid-19 situations.

The parents should never ignore the unethical habit, behavior and attitude of their children. It is their obligatory duty to refine their children from childhood. In Bhagwad Gita it has been very effectively stressed: Perform your obligatory duty, because action is indeed better than inaction.

It has been observed that when the latent energies of the children positively then they will utilize the same in following some negative pursuits. This should be done through awards and punishment. In Bible it has been opined : Through praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence foe and the avenger.

The parents should give quality time to their children as they have sufficient time to give to their children in lockdown conditions. The parents not only bestow them the value system but also the traditional mores besides how best to adjust in the environment in which they are living. When the parents show helplessness despite the best efforts then the parents should take help of the specialists.

The parents have to be Karma Yogis themselves then only they can refine the behavior of their wards for attainments of their goals in life. This would be in line with Bhagwad Gitas wisdom: A Karma-yogi performs action by body, mind, intellect, and senses, without attachment or ego.

It has been observed that those children who are obstinate and hard nut to crack, they could be made the real doers if their latent energies are channeled in right spirit by assigning/entrusting them the responsibilities and trusting them. The parents should do everything to assist their children to utilize latent energies. Positive beliefs should be inculcated in the children. For this Bhagwad Gita’s truth prevails: Man is made by his belief. As he believes, so he becomes.

LIEBSTER AWARD


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On 28th AUGUST 2020

Liebster Award Nomination X3

https://emulateme.wordpress.com — 27th  August 2020

My grateful thanks for nominating me for the Liebster Award by Mr. D. S. ChauhanAugust 27, 2020. Thank you Chauhan Sahib for this coveted award as a recognition for my write-ups. By doing so, you have obviously ignited my inner potentialities for writing more and more because of this recoognition which I consider as a special one. 

A word of thanks to the creator of the Liebster Award which is so inspiring and motivational. It was really a learning experience to have visited https://tkbrownwriter.wordpress.com/ and am thankful to the creators of the blog. 

The Liebster Award has been created as a way for bloggers to recognize relatively new peers who create posts they deem worthy of special notice.This site : https://bloggingfilter.com/liebster-award/ tells us “Liebster” is a German word which means ‘sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome’. To be recognized by my friends and fellow bloggers with such endearing welcomes is a very special honor.

Rules for the Liebster Blogger Award:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and give a link to her or her blog. To Tkbrownwriter: https://tkbrownwriter.wordpress.com, Thank You, once again for bestowing this honor upon me!
  2. Answer the 11 questions asked of you.
  3. Nominate 11 other bloggers.
  4. Ask ‘your nominees’ 11 questions.
  5. Notify your nominees once you have uploaded your post.

QUESTIONS FOR ME

1.What is your favorite genre to read and why?

I read all sorts of topics. It may be art and craft, science, fictions, stories, poems, spiritualism etc. I am of the opinion, that everything  and every written  material has value of its own therefore should give us knowledge for making our lives sublime.

2.What color best describes you as a person and why?

Light blue color is to my liking since it is also associated with sky, water besides it could merge with any color to outshine still further.

3.If travel into outer space were as simple as traveling around the world, where would you go and why?

If I travel into outer space were made simple and I could travel to different planets then I would like to visit the Moon because Moon represent coolness, simplicity, althought it does not have light of its own yet it emits light at night. It has got its own charm and that is why poets are impressed by its beauty and would like to pen down poems. It also changes its shape as a Natural corollary. 

4.Is the statement, “Black Lives Matter” racist?

I am of the opinion that everything and everybody who is created by our Creator have some purpose. There is nothing in this world and beyond which does not have its utility, therefore, have significance. As far as the statement, “Black Lives Matter”, along with others’ lives black lives too matter. Blacks too are created by our Creator like any others. Although I do not find any raciest overtones in this  statement  yet those who give too much of credence or importance to themselves due to some reason or other repent in the long run since everybody highiest and lowest have to mix in the same dust after their death. (You can go through my write-up ‘Exaggerated sense of importance’ if you want further clarification).

5.Is the statement, “All Lives Matter” racist?

I love statement: “All Lives Matter” since all the creations are from the same SOURCE. Nobody is high and low. All have origin and end – impermanence and it should never be forgotten).

6.Why did you answer questions 4 and 5 as you did?

I answered qauestions No. 4 since I think when God created its creation He created every entity with some special characteristics, therefore, nobody is big and small in His domain.He discriminated none. All colors, every creed, everything is His creation and there is a purpose for every creation. 

 Question No. 5 was answered because it gives credence or significance to every creation without any bias. 

But I appreciate the second question.

7.Whom have you considered your most important role model and why?

You will be surprised but it is a fact. At different times, I meet different people and get influences. To whomsoever I meet, I tend to get something good since I think everybody in this world has been made in His mold therefore special. Therefore, everybody for me is SPECIAL and a ROLE MODEL. 

8.Why do we have parents?

Firstly fot give us birth, then bring us up in congenial atmosphere, give us value system along with teach us the family traditional values and modes of behaviour. They teach us the value of love and affection along with how best to adjust in the socieity while obeying the social norms.

9.What is most important: to have peace of mind or to have a million dollars?

To have peace of mind is better than any other thing in this world since you cannot purchase ‘peace of mind’ with a million dollar.

10.What does writing do for you personally?

It provides me an opportunity to pen down what I experience in my day to day life. It also enables me to express my own opinion on variety of things.

11.Do you engage in the visual arts (i.e., painting, sketching, sculpting)? If so, which?

Sometimes I paint.

MY QUESTIONS

  1.  Which is more important health or wealth and why?
  2. What is the main cause of which creates differences between husband and wife?
  3. What makes you happy?
  4. What according to you is the main reason for discord in the society?
  5. Two lines to describe the beauties of Nature.
  6. Is meaning of spiritualism misunderstood today and why if so?
  7. If forgetting and forgiving solution to most of our problems?
  8. If all know the impermanence of this life then why there are fights and differences created by humans?
  9. Can we stay cool in violent environs and how?
  10. Can violence and prosperity go side by side?
  11. What is the best parenting?

My Nominees are:

  1. PositiveVibes
  2. SOUNDeAGLE.
  3. Shanyu
  4. missdimple.com
  5. yolanda
  6. loveblossom 
  7. Medha Suri
  8. The New Renaisance Mindset
  9. Dsmyres72
  10. Seraja
  11. Kaily.
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The Liebster Award is a way to be discovered but also to connect and support the blogging community. It is a great idea in promoting your own blog and those of others. Originally it was given out to blogs with less than 2000 readers, but this has slowly lowerd as the reward has gained popular.

MY NOMINATIONS

As my motto in life is to learn from each and everybody with whom I have interaction, either through personal or through appraising of the blog, therefore, everyone of my followers are dear to me. I nominate all those who have time to answer the above questions though I have nominate some of them.

With regards,

HARBANS KHAJURIA

EXAGGERATED SENSE OF SELF-IMPORTANCE


EXAGGERATED SENSE OF SELF-IMPORTANCE

TOO MUCH SELF-IMPORTANCE IS HARMFUL

In essence, we boast of knowing others and their ostensible intentions but woefully we are not aware about our own self. In this, our potentialities and our weaknesses are not known to us. Thus lack of self-realization and persistence of self-doubt at every step influence our thoughts and Karmic deeds too. Not knowing our own self fully inculcates fears in us, the consequences of it all is that we adopt self-defense as our weapon – bringing in its wake duality in our habits, attitude and behavior. Persisting on this course, we adopt self-conceit or exaggerated sense of importance as our trait.  What we call as self-importance, willy-nilly, becomes a part of our character.

The doubt (Bharam) and duality (Doojaa Bhaav) thus created become wall between us and our Mool within. This is the blind well of Spiritual ignorance the Gurbani so much talk about.

SELF-CONCEIT WHILE GIVING SHORT SHRIFT TO OTHERS

While we give too much credence to ourselves without any consideration of others self-interests leads to a feeling of dissatisfaction which leads to break in relations. If we continue riding roughshod over others then one day the situation may turn for the worst leading to violence and consequences of violence are known to everybody. Giving more importance to self over others results in breach of jointmanship spirit.

It has been mentioned very clearly in Bible: For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.

SIMILARITY BETWEEN SELF-CONCEIT AND IGNORANCE

Sometimes self-conceit may visit us in ignorance, just unknowingly while we let our mind play with our thoughts. By so doing continuously, it becomes a part of our habit and then slowly our soul gets drenched in it thereby getting submerged and darkened. This happens when we think to understand outside world more than our own inner-self! Non-awareness of our inner-self results in enhancing our ignorance leading to egocentric tendencies. Egocentric tendencies results in more self-conceit and superiority complex.

In Guru Granth Sahib Ji, it has been clearly mentioned: In the darkness of ignorance, we identify with the body-consciousness instead of our Mool (Truth, Jot Saroop, True Nature…). Thus, our identification with the physical body-frame creates non-apprehension of the Reality, which in turn, creates in us the misapprehension (ignorance) that we are the finite beings  as opposed to Joti-Saroop (Our True Nature).

MY OWN TASTE OF SELF-CONCEIT

I got the taste of feeling of superior complex or self-conceit practically a few days back. I happened to go to MTNL office for discontinuation of telephone-net connectivity because it was not giving satisfactory service. Checking the record, a balance of Rs. 50/- was due to be paid to the MTNL department. This amount was to be paid to accounts section but I was told to visit some other place to deposit the balance. While I went to the place, as I was told, that account section too told me to get the payment done in third place!! The first and second account sections, in order to show their importance pushed me from pillar to post for a paltry amount of Rs. 50/-? That is the self-conceit of highest order showcased by the account sections resulting in expenses of about 300/- by way of travel expenditure etc. for a job which could have been done in the first office itself on e-connectivity.

OUR IGNORANCE RESPONSIBLE FOR SELF-CONCEIT

In essence, it could be construed that our ignorance is responsible for self-conceit. This ignorance leads to many things not in consonance to our holistic growth. By showing conceit we are actually earning Karmic debit for ourselves. The exaggerated sense of importance stems from several fears which we are having – if we adopt principle of ease of doing job then we shall be considered as laid-back  or easy-going. Some may fear that by so doing, we may lose our importance and self-esteem. This unfounded fear remain haunting us. 

In Bhagwad Gita it has rightly been stressed that all those who are self-conceited and give more credence to himself/herself do not know the true nature of the creation. Lowering the dignity of others just to pursue one’s  own agenda is steeped in ignorance. And that worker who is always engaged in work against the injunction of the scripture, who is materialistic, obstinate, cheating and expert in insulting others, who is lazy, always morose and procrastinating, is a worker in the mode of ignorance.

 WHY SELF-CONCEIT?

It is really strange why some of us show exaggerated sense of self-importance. There are various reasons for such a behavior. Firstly, they are perpetually fearful that others may not respect them if they are acting gently. Secondly, they themselves are not satisfied at the home front. Thirdly, such people are not fully proficient in their jobs and in order to hide their inefficiencies, they resort to creating fear psychosis in the minds of their subordinates. Self-conceit, in some cases results in non-violence since there is a limit to tolerance which may prove to be counterproductive for such a person. Therefore, we should not create fear in the minds of our subordinates and colleagues since jobs done in an atmosphere of fearfulness cannot bring forth good results ultimately. We should follow the principles of fearlessness advocated by Buddha as an essential pre-requisite for non-violence. Any job transacted in fearless and non-violent environs lead to positive results.

FEAR IS NATURAL

The Civid-19 pandemic has shown that due to the fear of contracting infection we adopt various methods such as keeping distance while outside of homes, putting on face mask, sanitizing our hands regularly, taking balanced diet to enhance our immunity, keeping our social contacts to the barest minimum, taking regular exercises in order to keep ourselves sound in body and mind etc. There is logic in this fear to avoid catching infection. If even then, we are infected, then we should face the fact and take all precautions required such as self-isolation, taking medicines prescribed by the doctor etc. This shows that fear is natural but how to live courageously despite fear haunting us at every step. This comes when we are ready to face the challenges fearlessly.  There are people who are in perpetual fear of death without realization that whoever is born has to die one day. The cause of death may be any but it will come. Then why fear? I think, this fear of death which is natural should spur us to be egoless, detached and make us humble that we have to die one day, everything here is Maya and impermanence then why adopt self-conceit in our life!

In Bhagwad Gita, it has been said: Neither agitated by grief nor hankering after pleasure, they live free from lust and fear and anger. Established in meditation, they are truly wise. Fettered no more by selfish attachments, they are neither elated by good fortune nor depressed by bad.

GANESH CHATURTHI – HEARTIEST FELICITATIONS TO ALL ON THE AUSPICIOUS OCCASION OF BIRTHDAY OF VEGHANA-HARTA ON 22ND AUGUST 2020


LORD GANESHA VEGAN HARTA

GANESH CHATURTHI – HEARTIEST FELICITATIONS TO ALL ON THE AUSPICIOUS OCCASION OF BIRTHDAY OF VEGHANA-HARTA ON 22ND AUGUST

LORD GANESHA


We call Ganesha or by any name Ganapati or Vinayaka
Or any of His 108 names like Veganna-Harta
Each has distinct meaning of its own
He is the most powerful deities of all who is hitherto have been known
The one who could be most easily identified
A huge and gigantic (Vikat rupa) one with the elephant head
The Bhupati – the Lords of the deitties
A Bhudhinath – Sufficing with Sagacity
The one who is the Lord of wisdom
And is also a knowledge giver to those who worship Him
And above all Vishwaraja
The Lord of all.
Ganesha is born out of the dirt
Rubbed out of the being of Adi Shakti
The powerful Goddess Parvati
Goes to prove beyond any stretch of the imagination
A most significant lesson for us humans
That we ought not to feel egocentric about our origin
But should introspect that even dirt has the boundless power of its own
With our sincere thoughts and Karmic deeds or actions.
The meaning of Ganesha
Gana means a group
And esha or pati means master
He is thus termed as the lord or a ruler of large numbers
Lambodara – the one with pot stomach
Ekadanta – one who has one tusk
Gajanana – having the face of elephant
He too is called Pilai – the noblest child
He too is called as Gana deviyo – the most revered one
Portrayed in various forms
Dancing, standing action against the demons,
Playfully acting with Shiv ganas’
Lord Ganesha holds an axe or a goad and a noose
Lord Ganesha’s vehicle (vahan) is a Mushak – a mouse
The collected mass of dirt was infused with pranpritishtha – Living energy
By Omnipotent and Omniscient Trinity
And with their blessing transformed Him the Vishwaraja – the Lord of all
The one who is Gunina – the master of all virtues
The most Kirpalu – the most merciful and benevolent (Kirpalu) of all
The one who removes all obstacles (Veganhatra) of His devotees
But the one who creates obstacles (Vegankarta )in the paths of evildoers
Which makes Lord Ganesha the first amongst all the deities.
When a new project or business has to see the light of the day
Venerable one is worshipped firstly
For sure success of that venture
Or when any sacred ritual or prayer or meditation has to start
His name makes a huge difference
In the fructification of our sincere efforts.
Ganesha has two consorts
Named Ridhi and Sidhi
Ridhi is for prosperity that is required
Sidhi is for getting spiritual movement upward
Including increasing positive thoughts into actionable results.
Lord Ganesha is also worshipped
For bestowing protection
And for increasing the power of recreation
Whilst removing obstacles from one’s path
Because of Lord Ganesha
Is considered as the patron
Of sagacity and intellect in abundance
My fond prayers to Thee O Lord Ganesha
Do bestow ease, peace & grace
For all humanity
So that all live in utmost harmony.

With multiple attributes renowned
Which are easily identified
The master of all important traits
With affluence of wisdom and intellect
Wealth of knowledge and learning
Besides sciences and arts and much more
He is the Deity of all sorts of beginnings & more
This beginning could be for starting a business
Or admitting a child in new school
Or initiating any project or mission to be accomplished
Lord Ganesha is the restored son of Parvati and Shiva – Lordess & Lord
Since his head was replaced with elephant head
After it was cut off by Shiva Himself in a fit of anger
Whence Ganesha remained unwavering and stopped entry of Shiva
Into Parvati’s living place.


Ganesh Chaturthi – The Birth Day Of Veghana-Harta (Obstacle-Averter) & Vegana-Karta (Obstacle-Creator For Evil Doers). Ganesh Chaturthi or Ganesh Chauth or Vinayaka Chaturthi or Ganesh Utsav would be celebrated with gaiety and enthusiasm on 22nd August 2020. He is called the God of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune. The celebrations start on Ganesh Chaturthi and continue for 10 days – called Anant Chaturdashi and also termed as the Ganesh Visarjana or Ganesha immersion in the water bodies. At the time of immersion of the idol of Lord Ganesha, the devotees, in procession, sing songs praising the Lord Ganesha up to their destination (water bodies near their homes).

On this day, the devotees keep the clay idols in their homes or in public glare in temporary made stages or pandals. Prayers in the form of Vedic hymns are chanted besides the devotees observe the fast and offerings of modak and others sweets along with Prasadam are also distributed amongst the devotees.

He is the God of fresh beginnings and He eliminates our problems or obstacles by His graces. All the business ventures start by invoking His name.  Even Gods and Demi-Gods worship Him and love Him the most. The Ganesha Chaturthi is celebrated in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka, Goa, Telangana, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Uttaranchal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Jammu (J&K)  and Chattisgarh.

The earliest mention of Ganapati or Ganesha or Vinayaka is found in Rigveda. In this sacred scripture, Ganesha is mentioned to be the seer amongst the seers, abounding beyond measure in food, presiding amongst the elders and being the lord of invocation. It has also been mentioned: ‘nothing nearby or afar is performed without thee’. His name also appears in many other scriptures such as Skanda Purana, Narada Purana, Brahma Purana etc.

Pieces of evidence of worship of Ganesha have been found from 5th and 8thcenturies.  He has been seen with goddess Lakshmi (The Goddess of wealth and wellbeing) and Goddess Saraswati (Goddess of skill and knowledge).  Lord Ganesha consorts are Ridhi and Sidhi – having their own place as wellness of the devotees.

How the Birthday of Lord Ganesha came about?

Legend has it that Lordess Parvati created Ganesha out of sandalwood paste which was applied to Her body before taking bath. She was impressed by her own creation which ignited her curiosity of breathing / infusing life into that creation. Low and behold, the creation of Maa Parvati came to life!

Subsequently, She told him to guard the entrance to the bathroom and ordered him not to allow anybody to enter it while she took bath. All this transpired when Shiva had gone somewhere. When He returned back, Ganesha, standing guard, did not allow Him to enter. On asking who he was. Ganesha replied that he was Ganesha the son of Maa Parvati.

Lord Shiva sent His Ganas to teach the child first lesson in mannerism. As Ganesha was created by Shakti, he was very powerful besides being obedient to the core. Indira and his army of demigods too used their power to overpower Ganesha but in vain.

Now it was the turn of Narda with Saptarishis came for persuading the child for allowing Lord Shiva but it was also a futile exercise. All this infuriated Lord Shiva still further. Out of anger, He severed the head of Ganesha. When Maan Parvati came out after Her bath, she found the severed head from the body of her creation. This scene enraged her immensely. Observing her state, Lord Shiva promised to bring back to life their son. For this purpose, the demigods went in search of the person facing north. They could not find any humans. They could find only bring the elephant’s head which was fixed on the headless body. Ganesha came back to life instantly through the supernatural powers of Lord Shiva.

WHY GANESH CHATURTHI IS CELEBRATED?

Previously, only Hindus used to participate in the festivities but presently there is a community participation in this festival. There is the enactment of concerts; discourses based on intellectual competitions and debates /spirituality related discourses, skits, folk dances,  etc. Dahi Handi competition is another interesting and much awaited by the participants. Here prizes are also given.

People of all castes, religions, and color participate in these festivities and this becomes a fertile ground for national integration and engenders understanding between different communities. All these activities have the two-fold benefit. Firstly, it enhances unity in diversity and secondly, it ensures completive fervor between people.

As Lord Ganesh is the embodiment of good tidings, people start their new businesses on this auspicious day so as to have His blessings for the success.

From the above, it is evident that this auspicious day of Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated for ensuring cohesion/unity between all the communities, encourage non-discriminatory ideas/ideals besides getting the opportunity to celebrate the auspicious occasion imbibing spiritual onward march and finally to get Lord Ganesh’s bounties of unlimited intelligence and wisdom.

The prominent temples in India are mentioned below:-

  • Shri Siddhi Vinayaka Temple, Mumbai.
  • Shrimant Dag
  • dusheth Aalwai Ganpati Temple,
  • Kanipakam Vinayaka Temple, Chittoor.
  • Manak Ula Vinayaka Temple, Pondcherry.
  • Mathur Mahaganapathi Temple, Kerala.
  • Ranthambore Ganesh Temple, Rajasthan.
  • Moti Dungri Ganesh Temple, Jaipur.
  • Ganesh Tok Temple, Gangtok.
  • Ganapatipule Temple, Ratnagiri, Maharashra.
  • Karpaga Vinayagar Temple, Tamil Nadu.

As you are the Vegen-harta, the remover of obstacles; my most sincere pray is that He should remove ignorance, destitute, poverty, solve the problems of multitudes and engender wisdom and wellness in all the communities of the world. And also, you are the Vegen-karta, creator of obstacles in the path of evildoer, so I pray that He should inculcate good traits even in evildoers and work for the good of the humankind.  

MAY THE GRACES OF LORD GANESHA REMAIN ON ALL OF US EVER.

SRI GURU GRANTH SAHIB JI : PRAKASH DIVAS ON 19th AUGUST 2020: HAPPY PRAKASH DIVAS TO ALL


SRI GURU GRANTH SAHIB JI : PRAKASH DIVAS ON 19th AUGUST 2020
SRI GURU GRANTH SAHIB JI – The 11TH GURU

Guru Granth Sahib is the most sacred scripture
Construed as the revealed words of Divinity
Spoken factually by the Gurus & other most revered Saints
Known for the wisdom and sagacity of highest order
The holy compact lot is termed as Gurbani
Meaning spoken from the mouth of Gurus & sacred saints
The most revered ones indeed
We’ve firm conviction that these holy words
Are the words of Waheguru Ji (God).
Guru Arjan Dev Ji the Fifth Guru
Made a sincere beginning
To bring together and collected and compiled the scriptures
Which contained Mool Mantar, Japji and Sohila
Composed by Guru Nanak Dev Ji
The First Guru – the most revered one
As a collection of his Holy hymns
The scripture was known
Thence this Holy Book was termed as the Adi Granth
Installed in Harminder Sahib
On 16th October 1604 by Guru Arjan Dev Ji
Subsequently in 1706 the Adi Granth
Became Guru Granth Sahib Ji
The supreme and Eternal Living Guru of Sikhs
Which was declared by Guru Gobind Singh Ji.
Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji added 1 Sloka
In Mahala 9 Ang 1429
Enriched by the teachings
Of Indian saints of repute
Such as Ravidas, Ramananda, Bhagat Bhikhan,
Kabir and Namdev
Besides Muslim Sufi saint Sheikh Farid.
Every word and phrase of Guru Granth Sahib Ji
Is based on the society and its wellbeing
Including the Justice of our Waheguru (God)
Which bestows enlightenment to us all
The Holi Granth is revered as Gurbani
The holy words of Gurus
The voice of sanity and wisdom
Guru Granth Sahib Ji is the spiritual authority of Sikhs.
To dispel his doubts of Mughal Emperor Akbar
He undertook a random checking
And found his doubt as false alarm
By the vested interests
He too found the Holy Granth as treasure house of spiritual gyan.
Guru Granth Sahib ji is revered
And termed as the eternal living Guru
The most respected spiritual guide and Guru
Which inspires all the communities of the world
With its sagacity and wisdom
Written in Gurmukhi
Meaning coming from the mouth of the Gurus
The revered ones opined
That through reciting His Naam
Through Shabad Kirtan
Could bestow the human
With bliss – an eternal joy.
Then compositions by the Sikh Gurus
Added scriptural richness to the Tenth Living Eternal Guru.
May the teachings of Tenth Eternal Living Guru Ji
Remain enlightening the humanity as a whole
For eternity with the blessings of our Guru Jis.