In essence, when we do not know our own self comprehensively, then question pops up, how can we know about somebody else? We all are having body, mind and soul (Spirit). Our body and mind could be trained to work in tandem/as a cohesive unit But our soul, which according to Lord Krishna in Bhagwad Gita ‘is a very tiny fragmental portion of Him is a basis of our consciousness. A soulless body is a lifeless body. We become self-aware when we know the difference between soul and the matter. All this dawns when we are self-aware – consciously know what we actually are and what we are not besides what our purpose or function is on this planet.
A person who is ignorant about what we actually are and what we are not. Such a person becomes ill-informed in many ways. For raising our awareness and remove the darkness of ignorance, we have to have total control over our mind. Controlling mind means acquiring equanimity both in happy and sad occasions i.e. to attain balance in life – a bridge which keeps us protected from bad omens or fluctuations of good and bad tidings. Contrarily, when our mind goes out of kilter, rather when we become prisoners of mind and senses, then, we get disconnected from our own self and in the process become lonely even in the company of friends and other people around.
In essence, being lonely means not being self-conscious or in other words being ignorant about our own self to which Bhagwad Gita proclaims; ‘sever the ignorant doubt in your heart with the sword of self-knowledge as a consequence of which we shall gain self-realization thereby connecting with the Higher Soul (Super Soul) intuitively speaking. This way, differences just melt away since we establish with our Soul which is not apart from the Super Soul.
There are people who lack self-knowledge feel lonely anywhere they put their steps and become cynic and pessimists thus earn for themselves physical and mental health related problems.
LONELINESS HAPPENS WHEN WE LACK SELF– KNOWLEDGE
Loneliness is not merely Saying I am alone Since everybody has come alone to this earth so beautiful But it is a feeling That you are not connected Or loved by the people around.
There may be enormous number of people around you In variety of relationship, friends in plenty Yet feeling of hurt comes in the heart That are still lonely.
The main cause of disconnect with our own kith and kin Happens when we are not in touch with our own selves Meaning even in the company of so many people around You may be all alone still.
Although we devote so much time making friends in variety of forums Yet fail to explore the inner recesses of own selves Thus become self-aware Which gives a huge tinge of aloofness?
We ought to be aware That the commonality in all of us is the soul in us When we connect within We are connected with everybody around Thus doing so we transform our relationship With others based on love With the centre at the core of our heart.
If our heart is empty But when we dig deeper And connect with our spirit We are able to connect With the foundation of love That lies dormant there Which thence flows into every aspect of our lives Then everything that we experience Is full of connectivity with everybody around Which is the fountain head of the happiness We may fail to have exchanges of love, Because our own hearts are empty But when we dig still deeper in serenity We not merely connect with our own selves But also establish connectivity With our own Creator – the Super Soul A Soul to Super Soul connectivity!.
HAPPY BHUDDHA PURINIMA OR JAYANTI ON 16TH MAY 2022
A Buddha – is the most enlightened one The one who possesses Bodhi an unparallel wisdom An ideal state attained through spiritual orientation With intellectual and ethical perfection Who would transform others’ lives with all his realizations it has been said, what is destined will surely happen.
Born in the year 563 B.C. to King Sudhodhana & Queen Maya His birth name was Sidharatha In Lumbini in the Kingdom of Kapilavastu in Nepal Wherein he had his upbringing With love and affection overflowing From childhood itself he was emotionally surcharged.
He used to feel much pain When he saw anybody in utter pain Hence the King kept him at his residence With a lot of opulence And all the comforts which a person needs.
Prince Sidhartha was married to princess Yasodhara So that his son remains busy in the palace life itself Dissociated from the outside situations and conditions Filled with pains and sufferings He was just cut off from the outside existence As his father wanted him to be the king And rule his kingdom after him But the seers had other prediction That Sidharatha would be hugely spiritual in orientation.
One day he saw the outside life with pain in abundance With sickness, oldage and finally death occurrences He also saw a monk just wandering about He wished to be a monk For understanding the real meaning of life in real sense Hence he ultimately left the comforts of the palace Did strictest penance For six long years.
While meditating under a Bodhi tree In Bodhgaya in present day Bihar With single minded meditative trance Without taking anything for days on end For he wanted to know the reason of human sufferings Which is commonly seen.
His quest for knowing the cause of human sufferings He got enlightenment about the reason for human sufferings That removal of ignorance can remove sufferings He faced many a hurdles during his meditation so severest But finally, he attained enlightenment And became Buddha – the one imbued with immense wisdom.
Ultimately, got what he aspired for in case of human existence As prophesied by the seers!
FROM CHILDHOOD TO THE ENLIGHTENMENT BIRTH OFSIDHARATHA
Named as Sidharatha, born to the King Sudhodhana and Queen Maya in 563 B.C. at a place named Lumbina in the Kingdom of Kapilavastu inNepal. He was brought up in the comforts of palace in an atmosphere of fond love and affection.
SUFFUCING WITH EMOTIONS
It is significant to note that from the childhood itself, he was suffusing with emotions and used to get emotionally moved by the sufferings of others. The seers predicted that one day he will become Bhuddha. But the King wanted to see him as a great king. Therefore, he told his wife to keep him away from miseries of life and provided him all the comforts within the four walls of the palaces. With this point in view, the King Sadodna kept him away from the lives of common people and the hard life with penury and wants.
At the age of sixteen, Prince Sidhartha was married to princess Yasodhara. The king provided all the comforts in the palace so that his son may remain engrossed in the ways of the world and never leave the palace. But a person who is destined to become a great Buddha cannot be kept attached in the comforts of the palaces.
MOVED BY THE PAINS AND SUFFERINGS OF OTHERS
Therefore, one day, without informing anybody, he went outside and saw for himself the life outside his palace. Not only one, he made three trips in which he saw sickness, old age and death. On the fourth trip outside his palace, he saw a wandering monk. He determined to be like him. Therefore, he determined to leave everything including his nears and dears.
He got his hair cut, changed his clothes and subsequently called himself Gautama. He wanted to know as to how to remove the sufferings from our midst. For this purpose, he went to different sages and wise preachers. But none could alleviate or satiate his doubts.
PRACTICE OF STRICT PENANCE
Importantly, in order to find the cause of sufferings, for a period of six years, he practiced strict penance in which he took fruits, leaves and root of the trees. Many a times, he remained hungry for days on end. But he could not get what he wanted. Then again he began eating health giving food in order to get what he actually wanted.
STRICT PENANCE BROUGHT ANSWERS TO HIS QUESTIONS
In essence, it has rightly been said that for a determined man everything is possible. Therefore, while he was sitting under the Bodhi tree (In Bodhgaya) in meditation, he resolved that he will not get up from this spot until he got satisfactory answers to his prayers.
FOR GETTING GOOD RESULTS, WE HAVE TO WORK HARD
It has rightly been observed that whenever we are in quest for a truth, we have to surmount so many hurdles. In order to get pure gold, it has to undergo different processes, therefore, he too had to go through tests. Subsequently during the night Mara (an evil soul) visited him and threw different temptations to him but Gautama overcame every temptation with his virtue.
CAUSE OF SUFFERING IS OUR IGNORANCE
Finally, he realized the cause of suffering. Thus he became Buddha as destined and prophesied by sages.
After he got answers to his strict penance in the form of enlightenment, he went to Deer Park in the city of Benares and shared his enlightenment with five holy monks who understood him and thus became his disciples.
THE PIOUS LIFE OF A BHUDDHA
In this way, the journey for teaching Bhudhist teaching started. For a long period of 45 years, he travelled far and wide to preach his dharma. During this period he along with his disciplines faced many hardships but they did not tarry from their path of spreading true teachings. There was sobriety and piety in his speech which attracted his audience immensely.
ASHOKA SPREAD THE MESSAGE OF BHUDDISM FAR & WIDE
It was during the reign of King Ashoka, Bhuddism spread from India to other countries as well.
SERVICE WITH A SMILE
There is a famous story about Gautama, during his preaching trip, he found one monk down with contagious disease. He washed the monk thoroughly and rebuked the other monks as to why they were not taking care of his brother monk who was suffering in pain.
BHUDDHA NATURE & TEACGUBGS
Buddha taught that everyone of us could imbibe Buddha nature and teachings and become Bhuddha himself/herself. He also preached that we should know our ordinary nature which include our fear, anger and jealousy. But our true nature include pure, wise and perfect. We have to discard our ordinary nature and know our true nature. This termed as Bhuddha Nature.
TEACHINGS OF BUDDHKNOWLEDGE CAN REMOVE IGNORANCE AND SUFFERINGS
MATTER TURNS INTO ENERGY AND ENERGY TURNS INTO MATTER
We are born of our parents and our children are born out of us. If we harm others, in turn, we would also be harmed ultimately. It is akin to Karma philosophy.
Nothing remains static, everything changes. Our life is like a river whose current goes on and on. It does not change. In some places it is smooth and at the other places its current is swift. The current also passes through hurdles in the form of rocks etc. Anything could happen at any time to us as well in life.
LAW OF CAUSE AND EFFECT
The third truth is that the changes are continuous; due to law of cause and effect – which is governed by our Karmic deeds and misdeeds. Everything happens to us due to our own Karma. If we are doing good to others, the good things would be done to us too and vice versa.
THE FOUR NOBLE TRUTHS
• There is suffering. Which is common to all.
• Cause of suffering. We are the cause of our suffering.
• The end of suffering. One should enlighten oneself by removing ignorance.
• The path to the end of suffering. This is by adopting Noble eight path – middle path which constitutes:
• Right view. See through the eyes of the Buddha (With wisdom and compassion).
• Right thought. Clear and right thoughts makes huge difference.
• Right speech.
• Right conduct.
• Right livelihood.
• Right effort.
• Right mindedness – goodwill towards others.
• Right concentration. Focusing one right thought at a time. Buddha breathed his last around 486 BC at the age of eighty but his preaching are most relevant and followed round the globe.
From the life of Gautama Buddha we can adopt the following things in our lives:-
• Right action leads to right results. • If we be good to others, others will be good to us. • If we make right and sincere efforts, we would be successful in our efforts. • Our sufferings are due to our own Karmic deeds or misdeeds. • We should focus on good deeds. • We should cultivate good mannerism and conduct for successful living. • We should use right words during our conversation with others. • We should always act with wisdom and foresightedness. • Right action should follow right thought. • We should never adopt corrupt ways in earning our livelihood. • Our ignorance is the cause of our suffering, remove the ignorance and all our sufferings will stop. • Nothing is destroyed in nature should always be kept in mind. • Change is the ways of nature. Everything under the sun changes should never be forgotten. • As you sow so shall you reap should never be forgotten. • Nothing is lost in the nature should never be forgotten. • Right attitude leads to right results.
The teachings of BHUDDHA are more relevant now than ever. The deaths and destruction which is being perpetrated should stop forthwith and prevalence of non violence. May his teachings remain etched in our heart and remain guiding us to make our life sublime, peaceful, purposeful along with living righteously.
The law of nature pervades If we want to raise an edifice We’re constrained to ensure Its strong base This base is not made in a hurry Since if it is done in hurry We may miss some finer points In making a solid support And the structure made On the wobbly support May crumble with its own wait Thus proving the dictum Haste makes waste.
When we’re in a rush To achieve something It goes to show that we are working Against the laws of nature By working horridly We’re violating the natural laws Which works on the principle of slow rhythm Of gradual growth and development.
In essence, Law of Nature works On the theory of gradual progression Which helps consolidation Of our achievement If we take a leaf from the lesson of Mother Nature.
The tree we plant Does not give us fruits in a short span of time Nature bestows the plant The most precious gifts from its kitty Much needed sun-shine, rain and air aplenty Then the Mother Earth gives it mineral nutrients Such as oxygen, hydrogen and carbon dioxide With which the plant After many years of nurturing it Grows into a trees Finally gives fruits, the juicy ones Patience & persistence works here Since hurry makes worry.
If we want to lay a solid foundation In our pursuit of education Or enhance our worth in any profession We want to pursue We’ve to have enhance our know-how This is not acquired in jiffy As hurry makes worry We’ll have to work real hard And come up to the expectation Of people who want to hire us Since nobody flogs a dead horse.
If we want to be outstanding entrepreneur of repute We’ve to earn reputation By first of all earn business acumen Made on the solid foundation of hard work & endeavor On the principles of slow and steady wins the race With practice and with a lot of experiences And not hurrying through the intricacies For hurry will bring us disillusionment at every stet And ultimately distrust in our abilities Leading to failures and still more heart-aches Since hurry makes worry.
The idea of multi-tasking is excellent But be aware, we’ve a limit Up to which we can stretch Or else it will create unmanageable stress Since our system’s power to cope gets depleted With excessive stress and strain experienced Creates anxiety and nervous breakdown With horrifying implications Earning in the process ‘hurry sickness’ Which generates emotional effects Affecting body and mind Resulting in fatigue and head-ache With mal-functioning of our immune system.
With hurry sickness looming large We become knee-jerk reactive Spoiling our overall relations with our near relatives Thus are left to fend for ourselves And no one to come to succor when needed the most.
Our thoughts too give confusing signals When we horridly pass from one thought to other With the result We’re neither here nor there finally Thus, we should take life as it comes ultimately By pressing the pause button As and when needed.
LAWS OF NATURE
In essence, it is woefully observed that we humans have the uncanny obsession to stretch ourselves beyond a limit, as a result of which, we entangle ourselves in unanticipated problems. These problems may be in relation to our health and wellness or any other issues. By doing so, we tend to make the existing problems still more complex and at times intractable. The hurrying triggers keep plodding us to exceed our limits and we keep on shoving ourselves and earn for ourselves ‘hurrying sickness’ which proves counterproductive in the long run. This hurrying sickness is against the very spirit of Laws of Nature.
HURRYING RESULTS IN HORRIFYING RESULTS
It has very rightly said in Bhagwad Gita: Do not fear change. But before change has been decided we should be on comfort zone. Steos fir change should not be taken in haste, on heightened emotions (Anger or attachment) and our decisions should not be against anybody. In addition, we should have trust in ourselves and our Creator while aspiring for any change. In other words, we should not fall prey to hurrying triggers. Our actions should be in sync with the nature – in more gentle pace for any change which we want to bring to ourselves.
ALL THE ELEMENTS OF NATURE WORK ACCORDING TO THEIR SET PLAN
We have examples of plants giving fruits. It does not happen instantly after a plant is planted. Nature has its own timeline. It does not happen at the whims and fancies of humans. Our different stages of life happen as we attain our age in normal course. It is not in our hand to bypass any stage of life. The child in the womb of a mother takes its own time to take birth. Everything has got its time limit.
WHEN MOTHER NATURE’S BALANCE IS DISTURBED, IT TAKES ITS RETRIBUTION
The Mother Nature has its own ways. The seasons are changing on its own, the days and nights happen with regularity, the air, the rain, the sun-shine, the moon lit night is so pleasant etc. The other bounties of nature are given to us in plenty and that too freely. Nature has its time fixed for everything. It has made a variety of things for all living beings to enjoy and live with it all. It is the man who disturbs the natural phenomenon due to which all living beings suffer. In other words, Nature gives us much but when its balance is disturbed, it does not forgive, its payback is really very severe. It comes in the form of blizzard, tsunamis, earthquakes, excessive rains or scanty rains and droughts etc. In other words, Nature has its own regularity in its functioning. It is on the principles of slow but steady, in its own rhythm.
In Bible it has been very clearly mentioned: O Lord, what a variety of things you have made! In wisdom, you have made them all. The earth is full of your creatures. Here is the ocean, vast and wide, teeming with life of every kind, both large and small.
WE ALL ARE RUSHING AGAINST TIME
Presently everybody is rushing against time. A thing which could be accomplished in days, we want to do it within hours. Fast-tracking and multi-tasking has become a new norm. By so doing, both the task at hand and we ourselves could be impacted.
BY DOING A THING IN EASE AND PEACE COULD BRING ABOUT GOOD OUTCOMES
In fact we lost touch of doing a thing in a more relaxed way in sync with the nature and have actually become obsessed with workaholic methodology and in the process have earned for ourselves stress and strains accompanied with our compliments. We want to be perfectionist and prove to ourselves and others around that we are better than anybody else. We remain pushing and pulling ourselves in order to get things done as quickly as possible – even rushing and pushing besides becoming impatient while getting things done to prove our point.
It has been observed that when we are into natural rhythms, then we become more associated with ourselves. By working in ease and peace/more relaxed way, we can attain the best results for ourselves. Rushing and hurrying thing can bring about uncertain results for us.
WORKING IN RHYTHM WITH NATURE CAN DO WONDERS
When we learn the art of doing our work in more relaxed way, we learn to be in aligned with our own nature and mother nature with which we have to work. As has been seen, the work we can handle in a particular stage of life, we cannot accomplish as we grow old. If we stretch ourselves more when our physical self does not permit then we are in for health related issues. How seasons change, how days changes into nights, how wind blows and sun shines. All the works of Mother Nature are at its own time. Nothing can be forced. In the same way, we should also work in rhythm with our own nature.
IN MAHABHARTA BHISHMA said: The mother is the panacea for all kinds of calamities. The existence of the mother invests one with protection; the reverse deprives one of all protection.
In Bhagwad Gita, I am the father of this universe, the mother, the support, and the grandsire. I am the object of knowledge, the purifier and the syllable Om, the creator of Vedas. In other words, everything including our parents are created by Omnipotent God.
Bible says“Honor your father and your mother, and Every one of you shall revere his mother and his father.
HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY TODAY
My warm salutations to thee my biological mother Due to whom, I am here on this Mother Earth And offering my warm reverence to Mother Divine The Primal Creator of the universe Who ignited the spiritual spark of all life She is the Goddess Supreme By names of Bhagavati Maa or Adi Para Shakti or Amba Maa.
Our mother is akin to Mother Nature Who takes care of all her creations On whose cradle all living beings get life-force for their existence Grow and enjoy all the bounties of Mother Nature Notably; air, water and sun’s energy without any bias Providing succor to all birds and animals aplenty From her bosom springs the life-giving crops Which feed us and give us energy Which sustains life on MOTHER EARTH.
The most esteemed of all the relationships A relationship which harmonizes all other noteworthy relations Endures all sorts of pains Without even a slightest demur or objection Mother, whose love for her offspring Is in essence all encompassing She is the one of the most priceless gifts of God, so benevolent. We are aware how much pain she endures From the time egg gets fertilized Then the egg acquires different forms From an embryo to a fetus Then goes its steady growth in stages All this development happens Inside the womb of a pregnant woman.
Whilst the baby makes the first movement In fact the first baby’s kick inside her womb She takes it as a blessing from our Creator Then she puts up with every pain With a fond hope and aspiration Till the baby is finally born.
Imagine her ecstasy finally A feeling so heavenly When she makes her endeavor to smooth growth of the baby Imparts the child the first lesson On which the edifice of lessons stands And proves to the world at large his/her mettle Mind you, the foundation of it all starts From the lap of a mother Her first breast feeding provides her protection from the viruses.
MOTHERS OF ANIMAL WORLD
Mother Nature graces all mammals With the natural traits of motherhood A squirrel collecting its early morning feed A crow collecting feed for its young one who cannot fly A bitch feeding its pups even remaining without food itself That is the strangest and most wonderful truth of Mother.
Then the mothers of all the mammals – animals, birds, ants etc Are exceptional examples of motherhood If you care to observe their way of living Feeding their young ones and defending them from the predators I was obviously inspired by the unique life of a queen ant Which although does not have more life-span on this earth But the Mother Nature has graced her with fine blend of motherhood After her nuptial flight and mating get completed. The queen ant finds a nesting place Seals the entrance for laying the eggs Lays eggs for food of growing larvae also These healthy eggs grow to be active workers And bring food from outside for the queen (mother) ant Wherein the mother ant is in total control For taking care of everything that goes inside the nest That should also inspire us humans As to how a MOTHER of any creations Takes care of its broods.
I shall give example of my mother Who had a deep impact on my life and those of my love ones She, though has already left for her heavenly abode But I reminisce clearly the days whilst she tended me as a small kid Showering all the care that she could extend Like all other mothers – who take pains in bringing up their offspring What to feed and when not With limited recourses at the disposal She slept on the side Where bed-spread was moist But protected me from getting wet So as to bestow interrupted care and protection as a kid!
Provided me her warmth of the heavenly lap Cuddled me with her lovely hands I grew up in her care and protections Brimming with the everlasting love – so Godly indeed.
My mother gave me rock-solid protection on me day and night With no complaints at any point in time.
A smile from me was a blissful gift for her My cries used to fill her heart with the deepest agony Calming of her heartaches came When my sobbing came to an end finally Childish prattle of mine amused her immensely Whilst I crawled and learned to walk Or talk first incoherently She felt herself on the ‘seventh-heaven, factually.
Once I was down with the severest fever I ;was in the coma for days on end Medical help could hardly make any difference Everyone in the family knew Her sincere prayers came to my rescue.
Then came the time of my schooling I was a reluctant customer, a foot-dragger for going to school My Mom knew how best to handle me in this too! Cajoled me with eatables as the enticement or bait when required Reprimanded me sternly whence its necessity was felt As though she knew when a particular dose to be administered For drawing out the ills & putting the best traits School and then college went on smoothly under her supervision Worth mentioning, she was not well-read, so to say But knew all fine-points of life and how to live it with sincerity! t confession, all the traits in me are due to my loving mother All negativism are earned by me from my own mistakes Although she is mixed with (Five Gross physical elements) PANCH BHUTAS Yet she resides in my heart for good with the grace of Almighty God. And guides me when hugely required Through her value system which she has imparted.
VENERATED MOTHER MY WARM SALUTATION TO THEE MOTHER IS THE SOURCE FROM WHERE PURE SOCIETY ORIGINATES MOTHERS FILL OUR LIVES WITH OUT LONG LASTING FRAGRANCE
The Mother obviously. is one of the noblest relationships, the one who understands her offspring and teaches the child how best to take the correct path because she is graced with soft emotions by God.
The showering of soft emotions could attract even persons with brute mentality thus could have far-reaching influence on the lives of her progenies. It is the soft emotions which solidifies the foundations of the children in facing challenges while they faces life. Therefore, pure soft emotions are, in essence, ‘pure springs make rivers with pure water ’. Hence the source of purity of heart and mind start with the value system which the mother imparts to the child.
HOLY BIBLE mentions about mothers: Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.
MOTHER IS A RESEVOIR OF PATIENCE AND TOLERANCE
Mother is the reservoir of patience, resilience, tolerance, perseverance besides the traits of forgiving and forgiving. Her quality of adjustment in any environs set her apart. This has been evidently clear since she leaves the hearth and home of her parents and becomes adaptive to the customs and traditions of her in-laws, which is the rarest of the rare attribute.
MOTHER TAKES DECISIONS USING MORE HEART
It is a gospel truth that in the household husband is the head and the mother the heart and when head and heart combine they make the huge difference both to the children and the home as a whole. Eternal peace and tranquility in the household happen when emotions of the heart are respected by all in the family.
FUTURE IS SHAPED ON THE EDIFICE OF MOTHER’S INITIAL TEACHINGS
All the important decisions which have far-reaching implications for the future of the children should be taken with an active participation of mother and father. By so doing, not only the natural say of the mother will be respected but also there would be peace and harmony in the household. The training in value system imparted by the mother remains with us throughout our life.
It should never be forgotten that mother provides the first lesson to her child – what to be done and what to be shunned. This first lesson is the foundation on which the edifice of future education of the child is built. Profuse praise of the child along with necessary punishment commensurate with fault will do a lot of good to the child.
EXCESSIVE INDULGENCE SHOULD BE AVOIDED
An important note: excessive indulgence (Mou Mamta) by the mother can also spoil the balanced development in the child. Meaning, if a mother sweeps the mistakes of the child under the carpet then, sure enough, the child will grow up to be a spoilt one. So an objective approach is: admonishing when required and shower love, when called for, will do a lot of good for the all-round development of the child.
MOTHER USES MORE OF HER INSTINCT AND SOFT EMOTIONS
There are many mothers who are not adequately educated but they understand their children better because they use their instinct rather than knowledge. Mere rebuking children will not do – a soft approach can deliver much. If nothing works then a pep-talk on the need of education by the mother can also do wonders. If this also does not work then the help of the experts in the field could be attained. This should be done after a thorough research. The purpose is to follow all norms which may help the child in acquiring knowledge besides character building.
SRI GURU GRANTH SAHIB says: A mother does not keep note of the transgressions of her son. O God, I am Your son. Why don’t You destroy my sins?
The mother should keep track of following aspects in mind in order to know and adopt remedial measures /take corrective steps for child’s improvement:-
• The company the child is following while schooling. It should be done with discretion without letting the child know.
• The progress of the child to be recorded. The mother should keep a tab of the child’s progress in all fields.
• Progress and innovative idea: health, education, mixing with other children, respect for all, curbing egoistic tendencies (words or sentences usage like I did it, it is due to me, my contribution made it possible etc), how to face diverse situation with courage, infusing feeling of commitment, spiritual bent of mind, games and sports, positive habit building, learning to obey the orders of elders including teachers etc.
Holy Quran enunciates: We have enjoined on man kindness to his parents; in pain did his mother bear him, and in pain did she give him birth.
• Best use of internet facilities. Whenever a child is sitting on the computer, the mother should monitor as to what the child is browsing. Corrective steps to be initiated if the child is lead astray.
• How best to keep a healthy balance between the household chores and the monitoring child’s progress.
• Sometimes what is learned has to be unlearned. Here care and caution are required.
• Kindle a spirit of understanding and respecting others’ privacy in the child.
• Appropriate appreciation and punishment whenever required should be made for growth of the child.
Finally, from the above, it is evident that to look after a child is a whole-time job. If quality time is not given by the mother, the child may be lead astray and lose the moorings for a healthy and upward march in life and a MOTHER knows it all.
• The mother’s love is all-encompassing.
• The mother teaches us the first lesson in the value system. • Her first breast feeding provides us immense immunity from the germs and viruses.
• The mother ‘s graces save us from all the ill-omens.
• The mother is the embodiment of suffering.
• The mother mothers us when we are not able to do anything on our own.
• The mother gives us what other relations cannot.
• We are part and parcel of our mother. Mother lays solid foundation of our growth and development.
• Those people who abandon their mothers at her old-age are uncivilized and will get punishment for their bad Karmic deeds.
When Intellect is employed without use of feelings or emotions it becomes an instrument of change, mechanical one. Bereft of feelings or emotions becomes a passive change full of judgement suiting our convenience. When we combine our emotion with self consciousness or self awareness, it means we know ourselves fully; our potentials and our weaker areas and we are conscious about it all.
In Bhagwat Gita has clearly defined the significance of emotions or feelings: It says: Our emotions decide our orientation, and our orientation our motivation.
The senses are superior to the gross body, and superior to the senses is the mind. Beyond the mind is the intellect, and even beyond the intellect is our conscious self or self awareness or self realization.
EMOTIONS & INTELLIGENCE
Whence mental power becomes a plaything A tool merely To solve our problems mechanically Making use of rationality As it serves our selfish ends endlessly With reason which we can use amply Intellectually Like a passive device Employing judgment suiting our convenience But without involvement of our feelings Or warmth of our emotions It is like firing a guided missile on the enemy forces Using artificial intelligence Devoid of the end results that would happen Who will die as a result of our firing? Bereft of any feelings Stony heartedness indeed All pervading Of emotions Originated from deep recesses of our heart About the victims of our action And the people who are dependent On the person to whom we exterminated Or the property we’ve destroyed On the site of impact, disheartening indeed.
Such target settings Are being conducted in the current War between Russia and Ukraine Where men and materials are being decimated Using human intelligence Of course, without use of human emotions Meaning, intellect can make us tool In the process, intelligence is taking us away From human awareness Suffusing with emotions! Cut up calm intuitive feelings.
This way with this intelligence We’re distancing ourselves from being a complete human being Suffusing with clarity of human consciousness That we’ve to understand That conscious awareness is more forceful And more real than rational intelligence Though not defined plainly Yet it could be perceived Being more intuitive And perceptive With calm emotional thought precepts With which we’ve clarity of thought Than rational thought With multiple reasons put forward Thru our intellect thinking As a motive for our action Or inaction.
Whence action is being undertaken Merely on the basis of rational thinking Citing one reason or multiple of reasons For our actions Bereft of our emotions Leads us humans From one disaster To another Thus disassociating us From our Creator And the creations He has created Our Omnipotent God bids us to be Consciously emotive To spread Love and Light Not spread deaths and destruction Using artificial intelligence.
AN AUSPICIOUS DAY TO USHER HAPPINESS & WELLNESS TO ALL
Akshaya is a Sankrit word meaning; that which remains unrivalled or which remains undefeated or which remains eternal. Besides Trititya is the Third Day of eternal peace and prosperity.
This day is associated with joy, hope, expectation inculcating a win-win mindset. We pray to Lord Vishnu (With Strong Vibrating Mantra: Om Namo Bhagwate Vasudevaya with lyrics ॐनमोभगवतेवासुदेवाय). The purpose is to ask for His bountiful graces so that He bestows all humanity good health and wellness.This is needed more now especially during the difficult and trying times of war between Russia and Ukraine and talk of some countries using nuclear weapons looming danger besides prevailing disquite in many parts of the world.
LORD VISHNU – THE LORD WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR EVOLUTION
This festival is also known as Akti or Akha Teej festival. This festival is celebrated in the months of April or May (in the Gregorian calendar) in accordance with lunar-solar Hindu Calander of Shukla Paksha of Vaisakha month.
Today is also the most sacred day since today is the Parasurama Jyanti – the birthday of Lord Parasurama (The Sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu). He became instrument in removing evil from the society which was prevalent during that period of time.
LORD PARUSHAAMA – THE INCARNATION OF LORD VISHNU
On this auspicious and most auspicious day, Sudama, the childhood Gopa (Friend) of Shri Krishna met him at his Kingdom at Dwarka. He had brought some flattened rice with him as a present for his childhood friend which he desisted to give him since he thought that Shri Krishna may not like his present. But Shri Krishna accepted the offering whole-heartedly and relished the same. After that Lord Krishna gave him riches and also blessings by which his friends fortune changed in its entreaty besides showering him with precious gifts. That is the reason why people perform charity according to your propensity.
Akshey Tritiya is auspicious day since the temples Yamunotri and Gangotri temple are opened for the dharshan of people in general.
Legend have it that Lord Kubera (the Lord of wealth and wellness) received his status of wealth as the Lord of Wealth on this auspicious day.
People start their new enterprises and businesses besides investing their money in precious metals (gold and other metals).
Women folks pray for the peace and prosperity of their male members in the family, People also distribute sprouted grams, fresh fruits, food items and sweets to the needy along with distributing provision of clean water and other health giving drinks such as sugarcane juice to the needy.
The farmers too starts their sowing paddy for their Kharif season. People also pray to Mother Earth for prosperity.
WOMEN PRAY FOR THE HEALTH AND WELLNESS OF THEIR MEN FOLKS
It is a most significant and auspicious day since on this day holy river Ganga descended on to the earth after severest meditation of King BhagiRatha to Lord Shiva – a most benevolent of the Trinities responsible for destruction for recreation. As a boon of penance Maa Ganga Ji descended on to the earth and helped his ancestors attain liberation. Ganga Maa Ji is considered sacred river since mere a bath in the sacred river along with sincere our prayers in this river removes our misdeed Paap Harni Maa along with cleanses our inner self. Hindus immerse the last remains after cremation in the Ganga Ji for Mokshha of the departed soul and peace and prosperity of the entire family.
KING BHAGIATHA PRAYING LORD SHIVA
It is the day when Rishi Ved Vyasa dictated Mahabhaata to Lord Ganesha (The one who is known for His memory and far-sightedness).
SAGE VED VYASA
People purchase precious metals along with utensils. People also give alms to the needy on this day especially food items..
On this day, Lord Krishna met Pandava in the forestswhile they were on exile and presented Akshaya Patra to Daupadi which helped the Pandavas to have food whenever required.
As this day is of multifaceted and most auspicious since it is connected with so many deities: Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva, Lord Krishna, Lord Shiva, and many rishis of repute therefore, my prayer to all is to bestow the humanity happiness, joy, peace and prosperity.
Eid-ul-fitr – after the month long observance of strict fast Based entirely on article of faith Purifies our body, mind and soul with fasting During the holy month of Ramzan / Ramadhan While offering prayers without break To remain close to the most benevolent One,
It is the anniversary on which Holy Quran Was revealed by most revered Prophet Mohammed Chaste in fasting while doing needful duties For ourselves and for nears and dears, Dear to us – leaving none Or the ones who are forlorn Due to days so unfortunate We ought to meet their needs with utmost compassion Who may have lost hope due to natural calamities Or due to something befallen unluckily Thus have lost the continuous flow of income Needed for body sustenance. We ought to be filled with belief while performing donation And our heart feeling pain at others’ pain Thus bridging the gap that exists Between people of different hues in the society Awash with fervor thoroughly Overflowing with empathy Thus generating hope for the hopeless brethren Which will, in turn give us inner satiety Sufficient piety Of fond trust That there will dawn as a result Of being compassion towards our fellow beings.
This is a day which binds all humanity with a holy thread Of oneness, and brotherhood Prevailing in all humans.
Fasting is a willful restraint From intake of food material Giving a needed break To our digestive system Regulating the body metabolism In sync with our body’s requirements Which helps us do our body functions Thus ensuring sound health & wellbeing And live life in association with Super Being.
Fact remains foodstuff taken More than our body needs Results in our digestive system To function more than its ability Leading it to go awry Producing fatty contents in excess Than our body actually requires And bereft of any body exercise We become obese Leading to laziness and related illnesses.
EID-UL-FITR (THE FEAST OF FAST BREAKING)
Allah may bestow us wisdom and resilience, in ample measure, for bringing dawn of peace, cooperation, goodwill, compassion and brotherhood amongst all the peoples of world as all the people are from the single SOURCE.
As we all are the creations of a single CREATOR, we should cement our love with each other and help each other meet our needs and never have ill-will for our fellow brethren. It is more important now than ever since we all suffered first due to Covid-19 pandemic (which again is raising its head) and secondly due to war between Russia and Ukraine which has created problem of high inflation and may cause food crisis around the world.
After regular observance of fast with devotion and piety for a period of one month during Ramadhan, devouts celebrate – Eid Day which means a day of joy, a day of spreading love and affection, a day to spread fellow feelings besides a feeling of being pure after the observance of fast for one long month.
Let this EID and coming EIDS be the torchbearer of our prosperity with Allaha’s Grace. Let’s pray that the fervor and enthusiasm of EID remain etched in our hearts forever and let this festival last for eternity with all its benefits such as feeling of warmth for our fellow beings.
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 our energies on prayers thus gain spiritually.
On this way, the devout learn the traits of self discipline through self restraints too. The fast is broken at sunset before recitation from Holy Quran and thus being in connectivity with Allaha. The fast is broken with a sip of water and some dates.
Fasting is done as an exercise of keeping oneself away from certain activities which prevent devout from being spiritually aesthetical both physically and emotionally. Thus desisting from taking anything and keep oneself away from worldly pleasures i.e. humdrum of eating drinking or even being away from thinking about anything like lust etc and divert all the energies to prayers – five times.
Having abstinence means devoting much of time, energy and resources on charities besides prayers infuse self discipline and usher in holistic growth and development of an individual.
We all are 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 at this get-together.
Fasting or not eating food for a fixed or for a pre-determined period of time for giving our digestive system some break or rest consequently keeping the body free of extra fats and toxins so as to focus on the job at hand without bodily interruptions besides offering prayers to our Lord with ease and peace. This helps us gain our Creator’s bountiful graces.
In other words, fasting is intentional skipping of intake of food material, drinks or sometimes both for a fixed or sometimes for a prolonged period of time. It may be for a complete day (24 hours) from early morning to evening (dawn to dusk) or early morning on a particular day to the morning of next day. Then the fasting could be continuously or intermittent; depending on the body requirement or for the intended purpose of observance of fast as a religious tradition being followed in some religions.
Fasting is both for regulating and energizing the body metabolism by pepping up / streamlining the digestive system so as to keep the body free of the extra fats and toxins besides keeping the body’s carbohydrates (sugar) synchronized with the need of our body. With slower and regulated metabolism, means our body organs can work for a longer period of time thus prolonging our age.
Then fasting too is undertaken as a religious observance.
Ramadan is more than fasting. The entire month is devoted to prayers, internal cleansing, charity etc.
• The devout devote all his/her energies to focus on God. • No compromise on the practice self restraint – physical or mental. • Re-evaluate lives in the light of Islamic guidance. • Forget and forgive those who wronged. • Purify our lives physically and emotionally besides our thoughts and actions. A devotee thus adopts the qualities of head and heart.
In Bhagwad Gita, it has been rightly said: Perform your prescribed duty, for action is better than inaction. A man cannot even maintain his physical body without work.
RESOLTION OF 1889
A resolution was passed in 1889 by the Marxist International Socialist Congress in which it was decided that the workers should not be made to work for more than eight hours a day. Thereafter, it became an annual feature to celebrate 1st May as the Labour Day.
In essence, in order that the labour class works conscientiously and to their full potential, it is most significant that their rights are protected to a maximum extent through:
HAPPLY LABOUR DAY
A day most memorable While we pay glowing tributes to class so respectable A class which stands apart For definite contribution to the society at large Without whom no community can move ahead.
To a tribe set apart Our warm salutation Originated from the deep recesses of our heart To this special class so very significant.
Our grateful thanks to this special class of hard workers Who are putting in their expertise in a most daunting way In the varieties of industries Farms and factories.
This labour class is the one who performs Manual work most efficiently Working physically so effectively By working manually where our whole body is involved to fructify The work assigned and done loyally With honesty and sincerity Along with utmost discipline, punctuality and regularity Becoming excellent factor of production significantly Involved to tilt the scale of production meaningfully.
In order that our labour class gets benefit due to them From the work they perform so very efficiently Formal Labour Laws are devised accordingly Through legislation With active participation of trade unions and the organizations Which are formalized by the Government concerned Where the rights of the labour classes Along with the duties of the management Are codified to be followed to the letter and spirit For the overall benefits of workers As the wages for the employed labour And the organizations concerned Puts in their capital to start the venture for more production.
There are certain impediments which are presently observed With the automation and computerization Including the e-communication as a recent phenomenon Wherein more reliance is placed on machine in place of workforce Thus replacing manual labour to a maximum extent.
Laws are formulized tellingly To save the interests of the labour class effectively Involved in the industries Or any other ventures such as working in the fields Involved in ploughing, sowing, watering plants Removing weeds, harvesting the crops Picking of fruits from the fruit trees And finally taking the produce – the fruits of the labour To the market places for selling the produce.
Then, it could be making of furniture For use in offices and in our homes Or construction of buildings In other words, you mention anything or everything The contribution of working class is most significant.
It may be unskilled work Semi-skilled work Or skilled work Which involves labour work As the means to fructify the work.
There may be sometimes Conflict of interests Between the labour class and the organization Which could be sorted out amicably Tripartite consultation formally By association or participation of workers Owners and the Government agencies.
1st May is construed as the Labour Day When we renew our promise to be fulfilled To stick to the proposal of eight hours of work Along with honouring the commitments Made with the working classes who work manually.
The contribution of labour class in Covid-19 pandemic stands tall The working class is involved in keeping our streets neat and clean Besides performing the work related to sanitizing The nooks and corners of the city streets so very appreciably.
Without their active participation We could not have achieved the task of keeping Our workplaces and streets neat and tidy While we sit at our homes comfortably This labour class is working punctually As their work schedule begins starts in the early morning And lasts till the end of the schedule of working.
Hence our profuse salutation A most deserving one To these most astute working class Who with their manual work has made a huge difference In our life at this hour of most trying situation and condition They put on their work without caring for their own protection Therefore they deserve our salutation.
HAPPY LABOUR DAY
Today, 1st May is the most remarkable and memorable day since we commemorate this day for our labour class whose contribution to the society as a whole cannot be taken lightly. The stellar contribution of labour class for the society is really unique especially so while our society faces hardships like Corona pandemic condition or any other contingencies.
It is due to our labour class only that our ensurw that our streets, workplaces and other places are kept neat and tidy while we sit at homes fearing infections, The labour class could be infected but they remain performing their assigned tasks without let or hinddrance. But for their participation in most needed sanitation, our society would have been affected most adversely.
Lets celebrate this day most enthusiastically with the fond hope that this most significant class fortheir contribution for the society. For this to be reality, it is a must that the society takes care of this class as they take care of the society of which they cannot be taken apart.
Essentially, it has been said whatever job we are capable of should be performed with singleness of purpose with the aim that no work is low or high but how much you focus on the job in hand counts much. In reality, it is the spirit with which you do a job counts.We should feel proud of whatever job we are performing.
FIXING OF WORKING HOURS
As the labour class has to work under most trying under hazrduous situations and conditions and if they are exposed to these conditions continuously then their immunity too would be impacted adversely. Therefore, a fixed period of work is necessary. As a corollary to this end, 8 hours work schedule is fixed. Every organization, private or governmental should work according to this work. Any organization transgressing this, should be dealt with according to the law of the land. This is most significant since exposure for long hours at this critical juncture can put the lives of this working class to the jeopardy.
WAGES TO THE LABOUR CLASS
For the strenuous working schedule and the hard labour they put in like cleaning the sewerages, drains, lanes and by-lanes, it is must that they are duly compensated their fruits of labour. Keeping this class away from their wages or divesting them from their legitimate wages will prove counterproductive thereby leading to disastrous consequences . Besides, it would amount to demotivating them despite their hazardous work.
For keeping them in their sound health and wellness, of necessity, it is essential that they are provided medicare through periodical medical tests more so in this testing time of Covid-19 pandemic situation wherein they have to work while others have to stay indoors observing Covid-19 norms!
While the labourers have to work under difficult conditions, it is a must that their families too are taken care – they are provided medical assistance whenever they need, the families are compensated if and when they lose their bread winner due to the job hazards.
AFTER RETIREMENT BENEFITS
To ensure that when they attain the age of superannuation, the working class are given retirement benefits including insurance cover for the retired employee and their family as well. Wherever authorized, pensionary benefited with all other pecuniary benefits such as Provident Fund, Dearness Allowance etc should accrue to them as and when due.
Oftentimes, we turn into bundle of contradictions We feel ourselves wise till our wisdom is tested We’re civilized till our civilized behavior is tested We feel ourselves kind, till our kindness is tested We feel ourselves courageous till our courage is tested We feel ourselves polite till our politeness is tested We feel ourselves patient till our patience is tested We feel ourselves creative till our creative instinct gets tested. We feel ourselves contented till our contentment is tested .
We feel ourselves fearless till we confront a fearful situation We feel ourselves calm & composed till we face stressful situation We feel ourselves forgiving till we forgive our rival for a slipup done We feel ourselves forgetting others’ faults till we showcase our forgetting deed We feel ourselves non-violent till some trigger beyond our control happens We feel ourselves hurt-proof till hurtful situation dawns
We feel ourselves bereft of jealousy till proven otherwise We feel ourselves perfect till more daunting problem is faced.
For smoothing the negative emotions It is worth its while to stop blame game Since our negative triggers are due to our own fault The weakness of our own mind To resist the lure of negativism Best course open For us is to introspect about the causes Of negative thoughts Which triggered negative emotions Better option still would be To think that it was destined Due to our own karma Or best of all, It is God’s will In which case nothing could be done But to face the situation And move on With poise and calmness Albeit emotional triggers.
And start thinking What happened was as per our karma or destiny Of better still God’s will Without fixing blame Our emotions get more stronger And more stable in the process And get calm despite and more peaceful With stability of our emotions.