HAPPY GURU PURNIMA TO ALL


GURU PURNIMA

Learn the Truth by approaching a spiritual master. Inquire from him with reverence and render service unto him. Such an enlightened Saint can impart knowledge unto you because he has seen the Truth. BHAGWAD GITA

GURU IS THE ONE WHO REMOVES OUR IGNORANCE AND ENLIGHTENS US TO FACE THE WORLD AT LARGE WITH SELF-CONFIDENCE AND WITH COMPLETE AWARENESS.

In essence, in our lives, from our childhood period to all the stages of our lives, we gain knowledge thereby remove our ignorance which pervades. Gurus are the Enlightened Souls who have acquired their Knowledge (Gyan) over a period of time with complete dedication, severe penance, self-discipline, with oneness of purpose, focus meditation or prayers, etc. As our Gurus are the ones who transform our lives, we should always be very grateful to our parents (as the first Guru), teachers, religious preachers, all the knowledge given in religious texts of different religions. Anybody who helps to remove our ignorance is  our Guru.

We commemorate different days with various names; such as Mothers Day, Father’s Day, Sister’s Day, The Earth Day, etc. Guru Purnima is the GURU DAY (An annual feature) in which we showcase our thanks to various Gurus we come across in our lives who help us remove our ignorance, darkness which pervades in us, clear the smut from our midst, thus show us the righteous path for our self-realization and enlightenment.

I am of the view that whosoever changes our lives are our Guru. This is because our lack of knowledge or unawareness on any subject can pull us down anywhere in the society – in our workplace, in our formal and informal institutions and any other forum we are exchanging our viewpoints or ideas. A person with well-polished, based on empirical truth can raise our real status and standing in the community in which we are living. All this know-how is learned from a person who is knowledgeable, enlightened soul. He/she may be a teachers, religious preachers or any other esteemed personage.

The various Gurus who transform our lives are mentioned below:-

OUR PARENTS

In our childhood, our parents are our Gurus who teach us a variety of things which stand us in good stead in our lives. The first Guru or teacher is our mother, from whom we learn much, which we all are aware. Father’s pat relieves our fear and makes us courageous to face any difficulty in our lives. It is in the environment of our homes only from where we learn the first lesson of value system besides transferring of traditional modes of behaviour along with knowledge about our ancestors, family Devtas, etc. It is well said that the know-how we attain from the LAP OF OUR MOTHER cannot be learnt from anywhere else.

OUR TEACHERS

During our schooling, we inculcate holistic knowledge that is physical and mental growth and development. We also learn how best to adjust with our peer group with different temperament with different background (rich and poor alike). The true discipline and fellow-feelings are learned in the schools, colleges, universities or any professional institutions.

OUR SOCIETY

While we come out of our schools/colleges, we are ready to take on the society wherein our efficacy would be recognized. It should also not be forgotten that our society too influences us. If the environment in the society in which we are living is appropriate then we can learn a lot from each other. A sense of accommodation, cooperation and fellow-feeling could be learned from the society in which we are living. I have learned much from everybody I interact with because I am ever a student. The know-how I am possessing is not sufficient. It could be added from anybody and from anywhere. Anybody could, therefore, be my Guru.

OUR INFORMAL INSTITUTIONS

Our religious places such as Temples, Churches, Mosques, Gurdwaras etc. are the places from where we can learn a great deal from our Gurus as Preachers or Pandits etc. They are the ones who have acquired their knowledge undergoing penance over a period of time and know what influence the spirituality can augur on the lives of general masses. They are the ones who know much about the best of knowledge contained in various religious texts and thus can remove our ignorance and change our outlook on life. It should never be forgotten that our religious texts contain the whole truth, therefore,  should be followed in letter and spirit.

OUR FORMAL GURU

Our Guru who whispers a Mantra in our ear, the one which is most suited for us. The Mantra, our Guru has given us should be recited with regularity while performing our duties or Karmic deeds with sincerity and honestly. We should adopt compassion and humility as two pillars of our lives.

CONCLUSION

Today being Guru Purnima, we should thank anybody and everybody from whom we have leaned anything and everything. One who transforms our life, removes our darkness and takes us to enlightenment, infuses knowledge in us is our REAL GURU. Here age, gender, religion, caste, creed,colour or any other consideration should not be any impediment. My Guru could be anybody because I am a student, not knowing much since I have to learn much STILL.

The best Guru is the one who teaches us:-

  1. A feeling of Compassion.
  2. Self-belief and belief on our God.
  3. Sincerity and honesty.
  4. Fellow feeling.
  5. Enlightenment for leading a balanced life.
  6. Righteousness.
  7. Follow a disciplined spiritual oriented lifestyle.
  8. Adjustment in any environment
  9. Learning from anybody and anywhere for better living.
  10. The best Guru who teaches me to live for present while learning from the experiences of the past.

GURU PURNIMA ON 5TH JULY 2020


GURU PURNIMA – GURU A MOST REVERED ONE WHO REMOVES DARKNESS FROM OUR MIDST

OUR GURU THE REVERED ONE WHO HELPS US REMOVE IGNORANCE AND INSTILLS ENLIGHTENMENT THROUGH HIS PREACHING


It is the day, so sacred, dedicated
To the Gurus or teachers or preachers
Who act as a vehicle of change for us
Firstly Guru enters our psyche
Then thoroughly understands
Our potentials and weaker areas
Thence through suggestions
And enlightened guidance
Makes amendments required
For effecting changes
With heavy dose of love and affection

After guidance so galore
At every step in our lives
The Guru controls the oars of our boat
And steers clear our boat
And save us from the storm
Which may come without prior warning.

When we are utterly confused
When there is no way out
When everywhere we see dark clouds
When we’re in the state of immobility
When we need somebody
Who could provide us mobility
And thus remove the inertia
From our midst
And help us
Acquire self-realisation
Who can this bestow us guidance
Except our venerable Guru.
Guru, with two syllables
Gu and Ru
Guru stands for darkness or ignorance
Ru means remover of darkness or ignorance
Thus Guru is the One
Who helps us remove ignorance
And darkness that pervades in us

From our midst
And bestows enlightenment
He has the ocean of knowledge (Gyan)
Acquired through severe penance
For days, months and years on ends
Thru a lot of perseverance
From whom even a drop of water
From His reservoir
Can change our destiny
Thus enlivening our lives

And makes it more purposeful
Guru thus could be termed as a spiritual preacher
Who possesses awareness of highest order
Acquired with focused meditation and prayers
Guru is a true Karma Yogi
Based and got purely on the principles of Karma Yoga
Thus earned for Himself the category of most evolved
And enlightened soul
The Guru transfers the knowhow
Either through Yogic postures
Or through spiritual teachings

Provide us guidance
While we are engulfed
In sorrow and discontent or discomfort
By infusing spiritual longings of highest order
Along with making their disciples aware
About eternal reality or truth about God.

THE FIRST GREAT GURU WHO IS THE EMBODIMENT OF SIMPLICITY AND PURITY


On this day Lord Shiva
Termed as the Adiyogi or First Guru
The first Guru of great repute
Who transferred the Mantra
To Saptarishis – the seven Rishis
Which became the seven basic forms of Yoga of a Yogi.

A MOST REVERED GURU WHO MADE THE TRANSFORMATION OF OUR LIVES THROUGH FOLLOWING PRACTICAL DHARMA WITHOUT RITUALS


Guru Nanak Dev Ji is most revered one
Who transformed the thoughts and actions
Of the multitudes by His preaching
His beliefs and teachings
Given in Sri Granth Sahib Ji obviously
Touch our heart, mind and soul immensely.

VED VYASA – A GREAT GURU WHO PENNED DOWN THE GREAT EPIC MAHABHARTA


The Sage Ved Vyasa
Was the greatest of all Gurus
Who had penned the great epic Mahabharta
Was not only born on this day
But also started writing Brahma Sutra on this day
Recitation of which is also done on this day
That is the why
This day is also called as Vyasa Purnima too.
The Buddhists celebrate this day
And remember Lord Buddha
For his teachings.
The Jains celebrate this day

And remember Lord Mahavira
For enlightening them
With his teachings.
This festival is celebrated
On the full moon day (Purnima)
In the month of June-July (Ashadha)
On this day we offer special prayers to our Guru Ji
And thank him
For enriching our life
By making us aware about the essence of life
By whispering in our ears the Mantra
The most appropriate one
Reciting of which

Makes us turn inwards.
On this day, people celebrate this day as teacher’s day
The students thank them for removing ignorance from their midst
This helps in consolidating their bond of relationship.
On this day the students organize
Various competitions by reciting poetry and hold debates
Finally show their sincere gratitude to their teachers.
We know Acharya Chanakya
The all encompassing Guru of King Chandergupt Mauriya
The renowned author of Arthashastra
Who with his wisdom changed the rulers so tyrannical
With his philosophy and sagacity.

As the parents are the first Gurus
For the children
Because of their guidance
Thus they show their special respect
And thank them for what they have done for them
Without which they could not have moved any further

My own Guru NANGLI NIWASI
The most revered one
Had changed my outlook on life
By infusing self-belief in me
By whispering a Beej Mantra
The most suitable for me
The recitation of which makes me feel elated
By engendering warmth in my heart
With which I cultivate empathy
Along with deepest understanding
Of others’ needs
And pains

Which others experience.

REMOVAL OF DARKNESS BY OUR REVERED GURU & DAWN OF NEW HORIZON OF CHANGE


The One Guru
The most renowned One
Who has infused enlightenment
Through His teaching and preaching
His Autography

The Autography of a Yogi
Has obviously changed many a lives
For it is a treasure house of knowledge
Gained by our Guru – Paramahansa Yogananda
Born on 5th January 1893
Who changed many a lives
Through his teachings
Of meditation and Kriya Yoga
And united the East and the West

Marriage of Eastern spirituality and Western material growth
Through his preaching
He was the disciple of Guru Swami Sri Yukeswar Giri
One of the most revered One.
Thence there are umpteenth of Gurus
But the best one is the One
Who exerts to change our mental outlook
And helps us attain Moksha or liberation
By disciplining our lives.

ON PUTTING OFF THINGS


ON PUTTING OFF THINGS IN ANY SITUATIONS

A BREAKING CHAIN IF NOT MADE SERVICEABLE TIMELY WILL BREAK SUDDENLY

The maxim: NEVER PUT OFF TILL TOMORROW WHAT YOU CAN DO TODAY should always be kept in mind. If we postpone anything which we can do at the present moment then, sure enough, the time lost is lost forever. Especially so in the Covid-19 pandemic situation, it is most relevant. If we have initial any or all the symptoms of sneezing, bad cold, headache, dry cough, loose motion, difficulty in breathing, we should not waste time but get ourselves tested in an authorized lab under controlled conditions without wastage of time otherwise the virus may complicate the matters. We should never forget that procrastination on the matters hinging on our health issues may complicate matters.

Then postponing important issues impinging on the national security like timely defence related procurement or raising requisite necessary infrastructure for will cost a country concerned dearly. It should never be forgotten that no country should forget if you want peace you should prepare yourself for war. And for this, procrastination in any way may prove counter-productive.

In essence, t should always be remembered that the time and tide waits for none. Present moment is only our precious possession which we should never lose; losing this precious gift means losing the opportunity to do something tangible which will stand us in good stead. We should, therefore, never forget, past is dead which will never come back except for its memories and scars which it leaves and future is uncertain; nobody has ever seen tomorrow.

The maxim ‘A stitch in time saves nine’ should always be kept in mind. If we keep on putting off things then a time will dawn when the work which could be accomplished with ease may become most complex or may become intractable.  

There is a fable of a lazy merchant who went from town to town with his merchandise on his horseback. The merchant was lazy since he did not check that his horse was perfectly travel-worthy. Knowing fully well that his horse was limping hugely due to iron horse-shoe guard in one of the hooves had gotten loose. Only a nail was required to fixed  but the lazy merchant did not do that while he was travelling in the town where he could have got it fixed.

His next destination was through a thick jungle which was infested with dacoits; and it was getting dark too. He continued his journey and in the process the iron shoe-guard fell off due to which the horse could not move any further. The merchant was forced to walk and as a result all the remaining merchandise including the cash was looted by them. He lost everything which he had earned from the sale of his merchandise due to his habit of procrastination. This should serve us a lesson for all those who put off things.

The following should be kept in mind always:-

Avail the present moment. It is our asset which could be meaningfully exploited to its maximum. Whatever you can, do it now, presently. It is the golden opportunity. Never lose it.

Past is dead. It can only give us experiences which could be utilised presently but never forget that it will not come come back. But if we do not transact a thing presently, the present will become past and will remain haunting us.

The future is unpredictable. Nobody had anticipated or thought that the world would be facing a most trying situation as has been created by Covid-19 pandemic.

Self Belief. Belief that this moment which is ours should never be lost in unnecessary and unproductive pursuits but utilized to make our life sublime besides doing something for others so that others may remember for our good deeds. While self-belief is good but belief in Almighty will prove to be beneficial.

CONCLUSIVELY, importantly, it should always be kept in mind that the NOW & PRESENT MOMENT is the precious gift given to us by our CREATOR, therefore, should never be forgotten. Postponing things is a negative trait and should be overcome with sincere efforts.

The traits of a good nature person and why such a person is subjected to criticism?


The traits of a good nature person and why such a person is subjected to criticism?

A PERSON WITH GOOD NATURE FACES EVERY PROBLEM WITH COURAGE


PERSON WITH GOOD NATURE

A person with good nature
Changes or evolves his thoughts and actions
According to time and space
He is placed
He feels pain
While others are subjected to pain
He is filled, at every step, with compassion
He is self-aware
Knows about his potentials
And also the weak areas
He never pays back in the same coin
The unhealthy criticism directed at him willy-nilly
But from his mistakes he learns a lesson
By forgetting and forgiving others undue criticism leveled at him
The other traits
Is his quality of confessing his faults
When he commits those anyway
He does not feel perfect
He knows, being human
He has imperfections
And tries living with them
Thereby does his thoughts and actions
Bereft of ill-will
Walks with feet firmly on the ground
Detached
Egoless
Bereft of covetousness
Free from anger
Lust
Full of trust
In God
And His graces
For realization of purpose of his existence
And finally attain Liberation
From births and deaths for good.


First of all, it is in the fitness of things to understand a good nature person. A person with good nature is positively oriented and directs his energies in performance of good Karmic deeds. Such a person is not directionless in any situation and condition.


The following are the traits of a good nature person:-

  1. A person with good nature does not have covetousness, does not have ill-will for others besides does not force his/her opinions onto others,
  2. A person with good nature does not react to an adverse situation or condition.
  3. A person with good nature respect others’ privacy.
  4. A good nature person does not disrespect others.
  5. A good nature person never ill-treats others.
  6. A good nature person obeys the laws of nature and social norms that a society sets for everybody.
  7. A good nature person comes to the rescue of people in need even, sometimes, putting a peril his/her own life.
  8. A good nature person is sociable and reliable.
  9. A good nature person goes to any length in helping a person in distress that is he/she is compassionate..
  10. A good nature person feels pain while he/she sees somebody in pain.
  11. A good nature person is spiritually oriented one. He/she does his/her duty with sincerity and honesty.
  12. A good nature person is not jealous of others good fortune.
  13. A good nature person stays calm despite provocation.
  14. A good nature person has sublime habits, attitude and behaviour.
  15. A person with good nature never pays back in the same coin.
  16. A person with good nature know his/her limit and he/she never transgresses that limit.
  17. A person with good traits believes in himself/herself and possesses indomitable belief in the existence of God.
  18. A person with good nature spiritually oriented person who does his/her duty with a complete focus on thoughts and actions and not on the results with a firm belief that if thoughts and actions are sincere then results will always be appropriate.
  19. A person with good traits never feels let down if he/she meets with failure. He/she always tries again without feeling let down.
  20. A person with good traits is self-realized, such a person knows his/her potentials and weaknesses i.e. he/she is self-conscious/self-aware.
  21. A person with good traits goes out of the way in assisting others in distress.
  22. A person with good traits does his Karmic deeds based on the new norms with changed time and space. His/her ideas are evolved as the situations and conditions demand.
  23. Such a person is not egocentric and does not believe in ‘I, me and mine’.

From the above, it could be construed that a good nature person person faces criticism because of the following aspects:-

  1. Good nature person is criticized because some people feel jealous of this good nature person.
  2. People think a good nature person as a conceited one which actually is not the case – this is due to the fact that people do not understand this good fellow.
  3. A good nature person does not pay in the same coin or does not rebut the criticism leveled against himself/herself, therefore, because this fellow thinks rebutting would be a waste of time and energy. I have experienced such a case myself. In my home-town, I was lambasted because of my ill-directed criticism. My neighbour objectified me as illiterate and fickle minded one since I did not do TIT FOR TAT. I kept cool and that was construed as my weakness.
  4. Such a person learns from the healthy criticism and forgets and forgives the unhealthy criticism of others directed at him/her.

Conclusively, be that as it may, it should never be forgotten that a good nature person is a gift of God, though this fellow is sometimes subjected to unhealthy criticism. I am of the firm conviction that the more a fellow is subjected to unhealthy criticism the more he/she would earning KARMIC CREDIT.

YOGA – FOR HOLISTIC GROWTH (TODAY IS THE 6TH INTERNATIONAL YOGA DAY)


TODAY IS THE 6TH INTERNATIONAL YOGA DAY

YOGA – FOR HOLISTIC GROWTH
(TODAY IS THE 6TH INTERNATIONAL YOGA DAY)

THEME OF YOGA THIS YEAR: YOGA AT HOME & YOGA WITH FAMILY

In essence, Yoga is the most precious gift of Indian tradition
To the world at large
International Day of Yoga has a special significance
Being celebrated annually on 21st June
Yoga inculcates holistic growth
Through physical, mental and spiritual practice
In order to create harmony between man and nature
The word Yoga
originates from the Sanskrit word Yuja
meaning to bind or to unite or align
all the organs
of our body to work as a cohesive unit
For ensuring integration
of body, mind and soul in unison
for ensuring holistic growth and development
of body, mind and soul
by regulation of breathing exercises
with a absolute regularity
and complete alacrity
with an emphasis on focused attention
to get maximum benefit that could be attained
with Yogic postures so varied.
and instill discipline in the Yogi
along with enhancing our concentration
through focused attention
thereby controlling the function
of our body and mind
along with ensuring
total control over our emotions
which helps in self-realization
by knowing our innate potentials
by regulated breathing
ensures sound metabolic process of our body
for a sound circulation in our veins of our body
for our good health and wellbeing.
Thence we have Karma Yoga
meaning performing our functions or duties
with utmost sincerity
and honestly
while having no attachment
with the result of our action or Karmic deeds
thus following spiritual orientation
along with performing meditation
and ensuring enhancement of our Karmic credit account
and realise the purpose of our life
of connectivity with Almighty God
and ensure merger
of soul with Super Soul
for our Moksha.

YOGA FOR HOLISTIC GROWTH

EFFICIENCY IN ACTION IS YOGA (KARMA YOGA) – BHAGWAD GITA

The word YOGA has been originated from the Sanskrit word ‘yuja’ meaning to integrate or bind or to align to unite to act or to discipline oneself to act in a natural way to seek complete self-realization or self-awareness. It means the unity or integration of an individual’s consciousness with that of Universal Consciousness.

The International Day of Yoga is being celebrated annually since 21st June 2015. The purpose of this day is to inculcate physical, mental and spiritual development. Since it is inception, this day has a special significance since many countries celebrate this day by participating in the Yogic exercises.

We know that Yoga is a gift of our country to the international community. It embodies thought, body, mind and action in order to create harmony between man and nature. In Yogic practice, we adopt scientific approach in order to have sound mind and sound body.

It is relevant to mention that Yoga Sutras is the theory and practice collated and propagated by Maharishi Patanjali. The Yoga Sutras has a collection of 198 Sutras in number. These were compiled between 500 BCE and 200 BCE. These contain indepth knowledge about Yoga being followed from olden times. His contribution has been recognized as the best for the benefit of humanity. It provided harmony between man and the nature.

The origin of Yoga is mystic in nature. by 5th Century BC, Yoga was very popular. It also finds its place in Vedic Scriptures. But it cannot be disputed that Lord Shiva was the father of ancient Yoga; as His posture shows Him in Yogic mode.

The ancient Rishis believed that our body, mind and the soul have to join together or integrate with the environment in which a person is living. For this to happen meaningfully, it is essential that an individual’s emotions, thinking, actions and intelligence have to be work cohesively in order to realize the purpose of our life.

For integration of the three (body, mind and soul) with environment in which a Yogi is living, various well-coordinated exercises with regular breathing, experienced over a period of time for their applicability; besides meditation are undertaken ultimately for deriving maximum benefits.

For deriving optimum benefit from the Yogic exercises, discipline in the conduct of various exercises, coordination with the various parts of the body especially control of mind and mind cohesiveness is of optimum importance. The Yogis who are disciplines in conduct of Yogic postures with focused attention will get maximum benefits. Yoga exercises also help a Yogi in focused meditation and other daily functions as a disciplined Yogi and lead a spiritual oriented lifestyle to realize the purpose of life – to establish connectivity with Almighty God.

IMPORTANT FUNCTIONS OF YOGA

SOUND BODY

It is understood that our body works as a entire unit, integrating the task of various organs, for carrying out different functions and if it is hale and hearty and possessing energy and synergy, we can transact more functions with our body. For this to happen, we’ve to have balanced diet besides proper exercises or Yoga exercises to keep it hale and hearty. It is also in sync with the saying: sound mind dwells in sound body.

SOUND MIND

We have to control our mind so that the senses (sense of sight, sense of touch, sense of smell, sense of taste and sense of hearing) which it possess coordinate all the functions of our body eloquently and works in sync with the requirement of a Yogi. Wavering of senses from one object to another just makes our task of focusing more difficult. That is why we have to mind our mind if we want to have complete benefit from Yoga exercises. This is easier said than done since we have to take the assistance of all the organs of our body including internal resolve along with making the environment conducive, so as to make the Yogic exercise a fruitful exercise.

SOUL/SPIRIT

The soul is self which lives in the body and does its functions through it. When there is no soul in our body our body becomes lifeless and becomes a purposeless for any functions. It is just like a rudderless boat floating aimlessly in the vast ocean without destination. Or it is like a bulb without electricity to give energy to give light to us. Hence, we are living, having emotions and perceiving things intelligently or our mind is functional because we’ve got a soul which gives our body life. A soulless body is a lifeless body. When body and mind are in fine fettle then our soul too functions accordingly. It is also well said that our soul or spirit is not apart from the Super Soul (Parm Atama) who is the creator, evolution/preserver and destroyer for reproduction.

BREATHING EXERCISES

Breathing in O2 (Oxygen) and breathing out CO2 (Carbon Dioxide) is one of the most important requirements of our body and if it is closely regimented and systematically done then it proves to be divinely provided sustenance to our body and Yoga bestows us opportunity to enhance breathing methodically which could be proved scientifically. When breathing control is ensured meticulously then we proceed with the next step focused meditation or prayer. While doing so, our mind’s quietness or stillness state is termed as passive activism.

YOGIC EXERCISES & ITS BENEFITS

In Chapter two of Bhagwad Gita, it has been very emphatically mentioned that our responsibility is only to perform our prescribed duty, but we never are entitled to its fruits. It is because our results would be in our favour if there is sincerity in our actions. We should not be motivated by results of our thoughts and actions but we should not be overly attached to the results of our actions. For performing our duty, we should remain balanced minded both in success and failure – no heightened emotions at all. Such a calm temperament and our expertness in performing our task is called YOGA.

Only detached actions (selfless actions) and performing that action with best of our capability will make our pursuit purposeful and meaningful in the long run. We can choose the various duties but it is not in our hands to choose results as we desire. But practically, it has been found that if our pursuit of action is sincere and done with cool temperament then result cannot be disappointing. In this state of mind, even if the results are not good, we shall not be disappointed.The Yogic exercises or Asnas done persistently makes it possible to regulate our breathing thus making it possible to improve the entire metabolic system of our body; in that blood circulation, abdominal organs function perfectly besides keeping all the organs of the body function wonderfully well because every limb of body is benefited with the regulated exercises. When our body is functionally healthy then we can perform various tasks cohesively.

KARMA YOGA – THE YOGA OF ACTION

Karma Yoga is relation to our action that we transact. Before any action is undertaken, it has to be based on some sound thought. The thoughts for action ought to be positive in nature besides being selfless and detachment from the fruits of that action. Karma Yoga has been amply mentioned in Bhagwad Gita stresses that we should transact our actions and detach from the fruits of those actions. Meaning when our actions are based on sound and rational thoughts then their results will have to be good. Also by detaching ourselves from the fruits, we’re able to concentrate/focus on out actions besides offering those actions to God rather than frittering our energies by attaching ourselves with result of our action.

VARIOUS TYPES OF YOGA

HATHA YOGA (YOGA OF POSTURES)

In this branch of Yoga, the Yogis use physical pose or asana with proper breathing exercises or pranayama and subsequent meditation in a focused manner for ensuring good health besides ensuring our spiritual forward march.

BHAKTI YOGA (YOGA OF DEVOTION)

Bhakti word originated from Sanskrit word Bhaja meaning to contemplate, pray, love, worship etc. Here a Yoga meditate persistently thus integrates heart and body functions wherein body, mind and soul just combine for integrating with Super Soul. Yoga of Bhakti makes us aware of ONE DIVINE by undivided concentration and thus helps us see ONE DIVINE in everyone and everything. While Karma-yoga becomes Bhakti-yoga, it is done with God consciousness.

RAJA YOGA (YOGA OF SELF-CONTROL)

Raja means associated with royalty. In other words, it is KING OF YOGA. It is based on teachings of the EIGHT LIMBS OF Yoga which is based on YOGA SUTRAS. In this, A Yogi considers self as a central to all and thus considers animate and inanimate the same – no difference in living and non-living things. If you wish to learn discipline, then Raja Yoga would perfectly suit that need.

JNANA YOGA (YOGA OF THE MIND)

Jnana Yoga is related with the mind and therefore its focus is on intelligence of a person. Here Yogis lay more emphasis on wisdom and intellect and try integrate the two so that it works for the self optimally. Also Jnana Yogis are after knowledge, they acquire the knowledge from any source or religions because they work on the principle that knowledge could be gleaned from any sources – religions and philosophies. It is universal in nature. Jnana Yoga proponents are rational in their approach for getting knowledge and thus believe that in order to get connectivity with a SINGLE ONE any path or any religion could be followed. Religion or caste or creed is not limiting factor in acquiring knowledge.

TANTRA YOGA OR YOGA OF RITUALS

Tantra yoga deals with head and heart. While pursuing tantra yoga one has to have the quality of purity of mind, devotion, humility, love etc. Here some rituals are observed for obtaining benefit for the body, mind and spirit.

There are still a lot of misconceptions about yoga, for instance, yoga being a religion. Yoga is not a religion. It is more of a set of techniques for us to find spirituality. In fact, yoga is being practiced by a lot of people from different religions and benefiting from doing this.

Another misconception is that yoga is merely an exercise, a way for us to keep fit. It is partly true, but if you think that yoga is just that then you are greatly mistaken. Yoga develops the body since a weak one is a hindrance to spiritual growth. It does not simply focus on the physical but on the mental and spiritual aspects as well.

BENEFITS OF YOGA

Ban Ki-moon has rightly said:

“Yoga does not discriminate…all people can practise, regardless of their relative strength, age or ability.”

• Regularly performing Yogic exercises can provide us immunity to our body and can keep us resistant against germs and viruses since it brings our body in harmony with Nature. It gives balance of body, mind and soul.
• Yoga enhances our memory since we undertake Yogic exercises with huge concentration.
• Yoga instills discipline in the Yogi.
• Yoga is a scientific method which unites soul with the Super Soul (God) – we rise above delusion and reunite with our Creator.
• It enhances our concentration through focus on the omniscient spiritual eye (between the two eyebrows) thereby memory.
• It controls our stress and strain thus we can function perfectly since we learn how to keep our mind under control besides controlling our emotions which keep us adversely affected.
• As in Yoga, we give more credence to ‘self’, we can thereby can attain self realization first and subsequently God-realization.
• Breathing control ensures sound metabolic process of our body thus we have proper circulation of blood besides all the internal organs like heart, liver, lungs including all abdominal organs of our body function in fine fettle because of this regulated breathing and exercises.
• Meditation in rigorous and with focused manner ensures that we move forward spiritually with a view to connect with our Lord/Creator in a disciplined way. It should always be remembered that systematic meditation makes a true Yogi.
• Yoga helps us in facing challenges of life boldly and with equanimity.
• Yoga helps us to imbibe the trait of love and acceptance for everything and everybody.
• Yogic exercises through various postures enhances our self control thus self confidence because of opening the door of intuitive consciousness – sixth sense which makes it possible to anticipate the coming events!
• While highlight is on self (as is done in Raja Yoga), it enhances the Yogi’s self esteem and self control besides enhancing self reliance in everything a Yogi ventures.

A TRIBUTE TO A FATHER 21ST JUNE 2020 IS THE FATHER’S DAY


A TRIBUTE TO A FATHER 21ST JUNE 2020 IS THE FATHER’S DAY

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MY FATHER WAS A WORLD WAR I VETERAN

A male-parent of  the children

With profusion in parental love and affection

A male biological contributor of the infant’s creation

Possessing with it, all legal and social relationships

Besides, male parent carries certain rights and with it obligations

Even the step-father or adoptive father too has certain compulsions

To bestow upon the child the right kind upbringing under the circumstances

Care the child as their own – like a father-figure to be concise

Give child the right dose of value system right away required

Including all support system which is woefully needed

For upbringing the offspring in the best possible way wanted

For which paternal and maternal love are of paramount value though

For overall growth and development of the child

Thus taking care of physical and mental health

So that the child adjusts well in the society in which the child is living

Thus steering clear from the difficult situations which may arise without any warning

Fatherly pat quenches the inquisitive thirst of their children

And the children come to know about the world around them

Father’s guidance brings our journey back on the right track

And save children not to go astray

And save them from sure off-track movements

Father’s soft touch is as good as the hard one

Since these touches are for ensuring the children’s wellness. .

I had all the attention from my mother and father alike

Those years were really very impressionable

When both of them were there with us.

My father, a World War 1st Veteran

Who donned his uniform for the land of his birth

In his lifetime had seen ups and downs

During his active service tenure in armed forces

He gave credence to the idea of ‘duty first’

With utmost dedication and devotion which were the hallmark

The traits of which were transferred to me in plenty

My father too faced many a tragedies

Three of his brothers had accidental deaths

But faced every difficulty with resilience and courage

Determined that such tragedies should not put us in fear

He taught us that fear should not make us weak but faced with courage and determination

He practiced Ayurveda to cure his rural patients as a social service

So that cure could be bestowed to the ones who needed it the most

He actively participated in many a social causes

In whatever manner it was possible for him

With the limited resources he had that time

He nurtured us with the best diet he could afford

Inculcated positive outlook on life

As to how to face challenges which visit without much warning

Infused positive outlook on life in us

Even at the discouraging irritants

Which may visit us without any prior inklings

He taught us how to face up to any situation

Which he himself followed assiduously till his last day

While on his death bed at the ripe of age of Ninety SEVEN

When I was studying only in class SEVEN

Whilst anticipated that his end was so near

He called us near him with a smile

Gave four gems of advices which we still follow most conscientiously

Never interfere in others’ affairs unreasonably

Never be afraid of life’s challenges which may visit you suddenly

Never be reactive to anything that may happen with much warning

And finally always follow the dictum

The winner is the one who follows the Absolute Truth.

Subsequently, he breathed his last

With two tears flowing from his eyes

And God’s names on his tongue

Which I vividly remember even now

That is the TRIBUTE TO MY DEAR FATHER

AND may be to every father.

RENOMINATION FOR IDEAL INSPIRATION BLOGGER AWARD


RENOMINATION FOR IDEAL INSPIRATION BLOGGER AWARD

At the outset, I would like to thank MR. DUSHAYANT CHAUDHARY for nominating me for this coveted award from his WEBSITE which in fact is fascinating to say the least.

My heartfelt thanks to the founder of the award Rising Star (https://idealinspiration.blog) for inspiring writers by inculcating writing fervor in them – in essence an inspirational one at that. My blog is: https://emulateme.wordpress.com.

RULES serene

1. Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back of his or her blog.

2. Answers all the questions.

3. Nominate upto 9 blogger and them 5 new questions.

4. Notifying them by a comment or by visiting their blog.

5. Mention the rules of its and logo.

6. Provides the link of award creator as Rising star, https://idealinspiration.blog%20/.

QUESTIONS POSED ON TO ME BY MR. CHOUDHARY

Q.1 what are 3 things that you want to learn?

If I term myself as a student it would not be any exaggeration. If you want to enumerate these then these are:-

  • Yogic exercises.
  • Spiritual orientation.
  • Respecting others’ privacy.

Q.2 what inspires you to write?

Inner and outer influences inspire me to write.

Q.3 One quote motivates you always?

Do unto others as you as you would have them do unto you.

Q.4 what do you want to convey through blogs?

I would like to highlight what is happening around me and its implication onto me.

Q.5 What do you learn from 2020?

I take every year to be of equal importance in learning new things from what is happening around me and the affects which it leaves its impression – it may be general awareness about variety of subjects including spiritual onward march. Then, from the time the LOCKDOWN has started, I have been adjusting my inner mechanism in sync with the Mother Nature so as to be immune from the ill-effects of the Coronavirus pandemic.

QUESTIONS POSED TO ME

1. When you was started blogging and why?

I started blogging on worddpress.com in June 2011.

2. Name of people who inspire you most?

Swami Yogananda – a Guru with a difference.

3. Life most respectful moment yet?

When I seek connectivity with my Creator with some positive results.

4. Tell your favourite game and player?

Cricket and MS Dhoni is my favourite player.

5. How you came to know about blogging?

Before I started writing for WordPress, I used to write for Times of India (Speaking Tree) and before that I used to write for magazines and papers too. I also used to give talks on Yuv Vani.

MY QUESTIONS

  1. Why should we seek knowledge?
  2. What is love according to you?
  3. What if somebody criticizes you without rhyme or reason.
  4. What are some of the benefits of silence in our lives?
  5.  What are the advantages of keeping cool in emergencies?
  6. Is not fear the number one enemy of ours when there is question of meeting challenges?
  7. Brief comment on the statement: Love begets love.
  8. Is not suicide a result of weakness of our mind?
  9. How we can distinguish between our enemy and friend?
  10. Who is a fair-weather friend?

I solicit all my fellow bloggers for attempting the questions and be a candidate for the award.

With warm regards,

HARBANS

SIGNIFICANCE OF IMMUNITY


SIGNIFICANCE OF IMMUNITY

REMAINING DETERMINED TO SWIM EVEN IN TROUBLED WATRES


while Coronavirus is spreading its tentacles
In the absence of immunity
Causing deaths, destruction and untold misery
Along with it; Alas! all gloom, doom and mortality
People perforce are locking themselves at homes
Looking for medical community
For finding a vaccine for topping of vicious circle
Of the spread of this dangerous virus
Spreading without any bias
Leaving none which comes its way
Loves to attack people with obesity or hypertension
Especially people with low immune system
Kids, young men and people grown old
All this is creating a poser in our mind
Is there herd immunity to the spread?
Which is so widespread
And also creating a dread
As to when this virus will end.
The infection mutates faster
When our immune system is weaker
Damaging the functioning of our body
Including the lung tissues
While our immune system is stronger
Its response is limited or no effect at all
By bringing about a healthy balance to our body
Firstly on physical plane is keeping healthy
By taking proper exercises and also Yogic exercises
Also, by strict isolation, social distancing
Besides quarantine measures needed
Taking sufficient water quantity
And diet rich in necessary vitamins
With sufficiency of sunlight where we live
With fresh air and well ventilated place for living
All these provides healthy balance in our life
And with it makes our system resistant to any virus.
While our mind is hugely stressed
With too much thought of contracting infection
Along with financial stringency
Resulting from loss of job opportunity
Which throws our internal defenses awry
With thi, our immune system gets imbalanced
Keeping a healthy balance
Both in ups and downs in our lives is the answer
To the mental sturdiness which helps to fight virus.
We should not go overdrive
In expression of our emotions
Through reactions
In the form of frustration,
Fear, anger boredom, disharmony and depression
We ought to stop acting as victim in any situation
But rather should have a balanced approach
In seeing an opportunity in virus conditions too
And feel joy in the company of our love ones
Thereby consolidating our bonds in relations
By being in lockdown situations.
Bereft of any faith, self-belief and belief on God
Our immune system gets ruined
Thereby picking all sorts of viruses which comes our path
With belief in our system and our Almighty God
Makes a huge difference to our system
Thus rather than losing hope in any condition
We ought to have hope even in hopeless situation
And seek connect with Omnipotent and Omniscient One
With whose graces we can weather any storm
Thereby lead a life so happier
With a lot of immunity to fight any virus
Which may attack us.

SIGNIFICANCE OF IMMUNITY

Literally immunity means to offer resistance from the germs of a disease or to be invulnerability from ill-effects of some bad influences or to confront or fight bad influences. This is a positive influence on our system which keeps us away from divergent or contradictory situations and conditions.

While we relate immunity with our body system, we consider it a inbuilt defense mechanism which our body offers. The body immunity could be inbuilt in our body due to our DNA and also acquired too.

The acquired ones are due to the following aspects:-

EFFECTS OF DIET

A healthy diet starts from our childhood itself. Breastfeeding brings in its wake better growth of our body and have positive influence on our growth.

It is found that eating sufficient vegetable, fresh fruits and dry fruits along with milk products provides us vitamins, minerals, dietary fibre and also provides antioxidants. Also, those who take diets rich in vegetables and fruits have lower rate of obesity, heart disease, diabetes. Besides, these also keep us away from viruses. Eating vegetable unsaturated oils help in building immunity. We should take less sugar and fat contents since these are responsible for creating obesity and hypertension.

CONTROL OVER THE MIND AND IMMUNITY

Our emotions are caused due to our thoughts. It goes to show that two individuals can exhibit different reaction in the similar situation. One person may feel angry on a small pretext whereas other could have control over his emotions and have the traits of letting go. Therefore, those who have control over the senses and mind exhibit positive emotions.  Then there are emotions such as frustration, boredom, depression, anxiety and disgust etc. Those who have control over the mind weather all storm and stay cool in any situation and condition. A resolute and determined mindset give out positivity at all times and hence possess rock-solid immunity. Therefore, those who have control over the mind, possess better immunity. The anxieties related with Coronavirus could affect a person with weaker resolve.

SPIRITUAL  ORIENTATION IN LIFE AND IMMUNITY

Those people who are spiritually inclined, possess self-belief and belief in Almighty God. Such people have indomitable faith in God and seek connectivity with Him and perform all their Karmic deeds with positive disposition. They do not give too much credence to outcome but perform the action with complete focus. It has been observed that spiritual oriented people are self-determined and face the situations and conditions resolutely. Thus with meditations and prayers, we can enhance our immunity.

IDEAL INSPIRATION BLOGGER AWARD


INSPIRATION BLOGGER AWARD

A word of thank from the core of my heart to MS. PURVASHA for nominating me the IDEAL INSPIRATION BLOGGER AWARD – a non-official awarded to the bloggers for creative and outstanding write-ups.

My heartfelt thanks also to the founder of the award Rising Star (https://idealinspiration.blog) for inspiring writers by inculcating writing fervor in them – in essence an inspirational one at that. My blog is: https://emulateme.wordpress.com.

My Answers to Jeremy’s questions:

1. How do you describe yourself as a blogger?

As a blogger from June 2011, I have gained knowledge through appraising of the write-ups by my fellow bloggers on a variety of subjects. From inception itself, whatever experience I got from my interactions with others or from formal and informal institutions, I penned down the same. This gave me an opportunity to enhance my outlook on a variety of subjects.

2. Which is your favourite blog post that you have written?

I have written on a variety of subjects touch the lives of the common people. Therefore, I consider every topic has its own significance and has message. No, special blog.

3. Who is your motivational figure in blogging?

Since I am of the opinion that no two individuals are having the same traits, therefore, everyone has got its important aspect, therefore, every blog has deeply touched me.

4. What are you so passionate about?

I am passionate about appraising the spiritual oriented topics including going through the lives of important personalities who transformed the views of others.

5. How has blogging become your passion?

I have penned down more than 800 write-ups on a variety of topics. I also has written for TIMES OF INDIA (SPEAKING TREE). Even I have appeared for AIR on variety of subjects. Reading and writing is my passion and this has helped me in authoring two books on INNER THOUGHTS.

Congratulations guys, you are an inspiration for all and we’re eagerly waiting for your answers! Also, only nine could have been chosen; otherwise I had others in mind as well, so please don’t feel bad. Enjoy, everyone!

 QUESTIONS FOR ALL

  1. When and how did you start blogging?

I initially started blogging with TIMES OF INDIA (Speaking Tree) and subsequently in June 2011, I started blogging with WORDPRESS.COM. My blog is: https://emulateme.wordpress.com.

  • What is an important lesson you’ve learned with the help of your blog?

I am ever a student and try learning from anybody and everybody. It may be through interaction or through reading others’ blogs just giving me a sweet lesson that knowledge and awakening could be had from any source.

  • Is there a niche you’d like to blog in, but can’t, for some reason

God has been very kind to me and I am satisfied with what I have attained in life – authored two books (INNER THOUGHTS) besides I lead a simple life with simple needs. No specific position aspired indeed.

  • Who is your favorite youtuber and why?

I am not a regular visitor to youtube therefore nothing favorite as such.

  • Which foreign country would you visit, if you had the chance to?

Last year, I visited UK and stayed with my son there. I liked the country.

RULES:

1. Thank the person who has nominated you and provide a link back to his/her blog.
2. Answer their questions.
3. Nominate up to 9 other bloggers and ask them 5 new questions.
4. Notify the nominees through their blog by visiting and commenting on their blog.
5. List the rules and display the “Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award” logo.
6. Provide the link to the Award creator, as Rising Star from https://idealinspiration.blog (It’s all about Inspiration).

MY QUESTIONS

  1. When did you start blogging and what motivated you to blog?
  2. What is the Mantra for happy life?
  3. How can we keep cool even in dire situations?
  4. What life has taught you till now?
  5. Should we trust everybody under the sun?
  6. What are the advantages of simple living?
  7. What in your view is compassion?

All my followers who remain inspiring me in one form or other always and add to my knowledge.

The answers to the questions posed are not mandatory.

With warm regards

HARBANS

Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award


IDEAL INSPIRATION BLOGGER AWARD (I have been nominated by two bloggers)

A word of thank from the core of my heart to MS. GARIMA PURI for nominating me the IDEAL INSPIRATION BLOGGER AWARD – a non-official awarded to the bloggers for creative and outstanding write-ups.

My heartfelt thanks also to the founder of the award Rising Star (https://idealinspiration.blog) for inspiring writers by inculcating writing fervor in them – in essence an inspirational one at that. My blog is: https://emulateme.wordpress.com.

My Answers to Jeremy’s questions:

1. How do you describe yourself as a blogger?

As a blogger from June 2011, I have gained knowledge through appraising of the write-ups by my fellow bloggers on a variety of subjects. From inception itself, whatever experience I got from my interactions with others or from formal and informal institutions, I penned down the same. This gave me an opportunity to enhance my outlook on a variety of subjects.

2. Which is your favourite blog post that you have written?

I have written on a variety of subjects touch the lives of the common people. Therefore, I consider every topic has its own significance and has message. No, special blog.

3. Who is your motivational figure in blogging?

Since I am of the opinion that no two individuals are having the same traits, therefore, everyone has got its important aspect, therefore, every blog has deeply touched me.

4. What are you so passionate about?

I am passionate about appraising the spiritual oriented topics including going through the lives of important personalities who transformed the views of others.

5. How has blogging become your passion?

I have penned down more than 800 write-ups on a variety of topics. I also has written for TIMES OF INDIA (SPEAKING TREE). Even I have appeared for AIR on variety of subjects. Reading and writing is my passion and this has helped me in authoring two books on INNER THOUGHTS.

Congratulations guys, you are an inspiration for all and we’re eagerly waiting for your answers! Also, only nine could have been chosen; otherwise I had others in mind as well, so please don’t feel bad. Enjoy, everyone!

 QUESTIONS FOR ALL

  1. When and how did you start blogging?

I initially started blogging with TIMES OF INDIA (Speaking Tree) and subsequently in June 2011, I started blogging with WORDPRESS.COM. My blog is: https://emulateme.wordpress.com.

  • What is an important lesson you’ve learned with the help of your blog?

I am ever a student and try learning from anybody and everybody. It may be through interaction or through reading others’ blogs just giving me a sweet lesson that knowledge and awakening could be had from any source.

  • Is there a niche you’d like to blog in, but can’t, for some reason

God has been very kind to me and I am satisfied with what I have attained in life – authored two books (INNER THOUGHTS) besides I lead a simple life with simple needs. No specific position aspired indeed.

  • Who is your favorite youtuber and why?

I am not a regular visitor to youtube therefore nothing favorite as such.

  • Which foreign country would you visit, if you had the chance to?

Last year, I visited UK and stayed with my son there. I liked the country immensely.

RULES:

1. Thank the person who has nominated you and provide a link back to his/her blog.
2. Answer their questions.
3. Nominate up to 9 other bloggers and ask them 5 new questions.
4. Notify the nominees through their blog by visiting and commenting on their blog.
5. List the rules and display the “Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award” logo.
6. Provide the link to the Award creator, as Rising Star from https://idealinspiration.blog (It’s all about Inspiration).

MY QUESTIONS

  1. When did you start blogging and what motivated you to blog?
  2. What is the Mantra for happy life?
  3. How can we keep cool even in dire situations?
  4. What life has taught you till now?
  5. Should we trust everybody under the sun?
  6. What are the advantages of simple living?
  7. What in your view is compassion?

All my followers who remain inspiring me in one form or other always and add to my knowledge.

The answers to the questions posed are not mandatory.

With warm regards

HARBANS