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ON GOOD MANNERS

ON GOOD MANNERS

GOOD MANNERS

 

Good manners are panacea

For ensuring course correction for many of our setbacks

Which keep knocking us down

While we lose ourselves in the bargain

When need is that tranquil we remain

Instead of being irritated as a sign

Of our personal nature.

Life of ours is a huge enigma

We intend doing something

But existing state pushes us to someplace unknown

Where the only option

With us is either to fine-tune our endeavors

Or perish without even a sign of our existence.

We ought to redirect our efforts to readjust

So that proper ways are adopted

For ensuring order in our demeanor

In our routines of our behavior

Where the norms held most dear

By our society in particular

Are to be followed with sincerity

So as to earn acceptability

In the community

Thus, we live and prosper thru adaptability.

 

A person who has learned good manners

Is an architect of peace and understanding

Even in situation most daunting

And is able to deliver us from difficult position

With polished and likeable traits, imbibed in abundance

Transporting us from busting predicament

To a state of the unruffled and serene situation

Where we can stride around with head high

And a broad smile playing

Thus good manner is our master key

Which comes handy

To unlock the unpredictable jam and difficulty.

 

ON GOOD MANNERS

What are good manners? These are those norms of behavior or attitudes which we espouse for our day to day activities thus making a huge difference in our life. What are those manifested activities which impact our traits and character? Then, it is important to know what character is? The character is combined activities we transact which form our individual nature. Our character could be good or bad based purely on our imbibed attitudes and activities thereto. What is attitude? Attitude is the disposition or orientation of the mind – both in thought and action thereof. Attitudes could also be positive or negative Positive attitude brings about positive changes in us and also bring about happiness and satiety in our life whereas negative attitude could lead us astray and may harm our interests and the environments we live in the long run..

SOURCES OF LEARNNG GOOD MANNERS & ETIQUETTES

Good manners and etiquettes are learned from our parents initially and then from our peer groups, teachers, formal institutions (schools, colleges and universities) of learning besides informal institutions like temples, churches, mosques, play grounds etc. While we learn the manners and etiquettes, these are of no consequence until we use these practically. We get appropriate or inappropriate response based on our manners and etiquettes.

OUR EMOTIONS AND GOOD MANNERS

Our emotions play a predominant role in our life. It is also important to know what is emotion? It is most effective aspect of our realization or self awareness. The state of our feeling is termed as emotion. It could also be termed as the mental reaction to stimuli which may originate instantaneously/on the spur of a moment. This may be our response directed towards a specific object or cause in the form or annoyance or alarm or sometimes emotional perturbation/disturbance leading to breakdown of inner resolve. It is the test of our inner resolve or inner potential. Our weakness or solidification of character solely depends on our inner potential. What is our inner potential?

Good manners are bereft of all the negative traits like; anger (which rob us of our wisdom), unreasonable reaction to an occurrence, jealousy (Irsha) towards others, following corrupt practices or cheating others in getting things done or following an immoral or unethical path. Good manners thus are like good future investments which could stand us in good stead.

AESTHETIC BEAUTY AND IMMENSE SATISFACTION IN GOOD MANNERS

There is immense beauty and grace involved in good manners. These manners have great acceptability and are obviously respected by every age group. Such person, when comes in contact with others, others too get hugely influenced. Nobody will take him for granted for anything under the sun because he does not ill-treats others. He is the master of any situation in which he is placed. He gets precedence over others simply because nobody grudge him for anything. He generates a compassionate feeling.

It is a matter of great satisfaction that a person with well-rounded personality and traits is not only an asset for himself but also to others with whom he comes into contact. Such person never chance to others for complain against him. wheresoever he puts his foot, there is a feeling of relief, a feeling of mutual appreciation and fellow feeling. There is politeness and civility in his behavior. He expresses his gratitude for anything done by others.

A good person is well-behaved, does not fall prey to any controversy, but on the other hand, tries to remove any controversy which may creep up at any point of time. Such persons, even in adverse atmosphere, will try to bring out the best in even the brute of a person. While in adverse situation, a well behaved person never lose his composure, lives in accord with others, sharing their pain spreading the fragrance of hope and good aspiration. He has a charm of his own.

PROPER UNDERSTANDING

A well mannered person will try to keep contact with others even after he has acquired a new status due to his hard work and diligence. Tall-talk, taking out of turn, misbehaving with others, pushing aside others with arrogance, the essence of his excellence lies in making others accept his point of view with an air of understanding. Even in serious negotiations with others, he does not lose his calm in any event.

One of the important thing in any organization is how best to convey our intention. While doing so, we have to be careful that it is has equivalence/matching or may differ only slightly with those who matter. If there is slight difference, it could be explained and doubts removed. To ensure success of a link or liaison,  it is essential that differences should be ironed out amicably to avoid any pin-pricks and understanding the which may creep in future as two persons may be differently disposed towards each other. This will enhance mutual appreciation and fondness for further growth of relationship. This happens when we’ve learnt the art of adjusting or accommodating others’ points of view

GOOD MANNERS ARE GOOD BUT CARE OUGHT TO BE EXERCISED THAT  NOBODY  EXPLOITS US UNREASONABLY

Good manners and etiquettes are really gems of attitudes and behavior but care ought to be exercised that nobody exploits us unreasonably. We have to study the milieu or scenario around us and change accordingly. Then mannerism is not appropriate. We have to change according to the milieu around. Some may also say that manners and etiquettes are the outer shells, polished but these are important components in this world of ours. Our essence lies deep within, transformation there counts much. It is honey smeared when it comes to manner, speech and etiquette. This could be termed as deception in real sense of terms. If one is truthful, impartial then good manners will follow just automatically. If you believe you are impartial, honest and true to yourself and others, you don’t have to think of good manners or etiquette because it will come naturally. No coaching or play-acting required.

INNER POTENTIAL AND GOOD MANNERS

Now essentially, we as human beings, are bestowed with inner strength but it is must that we exploit it to the extent possible. How best this inner power could is individualistic in nature? The first step in this endeavor is to know our weakness and strength then do something for eradicating or reducing our weaknesses to the extent possible. In this self awareness or self consciousness effort, we tend to draw out our inner strengths to our advantage thus learn manners and unlearn those manners which are mismatching with the time and space.

BAD MANNERS COULD PUT US IN ABNORMAL SITUATION

Negative orientation in our emotions could put us and all around us in disorder. There is then intimidating attitude, the possessor of this trait could not only bully the person on whom it is directed but also could prove to be counterproductive to the person concerned, physically and emotionally. On the other hand, relaxed attitude could bestow us peace and tranquility for a thing to be accomplished, harder the goal to be accomplished, more potent would prove the relaxed attitude for its fructification.

Recent most unfortunate incident of killing of 26 persons in Texas church massacre is a sordid pointer what domestic crisis and discord in the family can entail. Mental health, if allowed to pester, leads to unpredictable consequences. We should, therefore, make concerted efforts in bringing about congenial atmosphere in our household. If dissension in the family is allowed to be spilled over, it will have disastrous consequences for the family, particularly so, for the children in the family, who instead of good manners and etiquettes imbibe the violent and intolerant traits of their parents. And if mental health problems are allowed to persist, the case will spiral out of control.

I am of the opinion that whatever our children do or do not do is the result the result of our own fault as parents. We present a negative  picture ourselves but want to see positive results. Can it be possible? The dictum: ‘As we sow so shall we reap’ should never be forgotten by the parents. 

COOPERATION BRINGS ABOUT MORE PRODUCTIVITY

Healthy liaison between the individuals brings about right feelings which impacts wellbeing in the family or in any organisation. On the other hand, if the environment is not congenial or if misunderstanding has crept in due to unhealthy environment the charm and etiquette are required to bring about most needed positive change. Here patience to tackle situation is required to neutralize the negativity that has crept about. Here a person with golden touch is required to ameliorate or remove the rampant unfairness

ABILITY ACQUIRED

Ability to perform or to come out successful in a venture comes when we have acquired first the manners and proprieties to handle the situation which may arise any time. A person with good manners find his acceptability because his social and ability to weather all storms than a person with questionable credentials. Sometimes our good manners combined with moderate capability may do more benefits than average mannerism but more capability scale.

Good manners thus prove to be one key factors in our inter-personal relationship for a successful fructification in the environment we are living; The good manners could stand us in good stead in the following ways:-

  • As a person with good manners possesses among other traits, clarity of thoughts, the actions too would be in consonance with the requirement of a situation.
  • When situation becomes too explosive and utter disagreeable prevails every moment, the person with good manners does not become reactive but becomes proactive in handling the situation with inner seriousness and tranquil disposition.
  • Such person assists in cooling the impulsive or impulsive situation by tactfully accommodating others’ viewpoints. In other words acts as barometer of change.
  • In any organization, every individual handles his/her responsibility taking into consideration public spirit or interest as a hallmark bereft of group  and personal envy or jealousy thus steering clear of these controversies which may prove counterproductive to the overall interests of the organization as a whole.  A person with good manners rises above the petty and narrow considerations, sometimes, losing his/her self esteem initially but gains much when actual realization dawns.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by on November 9, 2017 in Inner Thoughts

 

ON OUR 40TH MARRIAGE ANNIVERSARY TODAY!

 

ON OUR 40TH MARRIAGE ANNIVERSARY TODAY!

 

A saying very rightly uttered

Marriages are made in heaven and solemnized on this earth

The success and failure of this sacred bond

Depends solely

On the two souls

Who are united

Either through marriage

Arranged either through

Parents’ wishes – which run supreme

Or love at first sight – as they say

And thence solemnized

Without even a glimpse

Of either of the two couple

So considered eligible

Are knotted together

Not merely for this life

Whilst it lasts

But seven more lives!

Which may come

Or may not come, at all

By going around the sacred fire seven times

As sacred Vedic Mantras are chanted

By the presiding Pandit

At a time considered appropriate

Whereas place is the  place of the bride to be

Thence seven vows of marriage

Are chanted in the marriage ceremony by the priest

First in the Sanskrit

And thence translated

Into local language known

First one, as it comes forth

Promise of groom to the bride of his

Thee shall offer food to me besides bestow help in every way

in return, I shall cherish thee in every way

Besides provision of everything which gives happiness and cheer

To thee my life partner and the children

Who would be born after our marriage is finally solemnized

To which the bride agrees in affirmation

On the second promise

The groom proclaims

Together both will protect their house and their progeny

The bride promises that she shall be his potency

But extracts a promise from the groom

That in return he will love her only

The third one comes thenceforth

Prosperity and happiness may be graced by Almighty God

And their children may live long

The bride gives her solemn promise

To remain faithful to him in thick and thin

On the fourth promise

The groom asks her to bring the dawn of sacredness

And we’ll be blessed with offspring who are most obedient

To which she replies with all sincerity

She’ll strive to please you to the best of her ability

The groom says the fifth times with all honesty

That she has come to his life thus enriching it with the grace of Almighty

To which she replies with all seriousness

That his happiness would be her happiness

And she will share both his happiness and sorrow

During the sixth stride

The groom feels elated at the sixth stride

With the bride

And extracts promise that she will provide happiness to him

As life lasts

She promises that she would be at his side till the last breath of her life

Thence the seventh sacred vow and the seventh step

The groom state publicly

That they are now one for eternity

She agrees and accepts this assertion with all legitimacy

As this, all is witnessed by the God ALMIGHTY

I just remember the time and the day so vividly

When we were united 40 years ago

As though it were just a few days’ before

The sacred vows remain echoing

In my ears like sacred promises

And I keep mending my ways

In conformity with the promises made

Which are made in almost all marriages ceremonies of any religion!

These promises have guided me how to have patience

While others may be losing theirs with not so promising results

And kept the marriage as an institution – a lifelong commitment

So that our offspring may also emulate us for their successful marriages

There were, many times, trials and tribulations

We together faced these at all occasions

Shared gain and pain together

Thanked God for giving us both for an appropriate solution

For pain solidified our resolve to proceed further with full determination.

 
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Posted by on November 5, 2017 in Inner Thoughts

 

GURU NANAK DEV JI

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GURU NANAK DEV JI – THE GURU WHO IS HARBINGER OF DELIVERANCE FROM DELUSIONS & BRINGS ABOUT UNITY IN DIVERSITY.

 548th BIRTHDAY ANNIVERSARY (PRAKASH DIVAS) ON 4th NOVEMBER 2017

(OUR HEARTIEST FELICITATIONS TO ALL ON GURU NANAK DEV JI’S PRAKASH DIVAS )

GURU NANAK DEV JI’S PRAKASH DIVAS – A HOLY DAY TO REMEMBER

Guru Sri Nanak Dev Ji (1469-1539 CE) – The Founder if Sikthehism & The First of the Sikh Gurus.

The Supreme Lord sends His Messengers to this earth to spread His Message so that such Messengers make difference with their preaching to the world at large and change their lives. His teachings are so relevant that there is a definitive imprint of His teachings on the psyche of people and that is why His influence remains centuries after centuries. Those sincere devotees who have attained the certain level of spirituality can see the Divine Vision.

Guru Nanak Gurpurb also called Guru Nanak Prakash Utsav or Guru Nanak Jayanti is celebrated with gaiety and enthusiasm by all those who know about Guru Nanak Dev’s contribution to the humanity in general with His preaching.

On this day Prabhat Pheris (early morning processions or congregations) which are taken from the Gurdwaras in the early morning itself and cover almost all the lanes and by-lanes in the vicinity. People sing hymns in His glory in this procession.

He was born on 15th April 1469 at Rai Bhoi-di-Talwandi of Shekhopura, now in Pakistan. His life spans from 1469 – 1539 A.D. History is the guide to tell us that during this period many of the spiritualistic, cultural and progressive ideas came to the fore and fructified owing to the proactive role of Guru Nanak Dev Ji. These ideas are very much relevant for all to come. These ideas are practical in nature and realistic; not based on mysticism and ritualistic. In many of His thoughts and deeds, during His sojourn in various parts of India and even in foreign lands, throws light on His unstinted and clear philosophy that  AKALPURAKH  – SAT NAAM SRI WAHE GURU – HE is the only TRUTH, a Truth which could be proved anywhere anytime.

The following observable changes which occurred which are given as under:-

  • The universal message of Guru Nanak Dev Ji was to reach a common understanding through dialogue and carry all along by understanding others viewpoints.
  • The old dogmas and unnecessary rituals prevailing amongst the masses gave place to progressive ideas. Service (Seva) and prayers (Simran) should be given more credence.
  • Propagated the idea of goodwill and welfare of all without bias.
  • Insisted that everybody should be truthful in words and deeds.
  • Resulted in the intellectual and spiritual renaissance of the masses.
  • Humanism was given more importance with the idea that human beings are considered good or bad according to the deeds and not on the basis of birth.
  • Religion should create harmony and not hurdles in the path of masses.
  • Complete surrender to the will of God for the spiritual forward march.
  • He taught the philosophy of ONE GOD EK NAAM.
  • Bad traits such as ego, anger, greed, attachment, and lust should be shunned from our midst in order to lead a balanced life.
  • We should always be in the quest/pursuit of knowledge for our enlightenment. Knowledge helps us to attain salvation too.

The Holy Gurbani is a sacred treasure and has universal appeal, every verse (shloka) while recited suffuses and fills with fragrance in the environment it is spoken and cures the illness of our soul. Almost all the prayers are for the praise of our Akalpurakh in one form or other.

For Example: Gun Biant Kimat Nahi Pae!! Nanak Jis Bhavai! Tis Lae Malae!

Endless are His virtuous qualities; His worth cannot be appraised. O Nanak, one who pleases Him is united with Him.

This is the holiest day in the history of Sikhism. It is celebrated not only by Sikhs but also by all those who believe in His Holy Words. Akhand Path, non-stop recitation from Guru Granth Sahibji, Asa Di Var (Collection of 24 Stanzas written by the revered Guruji). Gurdwaras are specially decorated tastefully on this occasion.

 

Devout pay respectful tributes to Sri Guru Nanak Devji and remember His contributions for the spiritual upliftment of the common masses and rid them from unnecessary rituals that prevailed.

 

Equality of all the faiths and religions is a reality. His disciples were from all castes and creeds.

 

Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s premise was that those who do not know the true meaning of scriptures, cannot differentiate between good and bad; are steeped in egocentric pursuits. These people are verily the ignorant ones. There is no exaggeration in saying that main thrust of Guru Ki Bani is to remove ignorance, superstition and complex customs bedeviling the masses This also helped in spreading the message of goodwill besides engendering brotherly feelings amongst them without bias. Guru Nanak’s stellar contribution is the wellbeing of the humanity as a whole and for the spread of this message, He traveled length and breadth of our country and abroad.

All the incarnations Messengers of God suffered. They suffered so that we may learn the lesson for a peaceful co-existence between all humans:

Guru Nanak Preaching is more relevant now than ever:

While pains and sufferings are the part and parcel of our life but when it is inflicted by our own brethren than it still more painful. What has been happening around the world now is nothing but painful. Guru Nanak has himself mentioned this “Unto whom should I tie up and give the bundle of my pains? The whole world is suffering from pain and suffering. Where-ever I see loads of pain and suffering.”

 

Guru Nanak traversed lengths and breadths of India and in the foreign lands, so he mentioned about the ‘pain across the globe. This pain and suffering could be ameliorated through meditation, he mentioned. “Remembering Him in meditation, a profound peace is obtained. Oaub and suffering will not touch you at all – remain in the sanctuary of God and no pain and suffering will ever touch you at all.

All the humans are our Creator’s creations but they are born under different circumstances and different conditions and different locations. But from the same LIGHT, we are created. Then why people we interpret scriptural inscription differently. It really pains me immensely.

  • Prophet Mohammad suffered immensely at the hands of his opponents in Makkah and in other places like Al-Tayf and Madina who knew His exceptional intelligence and integrity.Although he was bestowed with very good business, a happy family and helpful relatives yet he preferred the path of pains and sufferings. His opponents raised every conceivable hurdle in His path but he did not care about His sufferings but wiped off the tears of others though He was called ‘lying renegade’. Madina Although like Christ, He forgave them and followed an Allah ordained path for the welfare of mankind.
  • Jesus Christ preached the importance of having compassion for our fellow beings. He taught that kindhearted feeling should be there even for our enemies, Jesus was born in 7 – 2 BC and was crucified in 30-33 AD in Jerusalem on the orders of the Roman prefect, Pontius Pilate. He was born in Nazareth, Galilee to Parents Marry & Joseph. During his lifetime too he had to suffer at the hands of opponents on one pretext or other.

Christ preached forgiveness and mercy. He even forgave those who harmed him immensely. No ill-feelings for anyone absolutely that is the message given:

Matthew 6:14-15 For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Jesus was the one who had won victory against material consciousness. He exists in the hearts and minds of His followers. He said, ‘I do nothing of myself, but as my Father hath taught me.’ Christians including numberless others who have indomitable belief in His preaching shun delusions and follow His ideals. His presence is felt through his teachings. Those who have self-realization know that in every speck of cosmos Christ Consciousness exists but only those who have vision can experience this. Christ Consciousness is a part of Cosmic Consciousness should never be lost sight of by us humans.

His teachings are so exhaustive, yet, if we care to follow the ones mentioned below, we can make our lives sublime.

  • Krishna – the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who appeared on this earth as the Avtar (incarnation of Lord Vishnu) more than 5,000 years ago had to put put up with so many pains and sufferings firstly at the hands of Demon King Kamsa (the most demonist of all Bhoja dynasty. Subsequently faced evils in the form of demons like Trnavarta, Bakasura, Aghasura, Dhenuksura, Pralambasura, Kesi in the form of the horse, besides serpent Kaliya to whom he forgave and finally besides serpent Kaliya to whom he forgave. So much so was he disturbed by the demons that for the safety of his subjects he had to establish his abode at Dwarka suffused with fortification etc. In Mahabharata, Lod Krishna played a stellar role in the annihilation of evil in the form of Dhritarashtra and his sons especially Duryodhana/ Though the battle between Kauravas and Pandavas took a heavy toll yet truth won and evil perpetrated and pampered by Kauravas was destroyed ultimately.
  • Lord Rama an epitome of Dharma and peace. He was to be carbonated as King of Ayodhya but had to go for exile for 14 long years. During exile, he killed many demons who disturbed the hermits in their meditation. His consort Sita was abducted with deception by the demon king Ravana who represented evil. There was a ferocious battle between the two armies of Lord Rama and Ravana where the evil of Ravana was defeated.
    • Lord Budha who epitomized non-violence and peace throughout his life and spread his message of fair-play and tolerance through his disciples too faced many hurdles initially from his opponents while spreading the message of love and affection. Even his death is death after consuming a special delicacy offered by his generous host, the remains of which were buried.

It goes to show that our most revered ones suffered at the hands of their opponents then what we are? We should actually learn lessons out of their sufferings/sacrifices and live joyously and with empathy.

Profound lessons that we human should get from the Messengers and God incarnations.

We woefully opine that we are suffering pains at the hands of our opponents (those who do not agree with our viewpoints) just conveniently forgetting the untold sufferings undergone by the Messengers of God. Following should never be forgotten while dealing with each other.

  • The world of ours is in constant struggle between good and evil. This is due to thrusting our opinions on others forcefully and consequent struggle. Then differing people resort to disproportionate violence result in loss of precious lives. No religion recommends this.
  • There is a fight between the truth and falsehood. This difference may be due to the different interpretation of scriptures but the basic thrust of all religious scriptures is good of humanity as a whole without bias and feelings of compassion, empathy, cooperation, brotherhood, and goodwill to be encouraged between all humans.
  • There are those who are the oppressor and those who are oppressed. The oppressor should introspect about his/her origin and should never identify himself/herself different from others.
  • Bad things could happen to good ones. This is a fact, bad things have happened to the good people but when this injustice should stop and message of goodness that is codified in all the religious texts made applicable in letter and spirit? The sooner this happens the better for the humanity as a whole. No human loss, please.
  • We should never forget that we have a common Creator meaning we are commonly related to our Him. Then why bloodletting for temporary gain – aagain which pains even our Creator!
  • All the main scriptures exhort us for co-existing with mutual cooperation and with goodwill then why misunderstanding and killing? Where all this will lead the humanity?
  • Be that as it may, let’s forget our small differences and live as creation created by our ONE Creator.
  • THE MESSAGE OF COMMUNAL HARMONY THAT GURU NANAK DEV JI EXHIBITED SHOULD BE FOLLOWED BY ALL THE SOCIETIES SO AS TO REMOVE THE DISCRIMINATION IN THE SOCIETIES. HE HAD HIS DISCIPLES FROM HINDU AND MUSLIM – A CLEAR MESSAGE OF COMMUNAL HARMONY WHICH IS THE NEED OF THE HOUR.

GURU NANAK DEV JI’S PRAKASH DIVAS – A HOLY DAY TO REMEMBER

Guru Ji, through His preaching, changed our lives to perfection
Purb / Parva – a Sanskrit word meaning celebration
Actually, life is a festival (Purb) of highest order
It may be on the occasion of some festivals
Or on the anniversary of supreme sacrifices
To uphold commoners’ causes
Or Prakash Utsavs
A Day of Enlightenment considered in admiration by us.

On the most auspicious full moon day – Pooranmashi
At a village named Rai-Bhoi-Di-Talwandi
Now known as Nanakana Sahib
In the month of Kartik
15th day of April in the year 1469
When our most revered Baba Nanak Ji was born
To father Baba Kalu & Mother Tripta
No one but our beloved Akalpurakh (Lord)
His observable mission for this Special Messenger
Of spreading ‘IK NAAM’S’ pious Message
And that such a person will make huge difference
For causes most dear to the society in general
Indeed a Shining Star on the horizon!
Observance of holy days and celebration of anniversaries
Linkage of which is an important feature
Of the Sikhs & the ones who believe in (Khalas) purity
Way of living now or in future with certainty
Gurupurb lasts for three days
A pious Akhand Path in all Gurudwaras
With organization of Nagar kirtan
Procession (Kirtni Jatha) is led by Pious Fives (Panj Piyaras)
With Holiest Sri Guru Granth Sahib kept on the Palanquin
Hymns from It purifies the environs the most
Spreading Its Message – the most fragrant
Far and wide making the gentry mesmerized
Gatka Parties displaying their artistry
With their traditional weapons.

On the Gurupurb Day Diwan
Starts early in the morning hours
With Asa-di-Var
And hymns from Guru Granth Sahib are sung
Followed by discourses and prayers (Ardas)
And finally Prashad in lines (Pangat)
By the devout (Sangat)
Called Langar served to all alike
People share it with great reverence
And make this day; a day to reminisce.

O! our Babaji – the most benevolent of all
Our earnest prayer to Thee our beloved One
Let the spirit of this day
Remain echoing in our memory
Spreading Thy Universal Message
Of Uniting the Humans without bias
And ridding society of all ills and malice
Engendering brotherly feelings amongst all.

 

 
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Posted by on November 2, 2017 in Inner Thoughts

 

ON MEDITATION – ITS HUGE BENEFITS

ON MEDITATION – ITS HUGE BENEFITS

 

Meditation, in broader sense means, to be busy or be engaged in contemplation on one’s breath. Meditation could also be based on repetition of a particular prayer or a mantra for ensuring self-awareness and to ensure connectivity with the higher power. Meditation is done with a complete focused attention i.e. single-minded approach. While meditating, all our senses get activated and in that activation, we have to ensure these senses do not go awry. This could be termed as controlled activism in the real sense of terms.

Meditation is the action of an individual to direct our energies to train our mind and five senses (touch, sight, hear, smell and taste) and thereby achieve our intended purpose. Particularly for meditation for which it is essential to firstly rein in our mind and do everything that we direct our mind to anticipate, remember or perform an activity. We have not to be the slave to our conditioned attitudes or old habits. Meditation helps us to de-condition these.

 

It is also a fact that a habit formed is difficult to be eradicated or erased easily but could be formed easily. In other words, to induce our conscious self to perform any activity, we actually have to have sense control in order to derive any benefit we want. These benefits may be in the form of physiological and psychological realms i.e. de-stressing, control over blood pressure, depression, anxiety etc.

 

The meditation helps in building our innate energies or capacities besides we are able to direct our mind in the direction in which we want it to act. This way, we can exercise control over our negative tendencies and bring about positive changes like compassion, generosity, love, patience, tolerance, forgiveness and forgetting or as the situation demands.

All of us know about the religious scriptures of main religions, such as Christianity, Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Sikhism and others have provided us with different scriptures for following a certain way of life for a common cause i.e. to reach to our destination/source. But for acquiring maximum benefit, it is essential to, first of all, cleansing of body and mind besides having unflinching faith and belief on the point(s) of our contemplation. It could be any beej mantra or any other prayer on which we would like to focus on for self-awareness.

Some of the essential facets of meditation are:-

TIME AND PLACE ESSENTIAL FOR MEDITATION

Time and place factors play important role in meditation. A proper routine in the mornings and evenings make the meditation exercise a purposeful experience.  Besides, at that stipulated time and place, it is indispensable that there should not be any pulls and pressures whatsoever which may defeat the very purpose of meditation because the best benefits in meditation could be accrued only when we are focused without any wavering in our thought processes.

Holy Quran rightfully stresses: Praise and glorify your Lord before sunrise, and before sunset. During the night you shall meditate on His name, and after prostrating.

IMPORTANCE OF POSTURES IN MEDITATIONS

Now coming to proper meditation; firstly, cleansing our body and mind of any muck, in complete relaxation. For meditation to be a purposeful exercise, it is important that we observe proper posture. For this sitting with physical balance is a must. For this, we should keep our head up (parallel to the ground), chin slightly in, pelvis and hips level, chest and back straight, the abdomen should be free of any tension and keeping our hands appropriately.

Having established a firm seat, let him firmly hold his body, head erect and still, gazing at the top of the nose above the lips, without looking around, thinking about pure love. – Bhagwad Gita.

ATTENTION ON BREATHING IMPORTANT FOR STRESS BUSTING

While meditating, it is essential that we focus on our breathing. The breathing should be smooth, deep and at even pace till we settle in for meditation. This helps in busting the stress which is prevalent in our system. Furthermore, positivity should be reflected in our face and eyes. The positive frame of mind triggers happiness and happiness is the panacea for curing our emotional and physical related ills.

KEEPING THE MIND FREE OF ANY THOUGHTS & REMAIN RELAXED

While keeping ourselves free from any thought-wavering, it is crucial that we remain naturally relaxed and calm. It is important also that we keep our mind in check thereby not letting our five senses to play truants. It is not an easy exercise, but reasserting through willpower always helps.

CALMNESS AND STILLNESS VITAL FOR MEDITATION

The purpose of creating calmness and stillness is to exert control over mental and physical activities so as to exert full control over our five senses and then concentrate on breath so as to develop awareness for intuitive insights to grow. In this exercise, the waywardness or wavering of mind has to be consciously stopped or controlled for obtaining the desired results. The main thing is to control the senses, whenever any of it wavers, take attention to the incoming and outgoing breath. Concentration could also be fixed on the lighted candle so that distractions are removed.

FAITH IS THE FIRST REQUISITE FOR MEDITATION

For meditation exercise to be more effective, it is essential that we have firm belief and indomitable or unwavering faith on God. Meditating would be a futile exercise without faith.

In Sri Granth  Sahib, it has been justly mentioned: “Jinee naam djiaaiaa gai masakat ghaal Nanak te much ujale, ketee chootee naal.”  Those who dwell on the Name, and depart after putting in their efforts. Shining are their faces and they save many others.

HOW I MEDITATE

We can meditate adopting any method we find suitable. The purpose is to still and calm the mind and thereby the five senses which take our attention away from the point we want to concentrate. It took quite sometimes to control the mind but to the extent possible, it has helped me by the grace of God. One thing to be taken care while meditating is that temptation (mrigtrishna) or any sort should not arise at the time of meditation otherwise the whole of the meditation exercise will be a wastage of time and energy.

Meditation too differs from person to person and place to place. I just stand on my feet, chant, close my eyes, chant ‘AUM’; ensure that its sound originates from my inner being rather than from my tongue. After having chanted AUM, I concentrate on a point between eyebrows, now without chanting any mantra. Then the true meditation starts. Every atom of my being just vibrates, my complete left arm more pronounced. This way, some power just takes over me which makes me stand for hours together.

CONDITIONED ATTITUDE COULD BE ELIMINATED THROUGH MEDITATION

When we draw our thoughts and ideas from our consciousness and then reflect in our day to day activities, the attitude reflected may be unique and may take the concerned person to the state of unity. This sort of an attitude, when imbibed after meditation, may not be conditioned one but a refined one because this has been acquired after spiritual activities. Living spiritually thus provides us vistas of pure living and living with love.

HUGE NEED OF MEDITATION NOW THAN EVER

It has been felt that the need of meditation or contemplation is felt now than ever before because of non-adherence of our priorities; what should be done and what not to, has lost. We give more credence to the issues which are impermanent in nature and are attracted towards them because of their outer shine or attraction but are losing sight of issues which are of permanent in nature. For example, Param-Gyan and Brahm-Gyan (Divine Knowledge) could be acquired through immense penance and single-minded attention. In fact, meditation is not just to control the consciousness but the purpose is to remove the ignorance by infusion of adequate knowledge thereby raising the bar of awareness in a person. The function of awareness is to instill knowledge so that we perform the functions of our life with a singleness of purpose – to seek connectivity with our Creator and perform all the functions which necessarily need suitable know-how. When we attain the requisite knowledge, we feel hugely elated.

For this connectivity to be the reality, it is essential that we know our inner potentials. It is just like enjoying the Indian oriental music and dance till such time we know the intricacies involved. It is similar to tasting an Amla (Indian gooseberry) whose sweet taste is felt only after sometimes after it has been taken and enjoyed.

There is a sweetness inherent in all of us, so, we cannot know it so easily since it is hidden from us all. It could be explored by persistent effort. There is Moh-Maya which provides ignorance and for removing that ignorance, we have to ignite; sataya sadhna for removing the ignorance. Those who remove his ignorance by self-awareness will gain and the inherent system will gain Gyan. Sadhna is a must for acquiring knowledge for removal of ignorance.

SAFLTA OR SARALTA KA MARG (SUCCESS OR EASIER PATH) DEPENDS UPON US ONLY

There are outer appearances which keep us away from realities. We can have the realization of God through self-effort by delving deep into our heart and extract the inner beauty which is latent in our system.

Japa means to intensively focus on the prayer or meditation. This is practiced by the hermits or sadhus..it is a Samadhi

BENEFITS OF MEDITATION

  • For meditation to be more effective, it is important that we perform it with utmost concentration/focus. This enhances our retention power and memory which helps us in our day to day activities.
  • Meditation cannot give dividends until such time we shun the negativity such as greed, lust, rancor, jealousy etc.
  • Meditation provides us fulfillment in our day-to-day activities.
  • It provides a cleansing effect on our body and mind.
  • It bestows us stress-free and we can face all the emergencies of our life with strong determination.
  • Meditation deepens our understanding for skillfully performing our actions.
  • Meditation enhances our vision due to intuitive power which helps us in making wise choices in our life.
  • Meditation makes us take the wiser decision in the happier environment because we acquire equanimity or balance in our life. This balance in life helps us to fight the challenges of our life with fortitude.
  • Meditation helps us to imbibe the positive traits in life thus we are more tolerant, more compassionate and above all more forgiven, This has amply been clear in Bible: Whenever you stand to pray, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive your transgressions. Jesus makes it very clear that we can’t carry anger, hatred, or bitterness in our hearts toward anyone if we expect God to forgive us and/or hear our prayers.
  • Meditation provides living purely with love towards others because when we follow a spiritual life, it is bereft of any conditioned attitude which we may have inherited from our environment in which we are living.
  • Meditation strengthens our psychological and metaphysical aspects. It also enhances our intellect and wisdom which help us control our senses and use these the way we want. Ultimately all these spiritual aspects lead to fulfillment and satisfaction as an end result.

 

 
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Posted by on October 28, 2017 in Inner Thoughts

 

ON OUR ASPIRATIONS

 

ON OUR ASPIRATIONS

OUR ASPIRATIONS

 

What we search out obviously

In our life depends partly

On our self-directed efforts

And partly due to factors

Not entirely in our control

Whence our sincere endeavors

Fail to click, as aspired

We get hugely disillusioned

Thus telling upon our health and well-being.

 

Then mode of comparison

Along with huge dose of competition

Between individuals makes us over-ambitious  

Thereby making our effort becoming meaningless.

 

We tend to measure our degree of success

With adequacy of material possession

Which really an exhibition

For others and influence them immensely

Suffusing us in negativity

Wisdom is to maintain a modicum of equanimity

And not get influenced by the allure of what is temporary.

If nothing works in our favor despite our best efforts

Then we can bank on our Omnipotent and Omniscient

Who will certainly come to our assistance.  


In life, the pendulum of happiness and sadness go from one side to another. When our efforts get fructified, we feel on the seventh heaven but when failure knocks our doors, we are knocked to the ground. This see-saw situation keeps on varying. A person may have the sufficiency of one thing but may lack behind in some other aspect.

For example, I had a sudden surprise meeting with a friend of mine with whom I met after about 25 long years. We had the almost similar background and were classmates. During our interaction, we shared our lives and stories including our careers etc. He told his part of the story and wanted to know mine too!. He mentioned that he worked really hard and now he had the sufficiency of everything that a person aspires for in life, but his body-system does not allow to take everything due to his health-related issues. He cannot take salt because of high blood pressure; he cannot take sugar because of his high blood sugar besides other ailments.

I just imagined, what was the use of material prosperity, if a person was not able to enjoy all those things for which he aspired and worked so hard? He too wanted to know about my present condition. I told him that I had, with the grace of Almighty God, sound health, can eat and digest anything, continue walking both in the mornings and evenings and am satisfied with what I earned. I pray to God and thank him for His mercies. In other words, I am not over-ambitious but what I have or do not have, possess satiety.


Disappointments and displeasures are real issues when we are not able to fulfill what we aspire for despite efforts. Intelligence and wisdom support the strength required to take away the non-fulfillment feelings and emotions and focus on continued efforts for achieving fulfillment.

Wisdom is in eliminating the modes of comparison and competition but the enjoyment of the activism in whatever capacity we can without much caring for the results of our action. In Bhagwad Gita it has been rightly been said that you have a right to perform your prescribed duties, but you are not entitled to the fruits of your actions. Never consider yourself to be the cause of the results of your activities, nor be attached to inaction.


Disappointment will certainly be there with every non-fulfillment. It may result in despair and other stress-related ailments. But a genuine fighter will only focus on the efforts but ultimately accept the result in all humility.

Such question arises only when we focus more on result than to means to achieve what we aspiring for sufficient effort is your own conclusion, maybe way/ strategies need a re-look or efforts are in the wrong direction. 10 student studied for 10 hours doesn’t mean they have got the same result as it depends on level of concentration, observations, and analysis etc. Ask: are you getting any progress? if Yes increase and improve the effort, otherwise change the strategy. best of luck.


Although expectations or aspiration is a must for any success or failure. Of course, we can work on the project to actualize our plans, but let us also be ready for success or failure of our efforts but not remaining attached to the fruits of our actions.


Man’s aspirations are endless and all can never be fulfilled despite our best efforts. We should be contented with whatever is the outcome of our best efforts.

Conclusively, it could be said that aspiration is the first step and how best to put that aspiration into practice is the next step. Merely having aspirations and doing nothing to fructify those aspirations will not take us anywhere. The best part of it all is to put two to two together so that our efforts are streamlined and systematized.

If still, nothing works despite our best efforts and total commitment, then there is ONE who can come to our assistance as given in Holy Bible: Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.

 

 

 
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Posted by on October 21, 2017 in Inner Thoughts

 

DIWALI – A SACRED FESTIVAL OF LIGHT AND SOUND : HAPPY DIWALI ON 19TH OCTOBER 2017

DIWALI – A SACRED FESTIVAL OF LIGHT AND SOUND: HAPPY DIWALI ON 19TH OCTOBER  2017

Literally, the word DEEPAVALI OR DEEPVALI means (deep – light and vali a row and together it means a row of lights) – a light which enlightens spirits and broadens our strength of mind.

PRECURSOR TO DIWALI

Apart from blessed thoughts which emanate from the inner recesses of our heart, the enthusiasts besides lighting their homes and hearths also make sure that their houses are spruced up for inviting the blessings of Maa Lakshmi, the  Lordess of wealth and wellbeing. For this purpose, we can say with fair amount of certainty that Swachchta (cleanliness) has its own reward. Not only our houses, we clean up our surroundings too and for this purpose, Swachch Bharat Abhiyan has done much. Need is to keep not merely ourselves but also clean up our environment. For this, use of crackers which produce huge amounts of pollutants should not be used. It would be in the fitness of things to confine ourselves to lighting our houses to the best way possible. Deepavali is more of the festival of light than of the sounds generated by exploding of crackers.

SWACHCHTA OF BODY & MIND THERE SHOULD BE CHABAACHCHTA OF HOMES

It is not merely Swachchta of our homes and surrounds, the DIWALI LIGHTS, by the grace of LORD RAMA should bring the purity of our body, mind, and soul so that we live a spiritually oriented life for a better living. Lord Rama’s philosophy of compassion for all; RAMA RAJYA (based on the righteous rule) should be the exhortation for all of us. One man’s celebration should not be the lamentation for others.

A STERLING EXAMPLE OF OBEDIENCE

The king of Ayodhya Dhashratha had extracted a solemn pledge to his wife Kakeyi that she could ask for redemption of two boons or promises, at a time of her likings. She had saved the life of king Dasaratha while on a hunting trip in the jungle. She was given promise that she could realize those boons whenever she wanted. While there was news that the king wanted Ramji to be crowned as the of Ayodhya, Manthra the maidservant of KaIkeyi poisoned the ears of the queen Kaikeyi and exhorted her to ask for the realization of two promises given to her by the king.

TWO PROMISES WERE EXTRACTED BY QUEEN KAIKEYI

First making Bharata (Kaikeyi’s son) the king of Ayodhya and second, 14 years’ exile for Rama (the son of Kaushilya). As there was the dictum in the family since ages together: – Raghukul Reet Sada Chali Aayi Puran Jaaye Par Bachan Na Jaye (There is a tradition in Raghukul that they will prefer death to break a promise), so Ayodhya king had to concede the demands of Kaikeyi though with heavy heart/ grudgingly.

After hearing about the turn of events (Crowning of Bharata and 14 years exile for Rama). Rama did not say even a single word. On the other hand, in order to comply with the directive of his father, he put on his the simplest dress to depart for exile, thus obeying the directive of his father without demur or reservation. Sitaji (consort of Ramji and Lakshmana the son of Sumitra) too wanted to accompany Rama. This is a fine example of obedience to the orders of elders in the family. Our youth should imbibe this exceptional trait of Lord Rama and thus follow a righteous path in our life.

WELCOMING LORD RAMA WITH IMMENSE ENTHUSIASM

After the expiry of Lord Ram’s 14 long years of exile, winning over the ‘Sone Ki Lanka – GOLDEN LANKA’  and killing of demon king Ravana with it all his evil Karmic deeds; Lord Rama, accompanied by his brother Lakshmana and Sita and all his followers including Hanumanji (a reservoir of strength, knowledge and intelligence,  courageous but without even a touch of pride, an epitome of Bhakti and Shakti –  despite all these qualities he considered himself to be the humble servant of Lord Rama).

When Lord Rama reached Ayodhya, he was accorded a rousing reception/welcome by the happy populace there. They welcomed all by lighting their homes and streets of Ayodhya with earthen wicks. The righteous emperor Bharata, the virtuous one coroneted his elder brother Rama to the throne of Ayodhya.

DHANTERAS

It falls two days prior to Diwali. Dhan means wealth and teras mean the thirteenth day as per Hindu Calendar. On this day, devout purchase gold, silver ornaments/coins or any other precious metal or utensils as per the propensity of the person concerned. Maa Lakshmi – the Goddess of Wealth and wellbeing is worshiped on this day. Also Kuber, the treasurer of gold and silver is also worshipped. On this day, houses and business established are spruced up for the ongoing Diwali. It is also accompanied with Yama pooja (worship – the God of death) for ensuring sound health and wellbeing with his blessings.

THOUGHTS ON DIWALI

The love between the brothers. As Bharata came to know about the 14 years’ exile to Rama and crowning for himself, he felt very disappointed. He flatly refused to be crowned as a king of Ayodhya in the absence of elder brother Rama and Lakshmana. No arguments of any sort could placate him. He thought this act of being the ruler as adharam (irreligiosity). He even went to the jungles in order to persuade Rama and Lakshmana to come back to Ayodhya but Rama did not agree to this because of the promise was given to his father. This is also termed as Bharata Milap (meeting of Rama and Bharata).

Finally, he extracted a promise from Ramji that on his return back after 14 years’ exile, he will take the reigns as a ruler. Such was the love between the brothers – an unparallel one. Rama’s love for Bharta was also an example that ought to be followed by brothers now for ensuring goodwill in our families. Wealth or any other consideration should not be an impediment to good relations in our families.

BEING KNOWLEDGEABLE DOES NOT MEAN HAVING WISDOM. Ravana the Demon King was most Learned Demon King. Ravana, the son of Vishwashrava (A Brahman Rishi) and his mother Kaikasi (from a demon family) was a scholarly person who had the knowledge of Vedas and other scriptures at his fingertips but he is taken in the negative light because he did not make use of this knowledge for the benefit of demon clan. But Ravana was intoxicated with his prowess and knowledge. So much so he was swayed by ego that he stooped to abducting Sita Mata the consort of Lord Rama – an evil act. It goes to prove that if we do not use the knowledge with sagacity, we sure will fall prey to unethical karma leading to our sure downfall.

KUBER PUJA. Kuber is the step-brother of Ravana and is considered as the treasurer of wealth. It is believed amongst the devout that worship of Lord Kubera, especially on the auspicious day of Diwali, brings affluence and progress in business. Just as we can have fresh water from the fresh water reservoir, we can have Lord Kubera’s blessings if we pray sincerely and work hard for that. Meaning, he bequeaths wealth if we sincerely do our karma as per the natural laws. His graces those who resort to right karma and possess right attitude in life. Kubera Pooja is done on Diwali Day so that there is the sufficiency of everything for meeting the needs of our family.

LORDESS LAKSHMI & LORD GANESHA POOJA. Diwali is considered complete without first inviting Lord Ganesha because He is an embodiment of good beginning and removes obstacles besides being the Lord of Wisdom. Lordess Lakshmi represents wealth and well being. On the auspicious day of Diwali, both of the deities share a single altar thus ensuring blessings of the both. The former is taken as Lordess of wealth and the latter as the bestower of prosperity.

GAMBLING ON THE DAY O DIWALI. A legend has it that on Diwali Day Goddess Parvati played dice with Lord Shiva and He ordained that anyone who gambled on this day, prosperity will smile on that person. This tradition continues even today. But some unscrupulous/unethical people just gamble away their homes and hearts on this day and have to fend for themselves. This is bad. Tradition is OK, but the excess of everything is bad  – should never be forgotten.

It should never be forgotten that when tradition marries with modernity, may it be the celebration of festivals or any other day, we consider this as a pious and worth celebrating, it gives us feeling of wellness amongst our fellow beings. But one thing we ought not to forget that celebration should never be individualistic in nature. When all are happy then celebration gives more satisfaction. May it be the celebration of Diwali, Christmas Day, EID or any other religious day – when all accompany us, celebration becomes more meaningful and eventful in the true sense of terms.

Message: Care to be taken that the crackers used (if at all) should be of low intensity and should produce less no or less noise or air pollution. The Apex Court has rightly imposed the ban on cracker sales in Delhi-NCR.

 

DIWALI – A FESTIVAL OF LIGHT

A festival celebrated by the devout

They tastefully illuminate their homes

Which look so dazzling

In the darkest Amavasya night

Amidst the crackers bursting

That too, having cleaned our homes and surroundings

And also providing us opportunity for introspection

And finding out our negative aspects

Like greed, anger, lust, and jealousy

Then do everything possible for cleansing our mind and body

Off obsolete detestable thoughts

Which have made residency in our mindset

Preceding Diwali days

Provide us ample time for cleaning everything’s

So that Diwali bestows our opportunity to live aesthetically

And fill the people with unending love and huge satiety

With the bountiful graces of the Lordess Devi Lakshmi

Who fulfills the needs of all

Without even an iota o bias.

In the end memories of return of Lord Rama

To the kingdom of Ayodhya

Ater 14 years’ of exile

As per the wishes of his father

The king Dasaratha of Ayodhya.

Whilst away from his kingdom and dear subjects

And bereft of lavishness and comforts of palace

He withstood toil and retribution

In the forests with no inhibition

Subsisted merely on wild herbs
Obtained from the woods

Filled with wild animals and demons
With his consort Sitaji and brother Lakshmanji along
He neutralized many demons
Demons who desecrated and defiled the religious places
Of worship of hermits, who worshipped God

 These demons respected no natural laws
Of humanity and only obeyed the dictates

Of demon king Ravana of Lanka

Who abducted, with utter deceit, Sita  Mata

Lord Rama invaded Lanka, the fiefdom of Ravana
There ensued a battle, so violent
In which Lord Rama decimated Ravana’s arrogance
And with it his wickedness, for good
From the Mother Earth
The purpose of which Lord Vishu
Had taken Ram’s Avtar.
People decorate their houses tastefully
To welcome the Lordess of Wealth and Wellbeing,
The Mother Lakshmi, the most benevolent one.

Fire-works and lighted earthen wicks

Are lined up, so stylishly and systematically
The houses are lighted nicely
There is  atmosphere of happiness all around
Business people worship their books of accounts
And pray for peace and prosperity for the days to come

 People celebrate Diwali happily
With traditional fervor and gaiety
By praying at the religious places
With a sincere prayer for their happiness
And those of their nears and dears

It is the festival whence air of goodwill prevails all around,
Good wishes and greetings along with sweets are exchanged
For each others’ well-being and prosperity

People light the wicks in rows tastefully

Burst crackers to celebrate joyfully

Yet, we ought to realize the importance of pollution free atmosphere

To rid the world off gases most poisonous

And celebrate every day with the feeling of Diwali – so joyous.

O my dearest Lord
And Mother Divine
Be gracious in Showering Thy bounties
So that all ills and intolerances are neutralized,
Like the demons done to death by Lord Rama,
So that every day may be like a Diwali Day,
For the celebration with enthusiasm and gaiety.

 

 

 
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Posted by on October 16, 2017 in FESTIVALS, Inner Thoughts

 

OUR REMEMBRANCE – TEARS ARE SHED & MISSING OF A HEARTBEAT  

 

 

 OUR REMEMBRANCE – TEARS SHED & MISSING OF A HEARTBEAT 

A feeling so germane, we forget not surely

What’s unusually happened in the days gone by

Whilst we wind-back the reel of those memories

A flood of happenings come to our mind

That remains to cling vehemently

With the episodes that have happened eventually

And come to be known as to what transpired finally

Not to let those events revisit our lives, so unpredictable

On which we’ve got no power in our hands

To prevent for these happen so quite suddenly.

Our parents give precious time and energy

Meeting our physical and other needs

Under their shadow so intense and endearing

Whatever lessons we’ve learned

From the lap of our mother so full of warmth

Were learned by trial and error method

By pulling us up sometimes

Warm touch on other times

Trying to raise their offspring to the highest pedestal

When they leave this earth

For their heavenly abode

Thus leaving us only with their fondest memories

When we bring to mind some incidents

Our eyes get filled with tears

Along with our heart misses one or two heartbeats. 

Those who make supreme sacrifices

For the land of their origin

This way the mortals become immortals

And make a place in the annals of history

For the compatriots to remember till posterity

Inspiring the youths to take a leaf from the days gone by

And following their footprints for their nation’s safety.

After seeing some old ruins

Even the tell-tale remains of old palaces

Or graves of some prominent personages etc

We imagine of the entire monuments

Which these, now,  reduced to rubble contained

Having tell-tale story of their existence

Of those creative architectures

And their art and artifacts

Surely our memories tend

To reach to the artists

Thence we think of their architectural excellence

Who, with their artistic

Talents molded every bit of their creations

Combined their love and creative fervor

To erect a monument of repute

Masterpiece of great eminence

Which the ever-changing ‘time’

Changed it from thence state of great elegance

To present state of crumble

As evidenced in the history of that time

Our heart goes to those

Who created these masterpieces

With their masterstroke

When we reminisce of those artists

Who are no more on this earth

Our eyes get filled with tears

Along with our heart misses one or two heartbeats.

When we appraise the written works of authors

Which optimally enriches us

Which has, in fact, made them eternal

Through their pearls of writing, so immortal

We learn about the lives of these writers, so eminent

It may be epics like Mahabharata

By the greatest sage Ved Vyasa

Or another epic like Ramayana

By Valmiki – great sagacious one

Although these great men of wisdom

Or the works of literature littérateur

Created by Wordsworth, Shelley, Shakespeare etc

Time has unfortunately snatched these great ones

From our midst, alas!

Yet their works of great significance

Keeps them alive through their works of great eminence

Our eyes get filled with tears

Along with our heart misses one or two heartbeats.

IMPRESSIONS OF OUR PARENTS

Many a time, whilst we remember our relationship with our dear ones, with whom we’ve spent our valuable time thereby got influenced immensely; while they are no longer in our midst; we naturally feel forlorn.

This emotional perturbation is severe when it comes to our own parents or any other closest relations, who’ve presently left for their heavenly abode; we are filled with supremely dejected. Their association with us, from our birth onwards, makes the journey of our lifeless cumbersome. In our childhood, they transfer the value system, culture, and tradition including modes of behavior.

It is the parents only from whom we learn the first lesson of our life; especially that of the mother who showers all the love and affection on us; pampers us when it is required and also reprimands us whenever it is hugely needed. For a offspring, parents remain a binding force till death. Their reproof and appreciation still remain embedded in our memories.

Finally, when they depart from us for their heavenly abode, we feel very sad. Even ‘time’ does not lessen their reminiscences. Whenever our imagination goes to their leaving us forever, we miss one or two heartbeats and our eyes get moistened.

REMINISCENCES OF OUR MARTYRS

It is natural that we work hard for earning a living for our family besides doing everything possible for its security, honor, and wellbeing. It is well said: East or west home is the best. We may travel anywhere, but we would like to be in our home and hearth and with the members of our family, the sooner it is possible for us. That is the attraction we cultivate for our family.

After our family, we have the combination of families, which make up a society or community in which all the families live. Then different societies combine to make a country which has the border of its own and its citizen have sovereign rights to act and live according to the constitution which is enacted suiting the country. The borders of the country are protected by the armed forces. They protect their borders against intrusions from outside the country.

The personnel deployed for the protection of the borders, many times, go beyond the call of their duties and make the even supreme sacrifice for its protection. These martyrs are remembered for their highest gallantry. Whenever we remember these martyrs our hearts are filled with deep respect not only for the martyrs but also for the entire families to which those brave individual belong.  

WORKS OF HISTORICAL STRUCTURE

Anybody who visits a historical place and sees the historical structures/monuments is wonderstruck / spellbound with their architectural magnificence and elegance. Our imagination goes back to the artists and craftsmen who put their creative talents to make these historical buildings. Even after seeing the remains of some of the dilapidated structures which could not withstand the onslaughts of ‘time’ our mind is filled with sadness. Remembering these creative craftsmen while seeing their immortalized works of art and craft, we cultivate a sense of respect for them along with a tinge of sadness.

REMEMBERING THE PHILOSOPHERS, WRITERS AND GREAT THINKERS OF THE PAST

Who is not impressed by the written works of writers and philosophers who with their outstanding writing talents and philosophical inclination have made them immortalized in the annals of history. Their philosophies in their respective fields have enriched the world at large and have contributed much for the reformation of the civilization with their philosophies. Whenever we go through their rich treasure of legendary works of literature and philosophy, we are really enthralled by their works. These philosophers amongst others like Rishi Ved Vyas, Rishi Valmiki, Aristotle, Plato, Galileo, Voltaire, Pythagoras, Chankaya, Confucius, Adi Shankraya, William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, Helen Keller, Mark Twain, Rabindranath Tagore and hosts of other authors and poets. They have immortalized themselves through their respective works of literature.

Whenever we go through their words, we remember these great philosophers, great thinkers, and writers of repute, our imagination goes to these great personages and our heart is filled with respect and our eyes are moistened.

Not only the above, there are some others persons who are not there on this planet but remain in our memories who leave a far-reaching impression on us. It is difficult for us to wipe out their memories from our midst. In other words, it remains etched indelibly in our mind until our end.

It is also in the fitness of things to reminisce, God,  even at the time of our death. It has been mentioned in Bhagwad Gita that one who, at the time of death, fixes his life air between the eyebrows and in full devotion engages himself in remembering the Supreme Lord, will certainly attain to the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

 

 

 
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Posted by on October 12, 2017 in Inner Thoughts