GURU PURNIMA  :  A RESPECTFUL HOMAGE TO OUR GURU/ PREACHER/TEACHER


GURU PURNIMA  :  A 😀❤💛💚💥💢 HOMAGE TO OUR GURU/ PREACHER/TEACHER

GURU PURINIMA

MY REVERED GURU : PARMAHANS PARAMDYAL NANGALI NIWASI



Guru Purnima is the day so sacred of special significance
Which is celebrated by us with immense reverence
In the memory of our most revered one
Termed as Guru or teacher or preacher
Who ensures our spiritual orientation
Thus show us the path of illumination
So that we may always follow righteous path
And not move away from the path of truth
And how best to follow the ethical and moral instructions
Given by our Gurus, the most venerable ones.

Guru, has two syllables
Gu and Ru
Gu stands for darkness or ignorance (Agyanta)
Which engulfs us when we’ve no control over our mind
Ru means remover of darkness or ignorance
Thus bestow us Love & Light of immense value.

Firstly Guru enters our psyche
Thoroughly understands
Our potentials and weaker areas
Thence through suggestions
And enlightened guidance
Makes suggestion to make amendments needed
For effecting transformation
With heavy dose of love and affection
After guidance in abundance
At every step in our lives
The Guru controls the oars of our boat
And steers clear our boat
And saves us from the incoming bad omens
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 prevailing inactivity
From our midst
And provide us much needed succour
Assist us provide self-realization
Thus save us from the lurking foe
Which is around the horizon
Who can this bestow us guidance?
Except our most venerable one, o Thee Guru Ji.

Thus Guru is the One
Who helps us in removing darkness of ignorance
And infuses knowledge of immense importance
And bestows enlightenment (Prabodhann)
He has ocean of knowledge (Gyan)
Acquired through severe penance
For days, months and years on ends
Thence becomes a reservoir of knowledge (Gyan)
From whom even a drop of water
From His reservoir
Can change our fortune
Thus enlivening our lives
Thus making 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
Which He imbibes on the principles of Karma Yoga
Thus earned for Himself the category of most evolved
And enlightened soul
The purpose of whom is to enlighten His disciples
By transferring knowhow of highest order
Either through Yogic postures
Or through spiritual teachings
Bestow the traits of positive thinking
While following our spiritual oriented existence
While we are filled with sorrow and grief
With discontent writ large
He infuses spiritual longings of highest order
Along with making their disciples aware
About eternal reality or truth about God
Along with teaching what actually is the purpose of our existence
On this beautiful planet.

GURU PURNIMA  :  A RESPECTFUL HOMAGE TO OUR GURU/ PREACHER/TEACHER

Guru Purnima or Poornima which is a sacred day and has special significance since it is celebrated to remember our Guru who changes our destinies by imparting ighteous knowledge.  It is celebrated on the occasion of Poornima (when the moon is full). This day is commemorated on the name of our most revered one;  our Guru or the Master who helps us acquire knowledge by removing ignorance. He inculcates in us the traits of forbearance, patience, enlightenment besides teaches us how best to remain balanced in any situation and condition. These traits are beneficial for us when we are facing the onslaught of COVID19 pandemic. It is the time when many of us are facing jobs or suffering business losses. It is now that we require the qualities of patience and tolerance since loss of our dear ones is irreplaceable while loss in business could be recompensated as time passes. Here our Guru’s insightful knowledge can deliver us from the difficult time and show us the correct path of enlightenment. We can also learn how best to transform our lives by caring and sharing what we have – i.e. to be compassionate to others and fulfill the needs of needy ones. All these positive traits can only be taught by our Guru. He is the one who is aware about our potentials and drawbacks and focuses how best to remove our weaker areas through persuations and suggestions.

Guru is the one who imparts us knowledge and through the medium of knowledge we can remove our ignorance. It is also a truth that Absolute Truth cannot be known merely through penance or contemplation. There should be a Master, the one who could understand us ins and outs and make it possible to inculcate changes in us for our holistic growth and development. It is simply because we ourselves inculcate the traits of self-awareness wholly without the active assistance of our Spiritual Guru.
Even Vedic scriptures tell us about the significance of our Guru. It tells us that we should service our Guru with purity of mind, remove doubts where there are the ones and ensure happiness by the knowledge imparted by the scriptures and for this our Guru could be of immense utility. But this knowledge comes to us only when we surrender to our Guru. By so doing, we can be liberated from the drawbacks and attachments we have cultivated in our life.

Bhagwad Gita has rightly said: Learn the Truth by approaching a spiritual master – the one who assists you in enlightening us. We can 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.


It is a fact that spiritual knowledge can make a world of difference. For acquiring knowledge, we have to puy in sincere work  and even sacrifice our comforts. For acquiring knowhow in order to remove ignorance, we have to leave so many things to gain  knowledge, the natural question that follows is, how can we obtain spiritual knowledge? Shree Krishna gives the answer in this verse. He says:

  1. Approach a spiritual master.
  2. 2 Inquire from him submissively.
  3.  Render service to him as and when needed.

A true Guru or a True Master, transfers the spiritual knowledge to remove ignorance or darkness which engulfs us. It should always be remembered that spiritual knowledge cannot be obtained through mechanical teaching which we learn from formal institutions. It is obtained through changing the mindset of an individual through the sincere efforts of a Guru or a preaccher or a teacher who is knowledgeable and knows how best to impart the knowledge to the disciple in order to effect holistic growth in them. The disciplies too were disciplined and used to have respect for their Gurus. Mother is considered to be the first Guru who helps his disciples to attain necessary knowledge and gain spiritual orientation in order to know the Absolute Truth.

Thoughts on Eid-al-Adha / Eid-ul-Zuha / Bakr-Eid  :  EID MUBARAK TO ALL


Thoughts on Eid-al-Adha / Eid-ul-Zuha / Bakr-Eid  :  EID MUBARAK TO ALL

Eid-Al-Adha or Eid-Ul-Adha
Eid-Al-Adha
Or Eid-Ul-Adha
Eid-Ul-Zuha
Or Bakr-Eid simply for us all
Calling this auspicious day
With any name
Makes hardly any difference
Factually, it is a festival of sacrifice
The festival of giving to the needy
Anything considered most costly
Which one has for giving
Thereby solidifying our faith in Almighty God.

Give this day by any name thee may prefer to call


The custom that started
When most venerable Abraham
Offered his only son named Ismail
At the command of Allah
Without even the slightest demur of any sort
A reality check or test
Which God wanted
From devout Abraham
And also his son Ismail
Lo and behold!
After actually offering
Supreme sacrifice
Surprise of surprises
Found a slaughtered lamb!


Meaning the most benevolent God
Tested the love and willpower of Abraham
For Him – the benevolent One
While Abraham was obeying
The commandments of God
Satan made attempts to prevent Abraham
From scarifying his only son
But he did not care to listen to satan
The diverter of our attention from Him and His Commandments.


Instead obeyed the commands of Allah
And left for us all
A message so enduring
God loves those who obey Him
And are ready to sacrifice anything
On His bidding
May this day brings a feeling of self-sacrifice
So that needs of all are met
By distributing love amongst all
Let’s all pray and sacrifice our ego
Which divides humanity from each other

For the overall wellbeing of humankind around the world.

HAPPY EID-AL-ADHA

Thoughts on Eid-al-Adha / Eid-ul-Zuha / Bakr-Eid

Thoughts on Eid-al-Adha / Eid-ul-Zuha / Bakr-Eid – A Holiest Muslim Festival

There are auspicious days occasioned due to some renowned events connected either with religions occasions or any other events of importance or connected with events of international or national importance. This day is the day of sacrifice wherein those who have something to give, share the same with those who do not have much and showcase  empathy.

Eid-al-Adha or Bakr-Eid is connected with event of religious prominence and has gives us message of giving without any expectations, a message which could change our destinies and lifestyle. A positive oriented existence with complete faith on Allah.

Eid means festival and Eid-al-Adha means Festival of Sacrifice or it is termed as Bakr-Eid meaning celebration with the sacrifice of a goat. This festival is celebrated with great solemnity and reverence across the world as a tribute to Prophet Ibrahim’s rock-solid belief in God. He willingly agreed to sacrifice his beloved son Abraham as ordained by God.

Here, Abraham’s love and reverence are of prime importance. Legend has it that Abraham agreed without even the slightest doubt to sacrifice his only promised son named Ismail on the express command of God. God wanted to test the love of Abraham for the general masses. Subsequently, before it could be done, Allah intervened and instead provided Abraham a lamb for the sacrifice that is why this day of sacrifice is also termed as Bakr’Eid. At that time the age of Abraham was 99 years and his son only 13 years.

This was also a test of Ismail’s maturity and faith in Allah. He himself offered to be sacrificed. When his father mentioned his (son’s) impending sacrifice, without any reservation the son offered himself. All this is evidence that it was not merely father Abraham but also Ismail was having faith in Allah commandments. It was really unprecedented. Willingness on the part of both father and son to accept the will of God is dear to both,  besides being dear to our God.

The lesson learned from EID:

  • Sacrifice your most precious thing which you possess and the most benevolent Allah will always recompence us for our sacrifice that we make but this sacrifice should be without any expectation.
  • We should be compassionate towaards the needs of others. By providing succour to the needy, we actually are performing our duty towards our society.
  •  Those who love their fellow-beings are loved by our God.
  • While fulfilling the needs of others, we should first of all, have indomitable faith on God.  
  • God is very merciful and we all should have faith in Him.
  • We should all share our happiness and even bad moments and try to alleviate the condition of needy in whatever way we are able to do.

OUR IMPULSE & INTUITION


IMPULSE


An urge arisen so sudden
Born out of outer hunch
A feeling generated due to change in mood
An abrupt one
Or itch for action on conjecture
A feeling, so fanciful
Or a crazy state of mind
Bereft of any wisdom
A feeling coming all of a sudden
A unbelievable thought which is found on introspection
An unsound inclination
May be nonconstructive one
Not based on any of our premonition
But based on reaction
When somebody punctures our emotions
In other words, an outburst of emotions
It is a temporary occurrence
In other words
It is part of our egocentric tendency
Based on selfish tendency
With attachment
With the fruits of our action
Thereby earning for ourself
The tag of quickness
In thinking and action
Bereft of sound thoughts
In other words a thoughtless action
Based purely on conjuctures
And not on sound self-awareness.

INTUITION

An intuition is not based on sudden emotion
It is based on acquired warm emotions
Over a period of time
Acquired on the basis of experiences
Gained through trial and error
Thereby getting sometimes failures
And on other times successes
But there springs a feeling from within
To tap the inner potential and succeed
Thereby gain intuition
A feeling so insightful
In fact a perceptive mindset
Based on sensitive frame of mind
Cool inner emotions
A feeling so detached
From the egocentric tendency
Or not get attached to the fruits of our actions
But doing our duties to the best of our competence
As a spiritual duty.
It is also based on our premonition
On intuition
Or sixth sense
Or acquired wisdom
Got by facing the hard realities of our existence
Which come to our succour
When we are stuck in the quagmire of our own creation
A dawn of anticipation
Results from our own positive actions
Repeated many a times
And get understanding or wisdom
To distinguish between right and wrong.
Intuitive feelings spring from inner recesses of our mind
And get cemented
With its use all the times.

Everybody is insightful
But the quality of it all
Depends on the Karmic deeds of a person
We’ve to be cultivate it
Through trial and error method
Sometimes failings
And other times success knocks our door
But ultimately goodness prevails.
With the onset of intuition
Which is acquired by doing sound Karmic deeds
Thereby earning huge Karmic credit
Or focusing on our meditation
Then there springs out purity in our thoughts and actions
Besides purity in our consciousness
With deeper emotion
Coming out of our heart
A thinking mind
In fact a cool mind
In other words a balance acquired with time
Wherein highs and lows of our life does not count
The trait of quality of which comes
With cool mind
And insightful mind.

Everybody is insightful
But the quality of it all
Depends on the Karmic deeds of a person
We’ve to be cultivate it
Through trial and error method
Sometimes failing
And other times success
But ultimately goodness prevails.

IMPULSIVE THOUGHTS

Sometimes we act impulsively, without much introspection and an act transacted without introspection brings negative results ultimately for ourselves. We must have seen how sudden burst of reaction on anything and everything bring about sad tidings for us.

The sudden burst of thought, without due consideration and bereft of understanding can bring disappointment for us since the sudden thought and action thereof is fundamentally based on egocentric tendency. since whatever comes to our mind with abruptness bereft of past experiences may be deceptive in the long run.  Therefore, we should avoid acting impulsively since it is not based on our premonition but based on the spur when we do not have control over our mind. Anything said and done impulsively, carries with it ego and bereft of insightful thoughts, therefore, should be avoided.

INTUITIVE THOUGHTS

Intuition on the other hand is gained over a period of time, fundamentally, after experiences in which we may sometimes fail and other times we may succeed by trial and action. Here, it has inner connect and whatsoever has got inner connection, is without egocentric tendency and a detached from the result of our action.

Intuition is the result of positive thought and action on the positive thought which brings about good results ultimately. As intuitive thoughts are based on our experiences and not on sudden burst of thoughts or hunch or sudden urge, therefore, we should try gaining intuitive power which could be gained through focused  meditation and detached actions.

OUR BEHAVIOUR PATTERN


OUR BEHAVOUR PATTERN


Our attitude changes the approach of our life
Our approach of our life changes our point of view on life
Our point of view when made applicable in daily life
Forms our pattern of our behaviour In life
Our behaviour pattern determines
What we are at the present moment
And what we should be in future too.

Our behaviour should be bereft of any pump and show
Be humble to the core
Since humility of ours
Puts an indelible stamp of sincerity
With it the badge of integrity
Onto the individual with behavioural positivity.

A man with good behaviour pattern
When he commits mistake, accepts the same
But comes clean about it all
With the notion
That error is human.


A person with good behaviour pattern
Stays cool in all situation and condition
Since losing himself in the bargain
Will not bring him any tangible dividends.

A person with good behaviour pattern
Becomes enthused in what he detemines
Gets keyed up to face challenges
And will not side-step under any condition.

A person with good behaviour pattern
Listens not only his brain but heart too
Since he is aware
That following former and ignoring later
Can lead him astry which he does not wish in any event.

A man with good behaviour pattern
Puts in his best
If he succeeds it is fine
If he meets failure despite best efforts
He know he can try again
Since he knows failure
Could be a stepping stone for success
Failure too gives him necessary experiences of life
Which removes all the lingering doubts and confusions
Which anyhow he eliminates with clear-thinking vision.

For a man with good behaviour pattern
It is better to try and meet failure
Rather than not to try and earn a badge of failure
In life without any real effort.

A person with good behaviour pattern
Smiles in all eventualities
Highs and lows of our his existence
Do not deter him in any event.

A person with good behaviour pattern
Knows the truth
That fear is the number one enemy of us all
He does not fear treading on untodden paths
No matter whatever the consequences
Even the basic fear of death
Does not deter him
Since he knows that a man who is born on this earth
Will die one day at last.


A person with good behaviour pattern
Knows that it is his goodness which is his ultimate weapon
He never barters this goodness for anything at all.

A person with good behaviour pattern
Is never reactive at any situation
But knows how best to be proactive in action.

A person with good behaviour pattern
Knows the truth
That present is the only time we anyway have
Which begins with the inception of a thought
And lasts till the action on that thought frucifies.

A person with good behaviour pattern
Fulfills others needs
And happily shares his possessions.

A person with good behaviour pattern
Sees a ray of light even in dark cloud
The light which transforms his life
And engenders love and light in his life.

A person with good behaviou pattern
Thanks God for giving him natural bounties
Or for not even giving him anything
Since having or not having
Depends only on His blessings.


OUR BODY : A MIX OF FIVE ELEMENTS


BODY : A MIX OF FIVE ELEMENTS

BHAGWAD GITA HAS VERY RIGHT PROCLAIMED:

Human body is the chariot

Individual self is the owner of the chariot

Intelligence (Buddhi) is the charioteer

Mind is the reins

The five senses are the horses

World experienced by the senses are the tracks on which the horses tread.

The Individual self associated with the senses and the mind is the enjoyer.

In essence, we have physical body which is termed as gross body (Sthula shariram). This body of ours is formed by the combination of five elements (Tatavas) namely earth, water fire, space and air in different proportion.

As  these elements are essential for all the living beings, it is important that we become aware about the characteristics of these constituents:

EARTH

Permeating the earth, I nourish all living beings with My energy. Becoming the moon, I nourish all plants with the juice of life. BHAGWAD GITA

The following are the traits of EARTH (Prithvi):-

(a)  Earth gives us needed resources (Sathan). We extract so many things from earth, mineral oil, coal, precious stones and minerals (Stone, sandstone lime-stones, granites, marble etc.) for meeting our needs. Need is to not to over-extract the earth resources in order to satisfy our greed since these resources are not renewable inside the earth crust.

(b)  Food for living beings (Jeevat Praanyon). On sowing seeds in the earth, the seeds grow into plants and then it gives us food which we consume to sustain our body. The plants on the earth coverts carbon into oxygen thus keep the atmosphere pollution free. Plants become helpful in rainfall through the medium of photosynthesis.

(c)  Earth is forgiving like mother (Maa). The humans over-exploit the natural bounties found on the earth crust but earth satisfies the needs of all living beings. It forgives all those who resort to over-exploitation of its resources to satisfy their personal greed. That is why Earth has been given the SANGYA of MOTHER EARTH. Mother who always forgives her progenies and goes on to provide more care to its children.

(d)  Earth teaches us the feeling of LOVE (Prem). As Earth has been given the objective (Sangya) of Mother Earth, so it gives us love like a mother without any sort of expectations from its progenies and we learn how best we can transfer love with others.

(e)  Earth teaches us tolerance and patience.  All of us are aware about the sins and crimes which are happening on the planet earth but the Earth tolerates all our sins and crimes. This way, it teaches us the lesson of tolerance and patience.

           (f) On earth living being can be habitable to sustain life.

EARTH  ATMOSPHERE. It consists mostly nitrogen and oxygen.

WATER

 I am the taste in water, O son of Kunti, and the radiance of the sun and the moon. I am the sacred syllable Om in the Vedic mantras; I am the sound in ether, and the ability in humans. BHAGWAD GITA

  • Water is transparent, inorganic, tasteless, odourless and colourless chemical substance.
  • It is the main constituent of the earth  covers 71 % og earth surface.
  • It contains hydrogen and oxygen in solid, liquid and gaseous states.
  • Water is there in blood and digestive juices.
  • Water teaches us the trait of adjustment as it takes the shape in which the water is poured.

AIR

Air is mixture of gases with almost in the constant concentrations.

The following are its properties:-

  • In essence, air is one of the important constituents without which the living beings cannot survive even for a shortest spell of time.
  • It occupies the space in which it is contained.
  • Air has mass.
  • Air is affected by the temperature in which it is contained. In cold climate it becomes cold and in hot climate it becomes hot.
  • Air exerts pressure on the surface of the container in which it is contained.
  • Air could be compressed or packed together.
  • It has also been learned that the density of air or decreased air pressure means less oxygen available for breathing at the altitude or elevation.

FIRE

BHAGWADD GITA rightly proclaims:  As a kindled fire reduces wood to ashes, O Arjun, so does the fire of knowledge burn to ashes all reactions and ignorance.

When a material gets ignited and combines with oxygen which results in combustion.

In addition, the fire has the following characteristics:

  • Fire requires three ingredients: heat, material to burn and the oxygen to burn the material.
  • Fire is the mixture of hot gases. It consumes the material which is on fire.
  • We use fire as metaphorically; as passion or intensity or intensity in emotion or feeling.
  • The fire of getting know-how removes ignorance and spreads enlightenment.
  • Fire in the belly means strong determination to succeed. When we have ‘fire in our belly’ we can be successful in any mission we undertake in life.

The mixing of all the five elements is termed as quintuplification (Panchikaranam). The elements divide themselves into two parts each – one part retains its natural state and the other half divides itself into four parts. This way, each one assists the other elements in ensuring complete body function.

Our body is sustained by the actions (Karma) we perform. When actions just stop then the body too cease to exist – it dissolves into the elements from which it was created on birth. When our actions (Karmic deeds) are divine the body is also divine. Contrarily, when our actions are based on selfishness and greed we are termed as demonic in nature (Asuras).

GROSS BODY

The body is like a machine or a fan. It is switched on at birth and it continues to function until the time when the engine is on and there is power supply. At the allotted time when the power is turned off, the body ceases to function.The function of our body is perform our action (Karma), get experience (Both joyful and sorrowful).

SUBTLE BODY

This part of the body is not seen or nothing is visible to the naked eye but when we can realize it on spiritual awakening. When we have self-realization, it is joyous feeling for us. In fact knowing about the subtle body is equivalent to knowing about our Soul which we come to know when we go deeper into our self-awareness. In other words, this part of body is termed as the experimental container or bag.

CASUAL BODY

It is the cause of our effect. This happens in our day to day existence. That is why it is termed as the existential container or bag.  


LONELINESS


LONELINESS


Loneliness does not simply mean
 You are alone, it means more than this
Since everybody has come alone
To this earth, so very beautiful
Loneliness is a sentiment
That you are not connected with the people
Or may not be liked by the people around.

There may be people around in majority of number
With a variety of relationships including friends in plenty
Yet feeling of hurt is felt in the heart
That you are still lonely
Since you don’t belong to any even in the midst of people around.

The main cause of disconnect
Happens when we are not in touch with our own self
Despite in the company of so a lot of so many
You consider your own but not connected with our inner self
Then you’ll feel disconnected from all
Meaning lonely in plenty
We spend more of our time and energy
By remaining in public glare
Yet fail to look within, inner recesses of ourselves
And become self-realized
Bereft of self awareness gives a tinge of indifference
And we feel alone even in the company of so many of our own
Since they are not connected with our anybody of our own.

We ought to be conscious
That all of us are connected with a spirit
When we connect within then it means
We are connected with everybody which lies around us
By so doing, we transform our relationship
With others based on love
With its centre at the core of our heart.

When we connect with our spirit
We’re able to connect
With the fountainhead of ocean of love
That lies dormant there
Which thence flows into every aspect of our lives
Since love is cohesive link which units us all
Then everything that we experience
Is full of connectivity with everybody around
Which is the fountainhead of the happiness
In the process evaporating our loneliness.

OUR ANXIETIES AND HOW BEST TO ELIMINATE THEM


OUR ANXIETIES AND HOW BEST TO ELIMINATE THEM

We tend to get anxious about one thing or other. There are various reasons for our anxieties. These are due to job losses or business losses due to Covid-19 pandemic. In fact everybody and every country have suffered due to this infection which is mutating without prior warning. Let’s hope everything stabilizes in the days to come as hope lingers with life. When Prince Arjuna was filled with anxiety and caught in moral dilemma on the battleground of Kurukshetra, Lord Krishna came to his succor. Arjuna was in moral dilemma that he has to fight his own blood relations in the battlefield. Lord Krishna gave him enlightening and wisdom filled discourse to allay his anxieties and prevailing confusions. He advised him that it was his sacred duty as a Kashtriya to fight Kaurvas who represented evil. This discourse calmed his mind and his anxieties got evaporated in thin air. One who controls over his mind is tranquil and balance at all situations. We attain tranquility of mind by keeping the mind fully absorbed in Self while performing our duty. We should take lesson from Lord Krishana’s sagacious advice and perform our actions without being concerned about the result of our action then everything will fall in place. No anxieties will haunt us.

In life, the commonplace anxieties are about the health and wellness of our love ones and also financial stringency looming large due to job losses with uncertain future along with lingering thoughts of contraction of infection from any source. In fact there are many stresses and strains experienced from the multiple quarters.


Having reached to the conclusion as to where we stand presently, it is essential that we candidly introspect our own problems and think how best we can come out of the present dilemmas partly due to our own efforts and partly with the help of our well-wishers.

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NOT TO BE OVERLY CONCERNED ABOUT THE STRESSFUL THOUGHTS

When a stressful thought knocks our door without any warning, the best way out is to avoid it by adopting some positive distraction. Keep the problem at the back-burner of our mind, for some opportune moments to solve the same. Solution, in fact, lies in solving the rampant problem which has created a stressful situation. Our approach should be just to postpone anxiety syndrome, remembering TIME is a greatest healer.


Many stressful situations could just be taken care as we approach life with positive disposition. But procrastination indefinitely is also not a healthy way of tackling marauding problem. Tackle the problem with cool mindset. If it is within our capacity to tide over the situation, well, it is excellent but if it is not then we can take somebody else’s help. This way, we can surmount many a stressful situations. But in all these we have to be calm, and have positive frame of mind; things will improve. Indecisiveness or putting off things indefinitely will make the problem more complex.


DIVISION OF PROBLEM


The persisting problem could be divided into different parts and each part solved using our experience but without being overawed. The problems could be divided into the following parts:


(a) Problems we can solve using our own resources. The problems which are within our control to be solved using our inner potentials along with using our past experiences.


(b) Problems we can solve by taking the assistance of others. There are problems which we cannot solved by our own selves. We should try solving them by taking the cues of their solution from our well wishers. For this to be possible, we’ve to have cooperative and supportive mindset. We should keep in mind that nothing happens in vacuum.

(c) Problems which could be left unsolved; let the element of TIME solve it as time is a great healer.


(d) Then, where nothing works, God’s will works wonders and should never be forgotten. Here nobody asks ifs and whats. We’ve only to put in our sincere efforts, ultimate result is in His Hands. So no worries or anxieties. Our task is confined to putting in sincere efforts. Keep in mind in His domain, everything works wonders.


(e) Pen down the difficulties you faced in the past and how best your personal initiative helped in solving the same, the same yardsticks or even more evolved ways could employed. This will make our future accomplishments more simplistic and seemingly look like a cakewalk.

UNDERSTAND OUR DESIRES ARE ENDLESS


It should always be kept in mind that our desires are endless. If we have one thing fructified, we would like to have more desires. Subsequently comparison with those who have got everything begins thus it becomes an endless game. Anxiety comes when we are not able to get what we desire the most. Then when we have more than what we require, it becomes a poison since we want to have everything even by adopting unethical ways. Suffice to say that if we have more than what we require, we should fulfill somebody else’s needs. It will earn us Karmic credit and would become a cause of eliminating our anxieties.

EMPATHIZE WITH THE PEOPLE

Those people who are not able to solve their problems on their own by adopting different strategies as given above should be empathized so that such people are delivered off their anxieties. Chipping in at right time and place helps.


WE’VE TO BE CREATIVE


Whatever time we have at our disposal, we should utilize the same purposefully. We should create something beautiful so that people remember us for our creative zeal as the dictum shows: ‘thing of beauty is joy forever’. Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men BIBLE.

INDECISIVENESS AND PROCRASTINATION CAN INCREASE OUR ANXIETIES


It has been seen that most of our problems get multiplied by not taking appropriate decisions at the most appropriate time. It should always be remembered that putting off things can make the problem intractable after a period of time. We should always keep in mind the dictum; Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.


WE SHOULD BE THE MASTER OF OUR MIND

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When our mind is in our control then we can solve any problem which we face. Further, the mind should always be kept occupied otherwise it will become unwieldy then it will behave like the dictums: Idle mind is a devil’s workshop.


SITTING SILENTLY FOR SOMETIMES

We should devote sometime to ourselves by closing our eyes, and use deep and regular breathing to reach a settled state inside. If we are patient enough to practice regular meditation, do that. It will make a world of difference in our life. Make it a habit to do something which makes you smile and laugh. In Bible it has rightly been said: The quiet words of the wise are more to be heeded than the shouts of a ruler of fools.


NEVER MAKE YOUR LIFE COMPLEX


There are easy way of doing things and there are not easy ones too. Which path is suitable depending on the time and space should be undertaken.As you can see, none of these things are mysterious. They are available to everyone, and if we seriously undertake it, the project of settling your mind can be very effective. This is also a good time to return to our meditative practice to enhance our focus on the mission in hand. A simple breath meditation twice a day would be most effective. By so doing, even a most daunting task would seem easy – a spiritual path, a way of life wherein we associate ourselves with our Supreme Source.

FORGIVING CURES OUR HURT FEELINGS


OUR HURTS

A feeling of hurt by accident or due to somebody’s cruel design,
Inflicting hurt in emotion and consequent pain,
Ointment of time helps in healing the existing wound,
But leaves a visible scar open,
A grim reminder of incident in the past that happened,
This scar is a boon, since it keeps reminding us,
That we were subjected to hurtful emotions,
Whence our soft emotions are punctured by our own relations,
By the pricking of unsolicited taunts or when ditched,
By our own relatives and friends we hold dearest.

It causes overwhelming internal tremors,
With its predictable epicenter exists at the centre of our heart,
After effects or aftershocks of these hurtful emotions are breathtaking
The reverberations of which are really overwhelming,
Pain of which is seemingly unforgettable,
And dies only with the death of start crossed victim,
Our feeling get toss-over by the whims,
Of those we hold very close to your bosom,
The prevalent hurt has anger as manifestation,
Which turns into depletion of energy and resultant depression,
When redirected inwards in frustration.

Some repulse the blistering attack on their impulses,
By paying the giver of pain in the same coin,
Hurt-proof, some become, by the consistency
Of hurt they experience ultimately,
That the perpetrators themselves become shame-proof,
Of their futility of using their blunted weapon with no effect at all.

Many a times, we tend to get hurt by others but when we get hurt due our own relatives and friends to whom you trust much, the pain gets too severe. We can forget others indiscretions snce we have not much in common with them  no expections whatsoever.

We feel much offended and feel let down when we are duped by our own people to whom you believed them the most and never expected them to have given us wounds. These wounds and hurts remain with us and continue hurting us till proper redressal is undertaken by sitting across with candid discussions but on the basis of give and take with emotions running deep.

While it is a considdered fact that the insults which remain in our being produce bitterness tilll such time proper healing touch is made. Otherwise, these hurts and bitterness tend to remain pulling us down and produce untenable feelings and we remain on the shaky ground. More the bitterness caused by our own, more the adverse on our psyche.

If the feeling of hurt is intense owing to intensity of reason then it produces a feeling of shame and other times embarrass us too   since we have been atabbed on the back by our own.

Need is to heal the wounds which remain festering inside our being. We do not forget the insults which are due to our dear ones nd remain troubling us continually though we may try to heal these hurts.

Need is to introspect about these wounds and reasons due to which we have been put to undue insults. But instead of seeking reasons for our let downs from inside our own selves, we seek solutions from outside our being. If our hurts or instulting wounds are too severe, then, these hurtful feelings  remain pestering us indefinitely.

Till such time we remove the existing hurts, insults, erase or get rid of these hurtful thoughts, we should try to eliminate such a feeling rather than remain having injured feelings. Rather than holding on to our grudges and hurtful feelings, we should go inside the inner recesses of our own heart and should try to forgive the wrongdoings of our own dear ones. By so doing, we shall not only remove the victim emotions from ou midst but also be free from wrong feelings prevailing and troubling us.

There are times, we want to pay back in the same coin or take revenge for our insults. There could be a possibility but not without unpredictable consequences.  Yes, taking revenge on our own people who you trusted the most! By so doing, a feeling of still more hurt will be resulted.  This double whammy hurtful feeling will exacerbate as time passes if these hurtful feelings are not sorted out and wounds healed since these are infliected by our own close friends and relatives.

Need is to forgive the person concerned and the grudges too since these hurtful feelings become cause of our sufferings and may impact us physically and mentally.  We may lose faith not merely on own kiths and kins but also our own self.

It should never be forgotten that most of out emotional upheavals arise because of our existing hurtful thoughts. These untenable thoughts remain troubling us till we forget and forgive the person behind the wounds and injury to the feelings.

In essence, the best course of action is to sort things out and forget that such a thing ever happened. This way, we can solidify the foundations of relationship with our own people to whom we love.

NIRJALA EKADASHI : A MOST PIOUS DAY


SIGNIFICANCE OF EKADASHI DAY FASTING TO PURIFY BODY, MIND AND SOUL WITH SPECIAL REFEENCE TO NIRJALA EKADASHI

LORD OF EVOLUTION

Today is the Nirjal Ekadashi day. It is the most pious day. NIRJALEKADASHI is known to have immense pominence of all the Ekadshis put together. It is said that keeping fast today with penance and prayers which accompany with the fast gives the bounties of Lord Vishnu. Keeping fast today is equivalent to 24 fasts. Today we worship the God of evolution; Lord Vishnu. If we fast on this by doing all the good Karmic deeds including charities to the needy people, then, the graces of Lord Vishnu remain on us.

IT IS ALSO TERMED AS BHIM EKADASHI

Legend have it that all the four bothers of Pandavas (Yudhrishtra, Bhima, Arjuna, Nakul and Sehdeva) including their mother Kunti were instructed by Rishi Ved Vayasa (The author of Epic Mahabharta) to keep fast today by observance of all the rituations. Rishi Vayasa mentioned that those who fast on this day get the privileges and bounties of LORD VISHNU AND LORDESS LAKSHMI. The fast could also make them the candidate for Heaven at the Lotus Feet of LORD VISHNU. All could resist the temptation of eating except Bhima (with his big bulk). He could not resist his hunger and keeping fast was not possible for him. But Rishi Vayasa prevailed upon Bhima to keep fast on this particula day; which he did and thus got the blessings of LORD VISHNU and Lordess Lakshmi. Bhima kept fast by observing all the conditions for the fast today and got the blessings of the benevolent Lord VISHNU  SHRI HARI. IT IS ALSO TERMED AS BHIM SENI EKADASHI.

LORD VISHNU

Vishnu Gyatri Mantri could also be recited for getting the bounties of the Lord. Or OM NAMON BHAGWATE VASU DEV AYE NAMON. Including the following Mantra

Om jaya Jagadīśha hare

Swami Jai Jagdish hare

Bhakta janoṅ ke saṅkat

Dās janoṅ ke saṅkat

Kṣaṇa meṅ dūr kare

Om jai Jagadīśh hare

Jo dhyāve phal  pāve

Dukh binase mana kā

Swāmī dukh binase man kā

Sukha samptī ghara āve

Sukha sampatī ghara āve

Kaṣṭa miṭe tana kā

Om jaya Jagadīśa hare……………….

In Ekadashi, a devotee does not take food. Takes fruits and milk that too in a limited quantity. Food habits differ from one area to another. I and my wife endeavoured to keep purity in thoughts and deeds. The purpose is to keep purity  in thoughts,  body and soul. The next day on 6th June 2017, there was a Preeti Bhoj or Lungar or community feast which was the culmination of Ekadashi Fast.

Nirjal (without intake of water) Ekadshi is the day when the devotees observe  fast without taking not even a drop of water for the entire day. It is the day when the devotees go the temples and worship Lord Vishnu with purity in mind and body. Observance of fast is accompanied with giving charities in the form of food items and juices to the people. As this fast falls in summer season, people distribute cold drinks.

SIGNIFICANCE OF EKADASHI DAY FASTING TO PURIFY BODY, MIND, AND SOUL

Relevance of  Ekadashi occurs on the eleventh day of the lunar cycle (both full and new moon)  It happens twice in a month according to Hindu Calendar – the waxing phase or Shukla Paksha and fading moon called Krishna Paksha. There are 24 Ekadashis in a Calendar year and there are two more Ekadashis that take place in a lunar leap year. Ekdashi Day is considered as the most spiritual event when strict fasting is observed from early morning to the next day morning.

Ekadashi is one of the prominent occasions which if observed with detachment and as per prescribed rituals helps in cleansing our sins as well as the sins of our nears and dears. Ekadashi Moksha (Moksha means liberation) is a most special and most auspicious occasion. On this day Lord Krishna (Vishu’s  Incarnation – Avtara) delivered His Bhagwad Gita recital to Dhanushdhari Arjuna when both the armies of Pandvas and Kauravas were facing each others in Kurukeshtra battle field. Every specific activities performed on this day has its own significance and benefits accrued to us provided the fasting is observed strictly in accordance with scriptural norms.

THE BENEVOLENT LORDD VISHNU

ORIGIN OF EKADASHI

In Satya Yuga, Lord Vishnu had a long-drawn-out battle with demon named Mura. Due to the protracted battle, Lond Vishnu got tired as a result of which He tiredness he went to sleep. Mura was waiting for this occasion. He pounced on Lord Vishnu for killing Him. Then a damsel appeared from the body of Lord Vishnu who fought a pitched battle with Mura and killed him. She was actually Mahashakti who appeared  on 11th day of fading moon thus Lord Vishnu named her Ekadashi.  He also bestowed her the boon that whosoever fasts on this day would be free off the sins and also will have moksha  finally.

SIGNIFICANCE OF EKADASHI DAY FAST

The religious rituals, given in the sacred Pranas / Vedic scriptures, and also referred to as Hari’s Day. their strict observance thereof helps the devotees in many ways than body, one. 

  • Observance of fast cleanses our body, mind and soul.
  • It helps alleviating us in spiritual ladder.
  • Its strict observance can help us attain Moksha or Liberation from pangs of birth and deaths.
  • It can transform our Kukarma (Bad Karma) into good Karmas thus paving the way for an aspirant to attain the traits of detachment, the mention of which has been amply made in Bhagwad Gita. Action performed without consideration the fruits or results of that action could help us attain Liberation.
  • Anybody observing the Ekadashi with all the focus at his/her command could remove that person’s sufferings.
  • As this day is termed as the Lord Hari’s day, its observance could alleviate the sufferings of an individual.
  • While the body and mind is cleansed, it is possible to ward off from the three sins: lust, greed and anger.
  • Fasting on this auspicious day is bereft of any external pressures. This day passes both in peace and harmony including inculcation of good habits.
  • As the people who fast keep away from solid grain foods and take light diet consisting of milk products, dry fruits and fruits, we feel light and our digestive system too works wonders as it provides due rest to our system thus keeps our health in fine fettle. Healthy eating even for a day fortnightly can repair our system.
  • As we are aware, the gravitational pull of the moon influences the oceans in the form of high and low tides hence Intake of less food items and more of liquid Ekadashi Day helps in influencing us biologically too. It has been practically observed by the proponents who fast sincerely – the diseases like blood pressure, insomnia, depression, gastric problems etc could be cured with fasting. Observance of such fasts have obviously helped me in maintaining good health and wellness.
  • While we fast on this day, we also meditate thus not only helping us spiritually but also enhancing the chances of connectivity with God.
  • It has also been felt that the benefits of Ekadashi fasting and all the purity and sincerity observed on this day to the individual concerned but also to his/her family members.
  • Ekadashi fasting helps in self awareness simply because of individual observance of fast strictly in accordance with scriptures since self realization results from self-disciplinary efforts.
  • Self awareness resulting from strict observing converts conviction into practical experience.
  • We learn how to control our unethical desires and lead a life full of compassion.
  • Canvas of our spirituality enhances with the observance of Ekadashi Fast.

A TRIBUTE TO A FATHER ON 20TH JUNE 2021 IS THE FATHER’S DAY


A TRIBUTE TO A FATHER
20TH JUNE 2021 IS FATHER’S DAY

MY FATHER WAS A WORLD WAR I VETERAN

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A relationship most reverential
Who comes to the succor of his offspring every time it is needed!
Even surmounting all constraints
Which may come on the path to tide over the situations
In whatever ethical way he can provide support to his children.

With abundance 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 huge obligations
Even the step-father or adoptive father too has definite compulsions
To bestow upon the children the right kind of upbringing and value system
Under any circumstances.


Care the child as his own continually till the children attain their goal
It is a pious duty of a father to render a helping hand to his children
Give the the right dose of upbringing which is hugely required
Including all support system which is needed
For upbringing the offspring in the best possible way wanted
For which paternal and maternal love is paramount
For overall evolution, 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 helping the children steering clear
Off the difficult situations which may arise without much warning.

A LOT OF LOVE TO MY FATHER

It is a known fact that fatherly pat quenches
The analytical thirst of their children
And the children come to know about the world around
Father’s guidance brings our journey back on track
And save children from going astray
And save them from sure off-the-track passage
Father’s soft touch is as good as the hard one
Since these help the children’s wellbeing in the long run.
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I had all the attention from my parents
Those years were really very impressionable indeed
When both of them were there with us.

My father, a World War 1st Veteran
Who donned his army uniform
In his lifetime had seen many 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 strong will
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
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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
And taught us how best to adjust with the time and space
As to how to face challenges
Which may visit without much warning
Infuse 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 he anticipated that his end was so near
He called all of 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 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.