Your morning should start with a short but sincere prayer to our Creator. It should be for the purpose of thanking Him for what He has created for us so that we could live a balanced life. It should never be forgotten that if something unwarranted happens in our life, faults lies not in the extraneous elements but in us only. Holding others responsible for your faults means passing on the buck. This has been the case with many of us. By so doing, neither we learn any lesson for the future to follow but also we fall prey to suspicions and unnecessary controversy which give birth to unhappiness in our day to day life. If we have the live peacefully, it is essential that we start pointing fingers on ourselves rather than on others. Prayers, if handled properly, give birth to confidence to face the facts in life. In that state, it is not you alone who handles daily life activities but in partnership with our Lord. Do everything honestly as if you are doing that act under His ablest guidance. Partnership with Him is watertight and above reproach. Here the ultimate outcome of everything that you transact, with His participation is cent percent success. Without doubt, by doing so, you will not face any daily stresses or strains because His presence and His name is associated with you and your deeds. You are doing anything and everything under His Umbrella. It should also be borne in mind that those activities are our stress busters and not stress creator for they are with active help of our Lord. Stress comes when an outcome or a result is not as you anticipated. Here, in this case, when you pray for His participation in what you want to do, if the results are negative, then you should rest assured that He does not want the results of your action otherwise. In other words these are good for you ultimately. Bear this in mind that He may have other thinking for you. God with you always.
Whilst the lot around is ominous and dark,
Trust one day, brightness will dawn.
Every unexciting autumn changes into enchanting spring
And every dark cloud has thin snow-white coating.
Wishy-washy life will give place to hope,
And blooming life, hopefully, will come hopping
Infusing verve and vitality in every being.
Change that brings misery in its wake ,
Tests our will power and what it takes,
To live to tell the tale.
And wait for better days for a change,
Change in the river course due to nature’s furry
Takes away the land with all its fertility
Changing the geographical limit of a place
And with it, the history attached with its virulent current
To bottomless confines of an ocean.
Spiritual knowledge brings one near to Almighty God
Negative mindset negates everything possessed
And may deprive a person of his sanity
Resulting in loss of face and self-purity
Ageing brings changes since egg in womb once gets fertile
Passing the added stages of life
Transiting through ups and downs of time
And to the end by leaving the body inert.
You are what you think of yourself What you think of yourself you become. It is because the universe too starts in helping you in the manner in your thought processes are going. You attract the means required to fulfill that end. Not that it is acquired without your conscious efforts. Your thoughts are the prime movers but your conscious efforts are the sequel to that end or goal being made to be a reality. Time and space are the important constituents in the fulfillment of the goal at hand. The responsibility of the individual is to avail every opportunity that is offered to an individual. Never fritter the opportunity that is offered to you on the platter. Or you will have to fend for everything which is lost. Time does not wait for anybody. It goes on and on. It is not that your duty and responsibility ends with getting your material prosperity. It is not a permanent possession because the wheel of prosperity has ebb and trough. It is though submitting yourself to spiritual goals that is a balance between the material prosperity and spiritual possession should be pursued in life. No material or other possessions will accompany you throughout. It is the possessions of spiritual richness that influences your innate self. That enrichment is of paramount importance. It will a permanent asset with you for helping you to take this possession with you even when you leave this body. Therefore, the material possession is no possession in real sense of terms. It is a temporary one. Permanence can only acquired through spiritual knowledge. Spiritually advancement can be acquired slowly but surely if an individual traverses the path. If you do everything as if you are doing anything or everything as a penance and not as a burden. Be enthused about what is being done keeping your Creator as your ablest guide. Your Supreme Guide will certainly guide you for your all round development – spiritual and worldly possessions acquired by your own hard work. A sort of self satisfaction will be generated. And that is what is hugely required now. Quest for Self Realization or Christ Consciousness should be the prime goal of an individual. This sort of consciousness is acquired when one takes the assistance of his / her Creator at every step in life. This assistance is provided to that individual always, if sufficient yearning and deep desire is there in that prayer. This will change the very landscape and thinking pattern of life of that individual. For this knowing yourself is of prime importance. Go deep in yourself and see that what a treasure you have got. Knowing yourself means you will acquire the quality of keeping yourself balanced in all circumstances. Peace and calm will prevail. These are the best components for positivity in life. This enrichment will be ultimate and of permanent. You change yourself, it is in your hand, with you and not without you.
Baba Ramdev’s Fast
The way in which the Baba’s fast has turned out to be is agitating the right thinking people. The way in which the Govt went about in defusing the situation initially was heartening. Its senior ministers went to meet the Baba at the airport itself. This shows its sincerity. The consensus was about to have emerged. But afterwards some unknown event forced the Govt to take police action. A mid-night swoop was launched on the sleeping and hapless people – amongst them children and old ladies. This action of the police has been condemned by all the right thinking people.
Now that what has happened cannot be undone. Let sagacity and wisdom prevail and right thinking come forward and devise ways and means to solve the problems which are confronting the country. Nothing is lost now. Care ought to be taken that the agitation is not hijacked by the politicians for their own selfish ends. This has already done more harm than good for the country. Politicians are the important component of our democratic set up. They should play positive role in seeing that all the issues which are confronting the nation are looked after and are not swept under the carpet. Now that Anna Sahib and Baba Ramdev’s crusade on corruption and other issues are agitating every right thinking people of the country. Let these issues be analysed and solved in a systematic manner without loss of time. Honesty of purpose on the part of Govt is called for. Let it not be forgotten that the people now are knowledgeable and know who is responsible for what. So act now and earn the goodwill of the people. No time should be lost now.
You are the centre of attraction. Everything starts with you and ends with you. You should make concerted efforts to surrender yourself to your inner self. Correct your thought processes. If you find something is troubling you, analyse the cause and its resultant affect. Peace and tranquillity can only be acquired when you are wholly satisfied with yourself and your change for the better in your positive thinking. No external element or situation can make you pleased or happy. It is the state of your inner mentality which helps you to maintain calm in happiness or sadness. True satisfaction could only be ascertained by selfless service to the needy and downtrodden. Selfless service, in whatever field it may be, enhances your satisfaction quotient immensely. This ultimately gives quantum fillip to your innate dexterity.
If you want to gauge the weakness of others, it is essential that you make amends in your own weaknesses. Devise a balanced plan of action to weed out negativity from your midst. This could be systematically done through trial and error method initially and finally it becomes your habit. It cannot be done overnight. Sincere practice and persistence in effort is called for to make this process a befitting one. Complete harmony could be acquired through forgetting and forgiving. By meeting others needs you gain much satisfaction which is invaluable. As everything starts with you and ends with you only. By extension, it could be construed that you are the most power element in the scheme of things. No external element can influence you unless you want that element to dominate you and your daily life.
It is important to note that Baba’s efforts in highlighting the corruption that is rampant has attracted various stratas of our society. By and large this agitation seems to have gained some momentum but care has to be exercised that this agitation may not be taken away by the political parties. In the event of this being done, much of the ferver and enthusiasm for this agitation will be lost. The real issues will be swept under the carpet and mud slinging match will ensue for us all to see. For this noble cause to be successful, it is paramount that this whole exercise remains apolitical. Baba should declare from the podium that his agitation is to fight corruption at high places and he wants concrete results not rhetoric only from any quarter. The Govt should also come forward in putting across their point of view for solving the problems at hand. Together – the Babaji and the Govt can reach to a consensus and a time bound programme of action plan should be devised to solve the problems at hand. If any party resorts to lowering the other party from its esteem then we pray to God to give the erring party wisdom to understand what is good for the country at large. This is the time nobody should stand on ceremony. One upmanship attitude will not help the cause to bear fruits. A flexible, time bound and concrete action oriented plan is called for to solve the problems at hand which are being espoused by Baba Ramdev.
Political parties please forgive us by interfering in this good cause. Exercise restraint and do everything which is good for the nation at large
Importantly it should not be forgotten that Congress has a chequered onward march. Its history is replete with examples of stalwarts like Sardar Pate, Chacha Nehruji,Kriplaniji and many others who espoused the cause and helped making the dream of India come true. The Industrial Policy Resolution under Panditji made Indian industry show considerable progress and raised the living standard high. The progressive policies also raised the per capita income of Indians. It ultimately raised the standing in the comity of nations. We do not go to other countries with a bowl for our daily needs. The green revolution in agriculture due to agrarian reform made us self sufficient in food front. We not only meet our own demands but are exporting the foodgrains to other countries. The white revolution by the son of India Kurianji has contributing to enhancing yield in milk. These are a few back pats of Congress – to name a few. But now, Congress has lost much of its shine and moorings because of the rampant corruption in and around Congress. There are NO leaders who could be trusted for steering the tottering ship of Indian ship. Everywhere we find corruption. Nothing moves without greasing the palm. At the helm, the degree of corruption is more and brazen – open like a hot dog shop – everybody is on the sale with different price tags. This has been our experience in day to day life. Our hard earned money has been stashed outside the country which could otherwise would have been spent in our country for this country’s onward march and to ameliorate the conditions of hapless and helpless Indians. The corruption at highest levels may be due to collusion dharma. Raajas and ilk are case in point. Not that there is no corrupt people in Congress party. Though it has started to clean its image by taking action on some of them. Zero tolerance in corruption is the only answer if congress has to make inroads in the minds of Indians. Otherwise more alleys will have to sought for running government and more corruption. It is pertinent to mention that party which was the pillar of strength for us Indians has disappointed us immensely. There are many a corrupt people who have tarnished to image of congress in the eyes of common people. Now everybody thinks that all that is ailing here is due to congress and its present day leaders though fault may lay somewhere else. It is also not possible to pass on the buck for its state of affairs. Soniaji is a capable leader at its helm. She can cleanse the stable of Indian Congress image in the eyes of common people. She should choose a new crop of young congress men who, with lily white image can be banked on to steer the tottering ship of Indian polity which has negatively impacted all round image of India. They can showcase their talents and aptitude to assimilate so that the common man could identify himself / herself with that young talent. Identify crisis has developed in the congress. Not that all the leaders at the helm of affair are corrupt but question is degree of corruption which has seeped in the party and its functionaries. This has really impacted good governance. Shun the corrupts and do not affiliate with them for small gains. Take big strides for weeding out corruption form within the congress. Make a code of conduct for the allies for good governance. Those who resort to corrupt practices should be dealt with as per the laws of the land and should not be spared. Indian democracy can survive and function only through its democratic credentials. For the country to have corruption free society, it is necessary that it could be done slowly but surely. It could be through legislations and consensus and not through coercion. It should not be through unconstitutional means if Indian democracy has to survive. Satyagrahs and fasts are means to remind the leaders for listening to and caring for the ills that confront the Indian polity and its governance. The members of the civil society should come forward to air their views and those views should be implemented in letter and spirit. Emulate these viewpoints for cleaning Indian polity for their clean image for serving them and not snatching what they are having through corrupt practices. Legislate strict laws for ridding the menace of corruption form our midst. It is a big achievement of our democracy that it has resilience for its upward march. Freedom of speech is the important component of Indian democracy. But it should not be taken to a level where the very governance is not possible.
It is a sad paradox that we are always penitent about our past and future. What we forget and do not act upon is our ‘present’. The present presents every opportunity to us to mend our ways and act accordingly that is in the way things could be sorted out without much ado. The past events always cast deathly shadow on us. They are like our shadow which follows us wherever we move around. We always look at it with suspicion and contempt like we look at the past and its bad tidings. We always look at ‘past’ for experiences, but have the habit of clinging to our bad experiences and in the process lose sight of what our present can bring to us. Similarly, the future. We attach too much importance to it, simply, because we think it may not be according to our expectations or may be, it would be worse than what we look forward to. This makes us still more remorseful. Importantly, thus, we always remain worried about our dead past and unpredictable and unfathomable future. Today is the real dawn which takes you anywhere you consider makes you happy. Work for today and your tomorrow will be secure and predictable – a rosy one.
It has been experienced that in our life we come across people and their behaviour. If anybody is cold shouldering you, it is possible that that person is showing his / her indifference and that indifference may take you to a lesser degree in your esteem in the eyes of others. This indifference is very harmful if somebody is doing this to you. Just introspect, if you come across such people, just be careful and make effort in making such adaptability that you try adjusting with the changed situation without losing yourself in the bargain.
Lack of warmth in the relation,
A life without compassion,
Feelings rooted in repulsion,
Is a life with missing cooperation.
Deathly indifference all pervasive,
Uneasy calm extensive
Bereft of concern – retrogressive, alas!
Aimless emptiness in attitude looming large,
Tense behaviour engulfing,
Making the environment searing,
Surprisingly, with the freezing coldness in feeling!
Stony-heartedness robbing the very peace of life,
Crumbling the edifice of existence,
And resulting in creation of hell out of seventh heaven
What a life ours would be,
Ith a basketful of warmth in feelings,
Concerned when concern is immensely needed,
Loving-kindness when kindness is a crying need.
Baba Ramdev’s Fast
According to Bapuji, Satyagrah is a potent non-violent weapon for getting our problems solved. But this weapon should not be used for every problem that could otherwise be solved through consensus, through discussion etc. If the weapon of Satyagrah is used indiscriminately , it could do more harm than good for a cause at hand. Baba Ramdev’s plan of fast from 04 Jun, for solution to corruption and retrieval of black money stashed outside the country is obviously good for the country at large. But his plan and nitty-gritty involved should remain apolitical. For Heaven’s sake, keep the politics away from his espouse causes to seek redressal. Everybody knows what is plagueing Anna Sahib’s Lokpal Bill and why it is not having a smooth sailing. It is being delayed citing one pretext or the other. These delay tactics will hamper the very spirit for which this Bill is being drafted. No interference from any quarter should b brooked. Now Baba Ramdev has spoken against the inclusion of PM and CJI under the ambit of the proposed bill. This, I think, will go against the very spirit and purpose for which Anna Sahib’s stood for. If the same happens to Baba’s crusade i.e. if somebody else acts at cross-purposes, then what will be the ultimate result of his fast. It will go as the previous ones. The actual subject will be forgotten and new things will creep up thus diluting everything that is gained. Time has come when we should cement our support base for fighting corruption, nepotism and devise ways how to retrieve the black money that is deposited out of our motherland. Downgrading or downsizing others by picking holes in their proposal(s) will hardly help the espoused cause(s) at hand but will give others leeway to put more spanners in the way for smooth solutions at hand. We should, therefore, work unitedly because our chief aim is to fight corruption and make our society feel proud in our rich traditions and culture. Hurdles, if there are, can be ironed out through dialogue and discussions. Positive outcome of any fast or Satyagrah can only accrue when the same is being done with sincerity and no for publicity. God may help this cause not to be swept under the carpet by the vested interests but may bear fruit ultimately for good of all of us. Be He bestow immense courage and fortitude to the Baba for his noble cause.