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  1. Respected Sir," A way to God realization " and " A man of gold ", these r my 2 articles,has been not published after my long efforts.It is very sad. These r very good articles and for the welfare of the society.

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  2. Please add my name under catagories.

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    Above the caste



    In Ayodhya kaand when kewat came and after seeing Rama, said to Him,” I have heard the divinity of your feet and hence I will allow you to board my boat only after I have washed your feet” Shri Rama agreed as he wanted. kewat then washed the feet of Shri Rama, after crossing the river , they disembarked on the other side of the river. Shri Ram was feeling awkward as he has nothing to present kewat at his remuneration. Sita understood Rama‘s .embarrassment. She took out the precious ring but kewat refuse to take it and said as he enable Him to cross the river, in a similar way He made him enable to cross the ocean of his life. Rama embraced him without caring which caste he belong. Kewat further said, “you and me are in the same profession . people are in the same trade never take remuneration from each other we both are sailor.I sail boat to make people across the river and you sail boat of life to make the soul across the ocean of the world” . After that Kewat touched Lord Rama feet again and again Lord Rama asked him why you are touching my feet again and again? He answered , “As a fisherman throw his net in the water to trap the fish. But he cannot trap that fish which stay near the feet of fisherman . In the same way your maya of illusion cannot entangled the person who stay near your feet.”



    In the Aranya kaand shabri was blessed by Lord Rama ,when shabri gave half eaten beri with great devotion to Lord Rama and he accepted without caring her caste.Lord Rama never classified the people on the basis of the caste and today in our country the census are going to be held on the basis of the caste..

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    What Should One Desire

    Around us, we are see most of the children, teenagers, attracted by the
    goodies of the materialistic world and they are tempted - like Mobile
    Phone, MP3, Bike, Car etc. They put pressure on their parents to buy these
    things for them, though they have not much idea of what real use these
    things are and none at all of the harm they may do. They don’t care to know
    how their parents are managing the two ends in these hard times. Some
    times, the parents take loans to fulfill the desires of their children.
    Though the parents think of their children, the children do not think of
    their parents.

    There is a short story,”Chimta” written by the munshi prem chand that tells
    us how to take care of our parents. The story is like this… There was a
    small village near Meerut in UP State where every year Id Mela used to take
    place. Hamid was living with his grandmother.He used to call her Khalajaan.
    His parents had died when plague had broken out in the village and the old
    grandmother had brought him up. One day a few boys of the village asked
    Hamid to join them in their visit to the Mela.. His grandmother gave him
    two paise, not a small sum in those days, and asked him to go and enjoy
    with his friends.

    The boys reached the Mela - some bought toys, some ate sweets and some
    bought other new things for them. Hamid also was moving around looking for
    something. He saw a stall where a man was selling kitchen things. He
    purchased a chappati-catcher (chimta) with his two paisa. All the boys
    started laughing at him. He reached home and gave the chimta to his
    grandmother, and said, “ Khalajaan, now your fingers will not burn when you
    make chappatis for me.” His grandmother embraced him with tears in her eyes
    and said, “You are too young to think all this - you should have bought
    toys for youself”.

    These kinds of stories should be in the syllabus of primary schools so
    that our children imbibe the values that promote pure mind and healthy
    thoughts.






    Kamal Wadhwani

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    1. Exactely, and along with these stories, other short stories like Rabindranath tagore's THE EXERCISE BOOK should be included the syllabus so as to make them realise that not every child in this world is so lucky to be able to get educated!

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  5. Shiva’s Family
    We see in our daily life, the harmony among the family members has disappeared due to the absence of spirit of tolerance and accommodation. We donot tolerate others’ weakness but want our weaknesses to be overlooked.
    It is becoming difficult to live together the families are breaking up.
    People live under one roof but are miles awayfrom each other in their hearts. The culture of a joint family has vanished in which people cared more for others than for themselves.

    We can learn a lot from Shiva parivara, the family of Shiva. Though Shiva is an ascetic, he lives with his family. He is very fond of hisconsort parvati, whom he treat as his equal and shares his seat with her. She is literally his better half and is the half of his body in one celebrated icon, the ardhanarishwara. He is also called ardhanarishwara, the lord who is half a woman. The bull Nandi is his vehicle. The Godess Parvati rides a lion and the lion by nature is tempted to kill the bull.. lord Ganesha rides a mouse and the mouse is the food of a snake and a snake is the garland of Lord Shiva. Kartikaya, the elder son of Shiva, rides a peacock and peacocks fondly eat snakes.
    But all these creatures who are otherwise inimical to each other live happily and in hormony in Shiva parivara.

    That is why it is said that those whoworship the deities of Shiva’s family, will be blessed and energized and their worship will bring blessings to every family member in the family.

    Kamal Wadhwani
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  6. respected sir,
    pl. give ur e. mail address

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  7. The sands of time
    Time is a great healer, a great friend when it is on our side. It can as well be a commendable force to reckon with when we are on the low side of life. During hard times when the going gets tough and we find ourselves drowning in the choppy, turbulent waters in the sea of life the good thing is to hang in there and draw from the inner resources that will keep the heart, body and soul rooted together so that we don’t allow ourselves to get ravaged by the transitory desolation in our lives. In the good times we soak up the blessings of good health and happiness and the feeling of plenty. We are inwardly grateful and contended with our lives and think “God’s in heaven and all is right with our lives”. We run the risk of lulling ourselves into deceptive complacence. While it is good to enjoy the fruit of our labors in the rolling times while they last, let it not turn you into a conceited being. We are subconsciously aware of the transient nature of time, but sometimes allow ourselves to be tempted with its ingenuity rather than focusing on its life healing quality. In rough times its easy to let go of yourself and wallow in self pity and misery but, if life is like a river then allow yourself to go with the flow, sometimes we are allowed to take control and at other times that opportunity may be denied. Make peace with it and move on. We do not want hard times to come upon us for fear of being unable to cope with what we may encounter. Be sturdy and believe in yourself. Know that we are able to conquer the shadows when they close around us that the human spirit triumphs when we commend our souls to God. Time is also a great teacher, some lessons that we refuse to learn are thrust down upon us through hard times because we just won’t learn otherwise. These are important for our growth and spiritual elevation; they take us one step further on our journey through life. Learn to sniff out the happy moments in life. Do not allow their inconspicuousness make you miss them. We have a lot to be grateful for in every season of life for each season is a precursor to and leads to the next. It is only after a cruel and scorching summer that we are truly able to relish the cool showers that delight our soul. The bone chilling winter leads to the promise of spring and warmth. “To everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under the heaven: ‘A time to be born and a time to die; a time to laugh and a time to cry’. (Bible, Ecclesiastes 3: 1, 3) Learn to appreciate both the good in life for it is the gift of God as well as the adverse time for it enriches, strengthens and heals us.

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  8. Hi,
    Please feel free to publish whenever your schedule permits.
    Many thanks.

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  9. The origin of sin according to the Bible in Genesis begins in a garden. Not just any garden but ‘The garden of Eden’. Adam the first man to be created by God and Eve the first woman were amply instructed that they could eat from the abundant fruit laden trees of this spectacular garden except from the two trees that carried the forbidden fruit. These trees were left unguarded nevertheless and unmanned as a symbol of the unshakable trust between God and his most prized creation. Later it was also to become an emblem of the universal freedom of choice that God accords to all humanity. Out of the two trees one was the ‘Tree of Life’ and the other ‘The Tree of Knowledge’. Adam and Eve did end up eating from the ‘Tree of Knowledge’ and immediately became aware of their own nakedness. This awareness was the first distinction they made between right and wrong. This is also marked as man’s first disobedience to God. When God found out what they had done, the trust that he had in his own creation was broken and they were duly evacuated from the Garden lest they rebel and eat from the Tree of Life also and become immortal as God. They were both cursed for their misdemeanor but spared their lives and a flaming sword was put in the East around the Tree of Life with two cherubims to guard it. Thus for the first time something was put under lock and key by the creator from his creation. From here onwards also began the human life of struggle, chaos and hardships. As the descendants of Adam and Eve we seemed to have lost out on the paradise that is the Garden of Eden and the prospect of a life that may have been free of toil and labor. What is lost is lost, but the one thing that we did gain was the discernment between good and bad, to be able to make a choice based on knowledge and distinction. We cannot say that we are naïve anymore or that we are not aware of the conflict between good and bad actions, thoughts and deeds. Armed as we have been with knowledge since centuries past, having eaten the fruit of knowledge, we have the choice to turn it into a blessing rather than a curse. By choosing Good over evil, Happiness over sorrow, Humility over pride, Love over hatred, Compassion over Arrogance we can choose to overcome that original act of rebellion and use the God given knowledge and wisdom to say no to things that cause strife and violence. Human life is a constant struggle between the spirit and the flesh. Our carnal desires very often triumph over our spiritual ones. To say that we are naturally inclined to good thinking, thoughts and practices is to be pompous and conceited besides it being untrue. Show me a virtuous man without even an iota of bad thoughts, words or deeds and I will show you a unicorn. As human beings we are always surrounded by temptations and vices. The struggle to overcome them is and has to be continuous, untiring and most importantly steeped in patience. It is not easy but we can prepare ourselves every day by being in stillness within ourselves and communing with God from whom we draw strength and endurance, to be prayer warriors always ready for battle against the nefarious attacks of evil. In life there is seldom victory and a constant struggle, but you can feel your life pulsating, throbbing and feel alive in the knowledge that God is on your side. It’s better than living a life devoid of meaning and one that is spiritually dead, anyway.

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  10. The dilemma of our lives is that we either despair too soon or presume too fast. Not hearing from a job firm after giving an interview, seeing a loved one suffering from an acute illness, fighting a protracted court battle over a period of time, there are many things that may lead us to despair and frustration. On the other hand one successful and promising attempt at something and we begin to do the next best thing that we know, we presume that henceforth all will go according to plan. We know that we cannot live our life according to a plan no matter how faultless our plan is or how skillfully we execute it, life has a plan of its own. But does this mean that we cease doing that which is good and philanthropic because our virtues are not reciprocated in the world? It is very easy to presume that because we bear good feelings for someone in our heart, that person would also feel the same for us. If that does not happen we begin to despair of that person. A life well lived is a life in which our convictions and inner voices of the heart are not drowned in outward clamours of confusion and despair. The character in Beckett’s play ‘Waiting for Godot” puts it down succinctly when he says “Despair and you are damned, presume and you are damned”. Buddhism speaks of the middle path in which one does not give in too much or take away too much, but wisely chooses a middle way. The right attitude toward money, for example, is to be neither a miser nor a spendthrift. The truly courageous person is neither cowardly nor reckless. The safe place is the middle ground; and in our case this means avoiding the despair of imagining that we cannot be saved and the presumption of imagining that we cannot be damned. In the Bible Jesus says “The light of the body is the eye, therefore if your eye be single, your whole body is filled with light, but if your eye be evil, your whole body is filled with darkness. Therefore if the light that is in you be darkness then how great is that darkness.” (Matthew 6:22, 23). When we close our eyes and open up the eyes of the heart, in the darkness within we can find the light to focus on the one true voice, the one good thought that takes us away from all presumptions and despairing. We will find it in ourselves to rise up to face the challenges with inner strength and conviction. If you keep your eye focused on the goal not allowing yourself to be dejected by repeated failure then your life is filled with hope and peace. Frustration and hopelessness take us down a wiry path whereas too much confidence is like a slippery slope. Perhaps the trick is to tune in to the inner frequency of the heart and soul and keep hope at close hand and despair at bay. Paul Young sings in his song Wonderland,”For all our worried weaknesses, all will be revealed and for all your troubled sweet nesses your troubles will be healed. I see you in your attitude of sorrow and demand. Close your eyes, close your eyes, oh let me take you back to wonderland.” If we can quite the murmurings of the mind and listen attentively to the intercessions of the soul, we will find that we have been internally manifested with great reserves of courage, hope, compassion and wisdom by the Creator. These are sufficient to live a trusting and contented life that is filled with faith in God and devoid of despair and presumptions.

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  11. With Christmas season just around the corner the air is thick with anticipation for this blessed season. It heralds the arrival of the birth of Christ with the singing of carols through the cold winter nights. The Christmas season begins three weeks before the actual day with the Advent season. On the three Sundays before Christmas one red or green candle is lit on each Sunday and on Christmas day a white candle is lit. This lighting of candles signifies that the birth of Christ brought light into this world and that light dispelled the darkness. As the Bible tells us “In Him was life; and the life was the light of men. “ (John 1: 4) Jesus was that true light. There are several traditions associated with Christmas that are followed across the world. In Northern Europe where the winters are harsh a heavy log called the Yule log is decorated with ribbons and greenery and then set alight to burn for three days at Christmas. In Russia and Israel the orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas on 6th December and not the 25th. Carol singers go outside in the biting cold at nights to sing carols and are graciously offered plum cakes and puddings in Christian homes. In Germany people go to the Night church service on Christmas Eve and exchange presents as they come back home. Opening presents at Christmas is another custom that is eagerly awaited by the young and old alike. Christmas puddings are made with dry fruits and soaked in rum and set alight to be put at the centre of the table with other Christmas goodies. How can one forget Santa Claus who brings gifts for children at Christmas? Parents remind their children to be good through the year so that they may get a present from Father Christmas. Santa Claus is based on St. Nicholas who was the bishop of Mayer in Asia Minor. He was a wealthy man who was generous to the poor and gave them gifts. The legend of Santa Claus started from Netherland where he is called ‘Sinterklaas’. In Christian homes you would sometimes find the mistletoe on doorways at Christmas. It is a round leafy plant that grows on apple trees. It is also symbolic of the crown of thorns that Jesus was made to wear at His crucifixion, the red berries on the mistletoe are symbolic of the drops of blood that oozed out of His head when the crown was thrust down on Him. The Christmas season is celebrated for twelve days till the 6th of January. It ends with the Epiphany which celebrates the showing of the infant Jesus to the three wise men or the three Magi, who came bearing gifts, to pay their respects to Him. In Christian homes across the world the birth of Christ is celebrated at Christmas with fervor, joy and cheer for it is the spirit of Christmas that binds people to be drawn to their friends and families in the trueness of their hearts and spirits. This is a time to forgive one another and join together in thanksgiving and praise for the coming of God upon the earth in the likeness of human flesh. People decorate their homes with tinsel and Christmas trees and bake scrumptious cakes that are devoured with relish all the way till January. People also love to bring over cakes to their friends and neighbors homes. Remember to greet people with a cheery ‘Merry Christmas’ on Christmas morning this year.

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