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Friday, December 23, 2011

Balancing your Karma

Ravindra Kumar, Hindustan Times

A woman was walking towards Empire State Building in New York to jump and end her life. She married five times and each one of husbands deserted her. A friend advised her to consult one Dr. Michael Newton for past life regression and know the cause of these happenings. During the session, she travelled back into her five past lives and came to know that every time she came to earth as a male. Higher souls had advised her against it as she would collect a lot of negative karma.
However, before the present incarnation, she requested higher souls to bring her to earth as a woman and that she should undergo the same sufferings that she had caused to others in her five previous incarnations. Coming out of the session, she wept endlessly, which washed her sin/karma. Later, she married and this time it was successful.

A friend in Tanzania owned big factories and was proud of his wealth. One fine evening, his car met with an accident and he died, leaving behind all factories and his family. My younger brother’s teenage daughter in Delhi hanged herself to death through the ceiling fan because of the failure in her love affair as her parents did not agree with her. Some women commit suicide on the death of their husbands and some industrialists do the same on the failure of their business.

Failures like this occur in life to balance the karma from former incarnation(s) and one is supposed to live the miserable afterlife to learn the lesson. But if one ends one’s life without learning the appropriate lesson, one will have to incarnate again under till the lesson is learnt.

If you see a person shivering with cold in winter, you cannot help him much by giving a blanket or some money as the nature wants him to learn some lessons which can be learnt only that way; the next life then may be trouble-free. Only when all lessons are learnt either by suffering or by sincere repenting, one can turn to spirituality.
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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Life without angularities

VN Chhibber, Hindustan Times

On family values, says the Dalai Lama, “If there is love, there is hope to have real families, real brotherhood, real equanimity, real peace.  If the love within your mind is lost … no matter how much material progress is made, only suffering and confusion will ensue.” Have you ever reacted 

to a situation impulsively and later wondered why you reacted that way?

Decisions have to be taken, but not post-haste, without reason. Without enough awareness of the gap between stimulus and response, there is no real freedom of choice. You are just the product of your conditioned responses. Allowing yourself to react automatically will evoke the old feelings of anger, fear, sadness or jealousy that can only further discord, misunderstanding and regret.

Using the human capacity of self-awareness, imagination, conscience and independent free will, you can exercise this freedom that is even larger than the freedom of your opponents or enemies. You could choose your own response to anything that stood in your way.
Your wisdom will reduce complex situations to simple ones and you will become a genius.  This approach eventually makes you an inspiration to others. Between happening and response, there is a space. In that space is your power to exercise your response wherein lies your growth and uniqueness.

Space always exists between situation and response; you hardly have to strive for it. Your freedom of choice lies in becoming increasingly aware of this gap, using it wisely, making it into your ‘zone of considered and considerate decision’.

If within the in-between space, you take a moment to breathe deeply, decide not to always want to ‘win the argument’ etc., then it will prove that you want a favourable outcome for everyone.

Imagine having the magic power that could freeze time long enough to the most appropriate response, in any given situation.

In time it should become more natural to respond in a way that promotes harmony. The Buddha had stressed that which is most needed is a loving heart.
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Sunday, December 18, 2011

The power in prayer

RP Sharma, Hindustan Times

Prayer is the humblest expression of seeking divine intervention by a believer in the karmic journey otherwise determined purely by the inflexible principles of karmic cause and effect. Prayer is acknowledged in every religion and faith. The karmic journey of life is always fraught with too many uncertainties which do give rise to many insecurities resulting from unexpectedly challenging situations. This often leads to a situation where even the most confident amongst us would feel hopeless and frustrated. The power of prayer works miracles in these situations.
The moment one sits in prayer to invoke the divinity, the spiritual energies of the body and mind get activated. This is not something which happens purely at a psychological level, there are now scientific and medical researches to prove how the power of prayer ignites the release of certain kinds of hormones in the mind which are responsible for arresting the release of hormones that trigger depression and other negative feelings.

There is no particular form and method or even time for prayer. The prayers have to come straight from the heart as naturally as the cry of a child who seeks mother's attention when in distress. Words are not important and even not relevant to an extent. It is not the mental or physical energy which carries the prayers, it is the emotional energy that carries the prayers. All prayers are heard, no doubt about it.

Anybody and everybody can pray. It is not necessary that all prayers would be fully accepted, divine intervention is an exception and not the rule, yet no prayer would ever go completely unrewarded.
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A Guru is a live map

Sadhguru, Hindustan Times

Let us say all that you are seeking is to go to a distant city right now. If you are alone and there are no proper directions, definitely you would have wished, that there was a map to tell you how to get there. On one level, a Guru is just a map, a live map.  If you can read the 

map, you know the way and you can go. A Guru can also be like your bus driver. You sit in the bus and doze off and he will take you to the city you want to go to; but to sit in the bus and doze off, or to sit in the bus joyfully, you need to trust the bus driver.
Every moment, at every curve in the road, if you go on thinking, ‘Will this man kill me? Will this man go off the road? What intention does he have for my life?’ then you will only go mad sitting there. We are talking about trust not because a Guru needs your trust. It is just that if there is no trust you will drive yourself mad. 

Right now, you trust unconsciously. Everyday when you sit in a car and go to work, unknowingly, you trust this vehicle, which is just a bundle of nuts, bolts and pieces of metal, so much. You have placed your life in the hands of this mechanical mess, which is just nuts and bolts, and rubbers and wires. You have placed your life in it, but you trust the bus unconsciously. If the same trust arises consciously, it would do miracles to you.

So if you can draw your own map, if you can drive your own bus, that is wonderful.  But on an uncharted path, if you go without a map, it may take lifetimes to find a certain place. It may take lifetimes to cross. If you go with a map you will cross easily.  If you go with a good bus driver, you will cross very easily.
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The curse of stress

Dinkar Shukla, Hindustan Times

One can say stress is a boon as long as it is in manageable proportion. It delivers results. But if it grows out of proportion, it could lead to serious problems. Prolonged stress shatters the immune system of the body. 
'Jeevan Sadhana - A Noble Art of Living', has articles that 

identify the causes and effects of stress. In substance, they point to haphazard way of living, declining culture of cooperation and camaraderie, cut-throat competition and, most importantly, unbridled ambition. All this add up to aggravate the intensity of stress.
If left unmanaged, stress becomes a source of psycho-somatic maladies. It could lead to diseases of the heart, stomach, skin, respiratory system and even to mental breakdown. The mind could be the first victim. School-going children easily fall prey to stress-related ailments. Stressful urban life too results in the growing incidence of diabetes and other complications.

It also discourses on the way to lead a healthy, vibrant, enlightened, happy and balanced life. At one point, it says that stress is just a messenger, a warning signal or an alarm bell. It cautions us to set things right before it is too late. What is, therefore, called for is to have the right attitude. It also reminds one to direct one's energy towards positive thinking, pursuit of a healthy life-style and meditation on problems that are overpowering.

Unbridled ambition too has been diagnosed as one of the main causes of stress. It is agreed that one must dream and set his sights high so far as life's goals are concerned, but the key word is compatibility. 

The 5th Century philosopher, Democritus, had observed that a wise person limits his ambition according to his ability.  H.W. Longfellow had said that most people would succeed in small things if they are not troubled with great ambitions. In his classic, 'Les Miserables', Victor Hugo had noted that many great deeds were done in the small struggles of life. Similarly, the protagonist in Harold Robbin's novel, 'The Lonely Lady', rues that people don't get frustrated by systems alone but by their dreams as well.
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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Yeh Zindagi Na Mile Dobara

kamal wadhwani

The universal law states that everything in the universe moves vibrates and travels in circular patterns. The same principals of vibration in the physical world apply to our thoughts, feelings, desires and will in our ethereal world. Each sound, thing and even thought has its own vibrational frequency, unique unto itself. 
It is a law of the universe that the sun rises from the east and sets in the west, the moon shines in the night and there are 15 nights with moon and 15 nights without moon – these are unchangeable laws of the universe.
In the same manner, the law of life of a common man is unchangeable. Here, I indicate myself as a common man. And my morning starts without the chirping of birds. My day starts with noise pollution and air pollution of buses and other vehicles. As usual I get up early in the morning and after morning tea I go through the newspaper and find tumult reported from everywhere. After I am free from morning ablutions I go to my office and being a common man I work hard for the two square meals of my family. After facing hardships of work during my office hours I come back home at night. Exhausted and tired, I climb the stairs of my house on the 2nd floor very slowly accompanied by the sound of the cricket commentary from my neighbor’s house entering my ears telling me that India is in a sound position. As I move up the first voice gets diluted and the second one starts. I hear Mr. Amitabh Bachan in Kaun Banega Crorepati and  that very  moment I forget my tiredness and I start dreaming.
Amitabh Bachan - Mr. so and so, “How do you feel sittimg on the hot seat ?”
“Sir, as an ordinary person feels on seeing a God blessed person.” I reply.
Mr.Amitabh - “ok ok. Now it is the 8th question  for Rs. 6,40,000. What is man? And your options are: 1-Animal  2-Human being 3-Soul 4-Brahma.”
I start dreaming within the dream: “ Rs.6,40,000 is a big amount. With one part of this amount I can clear my all debts and rest part of the amount I will keep safe for my daughter’s marriage.”
Mr. Amitabh Bachan breaks my reverie - “What is your answer?”
“Sir, the option is A - An animal.”
Mr. Amitabh- Why an animal?
“Sir, because a man acts like an animal, behaves like an animal and our ideas are so
 polluted that we think like the animals.”
“Lock kar diya jaye?”
“Yes”, I say.
“Yes, this is the right …..”
In the meanwhile my mind gets disturbed by the sound of my father’s cough and I knew it was again the bronchitis attack - my dream breaks and I come out of the fantasy. I rush to my father’s room and pull up his shirt and rub his back softly. My mother stands near by wearing an old sari with one of its part torn.(Anchal) Perhaps, with it she had been protecting me from rough winds in my childhood. She covers her head with this part and through this part of her sari I get a peep into my colorless life.
Suddenly I turn back and I see the smiling face of my wife who tries to add a little bit of color in to my colorless life.
I remember the quotes of Vivekananda - ‘My nature is to love Him. And therefore I love. I do not pray for anything. I do not ask for anything. Let Him place me where ever He likes. I must love Him and for I cannot trade in love”.
So where He has put me, I am pleased with it.

Kamal Wadhwani
20-b pkt-b ph-2
Ashok Vihar
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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Master your mind

Simi Bajaj, Hindustan Times

No one can escape it. Each one of us has been a victim of this vicious whirlpool of feelings leading you to a state of mind full of emptiness called depression. Life is like a roller coaster ride with so many ups and downs. We have to buckle up and face it with a positive spirit. Each

one of us has our own destiny, which is set before our birth. Many times, one gets the feeling of being helpless, when faced with situations that are beyond your control. This is the time when God is testing you; this is where your inner strength guides you to search for the right cure.
Always remember, when God shuts down your favourite window, he opens another door. It all germinates in the mind. Thoughts generate actions, which invoke reactions.

The great philosopher, Montaigne, had observed that "the great and glorious legacy of a human being is to live with purpose."

The secret of ever-lasting happiness is to first accept the fact that happiness is a journey and not a destination. To be happy, first you have to savour the beauty of your life and live every moment, as if it was your last day on earth.

Let go of the burdens of the past and do not worry too much about the future, appreciate the present and live for today.

Mahatma Gandhi had said, "when I admire the wonder of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in worship of the creator..."

God has given us so much. We must bow our heads down with gratitude. Life is not perfect, there is grief and sadness everywhere, but our minds have to accept this fact that setbacks should not crush our souls, but should inspire us to surge ahead in life with clear vision. Humanity is the biggest religion above all. Love and kindness should start at home where tender brains should grasp the importance of being kind. And remember these words of Winston Churchill, "the price of greatness is responsibility over each of your thoughts."
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Be a space changer

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

There are three types of space that exist. One is the external space (Bhut Akash), in which all the elements are there. The second space is inner space (Chit Akash) where thoughts and emotions come. And the third space (Chid Akash) is the space of energy where there is no thought, no emotion but 

you feel energy.

All inventions come from these three types of space. We seldom understand and pay attention to these three spaces. You may have noticed in life that in some places you get jittery and angry. In that space, there are people who have been agitated; when you go there, it affects your behaviour.

And when you’re in good company, you feel lighter, uplifted, and at peace.

There is a beautiful story. There was a small hill in a beautiful garden and whenever the gardener would go on the hill, he would invite everybody walking on the streets saying, “Please come and take flowers and fruits.” When the people would come and he got down from that hill, he would say, “how dare you come here, this is trespassing,” and chase them away.

This pattern kept repeating itself. So the wise people thought they would find out in what space he was in. They decided to dig the mound and found a big golden throne that belonged to a king called Vikramaditya. This king had been a pious, generous king of good character and he had ruled the country sitting on that throne, many years ago. Therefore, the vibrations still existed. So whenever the man went on the hill he got into the generous space and when he came down he became nasty. So the space you are in matters a lot.

Similarly, when you are singing in a group, the space generated is harmonious and serene. But that won’t be the case in a disturbing situation. That doesn’t mean you should avoid people because they are not good company. You have to be strong; and instead of running away from negative influences, you must positively impact any environment.
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God, my dearest!

Ajit Kumar Bishnoi, Hindustan Times

 I would like to share my experience; the kind of benefits I am deriving due to my connection with God. There is so much happiness that it spills over. I feel like a king and I have never been happier. Maybe, this is what you call bliss. Peace engulfs. Worries come and disappear. I wouldn't call myself fearless, but nothing disturbs me for long. I feel satisfied with what I have. As a matter of fact, I feel that I have been provided with more than I deserve. There is so much comfort that I feel satiated. All desires miraculously get fulfilled with time; nothing appears impossible. Yes, my desires are proper, because they are inspired by God. Consciousness is slowly turning spiritual; attraction for material objects is diminishing. Not only in the matter of desires, my dearest friend and master, God, guides me all the time. I have completely surrendered myself to Him, and He never disappoints me, not for long in any case. When I stray or I am likely to make a fool of myself, he warns clearly and unequivocally such that I cannot miss or ignore the warning. I have lost count of the number of times He saved me from embarrassing situations. This has helped in my purification, and my self-respect has gone up. God provides answers to whatever troubles me. The answers come from many sources such as from another person or newspapers. I feel blessed. God has such an assuring presence that I never feel lonely. And my mental control comes from God only. I take oaths to reform myself, and He fulfills them. This has helped me in making a steady progress in my life/spiritual journey. Minor miracles do happen all the time. Nothing surprises me any more. I am always hopeful, and why not with God being my support! Time passes as it has wings. Sleep comes easily. People around me also seem to get help from God. Wouldn't I be sad if they were affected? Thank you God, thanks a million!
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Life a learning process

Lama Lobzang, Hindustan Times

 To celebrate the 2600th year of Sambodhiprapti (enlightenment of the Buddha), over 800 world Buddhist leaders and scholars are having brain-storming sessions in New Delhi from Nov 27 to 30, under the umbrella theme — ‘Collective Wisdom, United Voice’. Organised by Ashoka Mission, New Delhi, the congregation will be known as Global Buddhist Congress. Since India has been the birth place of Buddhism, the congregation is being organised at an international level to highlight the contribution of Buddhism to world peace so that social development take place unhampered in a cordial manner. Representing 32 countries, the delegates aim at finding out newer ways and means to examine the capacity and the resilience of Buddhism to engage itself and be useful in giving a more peaceful and progressive world. Hence, the topics discussed include conflicts and violence, social disparity, environmental degradation, the role of ethics and values, besides seeking novel ways to make Buddhism play a more effective role in evoking the conscience of the people in trouble-hit regions of the planet. Besides all-faith prayer meetings, a ‘dhamma yatra’ will end with the planting of saplings from the sacred Boddhi trees from sacred locations like Bodh Gaya, Sarnath and Sri Lanka. A Buddhist cultural heritage festival (Sambodh) will highlight the richness of the cultural “assets” of various nations and how they can be used as cementing bonds between the countries. Focus will also be on how to locate and preserve priceless Buddhist artifacts and monuments all over the country and elsewhere, where they remain neglected. India, the mother of many cultures, will indeed be richer if we can care for our heritage and love of humanity. That was the message the Buddha had left 2600 years ago. And the message will reverberate over this week as the Buddhist leaders will chant in unison the peace mantra for a more loving and caring planet to live in.
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The divine hand

Ravindra Kumar

 When a woman in New York jumped from the helicopter, she forgot to press the button to open the parachute. She became very nervous and panicky seeing immanent death. Suddenly her astral body came out of her physical body. In these few moments of being out-of-the body, she could visualise the right button, which she pressed just in time and landed safely to her amazement. However, her mission changed completely after this experience with divinity. She took to meditation seriously, achieved success and is now guiding people spiritually in New York. One has heard of many people who have reported near-death-experience while on the operation table. They go to strange places, experience extra faculties like seeing everywhere at the same time, travel with the speed of thought, disappear at one place and reappear at another without traversing the space in between, and so on. One must read books like Life beyond Life by Dr. Raymond Moody, and those by Edgar Cayce and Dr. Michael Newton. Some of them have taken to meditation afterwards through a Guru or otherwise in search of permanent peace and bliss. When asked about death, St. Paul said, “I die daily” (in meditation). Real spiritual search begins only after such a touch of divinity is experienced either accidentally or through the help of a Guru, and not through reading scriptures theoretically. Religionists going to temples, mosques or churches have rarely reported touching such levels of spirituality; they mostly remain theoretical with bookish knowledge. When a man asked Guru Gobind Singh that nothing has happened to him in 50 years of coming to the temple, the Guru replied even 50 lifetimes will not help this way unless he finds a jnani (wise man) who can take him to His own level. On how to find a jnani, He said when the desire is intense, the Guru will appear Himself. Otherwise, he cannot recognise the Guru even if living with Him. Many of us in this way miss the opportunity because of not having the “burning desire” to find the truth. -
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Monday, August 15, 2011

Prisoner of excuses

PP Wangchuk

At times we become prisoners of our excuses and try to look for reasons for not doing what we should be doing. We invent convenient excuses for not taking up a task and keep on postponing it. One way of doing this is to say that the situation is not good and that it would be better to

wait for another day, another time. And thus we lose days and months waiting for the right time for action. In the process, we lose several chances for “achievements” that could have been ours.
Aren’t we told to remember that tomorrow never comes? And even if it comes, things may not be any better, or may be worse. That is why it is said that if you don't do today's work today, you have missed a chance to do a thing that could have made a big difference in your life.

So, wisdom lies in letting things and situations be as they are because they too have reasons for what they are and where they are. You must make the best use of whatever situation you have to deal with. Once you take up your task, there is always a possibility that the situation that you found earlier unfavourable may turn out to be quite good enough to be in your favour.

And you are too happy to carry out the task at hand.

One must remind oneself of what Horace had said, "Seize today, and put as little trust as you can in the morrow." It gives us the message that tomorrow you don't know; and what you are certain about is today. Exploit it and get the best out of it. And if you have tomorrow to deal with, it is a bonus.

Our sages tell us that dedication and devotion can get one whatever one wants. With these two “tools” in life, one can even expect miracles. And what are miracles?

They are nothing but the fruits of hard work and perspiration. Nothing in life ever becomes real until you expect it and work for it wholeheartedly.
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A hero we forgot

CD Verma

On this Independence Day, let me recall two national heroes: Shyam Lal Gupt of north India, and P.Venkayya of South India. Perhaps many people do not know that it was Shyam Lal Gupt who wrote the famous national song ‘Jhanda Ooncha Rahey Hamara…. ‘ Even today this song, emblematic

of national unity, is sung in chorus at the flag hoisting functions. And it was P.Venkayya, a resident of Muslipatnam in the Andhra Pradesh, who designed the National Flag, our Tricolour.
Shyam Lal Gupt, son of Vishvesar Gupt and Kaushalya Gupt, was born in 1893 in village Narwal in Kanpur district of UP. After completing his education, he started a monthly magazine “Sachiv” to give expression to and satisfy his patriotic and literary urges. It was through this magazine that he came in contact with Ganesh shankar Vidyarthi.

At his instance he joined the congress party and joined the Indian National Movement, led by Mahatma Gandhi.

By that time, the Congress had designed and approved the Tricolour as the national flag.

Now was needed a national song which could inspire and stir the minds and souls of millions of people of India. Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi, convinced of Shyam Lal Gupt’s literary acumen, entrusted this job to him. So enthused by the patriotic fervor and flash Shyam Lal was that he took just one night to compose the song. And thus was born the national song.

Vidyarthi handed over the song to Purushotam Dass Tandon, the then Congress president. At the direction of Mahatma Gandhi, this song was sung in chorus at the 1938 Haripur Congress Session.

At this Congress session, Subhash Chander Bose had hoisted the national flag. In 1967, Mrs Indira Gandi, had honoured Shyam Lal Gupt with a ‘tamra patra’ at a function held at the Red Fort. Before 1967, people did not know the creator of the national song.

And after 1967, you and I never cared to ever remember this great hero. Can we be more grateful hereafter?
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A month to redeem

Firoz Bakht Ahmed

The month during which the gates of mercy are wide open, the gates of hell are shut and the devils are chained up is the ninth month in the Hijri calendar — Ramzan — holding special significance for Muslims. This month is the most superior of months in which Allah revealed the Quran. The

sighting of the new moon is a social event in itself. The enthusiasm is such that it is welcomed by bursting of crackers. No matter what religion, fasting from food, water and other things sets a context within which a person tries to establish God’s presence in his soul. He who fasts also knows that he has to keep away from hypocrisy, covetousness, lies, dishonesty, backbiting and evil in all its manifestations.
A fasting person feels very close to other human beings and the rest of the creation as well. He can feel the pangs of agony suffered by a beggar who does not get his food on a daily basis. He is much more forgiving and adjustable and accepting of their co-workers.

He is more liable to overlook others’ frailties, frivolities, whims and petty jealousies. He becomes truly humane.

God’s blessings and mercy are so abundant this month that anybody who truly repents becomes as free of sins at the end of the month as when he was born.

It is a glorious chance offered to us by the Almighty, a chance to cleanse and purify ourselves from the filth of sins and evil.

The Holy Prophet has advised believers: “O people . . . your back is breaking under the heavy load of your sins, so prostrate yourself before Him (in Ramzan) for long intervals, and make it lighter.”

Muslims must make it sure that Ramzan, instead of becoming a season for culinary competition, gluttony and wasteful consumption, becomes a period when the faithful not only show piety and compassion but also use the occasion to send across a strong message of communal harmony with love and brotherhood.

They must remind themselves that there are millions going hungry while they feast during Ramzan.
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Belief in Creator must

Rajesh Krishan

As humans, we have limitations. This is probably why we set boundaries in our lives; and as a result, we have to limit our view on life. Some of us believe that human life is related to religion; while others, especially the younger generation, perceive life from a so-called ‘practical’

angle, and relate the source of life to science.
Both the views are important as they are driven by the same source — belief.

Both the beliefs are meant to make us believe that we understand how the world functions and the role human beings play in it. However, I’m not a strict follower of religion, nor am I an ardent science fan.

I firmly believe that human life in every kind of form is sacred as it’s powered by God.

We are not a creation of religion or technology, but rather a creation of God. So, why then do we perceive people as Sikhs or Muslims, Hindus or Christians, white or black, poor or rich, weak or strong? Why, we, as humans, fail to look beyond our fixed perception of life, and judge people by the standard of our own limited perspective.

I use the word ‘sacred’ for life. That it’s essential to believe that the life of each human being is of infinite significance. It’s the essence of all human beings, and defines our humanity.

I believe that if all beings are regarded by all humans as sacred (not as in religion but as in nature), then there won’t be any oppression or discrimination. But, to believe in this, we need to believe in God.

We need to believe that there exists a divine creator of all that exists, and you can name it God.

It’s important because we cannot achieve human dignity without the supposition of the human as “sacred”, or as a godly creation. And, I believe it’s important (and possible) to recognise the sacredness of human beings without giving it a religious connotation. The idea is to create a direct connection between humans and God.
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Be good to be good

PP Wangchuk

Last Sunday, I read all over again all the interesting SMSes that I had received over the last one year. And lived for some time in a world far removed from the reality of the present. If I was thrilled to read some of them, there were others that reminded me how cruel the world we live in is.

And yet some others reminded me of some great virtues of life, which, if applied in life, could make our existence on this planet much more meaningful and enjoyable.
One of them was this: God asked a young girl, "What is forgiveness?" The girl replied, "It's the wonderful fragrance given to us by a flower when crushed. Or the lasting auspicious colour those mehendi leaves give us when ground to pulp."

It is difficult to be a Gandhi or a Christ and follow them. But it is not impossible. One who understands the nature of life and its ultimate aim can very well see reasons good enough to be a Gandhi or a Christ. And if you deliberate on the pros and cons of forgiveness, you will realise that your victory lies in showing the other cheek.

I am a fan of Robert Browning. He is one who would give you gems of lessons for living a good and purposeful life. Reflect on these words, "It's good to forgive, best to forget." By forgiving someone who has wronged you or harmed you, you rise to the level of gods. That is why Peter von Winter, the great German opera composer, had said, "It is manlike to punish, but godlike to forgive."

The best and the most sublime enjoyments of life can be tasted only after forgiving your 'enemy'. You will realise that you have not done anything good to your 'enemy' but to yourself because, as Winston Churchill said, nothing is more costly, nothing more sterile than vengeance.

One has to be necessarily kind and loving because only kindness gives birth to kindness. Remember this truth that you can't be good until you are good to others!
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The eternal bond

Brahma Kumari Asha

Do we ever stop marveling at the magic of love? They say love is as delicate as a flower that a single touch can bruise it, and yet so strong to withstand all storms. Purity makes love bloom and strengthens it for all time. The festival of Raksha Bandhan (Bond of protection), tomorrow,

speaks of this sacred, loving relationship that nurtures, protects and uplifts.
Although the present era has modernised the festival greatly, its simple and significant meaning exists incognito. A number of legends are connected with tying of the ‘Rakhi’ - symbolising the bond of love and protection, but the most intriguing one is where the devtas (deities) are said to have lost their heavenly kingdom to the asuras (devils).

Before he sets out for war to regain the lost sovereignty, Lord Indra’s (King of the Devtas) wife applies tilak of victory on his forehead and ties him a Rakhi. In due time, the deities gain victory and return to heaven.

Rakhi is undoubtedly the only bondage that truly frees us from all other bondages – all insecurities, fear and sorrow. Having forgotten our true identity of being an infinitesimal point of divine energy – soul, atma, ruha and spirit, we have got entangled in the bondage of ‘body- consciousness’ and the web of the vices (lust, anger, greed, attachment and ego).

God comes at the fag end of Kaliyuga, to awaken and enlighten the inner being, and He teaches us how to regain our lost sovereignty.

When the tilak of ‘soul-consciousness’ is applied, and one ties the sacred thread, i.e. taking the pledge to stay in original nature of peace, love, purity, wisdom and mercy, one’s every thought, word and action becomes elevated and divine. One sees every other being as a child of God and part of my spiritual family.

This unlimited vision of brotherhood breaks all barriers of caste, creed, age, gender, religion, socio-economic status, sanskars (personality traits). One then can live by one’s true self-respect and help others do the same.
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Be always grateful

With the rush and constant chasing of new frontiers of life, there often comes a moment when we fail to acknowledge the beauty and essence of what we already have. There is a cute little story on how we fail to realise our own worth. A magician called upon a person and made a 10-rupee

note disappear from his pocket. The person thought that he would get his money back after the show but that did not happen. By the time the show got over, the man grew impatient and went straight to the magician to enquire about his note.
Seeing the sad, dejected face of the person, the magician returned his note and asked, “Are you happy, now?” “Yes, content and happy,” the man replied.

“Did you notice, you haven’t gained anything more than what you had come here with? The only change occurred is that now you are going out with a cheerful face and not with a long one with which you had entered this place,” the magician enquired. “Yes, I understand, our source of happiness lies within us; we need not look for it anywhere else,” the man exclaimed.

“Yes, it’s not that you were not happy earlier, you were. But earlier just because you did not acknowledge the value of what you already possessed, you had also failed to notice your happiness,” said the magician.

That is it. We always want to have more and more of everything without realising that we already have enough to be happy, but we keep harbouring the false notion that we are just one ‘thing’ away from our happiness. And we get entangled with this thought forever, just replacing our demands every time.

It’s in our interest that from time to time we willfully cut ourselves off from the humdrum of our daily life and stop taking a note of everything that we have or have gained with pain and effort, and thus appreciate a thing for its intrinsic value.
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Break your limitations

There are three ways to approach the spiritual process. One way: Slowly by doing the right things through a few lifetimes, you will get there. Another way: You remain in your present circumstances, keep yourself open and focused and make yourself available to your Guru, and when the last moment

comes, he will take care of it.
Another way is: You want to know life beyond its limitations now. You want to break your limitations and go beyond. Then you should not be concerned about what is happening around you because many things will happen that nobody will approve of. Society, your family too may not approve because they related to you because you were one kind of person. If you become another kind, they will not be able to relate to you anymore.

They cannot live with you unless they have the wisdom and the sense to see you as a great possibility that ‘My partner has gone ahead. It is wonderful to have somebody who is ahead of me.” Once you recognise that somebody is way ahead of you, that relationship cannot be husband and wife, or mother and son; it will become something else.

So, the other two options are better for a lot of people, that you do the right things, be available to your Guru, and when the last moment comes, he will take care of it. Or you are not even willing to be available but you do a few little things; practise some kind of nourishment for yourself so that somewhere in the future, something will happen. I do not wish that for anyone. Either you must break your limitations now or at least in the moment of death it must happen.

Between you and the ultimate, there is nothing else but yourself – just your own mental structure. If you have to break that, we have to do something in reverse. This is a simple thing you can do: team up with somebody that you do not like. Spend time with that person, very lovingly, joyfully. A lot of things will break.
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love from soul and sacrifice

Story starts from year 1990 far away in the black clouds of violence and choas a family living with the fear but fear not stilled
in their soul anyway four people were present in the family a responsible and caring soft hearted son of his mother and father
his father was expired some years ago . his wife was golden soul and their child was born that year not affected by fear choas
or any other negativity there were two more members a mother and his younger son wandering like hopeless mates not willing to dare
and sacrifice in the first half mother father son and rest of the two members in the family broke down when the ghosts of violence
and blood reached closer to their home but it was unable to reach their soul of courage and feeling of sacrifice. family was sitting
under the roof of truck keeping peace and calm the baby was in arms of her mother she was confident about him as well as his father
when they reached delhi they had no home facing reality they were filled with hope and love of each other and were dedicated to god
soulfully.the moral of the story describes the patience trust and honesty and love for the family in the times when we are trapped
by the diificulties no matter we are saved clearly by owns selfless and soulfull love and care.
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soul of ants

There is no one like god to care for us god has created humanity and so plants trees grass leaves and animals due to high headedness and in the deep mud of ego we put the foot of devil
over them we learn about good from god and elders they are not simply the only words there is one heart touching story of ants ants are small because the made by the god god
thinks about every souls protection and theirs also due to our arrogance we always crush them by our devil foot why the enemy arrogance does the sinful thing ants are sharing
and caring in nature and are united for every moment be it sorrow or happiness they bite us when we do wrong or disturb them one day ants were going to their home they saw sugar
crystals the selfless of the noble soul goes along with other ants and holding each crystal carefully and walked towards home . Ants have small body but noble and soulful in
quality good nature comes from quality of soul like ants we are so selfishly blind in nature not known to their qualities at all just running in blind race of materilstic poison
we cannot become ants we surely become noble kind soul like them. God bleess everyone noble soul human beings plants grass and leaves we all are his dear children soul of humanity
is dear to him and become blessed like noble ants
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Monday, August 1, 2011

Total surrender

Rajendra Bist,

It would not be an exaggeration to say that almost half of our lives are spent in trying to understand what life really means and what should be the best means to charter it in the right direction. It is not possible to say a final word on the subject, given the mysteries and complexities

of life.
I am reminded of an Urdu couplet 'Umre Daraz Maang ker layae they char din , do arzoo mein beet gayey do intzar mein'.

These were the words of the last Emperor of Hindustan, Bahadur Shah Zafar, meaning, "God gave us four days ; two days were spent in nurturing great expectations and the rest two in waiting for their fulfillment."

Despite the craving for material gains and all that, we do realise that there is an eternal truth about life that it cannot be led to our complete satisfaction. That is why we find people crowding places where religious discourses are being delivered. I happened to come in close touch with a senior army officer whom I met in a temple. I was greatly moved by his ideas and simplicity. He always advised me to leave everything to God — total surrender. Every morning, he would stop for a few minutes and tell me something which I find difficult to forget. He used to often discuss epics like the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. We used to debate on many points like the genesis of 'total surrender'. It owes its genesis to Bhagwad Gita. Lord Krishna told Arjuna not to be disturbed by the big question about God's existence but leave everything to Him (as Lord Krishna was Narayana himself) .

Things do not go the way you want to. You have to learn to reconcile to the situation you are in. Greta Garbo went to the extent of saying, "there seems a law that governs all over action so I never make plans." However, this does not mean renunciation of action. We have to play our role in the best manner we can, and leave the rest to Him.
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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Hope of humanity by love

Gautam Gigoo

Once upon a time there was living a family of four members happiness sorrow kindness humbleness they live in us their home was soul with no doors windows or verandah there was
thier mother hope four of them were sweet and pure like their mother . sometimes one was left alone other one was there to support they used to teach humanity and love learned

from mother hope i am also human being rotten because of outer dust surrounded by inner pearl of soul of hope my mother i have learned from her humanity love care not words they
are precious then life or home moral is these four members bond with us to support soul in humans and blessed by god calling sorrow also with them. love is supported by humanity
caring and trust between souls. each one would know and hold at every stage. HOPE is sweeter then the any sweet for filling emptyness in soul caring and sharing are cousins of
them just like flower loves even the sorrow of dryness and shining of blossom the same is with soul soul is kind mother of body saving from every thorns made due to the sometimes
egoistic self centered mind soul is saver and hope of humanity saves from trouble and makes us one by pure love a human being is not known by the postion but character of the nature
the four friends remind us from the first day of life to serve with them trust them but we trust strangers and become danger hmm so hope of humanity is connected with love where
caring sharing helping are also family members god bless humanity always and save for love so that there is no difference between human it is not we are one by soul
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Aparna soul of mother

Gautam Gigoo

This story of immortal innocence of love starts from village in kolkatta there lived young aged girl her name was aparna she was teacher she used to teach children both in morning
evening class there was no age bar aparna was not a teacher she was mother to her children

actually children coming to her home for study were orphan but aparna with her pure
innocent soul of mother love them take care of them they started living with aparna she loved them so much without thinking who were they or what she was innocent and clear from
soul noone was crying or shouting in front of her children respected her they were always saying to her she is their mother aparna used to smile with tears of happiness .
Aparna had also lost her mother one week ago she was old and seriously ill and her father died when she was child she was not broken she started to teach children in the village
the children are orphan no one was willing to see them the humanity was gone when they met aparna they were all happy from within aparna and children were living in her home

sharing food not in plate aparna affectiontely put every single piece of food with love and care to children they eat with aparnas hand and aparna eats with children sweet hands
children aand aparna are not strangers they are connected through god grace god sent aparna to be mother of the children and all were living in the family this story tells only
one thing love and affection is not categorised if anything changes every mother takes care of her child even if he is not her son mamata is the answer in the story thank you aparna
aparna forget all the things even her own problems those children sweet innocent smile and their fingers relieved her they lived happily forever with feeling of aparnas mamta care and
their smile. APARNA was sweet soul hearted living with her children loving them she knew that she is their mother and children her soul they were all dear to her more then anything
THEY were blessed with soul of aparna her tears had become sweet water and she used to give that sacred watr to children and herself they all become one soul of love
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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Daily ways to nirvana

Shalini Rai

There may be no easy route to success. Yet, everyday life offers us a hundred different chances to attain a higher level of consciousness. At home, in office and elsewhere, there are plenty of opportunities to empathise, forgive and evolve. Take those who are rude or mean or nasty

towards you. There are two choices facing a person who has to deal with malice, jealousy and bickering, daily. You can either respond in the same manner as your antagonist does, or take the opportunity to rise above him.
"You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger," said the Buddha.

The Buddhist Abhidharma texts classify jealousy as part of hostility. They define it as "a disturbing emotion that focuses on other peoples' accomplishments and is the inability to bear their accomplishments."

It's a fact of life that those who harass others are quite miserable themselves. They are blinded by rage, jealousy and resentment and knowingly walk into the abyss of self-destruction.

Buddhist monk Mittavinda harassed another 'perfect' monk and had to repent for 1000 lifetimes, thereby acquiring 'The Curse of Mittavinda'. The Jataka Tales narrate how this monk, once happy with his simple village life, did not realise how lucky he was and let jealousy consume him, literally.

When Christ said, "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do," he meant that the cross of forgiveness and magnanimity had to be carried by the humbler, more evolved person. He meant that although the easy way out was to react, the humane approach was to rein in your response.

For, in the end, the wheels of life come a full circle and teach us all the lessons that we need to learn, in this life and in the next. These immortal lines from Magna est veritas put it well: "For want of me, the world's course will not fail; When all its work is done, the lie shall rot; The truth is great and shall prevail, when none cares whether it prevails or not."
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Wednesday, July 27, 2011


Gautam Gigoo

flower also known blossoming flow in which leaves plants make family under kind sun making their food known photosynthesis when autumn comes leaves start falling down either they
take break and say to their branches we just coming in a moment and caring tree also agrees after taking a walk on ground or roaming with the air coming from sweet sound of rain
or cloudy season maiking clouds fill with hope flower is flowing and filling of hopes and humility for mother nature thanking her to take care of us we are children of her i travel
and seeing green plants standing towards direction of sun thanking him for supporting and to guide at every path of moment.
A human being is also a flower blossoming in every season even after home of autumn season autumn is grandma of every sweet flower coming to see her child and his soulmatesleaves
flower tells the story how he fills up with blossom in dawn of season he sees thanks to friend who stoods still and calm promised by mother nature and flows like sweet river of
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life of lotus

Gautam Gigoo

lotus flower [kamal] is blossoming in the soul of mother earth we are not different we are also children of our mother but one quality lotus have is the loving nature to blossom
humanity exists because of love plants and flowers they are our family but we fool minded beings think living in a big house having things acually we are surrounded by objects
not feelings we have emotions but do not know it then why we call our family poor they are poor living on the footpath my feeling is one for everybody we have to become lotus
no plastic flower phool hamesha khilkhilate hain weh muskurate hain humanity also exists by lotus because we are having kindness and faith through lotus flowers make you selfless
and honest and encourages you blossom in light of sorrow thank you lotus god bless you you made us understand humanity and to be faithful to our mother just like you are sweet
and kind and loved by mother filling us with hope of love with care thank you lotus dear making us realize to forget and leaving ego and selfish thoughts and raising towrads humanity
and connected to divine soul through humbleness and seeing the inner self with happiness and taking care thank you lotus it gives one clear message be a lotus thinking about
selfless and caring nature faithful to mother
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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

A father’s pain

PP Wangchuk

When we are in deep suffering and pain, we either try to seek refuge in God or question his authority and morality. At times, one may do both simultaneously. Nothing wrong with that. As frail and ignorant human beings, we all fall prey to such ways of life in order to seek a way out of troubling

situations that we are thrown into for, apparently, no fault of ours.
I was prompted to write this after reading columnist Arun Shourie's book, 'Does He Know a Mother's Heart? : How Suffering Refutes Religions'. Shourie, who has a spastic son, Adit, 35, has seen, felt and lived with suffering all his life very stoically, but with doubts and a thousand questions unanswered in his mind. The book that he has written is an account of his mental pain, anguish and helplessness parents have to endure for God's ways of indiscretion. At times when he feels how helpless he is, he questions the very morality of God.

If Shourie has gone through a life of agony and torture, experience has also taught him how to lessen and carry on with piercing pain. He finds salvation in the potentiality of the untapped mind. Meditation, he feels, can trigger a kind of mechanism that can give you the required peace of mind and awareness to deal with the problems in life. But he is at the same time one who has strong belief in the power of action. Action, he believes, is a greater anti-dot and a pain killer. One must work on things that can minimise one's pain and help those who are suffering or those who are trying to lessen others' pain.

Shourie dismisses using props like God and godmen. One may or may not take such an attitude but it is true that nothing works like 'action'. A 'doer' can overtake a 'sayer' a hundred times. Action is life and inaction is death. Convince yourself that inaction is the greatest sin. And it compounds into a life of misery.
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Monday, July 25, 2011

How to look at life

Manisha Gupta

During a recent tour of Europe, our guide narrated an interesting episode. On one of his tour groups to the Eiffel Tower, he took the group up to level 3 of the tower. The student group was awe-struck by the mesmerizing view of the entire city of Paris below them. But one young girl was worried

and sad. She questioned the guide, “But I came to Paris to see the Eiffel Tower. Where is the Tower?”
He was amused at her ignorance and replied, “But you are standing on the Eiffel Tower at level 3”. The girl, still worried and hassled looked at him in dismay with her large questioning eyes, “But I can’t see the Tower?”

As the guide finished telling us his story, it set me thinking. Isn’t it so true! When you are standing inside the Eiffel Tower, obviously you don’t see the Tower. You can see it only when you are removed from it and at a distance from it. Simple, yet so complex! And that’s precisely what happens in your life. You don’t see the potential, the qualities, and the positives in yourself simply because you are inside yourself.

Therefore, to know your full potential, you need to step out of yourself and stand away to actually see what beauty, what quality lies within you. To appreciate anything, you need to observe it from far. Same the case with God! Since He is deep within you, you never see Him. To know either yourself or God, you need to step out of yourself and see yourself as another, from a distance.

One must use this concept to not only take good photographs of huge, famous attractions such as the Eiffel Tower but also to get a real, proper understanding of people who matter to you and also to take a good look at life itself.

The ‘Tower of Life’ is the biggest tourist attraction for the most important tourist in the world — man!
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