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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

STORY OF FLOWER

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
blue saying to friend pebbles settled in her heart. AIR SUN WATER AND MOON CHILDREN OF MOTHER NATURE TAKE CARE OF FLOWER AND LEAVES IN THEIR FAMILY.
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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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hope of rain

Gautam Gigoo

children the bossomed flowers in a special state of mind playing with mud on a sea shore .There a house built on the base of hope and trust the grandmother having on two children
believing to be making house built of mud. There is no mud shining fragrance of rain. Rain mixed with air and mud completes the hope of children in their innocent hope of nature.
The children are small as compared to any young fellow working in office or selling food. They are not clever like a fox to shape up like a lion. They build up again it without any noise of arrogant thinking or standing towards one
own loss of breaking house. They build hope of rain out of breaking,crying in peace stoodand rain water enlightens their hope and shines the dawn of nature of children with
grandmother seeing the coming of rain
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faraz[responsibilty]

Gautam Gigoo


In a small town of kolkatta there was a small house not small house made oflove trust and care a girl living named asha with her parents and younger brother named roy her father
was working in a mill factory for last 45 years and so on but he was not able to see from his eyes there was one speaciality in him he never cared about the problem nor he worried
and he also make sure to family not to take it seriously as it is not a problem but he has done good work without help of eyes what is the need of eyes. now he is to retire in
two three days asha came to her mother mother said with care to her now you have grown up take the responsibility your father is retiring from work now you will handle the responsibilty
next day along with the dawn of sun asha woke up and came downstairs to see her parents face it was not a ritual but her good culture and respect towards them. the day has come
she is going to mill factory before going her father told her asha beta i have seen the realities of life and i cannot see but undersatnd the feelings and responsibilty in you. you will do work with kind nature and
good mind and soul.
asha takes blessings of her parents her brother roy is in another room waiting for her sister to come and hug him because he is going to school there is story competition asha comes in his room blesses him amd kisses
on his forehead. when she reaches out towards work after reaching to mill factory she goes to head officer who will guide to her work in 10 minutes aftersorting out some of his work. . she is uderstanding about work
telephone rings up there is telephone kept in head officers room she goes inside room pickes up the phone there is worried and tearful sound of her mother she informes asha about her father her father is ill suddenly
and his eyes are going red and about to close down after hearing this asha got worried and tears wrew about to come but she controlled them she told head officer about the condition
and asked to leave immediately she left and rushe dtowards home when she arrived her mother was crying father was sitting with eyes which wre not blind but there was hope of the
responsibility asha was close to her father knew it closely before any information of sigh or sorrow.
she put her both hands on her fathers face he was relieved before cure mother was also relieved and she took her father to doctor for chekup when they reached there was a long
line of people there were 10 benches on each of them sitting or waiting asha and her father was sitting on the last bench when the turn came both entered into doctors room
with no sigh but relief in mind of the cure of love by asha to her father. by the worldsake they were in clinic and doctor takingout sthoscope and there was miracle asha s father eyes were in the light it was asha s pure hearted love for her father that cured him her immense feeling for him
she knew her faraz[responsibility] love is name of responsibility care and feelings that existed fully in asha s soul
after coming to home her mother was joyed to see asha s father can see she hugged him withsoul and kissed on his forehead and her daughter. with love you can fulfill each
responsibilty and can cure the soul faraz is nature of child when born knowing responsibilty either whatever be the conditions
this point goes to asha for fulfilling her fathers responsiblity beacuse she knew he was unable to see but knowing every sense
ashas brother roy studying in school in 10 th class was not surprised he was knowing that didi cared everyone with selfless love
and care even when her mother and brother knew what was situation her father who was not the victim and he cared for his family
after the condition from which he is going the moral no problem can stand in front of love it is name of faraz flowing in ashas soul selflessly and pourly
now they live happily the medicines given by doctor have filled up the deficiency but it is cured by ashas love care from soul and
tears also connected her
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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Spiritual tips

AK Bhargava

It is quite difficult to find out how much one has progressed on the path of spirituality. Looks are deceptive. Some claim to have realised God but in reality they are as much involved in worldly affairs as any other.
To know where they stand, one does not have to do any religious


discussions.
A few habits can bring out in the open as to where they stand.

One sure way is to watch a man and see how he reacts to any mini crisis.

Stephan Convey says life is made up of 10% incidences and 90% about how you decide to react to it. Although we have no control over what happens to us next but we have control over how to react to it.

You have no control over the red light but you can control your car to avoid unpleasant situation.

Take a hypothetical case of your having a quick breakfast in the morning. Your daughter accidentally knocks over the coffee on your suit over which you or she has no control.

You scold her and she starts crying. You then criticise your wife for placing the cup so near the edge and pick up a verbal dual. You storm up to change your suit. Meanwhile, your daughter is still crying and not yet ready for school. She misses the bus. You rush to drop her to school.

Since you are late, you drive fast and get a ticket. You reach office late to discover that you have forgotten your briefcase.

Who caused all this mess? No one else but yourself!

You could have reacted this way. You could tell your daughter, "It's okay, be careful in future, finish your breakfast while I go and change and see you off in the bus". You pick up your bag and reach office in time in a good mood for the day's work.

Spirituality reflects in your small acts of helping others and remaining calm in crisis. The Gita gives so many nice tips that you could adopt and live in peace.


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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

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Monday, July 18, 2011

Brave new world

PP Wangchuk

The Dalai Lama says,"If I were a doctor, I would write in all my prescriptions to patients: Be altruistic and you will get better." The quality of being altruistic should be every human being's top priority on the list of things to be done on any given day. It is this quality — thinking


of others before self — that makes one a true human being. Otherwise, any kind of wealth you amass is of no use because you are poorer within by as much.
When you have concern for others, you develop leadership qualities because of which you become fearless and courageous. But when you confine yourself to the ‘I', you shrink and your world too shrinks to a dark and fearsome dungeon. You will start feeling insecure and the world outside for you will be foreign and you may take it as dangerous. You will see nothing positive around. You will consider even those who come to help you as your potential enemies. You see danger at every step you take and an enemy in every person you meet. This kind of daily 'happening' can make your life miserable as you will feel insecure even in the most secure place of your home.

But altruism opens up a brave new world. It makes you not only courageous but also kind and helpful. It makes you feel that your power and strength lies in making others feel good and ‘powered'. The world is as good as you are, as it reacts the way you do.

As a result, you feel good and on top of the world. You find no excuse not to be at the service of humanity. On the other hand, one who takes recourse to excuses, I would like to give this reminder from Alexander Pope," An excuse is worse and more terrible than a lie; for an excuse is a lie guarded." And, as Roman philosopher Cicero says, the greatest theatre for virtue is conscience." Virtue and conscience are the tools for altruism.



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Friday, July 15, 2011

The Guru’s day

Sadhguru,

The day of Guru Poornima has been revered by every spiritual tradition in the East. The yogic tradition, the Hindus, the Buddhists and the Jains have held this as a valuable day. The word ‘Guru’ in Sanskrit can be translated as ‘dispeller of darkness,’ and Poornima means the full moon day. This


day is dedicated to the Guru and is celebrated to honour the ancient lineage of enlightened beings that graced the world with their presence, imparting the knowledge of the Self to those seeking inner transformation.
On this day, over 15,000 years ago, Shiva — the Aadhi yogi or first yogi — transformed himself into the Aadhi Guru or first Guru, and began the transmission of yogic science — a conscious way of evolving human consciousness. This first transmission of yoga happened on the banks of Lake Kantisarovar, in the upper parts of the Himalaya, a few miles beyond Kedarnath. Shiva had found his first seven disciples who are today celebrated in this country as the Saptarishis, and he expounded the whole mechanics of life making — how this life is made — knowing life from its origin to its ultimate. From there, the whole system of yoga evolved.

Guru Poornima is also the first Poornima after the Sun’s run with relation to this planet shifts from the northern run to the southern run, which in this tradition is known as Uttarayana and Dakshinayana. The southern run is the phase of intimacy or the feminine; the earth is acting out her role as a woman. It is from the day of Guru Poornima that all the festivals related with the feminine begin in India. The whole culture of this land is attuned to this. Every month there is some festival and especially those festivals that are concerned with the feminine energy are celebrated only in these six months.

These two aspects of the sun’s run in relation to the planet have a significant impact on how the human system functions — the next six months are the time of receptivity. Shiva chose to teach in this season because this is the time when all beings get more receptive.


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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Four steps to freedom

VN Chhibber

Do you have a free soul? Who are free beings? Bhagvad Gita says: “Free from expectations and free from all sense of possession, with mind and body firmly controlled by the self, they do not incur sin by the performance of physical action.” Besides global warning, another warming —


of greed, desires and passions — is affecting the soul within and the environment without. Why does the soul need an environment? As salubrious environment is needed for our well-being, so it is with the soul. There are four elements of environment necessary to keep the soul healthy and fresh: friendship with Him, with Nature, silence, and assembly prayer.
Friendship with and love for Him is essential. You need a good friend to see you through thick and thin. Imagine His generosity. Nature with its abundance – rivers, mountains and valleys, green flora, and fauna is aesthetically invigorating; it generates energy that brings calmness and detachment from gross physical. At this stage, one has to choose either worldly life of ever-amassing wealth, or spiritual way of life that leads to goodness, stability and peace.

Nature: The miracle of clouds changing saline sea water into pure water reveals the secrets of the cycle of nature. With admiration comes love. This is the start of bonding with nature when every tree, every flower, every river, mountain and valley seem sacred.

The current restlessness is due to the absence of silence in the inner and outer environment. There is yearning for activity both outside and inside the mind. In such a hectic lifestyle, the soul feels suffocated and clamours for stillness, for silence.

Satsang means following those on the path of spirituality. It means being in guru’s presence along with other devotees and sharing knowledge of scared literature. It means group kirtan, prayer or meditation. It purifies and generates universal love energy.

These four pillars set the stage to remove karmas that cover the soul. To enjoy a life of peace and harmony, we need a balanced physical environment and also a rejuvenating spiritual surrounding.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The flame of life

MN Kundu

Waves of the sea arise from the sea and dissolve into the sea. Similar is the case of birth and death. There is neither birth nor death but a mere flow of phenomena in which we observe birth and death through self-consciousness or ego. According to the Vedanta, there is neither creation


nor annihilation but constant transformation and manifestation amid cosmic delusion. When the Absolute is observed through the delusive time, space and causation, the creation is manifested. Nothing is created or destroyed.
When the observer self, the observed reality and the act of observation are merged into oneness, we go beyond eternalism and nihilism.

When the flame is extinguished, it is not annihilated; it only awaits further appearance under appropriate conditions. Not exactly the same flame, as nothing remains the same in two consecutive moments.

Birth cannot mean creation out of nothing; death cannot mean dissolution into nothingness.

Everything is in a continuous process of transformation and hence transitory.

Although, in the ultimate sense, we are neither born nor will die; in the relative sense our self-consciousness is the nucleus around which the physical and mental formations assemble for the time being with a name and a form.

Neuroscience holds that this consciousness is not a product of the chemical and electrical functions of the brain. It has rather an extra cerebral abode. Extensive research on the near-death experiences also proved that this consciousness continues perfectly well even when the biological brain ceases to function.

Our body-mind complex functions like a television set which does not produce the channels but only manifests the same under appropriate conditions. Similarly, our consciousness is manifested or operated through the body-mind mechanism.

Any concept of birth, death or reincarnation centres on the continuity of consciousness. Actually, we continue with separate sense of existence in consciousness alone. Innumerable cells of the body die and are born every moment.

Likewise, we are reborn again and again with fresh inspiration and renewed aspiration towards enlightenment.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Nature as driver

Ravindra Kumar

There are three modes of nature—satva, rajas and tamas. When a man is under the mode of satva, he acts righteously, philosophically or spiritually. His actions are non-materialistic. Under the mode of rajas, he acts practically in the material world to earn a living or acts in a result oriented


way.
Under the mode of tamas, he feels lethargic and does not like to do anything. Thus, it is the mode of nature which is responsible for the behavior or action of a person and not the person himself or herself.

There is another factor called prarabdha which carries the result of past actions stored in one’s causal body, according to which one suddenly acquires material benefits like financial abundance or satisfactory personal relations, which make one happy.

On the other side, prarabdha may be negative and may suddenly produce unhappy results like burning of a factory or a woman becoming widow. In either case, there is no way to explain the reason of such a happening.

A person in fact plays in the hands of nature under the influence of these two factors—modes of nature and prarabdha. This is what saint Kabir hinted at when he said, “do patan ke beech sabut bacha na koy,” that is, no one is saved between the two stones rubbing against each other.

With the understanding that one is not the doer (as modes make one do things) and performing selfless actions (acting without expectation of results), one develops “equanimity”—the art of remaining normal under dualities like pleasure and pain, gain or loss, and honor or dishonor.

With regular practice, one surpasses the modes of nature, and conquers enemies like anger, lust, attachment, greed and ego. With such qualities, one is called a saint or yogi who gets entry into the ‘kingdom of God.’

One can achieve these results by self-practice, chanting of mantras (advised in all religions) or more directly with the help of a guide or Guru, who has achieved oneness with God.


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Monday, July 11, 2011

Align thought and deed

Pradip Kumar Nath

A value is a value for me only when I see the value of the value as valuable to me. This is how Swami Dayanand of Arsha Vidya Gurukulum, Coimbatore, defines value. Many among us may find it difficult to follow values such as truthfulness, non-injury, honesty in our lives because we have


not perceived the subtle gains that come to us by following these values. Or, maybe, we are too careless to realise the importance of values in life.
Chapter 13 of the Bhagwat Gita elaborates the 20 values that Lord Krishna teaches Arjuna. These values are fundamentally necessary for a seeker to prepare the mind for the knowledge of the Self. One of these values is “Arjavam” which means straightness.

Used as a value “Arjavam” or straightness is like the English word rectitude (from the Latin word Rects, Straight) which means conducting oneself in accordance with one’s ethical standard.

“Arjavam” means an alignment of thought, word and deed. What is non-alignment of thought, word and act? When I think one thing and say another, or when I say one thing and do another, that constitutes non-alignment on my part. The avoidance of this gap, that is division between word and action, word and thought and action and thought, is “Arjavam”.

Of course, no need to ask if there is any importance of alignment of thought, word and deed?

The answer is an affirmative yes. With non-alignment, I would be disintegrated. I would be no longer a complete person. If there is a gulf between me and the thinker, the speaker or the actor, the result will be a restless mind. It will be troubled by guilt and conflicts.

This kind of mind is not quite a receptive instrument ready for learning anything. For such a mind, self knowledge is a far cry. The mind needs to be together, not a split one in order to prepare itself for the teaching of Vedanta. Therefore, “Arjavam”, the alignment of thought, word and deed is included as one of the values of Jnanam (Self knowledge).

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The trial of life

PP Wangchuk

Each morning puts a man on trial and each evening passes judgement — Roy L Smith. How true! How many of us are consciously aware of this 'test' of life? For those who are not aware of this truth, there is nothing but problems galore. A whole life goes waste without even knowing that it is


gone!
As day breaks, one is exposed to the realities of life. If one faces them and overcomes them by meticulous plan and hard work, one sees a day gone beautifully and rewardingly. On the other hand, if one takes it casually and lets the day go 'unnoticed', the 'evening judgment' can't be in one's favour. And this has its own chain reaction. One problem unsolved today leads to more problems tomorrow. It is like, as they say, woe begets woe. And then, don't we say that nothing succeeds like success.

We try to avoid the present moment (today) because we take the excuse that the situation around is not congenial and that we need a day that suits our perception of a suitable situation. Mind you, that day may never come; and when one realises this, it may be too late.

Success makes one realise the importance of the 'present' and no matter what the 'situation' is, one plunges into action. He tells himself, "let it be what it is around and let people be as they are. If they don't change, I will change."

Plan and execute your work with dedication and whole-heartedness. When you come across obstacles, don't get disheartened. Miracles happen in such cases and you will start wondering how you could do it as it seemed at one time an impossible task. It is all faith and dedication that has done the wonder.

Of course, you have to love your work. That will give you confidence and the will to surmount all the difficulties. In fact, as in love, loving your work will make most of the difficulties disappear. Similarly, one has to love life. That will enable you to see the brighter aspects of everything around you.


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Sunday, July 10, 2011

india Fearless mantra

Amritbir Kaur

We constantly live in fear. Sometimes we fear failure but at times we are even secretly afraid of success. The old English proverb, ‘Do your best and leave the rest …’, tells us not to be obsessed or be over expectant about results. Life begins with the fear of sharing toys with siblings


and others. Then comes the stage of being terrified at the very thought of going to school, the bullies in the school etc. And, who can forget the fear of examinations!
There is the stage of ‘storm and stress’ (as Stanley Hall calls it) – the age of adolescence: a complete package of all sorts of fears, apprehensions, doubts and endless worries. Then life brings you at crossroads and you have all the apprehensions about joining another institution for higher institution.

A shift from school to college or university is seen as a big shift in life. Once education is over, fears encircling us are those related to getting a decent job.

This vicious cycle of fears goes on endlessly. The fear of losing someone or not having someone you want, the fear of being beaten or the fear of accepting victory with the expected grace, fear of leading a good life or the fear of death, fear of telling lies or the fear of speaking the truth, the fear of not being able to see the new horizons or the fear of venturing out in search of those new horizons. This is how life goes on. We live in fear and die with it.

And then the most important, offer to the Almighty the prayer ‘make me thine’. These three magic words can work wonders. When we are ‘owned’ by that Supreme Power, we leave it to Him to fulfill our tasks.

It is after this submission to Him that we gain confidence. It is only then that we can confidently second William McKinley’s thought, “Our earnest prayer is that God will graciously vouchsafe prosperity, happiness and peace to all…”

And all will be well with you and the world.

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Friday, July 8, 2011

Attitudinal change

Divya Kapoor

I have been a very negative person most of my life. Whenever something wrong happened with me, I always blamed God. I believed my stars were not in their appropriate position. My faith in stones and astrology increased day by day. In other words, I became a slave to my uncontrolled mind.


I fondly recall the day which has proved to be a transforming experience in my life. I was at an airport and my flight was delayed, giving me time to visit the bookshop. I chanced upon a book titled “You can Heal Your Llife”. The book changed my thinking altogether.

The essence of the book was that it led the reader to understand that when one thought negatively, one didn’t achieve anything. I took a decision to give positivity a chance.

I consciously changed my thinking patterns and learnt a golden key to developing wisdom in life, “The mind is your best friend if you can control it and worst enemy if you are under the control of your mind”. I changed my psychology and inwardly started consoling myself that I will have the best as I deserve the best in life.

I told myself that I wasn’t aware of the span of my life. And, either I could live in complaint mode or I could live in the enjoyment mode. The choice was mine. I made it a practice in my daily routine to remind myself that I was God’s child and deserved being in a natural state of happiness. Furthermore, when the sun rises every morning, it rises for everyone. You have to take this oath everyday that “The seeds of success are in abundance in the universe and I will definitely produce results if I am patient, optimistic and hardworking.”

I believe there is a thin line of difference between people but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude .When we put together faith, hope and love, we can develop positivity in a negative world.


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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Spiritual tips

AK Bhargava

It is quite difficult to find out how much one has progressed on the path of spirituality. Looks are deceptive. Some claim to have realised God but in reality they are as much involved in worldly affairs as any other. To know where they stand, one does not have to do any religious discussions. A


few habits can bring out in the open as to where they stand.
One sure way is to watch a man and see how he reacts to any mini crisis. Stephan Convey says life is made up of 10 per cent incidences and 90 per cent about how you decide to react to it. Although we have no control over what happens to us next but we have control over how to react to it. You have no control over the red light but you can control your car to avoid unpleasant situation.

Take a hypothetical case of your having a quick breakfast in the morning. Your daughter accidently knocks over the coffee on your suit over which you or she has no control. You scold her and she starts crying. You then criticise your wife for placing the cup so near the edge and pick up a verbal dual. You storm up to change your suit. Meanwhile, your daughter is still crying and not yet ready for school. She misses the bus. You rush to drop her to school. Since you are late, you drive fast and get a ticket. You reach office late to discover that you have forgotten your briefcase. Who caused all this mess? No one else but yourself!

You could have reacted this way. You could tell your daughter, “It’s okay, be careful in future, finish your breakfast while I go and change and see you off in the bus”. You pick up your bag and reach office in time in a good mood for the day’s work. Spirituality reflects in your small acts of helping others and remaining calm in crisis. The Gita gives so many nice tips that you could adopt and live in peace.


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Monday, July 4, 2011

The sixth sense

Sadhguru

Whatever experience you have through the five sense perceptions is sufficient experience only for survival in this existence. If you are seeking something beyond survival, then the sense perceptions are not enough. You have never experienced any power beyond yourself except nature. You


are not blowing the wind. The wind blows with tremendous power but you did not start this wind. And you did not create yourself; you just happen to be here. Without that energy or that something which is beyond you, nothing can happen. Something must have created you.
Now that you do not know what created you, the next immediate thing you will say is that God must have done it. Now where has God come from? Since you are a human being, you think that God is a big human being. So whatever your idea of God is, it is simply coming from the limited experience of who you are. It is only in your mind. The only thing that you can really experience is that which is within you. But you have never really looked at that which is within you.

Whatever you have known, either of the world or yourself, has come to you only by seeing, hearing, smelling, touching and tasting. If these five senses go to sleep, you will neither know the world nor yourself. The sense organs are limited perceptions. They feel everything only in comparison to something else. If I touch a steel rod, it feels cool simply because my body temperature is higher. Suppose I lower my temperature and touch it, it will feel warm. So this is not a genuine experience. All yogic practices are aimed at giving you an experience beyond the five sense perceptions.

Obviously there is so much more than what you call as 'myself' in this existence. What you call as 'myself' is still a limited experience of who you are. If you transcend this identity of who you are, then there is no distinction between what is 'you' and what you are referring to as the 'power beyond.'


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Theory of Karma

A K Bhargava


There are many theories around the theory of Karma. A lot of us believe that our present actions are the outcome of our past actions. That means we have no control over them for any improvement. But Karma determines only our experiences and not our actions. Our personal happiness and


sorrow is the result of our past actions but what we are doing at present is not the result of past actions.
There is a tendency sometimes to blame Karma for our decisions. Secondly, Karma is very empowering. We wrongly understand that we have no choice in life that is bound by our Karma.

Basically, Karma gets mistaken for fate or destiny, which it is not the case.

If work is Karma, its effect is Karama-phala or fruit of work. It is difficult to deny that actions have consequences. Everything that we do has results.

Secondly, it is difficult to deny that we all want our life to be happy, meaningful and fulfiling. Thirdly, it makes difficult to deny that our hope for justice for life makes it difficult to oversee that goodness is rewarded and evil punished. That is what Karma theory in the essence is.

There is no need to blame anyone for our sorrow or be indebted to anyone for our happiness. We are responsible for both for our action as well as the results of our actions.

We rarely question the existence of happiness in our life. If something makes us happy, we say we deserve it. Only when there is failure, then we ask, “why me”.

The general tendency is to find an external cause for the trouble and blame it. Then the control as to when I should be happy or unhappy depends on others. Then there is no freedom to be happy.

It is inevitable that some news or happening will make some of us happy and some others unhappy. Should I be overwhelmed by the joys and sorrows in life?

Both can be overwhelming. If we are getting overwhelmed by joys or sorrows, then the clarity of our mind is lost.



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Who am I?

PP Wangchuk

That is a profound question, and difficult to give a straight and simple answer. Of course, you have a name and several identities at any given time. But those are external and ‘perishable’ identities. It is there today and may or may not be there tomorrow. And, hence, it can’t be your


permanent and lasting identity. Pandit Shriram Sharma, in his Absolute Law of Karma, says each and everyone on this planet conceptualises an individual according to his own bent of mind. And the man himself is confused all the time in his multi-personal bends and lives with multiple identities while in interaction or relationship with others.
But then the point is that all these multiple identities could help one realise one's multiple roles and hence one's purpose in life too. It helps him become more responsible and ready to face the realities of life. Of course, not all people realise this and, therefore, they pass on without really knowing who they are and what the purpose of their lives is. A precious life goes sheer waste!

To understand the truth of 'Who am I?' one has to go beyond the external identities without giving them up but with them as multiple tasking responsibilities. One has to strive hard to remove the veil of ignorance that one is always shrouded in. Also, we have to get rid of the make-believe world that we are so much used to live in and with. And, remember always, if you don’t know yourself, you will never know and understand any of the people you interact with in life. That is why some people have problems with others, always.

One has to reach a stage where the reality of life is face-to-face and one can't get out of it. Only then, it can be said one has the answer to who am I? The answer does not come easily as it is tagged with the outcome of one's ability to see the reality of life and its purpose. Once you see the light inside, the answer is an automatic outcome.


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Saturday, July 2, 2011

Play the winner

VN Chhibber

I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.” – MK Gandhi. Tolerance, a rare virtue, bounces back even when you are thrown against a tight corner. A square can’t bounce as it has angularities; a ball can as it is


light and round.
Virtue of tolerance comes from sensing each thing as a riddle and being part of the solution. Also, all things move in cycles — that which is cumbersome now is bound to change character.

There is movement in tolerance, there is flexibility, for one is not afraid of change.

Change is a constant phenomenon. Someone who is tolerant simplifies things to remove hurdles.

Humour during tolerance comes from good nature and cheerful outlook towards life.

Is it possible to have tolerance as a virtue rather than a necessity?

Virtue acquired gives us godly power. We come close to Him by becoming soul-conscious.

“In the practice of tolerance, one’s enemy is the best teacher”, says the Dalai Lama. Watch and with the passage of time let the cycle of events unfold themselves.

This brings us a sense of well-being, and then solutions fall into place, into pattern. A philosophy evolves that lasts a lifetime.

One has to love people as they are, and appreciate them for their talents.

When you begin looking into people’s eyes and see their rarity, and you meet them with your rarity, then tolerance comes naturally. It is an expression of your well-lubricated and hassle-free life.

When there is no tolerance, at home or at workplace, each little thing becomes a burden. It is like standing on the edge of a cliff and nagging or grumbling out of habit.

Tolerance is saying yes to the game of life and enjoying it to the hilt. This virtue stands you in good stead.

In due course of time, you are ahead of others in life’s journey.

You will be deeply admired for your accomplishments in life. And to this, if you add a few other qualities, you move towards divinity.


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