Friday, July 20, 2018

TRAVEL.. 
HOW CAN THAT BE LESS AT ANY POINT OF TIME? 


In Sanskrit, a Saint is often called 'Parivrajaka' meaning one who constantly wanders around. Some of the Saints even this date make it a point to travel constantly from place to place as they feel that as one of their of Dharmas (Duties) forcing them live thru' a humble of life of eating whatever is available on the spot and resting thru' whatever facilities offered in that context..

That simple living, they feel would very much open up their minds more and more keeping off the thoughts of possession, self gratification and self protection. They know that staying at a place for a longer time invariably creates an unseen attachment and self interest in them to the place and the associated living..

One of the oldest stories of our Sacred Books talks on such a travel of renunciation thus..

*** Once, the Great Saint who almost renounced everything with Him and living truly the Ascetic life was travelling in a train in the suburbs on His daily routine..

It was noon nearing lunch time and every one was hungry..

Opposite to the Saint sat a rich man who never liked the Monks ever only wandering around doing nothing for their basic living..

Seeing such a Monk in front of him totally unprepared, the rich man decided to teach Him a lesson. He quickly opened all the foods he carefully got cooked, packed and carried with him for the journey. Others around thought that he would offer the food to the Monk before himself eating. Instead, the man straight away started eating his food..

The Saint as usual remained silent all along.The co-passengers never liked the behavior of the rich man but could say nothing in the situation. The train stopped at the next station and as rightly believed by the rich man, the Monk had no money too to buy his food from the platform!


Right at that moment, a stranger appeared in front of the Saint on the platform, bowed to Him, pulled out a big container of food he was carrying and quickly handed over it to the Monk saying,
  • “Reverend Sir, I'm suffering from a chronic health problem in my life. I am depressed with the pain and constantly was praying to God for solace. Yesterday night, I had a strange dream in my sleep and in the dream I was told, 
‘If you prepare a good tasty food and feed the most deserving man of hunger you come across, your pain will come down!’
  • I woke up and was about to brush off the dream from my mind but I don't know the next moment, my consciousness very much stressed me doing that.
  • I quickly cooked and packed the tastiest food with my own hands and came out searching for the most deserving man to feed. Here, I just saw you and instantly felt at my heart that I should give this food to you alone. Please eat this and Bless me!” 
All around were in spell bound silence seeing the magical happening in front of them!

It's just a story heard and repeated here but if seen in depth, the clear message conveyed is..

No doubt human effort and care are a must in every aspect of life but equally

The spirit of adventure, 
Foregoing the certain and 
Getting into the fields of the unknown

Are to be constantly kept live in one's life so that invariably one lives a life of 

Worth, 
Contentment and 
Elevating one's Soul 

And thus become a useful individual to 

The self, 
The society around and 
The humanity at large..

Again for a normal individual like me, it may not be possible to roam like a Saint except involving in those changes necessitated by the living and forced circumstances but

That never should stop me going round the world to the extent possible and experience the newness of life thru'the valuable interactions with various communities and thus grow myself within..

Thus frequent travelling far and wide with a totally relaxed mind leaving aside the usual chores of life for a while makes one sure the complete man!

An old Post is edited and brought out here in line with this week's IndiSpire Prompt Does Travel nurtures and strenthens an individual's soul?#Travel retaining the earlier comments on the Post pertaining to the story as is!

Keyword: TRAVEL

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

THE MAGIC OF 6 'W'S AND 1'H!'


It was the distant video call from the grand parents. The Little boy of 6+ who was after the gadgets of communication, in no time took the call..

"Hello, Dear.. What's happening?"

Asked the grandma..

"I'm busy!"

Replied the boy without lifting his head..

"Oh! Making google maps? Okay.. Can I see what you are drawing?" 

"I'm busy making the maps!"

"Okay.. It's quiz time now. Tell me.. Which is the hottest planet in the solar system?"

"Venus the 2nd nearest to sun! Do you know.. What is beyond visible spectrum? They are called.. Ultra violet and Infra red rays!"

"Oh.. You know all this.. Okay.. Leave that.. What's 7+8 minus 3+9?"

"3!"

"No it's 21.. See 7+8-3+9=21!"

"You asked 7+8 minus 3+9. That's different.. Okay..Now, I've a question.. What's 14/15?" 

"What's that?"

"It's .9333 up to infinity!"

"God.. You know so much? Okay.. Name 3 places in Africa!"

"1...., 2...., 3....!"

"No, They are 1...., 2...., 3....!"

"Why should I tell only those in your book? These are the other cities!"

"Okay..Okay.. Can you quickly sum up 1 to 10?"

"9+1=10; 8+2=10; 7+3=10; 6+4=10.. It's 40+5+10=55!"

"Oh! You know this much?"

"It's nothing.. I can sum up to 100.. 1+99=100, 2+98=100, 3+97=100,... 49*100+50+100=5050!"

"Your learning is fantastic.. Can't think of anything less.. Okay.. Where's mommy? Call her!"

"Shh! Talk soft.. She is inside.. It's already 0610.. 10 mts my study time over.. She forgot to call me!"

Meanwhile the mom came from inside. She smiled and said,

"Dear! I heard you.. Already 15 minutes gone.. Yesterday also you studied less. You can't do that today!"

"No.. It's my quiz time and I want to make my google maps!"

"It's final.. 10 minutes more and we are on our studies.. Okay?"

The mom firmly said and went inside again. The grandpa remembered the age old saying..
  • "With a genuine scientific temper making use of 6'W's and 1'H' Viz; WHAT, WHY, WHERE, WHEN, WHICH, WHO and HOW one can sure explore the entire Universe if wishes so!"


keywords: scientific, temper

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

THE SURE 'SIXER' OF EACH AND EVERY LIFE GAME!

Suddenly there was a problem in the man's life. Not the usual one but a situation wherein moving in any direction appeared to be interwoven with endless problems and no meaning to the future life hitherto thought of..

As helplessness and dullness took over the man instantly, the Nature around too looked totally non supportive and he felt CLEAN BOWLED at one stroke in his life with..

  • The East appearing as the point of constant sun rise for days coming up with nothing more to offer.. 
  • The West showing up the repetitive sun settings day after day without any new in the offing.. 
  • The North carrying no great promise other than the seasonal winds blowing with intermittent gusts.. 
  • The South equally appearing dull with no silver lining seen for long in the dark clouds in distance.. 
  • The Mother Earth seen so much loving till then retaining absolutely silence.. And 
  • The Gods above too seemed totally vanished from the skies! 
Seen thus, instantly there was only one way out for the man..

Close the eyes and curse, curse and curse himself and everything around eternally!

But strangely, at that moment alone it happened.. And sure as it had to happen, so it happened.. That's what we call many times.. The blessing in disguise!

There was straight away question in the man..

"Why not directly look at the problem itself whatever be for a while?"

A great courage came up all of a sudden in him and in front of that courage, the very problem soon started melting away with it's layers peeling off one by one. And the layers thus fallen aside seemed lost all that terrorizing influence in no time..

What's left then? Fully peeled off the last layer fell dead and

It was simply nothing.. The menacing problem.. Absolutely nothing the next moment!

That was a genuine indication of the beginning of an entirely new life in the man..

A challenge.. Yes.. Truly a life of challenge with the weakening elements around seen crystal clear and the way to address them too seen doubly clear..

That way was purely nothing but a set of activities which involved basically
  • Behaving impartially in the situation,
  • Extending minimum support to/participation in all the enjoyment activities for the psychological well-being of the self and others involved, 
  • Diverting those saved energies for the constructive work and welfare activities required at the moment,
  • Taking coming up ups and down with as much cool as feasible
  • Stop bothering for the criticisms and getting elated by praises coming up in the process and finally
  • All along living thru' a prayerful attitude! 
Sure a SIXER to be aimed at in one's life of games to achieve one's goal to perfection!

The great zeal in life thus returned in total and along with that the next moment,


  • The East shone brighter with the rising Sun.. 
  • The West welcomed with its golden hues spread out.. 
  • The Northern wind just turned to a cool and soothing breeze.. 
  • The Western clouds showed up with their distinct silver lining.. 
  • Mother Earth turned Herself cool and all loving as usual.. 
  • Gods from Above smiled and blessed the Brave Soul.. 
And the man was all ready to hit a CENTURY in every life game that would be coming up to him in future with 'NIL' doubt in his mind!

Keywords: life, challenge

Sunday, July 15, 2018

'ONE' DROPPED 
SURE MAKES SPACE FOR 'TWO!' 

As I was pondering over my responsibilities thus..

“I'm the Manager in my Department and I've the responsibility of taking care of my work progress in my area and the company's property. The owner of the company had very much bestowed upon me these 2 responsibilities..

But when I act thus, I'm often vehemently opposed by my Assistants. Here, unless I tell strongly and make my people work, am I not working against the wishes of my owner?" 

My inner consciousness was heard saying, 

“No doubt, you forever should act in time and set right all the issues in front of you without an exception at any time. Else you are not doing your duty in full and you are indirectly dishonoring the faith your Employer had kept in you.. 

But a small reminder here.. When you do thus, without your knowledge invariably 
A SENSE OF ACHIEVEMENT 
Enters you silently and you tell all that at any cost!” 

“Okay.. I get a feeling that I am something here, it's my company and I should take care of it. What's wrong with that?” 

As I asserted thus, my inner consciousness gently corrected me saying, 

“Here, you haven't truly achieved anything except that you did your job.. Knowing this in your heart, if you readily drop the 
DISCRETE SENSE OF ACHIEVEMENT 
As much possible within you without leaving your part of questioning, acting and passing orders as True Manager that sure goes into the hearts of your Assistants and instantly 
A SENSE OF INVOLVEMENT AND BELONGINGNESS 
Spreads around you as your people

Start feeling that

You are not instructing, there's just an 'Instruction' and they have to follow that.. 
This Great Spirit prevailing around automatically guides them there, soon they start loving their work and do the required!

If you look back into the history, 

When the Great Man working for the Sacred Cause instructed His followers not to give back but bear the assault aimed at them by the Ruler Himself directly taking the assault there by leaving
ALL THAT SENSE OF ACHIEVEMENT 
With Him, that instantly brought 
A GREAT SENSE OF INVOLVEMENT AND TOGETHERNESS 
Amongst His followers and the next moment, they too started taking the beating patiently without resisting a bit nor getting off from the scene an inch!" 

‘This post is a part of 
an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda.’ 

Keywords:
ACHIEVEMENT, INVOLVEMENT, TOGETHERNESS



Friday, July 13, 2018

SURE.. ART IS LONG, LIFE IS SHORT!

The Post written as a story speaks of the highest importance of 'me time' in one's life with gradations of involvement in that all around in line with this week's IndiSpire Prompt

What does "me time" mean to you? do you think me time is important? how often do you give yourself time #MeTime




A group of 6 artists visited the most beautiful scenic spot on the earth. It was sunny morning hrs and that suited the best for a comfortable visit. 5 of them totally engrossed themselves in talking, studying, discussing, noting down and planning for their future presentations forgetting their 6th friend who moved away soon from them..

  • "Look at the distant majestic hills merging into the skies the silvery edges of which shining intermittently..How beautiful is the scene? I'm going to bring out......"
  • "Forget that.. Did you notice the sharp reflected sun rays from above which scene in no time getting covered by the passing high speed clouds of the monsoon season? Can we get such a magnificent view anywhere in the world? I'm planning to present......"
  • "I see those clouds a few times as white as snow no sooner turning dark in the next few minutes bringing cool drizzles around the wind blowing past all along.. Can any other experience in our life equal this? Worth noting down all this and......"
  • "Have you seen the vast sloping landscape leading to the picturesque waterfall joining the blue waters below? It appears the heaven has just descended on to the Earth! I've already decided........."
  • "You are right.. Add to your perception.. The green bushy trees moving rhythmically to the breeze going over them spreading their greenery all over.. The description becomes complete! I'll note down these details and.........." 
Soon,
  • “The weather has become too chill.. There's no point in staying here any more!” 
Reminded the 1st man..
  • “These winds are killing.. Let's go now!” 
Murmured the 2nd..
  • “The rain has increased and we sure will be drenched.. I'm going!” 
Said the 3rd..
  • “The hunger is killing me.. We need to find an eatery on the way back!” 
Said the 4th..
  • “I told you while coming itself to hurry up. You all simply forgot the time. It happens, see.. Now our friend, the great man is missing.. He forever keeps us waiting.. Now we have to search for him. Not seen anywhere around!” 
The 5th one glanced around and blurted!

They soon started searching for their friend with an anger and anguish on their faces. It was a little stressful situation for all for a while. But no issue.. In a short time the friend was spotted returning to their venue with quite a cheerful smile on his face..

All were silent for a while looking at each other's face. The friend said,

"Sorry dear, for keeping you all waiting.. Actually, I moved out and was very much planning to join you in 10 minutes. But, a strange thing happened all of a sudden. As I sat in a corner and started looking at

The distant majestic hills merging into the skies the silvery edges of which shining intermittently at the back of

The sharp reflected sun rays from above which scene in no time getting covered by the passing high speed clouds of the monsoon

A few times as white as snow no sooner turning dark in the next few minutes bringing cool drizzles around the wind blowing past all along

The vast sloping landscape leading to the picturesque waterfall joining the blue waters below

Surrounded by the green bushy trees moving rhythmically to the breeze going over them spreading their greenery all over..


Unmindful of the

Chill weather all round,
Rising wind speeds from all directions,
Increasing rain all over
Sharp hunger within and
Priorities in front

I totally lost myself to Nature in no time 
and came back to senses a few minutes back only!" 

Keywords: ART, LIFE

Thursday, July 12, 2018

CARING/PROTECTING,

CAUTION/DISCIPLINE, 
GIVING/SERVING AND 
SACRIFICE/CONTAINING.. 
WHAT ARE THESE IN MY LIFE?

The wise man took out a piece of paper and colored the whole of it with saffron color. In the middle of it, he drew a big circle and colored it grey. Within that, he drew a smaller concentric circle and colored it red. Finally, he drew a number of small circles within the red circle and colored them all green..


Pointing to a green circle he declared,

“This green circle is my home. It's a sacred place where myself and my family members live together. Here, each individual living has his/her own rights and and the grown-ups in addition have their responsibilities. All live here all along with a caring attitude alone
  • The younger ones forever respecting the elder ones and
  • The elder ones forever helping the younger
And nothing less of it. Like this many homes are there around me represented by the other green circles..

Thus the green forever stands for

Caring and Protecting from my end!

The red big circle is called the State in which many such families live together.

The State has certain rules to be followed amidst the interactions between family members and outside the family circles and all those have to be adhered to by me in total else the State can physically stop me from acting further.

Thus the red forever stands for

Caution and Discipline required from my end!

The bigger grey circle encompassing the red circle represents the moral and ethical responsibilities of me beyond the State rules where it's equally a duty with me to be answerable to the Almighty on the additional good done by me for my people and people around beyond my minimum duties

Thus the grey forever stands for

Giving and Serving from my end!

Finally the saffron color in the entire page represents certain sacrifice required from me towards the people around me and living with me.

Here, I purposefully forego some of my own rights and become useful to people beyond their expectations and thus become one among them. This too would automatically become my duty when part of the ignorance falls off from me wherein the distinction between ‘Mine’ and ‘Not Mine’ lessens to some extent.

Thus, the saffron forever stands for

Sacrifice and Containing from my end!

The green is ever influenced by red, grey and saffron and

It's ever better I live in my life with a mixture of this green, red and grey, further look up for living in saffron zone too at my own freedom where feasible and thus rise in my life!"

keyword: LIFE

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

THE TRUE ECONOMICS OF SPENDING AND SAVING!

“I've decided to invest all my savings in good investment schemes where the returns are attractive as well as reasonably safe. That way the monies with us grow without our knowledge..

We should never keep these monies easily available as often there will be tendencies and pressures from few family members to spend those monies in the way they want equally creating a bad habit with them..

If resources are not available easily, people set right themselves and try to live only with what they have in front. And that indirectly promotes a good discipline in the family..

I don’t like the youngsters wasting too much money on things which are really not required in life…”

Thus was speaking a man of mid 50s to an elderly well-wisher one evening on the habits and requirements of money in families..

The well-wisher listened to him patiently, smiled and said,

  • “My dear! Life is meant for living in a decent way as well as for one's development too. These two are never to be forgotten as we live through our lives. This development aspect is limited or more or less over for people of our age but the youngsters are different here..
  • They ever have ambitions/requirements of living thru' their life better and grow too all along. For this, they definitely need resources.. 
  • They begin from scratch with their limited salaries and most of the times they are left with fewer monies alone. Thus, some times their aspirations remain at low key because of lack of money and there they have their own inhibitions to ask elders.. 
  • It is the elders that should foresee this, come to their help in the right time by releasing part of what is in their possession. Of course, the monies are precious, always limited and so they are never to be spent on enjoyments and luxuries for which the working young definitely have to fend themselves alone. Also, all can't meet all their aspirations here just because they wish so.. 
  • Here, the elders forever should exercise great caution, 
Keep sufficient monies for their own comfortable living,

Keep reserves for exigencies and emergencies and

Release only the excess in steps so that aspirations of family are met partly at various stages in their life..

  • The plan and discipline required here can be executed by the elderly alone the best and they should equally insist the younger to listen to them on this for their own benefits!” 
While departing the well-wisher said,
  • “The monies of family are sacred and they belong to the entire family as a whole. They can neither be wasted nor kept stored when a development or growth of a member is at stake.. 
  • And equally it should be made it known to the members of the family that an aspiration beyond the limits is never to be attempted as that ultimately drains out the precious resources and leaves all individuals exposed to the greater risks of Economic Threat which is truly a sin!”
Keywords: SPENDING, SAVING