Saturday, December 16, 2017

"I NEVER STOOD A CHANCE, DID I?"

Sitting in my luxury car suddenly I asked my elderly well-wisher next to me as the car pushed thru' dense traffic and certain stream of thoughts simultaneously overtook me for a while..

"What are you talking, dear?"

My well-wisher asked me back having got surprised with what I spoke all of a sudden.

“Sorry, Sir! I voluntarily spoke out as certain chain of thoughts took over me without my knowledge. The point is, I really wonder how this our driver keeps his cool with such a confusion and chaos around him. A few times I tried driving but was quite tensed up to watch out constantly for people and vehicles around and here,

I never stood a chance of myself getting into a nasty situation on the road all along my life!"

“Dear! The man at the wheel is not like us who do just the fancy driving for our comfort and pleasure but is more driven by his precious basic needs of life. Unless he works, the money can't be generated; not working alone but work with a competitive edge..

Here, it's a ‘No Go’ situation for your driver and as such, any nervousness in his case automatically takes a back seat!”

I looked around the inside of my car which was maintained in a neat and good condition and subsequently looked out through the closed window. On the road side, a few people were buying and eating the stuff sold there unmindful of the dust and dirt around. I said with an exclamation..

”I am ever afraid to eat such stuff as I'm sure I'll fall sick the next moment I touch them and here too

I never stood a chance of myself falling seriously ill with such outside food all along my life!"

“Dear! These people don't have monies like us to keep everything neat and clean. With almost small finances at their disposal, they have to meet their essentials. And you know, the hunger being the primary force, drives a man to any extent..

So here too it's a ‘No Go’ situation for these people and as such, any neatness and cleanliness in their case automatically take a back seat!”

I looked at my well-wisher and said,

“Sir! However matured I may be, I invariably agree to sign on papers in certain matters which I can always refuse easily but an old lady known to me is very firm in such matters and says very easily 'NO' there. How is that she is so stubborn in such instances where as

I never stood a chance of myself saying 'NO' there along my life?"

My elderly well-wisher smiled and quipped,

“The elderly lady is really helpless in those matters as she has no knowledge of them and also never would be able to learn in that direction. So the only way in front of her is to say firmly ’NO’ when asked. In your case, you are sure of understanding the issues well. So you'll get into the issues, but fear and memory of going wrong always keep you tensed up all along..

So here too it's a ‘No Go’ situation for the old lady and as such, saying 'YES' in her case automatically takes a back seat!”

‘This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda.

Keywords: stand, chance, safety

Friday, December 15, 2017

THE TRUE SOURCE OF STRENGTH!

"I believe in God but I believe in enjoying my life too. Otherwise, why do our senses constantly crave for all this show around? Actually, it's a sin to deny all this to our body and mind in the name of controlling everywhere. My motto forever is..

  • 'Enjoy the life max, see the best of everything and thus expand full and at the end of the day offer Prayers to the Almighty for a better tomorrow!'"
Said one friend at the back of a proud feeling in him who forever believed in the precept..

'Expand and Enjoy!'

"Wherever I go, I'll have only two works with me. Looking out for new business opportunities and visiting the Temples around. I believe that the Almighty sure takes care of everything but I too have to do something in this life and not simply Praying to Him alone. My motto forever is..

  • 'I see myself as a capable Entrepreneur and so why should I keep quite here? At the back of this zeal, I can sure turn out gold wherever I go!'"
Said the second friend at the back of a great energy in him who forever believed in the precept..

'Work hard and Earn max!'

"I'm a man of scientific temper. I can't simply believe and accept. Better question everywhere. I do believe in God and equally know that there are no explanations for certain Phenomenon happening in nature but I should never fold my hands and keep quite surrendering everywhere. My Motto forever is..

  • 'Let the scientific spirit ever burn in me and this attitude alone truly finds out one day why the man suffers in this life!'" 
Said the third friend at the back of intense scientific temper in him who forever believed in the precept..

'Rationalize and Accept!'

"I agree to what all you say. But I sincerely believe that the Almighty alone moves me and propels me to do what I like to do in this life. My understanding forever is..

  • 'Let me do all my assigned duties sincerely and at the end of the day let me make an Offering of what all is seen as mine to the Almighty through a Sincere Prayer and Total Surrender for the Ultimate Care!'"
Said the fourth friend at the back of a true humble feeling in him who forever believed in his life..

'I'm nothing and God is Everything!'

As the four were talking thus, suddenly they all of a sudden felt a violent shake of the surroundings and had to hold something nearby to avoid themselves falling. A few items from the walls, from open cupboards and from other places instantly fell to the ground. The shake just lasted for few seconds.

"God! It's an Earthquake. Appears to be one of the severe intensities. Is everything okay? We should check for details.. Why suddenly this one happened?"

The first three friends said simultaneously each looking at one another totally not knowing their further destination and

Thus existed beyond with a distinct nervousness seen on their faces as they were unable to reconcile to what they believed in their life all along!

The fourth one too was instantly taken a back with the happening but soon stabilized himself thru' a silent Prayer to the Almighty and

Thus existed beyond with a distinct calmness seen on his face as he could quickly reconcile to what he believed in his life all along!

As they moved further, they could hear in a low but distinct tone, Srimad Bhagavad Gita Chapter 9 Sloka 34 being recited on the distant loud speakers with meaning explained in parallel..

Man mana bhava mad bhakto mad yaji mam namaskuru
Mam evaisyasi yuktvaivam atmamam mat parayanah


'Be ever knowing me, be my devotee, worship me, offer respects (Pranaams) unto me; in this way completely dedicating your mind and body unto me, having me as the supreme goal, you will certainly reach me (attain Peace)!'

Having recapitulated the said story many times, I sincerely believe that my strength forever stays with me if I my thinking stays on the lines of the fourth friend the max part of my life even though one of the other three precepts of living equally overtake me and make me talk thus many times in my life.

No doubt, I'm helpless there at this moment of my life being thus carried away constantly without my knowledge but equally very much believe in embracing the fourth attitude alone to the max extent possible!

The Post is in line with this week's IndiSpire Prompt Share what is your source of strength and how it empowers you during difficult times. What helps/helped you find purpose in your life? #EmbraceLife

Keywords: Almighty, strength

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

A TOTAL PRAYER OF REPENTANCE!

Oh Lord! 

You Blessed me with
Certain health and well-being;
I quickly forgot all that and started behaving as if 
'That's nothing!' 

You Blessed me with 
Certain wealth;
I quickly forgot all that and started behaving as if 
'I'm the owner!' 

You Blessed me with 
Certain strength;
I quickly forgot all that and started behaving as if 
'I'm powerful!' 

You Blessed me with 
Certain energies;
I quickly forgot all that and started behaving as if 
'I'm at my high!' 

You Blessed me with 
Certain discrimination;
I quickly forgot all that and started behaving as if 
'I'm smart!' 

You kept Your Creation next to me with their 
Set backs
and expected me to work for them at the back of my good health and well-being;
I eternally missed the same and started indulging indiscriminately saying 
'I'm everything!' 

You kept Your Creation next to me with their
 Shortages
and expected me to help them with my wealth;
I eternally missed the same and very conveniently kept them off on the pretext saying, 
'I'm not that rich!' 

You kept Your Creation next to me with their
 Problems 
and expected me to help them with my strength;
I eternally missed the same and very conveniently kept them off on the pretext saying, 
'I'm equally helpless!' 

You kept Your Creation next to me with their
 Difficulties
and expected me to help them with my energies;
I eternally missed the same and very conveniently kept them off on the pretext saying, 
'I'm too busy!' 

You kept Your Creation next to me with their 
Limited understanding
 and expected me to help them with my discrimination of the good and bad;
I eternally missed the same and very smartly kept them under me on the pretext saying, 
'I'll sure help you!' 

Like a lovable parent You, ever watching my activities Pardoned me infinite number of times till now hoping me come to the 
Right Path;
Never caring for that, I continuously involved myself into the best enjoyments of the world ever known where the equation forever is 
'I'll have, others lose!' 

Today having hit 
The dead end in my life with no where to go
 totally feeling helpless and directionless, I hereby surrender to You and Pray to take me out from this unending rut I embraced in my life and Bless me with the Sacred Understanding of 
'WHAT IS RIGHT!' 
In all my future actions! 

Keyword: 
Prayer

Sunday, December 10, 2017

THE END IS TRULY UNKNOWN!

It was one of the days for the daily laborers starting with the tedious work of 
Tarring up the 6 lane wide road for 
A smooth, shining and perfect getup by evening..

The perfection no doubt needed the right effort put together in 
Cleaning the area, 
Clearing the debris, 
Filling up the pot holes and 
Making it ready for tarring and
The laborers were into it with all seriousness..

Soon, the huge automatic tarring machine started rolling on steadily
Dumping the ready mix behind it on the road with 
A group of laborers simultaneously actively working behind smoothing the little up and downs that came up in the process..

In front of the machine, 
An aged frail man slowly lifting and carrying little debris to the side of the road,
A little away a young mother, the first Teacher of her child having listened to the cry of her little one away under the care of an old lady sticking to her work for a few minutes more helping out the tarring process go smoothly before attending her Baby and
An old lady of the group, carefully checking the use of a torn SUITCASE thrown into a nearby garbage bin
were equally seen 
All simultaneously making sure that their activities do not create a Traffic Jam in the already halved road.. 

The usual daily moving vehicles, 
The luxury cars with shutters up avoiding the dust and noise and 
The buses carrying school going children
passed by on the half cleared road with
A huge Billboard near the active working area seen carrying a discrete message of 
The road to prosperity..

As the Clock ticked on thus endlessly, 
A few in a Celebration mood of going on their vacation, 
A few heading Home for rest after their continued work beyond normal hrs,
A few at the back of certain unexpected emergencies and 
The rest on their on daily routine errand
Moved on endlessly with 

A fallen Rose severed from the plant in the near by park next 
Standing as a mute witness to all that happening!

‘This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend
An initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda.

Keywords:
road, tarring, prosperity

Friday, December 8, 2017

THE ABCs.. OF BRINGING UP CHILDREN!

Looking back at 60+, I was ever interested / prepared myself in instilling 3 Basic Values in the minds of my children as I brought them up in my life invariably making them equip themselves with the fundamentals of leading this life happily having a true meaning to it and thus remain fit..

The A,B,C,D,E,Fs of these 3 Basic Values go thus..

  • Brighten up the prospects of having the best future thru' dedicated learning and the related training but along with that Express too what you are within to have a meaning to your immediate life!
Here brightening up the child's future prospects thru' good learning/training and subsequent employment in his/her adult life is a must else the basic existence itself is indirectly threatened and I had necessarily taught this Value No 1 to my children from the right age without an exception..

In the process, the children might not find time to express themselves which was their basic gist of this very living and thus I equally made my children do that without losing sight of the higher meaning to their lives..

  • Face the inevitable competition with no second thought but along with that Accept too what comes thru' wholeheartedly!
Here, facing competition next to me is inevitable in this life as the concept of 'Survival of the fittest!' ever rules our lives and thus I necessarily imbibed this Value No 2 too in the mind of my children if not directly indirectly from the appropriate age..

In the process, the child should never be put to undue mental stress and thus it was my duty there to continuously make the issue in front look lighter there by tuning my children's minds ultimately ready to accept what comes thru' heroically and thus remain stable!
  • Care for and share with others without an exception but along with that Discipline yourself in respect of time, money and energy!
Here, caring/sharing is no doubt the divine expression and one should necessarily get into this habit from childhood. Thus imbibing this Value No 3 in my children again was my responsibility and I never side lined this at any point of time as they should grow ultimately into total personalities in their lives..

In the process, disciplining oneself in respect of his/her time, money and energies is a must and thus it became my duty there to tune up my children's minds to the ever limited availability of these resources and the necessity of doing all that within those limits!

The Post is written in line with the requirement of this week's IndiSpire Prompt What are the 3 most important values that you would teach your child? #responsibleparent

Keywords: children, Values

Thursday, December 7, 2017

WATER.. WATER.. WATER.. PLENTY OR SHORTAGE?
  • "The precious garden plants need better watering. The heat is more and if we don't water them regularly, I doubt their proper growth. Water all the plants in the front and back yards till the land becomes wet with moisture. In my bungalow
Water is plenty and never in shortage!"
  • The family will be sitting in the front open space in the evenings for relaxation and to have some cool air. Sometimes the neighbors drop in. The weather is very hot. Spray lots of water the front area to make it sufficiently wet. That'll sure cool the area towards evening. In my bungalow
Water is plenty and never in shortage!"
  • The fountain in front is not working properly. I called the repair person and he may be at anytime here before noon. Be ready and help him out in his job. I want a min height of... ft of the rising waters in front of the house and nothing less. The beauty of rising water jets is the unique specialty of my bungalow. You should guide the repair man and do the required. In my bungalow
Water is plenty and never in shortage!"
  • The bath tub is to be filled full with water. Yesterday you missed doing it and left early. When you come for work, you should come prepared to stay full time, isn't it? Today at least, please see that the tub is filled full and kept ready for my bath.. In my bungalow
Water is plenty and never in shortage!"
  • The back yard and garage need some floor cleaning. I want you to finish that too today itself with the floor cleaners and water.. In my bungalow
Water is plenty and never in shortage!"


"No problem, Sir! I'll finish all these works. Today, I need to go early for 2 hrs. And tomorrow I need to take half day leave!"

"What, dear? Yesterday suddenly you went early without informing in advance. Today and tomorrow you will be off part of the day. If you go away like this daily, how these works will be finished? What's the urgency?"

  • "Sir! In my present rented house, since a fortnight the water supply is affected. All these days, we had to buy water from out side for our essentials. Yesterday, we saw a different house in a new area readily available for rent without this problem and decided to move there. 
  • Today evening, we are going there to check once again the position of water supply in that area and move to the area tomorrow. No problem, we'll finish our entire shifting by half day easily. You may know, for people like us,
Water is never plenty and ever in shortage!"

Keywords: water, shortage

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

TAKE IT EASY.. THE TRUTH FOREVER IS BITTER!


  • The Boss never praises me easily and if not uttered a word for the moment, that itself is the biggest praise of my life. If really praised a bit longer, there's sure another meaning to it.. 
I'm soon going to be replaced!
  • Many times, I am cornered by my Boss for no fault of mine. But that's nothing compared to the double cornering my boss faces from the Top..
I'm sure the privileged individual in my Role!
  • The Boss' scoldings are two way blessings for me.. 
No more major scoldings in my personal life except the routine ones and forever I'm capable of smiling in times of many difficulties of my life!
  • My Boss can max scold me that too only sometimes.. 
I'm unharmed with no visible signs of physical damage all along!
  • Whenever I am singled out at my work by my Boss, I should smile heartfelt within because 
My job is intact!
  • The Boss is always in office before me and I shouldn't feel unhappy for that earlier presence because the other way, 
I've to play that Role too in addition to mine for a while!
  • The Boss is never happy with myself leaving office in office hrs on many of my personal works except very few.. The indirect message here forever is
'Delegate.. Delegate.. Delegate!'
  • I may work all the 24 hrs of the day but in the end, the Boss invariably demands another hr of work from me and
Sure corrects it to 2 in no time!
  • When the Boss puts my Colleague along with me in my work, it never means that I'm helped out at my work.. 
That's the best place to train my Colleague of course, sure to takeover reins from me soon!
  • From Boss, forever the worst and the best comments are
'OK, leave it.. Call (so and so)' and 'You got to improve a lot!'

Keywords: work, Boss