Thursday, March 28, 2013

* The missing Link in a Democratic Set Up....

The General Body Meeting of the Welfare Association started and as usual the heat was ‘ON’…. So many questions and fitting answers for all! The members were venting out their woes and the Management Committee was cleverly replying and getting off…. It appeared that ultimately, noise alone was ruling ….

At a particular instance, there was a question from a member on a totally personal issue in respect of one of the Services provided by the Association for the benefit of the members…. 

The President quickly answered, “For problems like this, the individual has to directly deal with the Service Provider and settle the issue. The Association has no role here as we never restricted a member from negotiating with the Service Provider. Further, we never forced the member to go to the same Vendor we provided. Anytime, if the service is not satisfactory, the member is free to go out and get his / her job done….And if a tiff comes up with the Service Provider, the member has to resolve it himself / herself. We will have no knowledge of the personal exchanges constantly taking place between the members and the Service Provider. We only provided a facility for the benefit of the members!”

A senior member intervened and said, “Sir! I have a strong reason to speak out at this point of time. You cannot say like this when once you represent an Association working on the lines of Democratic Principles and brought in the very Service Provider!   Democracy is by the people, for the people and of the people….Here, the member has always a place to voice his / her grievance, however small, however meaningless it may be…. Please receive his / her problem as is, let it be answered in the time feasible for you without loosing sight on the spirit of the problem and let the solution be such that majority of the members feel that it is addressed in the right way without getting off from the Principles of Natural Justice. Unless you gear up yourself for accommodating all this in your Office set up, the final purpose of instilling faith of ruling in your members on the lines of democracy is never met.   All this needs dedication and devotion in respect of your activities and instead of speaking with such a spirit, if you say openly that it is not the issue of the Association, such a loose talk straight away defeats the very spirit of the Democratic Approach!”

Friday, March 22, 2013

Spirituality in Life....

“Master! Can you tell us the role of Spirituality in one’s life?”

“My dear! Spirituality is part of our living. This living can be compared to a stage drama enacted with colorful curtains as backdrop.  When the ignorance is deep in an individual, the curtains behind the stage of action are totally opaque and the individual solely concentrates on the drama enacted on the stage identifying himself / herself in the roles and accordingly expressing out his / her emotions….

When the ignorance lessens in an individual for reasons unknown, the back ground curtains become transparent and he / she simultaneously sees through them too along with the drama enacted and feels for a while that it is only a drama as the back ground scenery would be revealing partly the Reality. Still his / her mind would be interested in identifying with the stage drama but in a lighter way not giving importance to the minute details and accordingly the individual would be expressing out the emotions….

As the person gets elevated in life which happens purely because of the Divine Grace, the interest in drama reduces far more and more attention shifts to the Reality behind. Thus calmness returns to the mind instantly and own personal opinions carry lesser and lesser importance….

Thus one awaits eternally for the total ignorance to vanish with the drawn of Truth, which is the Ultimate purpose of life in this Universe!

The ability of an individual to differentiate the drama from the Reality seen beyond the stage of action is the Spiritual Attitude in his / her life and every one to some extent is definitely gifted with this ability….Thus we can say that all are Spiritual in their lives …. Only the levels vary and to that extent the pleasures and pains of life continue!”

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

A Code of Conduct in this direction helps a lot!

The Head of an Ashram in his discourse, narrated the following story to a Group of Audience around Him….

“A dacoit who had committed many crimes in his life was totally a changed man when the Great Saint blessed and accepted him as His disciple.

Subsequently, the disciple sincerely requested the Master how the effect of his past ‘bad deeds’ would become ‘Null and Void’ in his life so that for ever he would become Pure and Sacred….The Master said, 'The only way in front of you is to go the same people to whom you caused untold agony and misery in their lives, surrender to them totally unarmed and take honestly whatever punishment the group decides to give you at the back of their suffering. That action alone makes you Pure!' 

The disciple determined to become so, went into the village where he earlier created terror and damage and surrendered to the villagers totally unarmed and unresisting ….The villagers out of their anger and further fear beat him black and blue and threw him out of the village…. The disciple somehow reached the Ashram, explained to the Master what he had done and died….

The Master declared to the rest of the group around Him, ‘He is the closest Disciple of mine and for ever Elevated!’”

The Head concluded, “The moral behind this story is that one should at any instant be ready to have a plan of undoing the earlier hate carried by him / her knowingly or unknowingly through a dedicated effort of making amends directly or indirectly with those who were thus kept off in the process.  In case it is not feasible to do so, one should at least start helping out the next man on the scene and work in that direction the max possible.  And, while doing this, one should constantly be  aware of the ultimate good that would accrue through Mother Nature's Plan in undoing all such 'wrongs' of the past …. 

Simultaneously one should develop a strict discipline of being instantly away from all future wrong proposals of carrying forward the hate which would harm the man in picture in particular and the society in general.  

All such sacred actions alone truly secure the ultimate peace in life!”

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Right Advising....

A man of mid thirties used to advise very young people on important aspects of life….”Do this way, you will have no problem and every issue comes under control!” he used to say…. No doubt, he used to advise on issues which were more less part of every one’s life including the solutions…. 

An elderly well-wisher, a man of true wisdom who observed him for a while, at length decided to educate him in the right way in these matters…. Accordingly one cool evening he met him and after a brief enquiry, straight away said, “My dear!  I saw you advising constantly many young people in matters of education, work and living the life….But I would like to bring out to your notice two important points in this context….”

“What are those points, Sir?”

“Number one is…. Advising should never be done without the life experience which generally becomes part of you as you live through major part of your active life….The issues mainly covered here include all those related to honest living, hard work, caring for people, good values in life, safe way of living and other related to financial aspects….Diplomatic way of managing the issues around too forms part of this advising….

Number two is….To understand clearly that advising is never complete unless one is relatively free from the “known!” This aspect depends exclusively on an individual’s depth of perception of life.  No age can help here and no Austerity Measures, Spiritual Practices, Worships and Practice of Morals and Ethics can make us free from the “known!”….If that happens, instantly the individual is a different personality to the level the Clarity comes through and that personality alone can authoritatively speak on the related issues. This is totally a Divine Gift but good practices would aid in the process, if not bring the change by themselves…. A personality thus freed from certain “known” alone knows the ‘Unknown” part of it to advise exclusively in that direction! 

If advising is done without either of these two back ups , it will have no effect on the Receiver except when he / she  himself / herself understands in the right way but a few times may confuse the individuals charged with emotions!”


While leaving the well-wisher smiled and quipped, "Such personalities actually never advise but only gently correct and leave the 'change' required to happen through Mother Nature's Plan for the particular individual!"