Friday, September 29, 2017

THE TROUBLED NAME THAT HAD ITS OWN UNIQUE IMPORTANCE!

No doubt a name is the unique identity to an individual and whenever it is mentioned with an applause the man instantly reacts with a certain confidence and self worth but when the same is used for a different purpose indirectly bringing down the highly held self esteem of the man...

A short story in this scenario in line with this week's IndiSpire prompt




The parents and well-wishers had their own beliefs and faith and there they could not cross their mental barriers. The child was born in the family after many years of waiting and when it came to naming him with all reverence to their Faith,

It was decided unanimously to name the boy 'XXXXXXXX!'

Truly speaking, the name itself had no problem but unfortunately there was a short cut to it and that started creating problems later which the parents and well-wishers were neither knowing nor having known too not bothered to think in that direction as they had no go but to name him in the way they finalized!

But as the boy grew up into a full fledged man in his later years, through out his life his constant worry was..

"When such a nice name in full can be pronounced so easily, why the hell people are after calling me by the short cut name ridiculing me all along?"

Because..
  • In school as a young boy, he invariably heard around being called by that short cut name which used to create a few ripples of laughter among his friends.. 
  • In youth with his college friends, the issue became much more sensitive and once in a way causing a few moments of tension when he was addressed thus.. 
  • As a young man in his job, when the Boss just tried that name, he protested a bit seriously and the Boss having understood his psychology, instantly refrained from doing that but secretly conveyed to all the Seniors of the Organization how sensitive the young man was there.. 
  • As a Manger at work no doubt, he had some footing in that context as all by then having understood his temper, refrained from using the short cut but few times when he was away or they were a bit angry with him, invariably it was used.. 
  • A few years later, as a Chief at Work as well as as a responsible family man in the society he had more authority and say everywhere and thus could control the situation very well but a few indirect unpleasant experiences where in he was referred by his short name were quite active in his memory for a long time.. 
  • Soon as the GM in his Company and as an elderly parent, he ever carried the respect of being called by his original name, that too with 'Sir' added invariably and none could talk anything less than that beyond..
  • And finally, when he touched sixty and retired, his vast experience and wisdom sure carried a lot of value for almost all people around who were younger to him and all used to refer him exclusively 'Sir' alone most of the times! 
That was the very special day of an event in his house. The Little One of two and half years who arrived to his grand parents' house from abroad for the first time had become truly the center of attraction and every one around was mesmerized by his movements and interactions..

Amidst those busy activities, the grand child playing with his toys till then suddenly ran to his grand father shouting aloud in his broken words..
  • "'XXX' Grand Pa! You come and play with me.. We'll play the game of.......!"
The ever conscious man for a lifetime at being addressed by that 'single short-cut word' no doubt reacted again but 


With a broad smile never seen on his face earlier when called thus as the gentleman straight away felt an unexplained joy in his heart for his life when his dear grand son called him thus!

Keword: Name

Thursday, September 28, 2017


IT'S EVER WORTH EMBRACING THE 'HIGHER END' OF LIFE!


Sage Narada once asked Lord Krishna at a Sea shore, 
"What is the Power of Illusion in this world?"

The Lord smiled and said, 
“I will tell you.. Before that, can you fetch me some water from one of the houses seen in distance as I am thirsty?”

The Sage immediately went to the near by Colony to fetch the water. An attraction in the area soon held Him there, further one involvement led to the another and soon He was permanently into the series of circles of activities settled in the new place! 

Every ‘Up’ in life will have a ‘Down’ sooner or later, here, the Great Sage too had no escape and when the ‘Down’ followed in his life, he was left alone feeling utterly helpless and instantly Prayed to the Lord.. 

The next moment, Lord Krishna softly whispered into the Sage's ear..
"Dear! Where is my water?”

Such an Illusion otherwise called Ignorance in me is a powerful entity with me which constantly hovers around continuously deluding me in my life.To get out of its influence is an infinite task and whenever I say that I'm freed there means I'm just under its grip in a different way; that’s all!

In fact, there is no total getting out of its hold with the mundane body with me. That's the exact reason why the Great Saints and Masters of Spiritual Life too even at the back of their Great Understanding surrounded by the traces of Ignorance, just allowed it work through them sincerely undergoing the related suffering!

The Ignorance in me makes me believe strongly that everything is rosy around when the background is really not so. If I start doubting it in a discrete way, it immediately senses the same and instantly shows me either an alluring life that would be lost if I deviate from its path or in case I am firm on foregoing the same, terrorizes me with the consequences of myself getting off from the life it laid out for me through severe punishments ahead leading to ultimate extinction!

Naturally I, as an ordinary human being is always limited in facing these extremes and sooner or later will listen to this strong force in me.Thus this powerful but treacherous one forever gets its work done thru' me i.e.,

Shows a rosy life in front covering up the Truth in Nature and when met with a failure, makes me get up with another promise and thus playing it's game endlessly!

And the other name given for such an Ignorance in me is my Self Interest!

In such a scenario, for an ordinary individual like me, the only path of living the life minimizing the effect of this Self Interest is to just to discipline myself 

Sticking to my own laid out duties to the core,

Not going after the surrounding attractions and enjoyments beyond even if the social and legal systems permit and

Develop for ever an attitude of caring for the next man in difficulty


Thus changing the raw name of my Basic Self Interest to my Quality Self Expression!

If I lead such a disciplined life with an ultimate Faith that

'He alone moves the world and I am an infinitesimal part of that Greater Movement!'

That my Quality Self Expression is bound to precipitate with the revelations of 'Specks of Truth' that bring in truly certain Joy and Peace in my life!

Keywords: Ignorance, Self, Interest, Expression

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

BEING TRULY HUMAN..

"Sir, What exactly is the meaning of the oft repeated Saying.. 


'Take care of your next man!'

And what's wrong if I live my life all along doing my job without interfering with my next man unless required and equally leave his/her matters to the individual alone? Why should I do more here as the other person ultimately had to lead his/her life by himself/herself alone? Can you clarify on this?"

"Dear! It's right time that you raised a very important question on dealing with people around us as we live thru' our life. No doubt when you say that you'll do your job without interfering with the your next man unnecessarily, such type of social behavior is sure highly welcome.

But equally, let's look into this discipline a bit deeper.

When I live my life at a particular standard which even though legally and socially is approved, it definitely means that in a world of tight competition, some people in the queue down the line of my living have given up their bit there which together had become mine with a stamp of legal and social approval. The question with me now is..

Can I rise myself here as a human being?

If I look at the morals and ethics of our living, sacrifice occupies one of the roles of human being for own betterment in life and this sacrifice sure is chipped in when I voluntarily give up my right not out of fear but out of an unknown happiness in me for the benefit of those who can sure improve their lives with what I relinquish..

This noble attitude in man is the fundamental concept of caring for his/her next man and our morals and ethics forever insist one on donating a certain percentage of his/her earnings beyond own decent existence as well as own wish equally well within the limits

  • The lower one forever checking one's own greed and hoarding attitude and

  • The higher one forever limiting one's own spendthrift attitude and show-off tendency..
Even though the show off tendency and spendthrift attitude are well checked, our morals and ethics still limit this sacrifice above the higher limit because as a human too
  • I have a body which I can't negate its existence at this stage of my life and 
  • Some basic desires are attached to it spreading into the mental level of certain minimum gratification..
These no doubt have to be taken care well at a decent level all along my life as well as to be ensured to those too who would be the beneficiaries of this wealth after me..

Further, the Spiritual Aspects of our life forever assert doing this minimum sacrifice not as a relinquishing ritual but sure at the psychological level when I voluntarily stop comparing with my next man both on the higher as well lower ends..

  • On the higher end not feeling elated and 

  • On the lower end not feeling low
And thus continue my life calm and serene for the max part of life!"

Keywords: truly, human

Monday, September 25, 2017

FOREVER, THERE'S ONLY 'ONE WAY' IN FRONT!

The Great man’s son had become an alcoholic and often was commenting on the father’s actions.. To a question, whether the Great man would accept his son or desert him as the son was not on the lines what He was Preaching and Practicing, the Great Personality smiled and said,

“As long as he doesn't leave his habit and talks against Truthful Living, I've nothing to do with him as a father. But the moment, he leaves his habit and comes to me truly repenting on what had happened, he is once again my son and I'll start doing what I am supposed to do towards him!” 

Two friends had to wait at a place in a Mall Area where few chairs were provided for sitting. Their families had gone for extended Shopping of about 3 hrs and the Mall area was fully crowded as it was a holiday. All the chairs were occupied all the time and it was almost impossible to get the seating there.


One said,


  • “We have come here to finish a few important works when our families are on shopping. Let's finish them first and subsequently try get a seat here!"
The other said,
  • “There are hardly 5 chairs here with so many people moving around. And those who are occupying the chairs too are not vacating the same faster. If we get off from here, we can never get our seats. We’ll wait and try our best here first rather than go round on our works get exhausted and again wait for our seats.. An hr before our families return, we can move from here, finish our works and straight go to our homes.. That way we are less tired at the end of the day!”
The first one was not interested in doing that, so left his friend and moved on to complete his works..

Approximately an hr had elapsed and he returned finishing his works.. As soon as he reached the seating place, 2 people vacated 2 chairs nearest to him away from the waiting friend..

He instantly occupied one keeping his bag in the other for his waiting friend.The second friend ran and occupied that seat kept for him!

There was a Message..

Your ‘Aimed Work’ is your 'Own Make’ and may never be ‘What is to be Done’ in a given situation.. The best discipline here is forever

  • Make a note of all the works to be done as per your responsibilities in the descending order of priorities not set by you but as built in the system, 
  • Be doing those works to the best of your abilities, 
  • Take the final result whatever comes thru' in the process and 
  • Be happy with that!
Keyword: The best discipline

Sunday, September 24, 2017

FEELING WHOLESOME IS PEACE; DIVISION IS PAIN!

The Great Saint had said humorously once, 
"God ever laughs on the occasion whenever 2 brothers divide their inherited property saying 
'This is mine and that is yours!'”

Two gentlemen with two distinct problems of theirs in their life visited the Head of an Ashram on the same day at the same time seeking a solution for the peculiar problems they faced. The Head welcomed both and listened to their problems together with their permission. After hearing, He said to them,

"Be disciplined in your life for about 3 months on the lines of truth best known to you and come back to me!"

The 2 gentlemen soon took permission and left the place.

On the day the Saint mentioned, the two re-visited Him at His Place. One was seen happy and cheerful; the other as usual sad. When asked by the Saint how their disciplined life was going on, the sad looking man said,

“Sir, I've done my best here.. I don't know, still my problem persists!”

The cheerful man said,

“Sir! You opened up my eyes. I could clearly see my mistake here. Now, there's no problem!”

The Saint blessed them both further advising to continue the disciplined life. After they left, a disciple observing all that urged his Master to tell him what would have happened in the 2 cases. The Head smiled and said,

“Dear! The basic indiscipline of man along with a tendency to expand in life beyond is the root cause of all evils of life and the problems related to day to day dealings in life take birth from not able to see the correction required here from one's end.

Here the happy man with my advice could see instantly this indiscipline and expanding tendency in him as his real problem. Having understood that firmly, without much brooding over his troubling problem he sincerely started doing that whatever required in the situation with a smile and new vigor.

In that way, he automatically became disciplined both inward as well as outward..

The other man could not grasp this in depth and is continuously seeing his problem and his indiscipline as two different issues with him even today. Thus, for him, the problem continued at his psychological level even though he became a 100% disciplined but only at the physical level.

In that way he is totally untouched at the psychological level wherein the original craving for a superior feeling still continues! 

Of course here in both cases, I only told them to continue this living further, that's all.

The cheerful man is lucky but the sad one has no go other than wait patiently for the dawn of this Unique Understanding in him!"

Keywords: life, wholesome, division, pain

Friday, September 22, 2017

THE LIMITATIONS OF TRUE BLOGGING!

The Great Man when confronted with rowdy elements, hid himself in the Police Control Room and subsequently on the advice of the Chief of there escaped in disguise in front of the protesters..

Making it evident that protecting oneself becomes the primary duty and in that context anything done stands as right! 

But the same Personality made it clear subsequent to the incident saying,

  • "I don't know why I did that way at that point of time but this moment left to me, I am ready to surrender to my protesters and face their wrath rather than escape discretely!"
Making once again clear that none should act less when truly imbibed with a sure inner strength to face a certain threat!

Seen in such a context, am as a Blogger a certain personality in this world and protecting myself from a threat at that level becomes a requirement from my end. Thus my sayings sure deviate from my original expressions within and streamline with the pressures brought out by the powerful next to me.

And I can do nothing beyond here till I am blessed with a greater inner strength by the Grace of God..

When a man asked the Great Man of the Ashram to give him some food as he was hungry, the Great Personality said,

  • "Do this equivalent work, I'll give you food!"
When the man retorted saying that how a man collapsing with hunger could do any work, the Great Personality said,
  • "In that case, I'll give you food. Eat, relax for a while but finish my work and go!"
When the man refused to do that accusing the Noble Personality as cruel, the Great Man said,
  • "I don't mind. You can go now. You will not get food here!"
Very strictly speaking, that's the fundamental importance of work in our life and if I am blogging in my prime time, I sure need to earn my decent salary out of that!

Having reasonably taken care of the above 2 aspects of life, I should never stop beyond out of a further feeling in me that I may be humiliated of what I say because whatever be that, that has its own requirement in the world at that moment and I should necessarily bring it out for the overall betterment in me and my surroundings..

The Master truly clarified the same point through His advice once given to a humble man who was finding it difficult to concentrate on God saying,
  • “As you love your own goat kid very much, imagine the picture of your little goat in place of your Deity and thus continue your Spiritual Practice.. You are truly blessed!” 
Making it very clear that I should boldly bring out to the world that prompts me so strongly from within without feeling shy of doing the same!


All my blogging freely done taking care of the above 3 factors

sure becomes the requirement of the day

and anything different from this becomes

doubly sure the funny part of my blogging as such an expression from my end in that situation equally never stands as the requirement of day!

The Post is written in line with the IndiSpire prompt# The funny world of blogging. #Blogging

Keyword: Blogging

Thursday, September 21, 2017

A 'GM' IS 'GM' AS LONG AS..

It was the day the General Manager of the Company was retiring..

A grand function was arranged and beyond the funds officially allocated for conduct of the function, the employees of the Company contributed their might out of their adoration, respect and for all that their GM had done for them and made the function a grand success.

Finally the beloved man was sent off with tears rolling down from the eyes of every one..

Three middle level Executives who witnessed all that had their own personal conversation subsequently..

"I am moved by the fact how people loved him so much and reacted beyond to his leaving. While in service too everyone had their own adoration for him.

If we work in this or in any Company, what's the use of leading a normal work life and casually exit at 60? It's not worth being like that at our work. And sure if we decide upon becoming some thing, nothing can really stop us. What do you say?"

The other 2 instantly nodded their heads in affirmation..

Time passed on and in the next 10 years the 3 gentlemen became the Heads of 3 Organisations all along their career each successively being

  • Workaholic and a Disciplined,

  • Smart and Intelligent and
  • Authoritative and Power Wielding!
Their times moved on thus with many of their Sub-ordinates feeling unhappy and discontented but having set in their minds moving in those directions, the 3 men never budged in and finally retired..

That day of retirement

For all the 3 was almost casual with routine speeches of praise and applause finally saying a bye..

The next day
  • For the sub-ordinates was one more day of their routine with the ex-chief taken off from their minds 

And
  • For the 3 retired GMs, an aimless small life in front in spite of each having an offer of Advisor/Consultant in their respective Companies!
There was a Unique Message..

'The GM you had seen years back was a unique personality all by himself..

  • By mere working hard and disciplined, none can never become like him, 
  • Even the smartness and intelligence can't get one to that level of a unique personality
  • And sure authority and power wielding will never do that wonder..
Here, it's a mixture of
  • Many open as well hidden features of the man, 
  • The drive within, 
  • His background, 
  • His dashing nature, 
  • His interactions with his fellow personnel, 
  • His goodness as well as 
  • His time 
And they together had made him such a person at his work..

Some of these are sure within the reach of all and thru' sincere attempts they can claim them as theirs..

But a few are sure unique to a personality and the time which one can't make them one's own whatever attempts they may make..

It doesn't mean that we shouldn't attempt as attempting here is one's duty and reaching the highest is forever the sacred aim but

There one should stop and never should run to reach the top by hook or crook and that type of interest if any prevails, it's better leave that at the earliest forever remembering the Saying,

'It's not the General Manger’s Post that brings dignity to a person; it's the person that brings dignity to a General Manager Post!'

Keyword: General Manager

Tuesday, September 19, 2017



THE SECRET.. 'XXXXXX'

  • “Dear! Can I just discuss this our matter with...." 
Shh! Don't tell anyone this now. Let's keep it a secret till we reach a stage on this issue XXXXXX. Else one knows, every one around would know in no time. You agree that we don’t want the News Item being talked of so much at this stage itself? When it's time, we'll surprise people by announcing our XXXXXX!”
  • “You are right and I already took all precautions here.. I know that a secret of home should never be revealed. No issues!"
“That's nice of you.. Now, let’s talk of tomorrow’s Plan. Are the window glass shutters fully closed so that our talk is never overheard outside?”
  • “Don't worry.This is winter and I keep the shutters of all windows closed daily evening at 6 PM so that the house remains warm. The exhaust fan provides necessary ventilation and actually under it's dull noise nothing will be heard from inside!"
“OK dear! Now, let's sit in the middle of the room and talk. I ever doubt sitting near to a partition wall or window and talk. It's easy to be overheard there whatever precautions we may take!”
  • “Shall I note down our proposed plan of activities in this book so that we don't miss major works involved in completing our XXXXXX?”
“Not at this moment.. Sometimes from such scribbles and notes too a lot can be inferred. I heard people taking out scrap chits from trash and guessing the matters!”
  • "You are right!"
“OK! Let's start at 10 AM tomorrow and finish off…."
  • "You forgot.. Our Rohit’s Class Teacher had sent a Slip asking us meet her and as she wants to discuss with us about his......."
"Done! We'll start at 9 itself tomorrow and finish off both the works. No problem!”

The next day at 9 AM, in the Basement Parking Area..

“Hi, Rohit! What happened? Why are you here? No school?”

  • “Uncle! am going to school with my parents. They are coming down. I'm waiting!”
“What’s the matter dear?”
  • "It’s about...... and my parents are coming to discuss with our Miss…. They planned to finish off their XXXXXX also along with this!”
“What! I never knew that your parents have finalized on XXXXXX and.....?”

“They started this 2 weeks ago. We went to an Office at..... and met a man. Dad paid off some money and was saying that the rest we'll pay later. Mom was talking on 3 problems to the man and he said okay!"


‘This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend,
WOW: Shhh! Don’t Tell Anyone
an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda.’


Keyword: SECRET

Monday, September 18, 2017

THE 10 QUESTIONS 
I SHOULD NEVER STOP ASKING MYSELF 
AT MY WORK!

If a man has no enough means, he/she many times has to work for some one and receive wages. In case has enough means he/she will often make some one work for some one, pay wages and take profit. The employee and employer concepts are defined thus..

Further, the philosophy of a 100% Socialist Economy says..
'Work according to capacity and take according to need!'
and the philosophy of a 100% Capitalist Economy says..
'Work according to capacity and take according to capacity!'


The Mixed Economy alone sustains ultimately ranging from more of capitalist type to more of socialist type depending on the widening gap between the rich and poor involved!

Am I repeating the above Mantra daily within myself before entering my Work Arena? 

All works basically vary 

From totally of service type with nil profit aim supported by required funds flowing from outside
To totally of business type with max profit interest supported by nil funds flowing from outside!

Do I exactly know how the funds flow in for my Organization?

Dignity of work is a concept in Nature which changes with time. The world has defined the dignity of work many times always with deficiencies attached to it and never could do it to perfection.. 

Philosophies of the Capitalist, Socialist or Mixed Economies in vogue often define the dignity of work. Equally the survival aspects are the basic dictating forces behind all such rules and regulations!

Have I conceived this whole concept of working before going to have a tiff with my employer on flimsy issues?

Continuous improvement is the philosophy of surviving in a rather harsh competitive environment. No short cuts help here!

Have I started revising my basic learning or forgotten it under the cool of my daily routine?

Most of the jobs in the world are in the buyers’ market i.e., the buyer dictates and the seller confirms. Only a few jobs of very high specialized skills are in the sellers’ market i.e., the seller dictates and the buyer listens!

Mostly, the seller's role of confirming is inevitable for me at my work.. Am I well tuned up for this? 

Active work life only lies between ages approx 20-60 yrs. Below 20 is the period of developing basic skills for future job and above 60 is that of advices and consultations! 

Am I utilizing well this precious time '20-60' with full devotion which can never be extended in a life time?

In a work environment, continuity of job with high responsibility is more important than getting increments and promotions!

Am I looking at my assignment with more attention or constantly gazing thru' my pay slips and promotional orders?

Jobs are always given thru’ references. During the employment period, my reference forever is the current Employer + all the previous Employers!

Why am I quarreling with my work of today as none can erase that bad in future at any time?

Career growth directly or indirectly is a must in many spheres of work except super specialized skill areas. Starting with working level one will soon be doing a Supervisory Role, beyond rises to Managerial Level and finally reaches the Senior Executive Level or above that! 

A halt to my career growth beyond a certain time is ever seriously viewed in the Employment Arena and can never bring riches.. How much attentive am I here?

Every business has certain limit of operating finances. That depends on 

The demand in the market for the product, 
The paying capacity of the customers, 
The number of customers that consume the product,
The investing strategies of the company etc.. 

Accordingly the salary structure and career plans are implemented for the particular set-up! 

It may be my time now..

Why am I sticking to my existing set-up without moving on to the next business level very much feasible?

Keyword: 
WORK

Saturday, September 16, 2017

LIFE IS A BOX OF..


### "Never get into the eternal running, too much questioning and argumentative modes.. There's no great ultimate gain in all these activities.. One has to leave all this and go when the time comes.. Whatever way life comes up just adjust and live.. If you are happy and others around you are happy do that and relax..


That way seen this
Life Is A Box of 
nothing but endless 
Worries and Adjustments
packed tight and kept with me!" 

Was the assertion of 
the inactive tamasik man 
for whom possessing and enjoying with minimum activity alone were the driving forces in life..

### "This is my right and I completed my responsibilities too for the day as per laid out rules and procedures.. No one can point out me further and I'll never allow that to happen at any time in my life..


That way seen this
Life Is A Box of 
nothing but many 
Problems and Reactions
packed tight and kept with me!" 

Was the assertion of 
the active rajasik man 
for whom possessing and enjoying with maximum activity were the real driving forces in life..

### "Even though I've my right here, I’ll extend a helping hand to my next man in need and do something beyond my assigned responsibilities for his/her benefit..

That way seen this
Life Is A Box of 
nothing but continuous 
Surprises and Solutions
packed tight and kept with me!"  

Was the assertion of 
the morally obliged satvik man 
for whom possessions and enjoyments could be forgone a bit with the activity continuing at high level in life..

### "In this life, it's better I forego some of my rights over my possessions and enjoyments, allocate that time and energy for helping out the distressed around and thus take up a sizable new responsibility.. Of course, this'll be done only after completing my primary works beyond which my people would be able to stand by themselves..

That way seen this
Life Is A Box of 
nothing but series of 
Events and Actions
packed tight and kept with me!" 

Was the assertion of 
the ethically inclined satvik man 
who believed that life was not for possessing and enjoying alone but for extending a service to mankind with the activity continuing at high level in life..

### "This life is to be just lived through as there's no other go and it'll not listen to me beyond..
But equally there's no meaning in running round the glitter and glamour which may promise the heaven today but soon show the hidden hell part of it.. Let me limit, leave as many enjoyments as possible, minimize possessions and thus live a simple life doing service oriented works and remain Prayerful to the Almighty all the time..

That way seen this
Life Is A Box of 
nothing but only 
Non Possessions and Sacrifices
packed tight and kept with me!" 

Was the assertion of 
the truth established sativik personality
when the self everywhere was felt light at the back of a firm Faith that God alone moves the world and one has to just do his/her part of work with the activity continuing at high level in life!

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

Keyword: 
Life

Friday, September 15, 2017

THE 'DEJA VU'.. FRIEND!

That Sunday afternoon after a heavy lunch we, myself and my current 3 mates moved on to spend our evening in the best possible way..

As my luxurious car rolled over smoothly with the driver doing his job silently I, in the front seat was in constant communication with my 3 mates sitting at the back on my future plans.. The 3 had their own suggestions in the process..

The car soon came to stop at a signal and I casually looked out.. To my surprise I could recognize my earlier friend whom I left long back in his helmet stopping at a certain distance from me.

He appeared to be in constant communication with his friend behind him who too was seen wearing a helmet.. For a minute, the friend behind took off his helmet, adjusted something and put it back on his head..

As I had a quick glance of that man suddenly my mind rushed back..

Yes.. I had seen this man.. Definitely not seen alone but interacted too with him for many years long before..

I tried to brush off that alert within but my consciousness never left me from doing that..

"How could you forget this man in your life?"

It was seen asking..

Meanwhile the signal became green, I left that incident there itself and we moved on myself chit-chatting with my mates.. After finishing few works soon we were at our favorite Market Place..

As I was parking my vehicle in the parking lot to my surprise, my earlier friend on the 2 wheeler was seen in distance about to start his vehicle with the same friend behind may be after finishing his work..

Just then a man in great rush was seen approaching my friend for a lift and there was a problem as 3 could not travel on the 2 wheeler..

I was about to step out as I had a big vehicle with me with extra seats and offer to that man in need a free ride to his place and he could as well travel in the comfort of my luxury car..

But my 3 mates instantly stopped me from doing that saying..

"What are you doing? You allow that man in your car? No.. we'll not allow you do that!"

Saying thus they forced my dirver to move on..

I could say nothing there else it would be a tiff with them which I had no courage to pick up as without them my present life sure would come to a dead stop.. As my car moved on, I casually looked at my old friend on his scooter..

The 'deja vu' friend was seen gracefully offering his seat to the man who requested a lift with a smile..

As my car moved on, I looked back at my 3 mates behind me.. They the

Greed,
Power Thirsty and the
Pride


In me were seen relaxing back in their seats and as I looked out of the car thru' the glass window, I saw at distance my earlier friend moving on his 2 wheeler with his new friend

Peace

on his back, the 'dejavu' friend

Honesty

Waving to them from distance whom as I suddenly remembered left long back in my life and embraced the highly enchanting

Corrupt Life!

The Post is written in line with this week's IndiSpire Prompt Have you ever experienced deja vu? Visited a place and felt that you have been there before? Or a person who looked familiar in the first meeting? What happened next? Share the story. #DejaVu

Keyword: Honesty

Thursday, September 14, 2017

THE FUNDAMENTALS OF A GOOD ADVISING..

A well informed man once approached a group of hard working people and told them that he had all the material with him to educate them on how they could do their works well, have a good life and thus be happy in their lives..

The group politely told him,

  • “Sir! This moment, we have no time to listen, look into and follow your advice as we are very busy with no additional time at our disposal for learning anything new other than repeating our own routine!”
The gentleman waited patiently for the day when they would be having free time and it never came up..
  • On week days the men were busy with their work..
  • During weekends busy with their personal life and meeting those requirements.. and
  • On a holiday relaxing the onetime chance in life..
And their life continued thus without his advice!

Seen thus, it's very much evident that the Speaker-Listener relation in the world is ever sacred and all individuals, all places and all times never uphold the sacred relationship to establish!

Here from both the Speaker's and Listener's points of view,

  • The primary requirement is to have an open mind..

  • The next requirement is firming up to free himself/herself from the so called ‘Worth’ or ‘Specialty’ which includes one's own values, opinions, dogmas, theories, beliefs, the likes and dislikes etc without ever questioning the same in the next man..

  • The third requirement is freeing oneself from all the above never seen as a path of burden; instead experiencing it as a path of effortlessness through the instantaneous understanding of the Spirit of Living..
  • The final requirement is knowing well that 
All times are not favorable for this to take place,
At times such occasion may not come up too in the entire span of one's life,
All the methods of Honest Work help,
No Special Paths bring quick results and
No Materialist Experience has an edge!

Tuned up thus, when a person decides to speak out something to the world with a clear understanding that
  • Nature is the original teacher to all and the happenings around and their interactions with one’s life alone teach a lot, 
He/she is sure seen as

The True Wonder and the world around readies itself to help him/her out!

Equally tuned up thus, when the Listener readies himself/herself to listen with,
  • A strong urge to learn which alone makes one absorb the toughest,
He/she is sure seen as

The True Wonder and the world around readies itself to help him/her out!

When an interaction takes place between such a Speaker and Listener,
  • The material of interaction remains as the Sacred Entity which becomes the requirement of the world at that moment and 
  • It automatically becomes the 'Right Material' with both the individuals to be taken to the Deity as their best Offering at their Place of Worship!
There alone a 'True Change' materializes through an 'Advice!'

Keyword: Advice

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

WHAT IS NECTAR?

The Little One of five and half yrs+ was too expressive, too attentive, oft questioning and very much learning every bit in the process.. The grandma decided to instill certain Cultural Values in the Little One's mind by narrating some of the epic stories to him..

That evening, she decided upon to tell the boy the story of Samudra Manthan carried out by the Devas and the Asuras.. She said,

  • "Dear! Once you know what had happened? Due to a curse from a Great Sage, the Devas lost all their strength!"
"Grandma, who are Devas?"

The boy asked with all curiosity.

  • "They are the Celestial Gods who do good to the world!"
"Okay.. What happened next?"

The grandma picked up the tempo of the story seeing the boy's interest. She continued..

  • "Lord Vishnu wanted to help Devas and so He asked them to churn the Ocean of Milk along with Asuras and get Nectar!"
"Who are Asuras?"

The Little One asked again wide eyed.

  • "They are like demons.. Do bad to world!"
"Then why did Lord Visnu ask Devas to join bad people?"

Grandma searched a min for the answer and said diplomatically..

  • "Dear! Asuras had great strength and Devas lost that.. So without Asura's help, Devas can't churn the Ocean!"
"Okay.. What happened next?"
  • "They brought a huge Mountain called Mandara and a big snake called Vasuki and started churning the Ocean of Milk.. The Devas one side and the Asuras on the other side.. A big job you know!"
"Yes!"
  • "Many things came in the process, all were taken away by different people for their use and for good of the world!"
"What happened next?"
  • "A huge fire of Poison came up.. Lord Shiva swallowed it, kept in His throat and saved the world!"
"You mean.. Lord Ganesha's dad?"
  • "Oh! You remember that.. Great! And they went on churning for many days.. Finally the Nectar came up in a Pot and the next moment, the Asuras took away the Pot for them!"
"That's not fair!"
  • "Yes.. They are bad and if they take the Nectar, they become still strong and trouble the world more!"
"Then what happened?"
  • "The Devas became sad and went to Lord Vishnu and asked for help. Lord Vishnu slowly mesmerized the Asuras and gave away all the Nectar to Devas and Devas again became strong!"
"Didn't Asuras become angry?"
  • "They became angry.. But by that time Devas became equally stronger and they could do nothing!"
"A good job done by Lord Vishnu!"

The grandma by that time was totally lost to her story seeing the boy's interest..
  • "Yes dear.. Lord Vishnu is a Great God. He always helps those who are good and pray to him.. You can also pray to Him daily.. Now say with me..
'shaanta kaaram bhujaga shayanam padma naabham suresham
viswaa dharam gagana sadrisham megha varnam subhaangam
lakshi kaantam kamala nayanam yogi bhi dhyaana agamyam
vande vishnum bhava bhaya haram sarva lokaika naatham'"

The boy repeated what all the grandma said keeping his hands together fully closing his eyes.. The grandma became too emotional, hugged the Little One and blessed him in her heart saying..
  • "And if you do good, God Vishnu gives you too whatever you want!"
"Yes.. I'll do good.. Okay, grandma! You said Nectar? What's Nectar?"
  • "Dear! It's one food when taken a person becomes strong and best.. But no one will get it easily.. It's called Amrit in our Books!"
"Oh! it's Amrit? For that why to churn an ocean? It's available in our shop!"
  • "What? Amrit is available in our shop?"
"Yes! Yesterday, grandpa purchased it from our shop!"
  • "What are you saying? Show me that!"
The child with great excitement instantly took her to kitchen..
  • "It's there!"
He said with smile on his face pointing his tiny finger towards

The jar of brown sugar neatly stocked on the Top Rack of the kitchen cup board with 'Amrit' written on top of it in a corner!

Keyword: Nectar

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

AM I OVERDOING HERE?

A man was good at arguing, reasoning and convincing. People often discussed and argued with him a number of times but ultimately he used to be on the winning side. Many a 'tough-to-change' Personalities who dealt with him too had concluded that the man had a real capability of convincing any one.

‘Even a rock would ultimately listen to him!’

was their conclusion. Such was his suggestion power. People used to come to him repeatedly and get clarifications to their problems.

  • Many felt that their life style had improved with his suggestions and they had become much better..
  • Some who had perennial problems got managing solutions from him so that they could handle their situations which were almost declared hopeless..
  • A few, whose life style could not be changed much were consoled through a definite advice to face the problems with renewed energies! 
A well-wisher who for some time had seen the man’s interactions decided to advice him gently towards the right direction. Accordingly, he met him one evening and after a few exchanges said,

“My dear! I very much appreciate your Values and Concern for others. But I feel that all your advices lack one common Entity which unless touched upon will not really be effective one hundred percent!”

The man totally surprised at that sudden remark instantly asked the well-wisher,

“What's that, Sir?”

“It is a feeling of 'Presence of Divinity' in all situations. I found that you do not talk of God anywhere in all your discussions!”

“Sir! I don't understand the connection here!"

“Dear! I appreciate what you do to help people and I agree with you that our Sacred Books too Say

'Help People first before you talk of God!'

But the same Sayings very much reiterate the Presence of Divinity everywhere. The Fact is that,

'No True Change comes through unless He Wills!'

All my seemingly arguments, counter arguments, analysis of Truth, convincing, advising and disciplining originate from the Almighty and I am just instrumental in passing the original messages to people around me.

When I forget this and feel that I'm the person behind all these doings, that self interest of mine however refined may be is never 'The Pure!' That’s the reason why I'm unfit and in fact I am wrong in taking people beyond a point for 'True Change!'

"------------"

"Here, you should just tell people what is 'Right' as known to you and beyond leave the 'Job of Change' to them only. As they interact with Nature, they themselves truly 'Learn' there the 'Right' for them. Mother Nature never lets us down, truly helps and does the 'Ultimate Good' for all of us. You specially should not try to do it by yourself for others.

While leaving, the well-wisher smiled and said,

“May be an individual is destined to pass through a phase of life which elevates him/her much faster entirely through a different Learning. When I, out of my basic self interest try to accelerate the process, am I not interfering with the very existing 'Divine Happening' here?”

Concurring with what the well-wisher had said, Verse 32, Chapter 10 of Srimad Bhagavad Gita was heard simultaneously on the distant loud speakers being recited melodiously with the meaning explained in parallel..

'sarganam adir antas ca madhyam caivaham arjuna
adhyatma vidya vidyanam vadah pravadatam aham'


'O Arjuna! I alone am the Creator, the Maintainer and destroyer of all Creation. Of knowledge I am the Spiritual Knowledge and of arguments I am the logical conclusion!'

Keywords: Creator, argument, logical conclusion

Monday, September 11, 2017

NO DOUBT IT'S A WAR AND HOW SUCCESSFULLY I WIN OVER HERE IS SURE MY SKILL!
  • A tough Customer forever talks on issues where my Company/myself are unable to rescue him/her from the trouble he/she got into by believing all those seemingly feasible promises made from our end and 
I should ever be ready to address as many issues of my Client as possible without a single word of argument from my end!
  • A tough Customer has no language barrier and freely conveys his/her point without a second thought and 
I should necessarily prepare myself well in advance as without fail, I'll understand every word of that conveyed in substance!
  • My Boss at times would surely escape from a tough Customer making me a scapegoat in the melee and 
I should ever guard myself to minimize the impact of such a happening if can't be avoided in total!
  • A tough Customer expects the ‘Moon’ alone and nothing less at any time and 
I should gracefully manage the situation and bring my Client to a level of accepting what is feasible!
  • A tough Customer in front of me is a symbolic representation of facing the knife edge competition around me in my business field and 
I should never fail to alert my confidence to check itself again and again before asserting firmly on the related issues!
  • A tough Customer always assumes that there is no personality with me and 
I should be willing to cast off part of my ego in the process and put up a smile!
  • I am in the middle of a war when a tough Customer arrives on the scene and 
I should fight that war heroically and win over my Client's confidence!
  • A tough Customer is like a gold mine in front of me and 
I should invariably go through all that strenuous process of digging and segregating to pick up my gold of turning the tough Client to a potential future Customer!
  • A tough Customer forever is at the threshold of my happiness stopping me experiencing that and 
I should continuously delight my Client in the process as then alone I'll have the so called life of mine!
  • In spite of being well disciplined too, by chance I lose a tough Customer 
I should well know that part of my personality is temporarily lost and it takes a great effort from my end to build it back with substance!

Keyword: Customer

Friday, September 8, 2017

NO DOUBT, AN OLD MORAL STORY BUT..

“Suddenly the Ship was on flames. The Captain was busy in fighting out the fire and rescuing his people. As his young son too was with him, he quickly positioned his boy on the high point of the deck saying,

'Don’t move from here till I come back!'

Soon the entire ship caught fire and the brave Captain died in flames. The fire finally came on to the deck and few survivors around asked the boy to step down to save himself. The boy said,

'My father asked me to stay here till he comes back. I'll wait till he comes back!'

When he was informed that his father died in the fire, the boy said with all firmness,

'I won't move until he comes back!'

Soon the fire engulfed him!"

Thus narrated the father routinely the age old famous story to his 14 yr old son as part of instilling certain morals of respecting elders.

Having heard the story the son said,

“Dad! I've a doubt.. Why didn't the boy first save his life which was really precious? He wasn't correct in sticking to a simple verbal order saying,

'My father should come and then only I'll move!'”

The father taken a back a bit became silent instantly and in sometime the son left for his activities.. Subsequently the dad discussed the matter with an elderly well-wisher saying,

“It's the effect of the Generation Gap.. I feel sad for the younger generation of today for not able to uphold morals and ethics of life which we valued so much when we were at that age!"

The well-wisher, a man of deep wisdom looked at him, smiled and said,

“Dear! I'm of a different opinion here. The youngsters of today are more interested in questioning everything and accept the relevant.

This attitude is in fact the right way for betterment of one's life rather than accepting what is told through an indirect authority of cultural and moral values which have their own shortcomings too!”

"Sir! I don't get your point.. Should we leave our children like that when they forever lose the good part of what we learnt in our childhood?"

“No dear.. I never mean there 100%.. In fact, this story of our times is the Number One in preaching the duties of a son towards a parent and the story surely upholds the same Values even today.

But a small clarification here..

We, of older generation never questioned here even a bit but accepted the whole as is because to oppose the elderly advice was considered a sin but still as we know equal number of times, parents of our generation too had their problems with their children who are the mature adults of today sometimes serious issues too at the back of even being taught such morals in our younger days..

It means.. The percolation of this Great Message into our own doings in the right direction was not that much and in some cases was not at all there so to say..

In contrast, today's youngsters many times are

  • Squarely questioning in such instances, 
  • Assessing the right and the wrong out of their own intuition, 
  • Redefining the Values where required and thus are
  • Leading their lives out of their freedom
Instead of Taking the Message as an imposition!

No doubt equal number of times, the surrounding glitter and glamour sure distracts and misguides them from doing the Right but that used to happen in our times too only in a different way if we recollect our younger days..

So let's just educate our youth at this point of time that they should forever guard themselves from the ill effects of such a glitter and glamour around beyond a limit but never in the form of imposed morals!

Seen in such a perspective, don't you agree that the youth of today are sure expressing themselves better thru' questioning which is 100% the gist of one's life at any point of time? In that context, they expect a certain of their own Privacy and Space, what's wrong in that?”

An old Post in the form of a story is presented here which basically conveys the impact of re-thinking by the modern youth which was considered as immoral in the earlier times.

The Post is brought out suitably edited/modified but retaining the core message in respect of

True Effect of the Generation Gap

In today's world for submission to this week's IndiSpire Prompt

The concept of privacy and space seems to have taken over today's generation. Have things really changed, or is this another example of the older generation having selective memory? #GenerationGap

Keywords: Generation Gap, Privacy, Space

Thursday, September 7, 2017

LIFE OF POISE, CONTENTMENT AND PEACE!

A man of 55 mused aloud..

“This Work Arena is a tricky environment. I may be a king as on date but not forever as all these

  • Powers,
  • Facilities and 
  • Recognition 
with me today will be taken away at one stroke on the day I retire at 60 and I'll straight away be shown 'Exit' without any consideration for my feelings. Bereft of all these, I sure will have a small life with emptiness all round!

Let me be wise and implement the best strategy from now on wards so that all these continue with me if not at the present level at a lesser level..

That strategy is..

Slowly start being 'extra good' with many VIPs around especially those that would sure be coming to power after 5 years. And the same people who come to Power at that time will surely give me a job of Consultancy in the Organization for the next 5 yrs with certain indirect powers too..

Thus I'll be active again, there would be no despair on that fateful day of completing 60 and

That day and the next day would remain the same for me!

The wise man next to him remarked..

"Okay, agreed..


But what are you on the next day to your 65th year?

Dear! We can never escape from this emptiness of nothing to do in life by trying to avoid it. Equally, we are not evolved enough to face that emptiness directly too.. The right way here for normal people like us is to constantly involve alone.. But this involving is very much a double edged sword..

Involve with an accumulating attitude gaining max everywhere, you ultimately lose yourself to the emptiness in life 


but

Involve with a helping attitude losing a bit everywhere, you ultimately gain yourself the peace in life!

Start following the second noble discipline in your work environment as well as in your life, you soon understand that all the

  • Powers,
  • Facilities and 
  • Recognition 
are given to you not to
  • Rule
  • Gain and
  • Feel Proud
but to
  • Instill discipline
  • Get the work done and
  • Improve the quality of life
around..

If you start following this saying no to all the self interested strategies which your mind is proposing presently,

  • All the people
  • All the time
  • All with a helping hand
would be with you..

Equipped with such a discipline as you start leading your life, not those isolated days at 60 or 65 alone but each and everyday would be the same

Filled with Poise, Contentment and Peace!

Keywords: Poise, Contentment, Peace