Wednesday, March 29, 2017

HAPPY UGADI.. CAN I BECOME MORE ATTENTIVE IN MY LIFE?

On a day certain groups of entertainers, continental cuisine experts, comfort providers and philosophical thinkers visited a farmer..

The groups of entertainers said that they would entertain him the best with their skills. The farmer said,

  • "I'm happy with my dancing paddy fields and singing birds around me.. No extra entertainment I need!" 
The group of continental cuisine experts said that they would serve him with highly delicious cooked dishes. The farmer said,
  • "I'm happy with my simple food directly cooked in my house and consumed.. No extra serving of delicacies I need!" 
The group of comfort providers said that they would provide the best living conditions for him. The farmer said,
  • "I'm happy with my small house amidst the ever green Nature around me. No extra comfort I need!" 
A group of philosophical thinkers said that they would guarantee for him peace in his life. The farmer said,
  • "I'm happy with my own understanding of life as is around me. No extra clarification I need!" 
All were silent for a while. When asked one of them replied..
  • "Unless you become happy with what we tell/give/provide you and you share your 'Precious Produce' with us, all our learning and specialty is nothing with our stomachs going hungry!" 
A 'Great Reminder' in my so called 'Busy Life' where in a few times I would be trying to tie firm knots between elbows and knees!


2 PM was the time for cleaning the Rest room area as per schedule and the Janitor-In-Charge requested people in urgency to walk in and finish their activity and rest in the queue to wait for 15 minutes.

A few walked in and finished their activity and the rest decided to wait. The Janitor was about to close the gate when a man in the queue asked,

  • “Hi, I am on an urgent job and have to catch my bus. I'll give you some cash. Will you allow me in?”
The Janitor-In-Charge with a smile locked the front gate saying,
  • “Don’t worry.. I know the Bus Operator. He'll stop the bus for you. I promise!"
Exactly after 15 minutes, he opened the gates with a broad smile and welcomed the people waiting.. As they started moving in, he jokingly asked the man who was ready to offer him money,
  • “Will you give me the money now?”
Someone remarked in the queue,
  • “Why not? Ten times of that, tens of us in the queue will give you for the Greatest Service you are doing to us!” 
Another 'Great Reminder' in my so called 'Busy Life' where in a few times I would be trying to appear the best at the cost of certain uncleanliness left behind!

Keywords: farmer, janitor

Monday, March 27, 2017



THE ONLY WAY.. FOR A 'STRESS FREE' LIFE!

The Great Saint had said,
  • "Our problems in the world have to be resolved in a similar way we remove a thorn from our foot!" 
I'm very much living in this world and my senses are constantly interacting with specific worldly elements which I like out of an inherent ease with me in being so..

Thus the powerful senses with me indirectly make me avoid involving in my bounden duties exact to the point as that action sure needs a certain attention from me making me forego the ease the senses promise.. 

And my mind under the influence of this force from senses strengthens the thinking,

  • 'Try to experience the best all along in your life!' 
Thus, I constantly develop my own justification to every 'wrong doing' of mine and forever try to deviate from the right path unless compelled..

This attitude is the 'true thorn' gone deep in me through such a continuous 'wrong involvement' causing the endless mental stress in me and thus my 'inner peace' is constantly jeopardized whatever brave or smiling face I may put up!

And here, closing the eyes and stopping temporarily certain interactions with the world under the name of stress relieving exercises can never produce the true result unless basically I correct myself within..

Meaning.. I shouldn't keep off but actively start involving with the world and my people with all vigor but in a different living style Viz.,

  • Doing my assigned works of life as per my 'Dharma' in the best known way to me without skipping them at any point of time and taking up the insults and rebuke targeted in the process with a smile! 
Thus, I would be
  • Listening to my people as much as possible, 
  • Helping them out a little beyond the required, 
  • Giving away to them what they want keeping the minimum required for my decent living and 
  • Joining them in all areas where truth, sincerity and honesty are not sacrificed in principle! 
Leading a life thus in full alone takes out the effect of my earlier wrong doings and secures the peace.. Soon that discipline becomes the new style of my living which can be ascribed to the action of
  • 'Making use of the pin or the other sharp instrument' 
as the involvement of the senses in the world still continues but the other way with their active co-operation!

Thus,
  • The 'old thorn' of 'wrong doing attitude' in me
is taken out minimizing the conflict in my life with certain sure Peace restored..

The 'Rest' of course, is truly in the Hands of God and a sincere 'Prayer' to the Almighty at the end of the Day completes the process!

Keyword: stress

Friday, March 24, 2017



THE EVER LIMITED.. 'SERIOUS BLOGGING!'

Sloka 35, Chapter III of Srimad Bhagavad Gita says,

'Shreyan swadharmo vigunah paradharmaat swanusshthitaat 
Swadharme nidhanam shreyah paradharmo bhayaavahah.'

meaning

'Ever safe is one’s own duty than the duty of another even well discharged.. Better is even death in one’s duty than the duty of another full of fear!' 

Conveying a message to me that I should perform as well as express myself at my own known level, not beyond and thus rise in my life..

Seen in this context, active blogging too which is one's own expression in perception of Truth which he/she experiences in life and is very much interested to bring it out to the world out of an unknown happiness within should ever go on within the said limits only.. And when done so, such an expression sure forms the core content of the blogging which can be truly called serious..

Coming to the business interest associated with blogging no doubt, every effort has a price in the market and depending upon the worldly use of that effort put in, certain returns do come in the process to the individual..

As appearances are equally important, a better way of presenting this expression may have its own value here and at this point of time, I as a Blogger being the limited personality with my own inherent desires should never say no that flow all along checking myself in keeping up the tempo of my talk/writing with which originally I started my blogging and should continue thus..

The Truth known to me is forever the product of the life aspects around me perceived as is and my own existence consciousness in that scenario..

My existence consciousness when in close interactions of praise appears unlimited but when questioned, initially I may react and challenge those questionings but sooner or later when the questioning toughens, I feel imminent threat and withdraw from the active field, a few times getting hurt too in the process..

When someone cautioned the Great Man saying that the enemy was too powerful, He smiled and said, "They may torture me or kill me and nothing more they can do.. I'm prepared for both!"

Unless I am sure of this level of preparedness of facing any threat directed towards me, I should be careful in safeguarding my interests and accordingly alone express thru' my blogging.. And as per the said sloka of Srimad Bhagavad Gita, it equally becomes a duty of mine in such a scenario!

Thus as I try speaking/writing without jeopardizing my interests at the basic level, my blogging on whatever topic it be, sure does justice to the active blogging platform and can equally be called the serious blogging without an exception which activity forever settles at the point of a certain communication in the world where in the Saying Viz.,

'ASCHARYO VAKTAH ASCHARYO SHROTAH!'

meaning.. In this world,

'The Speaker is a wonder and the Listener too a wonder!'

is truly upheld!


Keywords: limited, serious, expression, blogging

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

THE TYPICAL FEEL OF
THE WORK ENVIRONMENT!

Before entry:
  • 'Ah! At last.. Am thru' my dream job selection!'
In the initial days..
  • 'Don't know.. It's time to go!'
After a while..
  • 'Want to get away.. Can't get away!'
Gone deeper..
  • 'I know.. But they say half knowledge!'
Subsequent to that..
  • 'I'm everywhere.. How can I get away?'
Next..
  • 'The job wants me every minute.. I'm indispensable!'
Further to that..
  • 'At last what I dreamed of.. Now I can sit in the Board Meetings!'
In some time..
  • 'I might have been crowned now.. But for how many more days?'
Sooner..
  • 'Oh.. The Whole Empire vanished at one stroke!'
Subsequent to that..
  • 'Smiling alone everywhere.. Nothing else works!'
Keyword: work environment

Tuesday, March 21, 2017



DON'T WANT.. DON'T WANT.. DON'T WANT..

An elderly man of 68 on stroll one evening saw a good Spirit in distress and as he instantly helped the Spirit, It in return offered him granting a special boon..
  • ”I see you struggling at your age with the age related problems almost leading a lonely life with nothing to do in front. Tell me, do you want again all that youthful life 15-25 yrs of many opportunities?”
“Oh! I've to learn all those A, B, Cs again? Can't be a beginner in my life. Don't want!”
  • “Then, do you want to relive the life of 25-35 yrs where in youthfulness and maturity go together?”
“Still, the then maturity is nowhere compared to that required to lead a good life. Don't want!”
  • “Why not 35-45 yrs of prime life with recognition from all directions as a man of something?”
“What for all that struggle and running round again? It’s too hectic. Don't want!”
  • “OK! What about the life of 45-55 yrs where you would be a seasoned man with true maturity backed by power, finance and recognition?”
“Have I to pass thru’ all that glory only to come back to ‘Nil’ once again? Don't want!”
  • “Okay.. It's final.. You will be definitely happy with the 55-65 yrs which was the just the recent of yours?”
“No…. All that vanishing trick and re adjusting task again? It’s really a big pain. Don’t want!”
  • “Then what else you want? Tell me quickly. I've to go now!”
“Just before I met you, I had a small issue of………. Help me in that, I would be the happiest!”

Keyword: age

Monday, March 20, 2017

THE TAMARIND IS SOUR FOREVER!

A man of mid thirties planned to make his house and when asked said,
  • “Just a small house for my living for the rest of my life!” 
A decade passed and when enquired on the news that he booked another Flat in a Housing Complex, the answer was..
  • “Yes! You know, I need some modest earnings through renting as I have no pension!"
Another decade passed and he was heard of buying some land..
  • “I got some monies by selling off my ancestral property.......”
was his the then reply.. Just before retirement he was seen negotiating with a Builder.. When enquired he said,
  • “Yeah! Before my energies taper off, I decided to sell the site I purchased years back and make a small house for the benefit of my children!” 
But at 65 too people heard him of being quite active.. When enquired he said,
  • “As my old house needed many repairs, I thought of bringing it down and make just 4 flats it's place.. In one I can live and the rest......."
He was soon 70.. On a Sunday morning, a friend visited him at home and as he enquired on his the then activities at his age, the man replied..
  • “Now a days I'm not able to move much but 8 yrs back had I taken the right decision and purchased the same present Apartment Complex in one of the Metropolitan Cities............."
Exactly at that moment from distant loud speakers, Sloka 12 of Bhaja Govindam was distinctly heard being recited with the meaning explained by the side..

dinayaaminyau saayam praatah
shishiravasantau punaraayaatah
kaalahkriidati gachchhatyaayuh
tadapi na mujncatyaashaavaayuh!


daylight and darkness, dusk and dawn,
winter and spring (do) come and go,
time plays and life ebbs away (sure)
but the storm of desire leaves never (the man)!


Keyword: desire

Sunday, March 19, 2017

AH, AT LAST.. OUT OF MY COMFORT ZONE!



A Great Saint in His Monastery used to conduct daily discourses and prayers with many devotees around Him.. One devotee used to come in time, sit from beginning to the end of the program, do his prayer and then only leave the Place.. He had a weakness with him and the other disciples repeatedly reminded the Saint that the man's presence made the place unholy..


One day the Saint smilingly told the disciples, “I see daily this man dot on time in his clean ironed dress with hair well groomed sitting in full attention till the end of the program.. Why don’t you open up and learn this discipline from him which I presently see missing in you?” thereby conveying me the message that

  • Better I leave the comfort zone of my comparisons! 
A night watchman on his usual rounds at night used to shout, 'Hoshiyaar.. Jagte Raho' All used to wake up, check the doors and after a while go back to their sleep.. A Great Personality too doing that suddenly thought one night, “Am I sleeping in my life?” The next moment he opened the door, came out of the house and moved towards the forest to meditate and attain Realization thereby conveying me the message that
  • Better I leave the comfort zone of my easy life! 
As a crow got a piece of meat, flew to a tree branch to eat the same, a dozen crows attacked it.. The crow flew branch to branch to escape from the attack but the other crows never left it.. Finally it dropped the piece to ground and stayed at peace on the branch as the chasing crows went after the piece fighting within themselves.. Seeing this, a Sage meditating below the tree firmed up, “The only way to be at Peace in this world is to drop the attachments with me!" thereby conveying me the message that
  • Better I leave the comfort zone of my ownership! 
When I thus force myself out of my comfort zone, the world starts looking different to me with the process of elevation starting in me..

From

  • Expressing myself to what I am within
Thru'
  • Understanding my next man which hitherto was nil in me as I was ready to explode at the slightest discomfort
To
  • What exactly I am destined to be in this life thru' a certain sacrifice thus truly elevating myself in the eyes of Almighty!
Don't we want this precious jewel of discrimination with us in our life by saying a firm 'No' to the comfort zone with us?

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

Keyword: comfort zone