Monday, May 29, 2017



SOMETIMES IT NEEDS TONS OF COURAGE TO SAY A 'NO!'

"See my dear! There's no problem. You have to just do it and forget about it. That's what I expect you to do here. It's that simple. Okay?"
  • "I understand.. But.."
"Don't worry about the extra costs involved here.. They are all well within control. I promise.. You'll never be put to hardship in respect of these finances. I'm ready to give some advance to you to start the work. Satisfied?"
  • "That's all okay.. My problem is..." 
"Okay.. Okay.. I got it. You will be away for few days and are worried about certain personal issues to be resolved in that context. My Assistant will work for you to help out in these matters. That way your issues will be well taken care of.. So you are on the job!"
  • "Actually, all that what you say is not the problem.. I feel..." 
"Yaar! You mean a dedicated network should be at your disposal to take care many issues on the spot. No problem, my group which works on these issues will be fully at the disposal of your orders and..... Ok.. I'm leaving now.. You will brief me in the evening on the progress made!"
  • "No.. Not all these are the issues... I want to..." 
"Right.. I got your point.. You wanted some more monies.... Okay.. Are you satisfied with....? "
  • "You are not allowing me to say..." 
"Okay.. Got it.. You wanted that file of yours pending since so many days should be approved.. I promise, I'll personally talk to.... and.... I agreed to every requirement of your here and made you the happiest.. In fact, you should thank me now.. Right?"
  • "None of these are my issues and I don't want anything from your end in this line!" 
"What are you saying dear? What's your problem here?"
  • "I don't want to do the job you are forcing me to do as I feel it's wrong on my part to take up such jobs. I'm sorry I cant helps here, whatever you say. Give me the right job in it's place, I'll sure do it without any support and I'm happy to do that!"
Keyword: the right job

Saturday, May 27, 2017



THE TEN QUESTIONS THAT CAN SURE TEACH ME A BETTER SOCIAL BEHAVIOR!

  • Adverse comments are often made by me in the absence of a person because the cornered man is totally defenseless there. Do I have the real courage to do the same in front of the person? 
  • Such comments from me on the other man exposes nothing but my low self esteem. Why am I ridiculing myself thus in front of all? 
  • Further, the moment such words cross my tongue, they have their own astronomical speed of spreading around over which I quickly lose my control with others taking away the bridle in no time. Why am I exposing myself so badly? 
  • The members in my group who are a party to my this commenting are either the ones like me who can equally do the same to me in my absence or may be having much bigger plans in that direction. Am I not dangerously exposing myself here? 
  • A friend on this date or a future friend will surely be lost through this nefarious act. And a permanent enemy zone is automatically created around me without a say. What am I aiming ultimately? 
  • The serious question here is.. Why am I doing this at all? May be there is no serious work with me worth doing. Am I really a no great contributor in life? 
  • 'It's a way of relaxation to relieve the stress within!' I may say.. The question is.. Have my relaxation techniques stooped down to such low levels? 
  • There is always a 'black' on my back. The habit of such commenting very much makes me forget it's existence. And a supporting statement like, "We too have defects but we never showed up like this!" covers up that permanently. What am I ultimately doing? 
  • His is one way of life and mine is another way. Both are purely the relative ways of living in the eyes of the Almighty. Where's it said that mine is superior? 
  • My four walls are part of the Universe. I live on the same Planet as the other man. I look many ways like him only. I express and expand like him only. I exist and finally exit like him only. Would I be so much different in the issue I am talking of here? Even if different, how does it matter when the end is the same for both of us? 
Keyword: adverse comments


Friday, May 26, 2017



THE MESSAGE MANY TIMES FORGOTTEN AMIDST THE BUSY ACTIVITIES OF OURS!

The elderly gentleman was too tired with the incessant works pouring in at the back of a few sleepless nights. He had to
  • Constantly monitor certain movements around, 
  • Keep a continuous watch on the likelihood hold-ups and 
  • See that the many loose ends were tied up in time..
Till the planned function would become truly a success.

Being the senior member of the big joint family, he could not let off the issues go so easily. Of course, he could have taken a nap and rested when others were asleep. But that was the exact time, he had to do certain own personal and other odd jobs. And seen from any angle, that’s sure the wisdom in the situation!

Once the D-Day was over, the whole time would be his and he could sleep long, long hrs if he wished so. Then none would be put to hardship and peace would be ruling in every one’s mind. And it was just 2 more days to go and better say bye to sleep as much as possible!

That afternoon after the lunch, he was ready with his activities. And there was an impasse for a while. As he was tired beyond, he just rested for a while in his easy chair watching all round giving his continuous advice to people who were moving here and there

  • Listening to that, 
  • Doing their works and 
  • Equally communicating between themselves..
Slowly the gentleman became
  • Silent and dull as his watching continued, 
  • Words from his lips coming out on their own but were broken,
  • In no time became whispers and
  • Finally stopped as the man's eyes closed he tilting to a side slowly resting his head against the pillow.. 
Seeing that, the members left him ‘As Is’ and were busy with their own activities.

Time moved on..

The gentleman in between got up twice but strangely felt himself surrendering to his sleep knowingly well his responsibilities at that point of time at the back of hustle and bustle going on around.

  • The hustle and bustle looked so soothing to his ears, 
  • The hazy movements of the people in front slowly disappeared and 
  • Soon he was into a deep sleep..
Someone was seen gently waking him up after a certain time..

"It’s 5 PM. Everything is ready. Now we have to move on. Please wake up!”

The gentleman slowly opened his eyes. And it took about 5 minutes for him to come to his full senses.

What had happened? It looked around all cool and relaxing. Nothing went wrong and all were ready to move to the Spot for the Final Show.

As the gentleman looked at his watch to his astonishment he noticed that a time of approx 3 hrs elapsed without his single thought, word and action being in picture.. Further
  • The movements were exact,
  • the links were well connected and 
  • the plans were fully accomplished
In that precious time of 3 hrs with the activities almost on the right track!

Right at that point of time, Slokah 47 Chapter II from Srimad Bhagavad Gita was heard on the distant loud speakers being recited melodiously with meaning explained in parallel..

'karmany evadhikaras te ma phalesu kadacana
ma karma phala hetur bhur ma te sango stv akarmani'


'You certainly have right for prescribed activities but never at anytime in their results. You should never be motivated by the results of the actions, nor should there be any attachment to doing your prescribed activities!'

Keywords: Bhagavad Gita, activities, results, attachment

Wednesday, May 24, 2017



A RE-THINKING FROM MY END HELPS A LOT HERE!

The conversation between 2 men went on thus..

“I get invariably a few dreams when I sleep!”
“So nice! Are they sweet dreams?”
“No! Most of the time they turn out to be bad dreams only!”
“Oh, I see! But it’s OK.  Any dream is always worth having it!”
“Not bad dreams alone.. Some of them are very bad dreams!”
“Is it so?”
“Yes! And of late, these bad dreams are turning out to be nightmares too!”
“Oh, I see! Strange!”
“And some of these nightmares are too scary. When I wake up from such dreams, I'll be almost shivering and sweating!”
“Oh! My God! Are they so bad?”
“Yes.. Really so.. Don't you dream in your sleep?”
“No!”
“How nice.. You are really a lucky man!”
“Actually, not so!”
“Why?”

“I’ve a chronic Sleep Problem. Most of the times I don't sleep and even if I sleep for a short time too, it's just a disturbed one always!”


Thus for a man, his own problem may look very big and he may be under the impression that the rest of the world is happily doing their jobs and living their life in spite of the fact many times the man next to him is having a greater problem at the same instant in the same direction..

Such a specific outlook is called cynical approach where in the impression forever with me would be, 


‘Every one, every where all the time is happy and I am alone forever left out to be unhappy!’

But let me look at myself once closely..


  • Being born in a good family,
  • Brought up by lovable parents, 
  • Ever surrounded by siblings and close family members,
  • Having made use of the education facilities around to an optimum level,
  • Having got into a job with certain earnings and
  • Thus settled in life at the back of reasonable good health and well-being with may not be the best of everything but sure the average of many I'm much, much better off..

And instead of constantly getting worried that 

My glass is largely empty, 

Let me feel happy that 

What is full is good enough for me 

With a further feeling that the Almighty truly bestowed upon me these certain plus for making use of in the right way so that I can bring up myself to a level with a few more added to it wherein I continue my life at a decent level and become useful to those who lack that basic life!'

Should I straight away embrace such a vibrant life very much feasible for me at this moment or go on condemning myself endlessly for not getting/having something with me in this life?

.. My wisdom alone will truly answer this!

Keyword: Rethinking 

Monday, May 22, 2017



THE IMPORTANCE OF LIVING THRU' RESPONSIBILITIES IN LIFE!

A young man suddenly felt great urge towards Spiritual Life and was very much fascinated by the lives of Ascetics and Saints. He regularly started attending the Spiritual Discourses given around in his area, reading the Spiritual Books found in Libraries and in Reading Centers and getting himself engrossed in all the matters related to Spirituality.

  • “If I can't dance to my own tune, what's the use of this life?"
Thus he used to speak out very often.

The young man's parents were worried. No doubt he got educated and was doing a good job but they expected him to settle in his life. They at length sought the advice of a well-wisher who promised to help them out in that scenario.  Accordingly on a day, the well-wisher met the young man and straight away said,

  • "Dear! Why not we visit the Great Monastery near by......... and seek blessings of the Master of the Sacred Shrine?" 
The young man instantly was thrilled and agreed to go there along with the well-wisher. They both planned a visit of 3 days to the Shrine and in that context made a few travel and lodging arrangements for the same. The well-wisher said,
  • "When we are there for 3 days, let's go through the specific life aspects of the Great Saint which can be a model of living for us!"
And the young man instantly agreed to all that said.
As they thus started going through certain Life Aspects of the Great Saint, they came across a Life Event of the Great Man wherein the Great Saint having totally resigned from the Mundane life and truly leading an Ascetic Life too took up a specific earthly responsibility posed to Him on an occasion.

When the Great Saint was meditating, the Saint’s mother in the last moments of her life was brought by few disciples to the Master. When asked by the Master, the mother feebly replied,

  • "I want to spend my last moments here by resting in your lap!” 
The Master immediately held her, kept her head on His lap and thus rested her for a while. And it so happened that she passed away thus in peace.. Subsequently, the Master asked the disciples to take her body away and do the rest as there was nothing he had to do there further as a Man of Renunciation and thus got back into His Meditation!

At that point of time, the well-wisher looked at the young man, smiled and said,
  • "Dear! Do you see how the Great Saint of the Earth who was totally freed from the mundane life except from traces of it too felt about discharging of His basic responsibility when confronted with a situation thus? That way seen it's a long, long, long way before the mundane responsibilities of ours fall off from us and we are freed.
  • Further, if one who forcibly embraces the Ascetic Life at the back of inherent mundane interests, sure spoils his own life and beyond spoils the Serene Spiritual Environment too around him where he tries to fit in vain!
Then tell me now, what's the true dancing tune of yours at this stage of your life.. Leading a life with the attached core responsibilities or embracing Spiritual Life in total by renouncing all those responsibilities?

Keyword: responsibilities

Sunday, May 21, 2017

THE 'UNDAUNTED CHALLENGE' OF MY LIFE!

When on an occasion warned that the enemy was too powerful and could straight do a certain damage, the Great Man smiled and said,

  • "They may torture me or they may kill me.. Nothing more they can do.. And I'm ready for both!"
On another occasion, when the enemy warned Him that they could take away His possessions, He further said,
  • “You may take away anything from me but not my Will Power!” 
Such an indomitable courage of facing the ultimate threat is sure never with me this day and I'm truly far away from this type of assertion. So to say, it's definitely an ideal situation with respect to me as that 'Divine Strength' is/was never with me.

It indirectly means.. I can never challenge at that level and not even much, much the lower level and if at all I do so at any time, that's only under a fit of emotion, that will never stand the test of time and sooner or later I would sure be overpowered.

But it never means that I'm not for that and a trial by me in that direction should never be avoided as there alone always lies my true strength in this world. In front of such a trial, my money and my power are always less and the trial is much superior in that way. And this particular trial is definitely in a different direction of normal living well known to me.

In this activity, I start negating all that in front and start questioning constantly that with the powerful tools with me Viz;


“Why, What, Where, When, Who, Which and How?”

Such an Investigation is truly timeless and in front of that, the life span is far less.. Here the destination is never visible but the resistance from the world is continuous at simmering levels but no despair, the Goal is certain.

Further, the world constantly mesmerizes and at anytime when I am amused by the same, the Elevation Process halts temporarily. That's the true 'Block' to progress in this Path.

If that happens I alone have to realize, get up from where I am and once again start moving ahead with all steadfastness towards the Eternal Happiness. This Path, by itself is ever Blessed with the Joy of its own that would truly be firming up my faith to move further in this direction towards the Ultimate!

But no despair as that alone is the ultimate way to happiness, this moment even though I am far away from this strength, I shouldn't deter and never leave the matter but continue with a feeling within..

“I am bigger than you!"


and with a undaunted faith sing within myself endlessly..

“We shall overcome
We shall over come
We shall overcome some day
Oh, deep in my heart,
I do believe
We shall overcome, someday
!”

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

Keyword: Challenge


Friday, May 19, 2017


THE 'BEST READ' OF MY LIFE!

I had a perennial problem in my life for which I sought endless solutions.. 
But all those solutions appeared temporary only the problem continuing in some way or the other with me if not direct, in a discrete way.

At last many well wishers suggested that I should visit the local Library, start reading books on the subject problem and noting down the solutions given there in, try one by one, in time evaluate myself which solution best works for me and finally adapt the same..

No doubt, that looked interesting and I visited the Library in my area, straight went to the sections other than fiction and started looking for a way out for my problem which many times never appeared direct in any book and I had to make a thorough search there in.. In fact to say, I have to do a research on the subject matter.

But I found myself unlucky there as the solutions described there in which I tried to adapt did not yield a good result..

"What is the way out then?" was my constant question within..

Some one suggested, "For problems like yours, there's no direct solution. In fact, man made solutions forever are inferior for such problems. Why don't you make a habit of reading fictional books where in life is described in many ways with the associated twists and turns at the back of it's own problems and solutions.


And by adapting a deciphering process, you soon may find a solution to your problem or get lost into a different world with its own ups and downs and as you identify yourself there in, you may find a certain relief from your problem!"

That looked a bit odd to me but who knows sometimes solutions other than direct will work for problems of my nature which are more of not physical in nature..

With such an aim, I started reading many books of wonderful stories with meaningful messages and soon as that became a habit with me, my problem appeared become less ever supporting the Saying that 


'Books are the best friends!'

Thus I continued living in my own world of myself identifying with some of the characters of fiction I read and tried to forget my basic problem which equally appeared to be the the right solution ultimately..

But not in total till a day I got a glimpse of the Sacred Book Srimad Bhagavad Gita in the Racks of Philosophy..

Call it fiction or non fiction, it really doesn't matter as I've gone deep into the philosophy of life by reading the Great Book from end to end, I suddenly noticed that the problem I experienced in life is no problem at all and in fact that is only called 'Life' and I only mistook that to a problem.

Thus Srimad Bhagavad Gita had taught me the true spirit of living at the back of various problems of life by the side

  • With a smile, 
  • With an attitude of service to humanity,
  • With a feeling of identifying with Cosmic Oneness where in the phenomenon merges with noumenon!
And in time as it is said, 

'Truth is stranger than fiction',

those glimpses of truth alone brought a glow to my other wise dull life forever showing me a path wherein..

'I am made to see a problem as not a problem but task in front throwing away part of my ignorance and thus rise in my life as I start dismantling the endless walls of selfish expression I built around and make way for a service attitude enter my life non stop thereby finding a greater meaning to my life day after day thru' the sub-genre therein Viz; 


'The Selfless Actions' 

with the 2 Slokas of the Great Book ever conveying what to do in the crisis situation thus..

'matra-sparshas tu kaunteya sitosna-sukha-duhkha-dah
agamapayino’nityas tams titiksasva bharata'

(Chapter II Verse 14)

“The mere contact of Senses as is, O Son of Kunti, cause heat and cold, pleasure and pain. They come and go and they are impermanent. Endure them bravely, O descendant of Bharata!"

and

'tasmad asaktah satatam karyam karma samacara
askto hy acaran karma param apnoti purasah'

(Verse 19 Chaper III)

'Without attachment, without interruption perfectly perform prescribed actions since by performing those actions a person achieves the highest good!'

Perfectly befitting to my problem and the very much needed solution!


The Post is written in line with the IndiSpire Prompt 

Keywords: Srimad Bhagavad Gita, fiction, non-fiction