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Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Happy Teacher's Day!

Guru Brahma Guru Vishnu Gurur Devo Maheshwarah
Guru Sakshat ParamBrahma Tasmai Shree Guruve Namah

Teacher's Day: Celebrating a day dedicated to those who exist just to show the right path to others. 

What is a teacher's job?
In my view, a teacher's job is to show one the right direction; to move ahead on the same is the learner's choice.
It is said that you can take a horse to the river but cannot make it drink. Similarly, building upon the basics taught by a teacher depends on the student in entirety.

Who is a good teacher?
I believe a good teacher is the one who tells his disciples where to look, what does the student find at that place again depends on the pupil.
In this era, when information is available on the click of a mouse, I feel that the responsibility of a teacher is to inculcate ethics in the students. If teachers are able to sow the seeds of the right moral values in the young generation properly at the correct time, we can surely uproot several vices from our society and bring up morally more responsible citizens in future.
Wishing all a very happy Teacher's day!


Sunday, September 02, 2018

When the going gets tough

PAIN - is a term even the mention of which causes discomfort to many. Usually, all of us want to stay away from this dreaded feeling. Isn't it?

So, at least one thing is clear that pain is a feeling. The next question is, why is it caused? If you go to a doctor and ask the same question, most probably he will tell you that it is the outcome of a disease.

Now let us try to understand the broader meaning of the term disease. The term disease comes from two separate terms:

dis + ease = disease ==== leads to =====> PAIN

This means that when your body and/or mind are/is not at ease, you feel pain. Simple so as to understand, I guess!

So, we get to know that there are a few factors that lead to this feeling called pain.:
1) Body and/or
2) Mind
3) Uneasiness (dis + ease)

Let us take a few combinations to understand the mechanics of pain that most of us deal with in our day to day lives.

A) Pain in the Body and Mind.

You go to a doctor and tell him- "Doctor! I fell from the staircase and my elbow is aching badly."
The doctor says- "O my God! How did you manage to slip? Go get these tests done...take these medicines and you should be fine."

So we see that your body was injured, your mind felt the pain and under proper medical supervision you got well in a predictable span of time.

B) Pain in the Body or Mind?

What if you got all the tests done, took all the prescribed medicines as suggested, stayed under medical supervision as advised and still did not get completely well. Well, this is something that many of you reading this piece might have felt some time or the other in your lives. Whatever the medical opinion about your discomfort is, I understand that such a situation is quite agonising.

C) Circumstantial Pain

Now, you must be thinking- what is that? 
This is a more generic form of dis+ease that each one of us suffers from every now and then. 

Every time we are not able to achieve what we want, some kind of discomfort firmly clutches our minds, which further leads to dissatisfaction, a lower spirit and what not?

So, is there any way out of these dis+eases and pains? Let us try and figure out.

Reconsidering
A) Pain in the Body and Mind. 
Solution: Go to the doctor, listen to his advice, take a few days off from work. Let your sores heal and get well.

B) Pain in the Body or Mind?
Solution: Nothing seems to work, for instance, when suffering from chronic pain. In such a case, look for alternative treatment, naturopathy, yoga, pranayam and you will see things improving.

C) Circumstantial Pain
Solution: Believe me, the solution to this is the most interesting, but is similar to the above two cases.

Just as in case (A), you modified your routine, listened to the medical advice and got well and in case (B), you again simplified things that were so complicated that even the doctors could not help you much; you came ahead, resolved to help yourself and got well with your own will-power, similarly, dealing with circumstantial pain is also easy. How? The answer is- by re-aligning yourself.

In any situation that is causing a nagging discomfort to you, try to figure out alternative ways to deal with the issue. Instead of abandoning, try to see if you are using the correct tools to deal with the problem. Also, check if your body, mind, and soul are in sync or not. See, if you are actually willing to do what you are involved in at the moment. Never do anything just to please others. Your conscience will always tell you the right from the wrong. Make sure that you listen to it and apply your wisdom in all acts.

You will always find some or the other pain challenging you. What is to be kept in mind is that 'you' as a living being are much larger than the pain. No matter how big it is, the storm will always pass, you just have to keep yourself calm and re-align.

Strong trees are uprooted during cyclones, but small blades of grasses that re-align themselves during such tough times, survive. If you are really willing to achieve something, stay focused, choose the right path, beat all pains and get going.

P.S. If, even after repeated trials and consistent efforts, the door is not opening, then instead of getting disheartened, accept that the door is not meant for you.




Monday, August 27, 2018

The Sacred Thread

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The pious festival of 'Raksha-Bandhan' is celebrated across India as a day when sisters tie sacred threads on the wrists of their brothers as a symbol of respect and in turn brothers promise to protect them at all costs. The respect for this piece of thread has been so much even in historical times that when an invader was planning to capture an Indian kingdom, the queen of the estate in danger sent him this thread also called a 'Rakhi' with the message to protect her; as a consequence, the looter completely dropped the plan to conquer the empire and returned. I had heard this story long ago from my grandfather and I remember it till date.

As we celebrated this occasion yesterday with much enthusiasm and happiness, somehow, I started jotting down this piece inadvertently. Thinking about the joyous day spent with family, my mind started drifting back to the day when I had heard our school Principal say that we must always try to find out the significance of an occasion or a historically important day.

So, pondering over the importance of 'Raksha-Bandhan' that celebrates the bonding between brothers and sisters, I questioned myself - is it only a brother's duty to protect his sister? Does the sister not have any due toward her brother? Further, should a sister not be responsible enough to guide and protect her sisters? Moreover, does this bonding limit its vitality only to blood relations? Do we not have any responsibility toward the elderly, our neighbours or any stranger in distress? And last but not the least, if one can lay his/her life to protect one's real sister, then why trouble a woman, who is somebody else's sister? Even before seeing her as someone's daughter or sister, why not see her as a human?

In our scriptures, it is said
यत्र नार्यस्तु पूज्यन्ते रमन्ते तत्र देवताः || 

If you cannot respect a woman, the society cannot be in bliss and can never attain heights of success.


Thus, I summarise by saying, it is high time to realise that a woman need not necessarily be your sister, mother or daughter to feel secure in your presence. 'Raksha-Bandhan' is a day celebrated to show respect to women. Take a step ahead, respect humanity and take this world to the pinnacle of prosperity before it gets late.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

The choice of making a choice

Once, someone had said this to me- 'A man creates his history on his own.' A decade later, contemplating on this idea, I have a few points to share with you all.



The notion shared above apparently comes from a very confident soul that believes in treading on a self-made path in all walks of life. Do you think each one of can boast of having the same magnitude of courage to accept every incidence in life as the result of one's own conduct?

I remember, during my academic years, I would see a lot of fellow students making a hue and cry after every result was announced. In those times, I would often ponder, what was the point in blaming the almighty or even one's own fate for petty things going wrong in one's life. All right, I agree that it is the easiest way to let out one's anguish and frustration, but in that case don't you think that you are missing the choice of giving yourself a second chance and improving your efforts toward achieving something better?

Do not blame but face

As I look around, I see several faces lost in thoughts, lamenting over what all went wrong in their lives and cursing those who let such things happen to them. I agree it is very difficult to accept things that you know are wrong and are beyond your control. If you cannot stop them from going wrong with you, then what is the way out?



Certainly, cursing others or playing the blame-game will not yield anything worth. The simplest solution in that case is trying and maintaining one's calm while keeping a balanced attitude and looking for possible solutions for dealing with the situation.

In any case, try choosing an option that may help you build a better future, a brighter tomorrow and do not let anybody have the remotest chance of pitying over you or your circumstances. If you tread on a self-made path to a successful future, even those who once mocked you will start looking at you in awe.

To conclude, I would like to say, 'A man does not create his history but a man builds his destiny for sure.' History is the past- the by-gone. All you need to do with it is- learn from your mistakes and forget the rest.



'Every man creates his destiny on his own.'






Thursday, August 16, 2018

शिव




हम सब में है शिव ही शिव
और शिव में है यह जग सारा
शिव-भक्ति में बनें जो शिव
तो अनुपम हो जीवन धारा

शिव सा सुन्दर जीवन हो यह
नेह भरा हो एक-एक क्षण
शिव समग्र में पा जाएँ
शिव से जागृत हों कण-कण

शिव से सत्य का बंधन है
अद्भुत-सौम्य-अतिसुन्दर
किधर ढूँढे शिव को प्राणी
झाँक तनिक अपने अंदर

कर मंथन अपने मन का
सत्य-मिथ्य जो पहचानेगा
रज-रज में व स्वयं में बस
शिव ही शिव को पाएगा

- रोहिणी झा, 'अंतस : कविता-संग्रह' 

Monday, August 13, 2018

On Peace and Compassion

Hello world!

Today, I am writing to you to help you understand the significance of peace and compassion in our lives. Life is a journey is something that we all are aware of, but the secret of making this journey a memorable one lies in instilling happiness in the lives of others. This thought might sound to be 'poetic' to many, but trust me, this is the only truth that will prevail forever.

We can make our lives blissful or filled with sorrow, with our own thoughts and conduct. No matter how much joy we gain from material or tangible possessions, true serenity comes from the joy of giving. With this in mind, the simplest and the most precious thing that we can give away to others is a careful thought and concern for their well-being.

I hail from the land of saints and hermits, and thus, deeply understand the vitality of peace for human existence. At this point in time, we are standing at a verge, where the continuation of the human race, or say, life on this planet is at risk. If we do not understand this even at this time, the consequences will be awful.

Even otherwise, I fail to understand, what is the reason behind shedding blood and creating chaos in the world. Nobody in the world, no matter how powerful or revengeful, can ever be happy on seeing an orphan crying for care. Even the most ruthless person will sympathise in such a situation. Then, why let this happen at all?

'Prevention is better than cure.' Believe me, it is easier to empathise than sympathise. If we try to feel the pain and difficulties of others, we can surely help them in solving their problems through co-operation and mutual understanding. Again, these may sound as theoretical ideas to some. So, let me cite an example. 'A rope leaves its imprint on the sides of a well.' Of course it takes its time, but this surely happens. If this is true, then I find no point in using violence as a means so as to establish one's might in the world.

I personally believe in the existence of duality in everything in the universe. So is the case with our predicaments. If there exists a problem, so exists its solution, and with utmost faith, I claim that the solution to every problem can be provided peacefully. The requirement is to have patience, compassion and respect for everyone.

In the present day world, the most important thing to concentrate upon to establish peace and have a holistic growth of humanity is to imbibe and pass on the values of ethics, integrity and accountability to our future generations. 

Whatever we sow today, is what children will reap in future. They will simply reflect our conduct in their lives. If we make them see us fight, they will learn the same behaviour. If we make them see us care for others, they will make the world even more beautiful.

Ancient scriptures in the land from where I come, teach us,
'वसुधैव कुटुम्बकम्'
Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam
which means that the world is a family, and with that note, I urge to one and all to pledge to reach out to those in need, spread smiles, and seek to non-violent methods to resolve familial, social, economical and political issues at large.