ON FAILURE & ENEMIES OF SUCCESS

ON FAILURE & ENEMIES OF SUCCESS

FAILURE 

Dread of failure, so perennial

Erects smokescreen of doubts lingering

 Which bedevils every step of our journey

For putting in sincere efforts

A negative feeling to deliver

‘If’ haunting at every step

Is the first sign of failure

This suspicious incapability spurs our

Negative attitude we’ve adopted

By non-application of mind

Including non-use of all the intelligence stratagems

That is there in the kitty

Of the person concerned.

Lack of confidence

Along with not putting in efforts with sincerity

Along with lack of commitment

To meet goals

Fixed with half-hearted mental a Makes very little impact

In forwarding movement in deliverance

Which cannot just be acquired

Without exploiting our inner potentials

Because one cannot expect seeds to germinate

On the dry earth

Without working on it

Plowing it

Watering it

Putting correct dose of manure

Thence only the yield would be plentiful

Success will not be possible

With wishful thinking only

Only sincere work is the key to success

When there is a strong will to excel

Then every barrier could be the breach with ease.

 

WHAT IS A FAILURE

Literally speaking, the failure is the condition wherein a person, after trying his best under given situations, fails to make a mark or grade. The failure could be not only in examination, it could be failure in business, failure in securing a best deal for himself any pursuit of importance, failure to catch a flight/train/bus due to traffic jam and its consequence to the individual concerned, lack of success in meeting targets and goals due to one reason or other, structural failure due to weak foundation, heart or kidney failure due to body ailments etc.

Spectre of failure could haunt us anytime anywhere. It may be due to our own faults or maybe the situation in which we are placed. Generally speaking, we take failure as not making the grade in the examination due to our own weakness in not preparing ourselves seriously and sincerely.

BALANCE OF MIND DESPITE SUCCESS OR FAILURE

In Bhagwad Gita, it has rightly been said that we should maintain equanimity or balance of mind both in failure or success. Our duty should be to perform our side of our duty and leave everything else; results will surely be appropriate when our efforts are honest.

OUR DUTY IS PERFORM OUR DUTY AND NOT BE ATTACHED TO THE FRUITS OF OUR ACTIONS

Essentially, we have a right to perform the given duty but we are not entitled to the fruits of action. Our failure may be due to reasons beyond our control but we should never consider ourselves as the result of our failure. But our efforts should be to continue trying without inhibition. Bend on the road is not the end of the road, it may be a stop-gap and bestows further impetus to our efforts. Failure should not make any dent in our sincere efforts.

The fear of failure is a web in which we can engulf ourselves and could entrap perennially. We can get over this fear by following the ensuing perspectives:-

CHANGE IN PERSPECTIVE REGARDING FAILURE

In life, we do not always have roses but along with roses, we should also expect thorns also. Thorns are synonymous with those failures which every one of us sometimes faces. I take thorns necessary for the protection of the roses that a rose plant possess. Failures are the ones which give us the experience to face facts squarely.

FAILURE TO BE TAKEN AS A STEPPING STONE FOR PASS

Failures should be taken as stepping stone for a big success.

Those who see failures as pitfalls will not be able to appreciate the experiences which failures give us.

If we fear failure then there will not be any risk-taking. If we get bogged down by failure then further movement in any field would be impossible.

We must understand the rules of the game; every failure has a silver lining for success if and when we keep trying.

Failures should be taken as a small distraction but not complete curtain on the success story when we keep trying.

History is replete with several examples wherein people after they failed came out successful after their sincere efforts and that too with flying colors.

Failure could bring about new experiences which could help us to excel despite the difficult situation.

ENEMIES OF SUCCESS

Evidently, when we are aware that we have the negative traits like boredom, laziness and to top it all non-interest in doing anything. Mind you, all the three are self-created maladies and until unless we try to analyze ourselves completely and take corrective steps the result could be entirely very dismal.

I am surprised, how come, after knowing full well we are having these negative traits then we shall not be able to transact anything tangible. The following should be done to come out of this quagmire:-

We have to be aware of ourselves sincerely and try to remove all these three negative traits from your system.

To come out of our boredom, try to be active in some pursuit which interests us the most – like reading or writing. Or cultivate a positive habit which our environmental permits which allow us to.

When you have developed a sense of occupation in some pursuits of your liking, think about all the angles and minute details as to how to perform your pursuits which may bring about monetary gains along with knowledge base too. If this is done then we would be inclined to follow the right course at right time.

When we have developed a sort of inclination towards some pursuit, we would be mentally inclined and interested in following that course of action with more seriousness.

Finally, we should involve ourselves, we should not while away your time in unnecessary daydreaming since daydreaming will not fulfill our coveted dreams but be an impediment in furtherance of any cause we take in hand.

ENEMIES OF SUCCESS

  • Procrastination when a thing could be done within a timeframe.
  • Taking failure in a negative light rather than a stepping stone for further sincere efforts.
  • When sincerity in our efforts is lacking.
  • Boredom writ large or pervading in our efforts.
  • Over-confidence too sometimes play spoil-sport in our efforts to success which put pays our complete efforts.
  • Pragmatic approach lacking when situations are appropriate.
  • Killing instinct in preparation stage missing.
  • Failing to create situations and conditions before putting in our sincere efforts.
  • Right and positive approach missing.
  • Losing foresight and bearings.
  • Not showing character to face facts squarely.
  • Getting pissed off at one’s own conduct when none exists.
  • Nonuse of synergy and inner potentials in relation to time and space.
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ASSOCIATED WITH GODDESS SARASATHI – THE DIVINITY OF KNOWLEDGE (ON 22ND JANUARY 2018)

ASSOCIATED WITH GODDESS SARASATHI – THE DIVINITY OF KNOWLEDGE

THE BASANT PANCHAMI

The God Almighty is very generous to  His creations

He provides us the bounties of Mother Nature

With only a few conditions attached

That we’ve to respect the laws of nature

Which provides us the whole lot

God bestows us the chance to enjoy varieties of climates.

From extreme hot to not so hot

From extreme cold to mild or not so cold.

From devastatingly hot weather to mild hot

We heartily cherish these moments

And enjoy the time at our disposal with friends’ accompaniment.

Basant Panchami has religio-seasonal connotations

Withstanding the cold of the winter season

There is a beginning of a climate so plasant

Whence the Mother Nature is at its excellence

Wherein a carpet of yellow mustard plants is one of the attractions

Even the people put on their yellow attires

To match the environment around

Thus imbuing themselves with the Mother Nature

Legend has it with this festival

Lord Brahma -the Creator

Happened to see the Earth

He felt penitent

On seeing the bare trees

The barren land bereft of any greenery

Scattered some water from His jar so enchanting

Lo and behold

There appeared Goddess Sarawati

The provider of Knowledge and Wisdom

Besides music, art and craft

Goddess Sarswati too is called

The Goddess of Basant Panchmi

Whence Lord Brahma bestowed greenery

To the plants in abundance

Bringing about brightness in natural spectacle

Everywhere our eyes could travel

Thence yellow flowers are to the God in plenty

Our food items too emit yellow colour

By putting saffron stands

Giving out fragrance, so mouth watering.

On this occasion devout worship musical instruments

Including art, craft and all other learning mediums

Being the gifts of Lordess Saraswati.

Then congregations and processions

Are taken to implore Her for more of her bounties

Knowledge and wisdom to us humans

To distinguish between truth and falsehood.

 

Lordess white dress symbolizes purity in all its manifestations

She is also an embodiment of truth and elegance

Even her posture of sitting has a meaning, so deep

Our humble prayers to The O Goddess Saraswati

To obliterate ignorance and illiteracy from our midst

And bring about a dawn of enlightenment

By removing the specter of ego which engulfs us immensely

And permeate us all in thy colour, so indelible.


BASANT PANCHAMI


ASSOCIATED WITH GODDESS SARASATHI – THE DIVINITY OF KNOWLEDGE


The Basant has been taken from Sanskrit word VASANT’ which means Spring Season. Basant Panchami (fifth tithi) is celebrated in the honour of Goddess Saraswati in different parts of India. She is the divinity of knowledge (music, arts, science etc). We worship the Goddess so that she bestows us essential knowledge and help us to remove ignorance from our midst. On this day, people also initiate the education of their kids in their homes and schools besides it is  considered auspicious to start new ventures businesses on this day.


In schools and colleges too, in the morning hours assemblies, prayers to Goddess Saraswati are done in order to get her graces, blessings for enlightenment and removal of agyan (ignorance). Although whole of the day is considered promising  yet most auspicious time is from sunrise to the midday (which is also termed as the Purvahna Kala) and it is considered as the auspicious time to conduct Saraswati Puja with great reverence and piety for seeking her graces in abundance.


FESTIVAL ASSOCIATED WITH DIFFERENT ASPECTS


In many parts of india, farmers conduct the earth pujan (Bhoomi Puja) for more agricultural produce from their fields before tilling their fields. People eat sweet rice and put on yellow clothes – yellow colour is associated with Basant Panchami.

Dandya dance is also performed on this day in Gujarat state which is also associated with harvesting, sowing and reaping of crops etc. The ploughing implements too are worshipped on this day so that these implements work to their full potentials for better crop yield.


ASSOCIATED WITH KAMADEVA AND RATI


Season-wise, chilling cold season ends and start of more pleasant and enjoyable season starts – Basant Ritu. There is also a tradition that in Basant Ritu, there is air of love and affection which is associated with kamadeva and his wife named Rati. When we associate this day with Kamadeva, it means there used to be dance based on love in the royal palaces in which the women folks of the royal leanings and other girls used to dance’  (in their best  attires) in the midst of singing suiting the occasion – basically on love between Krishna and Radha. People put on yellow attire on this occasion in consonance with the flowering of yellow tamarind crops. It seems as though the Mother Nature has spread a yellow coloured cloth with seasonal flowers. There is also fragrance of flowers all around.


The Basant Panchami is also called as Shree Panchami and Sufi which is observed in Sufi shrines. This festival is also celebrated in different parts of India though slightly differently. People enjoy kite flying, – Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, etc,  Eastern India including Bengal wherein Saraswathi idol is immersed in Ganga.


PRAYER TO LORD SHIVA AND LORD VISHNU AND SUN GOD


People in different regions also worship Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, Lord Vishnu and Lakshmi including Sun God and offerings are made to them to earn their graces which could help them tide over their problems in life.

. Devotees feed the needy on this occasion.


It is not merely Hindus who celebrate BASANT PANCHAMI but people following religsions too celebrate this festival with great enthusiasm – as it is a seasonal festival.


Saint Nizamuddin Aulia who was known for his generosity, compassion and simplicity coupled with humane heart too celebrated Basant Panchami. There used to be Langar at dargah where food was served to all irrespective of religious leaning. When his nephew died, he felt so sad that he stopped all the activities.

Observing with concern, Amir Khusrau, a Sufi poet, musician and scholar and who is considered as a prominent name in the cultural history of the Indian Sub-continent wanted to bring him to his normal state. While seeing the women putting on their yellow attire, with colourful flowers, he also put on yellow clothes and flowers and went in front of the Saint. Upon seeing Khuarau in that dress, the Saint smiled. Thence onwards, Basant Panchami too is celebrated in Dargah of Saint Nizamuddin Aulia.

The Sikhs also celebrate Basant Panchami. Basant  Raga or Spring Raga (composition) forms one of the well-known Ragas in Sri Granth Sahib Sahib Ji and sung with great reverence. This occasion has also another significance, the marriage of Guru Gobind Singh was solemnized on the auspicious occasion of Basant Panchami.

 

 

 

THE LOHRI & THE MAKKAR SANKRANTI (ON 13TH & 14TH JANUARY) WISH YOU HAPPY LOHRI AND MAKKAR SANKRANTI – MAY THESE TWO FESTIVALS BRING PROSPERITY AND KINSMANSHIP AMONGST ALL

THE LOHRI & THE MAKKAR SANKRANTI

(ON 13TH & 14TH JANUARY)

WISH YOU HAPPY LOHRI AND MAKKAR SANKRANTI

MAY THESE TWO FESTIVALS BRING PROSPERITY AND KINSMANSHIP AMONGST ALL

India being a home to multicultural, multilingual and multi-religious society can pride itself in having different festivals. These festivals may be seasonal, traditional, culture based, religion based or for that matter any other considerations. Here every caste, religion and region have contributed its mite for enriching the cultural traditions. But the fervor and enthusiasm that accompanies with these festivals is second to none.

It is here that we Indians enjoy all the religious festivals – it may be Eid or Gurpurab or as a Muslim enjoy Diwali or all of them enjoy Christmas Day. That is the beauty. I do not dispute that hotheads are there in any strata of life, those who do not know either about their own religious festivals nor of others.  One thing which pleases us is the shine on the faces of every one while celebrating any festival!  That is the beauty of it all.

 

LOHRI FESTIVAL

Lohri festival is celebrated in Northern Indian states. It is being celebrated on 13th January – in the month of Pauch or Magha, one day before Makkar Sankranti. We term this festival as a community based festival where Bhangra (dance by men folks) and Gidha (dance by women folks) to the beats of drums which bring vitality and jollity to the celebration. Youngsters, by and large, take pleasure in kite flying and enjoy the occasion.

On this festival, seasonal dry fruits peanuts, coconut are mixed with jaggery (Gur) and sesame seeds (til) to make the eatables. Besides, milk cakes are specially made and distributed amongst relatives and friends.

Following are some of the reasons for the celebration of Lohri festival:-

  1. Season related. It marks the end of winter season and beginning of sowing of some crops and harvesting the others. It infuses vitality and special enthusiasm in the lives of people – especially the farmers. The Lobri festival symbolizes prayer to the fire (Agni puja) in the evening. In the people take parikarma (rounds) around the bonfire and shower offerings to fire. Fire ritual or Agnihotra (Specially lit fire – Havan) is the process of purifying the environment and people also consign to fire a mix of rice, peanuts, walnuts, almonds besides sesame seeds (til) and jaggery to the fire before distributing and taking the same themselves.

 

It is believed that this fire ritual has a special significance and possess healing power besides it helps in well-being of all along with its benefits in farming too. Special bounties are asked on this day for the well-being and prosperity of all besides peace in the entire households. Newly wedded couples and newly born babies receive special attention on this festival. People give alms to the needy on this occasion.

 

Different Legends behind the Lohri festival:-

  1. Legend.The legend of Dulla Bhatti (Rai Abdullah Khan) is very popular. It is a legend of a Rajput warrior who saved a damsel in distress belonging to the Hindu religion from the clutches of lustful and greedy officials. The brave Rajput adopted her as his own daughter without let or hindrance and married her off to a young and suitable Hindu boy. He also gave her presents – nine mounds of sugar along with other gifts etc on her marriage. This shows that there was a community feeling during those days. If during those feeling for each others was rampant then why not now! To appreciate his gesture, the people sing the following song describing the event and also mentioning about the beauty of the girl who was saved. We used to go to the houses in our neighbourhood and used to sing and used to get sweets made specially for this day. This song is sung by the youngsters even now on this occasion.  :-

Sunder mundriye ho!
Tera kaun vicaharaa ho!
Dullah bhatti walla ho!
Dullhe di dhee vyayae ho!
Ser shakkar payee ho!
Kudi da laal pathaka ho!
Kudi da saalu paatta ho!
Salu kaun samete!
Chache choori kutti! zamidara lutti!
Zamindaar sudhaye!
bade bhole aaye!
Ek bhola reh gaya!
Sipahee far ke lai gaya!
……………………

 

  1. There is also a legend of Sant Kabir and his wife names Loi. He used to love his wife immensely. So much so intense was his passion for his wife that one day, he reached his home in the middle of dark night, travelling from a far off place. The door was closed from inside. His wife was sleeping on the first floor. Finding that there was no ladder, he took the help of a rope hanging from the first floor of his house. When his wife saw him, she was very surprised and asked him as to how he had entered the first storey. There upon, she along with Kabir saw that the help with which he had reached the first storey was with the help of a hanging python.

 

His wife got upset and in desperation mentioned: The passion which he was having for her, if he had the same fervor  for the God, he could excelled in anything including finding the God!

 

Subsequently, we know the life Sant Kabir who was a mystical poet whose writings had a deep rooted effect on Bhakti Movement and his verses find place in Sri Guru Granth Sahib too.

 

He was brought up in a Muslim family but was deeply influenced by his teacher Ramananda but he criticized both in his verses because of his close proximity with both and knew ins and outs of these religions. In his writings, he has emphatically mentioned that the God is only with those who follows righteousness and also one who follows a detached mode of life. His followers are known as Kabir Panthis.

 

It was due to the timely advise of his wife named Loi that Kabir had a huge transformation in his life and became a well known Sant who influenced millions with his writings. Lodi or Loi is also celebrated in his and his wife’s honour who was instrumental in molding him.

 

MAKKAR SANKRANTI (ON 14TH JANUARY)

Makkar Sankranti is celebrated in the month of Paus (January) Makar Sankranti is the day when the Sun God enters the Northern Hemisphere. Hindus like Greeks worship Sun God – the giver of immense energy. Sun God is termed as the manifest God, having all the glorious divinity. It is worthwhile to mention here that mantra OM ADITYA AYE NOMON and many other mantras are recited in order to get the blessings of the Sun God.

The devout also chant Gyatri Mantra, which is taken from Rig Veda while making final offering to God. which is from Rig-Veda, as Makkar Sankranti is associated with cosmic event which affects the life of humans immensely.

Om Bhur Bhuvaḥ Swaḥ
Tat-savitur Vareñyaṃ
Bhargo Devasya Dhīmahi
Dhiyo Yonaḥ Prachodayāt.

Which means: We meditate and adore thee the Supreme Lord, the Creator of everything, who’s Divine Light illuminates all spheres of activity (physical, mental and spiritual). We pray that this Divine Light may light-up our intellect for ever.

This festival is celebrated with gaiety and fervor in all the parts of India with different names at different places but the enthusiasm remains the same. Devout get up early in the morning, take bath in holy rivers first take the blessings of their elders and then offer prayers in the temples. After having offered prayers, people give alms to the needy according to their capacity. In the afternoon people share a special Khichri (Hotchpotch – a mix of dall-urdh and dal.

 

LOHRI

Every festival is linked with some seasons

Or certain well known occasions.

Lohri a winter festivals of repute

Falls in the month of ( 13th Jan) Paush

Marks the end of winter season

And beginning of longer – a little hotter days ahead soon

For farmers,  it is one of the happiest occasions

They start harvesting rabi crops

Start of spring season is a Natural bounty

Adds additional spice to festivities.

(Rabi Crop: Wheat, Gram, Pea, Mustard, Linseed, Barley, Peas)

 

Traditionally, on lohri day a bonfire is lit

People congregate around it

And reverently offer, Jaggery (gur), sesame seeds (til)

Sesame coated sugar candy and popcorn into leaping bonfire

The skyward leaping fire

Which purifies the atmosphere

It also shows that it (fire) is enjoying all acts of hers

Gathering people partake the sacred offering themselves too as (parsad) offering

Satiety writ large in everybody’s faces.

Offerings too is made to ‘panj tatavas’ five elements of nature

Fire, wind, water, ether and earth

Going around the bonfire with great reverence

And singing traditional songs with dance makes huge difference.

And that too in tune with beating of drums!

Tradition has it that there was a very brave person of repute

Named Dulla Bhatti from lineage of warrior race of the Rajputs

In the reign of Mughal king Akbar

He used to rescue poor girls from the clutches of robbers

And got them married to suitable boys of choice

People sing Lohri songs with gust in his praise.

 

Thence other legend of the origin of Lohri

From the wife of Saint Kabir named ‘Loi’

Herself a lady so pious.

 MAKKAR SANKRANTI

Lohri too is linked with Makar Sanranti

Which too is another winter festival very famous

Celebrated one day after Lohri celebrations

A day so fixed

14th January –  indeed very sacred

It marks the beginning of solar maagha masa

Makar Sankranti is start of harvest festival

And beginning of pleasant Spring Season

Celebrated in all parts of country.

 

It has its origin to the movement of the earth

Sun movement begins from (Sankranti) one zodiac sign

Into another – Capricorn zodiac (Makar) sign

Two movements  are termed as Makar Sakranti.

 

This day marks the beginning of warmer days

As the sacred months start from this day onwards

Makar Sankranti  is celebrated with great fervor

In western and northern India

There is a mention of this day in Mahabharata

As, it is the festival of Sun God

Who gives us light and heat

To living beings without bias

And bestows us divinity and wisdom,

Thus holding an eternal meaning.

 

 

POLLUTION OF MIND & ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION

POLLUTION OF MIND & ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION

POLLUTION

When our mind gets polluted

With too much of hatred

Towards those with whom we are interacting

In place of understanding

Their viewpoints, we’re holding dear

We tend to bully the gullible

Whether they are wrong or right

We change the goal-post

According to our whims and fancies

Knowing full well that we are on the wrong track

With polluted mindset

We, on purpose, become unreasonable

With bloated mental state

With polluted mind

Excessive ego we possess

With hunger for worldly possessions

Giving such persons a key to open any door with deception.

They even pollute adversely

The environment they breathe in

Such is their attitude, so negative indeed.

POLLUTED MIND

It is in the fitness of things to understand that there are some ill-conceived notions, unethical thoughts, immoral and Karmic deeds which pollute our mind. These negatively oriented are kama (lust) or uncontrolled passion. Further, when the person concerned is not able to satisfy his lust, he feels anger taking over. Alternatively, if his passion is satiated, then that person is lured into more greed. This does not stop here, he is under the spell of egocentric tendencies. Further, when that person observes something more alluring and tempting, he feels still greedier and there arises competition for more. If this happens, then it will not only impact our intellect and wisdom. The ultimate result is mind pollution or mind contamination.

There are occasions when our mind or psyche gets adversely affected by the outer negative influences. Need is to let love and understanding flow freely thus creating an atmosphere of amity in all walks of our lives; in our homes, neighbourhood, communities etc. The egocentric tendencies pollute the mind and result in violence, insensibilities, insincerity in action, greed, rancor, being judgmental about any matter etc. These negative oriented traits have to be removed and goodwill and wellness to prevail for enhancing the creative zeal to fructify.

A person with pure mind will have purity in thoughts and action, feels no fear of anything, feels confident that there is no enemy who can harm him, would be inclined towards charity to satisfy others’ needs, there would be prevalence of goodwill, a feeling of getting things with positive attitude; when somebody commits some mistake, we shall be forgiving and be forgetting and proceed on, we shall be humble in our dealings with others. Such people, with purity of mind, are rare humans who live their lives in spirituality orientation and are very dear to our Creator.  

The crucial need is to keep away from all the negativities (Lust, anger, greed and jealousy, covetousness, rancor etc) by reining in our mind and senses by pure reason and rationality. If this happens, then there would be satiety, peace, and tranquility.

When the mind is contaminated with pollutants of negative thoughts like anger, lust, greed, and jealousy etc. then we cannot ensure our environment too pollution free because nothing can be expected from a person with the dirty/polluted mind. Such person thrives on negativity not only in his traits but also the environment around him would be teeming with dirt, filth, and pollutant.  Such people, for aggrandizing their desires, can go to any limits even killing their own parents for getting riches.

A man with polluted mind has the following negative traits:-

  • A polluted mind is a mind full of egotistic tendencies.
  • A polluted mind believes in violence to get things done.
  • A polluted mind is insincere and insensitive.
  • A polluted mind is rigid in his views and does not respect tolerate others’ opinion.
  • A polluted mind is a power hungry and to get this power such people can adopt any measures to get these.
  • A polluted mind is inimical to the country he lives.
  • A polluted mind cannot be trusted as he is attached to worldly possessions.
  • A polluted mind is restless in his disposition. 

POLLUTED ENVIRONMENT

When we talk about pollution, it means contamination of air, water, and sound pollution. How it is affecting our lives and the lives of all the living beings is known. The lives of general masses get affected by smog, the mixture of smoke and water droplets suspended in the air or fog. Smoke in the environment makes the fog harmful. Quality of air gets affected by the combination of poisonous gases, smoke and water vapors. It has the pungent smell and affects eyes and vision too besides other respiratory related diseases.

Evidently, air gets polluted basically due to smoke, poisonous gases coming out of the chimneys of industries and even from burning of coal, wood, vehicles and more so, particularly in capital Delhi wherein the pollution situation got accentuated due to burning of left-out stubs of rice crops including burning of other polluting agents by the farmers..

The smog, so created, was so severe and damaging that the Government had to take some urgent preventive measures to dissuade the farmers not to burn the left out of the crops, after Court’s strictures. Apex Court too intervened for not to burst crackers on Diwali festival. Bursting of crackers was there but in moderation thus limiting its effect. Last time, when the pollution was at its highest, the Government also ordered odd and even policy to regulate the plying of vehicles on the road thus helping to reduce the quantity of smoke.

The environment in which we live consists of four major elements, land, water, air and living organism; such as plants, birds, and animals. It is the misfortune that we humans have shown gross disrespect for the very environment which sustains us. Industrialization, deforestation, and overpopulation have polluted the environment to such an extent that there is already a doubt if life on this planet will survive for long. The increase in earth’s temperature due to greenhouse gases coming out of the burning of coal and fuels will also be hazardous for the inhabitants of this earth.

AIR POLLUTION AND ITS ADVERSE AFFECTS

Who is responsible for air pollution? Actually, we, all the population are responsible. There is not even an iota of doubt on this score.  While walking on the evening walk, I saw a shopkeeper burning the coal from which a huge plume of smoke was emanating, then still ahead, a diesel operated generator was on, this too was spewing the huge amount of smoke. I asked the shop owners whether he knew that he was polluting the air by burning the coal or by operating the diesel generating set. The hypocrisy of theirs was laced with hideous counter question. Is all this pollution in the city due to the burning of coal or by operating diesel generating set?

If we want pollution to be controlled, all have to genuinely contribute and first and foremost is me. If I set an example, everybody else will follow suit and make the dream of keeping our cities pollution free.

ADVERSE EFFECTS OF AIR POLLUTION

 If the quality of air is poor, it causes all sorts of breath related diseases like weakness of lungs due to inhaling of poor quality of air, respiratory problems, pneumonia due to infection of lungs, bronchitis (inflammation and swelling of passage from nose, to air passage to lungs, birth defects,  

WATER POLLUTION AND ITS ADVERSE EFFECTS

As far as water pollution is concerned, we cannot hold others responsible. By our acts of omissions and commissions, we are throwing the dirt from our homes and also the pollutants or industrial wastes to rivers and other water-bodies thus polluting these. We know how the big rivers like the Ganges and the Yamuna including all other small rivers are being polluted by the affluent especially from leather-based industries and other waste products from other industries which are located near these rivers. The government has allocated several crores of rupees for cleaning Ganges and Yamuna but till such time all the inhabitants living on the banks of these rivers realize the importance of pollution-free Ganges and Yamuna besides other rivers along with all other water-bodies nothing concrete can happen. The cleaning and pollution-free rivers, lakes, ponds, tanks etc will remain a distant dream until such time we all know how much the polluted water can adversely impact our daily lives

ILL-EFFECTS

The dirty water containing all sorts of pollutants such as lead, bacteria, wastes from leather industries, waste products from food processing industries, insecticides, and herbicides which could adversely affect the quality of water if not properly treated before falling into the river, it could have the harmful effect on the living beings.

With the consumption of polluted water; diseases like dysentery, typhoid, cholera, diarrhea, vomiting, liver infections, adversely affecting the immunity, malaria etc. will result.

NOISE POLLUTION

Too much of noise created by the blaring of loudspeakers and blaring horns in a populated area could prove to be dangerous for the residents; especial the old, infirm and children.

ADVERSE EFFECTS

Too much of exposure to noise pollution could create the impairment of hearing, lack of focus in studies, fatigue, abortion, anxiety, blood pressure etc.

SOIL POLLUTION

When the soil is excessively exposed to chemicals such as lead, benzene, pesticide, herbicides (chemicals used for killing the unwanted plants)  and other pollutants, it causes soil pollution.

ADVERSE EFFECTS

Exposing our fields to more pesticides and other chemicals could prove to be counterproductive. Kidney and liver diseases, cancer, brain and nerve damage due to infectious ridden pollutants. 

Conclusively, it could rightly be said that a person with polluted mind flourishes in the atmosphere of negativity. He creates situations and conditions which may pollute the environment in which he lives. Until such time such negative tendency is obliterated, we cannot expect much. Need is to turn his negativity into positivity.  How best we succeed in our endeavor, depends upon our resolve and positive attitude coupled with our belief in Almighty God.

In Bhagwad Gita Dhanushdhari Arjuna question Lord Krishna: The mind is very fickle indeed O Krishna, turbulent, strong and obstinate. I think it is as impossible to control the mind as the wind.”

To which Lord Krishna replies:

It is very difficult to control the ever moving mind. However, O son of Kunti, through sincere practice and dispassionate detachment (vairagya), it can be achieved.