MOTHER EARTH (Today, the 20th April 2018 is the Earth Day)

 

MOTHER EARTH (Today, the 20th April 2018 is the Earth Day)

By our acts of not sparing and not caring attitude,

Our own dearest Mother Earth,

What we do to the Mother Earth so dear?

The Mother Earth which bestows us with all sorts of gifts,

Which sustains us from time we become flesh & blood,

Till time this body sustains us not,

With no expectations in return gift from us selfish humans,

We leave litters around,

After partying & feasting at the mountain sites so enchanting,

With fragrance of natural flowers just intoxicating,

Making the environment so fascinating,

Adding splendor to the scenic beauty are the flora and fauna,

But the left over litters just spoil the virginity of mountain spot,

With spread of odor of leftovers of the people partaking foodstuff,

Stench also leaves a scar on the act of these people,

Who spoilt the place with their profane acts.

 

Left out road side old vehicle parts,

Wait till eternity for the people to pick these up,

Nobody ever comes to do this solemn act,

Till elements like winds and rains mix these in the Mother Earth itself – alas!

 

Vehicle repair workshop just line up the roadsides,

Blackening the area with grease and what not,

Generating a shabby look around,

Green cover is being denuded,
For habitats for increased numbers,
And cultivation of food for multitudes,
Thus multiplying the adverse implications,
To the eco-system,
Causing blizzards and change of climates.

 

Plundering the earth of the mineral wealth,
In the form of crude oil,
Precious metals, stones and coal,
Leaving the earth bereft of natural resources,
Thus producing an imbalance the internal fabric of the earth,
Which too comes out & reacts most violently,
Causing earthquakes of huge intensity,
Spreading deaths and destruction all around hugely.

Spewing of gases so poisonous,
To the sky above,
Enlarging the black-hole,
Impacting us by harmful sun rays.

My humble please to us all,

Have some pity to the Mother Earth,

Not for us but AT LEAST for our coming generations,

If at all?

Mother-Earth

Harbans Khajuria

MOTHER EARTH

Essentially, as far as the Mother Earth is concerned it has physical matter, solid substance along with gross objects. These are grouped in the category of the five elements (Mahabhutas) which could be termed as the cosmic substances. These are earth, air, water, fire and ether. Each one of these elements are inter-linked or associated with each other besides the space or ether or acts like a container or basket to sustain all these elements.

If these elements are spoiled by our acts of omissions and commissions as diminution of forest cover by cutting trees without planting the new ones, emission of poisonous gases in the atmosphere from the industrial units, pollution of water bodies with the affluence/wastes of industries. Here Mahatma Gandhi’s quote is most relevant: ‘Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.’ For fulfillment of our ulterior and selfish motives, we are spoiling the eco-system without even a slightest thought about the consequences of our acts. Therefore need of the hour is to save the Mother Earth from the pollution which is impacting the lives of all the living beings globally.

 If air is polluted by emotion of harmful gases, we will be breathing in impure air resulting in lung related diseases, if water is impure, we are constrained to take in polluted water resulting in impacting our health, if earth’s eco-system is polluted by a mix of our activities then we can imagine the health hazards besides when the whole atmosphere is polluted, it can bring about severest harms to our climate, cause lung and respiratory related diseases, exposure to polluted air can cause cancer and could in many cases impair reproductive system etc. These affected severely are children and the old people including those who are constantly exposed to pollutants.


Mother Earth has been very kind to us in providing us everything from birth till death. It has on its crust trees, birds, forest cover and everything; lofty and majestic mountains, vast sea, water reservoirs, mesmerizing scenic beauties, flora and fauna, animal world and what not. All these add to our sustenance in our daily lives.

Mother Earth contains all sorts of mineral wealth which is helpful for further growth and development of the countries. But exploitation of the mineral wealth has also got a limit. We are cutting trees indiscriminately affecting the eco system. Industrial wastes are being thrown in the rivers polluting the water. We spew dangerous gases to the atmosphere affecting the atmospheric balance. Not only this even teh Antarctic Continent is being adversely affected by the acts of us humans.

By our acts of omission and commission, we are doing everything to spoil the balance of the nature which is causing negative results implications to our next generations.

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PRESENT, PAST &; FUTURE

PRESENT, PAST & FUTURE

 

What is happening presently

Is known to us clearly

We can change the gear of our action

At this moment without much complication

Because presently we are alive to the situation

Which is unfolding right now

‘Now’ has immense power of its own

Since our mind has almost negligible role in ‘now’

It totally surrenders to our resoluteness

And sincerity of purpose we espouse

Thence this ‘now’ will transform into then

Then it will not be in our hands

To retrieve what we’ve  lost

Willy-nilly with our own carelessness

Or not keeping the ‘now’ with tight sheath

What we gained is our gain for the coming moments

And what we’ve  lost is lost for all time to come

Coming time depends on what we’ve done presently

That too with full awareness – knowingly

And also what is destined partly

That which is not within our control entirely

Our mind works for past and future profusely.

 

ON PERIODS OF TIME: PRESENT, PAST AND FUTURE

Essentially, it is important to know what is the meaning of present, past and future. The future is the time which will follow. It is one of the phases – Past, Present and Future. Past is the period which is dead and will not come back again. Present is the one which we are living and the future is the one which we would be living in the period to come. What we have to live is tied-up in uncertainty and unpredictability. Although, we are not sure of the future yet we have to prepare ourselves to face it head on in the days to come.

PRESENT IS KNOWN TO US, PAST IS OVER & WILL NOT COME BACK BUT FUTURE IS UNPREDICTABLE

The present has immense power because at the present moment, mind has not got any role in it, it surrenders, though it has role in the past and in future. While sense of being or presence is important, therefore, it is near to the Source.  The present is the period of time which has to be protected for ensuring our future i.e. today is to be made productive and enlightening for ensuring that our tomorrow gets secluded.

If we do not utilize our past experiences by saying adieu to the unreasonable results and adopt all that is presently relevant, we can proceed further by the law of evolution. We evolve simply by practice and experimentation. Our future could be secure if we adopt everything which is most potent and relevant at the present moment. At the present moment our mind remains inactive.

Although time to come is uncertain yet ‘We have to make hay while the sun shines’ and also ‘we have to keep something for rainy days’ while living presently. Even the birds, and animals and all other natural phenomenon do occur utilize their present time for securing their future. Laws of Nature govern in all the living and non-living things. It is relevant in case of wise people, communities or countries.  The countries which are the shining examples to show us that every opportunity that present affords us could be turned into rewards if the countrymen use our present to their full potential. It is also relevant to infer that what will happen in future is unpredictable or uncertain depends on our destiny too.

What happens just the next moment is unpredictable. Although we make different projects/proposal for the tasks to be undertaken yet what will happen, only depends on our destiny and the unpredictable time. There may creep in some improbable occurrence which may spoil the applecart of our planning. Yesterday, while I was coming from my hometown Jammu by a superfast train. I had made reservation up to Delhi. The train started from Jammu at 9:00 AM at the right time. Everything went off well till two-three stations before the destination. Then suddenly, there happened a huge track-glitch near Sonipat Railway Station. The train remained stationary at Sonipat Railway Station for about three hours consequently reached Delhi at around 10:20 PM instead of 7:20 PM. There was families who had their reservations made to South India and other places had to perforce get their onward journeys cancelled due to this. Amonst them, there were students who had to appear for important interviews – their career hinged on those interviews. This shows the unpredictable nature of future. Thus what happens the next moment only ‘time’ can tell. 

In Guru Granth Sahib Ji, tells us that all things happen according to the will of God. Nobody can erase the pre-ordained write of destiny. He Himself is the true Guru. He Himself is the Lord. He Himself unites in His Union. 

What is going to happen in the future is uncertain but if everything is streamlined at the appropriate time and situation presented, there is every hope that our future would be protected to a limit. It all depends on our sincerity and inner energy, and Karmic thoughts and deeds which can ensure our tomorrow. If we care for present, then our future could be ensured.

In Bible it has been mentioned that we should trust in Lord with all our heart and lean on our own understanding for future action.

Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayers.

LAWS OF NATURE – PRESENT, PAST AND FUTURE

In Laws of Nature, where there is not only an observation of patterns which are repeated periodically but also how it all happens. It governs the laws accepted universally. These laws are verified across every time and space besides these laws is governed according to the same rules everywhere. These rules are perforce applicable for all living being and non-living beings. If we transgress these Laws of Nature presently, the Mother Nature comes with vengeance. This way our future becomes insecure. The example is the spoiling of our environment by indiscriminate use of carbons and other atmosphere spoiling agents.

LAWS OF MAN – PRESENT, PAST AND FUTURE

Then there are Laws of Man with which humans exercise control over the social fabric remains in tact and norms of behavior is respected so as to ensure that truth (Satya) prevails.  Here the cultural mores of behavior, norms dear to the society for maintaining the communal harmony and unity in diversity is maintained besides social ecosystem based on values dear to the society are followed. These laws could evolve over a period of time. The social norms of behavior which were followed in the past could be changed as per the need of the present moment. A society whose overall thinking remains static in its approach in relation to social, ethical and moral standpoints cannot have growth and development.

CASTE VARNA HINDU PHILOSOPY – PRESENT, PAST AND FUTURE

The Hindu Varna philosophy as hitherto followed in the past including many other ritualistic rites have gone sea change as time went by. Now a person of any caste could get education (Gyan) and follow a profession of teaching and preaching, anybody could enroll in army and defend the nation borders which was undertaken by Kshtriya only. Similar is the case with agriculture, business and commercial aspects which was followed by Vaishyas in the past and labour and allied services were provided by ShuDras but presently anybody could follow any profession of his/her choice. This goes to show that all that was prevalent in the past now stands changed. The experience tells us that love, humanity as a Dharma, cooperation and truth is more than caste based Varna. This is a fact of life which should be followed threadbare presently. What happened in the past has been experienced and found to be irrelevant at the present moment.

The following parameters besides our thought processes will help us to ensure to safeguard our future:-

  1. OUR OUTLOOK OR ATTITUDE. As our present turns into past, we have to have positive outlook or should have positive attitude in life and do not let the present turn into past without positive outcome.
  1. POSITIVE HOPE. We have to turn a hopeless situation into a situation which is brimming with hope then our future would be bright. We should always see light at the end of the tunnel. See the glass half full not half empty. It should be remembered that the word ‘impossible’ when broken into two syllables im-possible. Life is the admix of lows and highs. How best we can come out unscathed depends on our positive hope when everywhere there is darkness. Cynicism could be turned into opportunity by positive hope, personal resolve, persistence, patience etc.
  1. AVAILING THE OPPORTUNITIES. When the present opportunities presented to us are taken seriously and every chance available turned into our gain by dint our hard work, persistence, patience and above all self belief and belief on God then sure enough we can turn every opportunity into golden opportunity.
  1. EXPLOITING OUR INNER POTENTIAL. We have the potential and latent energy which we have to explore and exploit for our benefit so that our future is secure and is not laced in uncertain.
  1. CARE FOR PERMANENT VALUES. If we make it a USP to conduct ourselves observing moralistic values, ethical values, spiritual values then we can weather all storms presently and turn all impermanent values into permanent ones.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE BAISAKHI- A SEASONAL FESTIVAL (ON 14TH APRIL 2018) MAY BHANGRA OF OURS CONTINUE TILL ETERNITY

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THE BAISAKHI- A SEASONAL FESTIVAL (ON 4TH APRIL 2018)

MAY BHANGRA OF OURS CONTINUE TILL ETERNITY

We used to wait for very keenly Baisakhi Festival

It marks the ushering in of joyous New Year,

Of  Vikrami Samvat  – Calendar,

A lunar Calendar based on ancient Vedic timekeeping traditions

Coming on 13th April every year otherwise!

But this year falling on 14th April

On this day people make new resolutions being the start of New Year

After having experienced the year gone by

Then take into account the lessons so learned

As is the practice on first of every that starts.

This festival is known variously in various regions of the land

Baisakhi in Punjab, Polia Baishakh/Naba Barsha in West Bengal

Bohag Bihu in Assam, Puthandu in Tamil Nadu

Vishu in Kerala, Maha Vishauba Sankranti in Odisha

And then Vaishakha in Bihar

Though termed differently in different parts of India

Yet the spirit behind the celebration remains the same everywhere.

After having toiled in the fields for days together

From morning till the late evening

Sometimes forgetting to take their meals even

Put their efforts to the maximum

Tilling their land constantly 

Sow seeds and water their crops which give them bumper crops

Then they take care of their growing crops

Like a mother looks after her offspring

Gives the crops water and right dose of manure

To ensure the best yield that could be had

Then the ripe crop is harvested

Account his entire produce

Keeps some of his own need

And takes the other part of the marketplace for extra money

Having finished all his farming commitments

Joins in merrymaking with huge delight

Celebrate Baisakhi with Bhangra by men folks

And gidha by women folks with full force

In their colorful mesmerizing fold attires

Thereafter there is a competition

In Gidha and Bhangra groups

To the tune of drums

What a sight is for the audience

The judges adjust the best teams

And distribute the prizes

Followed by the distribution of sweets along with good wishes 

 At the Holy Mazard (Monuments) of Pirs and fakirs

Known for their piousness and sea of sagacity

The devout offer Chadhars and prayers 

For peace and prosperity for all

And wish that their crops may be bumper the next season

There is a blanket of greenery all around

The fragrance of flowers really mesmerizes the environs

Soothing both the mind and the eyes of everybody

Everybody gets enchanted by the surcharged surroundings.

This day has a historical importance

Sri Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Guru   

A most revered one

Who established Khalsa Panth on this day

To bestow security to the unfortunate ones

Devout gather in various Gurdwaras to offer prayers

Sri Golden Temple is specially decorated on this day

And emits its splendor of highest order

The devotees take a dip in the holy Sarovar

Then pray for the well-being of their nears and dears

My prayer to the Lord

Do bestow your bountiful graces upon us all

Not merely on this auspicious day

But also for all the days to come on this Mother Earth.

 

THE BAISAKHI  –  A FESTIVAL KNOWN FOR ITS CULTURAL RICHNESS AND RELIGIOUS FERVOR (ON 14th APRIL 2018) – WISHING YOU ALL HAPPY BAISAKHI

 

Festivals in India are celebrated owing to some special reasons. It may be due to change in season, in the memory of certain historical events, cultural and religious events or celebrated to commemorate on the name of some renowned personage, traditionally based principles, fairs at the holy places of peers and saints etc. The well-known amongst several ones are Dussehra, Diwali, Eids, Christmas Day, Gurpurbhs, Lohri, Holi and others having regional and national connotations. In all these festivals, people of different hues celebrate with jovially and religious fervor.

It is celebrated with different names in various parts of India but fervor and enthusiasm remain the same. It is celebrated as Baisakhi in Punjab, Polia Baishakh/Naba Barshai in West Bengal, Bohag Bihu in Assam, Puthandu in Tamil Nadu, Vishu in Kerala, Maha Vishauba Sankranti in Odisha and Vaishakha in Bihar.

Baisakhi is generally celebrated in Northern India on 13th  April but this year it is being celebrated on 14th April 2014. It is also a starting of New Year of Vikrami Samvat Calendar.  It also is celebrated in other parts of India with other names.  This is a cultural harvest festival which takes place annually and all people celebrate this day with full enthusiasm. The farmers, after putting in their best in their fields get fruits of their labor when they reap a bumper crop which makes the lives of their kith and kin prosperous.

In the childhood, our classmate friends used to wait with huge eagerness for this Baisakhi fair for which we used to get extra money to spend for various sorts of eatables and fruits available in the fair. The Baisakhi was the meeting place for other relatives and friends.

People start from their houses in the form of the congregation from the early hours itself, singing group songs and dancing to the tunes of drums in colorful / holiday finery. A designated holy place of some Peer or Saint or Temple or Gurdwara is well chosen by the populace for this occasion.

Competitions of Gidha or folk dances by women in their colorful and attractive attire and Bhangra by the men-folks also in their best outfits are a major attraction. Besides wrestling bouts (dangal) by the famous wrestlers of the area are also organized. Prizes are distributed to the winners of these events. People get together and meet their friends. This fair affords the participants an opportunity to expand their friend’s circle.

New meaning to this festival was given on 13th April 1699 when Khalsa Path was established by Guru Gobind Singh – the 10th Guru of Sikhs at Anandpur Sahib – a place most venerated by one and all. Khalsa means PURE without any negativity and leading a perfect life besides having the courage to lay down their lives for a noble cause.


The festival holds special significance to Sikhs. Many Sikhs choose to be baptized on the holy day of Baisakhi. People also come out from their houses in huge congregations called Nagar Kirtans singing hymns from Sri Guru Granth Sahib. What a day to remember – this Baisakhi festival! 

 BAISAKHI is celebrated due to the following:- 

  • It is celebrated on the occasion of 1stday of Baisakh month of Bikrami Calendar (Samat). People chalk out the different plan of actions for the coming year as per Bikrami Calendar and pray that their sincere thought out plans get fructified.
  • BAISAKHI is a seasonal festival and it is especially celebrated in Punjab region and in Jammu province; especially after finishing the activities related to crops wheat harvesting and selling their produce in the marketplace giving the people cause to celebrate with gusto.
  • After harvesting the wheat crop and plowing their fields for sowing new crops including some cash crops, the farmers feel joyous and to express their joy they celebrate it by staging Bhangra in different groups, Bhangra competitions have also held an award presented to the one who wins this competition.
  • This is in the form of the fair (mela) wherein people gather in the majority and make merry. Different stalls selling wooden crafts and other household earthenwares are sold there at reasonable prices. Then there are the stalls selling the seasonal fruits like watermelon and muskmelon make brisk sales. All age group people including children enjoy Baisakhi fair.
  • Baisakhi also affords an opportunity or an occasion to thank God for bestowing the farmers with bountiful crops besides praying for more crops in future too.
  • Baisakhi has special significance for the Sikhs since on this day, Khalsa Panth was established by 10th Sikh Guru Gobind Singh. On this day Sadh Sangat takes organize religious congregations and sing prayers and rhymes from Sri Granth Sahib.
  • Hindus and Buddhists too celebrate Baisakhi with zeal and enthusiasm. Hindus take the sacred bath in River Ganges and other rivers. They pray to God for His grace. Even in parts of South India this day is celebrated but with a different name.
  • As this is a seasonal festival connected with the harvesting of crops, it is in fact celebrated by all.

 

                           

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ALL ABOUT OUR KARMA AND ITS FRUITS

OUR KARMA & ITS FRUITS 

 

The word Karma has its origin from Sanskrit word Karma

Meaning thoughts and action we transact during our lifetime

Through the medium of our mind, through its five senses

With different thoughts and physical activities

Perform our various duties

Sometimes we are tempted to get transitory 

Pleasures thereto – of  lower values, so temporary

By jumping from one affair to another blindly

By keeping one foot on the boat of ego plenty

And the other one on the boat of vanity

With greed and lust  being our bed-fellows, a state so sorry

This way, we tend to enhance our Karmic debt aplenty.

 

The best path is the path of channeling the innate energies

Into  purposeful activities following higher values

Riding only a single boat of righteousness in thoughts and Karma thereto

And make it a part of our permanent habit, with joy overflowing

For some eternal or permanent pleasures, everlasting

By dint of connectivity with Higher Forces till eternity

Then the intellect is drawn away from the worldly affairs

And we  free ourselves from the karmic spiral of action and reaction

And connect ourselves with the Omnipotent God

Residing not afar

Inside us, the Joy of all Joys for ever and ever.

 

Karma is every act done intentionally or unintentionally

In the form of a thoughts or actions 

Even a mental vibration or the words of mouth we pronounce

Or physically undertaken takes the form of a karma

Karma is the nature of the matter, in physical and psychical forms

One related to other as cause and effect in all its forms. 

 

The code of moral conduct as per the Law of Karma

That good karmic deed enhances the credit in Karma

And puts premium on the material and moral wellness of humans

Besides ensuring the better life in the births which we’ve to take yet

For the fulfillment of a variety of desires we adopt

For economic & material well-being of all

Spiritual or kama or artha  as we follow particular karma

The moral and ethical values supporting the Universal Dharma

Which purifies our body, mind, and soul leading to libation (Moksha).

 

We know, obligatory karma is a need-based karma

And free-will karmic deeds play their prominent function

Our Karmas bear the stamp of desired fruits of action

Performed with single-minded and purposeful attention

With the sufficiency of loving devotion.

 

Karmas are termed as prohibitive (Nishedh) and abysmal in its ramification 

Are termed as Kukarmas, so worst in its ultimate consequences

Such as indulgence in violence, crimes, and vices

Which carry the stamp of sin with it, so indelible 

Wages of which are our demise even before our actual death.

 

We can never escape from the Laws of Karma

As we cannot free ourselves from shadow of our own

It remains with us wheresoever we put our foot

The karma is based as per the Divine Plan

Transcends all the karma which we’ve willy-nilly undertaken

Transacting  detached action without sticking with its results.

 

The karmas of our past births could be made ineffective

By working in sync with the laws of Nature

And the easiest outlets are self-knowledge

Along with the Divine knowledge

The karma debt could be washed by positive traits

Of truthfulness, following life so virtuous 

Then self-restraint makes the difference

Besides leading a life of non-violence

And empathy and the selfless service for the needy

Which could be undertaken conveniently

By disciplining the mind to follow proper pursuits

To serve the higher purpose in life for good

Thus liberating our Atma from the crutches of Kukarmas.

 

These righteous and benevolent karmas upgrade our soul

After washing off the outer layer of impurities

From its surface, by the effect of our positive thoughts and deeds

Which uplifts our Atma or Soul to the higher plane.

 

Then there are obligatory karmas

Based purely on Varnas

The job of a Brahmin is to acquire knowledge (Gyan)

To protect the borders is the duty of the Kshatriyas

Pursuits of commerce and agriculture is vested with Vaishyas

The services to the three are provided by Shudras

But presently, we can perform any Karmic deeds for which we’ve acquired ability

With condition that what we do we should do with utmost sincerity.

 

We’ve one of the important forms of karma

It is the karmic action which we do without any expectations – it is the Nish-Kama Karma

Bhagwad Gita’s principles of action without attachment to the results 

Thus liberating us from the bondage ot attachment

But liberating from attachment hardly means

Freedom from karmic effecting Karma

Emanating from our unbridled desires or kama

One good thing about Nish  karma conquers all other karmas.

There are Karmas which obscure the correct vision

Then there are Karmas which show us what we are actually

All these changes according to the pressure of our activities

Relating to body, mind, and senses

The acts like fasting, meditations, dhyana, austerities

Including the practices of detachments, forgiving and forgetting repentance

Bring up rich dividends not only this birth but also for the births to follow.

 

Subsequently, some reach to the zenith with the Karmic energy

And then that energy gets exhausted

A state is finally reached in which life comes to the standstill

A condition of timelessness is observed for a Yogi of action

A state of movement yet at the centre

Our consciousness travels from one state to other

Till such time one gets totally awakened.

Laws of Karma is based on Natural Laws

From which there is no escape routes

Gods too incarnate in flesh and blood to suffer the pangs of the Karma

Lord Vishnu had His 10 incarnations

In each of which He performed different functions

During his 7th Avtaras in Treta Yoga as Rama

In Dwapara  Yuga as Krishna

Both suffered and tried to rid the evils off the humanity

As we give so we get stands well in our lifetime.

 

Nobody could remain without any activity

It may be in the form of thought or action

We cannot be ever be physically or mentally vacant

Or stop our senses from performing its various tasks

We cannot avoid our eyes from observation

Or stop our ears from hearing anything uttered around

Repentance is no substitute or proves to be a cure for our past deeds

Cause and effect cannot leave us should never be forgotten

Everybody has to bear the fruit of our actions

Nature has given us the capacity of free-will

With which we can control our actions

Depending on the control that we exercise on our mind

We have the free will to make or unmake our life or the coming ones which follow.

 

The infinite soul is obviously very powerful

Which can transcend the limits of the finite

It is more powerful than our Karma

Having the same essence as that of our God

Freedom to act in the form of real and vital deeds

Keeps us away from Karmic bondage

Whereas the allurements of our senses

Keep us glued to our karmic acts

Without knowing that there is the power within which keeps

Every count the way we think or act

We should always keep in mind that nothing fritters away

Everything is recorded assiduously.

            O Almighty, bestow us wisdom to transact only value based Karmic deeds

                           So that we make difference to us and the people we are associated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ON OUR RETIREMENT FROM SERVICE

 

ON OUR RETIREMENT FROM SERVICE

There is a specific period when we study, it may be in school, college, university or take up professional training for a career we want to take up for our livelihood and do everything under our command for our upward movement in career. During the service period, we are assigned different duties where we have to exert to be adaptive to change and learn new methodologies to remain relevant.

After serving in different capacities, we reach the pinnacle of our career. It is a fact those who exert themselves and remain a student ever always are respected in any position they are put.

The word ‘retire’ has negative undertones which make us think that we are not in our prime, have given up our work, are totally withdrawn from our active lives etc.. It also means the following:-

  1. Not any longer working because we have attained the age of retirement. A retired person thinks himself/herself not fit to transact anything further because of aging and worn-out state of health sometimes.
  2. Have taken the  retreat from active life-cycle and have sought sedentary lifestyle. This sedentary or inactive lifestyle makes some of us cringe because of our change in way of our way would be conducting ourselves after we retire
  3. Withdraw from the activity. The retired person takes himself/herself withdrawn from the activity oriented life. This may cause physical and psychological transformation in our way of living.

I am of the firm conviction that a person who has retired from one service could seek employment in any other company or organization suiting his/her experience and drive. Sitting at home and being the liability for others is not good. The day we think ourselves ‘retired’ means that day is the beginning of our downfall.

i say with authority since I myself am busy at 67 years of age- with no fatigue or boredom at any moment of my day’s activities. I have observed that when I was on the verge of retirement after attaining the age of superannuation, I was not happy. I thought that I would have no discipline in my life and I shall have to be at the mercy of others for everything under the sun. I just wanted to test my proficiency, attained during my active service period. I should be frank here that I did not feel for a single day that I have retired at all.

ADVICE FOR A RETIRED PERSON 

For a retired person, there are so many openings. taking into account their maturity, experience in handling various assignments, ability to be adaptive to change, prove productive when there is a question of dealing with the people at the administrative level or for giving expert advice hinging on technical or managerial acumen on which a retired person has experience. Here will to continue along with the drive to push on counts.

If nothing is attained by way of meaningful employment, at home also, the retired people can contribute for teaching small kids in the family, keep the house neat and clean besides keeping the surrounding safe to live with their presence.

I vividly remember the day when I lost my father at 95 – a 1st World War veteran.  He remained active even at that age. He used to practice Alternative System of Medicine (Ayurveda) as a social service. On the day of his death, he instructed me and my two brothers to remain sincere to the profession, be truthful besides remaining active for a healthy body and mind.

SPIRITUALITY IN RETIRED LIFE

Retired life is the stage of our life which is suffused with uncertainties like the condition of health and mental nimbleness with depleted memory besides sometimes, we may lose one of our life partners then who is left for us for a succor. It is merely our Ishwar, Allah, Akalpurakh, Lord or whatever we would like to call Him. Spiritual orientation gives us a hope that there is the One who could be banked on in any situation that befalls us.

Conclusively, for a retired person, the sky is the limit but they should not limit themselves. By limiting ourselves we work against the Laws of Nature. We should always bear in mind that we are as old as we think ourselves to be hence we can remain active until our last day of our life provided we resolve and possess belief on ourselves and on our Almighty God. 

 

LORD HANUMAN JI’S BIRTH ANNIVERSARY (JANAM UTSAV) HAPPY HANUMAN JAYANTI TO ALL – MAY HE GRACE US WITH PEACE AND PROSPERITY)

LORD HANUMAN JI’S BIRTH ANNIVERSARY (JANAM UTSAV) HAPPY HANUMAN JAYANTI TO ALL – MAY HE GRACE US WITH PEACE AND PROSPERITY)

Hanuman Ji’s Janam Utsav is being celebrated on 31st March 2018 (in the Chaitra). His birthday is not only celebrated in Northern India but also in Kerala and Tamil Nadu besides other states. He is hugely respected for his prowess.

The devotees celebrate this day, worship Lord Hanuman Ji and also keep fast on this day and seek his blessings besides offer offerings of Ladoos to Him. They receive Parsad in the form of sweets, flowers, Tilak etc. The Param Bhakta of Lord Hanuman Ji also recite devotional songs praising Lord Hanuman Ji for his Shakti and Bhakti and also seek his blessings besides sing HANUMAN CHALISA in his praise for receiving his graces

Hanuman Jayanti is an important festival of the Hindus. Lord Hanuman is a passionate devotee of Lord Rama Ji. He is widely known for his undaunted loyalty to Lord Rama. Hanuman is the symbol of strength and energy besides known for devotion to Lord Rama. He is said to be able to assume any form at will, brandish the gada (including many other celestial weapons), and even move mountains which he exhibited when needed for bringing a medicinal plant to save the life of Lakshmana the brother of Rama.

PRAYER BY THE DEVOTEES

On this auspicious day, devotees of Lord Hanuman pray him and seek his protection and blessings. They flock to temples to worship him and present religious offerings. In return, The devotees receive parsada from the temple priests in the form of sweets, flowers, coconut etc. People also celebrate him on this day by reciting various devotional songs (especially Hanuman Chalisa). The devotees also recite Beej Mantra – OM EH REEM HANUMANTE SRI RAM DOOTE NAMON. In this Hanuman Ji is prayed for being a devout messenger of Lord Rama who is a symbol of strength and energy.

HANUMAN JI’S BIRTH

Lord Hanuman Ji is the son of mother Anjana (An Apsara who was cursed by a Rishi to take birth on earth in Vanara family) and father Kesari the King of Sumeru. The Wind God Vayu had also a role in his birth besides being the Guru of Hanuman Ji. Lord Hanuman Ji is a well-known devotee of Lord Rama who is one of the pivotal characters epic Ramayana. His name has been mentioned in Vedas, Puranas, besides in Jain, Buddhist and Sikh scriptures. He is also known as an incarnation of Lord Shiva. He is not only worshipped in India but also in Nepal, Myanmar, Cambodia, Malaysia and Indonesia.

It has also been mentioned in Valmiki Ramayana that Hanuman’s father Kesari, the king of Sumeru was the son of Brihaspati. Due to the intense prayers of Anjana and Kesari to Lord Maheshwara, a son was born to them named Hanuman an incarnation of Lord Shiva. Vayu (The deity of Wind). He too had a role in the birth of Hanuman Ji and that is why we term him as the son of Vayu.

In Vishnu Purana, there is also a mention of the birth of Hanuman Ji. Narda Muni wanted to marry a beautiful princess for which he wanted to have Lord Vishnu like face. Instead, Lord Vishnu gave him the face of a monkey, thereupon Narda cursed Lord Vishnu that this ape-like face (Vanara) will assist him when he would be in dire need. This was also the reason of Hanuman Ji’s birth because, without his help, the task of defeating Demon King Ravana would have been very difficult.

A DEVOUT BHAKTA OF LORD SRI RAMA

Lord Hanuman Ji is known for his Bhakti and for Lord Rama besides his heroic initiatives and power are well known to us all. He is known for his martial arts – amongst which use of gadha, wrestling, acrobatics and also meditation. He is an epitome of celibacy/chaste and inner control including devotion to his duty. He performed the special role in helping Lord Rama in retrieving Sita Maa after Demon King Ravana abducted her from Panchbati in the disguise of a Sadhu by deception.  Hanumanji was sent to Lanka for getting information on Sita Maa. He surmounted several hurdles while crossing the ocean. When he reached in Lanka, Sita Maa felt very pleased but at the first instance, she was skeptical about him since she thought that he could be one of the deceptive stances of King Ravana. But on showing the golden ring of Lord Rama, she was convinced that he was actually the doot or Messenger sent by Lord Rama for locating her.

LORD HANUMAN JI’S VISIT TO LANKA IN SEARCH OF SRI SITA MAA

Subsequently, Hanuman Ji expressed his desire and asked for permission to allow him to have some fruits from the Vatika (garden) of Ravana as he felt very hungry due to his long and tiring sojourn. She allowed him but with reservation since she did not want that any harm should happen to the Ram’s doot. When allowed to have fruits, Hanuman Ji started not only taking fruits but also uprooting the trees. When the demon guards intervened, he killed them all. This news went to King Ravana, he sent his son Meghnath who with deception brought him in front of Ravana – that was the opportunity Hanuman Ji was waiting for; firstly to convince the king to return Sita Maa to Lord Rama with respect besides asking for his forgiveness for kidnapping her. This was vehemently opposed by the king Ravana who was filled with the ego of his prowess along with he being one of the fondest Bhaktas (worshippers) of Lord Shiva. He flatly refused to do so. Instead, on the advice of his advisors,  he ordered that the tail of Hanuman Ji be burnt. Having lit the tail, Hanuman Ji showed to the Lankan what he could do. He burnt the entire Lanka by hopping from home to home. All this sent a shock wave to the entire Lankans – an indication of things to come for Ravana for his misdemeanor. During this, Hanuman Ji met Ravan’s brother Vabhishana who was Lord Rama’s Bhakta. During this period, Hanuman Ji liberated Lord Shani Dev Ji, the dispenser of Justice from the confinement of Ravana.

WHY SINDOOR IS IMMERSED IN LORD HANUMAN’S STATUE

We immerse sindoor on the idol of Hanuman Ji which is liked by Hanuman Ji. We also apply some of the sindoor on our forehead from the foot of the idol of Hanuman Ji. There is a legend for this too. While Sita Maa was applying sindoor as a tika on her forehead, Hanuman Ji asked why she was putting vermilion on her forehead. She replied that it was t ensure the long life for her husband – Lord Rama. Hanuman Ji for ensuring the long life of Lord Rama applied sindoor to his entire body and that is why we smear his entire idol with it.

A WELL KNOWN LEGEND ABOUT HANUMAN JI’S TEST FOR HIS LOVE AND DEVOTION 

Hanuman Ji was the chief devotee of Lord Rama. This was proved by a legend. While Maa Sita Ji wanted to award Hanuman with gems’ garland, Hanuman simply broke the pieces of garland. Sita Maa felt very surprised and wanted to know about the reason for breaking the garland pieces. In reply to this, Hanuman Ji told that the image of Ram Ji resides in His heart and therefore he needed no gift of any kind. Then, Hanuman tore the part of his chest, and lo and behold, the image of Lord Rama and Maa Siya Ji was there etched. All this proved that in every atom of Hanuman Ji, Lord Rama remained stamped.

SRI HANUMAN CHALISA

In Hanuman Chalisa, Hanuman has been described to be a reservoir of knowledge who ensures for the awakening of general people. He is the messenger of Lord Rama, the son of Anjana and Kesari. He helps in removal of ignorance and helps in enlightenment. He is the worshipper of Lord Ram and Maa Sita. The magnificence of his attire has been mentioned. He was sent was dispatched to Lanka as the messenger to know about the whereabouts of Maa Sita where he killed many demons. Even Vibhishan the brother of Lankesh knew everything about Lord Hanuman Ji. Despite his knowledge, energy (Shakti), empowered by boons by different God-heads in various aspects, his prayer, and love to Lord Rama excelled everything else. Those who pray Him are bestowed with all sorts of bounties and his graces remain with them.  He is the ultimate remover of bad luck from our midst if we sincerely pray Him.

The Valmiki Ramayana and Ramayana written by Goswami Tulsidas very compressively tell us the details of Ayodhya King Dashratha and all the description till the end. These amongst others are very popular amongst the people.  

Hanuman Ramayana. There is the description of Hanumat Ramayana in old Hindu scriptures – Vedas and Sikandpurana etc. This was the description of Ramayana codified by Lord Hanuman Ji. This was codified by Hanumanji with his nails on the rocks. After reading this descriptive Ramayana, Maharishi Valmiki got very disappointed as his own written Ramayana was not as good as he had seen the one written by Hanuman Ji. Lord Hanuman Ji got moved by the concern of Valmiki Ji, therefore, he threw that portion of the rock into the sea so that nobody could read the Ramayana written by Him. Thereupon, Maharishi Valmiki promised to take birth in next Yuga as Goswami Tulsidas and write comprehensive Ramayana which is read by all of us now.