I Am Happy When…

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I Am Happy When…

My philosophy is that not only are you responsible for your life, but doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.–Oprah Winfrey

I am when I am in silence. Basically I am lover of solitide. Just living my new, free life is often enough to make others ‘thirsty’ for recovery. I don’t always have to carry the message; I am the message. I am being filled with peace and love and serenity.

It’s so easy to fall into the trap of self-pity, thinking we have no purpose, fearing we’ll take life nowhere, dreading others’ expectations of us. But we can turn our thinking around at any moment. The choice is ours. We can simply decide to discover our talents, and nurture them and enrich the lives of others. The benefits will be many. So will the joys.

We have just this one life to live, and each day is a blessing. Even the trials we shall understand as blessings in the months, the years ahead, as we can see now how the painful moments of the past played their part. Our attitude toward the lessons life has offered makes all the difference in the world.Everything is temporary in life . This too shall pass. I believe in this and try to make myself happy. As people have said, it means “this mood/event/state of being will end too”. The phrase is similar to “all good things must come to an end”, but usually refers to a painful situation coming to an end rather than a good one.

Finally , I remain here with quote from Panchatantra, “All fortune belongs to him who has a contented mind.”


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MAHATMA THE PHENOMENON

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MAHATMA THE PHENOMENON

Mahatma Gandhi was a world leader, a visionary, a Yug-Purush. The American thinker Thoreau said, “ A man is wise with the wisdom of his time only, and ignorant with its ignorance”. This is true of people like me because we are ordinary people. A handful of people appear amidst us once in a while, who prove exception to this rule. At one level, these exceptional people are products of their time. But at another level they transcend their times. Their perceptions, their insights, their concerns are truly universal, in time and space; they are neither constrained by the circumstances of their birth nor are they limited by the ignorance of their time. Mahatma Gandhi is one such exceptional transcendental Yug-Purush, who belongs to all Yugas. In today’s times of turbulence and violence, his thinking, his teachings and his philosophy are even more relevant. I, therefore, appreciate this opportunity to pay my humble tributes to him.

In 2006, a bollywood movie, Lage raho munnabhai, where a member of mumbai mafia began to engage with Gandhigiri ( a term used in the movie means the tenents of Gandhian thinking) by quitting his non-violent activities sensationalised as the latest fashion in the revival of Gandhism. Anna Hazare , who has used the Gandhian method of fasting against the corrupt government , has been more recently acclaimed as a second Gandhi.

Indian society has undergone a rapid change since M.K. Gandhi passed away.So why Gandhi and why now ? The success of Munnabhai and Anna’s movement shown that people of India still recall’s Gandhi’s message and Gandhi is still relevant today.

Mahatma Gandhi is remembered in the world for four major virtues. They are non-violence, truth, love and fraternity. By applying these four virtues he brought freedom to India.He was born in Porebandar of Gujarat on 2 October 1869. On August 15, 1947 India became free. Gandhi refused to join the official ceremonies in Delhi and instead went on a fast in Calcutta, in protest against the communal violence erupting all over the newly-partitioned country. In January 1948 he went to New Delhi and began another fast for peace between Hindus and Muslims. On January 30,1948 he was shot dead by Nathuram Godse.

After passing the Entrance Examination he went to England to study law. M. K.Gandhi was not born great. He was an ordinary child like many of us. M.K.Gandhi completed his law in England and came back to India in 1893. He started his career as a lawyer. He supported the poor and truthful clients. He went to South Africa to deal with the cases of a famous merchant named Abdula Seth.

In South Africa he faced many hurdles. He discovered that the white men were ill treating the dark Indians there. He himself was tortured and insulted by the white often.  In the famous train journey when Gandhi is thrown off the train, his host Abdullah Seth wires all the Muslim merchants to meet Gandhi at each station to give him support and comfort. I interpret this as how  solidarity between religions was an essential part of Gandhi constructing a unified “Indian” diaspora. It is quite the opposite of the religious nationalism of today. But I think Gandhi’s real legacy is for the entire world’s downtrodden. His connection of personal integrity and self respect as something the poor can claim, so that they embrace simplicity with dignity, rather than have poverty thrust upon them, is an idea that always appeals to the downtrodden. But it does not make for violent change of the status quo.

 

On another occasion he wore a turban and attended the Court. But the judge who was a white man ordered him: to remove the turban because he was a coolie-lawyer. Gandhiji fought against this unjust and cruel treatment. He observed Satyagraha there and became successful.

In South Africa he built up his career as a Satyagrahi. He returned to India in 1915. In India he found similar unkind treatment by the white rulers. He started the Non-co-operation in 1930 and the Quit India Movement in 1942. During his struggle he applied no jealousy and violence against the rulers. Finally, he succeeded. The British Government granted independence to India.

Gandhi’s diasporic period helped define his nationalism is an idea. The point is that it is when one is outside, feeling exiled or fragmented, that one desires unities ~ among regions, religions, philosophies in one’s own land ~ one may not be looking for these formerly, at home.

The sufferings Gandhi saw inspired him, both that of the Indian labourers and that of the Zulu and other original people from the region. His writings show great sympathy with the African people and it would be fair to say that watching plantation capitalism revolutionised him. The other potentially revolutionary idea was that solidarity and action can make even the very poor strong. In this he was receptive to the protest and revolutionary thought in the Atlantic half of the world. The Haitian revolution had already taken place, where slaves overthrew the plantocracy. Latin American movements for Creole independence had taken place. Marroon communities of African slaves had established their own areas, as had other separatist peoples creating their spaces removed from colonial governments.

He always remains to my mind one of the most original thinkers of the 20th century and his non-violence continues to impress so many. Whenever we ask young people internationally, who from the past century most influences them, they still say Gandhi.

Gandhi’s style of living was very simple. He removed the caste barrier. He called the untouchables as the Harijan, the children of God. He was a reformer. He told the Indians to do manual labour. He advised the students of his time to read vocational subjects in order to be self-dependent. He also advised to introduce hand-spinning as a subject in educational institutions. He was a strong supporter of agriculture.

Gandhiji was a spiritual man. He spiritualised the politics. He was pained to find that many politicians had become greedy for power soon after independence. He earnestly appealed them to work for the development of the country. He also told the people to love and tolerate each other. He read the Gita, the Koran, the Holy Bible and all other scriptures.

Gandhi has become, in India and around the globe, a simplified version of what he was: a smiling saint who wore a white loincloth and John Lennon spectacles, who ate little and succeeded in bringing down the greatest empire the world has ever known through non-violent civil disobedience. President Obama, who kept a portrait of Gandhi hanging on the wall of his Senate office, likes to cite him.

In post-colonial India, Ram Rajya as a concept was first projected by Mahatma Gandhi. Gandhiji announced that Ram Rajya would be brought once Independence arrived. When he was asked about the ideal State, he talked about Ram Rajya. By using the Ram Rajya slogan, Gandhiji implied an ideal Rajya (without being communal) where values of justice, equality, idealism, renunciation and sacrifice are practised.

Gandhi dreamt about it.Some of our political parties has been talking about it. But Ram Rajya still remains a distant dream. But what exactly is Ram Rajya?

According to the Gandhi Ramrajya means “As he (Shri Ram) was incorruptible, people were prosperous: as he provided them complete security, they were able to engage themselves in creative and productive activities; as he offered them leadership by example, he was like a father unto them; and as in their hour of distress he was by their side to wipe their tears, he was like a son.”

The first criterion clearly shows that the prosperity of a nation as also that of an organisation is inversely proportional to the level of corruption at the top. Ram Rajya was not the complete monarchy. In this monarchy there was the full respect of public sentiments. There was no capitalism, no unemployment no castism a complete socialism.

Ram Rajya according to many scholars meant that the state (Rajya) was the sole legitimate agency wielding power (force), which imposes limits upon its exercise of power, either for the greater happiness of the people, or to evade a greater tyranny that could be caused by moral outrage or self-righteousness.

Historically, from the Ramayana, the chapter on Ayodhya gives a majestic description of Ram Rajya, where peace, prosperity and tranquility reigned, for there was no one to challenge the seat of Ayodhya, literally the land without wars. Incidentally in Hindi, “Ayodhya” means “a place where there is no war.” Hence “Ram Rajya” is described as an ideal society. Is there any country that doesn’t want peace, prosperity and tranquility?

According to many authors who have researched the Indian epic (Itihaas) Ramayana have concluded that Ram Rajya is not a myth or imagination, it is an historic truth of its time and for the time to come. It is not a proletysing concept and not a dystopian relic.

Just as an aside, though, I should point out that one could wonder whether it is completely fair to call Gandhi a revolutionary.  He didn’t lead an armed rebellion, like most revolutionaries.  He and many of his followers were willing to be killed, but they weren’t willing to kill.  And the term ‘revolutionary’ does tend to connote  the violent, rather than the peaceful overthrow of the old order.  So  I’m not sure we have a good word for exactly what Gandhi was.

Most revolutionaries – or whatever exactly Gandhi was – are utterly and unalterably convinced that they have morality wholly on their side.  Though Gandhi was a deeply principled man who constantly strove to be on the side of morality, he wasn’t big on claiming to know the moral truth.  And he actually thought that the ethical condemnation of one’s opponent was itself a form of violence.  And he rejected all forms of violence.

The change has been happening gradually over the last couple of decades. Mahatma Gandhi, the man who inspired people from Nelson Mandela to Steve Jobs, somehow began losing trust amongst his fellow countrymen.

Why does He not have a hallowed space amongst the youth today. Where and why did this change begin to happen? On the occasion of Gandhi’s death anniversary, it is a pertinent and significant question indeed.

Go to any city or town today and the only way people will smile at Gandhi is if they are looking at currency notes that have been imprinted with this face. In our hour of need, Gandhi stood up to the British and forged Independence with the help of others in a most peculiar fashion – through the use of non-violence.

But even his legacy of non-violence has steadily been pushed aside in favour of aggression. We worship individuals who show dominating traits in all fields today. A Narendra Modi over Rahul Gandhi, Salman Khan over Sharukh Khan.

This has meant that the new generation, free from the qualms of having any memory associated with Independence, can view Gandhi as a man, not a phenomenon. Gandhi the man, it turned out, was full of faults. However, it is necessary to see how many of these faults are actually true.

The man who truly believed that India resided in its villages had a daily schedule that was daunting. Individuals who wish to experience Gandhi’s lifestyle should visit Sewagram near Nagpur where his disciples still follow the daily timetable set by Gandhi more than seven decades ago.

Today, we view dispassionately the way Gandhi went about achieving Independence. Some will argue we have become hungrier as a country – hungry for more success and getting a place in the sun for ourselves. Our capitalism is the best foot forward, some others will add as a rejoinder, conveniently forgetting the Swadeshi Movement.

Gandhiji’s altruistic philosophy may appear to be an utopian ideal. However, if we want to find permanent solutions to life’s problems, it is essential to adopt universal welfare as a central precept. Only an individual with considerable self-respect, unshakable faith in human nature and detachment can find sanity where alienation, soaring crime and unmitigated violence are ripping the society apart.

Today Mahatma Gandhi is no more a person, he has become a phenomenon. In his lifetime he fought for many causes; colonialism, racial discrimination, economic exploitation and India’s Independence, but predominantly he fought for human rights which was the pivot of his existence. His weapons were Satya (truth) and Ahimsa (non-violence).

Gandhiji’s entire life was a powerful message for mankind. His every breath was dedicated to the pursuit of truth (god), in its most pristine manifestations, justice and liberty for man.

I would sorry to state that “the mind is always with fear and the head down.” We are victim of insecurity, life always on threat , we camouflage our intention , we hide our conscience. A sense of guilt always hover around us.

The poet Rabindranath Tagore prays to God that Indians should be logical and progressive in thoughts and actions. They should have a power to reason out the bad thoughts and useless customs. Only God can help make India a paradise on earth.

Critically, The whole world of man must be re-integrated; narrow, parochial walls fragmenting the world are to be demolished for achieving this holistic oneness.Reason is like a ‘clear stream’, the transparency of which should not have been swallowed up by outdated and irrelevant customs–‘the dreary desert sand of dead habit’.

The Govt. is a reflection of the citizens who vote them into power. We are an ignorant, despicable, corrupt  and divisive lot who have a long way to go.

Today we have luminaries of a different kind. We have political leaders in jail fighting to save their skin in a scam of mammoth proportions, armymen colluding in a housing scam related to the land allocated to martyrs and certain leaders coming down hard on those who are protesting for a cause – a cause to free their nation of corruption.

It is said that change is a part of evolution. So, if the times change and the people change, so must our expressions. What made sense a 100 years ago for us is history. The present should search for its own interpretation of the times that we live in.

“Where the corrupt are without fear and hypocrisy is held high
Where graft is rampant


Where the nation has been broken up into fragments

By casteist and regional walls

Where words come out from the shallowness of heart

Where tireless shielding of the debauched inches towards perfection

Where the clear stream of reason has lost its way

Into the dreary desert sand of scams

Where the mind is led forward by those at the helm

Into an ever-widening chasm of disillusionment

Into that hell of discontent, my leaders, you have led my country astray”

By forgetting Him who gave us our Independence is a grave offence.Actually it was not Godse who assasinated Gandhi , it is we who are assasinating Him each and every day by our deeds/karmas. And to mark Gandhi as a weak individual worthy of our contempt after all these years is going too far.

On this day, fellow Indians, let us pledge to act on our conscience and do our bit for the good of our beloved nation.

SIDDHARTHA SHANKAR MISHRA,

SAMBALPUR,ODISHA

Done And Dusted

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Done And Dusted

Basically there is nothing like down and dusted. Accomplishments, success or failures these are basically perceptions. Success in terms of money is a misnomer. Of course money is a need to have a comfortable lifestyle but not everything. I have seen many successful men living unhappily and many unsuccessful men living happily. So these are mere words to soothe ourselves.

Life is beyond success and failure. Some people work with high profiles people just make a show off. There they lack a moral. They never want to prove themselves but to prove others. All material things are the clay out of which we mold something spiritual. You must first recognize the selfishness in your desires and motives, actions and words, and then mold that selfishness until it is sublimated into a spiritual weapon for good.

But the real question is not whether others give us the right amount of praise or credit. The question we should really ask is why we need such recognition. If we are doing a good thing or have made progress, isn’t that sufficient reward? What can receiving credit do for us that we do not already have? Spirituality brings with it a sense of priority in my life: first things first. Unless I discover me and have a love and respect for me, I have nothing to offer in this world. I am the center of my universe and through my life God is radiated. I am a part of God’s creative plan and the pleasures of this world must be seen as secondary to my developing a right relationship with God.

Let me find my kingdom which is within.

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My Secret Superpower Is

My Secret Superpower Is

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Life is a series of reactions. There is no escape theory. Karma is served .A point comes when every force and one’s every effort fails , you have to  surrender to a greater force who is running the Universe. It is all scientific. Here logic, argument, proof, evidence, theories , witness all are powerless. There my secret power is the Cosmic Universal Force and the conscience.

It is said, “We have to take such risks because life is ordered that way. We are hear to learn, and learning includes pressing into unknown situations where we could fail.God could have created us in such a way we could either avoid risks or not unduly concerned about the. Animals, for example, live with risks but do no seem to worry about them.” Our spiritual power is enhanced with each blessing we give. And as our spiritual power is enhanced, life’s trials are fewer. Our struggle to accept situations, conditions, and other people, or our struggle to control them, lessens every day that we recognize and revere one another’s personhood, one another’s existence.

Finally, “If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not
become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.”
Gal 5:25-26

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We Shall Overcome

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We Shall Overcome

These are my daily Mantras , “Pain is the touchstone of progress” ,”Fear no evil”,”This, too, shall pass” ,”This experience can be turned to benefit.” By doing such  we can overcome setbacks and recover.

Life is not a bad of roses. We rise , we fall. Setbacks, mishaps , mistakes ,failures help us grow and evolve. Instead of complaining our situations , if we gratefully accept certain things we evolve and mature naturally. Sometimes we have to forgive ourselves and others. We have to work on ourselves before pointing fingers at others. There is a spiritual axiom , “ Whenever I felt distured, there is something in me is wrong or I don’t accept people , places and things as they are. Acceptance is the crux of the issue.

Acceptance or surrendering is the highest sadhana of our life. Surrendering is escapism. It is being aware of the situation and restoring oneself to God’s will. That is the proper use of our will. “ Thy will , not mine , be done. When we are troubled by circumstances in our lives, a change is called for, a change that we must initiate. When we reflect on our recent as well as distant past, we will remember that the changes we most dreaded again and again have positively influenced our lives in untold ways.

When life seems to be going in a direction you don’t want, take a moment and recognize all the wonderful gifts in your life. This really helps you change your perspective and appreciate things once again. Gratitude changes the way. I find peace in gratefulness because when i see a fellow traveller has nothing and he is happy , I get inspired. Love , serve , give are the highest maxims what Swami Sivanananda of Divine Life Society advised the humanity to long for.

The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down
in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. ~ Psalms 23

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I Turned The Key And Stepped In. What I Saw…

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WOW: I Turned The Key And Stepped In. What I Saw…

I turned the key and stepped in. What I saw is a deep silence. The silence was intriguing. It was nothing but memories of the passionate soul. I am astonished of the sudden outcome of the entire past.

Everyone of us has miraculously been called for to the road to recovery. We felt hopeless many times. We no doubt pleaded, aimlessly and to no one in particular, for help. And then it came. Many of us probably do not know just how. But we can look around at one another and appreciate the miracle in our lives.

It’s helpful, though, if we learn from our mistakes; repeating the same mistake repeatedly leads us to nowhere. And expecting different results from the same old mistakes-well, that’s what we call “insanity!” It just like hell and a foolishness. Mistakes are a very vital and important aspect of being human. For particularly stubborn and insane people like addicts, mistakes are often our best teachers. There is no shame in making mistakes. In fact, making new mistakes often shows our willingness to take risks and grow. Failure and mistakes evolve us. We grow and accept and acceptance leads us to recovery and new spirit is born out of it. A spiritual growth is the calling.

Awareness, clarity of thoughts , acceptance and attitude is the hallmark of life. We fall, we grow and we experience and realise. I often pray to God to  grant me awareness of what I meed to do to take care of myself.

 

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THY WILL BE DONE –WOW: One Quote I Live By

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THY WILL BE DONE –WOW: One Quote I Live By

God grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change; Courage to change the things I can; and Wisdom to know the difference. Thy will, not mine, be done.

The line, “Thy will, not mine, be done “inspires me and I strive to live by this philosophy which is quite practical. Spiritual life is not a theory, we have to live it. This is not only related to spiritual aspect of life but also the material and practical aspect of life too.

Man ka ho toh achcha …. na ho toh zyaada achcha !! 
kyun ki phir wo iswar ke man ka hota hai, aur iswar aap ka hamesha achcha chahega !!!”

Meaning:If things happen according to your will ,it’s good.But if things do not happen according to your will ,then it’s even more better.Because, then things will happen according to God’s will and God will always want your good.

These above lines are of Dr. Harivansh Rai Bacchan and quite inspiring to me. Pain stretches us. It pushes us toward others. It encourages us to pray. It invites us to rely on many resources, particularly those within.We develop our character while handling painful times. Pain offers wisdom. It prepares us to help other women whose experiences repeat our own. Our own pain offers us the stories that help another who is lost and needs our guidance.

There comes a time in facing a challenge when we have done all that we can, and still the situation remains unresolved. This is the time to turn the problem over and release our cares into the hands of spirit. When we let the Universe take charge, anything becomes possible. God can do for us what we could not do for ourselves.

Ishwara pranidhana means , “ Thy will be done.” It is the last of the niyamas of the Yoga Sutras. It indicates an act of surrendering. According to Swami Niranjananda Saraswati of Bihar School of Yoga , “Surrender simply means not being a slave to the mental whims, fantasies and desires. Right now we have surrendered ourselves to our mind. The mind says, “Do this” – we do it. The mind says, “Say this” – we say it. The mind says, “Desire this” – we desire it. The mind says, “Reject that” – we reject it. We have become slaves of our mind. The real meaning of surrender is coming out of this situation and surrendering to the cosmic divine nature, becoming master of the mind and tuning oneself with the higher Self. This surrender is the first step of ishwara pranidhana – ‘let thy will be done’. It is also a philosophy, a concept, an idea, that we try to develop. One who can develop this philosophy and live accordingly, who can cultivate that spiritual strength and energy within, is recognized as a disciple and eventually, in the course of time, as an enlightened being. The highest spiritual value to be cultivated in life is ishwara pranidhana. The moment you live that, your yoga also reaches its point of culmination.”

I always pray before God to help me pay attention to all my issues. Help me know that before I can work on the finer points of my recovery, such as my relationships,I must be free of addictive behaviors.

O My Master, may I continue to seek Your power and glory in my life.

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