Media and its different shadows

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Media and its different shadows

 Journalism is a discipline of collecting, verifying, reporting and analyzing information gathered regarding current events, including trends, issues and people. Those who practice journalism are known as journalists. It is the profession of reporting or photographing or editing news stories for one of the media such as newspapers or magazines. It is a style of writing for presenting bare facts to describe news events. Journalism plays a very important role in society.

Media should be the mirror of the society. Is the media to-day presenting the true reflection? For all the times Media tilt towards the big people. But in early days the tilt was for good cause. In present days the tilt is purely for deriving benefit. Media has not able to maintain it s status as a noble institution; but on the contrary is has turned into pure business.

In early days song, dance, drama and poetry etc. formed the media. It was more or less linked with religion. Its prime duty is to narrate greatness of the deities. But with that they propagate the good values in life and help to regulate the society with devotion & fear. Also it could create rebellion at the time of need. This form of media has not lost its relevancy.

Radio emerged during world war. It served the people and the government with dedication. It was a strong medium for cultural exchange worldwide. But its role was is limited as it remained under government control.

Emergence of print media provided scope for liberated and progressive views. It was the strong medium for spread of freedom, democracy and justice. It was given due importance in the liberated and democratic world. But misusing its status now a day it plays the role of power broker for rich & affluent people. Sometime before media people are struggling for batter pay and working condition etc. But now days they are able to generate all the benefits by any means.

Electronic media has emerged strong. Its audio visual effect has great impact. But its overdoses of information and focus on some particular class of people have a very demising effect. It sidelines the real issues and problems. The internet may break it barrier. It is immersing truly as peoples media. But it is an unruly brat.

 

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In modern days Cinema is another strong media. Though it survives on the wealth of rich, even on criminally accumulated wealth; it would speak the problems of poor more effectively. It is able to raise the issues more sensitively and effectively. Perhaps it provides the closest reflection of the society and thoughts of its people. Even the Indian Cinema which is defamed for its unrealistic presentations is doing marvelous in presenting the reality of the society and people’s vies & thoughts in its own style.

Lots have been written so far about the tragic serial bomb blast at Mumbai’s Opera House,Zaveri Bazaar and Dadar, which had once again shattered the financial capital of world’s largest democracy. No doubt, it’s the most barbaric act of cruelty, yet again witnessed by the people of Mumbai. In the last one decade, the city of dreams has been deteriorated by five tragic bomb blasts. Though, each blast pillaged the city, it was unable to discolour the spirits of Mumbai people even by a stroke. These blasts were an act of mousiness by some miscellaneous group who think that by doing such things they can break the spirits of Indians. What they don’t know is that with every such incident, we Indian will become stronger.

No doubt, being the most prosperous city of the country, Mumbai is the most vulnerable location for such acts, which helps the instigators to gain maximum publicity, which is the central aim behind such terrorist activities. It’s not hidden from anyone that atrocious acts in big cities get maximum media coverage and attract global attention. Had these blasts taken place in some remote location of Jharkhand state or let’s say a tribal region of Assam, they would have surely have been forgotten within a day and might have been confined to the state news only.

As said by America’s all time great entertainer Will Rogers, “We don’t give our criminals much punishment, but surely give them plenty of publicity.” So, does it imply that most of the terrorist activities have been executed for the sole purpose of gaining outside publicity? And if it is so than, undoubtedly, media helps such obnoxious terrorist acts by providing them the unwarranted attention. Malcom X said once, “Media is the most powerful entity on the earth? It has the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, because Media control the mind of masses.” He had pictured media as a powerful medium in the mindset of common people. No doubt, media has huge competence but as they say, “big power comes with big responsibilities”. So here a question arises, whether today’s media is really responsible towards its duty or is it a victim of showering unwarranted prejudices towards some culled news only, to gain TRP which ultimately helps it to allure more advertisers.

The way the devoted endeavour of Swami Nigamanand had been neglected by Indian media long back in 2011; shows that it is attracted more towards hot cake type of saleable news and doesn’t bother a bit about news that’s related to life of common man. Not to forget that Swami Nigamanand died after fasting for nearly four months against illegal mining and stone crushing near the river Ganga in Haridwar in the same hospital of Dehradun where Baba Ram Dev was admitted. It’s an irony that the chivalrous effort of Swami Nigamanand could not attract the attention of India media whereas an uneventful hunger strike of Baba Ramdev, which was full of all sort of melo-drama, was covered by almost every media channel of the country.

In another outrageous event, when the Indian media was engaged in covering absconding Baba Ramdev in the capital city of the country, a small hamlet in remote Bihar was witnessing the brutal act of policy fiendishness, where almost 8 innocent villagers were killed from point blank. Two days prior, when Delhi was witnessing the hullabaloo of Baba Ramdev, in Forbesganj (small village of Bihar), around 200 people were protesting against the unjustified blockade of a connecting road between two villages, which has been blocked by a factory partially owned by a local MP. Instead of supporting the destitute villagers, police not only opened fire on the protestors and chased them to their homes, but also killed women and infants. Surprisingly, not a single media house covered this incident in its prime time news. It was only after a conscious team of an awaken society covered the news on their website that the local governing bodies came into action. But unfortunately, until now, this particular news of Bihar Police’s villainous act has not been able to gather the attention of national media. Quitesad!

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The way media has celebrated the works of Jarnal Singh, Pavas Agarwal and Hitesh Chouhan, it deserves serious denouncement. You must be guessing what is common between these three men? All these people have been made popular by our media. They threw shoes at some of the most respected and designated figures of the country, like prime minister and home minister.

Similarly, at a point where media doesn’t leave any chance to cover live interviews of newbie cricketers like Virat Kohli or Ishant Sharma or telecast a full coverage of marriage ceremony of an athlete like boxer Vijender Singh, it’s painful to find that the coverage of National Games is not on their agenda. I am not questioning the contributions of Virat, Ishant or Vijendra. They have indeed brought huge laurels to the country and have received due acknowledgment from the society for it. But why always events like National Games suffer weird biasness. Aren’t national games importance? Despondently, it’s only the national doordarshan channel that covered the recently held National Games whereas all private news channels disaffiliate themselves from the games.

Today television channels and newspapers are making fast money by cashing on the news in wrong sense and wrong way. In the race to become more popular and to make money they have broken all the limits media must follow while serving to build a healthy and progressive society. They have no respect for the sentiments and ethics of the people and land whom they serve to, with their immense power to influence the masses they just make judgment like a true dictator rather than a good advice of a true friend as they previously used to do. If it will be going in the future then we people have to think about the role of media in our life.

I think media plays a very powerful role in bringing awareness in the society. And it has increased a lot off-the-late. The main reason is that common people rely on media to know all happenings. And the reach of media to common people has increased a lot nowadays. So the role of media is undismissable.

Lastly, according to me media is one of the most enlivening features of our life with fresh ideas and innovative use of technology. Admittedly, there has been a flood of wrong notions; medias are expression of creativity that need space and liberty to flourish. It is also the role of the media is to show the ugly picture of the society whatever may be the mirror reflects. Let not anybody play big brother and cripple the creative potential of the media.

All successful newspapers are ceaselessly querulous and bellicose. They never defend anyone or anything if they can help it; if the job is forced on them, they tackle it by denouncing someone or something else.

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MAHATMA – THE PHENOMENON

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MAHATMA -THE PHENOMENON

“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”

Mahatma Gandhi was a world leader, a visionary, a Yug-Purush. As a scientist, I am tempted to attempt a definition of 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 inalterably 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.

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 

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Shhh! Silent

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Shhh! Silent

“Shhh! Don’t tell anyone” – some says… a society troll you all lifelong. They say life is secret, don’t reveal it. But, life is an open book. Bang On! Be silent – Time will say…..

When zest is non-existent in our lives, no activity appears tempting. In fact, most situations foster fear. With fear, we’re ever so familiar. This life we’re committed to relieves us of all fear, when we progress on it with awareness. And it provides us the enthusiasm that will assure positive outcomes for our efforts, when we look to our inner core for the right attitude.

Don’t speak …. Until you are successful. That is the mantra. Keep on doing your sadhana , someday it will manifest. Those people who speak less achieve their target than who speak loud but no action. A steady and persistent approach is always the foundation behind every successful man.

There is always a purpose which much more than eating, sleeping and drinking. This is not a philosophy, this is practical. I can remember when I felt so isolated and alone. I used to look at people talking with their friends, families playing in the park, lovers holding hands, and I felt so different and awkward. I always looked at life from the outside. I was the boy without an invitation to the party. The symptoms of alcoholism!

Living a spiritual life without anybody’s approval gave a purpose to live life in full gusto.

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Don’t give up on the person you’re becoming. #staythecourse #yougotthis

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Don’t give up on the person you’re becoming. #staythecourse #yougotthis

They stabbed me in the back? It’s ok. They lied to me? It’s ok. They used me? It’s ok. I keep working. I keep pushing. I Overcome it all – One day at a time. Let Go … Let God. It is not that easy. It takes a great deal, your energy, your entire life but is worth.

The game begins when you stop giving up and keep pushing. #PUSH #PUSH & #PUSH ; This expression means that faith can change any situation in the field of personal relationships. If you trust Him, God shows you the way to “move mountains.” The enemy of the spiritual life is ignorance because it stops us from realizing that the strength and healing power of spirituality has been given by God – all we need do is discover it and appreciate it.

I was so negative earlier that I used have self pity and asked God “ Why me ?” Finally , the inner calling , “ You are not alone , all suffers.” When I am happy , I never ask God , “ Why me ?” I am grateful for every situation in my life . Whenever I feel disturbed , I find I am wrong somewhere and I stop fault finding in others. I remember on doha of Kabir , “ बुरा जो देखन मैं चला, बुरा न मिलिया कोय, जो दिल खोजा आपना, मुझसे बुरा न कोय।“ What I justified or unjustified I don’t know . Spiritual life is not a theory, I have to live it. I strive for progress not perfection. Mistake do happen but no pint of clinging, accept and move on.

There is a story narrated to me by Swami Niranjananda Saraswati , head of Bihar School of Yoga to me , when I was going through my horrible time , “Once upon a time there lived a man in a tranquil little village. It was a time when not many people lived on the planet, when human beings could commune with God, and demons and God lived together. Every morning people would go to their farms and every evening return to a warm house. Life was very contented and happy.

One day, God appeared in front of the man and said, “See that huge rock in the field. Go and push it.” The man looked at the rock and thought, “Well, for the first time in the history of humanity God has asked a human being to do something.” So from then on, every morning he would get up, perform his morning Asana, Pranayama and Shatkarmas, have his breakfast, go to the rock and start pushing.

After many years the man became a bit tired of going through the same routine day after day. This was the moment the devil had been waiting for. The devil entered the man’s head and said, “Look, you have been pushing this rock for many years now. What have you achieved? It has not moved at all, not even half an inch. What is the use of doing something you can never accomplish?” The man thought, “The devil is right. I have spent twenty years of my life pushing that rock. It has not moved an inch!” So he said, “No more!” and sat down. He stopped doing his morning Asana, Pranayama, and Shatkarmas.

When God returned, he saw that the man had not pushed the rock for many months. When he asked why, the man said, “This is a futile exercise. I have pushed the rock for twenty years and nothing has happened. The rock is still here! Nothing has moved. Not even an inch. I am only wasting my time. Knowing that it is an impossible feat, I have stopped making the effort.”

God looked at the man, smiled and said, “I asked you to push the rock. I did not ask you to move the rock; that was your own idea. My instruction was clear. As far as moving the rock is concerned, I can do it with a click of my fingers. The entire rock can become dust before you can even say my name. I asked you to push the rock and that is what you should have done.”

What should our perspective and attitude be in life? We are asked to push something and we expect it to move. Our focus and awareness is on moving, not on pushing. After every tiny bit of effort we put into pushing, we look down to see whether we are moving forward or not. So whenever you encounter an obstacle – Push. Push means Pray Until Something Happens !!!

 

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A DAILY DOSE OF SURYA-NAMASKARA – KEEPS ME GOING

A DAILY DOSE OF SURYA-NAMASKARA – KEEPS ME GOING

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Yoga is not about postures but how long one focus on it. There are many definitions of Yoga & asanas and pranayama are limbs of Yoga not Yoga in totality. It is said a sound mind stays in a healthy body. Disciplining the body with awareness leads to our mental balance and in totality everything.

Patanjali gives very simple advice on how to essentially sit still (asana), and states the benefit of sitting still. “Sthira Sukham Asanam” -this basically translates as, “postures should be stable and comfortable.” Another typical definition is a balance of “effort” and “ease.”

 

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Surya Namaskara is a complete exercise for the well being of entire body. There are basically Twelve posture in Surya- Namaskara . If you are living a busy life – a daily dose of 6 rounds with awareness , which will take hardly 15 min will make your day a blessing. It will make you fit overall. The 12 postures are –

  1. Pranamasana
  2. Hastauttanasana
  3. Hasta Padasana
  4. Ashwa Sanchalanasana
  5. Dandasana
  6. Ashtanga Namaskara
  7. Bhujangasana
  8. Parvatasana
  9. Ashwa Sanchalanasana
  10. Hasta Padasana
  11. Hastauttanasana
  12. Pranama asana

And if One does along mantras without any religious dogmas attached to it , it created great vibes otherwise strict to your views do the asansas /exercise with the help of a Yoga Instructor.

It has many benefits- It is a stress management in capsule. Endocrine, system, digestive system and nervous system all work well and obesity can be reduced if done properly. It has a total balancing effect on your mind and body. It is quite refreshing and promotes sleep and improves muscles flexibility.

There are some dos and don’ts . Before practising consult a Yoga Instructor.

Recovery , Rediscovery and Healing

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Abuses, assaults, injuries, taunts have changed my life. Undergone the metamorphosis and still flowing …this is life. Before you criticise me… “Just Walk a mile on my shoes.” It is for everyone. There is a pain behind every laughter.

Develop empathy towards such persons. It is the ability to understand the true picture from another person’s perspective; to walk in their shoes, to view life from their living status and to feel what it feels like to be that person. This is called Atmabhava, i.e. to feel the pain of others. Never underestimate anyone.

Life is not a bed of roses. It was that day 3 years ago; I realized the art of acceptance and taking everything easy. I started loving the small things in life …anything … anyone unconditionally with gratitude.

In my earlier days was not at all endorsing acceptance, keep on complaining … never satisfied … expectations… desires for material ….success. But finally when I lost everything, I found the calling. A deep peace hovered around me. I started loving small things in my life and felt grateful. The Sufi says, “Be thankful not only for what you have been given but also for all that You have been denied.”

I am quoting  Albert Camus here, ““Every person, on the foundation of his or her own sufferings and joys, builds for all.”  A prayers full gratitude change the pattern of life … Just a “THANK YOU.”  The ambition of life is to live now and humbly walking under the grace of God. This helps me in smooth sailing. The prayers , “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.

I don’t always have to carry the message; I am the message.

Blessed are they that have not seen and yet have believed.-American Proverb

 

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To acquire a healthy body is gift of God  

A run of 7km a day, heals me from emotional bankruptcy. If you still look cute at the end of your workout, you didn’t train hard enough. God let me accept the things I can’t change, courage to change things I can & the wisdom to know the difference. My sweat is my weapon.

A daily jog of 5-6 km and 12 rounds of Surya Namaskara , some backward bending asanas, standing and twisting asansas along with Pranayama . Keeps me fit. Sometimes weekend game of Tennis makes me feel good.

Self care is a divine responsibility. It is like first thing first priority. You don’t ever have to feel guilty about sharing your feelings. It isn’t desperate or pathetic or weak. It’s self-care and there is nothing shameful about taking care of yourself by unloading some of the pain you carry. Your feelings are important and they matter — you matter — and if you’re hurting, you’re allowed to reach out. You’re allowed to be honest and use your voice. You’re allowed to take up space and talk about what you’re feeling. You deserve to make self-care a priority.

I was an alcoholic. My lifestyle was hurting others and it was hurting me more. There was a calling inner. A willingness to change myself and adopting a Yogic and spiritual lifestyle. I forgot everything. Money, marriage, career became my secondary. Being Sober and recovery is my topmost priority. According to Paramhamsa Satyananda , founder of Bihar School of Yoga , “You must have the determination to carry a decision through. You must not waver, because karma, wealth, learning and death are all decided on the day of conception and man can only change it through determined efforts to keep his resolve. Love is the ultimate sankalpa On the spiritual path there are two important aspects: one is yourself and the other is God. There is no third aspect. That is what I also consider in my life. First, myself: I have to struggle, I have to survive. Then, God and His blessings. God can be reached only by love. There is no other way. The feeling of love that arises in the mind becomes the sankalpa. When you feel love, devotion and affection for someone, then whatever you think about that person becomes your pooja, your worship, your sankalpa.” This words of Him is quite inspiring to me.

I also have desires & ambitions but also I wish to grow rich is all aspects- materially, spiritually, professionally, my behaviors, character all aligned into one. The inspiring words of Sw Sivananda to Abdul Kalam when he was depressed when failed in air force exam were, “Defeat the defeatist attitude in you .” Those words were goose bumps.  According to Swami Niranjananda Saraswati , Bihar School of Yoga ,” Health is a subject which deals not only with the physical body and our perception of it, but extends right up to our spiritual nature. Health has always been the central point of our life. If we look at the history of humanity we will find that major breakthroughs and advances have been made in relation to health and well-being, but that only the physical, material aspect of the human body has been considered, not the total human picture.”

Normally people ask, “Does this mean you rank sobriety/health ahead of family, job, and the opinion of friends?”

I had experienced alcoholism as the life-or-death matter to me, the answer is plain. If I do not save my health, my life, then certainly I’ll have no family, no job, and no friends. If I value family, job, and friends, I must first save my own live in order to cherish all three. So health is a priority and I am selfish. I am grateful my Higher Power.

 

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