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The other day one of our exceptionally brilliant readers wondered, how the time is running so fast,we are in the middle of January,still we are dreaming….as if we celebrated new year just yesterday…is this not scarring? Life is moving so fast, refusing to wait !
I felt … it’s true
And shortly…the spring will run into summer and Summer chasing Fall and Fall merging with Winter in no time and soon we celebrate Christmas and eagerly waiting for the safe delivery of 2020 and in between many will be in touch with the Creator…
Then the thought of why can’t we live longer lingered in my mind!
Yes.Why not ?
All of you know life is awesome !
If you ask ,each one gives their own many reasons as to why they love to live longer.Very few say they want to die earlier.
Don’t you think there is so much of unfulfilled wishes to be full filled?
There is so much to do,so much to see,so much to enjoy,so much to learn,so much to discuss,so many new People to meet,new friends,new thoughts,new experiences….
…..oh my life ! My dear life…..and you think just 70-80 yrs of life is sufficient ?
There won’t be negative feelings or sadness or sorrow if one were to live forever.Of course ones health should be good,but this is possible as science is advancing and most probably in 2100 death can be delayed indefinitely.
But why you don’t want to die ?
It’s very simple my friend.Death means, all your taste for enjoying the good life gone.You miss the beauty of universe.You miss your near and dear.you miss unfinished jobs.you miss, loving your sweetheart.
OK.But Why do you wish to live forever ?
I have an answer.
Modern age is better than Iron age.Iron age was better than bronze age.Bronze age was better than stone age.
As things become better and better ,we wish to live longer.We starts inventing things where in death can be delayed.As technology advances,they day may not be far,where death can become optional.
What is the present scenario ?
- Living forever is not possible, but living longer is possible (quora)
- Eat & Drink Healthy
- Have sound mind and you can take correct decisions.
- Have a good social life.Have limited number of friends,who value the meaning of life just like you.
- Remember not to possess anger & Ego
- When you get up in the morning,first thing you do is to remember God and express your gratitude ,since you are breathing and lucky to be alive. 153,424 people won’t see another tomorrow ( WHO)
If you want to live longer – watch this clip. ( 3 minute Video )
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Professional Photographers can make a real kill,because of selfies.
As an amateur photographer,I realized that selfie makes one’s life miserable.
1.Selfies distort your face by 30 % .The truth is you look ugly.people are dejected for this and try to avoid the world.
2.Selfie face distortion making people do nose jobs and plastic surgeons have become busy .Some body even inventing app( commercialization),which is supposed to correct the distortion
3. People becoming obsessed and in the process getting depressed.
4. As a medical professional,I can tell you that regular usage of selfie can give you SELFIE WRIST, an emerging hazard in this digital era.Selfie wrist causes pain,numbness and tingling sensation in the hand.( carpal tunnel syndrome)
Doctor warns-rise in cases of selfie wrist
5.Hundreds and thousands are getting killed while trying to take selfies with India in the lead,followed by Russia.USA and Pakistan.
List of selfie related injuries and deaths ( Oct 2011-Jan 2019)
“The inventor of the mirror poisoned the human heart”.
We all leave legacy be good are bad.And if you think you will be remembered for that,you are sadly mistaken.
That is what happens in life.
But once you are dead,do you really care whether any body remembers you at all !
Don’t be shocked to the fact that even your kith and kin forget you over the time.Don’t blame them !
My guess is if you leave a legacy of kindness may be you will be remembered for sometime.
Occasionally children may recollect what their dad or mom told them.
Wife or husband surely miss the other person and cherish the shared bonds from time to time.
What I am trying to tell is,the frequency of thinking of that person will be less and less as time moves on,though memories remain.( Memories can not fade)
Don’t you think it is a great feeling when people who are associated with you, remember you,when you are alive ?
To strive to be remembered after death is a vain attempt to achieve immortality
There is quiz too….to know how you will be remembered after you die ! ( just for Fun don’t take it seriously.)
how you will be remembered after death
See this clip(117 seconds) before you proceed further.
Does true love exist? I dare !
Rabbi Dr.Abraham calls’Love out of selfishness’ is a Fish Love.He
says”Fish love is poisoning marriages,damaging homes and breaking
Sex,money or power will decide the intensity of the so-called true love.
you may blast me that ….I am,atrocious,stone-hearted, silly, crazy, cruel,disgusting and disappointing but I am not dejected,because one day you realize that none can show the true love without expecting something in return. And that day,you are sure to remember me!The love what you expect / or given is nothing but ‘fake love !
In this world no body is willing to give unconditional love,though they can, if really they want,but they won’t because of the inherent selfishness.
I shall give just 2 examples.My discussion is limited to so called ‘unbreakable human love’
‘I love you beyond eternity’,
‘If loving is wrong,then I don’t want to be right ‘
‘My love for you is a journey starting at forever & ending never.
‘You’re the first boy I ever kissed Jake,and I want you to be the last'(hollywood dialogue-movie-sweet home Alabama)
‘I think I’d miss you even if we’d never met'( movie-wedding date)
If these things are true….Why you see so many cases of divorces?
2.If true love were there( parents vs children)…
Why there are so many old age homes and homes for destitute ? And what about.. Orphanage,Children homes ?
Ron Leighman in Quora (on love is bullshit)
“Because love is a fraudulent emotion, it doesn’t exist. They say the love you Blah blah blah. Then once you get/give them what they want they kick you to the curb like yesterdays garbage. You may as well expect it because it will happen. Expect it then you feel no pain when it happens”.
Are we into the ‘Fantasy Love’?
“Of all the lies you told me….’I love you’ was my favorite”.Unknown
True love is possible only when the people concerned are mature enough ( this happens as they age ) to see both sides of the point of view.
Finally,the difference between True Love & Pure Love.
True Love may not be possible all the time ,but Pure Love is possible.
Loving what you get is compromise.
Getting what you love is Success.
Loving without caring whether you will get it or not is true love.
Loving even after you knowing that you won’t get it..is pure love.
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Definition :To quarrel is to fight — but usually not physically.
Quarreling is a fact of life, occurring between the best of friends, in the happiest of marriages, and between parents and their children. vocabulary.com
It is a disagreement about something.
Why we quarrel in the very first place ?
Somewhere I read ( I am not able to recollect the source) what is known as BIG 5 causing friction, leading to argument. 1.Money, 2.sex, 3.raising kids, 4.in-laws and 5.house/office work.Of course one can broaden the BIG 5 into various sub-classes.
Disagreement can lead from just anger to outburst of pent-up feelings.
The quarrels can stretch from very few initially to increased frequency over the time.
The reasons can be from silly to far serious issues.
The whole problem is because none is willing to admit their mistakes, continue the arguments,even competing with each other, with ego factor playing an active role.
Whenever there is dispute remember,
“Family problems come in all sizes and shapes.Some are short-lived,easily managed,while others are more chronic and difficult to handle” unknown
What I am trying to tell is that it takes time to deal the problems and one must be patient.One must realize that,
“Families and their problems go on and they are not solved….they are dealt with”. Roger Ebert,
When we are friendly with the entire world ( don’t say…. this is because of survival instinct ),why can’t we show same friendliness to our family members?
You know the old adage
“You can choose the friends,but you can’t choose the family”
In other words,since blood is thicker than water, all the more you can’t afford to quarrel with your family members.
How best to avoid family quarrels ?
Some tips which I think,can help! ( My 12 commandments )
1.Stay calm in spite of the urge to respond angrily.Never raise your voice.
2.Be a good listener.
3.Reduce your emotional scale to zero.
4.Let there not be communication gap.Make it clear as to what the other person is saying and meaning.
5.Impress the other person,what actually you meant or intended to do.
6.Never bring the past or unrelated issues.
7.Try to solve the problem and not to win the argument.
8.Put yourself in the others shoes.
9.Don’t stockpile your issues and vent at a stretch irrelevantly.
10.forget & forgive
11.Take it easy.
12.Have faith in the Lord.
“Problems are like washing machines,they twist us,spin us,knock us around but in the end,we come out cleaner,brighter and better than before” – unknown
What are your thoughts ?
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Are you able to concentrate on God and Just God alone and pray without any thoughts interfering the prayers ?
1.Are you the one doing just lip movements while praying,but wander in a different world full of one thought jumping over to the next?
2.This split second intrusion of your thoughts (whether negative or positive) during prayers really haunting you ? Is this making you guilty ?
If it is so, believe me …..you are not alone.
Is it because our brains have multiple components,each doing different jobs in quick succession, thus making us, difficult to concentrate ?
Are these intrusive thoughts, a basic human nature ? ( since we can not stop thoughts from the brain)
Can you control your mind when you are already burdened with your ‘Life’ ? (burden of life is a reality for all of us).
Is it possible to override these thoughts ?
How to solve this problem ?
So many questions…..but I am finding very difficult to get one perfect answer (though plenty of answers are available on the net,which I am not convinced) which helps to really concentrate on God nothing but God .
I don’t have an answer.Do you have one ? Please guide me.
Some say Meditation helps
“The goal of meditation is not to control your thoughts,it is to stop letting them control you”
Again I am not sure of Meditation and how it can help control ones’ mind,since mind sprouts the thoughts continuously.Mind won’t keep quite Even during the sleep, we are troubled by the thoughts in the form of Dreams!
My guess is just ignore them.And Pray God to put an end to these interfering thoughts.Or appeal to God for forgiveness and say “I trust you and I surrender”
Once we surrender with sincerity,God will appreciate.
Please share your thoughts and any solution ( I mean based on your experience), if at all available.Thank you in advance.
My goal for 2019 is
To accomplish the goals of 2018,
Which I should have done in 2017,
Because I promised them in 2015,
And planned them in 2014……..
Let us be frank…..Most of us fail to achieve what we plan for the new year ! It’s alright ! Take a deep breath.Relax….
It is said 80% people fail to stick to their new year resolutions longer than six Weeks.Can you believe this ? Yes it’s true.
Sometimes failure is a motivation for achieving our task.Don’t get disappointed.I am one among you !
“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.”
– Samuel Beckett
I loved Samuel Beckett’s above quote…Fail better….
To all the WP population there, Happy new year !
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“Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.” ― Mark Twain
I am not talking of the personality disorder which we come across in the Medical World…..I am talking about the normal,perfect down to earth gentlemen and gentlewomen, who invariably have two faces,sometimes many faces ( multifaceted indeed! )
“Everyone has two faces but often we see only one side of them,so never judge anyone by their looks,because ,truth might surprise you” ! ‘unknown’
Have you any time seriously gazed your soul ?
I think we are all not just actors but great actors.Some examples,
1.You agree with me that wives hide (secrets) things from husbands, and husbands hide things from wives,but each will be talking to other sweetly and kindly.
2.All Men talk differently when they are with wives,and when the wives are not around.(men there… ..you know what I mean )
3. We preach our kids,but practice quite opposite.
4.Young boys and girls as lovers,constantly lie to each other which suits the situation.
5.We shout at our children and wives for no fault of theirs,but show sweet face to the boss,in spite of getting abused.
6.Married men ,when they come across a single woman, try,to attract her attention,but when wives are with them…it is a different behavior !
7.Our offline behavior is in contrast to our online behavior.You may be a beggar in real life ,but on social media you flaunt all your richness from nowhere !
8. You can see ,Professional child kidnapper/killer is a dedicated father to his kids.
I can go on and on…..
We all wear masks.
Let us be frank.And that is the way of life ! And we have to live that life if we want to survive in this wretched world.
And the worst part,you know…..even with God we play our duality !
“There’s a duality of a guy calling on God: ‘Where are you when I need you’ and the,at the same time .’God helps those who helps themselves.’…I think that contradiction does exist in all of us ,those of faith and those who profess to have no faith. ‘JoeCornahan’
Now that we realized that all of us have two faces( dual personalities)….now it becomes even more scary.
“It’s not about who’s real to your face,
It’s about who’s real behind your back” unknown
So be busy checking your back frequently !
And wishing and praying that, let 2019 bring just the single and original face of ours all the time !
Thank you Philosophy through photography
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This post is in response to my experience with a reader,who is from non-English speaking country, who mistook my English,and became angry.I fully understand this situation in this particular scenario.I even had to take help of fellow readers(English Pundits)
But many times we are not that fortunate( I mean language problem) and are abused by trolls.
Internet troll can become sometimes nasty and the person affected may lose sleep forever.
You can call Internet Troll as a polished version of mythical creatures in Scandinavian folklore.
Trolling is done by cowardly people,and they do because,they oppose somebody’s point of view or they derive pleasure by causing mental agony ( sadist ), or they hurt the feelings out of ignorance of the topic being discussed.They troll because they think that nobody knows their identity.
If you think trolls are after you…..what to do ?
Just Image You are hugging them…that’s all…. and move on by ignoring them.Don’t even respond,however strong the urge to react!
There are two kinds of Hugs.( my version)
1. Distant Hug-reach out to the person,when the occasion arises and hug in your imagination and you get peace of mind.
2.Physical hug-this you can call it as healing hug.
Time to Hug
Hugs are one of the reasons God gave us arms.So stretch out your arm to some one today.Reach out to those you love or do not love…it will warm the heart of the giver and give light to the soul of the recipients.
Hugging is a good medicine.Scientists say that hugging is a form of communication because it can say things you don’t have words for.
And the nicest thing about a hug is that you usually can’t give one without getting one
We are fortunate in WP since we are surrounded mostly by Gentlemen & Gentlewomen,who either agree or disagree…and there the matter ends !
How do you manage your trolls ?
Did anybody troll you ? lease share your experiences.
Image source © Dr.Sridhar, 2018
“Take care of your body.
It’s the only place you have to live”
This topic is a 4 minute read.
So read this post completely , in case you got just that much time.
Otherwise take your own time whenever you are free to read.
Some of my regular friends in WP wondered as to why I am not contributing some useful medical stuff,being in the Medical profession.
I understand,but as you already know there is a wealth of information already available on the net, and my wish, not to crowd the space further.But still I try to add one or two helpful topics.This is my 2 nd post, and the earlier post being,
Everyone of us…I am sure ,aware of importance of Hygiene.
All of us are busy teaching our young ,the importance of not just hygiene,but also personal hygiene.
Some examples of personal hygiene include
Regular bath,Regular brushing the teeth along with flossing,Trimming the nails,Regular washing of the hands,Regular shaving of arm pit and pubic hair,trimming the nostril hair,women maintaining hygiene during menstrual time(just washing with fresh water),for men in non circumcision cases thoroughly removing the smegma,anal hygiene (washing with fresh water after defecation),keeping our nostrils clean,cleaning the external ear pits regularly etc.etc
But surprisingly our teaching to the kid never includes HYGIENE of the Belly Button or Navel which in the medical world it is known by the name umbilicus.
How many of you stand in front of the mirror and just have a look at the belly button on a regular basis ? (Navel gazing literally !! )
Belly button,as you all know is the scar left behind by the umbilical cord Which gets removed after birth.
OK, as you are aware as the stump of the umbilical cord gets dried up it forms a pit during the process of healing.
Is there any purpose of the belly button after birth ?
It helps in dividing the abdomen into quadrants,1.helping the physician to identify the cause of the symptom,2. can be used for blood transfusion in the new-born,3.Helpful for having laparoscopic ports.4.Any bulge of the navel indicates intra abdominal pathology.
2.Fashion ,society and culture
Why Hygiene of belly button important ?
1. Belly button (pit) is a source of 2,368 different species of bacteria/fungi ,waiting to strike at the next available opportunity.
2. If you are male and hairy, or a person with belly button piercing,or you are a person in the habit of liberally spraying talcum powder on your body, you can notice over the time collection of the lint or fluff ( a mixture of cloth fibers,hair follicles) and over the time it becomes smelly and ripe for bacterial/fungal infection and later pus formation.
3. The deeper your belly button pit,the greater the collection of dirt and germs, and just like these germs make your armpit smelly, here also the germs along with dirt collection give a foul smell and soon you can notice redness of the surrounding skin,pain and even pus discharge.
Fortunately hygiene aspect of belly button is easy,only if we care to follow on a regular basis.
Just watch this video and learn how to clean the belly button. ( 1 mt-40 seconds clip)
Thank you for your patient reading !
My post is incomplete if I don’t mention One Australian Gentleman by name Graham Barkers,who holds the world record for collecting his own navel fluff stuff (lint) every day for 26 years.Check the following link.
IS pixabay derivative,sridhar,youtube,feargod.net/fluff
The journey of life is with many twists & turns
But with faith & courage
No obstacle can stop you from reaching the goal,
Keep faith,peace and kindness in your heart,
and you shall always shine.
When you feel that every person in this world has deserted you,
You are never truly alone,
I am still there for you
Take a moment,right here ,right now,
and thank them for that
No mater how bad your day is,
there is always a happy face
waiting for you
to get home.
When you make tough choices,try to imagine if you will regret it in 10 years ‘pinterest’
Life is a series of choices.The choices we make now affect the options
avaiable for the next round of choices.– T.J.Taylor
You say it’s your life,therefore your decisions,but are you aware that your
choices will not affect only you,but also those around you,who care and
love you dearly even if you aren’t aware of that.So make the right decision
and choices in life to make not only yourself proud and happy but also
those around you. Unknown
We all make choices,But in the end our choices make us – Ritu Ghatourey
The only thing we never get enough of is love; and the only thing we
never give enough of is love.
― Henry Miller
Why this happens ?
We all think that, Love means romance.But it is not so.
There are 7 types of love.
- Storge- Familial love
- Phila-friendship ( shared goodwill)
- Eros-Sexual or passionate love
- Agape-Universal love ( unconditional love)
- Ludus-Playful or uncommitted love
- Pragma- Long term love ( married people)
- Philautia-self love ( healthy or unhealthy)
( source Psychologytoday.com, Quora)
My discussion is limited to the married couple.
Think for a second.
Can you tell the difference between ‘school and life‘ ?
” In school you are taught a lesson and then given a test.
In life,you are given a test,that teaches you the lesson” Tom Bodett
So what I am trying to tell is Life gives an opportunity to learn lessons from our experience, in this situation….. day to day problems faced by the couple,thus making them more accommodating,understanding and helpful to each other.
Thus we can become wiser by experiencing these experiences.
But here is the hitch.
The problem comes in the unknown form of ‘E G O ‘ nullifying all the benefits of life’s lessons,which we learn over the course of time.
Why can’t we make an attempt to look into this ? Why can not we prevent this disease before it strikes us ?
When we are able to manage life style diseases with sugar-free,fat-free,salt free,gluten-free etc. etc….why can’t we give a try for Ego- free ?
The only way to achieve peace and harmony is becoming ‘EGO LESS’,
and this should be the ultimate outcome of your life’s lessons,if you
are willing to learn.
Another aspect is ,to be able to differentiate, the difference between love & Possession.Don’t think ,just because you love the person…you got right to possess the person.( as if the person is a property)
Remember love is selfless,coming from the bottom of the heart with total dedication,sincerity and commitment to lead a supportive life together.
We make our life miserable because we never make an attempt to understand the full potential of true love,and thus we make ‘love’ scarce in spite of its abundance.
True Love gives you, the real experience of what all you dream and
Ego gives you, all the heartache.
“A flower cannot blossom without sunshine, and man cannot live without love”. – Max Muller
My life is 50% wondering
If it’s too late to drink Coffee
And 50% wondering
If it’s is too early to drink Alcohol
What is your advice my friends?……..I remember a proverb in English ‘A Friend in need is A friend indeed’
Ten years ago, if someone told me to think positive, I would break eye contact and walk away. Whenever I found myself in a tough situation, either at work, college or in social life, I would be in a bad mood and push people away. My whole mindset became dark and I could only hear were my own negative thoughts. I didn’t realise the damage I was doing to myself and others around me. When I do realise, that’s when my life started to change. I wanted to change the way I think and more importantly, the way I live my life.
In those ten years, I started to read books and blogs on self-improvement and dealing with challenges. From everything that I’ve read, there is one sentence that stayed with me:
“What consumes your mind, controls yourlife.”
That’s when everything made sense to me.I know now that my negative attitude…
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If you are a wife or husband and on many occasions you think you are disappointed because of the other…..and think the other is the ‘difficult spouse’…. then this article is for you.
I am thankful to you if you felt there is something wrong in either of the parties and the mistake can be rectified easily.
There are two types of marriages.( Marriages are made in heaven.Is itn’t ?)
2.Arranged marriage ( In most of the eastern countries )
Irrespective of the type of marriage,both the man and the woman of his love have to adjust with each other in order to be compatible.
In fact, post marriage life is full of challenges and it exposes the couple to myriads of issues.
But we all know the truth.
One day or other both the man & the woman have to face unpleasant situation of opposing & different opinions and views, in matters of their day-to-day ‘living together’
The reality of the so-called colourful future has to show its fangs,since it is waiting to strike first !
Once the misunderstanding happens and prolongs….There are two options available
- You decided you are not going to adjust at all...then Apply for divorce and probably matter can come to end to the mutual satisfaction,and thus ending the very discussion I am trying to make.
- If the above choice is not the option due to so many other pressing matters,( which is a bit lengthy topic, for some other time discussion ) and you both have to live together,and you have to go along with the spouse….thus making the ‘misunderstanding part’ useless and even unnecessary.
Why to quarrel at all in the first place ?
Now it’s time to think.
1.Realize that ‘ married happily ever after ‘ is an illusion ( Maya )
2.Understand that Wife & Husband belong to the same team and they have to work
together for the success of their married life.
“Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up.
3.We often hurt our spouse knowingly or unknowingly.Do you know the solution ? Ask for ‘forgiveness’ whole heartedly.
4.When Anger or Helplessness happens to one of you…just take a deep breath and allow the heated moment to pass.Don’t forget.. time’s the greatest healer.
5.Remember marriage is a vow,before God.
Now it’s time to put the following into action.
Don’t allow discord to remain ,not more than one minute,and your anger not more than a second.
Don’t be bossy and do not take one another for granted.
Respect individual feelings & make mutual adjustments
Make sincere effort to avoid jealousy and Ego & revenge,be the first to make the other win the argument.( small trick I tell you…remember whoever does most talking is the one at fault )
Don’t deprive each other of your needs just to take the revenge
Keep communicating,by which I mean try to find where exactly things are going wrong.
Constantly tell to yourself….
Forget & forgive,
I can go also wrong,
live & let live,
let us make best,out of the difficult situation,
I trust you.
I asked an old man “which is more important? To love or to be loved?”
Old man replied “which is more important to a bird, the left wing or the right wing?” – MarriageHumor, Instagram
A happy marriage is the union of two good forgivers – Robert Quillen
A perfect marriage is just two imperfect people who refuse to give up on each other.-yourtango.com
A marriage is a like a house. When a light bulb goes out, you do not go and buy a new house, you fix the light bulb. – Happy Wives Club
Marriage is meant to keep people together, not just when things are good, but particularly when they are not. That’s why we take marriage vows, not wishes. – Ngina Otiende
Any thoughts on being the Difficult Spouse ?
which of the above quotes ,you thing sends the perfect message ?
Thanks for being a patient reader and reaching this point.
“Now, blessings light on him that first invented sleep!
It covers a man all over, thoughts and all, like a cloak;
it is meat for the hungry,
drink for the thirsty,
heat for the cold,
and cold for the hot.
It is the current coin that purchases all the pleasures of the world
cheap, and the balance that sets the king and the shepherd, the fool
and the wise man, even”.
~Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote, 1605
A person’s destiny is everything that happens to them during their life,
including what will happen in the future, especially when it is considered to be
controlled by someone or something else.
Destiny…..I believe, it is because of our thoughts
Thought process is the cause & Effect of which is Destiny.
I am sure you would have never given a thought or two about this !
“Be careful of your thoughts, for your thoughts become your words.
Be careful of your words, for your words become your actions.
Be careful of your actions, for your actions become your habits.
Be careful of your habits, for your habits become your character“.
Be careful of your character, for your character becomes your destiny.
– Chinese proverb, author unknown
Once you are aware of the destiny...take the challenge
“When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and
willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that
nothing has happened or in saying that we are not ready. The challenge will not
wait. Life does not look back. A week is more than enough time for us to decide
whether or not to accept our destiny.”
– Paulo Coelho, Quotes from The Devil and Miss Prym
Now coming to Fate……
Fate is a power that some people believe controls and decides everything that happens,in a way that cannot be prevented or changed.
“Fate doesn’t ask you what you want,fate knows what is best,even if you don’t know”
‘Quotegram.com’“Accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the people with whom fatebrings you together, but do so with all your heart”.Marcus Aurelius
What is your take on this ?
I believe that my destiny depends on my fate ! Do you agree with me ?
Never waste your time trying to explain who you are to people who are committed to misunderstanding you
Men over there……. simply accept the fate and keep quite…Shh…tell not anybody,specially your girl friends !!
“Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn’t it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up.”
― Neil Gaiman, The Kindly Ones
Be frank.We all indulge in blame game,whatever may be the nature of the problem we face, because we don’t wish to take the responsibility .We even argue that we are always correct,and the other is at fault.( remember the rules…the king is always correct ! )
Very rare to find people,who blame themselves.
The unlaid rule is I can never go wrong !
Why it is so ? Let us think.
We all lie,and learnt the art during childhood and fine tune it as we grow, and to escape the situation,’lie’ comes handy.
By blaming others, you are in a defensive mood,and can pass the buck easily.
“Blame is a beautiful thing, baby. Blame keeps this whole planet spinning. You can point your finger at the next man, you can shift the weight onto him, you don’t have to carry that shit around yourself. You can slide into bed and get a good night’s nap. Yeah, right”.
Narrator Augustus Hill ( played by Harold Perrineau) from Oz tv series
Blame is fascinating –
“it shapes our lives. It can be a benign way of positioning ourselves, a gentle joust or banter, or it can be poisonous, hurtful or devastating for its victims. It can tear apart marriages and fracture work relationships; it can disable major social programmes; it can inflict damage on powerful corporations; it can bring down governments; it can start wars and justify genocides”.
Stephen Fineman, The Blame Business: The Uses and Misuses of Accountability
“All blame is a waste of time. No matter how much fault you find with another, and regardless of how much you blame him, it will not change you. The only thing blame does is to keep the focus off you when you are looking for external reasons to explain your unhappiness or frustration. You may succeed in making another feel guilty about something by blaming him, but you won’t succeed in changing whatever it is about you that is making you unhappy.” Wayne Dyer
Any thoughts on how not to get trapped by the Blame game ?
Please share your views.
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“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
Don’t you agree that,We have to leave things to the decision of the Almighty instead of questioning His wisdom ?
“What have you lost that you cry for?
What did you bring, that you have lost?
What did you create that was destroyed?
What you have taken has been from here, what you gave has been given here.
What belongs to you today belonged to someone yesterday and will be someone else’s tomorrow.
Change is the law of the universe”.
What has to happen will happen for good or bad and let us accept things with folded hands by surrendering to His wishes. And His Wishes can not be explained or questioned or analyzed as to the logic. I mean if something bad/good happening……just leave things to His wisdom.
Just let things go ….as it happens !
If you think I am crazy….it’s OK
What is that all the religions, teach us about L O V E?
As per Bob Morley’s Wisdom, Everybody is going to hurt you.
I think he is correct because we expect too much from the ones ,we love ( a bit selfish attitude ,I say ) and in turn feel hurt if they are not up to our expectation. (again a selfish motive)
“To love is to suffer.
To avoid suffering one must not love.
But then one suffers from not loving.
Therefore, to love is to suffer; not to love is to suffer; to suffer is to suffer.
To be happy is to love. To be happy, then, is to suffer, but suffering makes one unhappy.
Therefore, to be happy one must love or love to suffer or suffer from too much happiness.” — Woody Allen
Are you confused ? Is too much happiness also a suffering ?
I know you don’t have an answer.Neither I have !
But my guess is…. don’t love too much or too little,and at the same time don’t not expect anything in return.Don’t presume or assume.
Is this not strange that the very word ‘L O V E’ makes some of us
experience ‘Heaven’ and some other ‘Hell’
How can L O V E have dual power…. ie adorable & destructive ?
What is your take ? Please share your thoughts .Have you ever suffered because of LOVE?
English language is as simple as tough.
One is proud that,it’s an international language and people from different parts of the world can communicate with each other easily.
But the language is also funny,in sense derogatory words not only used but also accepted as a norm.
Take the Example of the word ‘BITCH’
Oxford dictionary defines Bitch as
1.A female dog,wolf,fox or otter
2.Unpleasant woman,offensive woman.
Commonly used as a slang word.
But why use it with KARMA ?
‘Karma’ is a religious concept,where as ‘Bitch’ is a derogatory word.
I can’t explain why ,but I am not comfortable,whenever somebody combines religious words with slang stuff.
Is KARMA is really bitchy ?
My feeling is KARMA is not a bitch.
My guess is people use this word whenever they think that the person is suffering because his or her bad Karma
Suppose the person is enjoying his life because of his or her good Karma……can we still say Karma is a bitch ?
You can’t escape karma … It is what it is.
It doesn’t judge, it’s neither good nor bad like most people think.
It’s the result of all the actions, positive and negative–a constant balancing act of events–cause and effect–tit for tat–reaping and sowing–what goes around comes around … However you phrase it, it’s the same in the end.
– Alyson Noel, Shadowland
Any thoughts ? Do you believe in KARMA ?
Do animals have common sense ?
We are humans and we keep a separate identity from animals,because of our super brain.Surprisingly we lack basic sense…….ie. Common sense.
I believe that animals have common sense.( as you can see in the above photograph,how well they are disciplined ).
Let us be frank ,we lack this (conveniently) at times when the situation demands.
One particular answer in ‘Yahoo answers’ by LM S is interesting.He says,
“Animals are not wired like us. We internalize things and complicate things by thinking about things too much. Also, animals do not have mental disorders like people do. Animals respond really well to behavioral interventions (like food as a reward) and humans don’t because we think too much and complicate the situation more”.
Yes we unnecessarily complicate simple things and claim that we are super smart by solving these man-made ‘complicated stuff’
It is said that people spend billions of hours waiting in line through out the world ,in order to get their things done.
What is Queue ?
According to Oxford Dictionary
1.British –A line or sequence of people or vehicles awaiting their turn to be attended to or to proceed.
A list of data items, commands, etc., stored so as to be retrievable in a definite order, usually the order of insertion.
3.Archaic –A plait of hair worn at the back.
Why do we Queue ? ( Standing in the line )
Because it is polite to wait for your turn.Without Queue,there will be a total chaos,resulting in further increase in waiting time.
But still why some people jump the queue ? ( cutting the line )
May be they lack discipline or not keeping well or arrogant or they may miss the appointment in some other place,may be carrying a sick child….. I can go on and on…and surely at least 90% of the times these jumpers face wrath of others.
Psychology in forming the queue humorously explained below
Looks like Animals are better than Humans at any given time……
Thanks for reaching this point. Any thoughts ? Feedback ?
By this time,you must have read the news that An American was killed by an isolated tribe in the sentinel Island of Andaman.Our sympathies and prayers are for the young boy and his family.
The sentinelese people resist any attempt by outsiders to reach them.They are also protected by the Indians laws where in, it is illegal to approach them,since the government wants to protect the tribe against outside diseases spreading to them and wiping out the entire tribe of 100- 200 people.( since these people have no immunity for diseases)
Andaman & Nicobar Islands is one of the union territories of India and are scattered group of islands in the bay of Bengal.
The Sentinelese people violently resist any contact with outsiders.
It is said that this young American wanted to reach this tribe to spread the Message of Jesus & Christianity and Love.
Now my point is who is correct & who is wrong ?
Is the tribe is correct in killing this young boy for reaching them (against their set of rules) ?
Is this young boy correct in reaching the tribe (against Indian laws) to spread the message since he believes in certain faith ?
Who is to Judge and what will be his or her Judgment ?
I remember the following quote….. that No body is wrong.
“Genuine tragedies in the world are not conflicts between the right & wrong.They are conflicts between two rights”. George Hegel
What are your thoughts ?
When an obnoxious and aggressive world displays its nuttiness just say to yourself, “I have
nothing to say to that.”
The world cries, “Give me your agreement or your disagreement but
whatever you do, don’t ignore me!”
Intelligently notice both outer and inner darkness then quietly ignore it. Switch your
attention back to the present moment with this powerful self-talk statement. You have
higher things to think about and darkness’s anguish is not your concern. Every “success”
darkness has is based on convincing you that its anguish is your concern. It wants you
involved with it, fighting it, trying to help it. Dare to reply instead, “I have nothing to say to
As The Daily Guru said once, “The resistance to the disturbance IS the disturbance.” Work
with this exercise this week. Notice how good you start to feel as you cease throwing fuel
on the initial disturbances – all those tiny little outer and inner fires that are very
significant until you react to them.
creditsThe Daily Guru
World Television Day is not so much a celebration of the tool, but rather the philosophy which it represents. Television represents a symbol for communication and globalization in the contemporary world. ( UN )
While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.
United Nations Universal Children’s Day was established in 1954 and is celebrated on November 20th each year to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children’s welfare.
The theme is #Goblue
My sincere thanks to Mariana Catalina, who runs a wonderful blog by name Katherine’s blog ( in Kates World )
She is interested in variety of subjects and interested in,
- Articles that point to feelings, and thoughts
- Practical articles – about cooking, diy;
- Informative articles – about certain types of products, projects and others.
Please do check her blog.
The rules of this Awesome Sunshine Blogger Award are:
- Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to their blogging sites.
- Answer the questions.
- Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.
- Notify the nominees about it by commenting on one of their blog posts.
- List the rules and display the sunshine blogger award logo on your site or on your post.
What defines you? What is that special thing that speaks out loud your name?
My confidence in myself defines me.
Person with good Fortune.
Why did you start in the first place the blogging activity? What was the start of your virtual journey?
Thoughts, on day-to-day happening in our life, and with philosophical angle, made me start a blog..
Getting Reasonable response from the readers.Quite encouraging too.I feel happy.
What is your opinion about life?
“Whatever happened in the past, it happened for good; Whatever is happening, is happening for good; Whatever shall happen in the future, shall happen for good only. Do not weep for the past, do not worry about the future, concentrate on your present life.” Baghavadgitha
Are you a winter person? Do you like this season? If yes, explain.
Yeh.I love winter,since Our country is always hot,hotter and hottest.
What do you think about time and how do you like to spend it?
Time is very limited.Always wonder why people procrastinate.. I wish I spend like this
What do you do in stressful situations when you don’t seem to find a way to solve a problem. Give examples.
Just pray and have faith in the Almighty.
I have plenty of examples and impossible to narrate all.
If life gives you lemons what do you make out of it?!
Nothing.Just throw them on the enemies !! just joking ! Make best efforts.
What makes you happy and fulfilled?
My family that loves me,A few good friends like you,food on my table and roof over my head….. all these make me happy and fulfilled.
What is your dream job?
Doctor, and fortunately I am a doctor.
What are your weaknesses and how do you manage them?
I don’t have weaknesses ,so where is the question of managing them ?
A few words about the author of this Blog, Kate. Why do you choose to follow her ?
Her articles are simple,bubbling with lots of enthusiasm,includes great recipes for the food lover,and mostly of her frankness.
Now my turn, to ask 11 questions
- Are you jolly type or serious type personality ? and Why ?
- When you are irritated how craze you can become ?
- What is your opinion on live in relationship ?
- Your thoughts,when you realised that next minute you are going to die …
- Can you tell me,what is the necessity for so many religions to come into the existence ?
- What is the one fulfillment ,you demand from God ?
- Do you Love & marry the person or Marry and then Love the person ?
- At what limit of your income,you feel satisfied ?
- Which part of your childhood you cherish most ?
- What is/was most embarrassing moment in your life ?
- What is your favorite quote ?
Thank you Mariana Catalina
My nominees are
Since it is impossible to add many more names of our wonderful bloggers,I further nominate all of you who happened to go through this article till the end.Please accept my nomination of you for this award spread the message of happiness,joy and friendship.
Thank you .
Why the word ‘Holy‘ is used ,before swear words ?
Does not this go against the third commandment ?
Are we not demeaning the very Godly word ‘Holy’ ?
Readers can help me for a better understanding.
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Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned
and the last fish been caught will we realize we cannot eat money.
‘Cree Indian Proverb’
One day, someone showed me a
glass of water that was half full.
And he said, “Is it half full or half
empty?” So I drank the water. No
Joke apart some of my favorite quotes
1.“Whether your cup is half-full or half-empty, remind yourself there are others without one.”
2.The optimist sees the rose and not its thorns; the pessimist stares at the thorns, oblivious of the rose – Kahlil Gibran
3.The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection – Thomas Paine
4.A pessimist sees only the dark side of the clouds and mopes; a philosopher sees both sides, and shrugs; an optimist doesn’t see the clouds at all – he’s walking on them – Leonard Louis Levinson
5.“The optimist sees the glass as half full, the pessimist as half empty. What I see is water that can save someone’s life.” –
6.The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true – James Branch Cabell
7.Optimism is the foundation of courage – Nicholas Murray Butler
8.A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties – Harry Truman
Philosophy derives from Two Greek words,Philos (love) & Sophia(wisdom).
Philosophy sheds light on the causes of various situations happening in this world and when you start asking questions in the form of ‘Why’…. remember,you start thinking like a philosopher.
“An unexamined life is not worth living” Socrates
By celebrating World Philosophy Day each year, on the third Thursday of November,UNESCO underlines the enduring value of philosophy for the development of human thought, for each culture and for each individual
“Philosophy is an inspiring discipline as well as an everyday practice that can transform societies. By enabling us to discover the diversity of the intellectual currents in the world, philosophy stimulates intercultural dialogue. By awakening minds to the exercise of thinking and the reasoned confrontation of opinions, philosophy helps to build a more tolerant, more respectful society. For UNESCO, it is also the way to unleash humanity’s creative potential and generate new ideas. Philosophy creates the intellectual conditions for change, sustainable development and peace. ”
This field, which sees itself as a form of “wisdom”, teaches us to reflect on reflection itself, to continually question well-established truths, to verify hypotheses and to find conclusions.
It is a day for people to share thoughts, openly explore and discuss new ideas and inspire public debate or discussion on society’s challenges.(timeanddate.com)
Do you know This day also includes
1.Clean your Refrigerator day and
2.Use less stuff day.
Oh ! My Refrigerator !
Have you ever thought of giving your fridge some official leave ? I know you wouldn’t and you dare not ,Because Fridge is one item,which never supposed to ask rest or leave.
When was the last time you cleaned your Fridge ?
How is modern life possible without refrigerator in the kitchen ? It this not part of our life ?
But strangely, all of us take this one appliance for granted.And don’t even give a glance !
But you become restless once you realize that it failed to work or you are getting an unpleasant odor ,the moment you open its door.
So maintenance of our beloved refrigerator is important
No body is sure why November 15 th is selected every year( Some say Whirlpool started this ),but one way it is good,since Thanksgiving Day is going to come shortly.
You need not wait till next November 2019 to clean again,it is good if you clean it once in 3 months.
Why should you care to clean the refrigerator ?
- Your old food may the seat for harmful germs
- If you don’t clean regularly,you may be tempted to eat left overs.
- Remember bacteria and mold can grow in hidden areas and spread contaminating the food resulting in food poisoning.
How to observe the day ? ( credits-national daily calender.com )
- Empty each shelf.
- Completely wipe down the inside of the refrigerator.
- Wash drawers and underneath the drawers.
- Throw away all expired food.
- Throw away any moldy food.
- Get rid of anything that you do not use.
- Vacuum condenser coils.
- Vacuum out under the refrigerator.
- Restock shelves and drawers with good food.
- Enjoy your nice, clean, organized refrigerator.
Are you going to clean your fridge after reading this post ?
If you could make a 30 second speech, what would you say?
One particular 30 second speech is inspiring.
“Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air. You name them – Work, Family, Health, Friends and Spirit and you’re keeping all of these in the Air.
You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four Balls – Family, Health, Friends and Spirit – are made of glass. If you drop one of these; they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged or even shattered. They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for it.”
Work efficiently during office hours and leave on time. Give the required time to your family, friends and have proper rest.
Value has a value only if its values is valued.
The above 30 second speech is by Bryan Dyson-Former CEO of Coca-cola
I felt it is really tough job to prepare instant 30 second speech.
What is your 30 second speech to your fellow bloggers if you are able to give one?
please share your thoughts .
Existence is a strange bargain.Life owes us little;we owe it everything. The only true happiness comes from squandering ourselves for a purpose.
Every one has to face some problem or other.
Describing somebody that ‘the fellow is born with silver spoon’ is utter rubbish.
Everybody has to undergo suffering.
Whether the person suffers from cancer or just mild fever,or any other reason doesn’t matter.
Whether the person is rich or poor,doesn’t matter.
Good or bad doesn’t matter.
Whether the person is pious or unholy ,doesn’t matter.
Whether the person is criminal or law-abiding doesn’t matter.
Whether the person is moral or immoral doesn’t matter.
Whether a new born suffers or a 100+ old person suffers doesn’t matter.
I can go on and on….
The point I am trying to stress is ,there is no escape from suffering once you are born.
The only difference is , some suffer more and some suffer less.
Again I don’t have an answer.
Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It’s the transition that’s troublesome. Isaac Asimov
When one suffers,the first question one puts invariable is “Oh God ! why me ?” as if one is pure (at heart on par with Almighty), and rest of the population deserves to suffer.
Remember there are others in this world,whose suffering is more than yours.
Instead,why can’t one boldly say ” why not me ?”
By saying so, Are we not gaining confidence in ourselves to face the eventuality ?
To be frank, why should one get exemption from suffering in one’s life ?
Is this not God’s way of telling us to be
Search for solutions( inventions,science etc)
Improve inner strength,
Understand the meaning of life ( philosophy),
Know the value of time.
So we are thankful to the Almighty for giving us an opportunity to survive and gain strength from sufferings.
So our thoughts should be
What are your thoughts ?
Do you agree or You do not ?
If you do not agree what is the reason ?
Inspiration- Anamika’s Blog
People lie. They use you and they lie, all the while feeding you bullshit about
being loyal and never leaving you. No one can make that promise, because life
is all about seasons, and seasons change.
for me my Loyal friend is my Doberman.
You are going solo ?
Then you can celebrate Single’s day, to-day and every year on 11 of November.
It is popular in China and the date 11/11 chosen because it resembles 4 solitary bare sticks
Also Number “1” resembles an individual who is alone.
Heavy discounts offered during shipping hours in China.
It looks, this concept yet to be popularised in India.
““Single doesn’t have to mean lonely. Single simply means ‘I’m resting my heart until it’s ready to love again’.” unknown
Advantages of being single:
1,Being single is being in control.2.You are always happy,because there is no occasion for you to confront. 3.The choice you make is the final,no arguments.4.More disposable income and no questions asked.5.No nagging from anybody.6.No need to share anything.7.You can flirt.8.Less time with your smartphone.9.Hide your secrets without fear.10.No need to adjust and you are independent. One can go on and on ….
Disadvantages of being single
1.When you see other people romancing,you may get depressed.2.Since you are not i a family,nobody cares you and you are not a special person to celebrate your birthdays etc.3.Somewhere down inside the feeling of loneliness haunts you.5. In India if you are a bachelor ,getting a rental accommodation is a big task.6.When you fall sick,no body is there to take care of your physical needs.7. You may develop bad habits ,since no body is there to warn you or worry about you,8.You tend to miss something all the time.9.You feel miserable.10.None is there to share your happiness whenever you are happy. And I can go on and on ….
What is your take on being single ?
My feeling is ….
If you are not happy being single, you will never be happy in a relationship. Get your own life first, then share it. unknown
1.‘I think there is a tendency for people to get rigid and caught up in their beliefs of what is right and wrong, and they lose sight of humanity. Being human has to come first before right or wrong”. –Matisyahu
2.The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth. –Niels Bohr
3.When I’m right no one remembers,When ‘m wrong,no one forgets.-source-blogspot
4.Do or Do not.There is no try –Dumbledore
5.Revenge converts a little right into a great wrong- Proverb
6.There are two sides to every issue:One sie is right and the otheris wrong,but the middle is always evil-Ayn Rand
7.Love keeps no record of wrongs-picturequotes.com
8.Nature does not make mistakes,right & wrong are human categories-Frank Herbert,picturequotes.com
9.We have to live today by what truth we can get today and be ready tomorrow to call it falsehood. –William James
‘There are two reasons for drinking.
One is ,when you are thirsty,to cure it.
The other when you are not thirsty, to prevent it ……’
With advanced science,excellent reasearch and invention of sophisticated tools,we are supposed to be confusion free.
Ironically the same science is giving us contradictory findings.
1.Laughing vs crying
It is generally said ,Laughter is the best medicine give your body booster with laughter
Now a few researchers came out with opposite thought …..ie. you must cry to ease out your
stress and even set the time frame as to how often you should cry.
For a strees free life you must cry once a week
2. More sex vs Limited sex
Too much sex disadvantages What too much sex can do to you ?
( 15 times a day ?? check the above link )
More advantages Benefits of having more sex
15 science backed reasons to have more sex
3. Tea Vs Coffee
Which drink is better for you ?.The school of thoughts for each, give us confusing signals.
The less said the better.
All of us need not be health freaks,but we are conscious about the food we eat,more so with sugar,salt and fat.Regarding these three important food constituents…..lot of confusing things are said by researchers.
Earlier it was said eating eggs and nuts are bad due to high fat.Now they say they are the best.
Earlier they said eating sweets bad for diabetics,now they say diabetics can have equivalent of sugar ( sweeteners ).God only knows any side effects they can cause.
Researchers have not spared the meat eaters.People are confused further by the terms meat’, ‘low fat meat’ etc.
What about these health trends ?
implants( better implants vs best implants ),crazy diets,diet beverages,
weight reduction pills,libido pills,alternate medicines,
Deceptive new technologies,spa therapies,oxygen kiosks,
Decisions based on friendly neighbourhood health advises,
Pantsdrunk,lagom and hygge ( scandinavian wellness trend )
7.Hot coffee vs cold brew
Earlier they said cold brew is better than Hot coffee.Now research claims opposite.
The above are some of the examples.
Dear fellow blogger,what are your thoughts ?Did you come across these types of contradictory research findings ?
Have we to really take these reasearch/friendly neighbour advises seriously ? or Do we have to continue our life style ..as it is ?
Or switch back to Ancient Wisdom ?
“Here is a test to find whether your mission on
Earth is finished. if you are alive, it isn’t.”
What is that Stanislaus trying to convey ?
He says, to be certain you have to be doubtful !
First of all if you decided to believe in something ,why should you be doubtful or apprehensive ? Are you not sure of yourself ?
Is this a contradictory statement or it is a perfect statement ?
Readers please enlighten me further with your thoughts.
In the recent discussion in blog articles about ‘Truth’ and meaning of ‘Absolute truth’ and ‘Relative truth, I realized that we forgot to discuss the role of ‘Maya’ ( illusion). Recently I came across an article in op ed of Deccan Chronicle,and thought it’s apt to understand the meaning of Maya (illusion),in our day to day life’ by sharing the same .
Before we proceed further, you should know that Sudama, is a childhood friend of Hindu Deity Lord Krishna.
One day Sudama wished to have a glimpse of God’s Maya (illusion). He had heard a lot about Maya but never understood what it was as he was always surrendered to God.
One day, he finally asked Lord Krishna, “What is Maya? What is the form of Maya? How does Maya untangle a man?” He directly sought answers of these questions from Lord Krishna and kept requesting him to show a glimpse of Maya.
Lord Krishna replied that when time comes he shall give him the answers and also show him Maya.
Then he said, “Let us go to Yamuna to take bath.” Both of them came to the banks of Yamuna to take bath. After taking bath, Lord Krishna started dressing in Yellow and in the meantime Sudama went to take a dip in water.
At the time of taking dip, Sudama felt that the river was flooded and he was being washed away in it. With great difficulty, by taking the help of a small Rock he came out of the river.
Perplexed and hungry, Sudama was roaming about and finally reached a village. There, an elephant garlanded him. People informed him that their King had died and it is their country’s rule that after the death of their king, whosoever is garlanded by the elephant would be the next king.
The coronation ceremony of Sudama was done.
After sometime, he got married and had two sons during the twelve years of his married life.
Thereafter, one day his wife passed away. Sudama started weeping in sorrow. People tried to console him.
They informed him that it was Mayapuri’s rule that he too would be sent wherever his wife went. He too would have to enter his wife’s funeral pyre.
Sudama was shell shocked to hear this. Now, he forgot mourning the demise of his wife and started weeping for himself. He said that since he was a foreigner, this rule should not be applicable to him.
When people did not listen to him and were making him sit in the pyre, he requested for permission to worship the river once last time. People allowed him to do that and sent four people to keep an eye on him.
Sudama could see death approaching him and in this fear, chanting Lord Krishna’s name, he took a dip in the river and came out crying. Just then, he saw Lord Krishna Standing and getting dressed in yellow. Lord Krishna asked Sudama as to why was he weeping.
Sudama was already stunned and when he saw Lord Krishna he was astonished too. He asked Krishna “Where did all that vanish? What all is happening? I am not able to understand anything.”
Lord Krishna said, “This is my Maya.” Maya means “forgetfulness”. Illusion, unreal, myth, ignorance, etc. are Maya. One who forgets me, the God, and thinks that the world is the only truth and is always engrossed in it, he is entrapped in Maya. Deeming the unrealistic world as real and considering Paramatma and self as to dual entities is Maya.
Despite living in the materialistic world, Maya could not touch Sudama till he was devoted or surrendered towards God but as soon as he forgot the God, he was trapped in Maya . In the same manner, worldly man forgetting God, gets entangled in Maya and spends the whole life experiencing joys and sorrows.
Despite living in the materialistic world, if we think of God at every moment (which is possible) then along with enjoying the bliss of God, we can live our worldly life too to the fullest.
Source Deccan chronicle – op ed
“In the world of relative truths and opinions, many opinions, viewpoints, possibilities and probabilities can coexist, and each can stand on its own merits in particular contexts and conditions. This is the truth of Truth. Every truth or principle is a possibility in some context, condition or situation. Sometimes you may find it worth fighting for and sometime not. Truth is an undulating wave on the surface of impermanence. You may call it by any name, but we consider it to be Maya, the deluding power of existence which hides in the play of light and shadow to create the illusion of something or the other. You will find it only in the unstable currents of life just as the sun light that reflects upon the waters of an ocean, but you cannot truly grasp its brilliance or immensity until you cross those waters and stand on the shore. ” Jayaram V.