On the path to try knowing Shiva,i realise one thing which I would like to share here. Till date we as a society are fighting gender bias in an unbelievable manner. The matter is softly seeped into our daily lives and we have clearly visible demarcation between a man and a woman. Their place and roles look very structured and defined. The moment any woman try to blur that demarcation there is a strong opposition from both ends. Men suppressing Women’s rights and women too facilitating the suppression by calling it the way of life. Patriarchy is deep deep deep rooted. However, our divine Gods don’t endorse it at all….. Ardhanaarishwar is Gods way to tell us that both a man and a woman are although different dimensions but they complement each other and that’s what forms a complete life. Shiva is not a God – Shiva is body and Parvati is Shakti that runs the body.Today is a day to allow yourself to understand the divine miracle ” YOU ” in this time zone of the cosmos.
Let’s talk God today – some of us put all our faith into God, some of us don’t believe his existence, some dwindle in between and trust God as per convenience, some fight wars for their Gods and that’s the most funny horror human kind lives……most of them believe their God is superior and use invective words for others’ Gods.To take over this psyche, silver-tongued self proclaimed Godmen and Goddesses add to the already messed up society. They literally hypnotize masses who in turn lionize them. This game sounds pretty harmless, but it’s not the case. Anyways, we are not discussing the grotesque manners God is defined by this section…..so what exactly is God!! What do you think when we are told by all ancient scripts that God is within us…. I feel that’s exactly where the answer lies.
We are connected to this entire universe through five elements – Earth,sky,air,fire, water.In Hinduism, God is called as Bhagwaan – which is actually an abbreviation for these five critical elements of nature. It’s a Sanskrit word wherein Bhu=bhumi=Earth, Ga=gagan=sky,Va=vayu=air, Aa=agni=fire, Ne=neer=water .So basically as per the ancient most way of living i.e Hinduism God is actually nature. So the real devotees would be people who can live in coherence with these basic elements of nature.To put into perspective Hinduism is not a religion as it’s made out to be in modern times. It’s rather a manual for good living. Let’s attempt to decode the facts laid out in this manual.
Earth gives every being the ground and gravity to live.It provides fertile surface with ample food for survival and also to produce food.It serves as a reservoir for rich healing minerals.The sustainable manner in the way earth functions is flawless.Nothing is less and nothing goes waste. Earth is a grounded giver which builds, heals and sustain life in an impeccable way.
When we look at the sky, we see infinity. It’s up there and beyond to no-one knows where. It’s magical and intriguing to the extent that we can star gaze for hours and hours and still wonder our existence.The universe, though a vast entity still connects with us very closely. We are forever curious to know,what’s in there and instinctively believe our lives are being run by some super powers in there.Practically speaking, earth rotates in space at 1000mph and revolves around sun at 67,000 mph and this is no less than a magic. Isn’t it? Our milky way galaxy is moving through space at 1.3million mph…. If this is not divine then what will be.
Air is the optimum mixture of gases which ensures sustenance of life on our planet. At least so far we think so, as we haven’t find life forms elsewhere in space.Inhaling and exhaling and repeat… That’s life!…a process we begin the moment we are born until we die.
Fire is an element that burns everything to ashes which is no longer serving it’s purpose and breaks it down back to simpler forms.A tamed fire is fuel for several activities we do to sustain our daily lives. Fire in the belly pushes us to scale the heights we dream of. It’s easily other name for grit and determination which wins over talent undisputedly. Fire has dual nature of destruction and construction as well and that’s what makes it unique and Godly.
Water, as we know, sustains so many life forms. It’s this medium, which is said to have cradled first life forms with its unique delicate nature.Water flows and the flow is so dynamic that it helps so many life forms to flow in it and yet again water itself flows within all life forms.We humans, are 60 percent water. The flow of fluids and important nutrients determine life quality which is facilitated by water, so that’s the level of importance water holds.Water cleanse us inside out everyday by means of sweating and excretions to get rid of toxins……. tears to shed the stress away and let go of the things which doesn’t matter much, as we all have God within us and around us.
This is what God means to me and when we say that we never die it actually means we are born with these five elements within us and at the end we simplify back to these elements and reform again…. the cycle repeats and repeats….
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Ever wondered if we don’t take care of our body where are we going to live!Health is wealth, we all have heard this so many times in our life, but it takes time and certain level of maturity to really believe this phrase. Health indeed is the best investment one can make and is the first form of wealth you can gain for yourself and people around you.Optimum health is not only important but is a true reflection of self love and self respect.
We all know food is fuel to our body,but it’s also fuel for our mind and soul.Also meals we eat are just not calories, they are the information bearers. They talk to each cell of our body.Always be mindful of how powerful it is what you hold in your spoon and fork.If looked closely, food is actually a combination of elements which provides nourishment to each of our body cell ,which includes neurons so eventually what we think in our mind also largely depends on what we eat.Our body is a temple in which our soul resides ,this way even our soul is stirred up by what we eat. So this is how important the ingredients of our plate are. They have direct impact on our physical,emotional and spiritual health.Good nutrition creates health in all areas of our existence as all these parts are interconnected. We are what we eat,in literal sense.
Hunger is something which is our natural instinct. If we can just understand this simple thing ,we can tackle lots of issues we face due to poor eating habits.To be mindful about when to eat and how much to eat is the most important thing one must inculcate within.Our body has its own biological clock which works perfectly always ,it’s just that we need to give it our due attention.Unfortunately, we prefer to give attention to the clock mankind invented and we keep stuffing our body with fuel on the basis of this wrong clock. It’s very critical to understand that we must eat only and only when we are really hungry. Also we must be mindful that when we are hungry body is asking for nutrition and not junk. It’s only if we listen to our body and talk to it, we can understand what it needs, how much it needs and we can look after it well.
Healthy body is basically one with adequate energy to function. Overall health largely depends on two things fuel and functionality. Body doesn’t thrive when given only rest. It needs rest and agility both in rhythmic fashion.So it’s important to provide body enough activity and rest phase.Food is the most abused anxiety drug and exercise is the most under estimated anti-depressant.In nature, every animal has to really work hard to fetch every meal and there’s a reason behind this. Meal earned this way is healthy and more effective to the body. In today’s sedentary lifestyle, where we are sitting whole day to earn green paper and eating to satisfy our anxiety and taste buds ,we not only end up damaging our body but the impact is larger, as we tend to over eat and waste food, which in turn burdens planet with high carbon footprint.So mindful eating is what we must practice and simple way is to listen to our instincts.
Let’s understand work outs better, why do we need them! We are born to do that and it’s yet another powerful instinct which we forget gradually as we grow into busy beings.Remember,how an infant is continually working out his body to ensure his body is growing well. Later too as a toddler, we cry and throw tantrums if not allowed to play. Just because it’s our basic instinct to move our body cells, activate muscles, ensure that our blood and lymph circulate well and endorphins are released into our system to make us feel good and function optimally.As we grow up and get busy in our lives, we have to ensure to make that extra effort to keep this process going…it’s a vital need. Choose whatever makes you happy and is easy to add to your routine. Could be running, skipping, gym, yoga,dance….or pick a sport you love… whatever!But body demands it… for sure.
In life, every aspect has two sides there’s an ebb and then there’s flow ,so as much as activity is crucial for our body so is calmness and rest. This is another thing we have to work hard to include in our lives considering today’s lifestyle. Again respect the instincts, give yourself chance to follow your bio clock. Sleeping on a specific time and waking up on a time has major impacts on our day to day functioning.Sleep is gradually becoming an issue, due to our present work pressure and lifestyle. We can help ourselves by following some basics which can keep us in calm mode around our sleep time. Good music, clean food ,meditation, positive vibes, reading affirmations are some means to combat sleep troubles.Too much sleep and too less sleep both are indicative of underlying health issues. Also, wrong food habits and wrong meal times contribute majorly to erratic sleep patterns. Must be checked promptly.
Lastly, we must understand that we are fed by the food industry that pays no attention to health and our health is taken care by the pharmacy driven companies that pays no attention to what chemical we put in. In order to get rid of one disease we end up gaining several side effects of these chemicals.We must strive and be out of this vicious circle of processed chemical laden food and eat clean,because we can’t control everything in our life but we can control what we put into our mouth and this will eventually take care of everything else….as we allow our bio instincts to take over.
As we live through our lifetimes, we do realize the only constant is change,but in todays times the change required is extremely blistering and expeditious.The timeline not only demands speed but quick adaptations to the unfamiliar paths.We have to trust that comebacks are always much more powerful than any set backs.
Right now,there’s a clear sign of dynamic shift in the way life is going to run across the globe.Only saviour will be acceptance to this remodelling….by up-skilling through a continuous loop of learning, unlearning and relearning new means to tackle each day.
This could well be applied to the professional as well as personal lives.Change or variation in career path is indeed considered a sisyphean task.Specially in a country like ours ,we are literally jammed to a career for entire lifetime,totally convincing ourselves that…. That’s it what we can do!! This concept is nothing but the result of human quest to park in their comfort zones.But a gentle reminder by time is that we are given extra grey matter to explore new possibilities and new avenues instead.
Always trust and believe that all of us have this amazing metamorphic capacity to transform which comes into action ,only if ,we let it flow with pure grit and passion.Do your future self a favour and get outside your comfort zone. Think big, think outside the box, and don’t let your own perceived limitations stop you.Fight the fear. You may not be 100% qualified for things ahead– and that’s okay.Do not strive for perfection go for progress….one step at a time!
If you have to carry one thing with you on this path of making “new you” let it be hope…. Trust that the best is yet to come.Hope is stronger than any of the challenges that will be thrown towards you while you transform yourself. Absolutely trust and believe in your new journey.
The process will make you under go lot of unlearning and new learning – the tough bit will be unlearning. Wiping the slate ain’t easy but keeping focus on new learning should make this an exciting journey.Keep making choices on the basis of hope and not fear.Try and find positive things everyday even if you have to try harder.Even in the most hopeless situation remember to try one more time.
Certainly, this is going to test all of your patience but the moment you think of giving up,just remember next moment could be where the magic happens.Any change needs patience, patience needs courage and courage is nothing but keeping grace under pressure. So first and foremost is acceptance to change mixed with enough patience and courage.It’s a fact, transformations do not happen overnight. Also you can’t transform by doing what you have been doing always. So even small changes done on day to day basis towards your goal can give you big results.
Be consistent.Remember to do that small bit every single day no matter what.Also be brave enough to mess up and fail as you move into being new you …after all, by all means ,you have the power to modify your life as per your wishes with grit, consistency, self love, positivity and aspiration to see a “new you”
Thinking is a continuous act that’s subconsciously running like cardiac muscles. It’s now proven fact,that our thoughts are far more powerful than we think them to be.So many times,we try to control our thoughts but it’s easy said than done.We cannot sit and plan our thoughts like we can do for our next meals.Usually it’s the thoughts that regulate us and not vice versa, however that’s where the secret lies. Those who can regulate their thoughts master their life. The level of contentment you will get in your life totally depends upon your thoughts.
We are most rewarded or punished by our thoughts. Everything depends upon the way our mind perceives the external environment.So it’s critical to tame this wild entity to our benefit.Converse with yourself like someone you love.Appreciate yourself genuinely and be compassionate towards your demands.External hurricanes are never going to be in your control ,but keeping your inner core calm will help you pass through testing times.One positive thought has the power to change your day for good and one positive day can be a life turner.
It’s vital to set the right tone with yourself, to always have amicable conversation with yourself. This doesn’t guarantee winning over all situations however;this will change the way you perceive the given situation ,from a threat to an interesting challenge.After all it’s the focus, if we pay attention to the pain – we suffer ,instead focus on the lesson and thrive. Such growth is so motivating and quite exponential. When, the way you think is balanced it empowers you to handle any adverse situation with aplomb.
As we all know, no amount of guilt can change our past and similarly no amount of anxiety can change our future. So having odd thoughts is basically pointless. Power lies in keeping calm and doing one thing at a time. Anything that costs you your peace of mind, is way too expensive to harbour. Instead keep moving ,one step after the other, no matter how stuck you feel. No matter how hopeless the current situation may seem to be, as it’s only once you have walked that path and later when you look back , will you realise it wasn’t that bad a journey. Our mind has the power to magnify a predicament beyond belief.Use this contemplating magnifying glass to live it large!
Colours are supposed to be fun, perhaps God created colours to entertain us, make us feel good with abundant variety around us.But the manner in which human race has demonized skin colour is unfathomable.This is as lame as a Cedar tree telling a Banana tree – “Oh! Your leaves skin colour is so light and beautiful!!”it doesn’t work this way…..the diversified flora and fauna is created to relish each one’s uniqueness and not to look down upon the others.The biosphere works on very simple rule of balance and it has enough place for everyone and everything except greed.Unfortunately, human race has been totally taken over by lust, greed and ego which is not only leading to anger and dissatisfaction within them but to everyone around them.
Even in the so very advanced 21st century and from the world’s most civilised and developed societies we seem to have totally misunderstood colour,so simple yet made so complex and difficult by our mucky mindset. When we hear a huge outcry for such reasons it not only puts entire humanity to shame but also validates the subtle or stark racism that prevails across the globe.
All apartheid related episodes are a reminder indeed that humans enjoy segregation rather than the power of collaboration.Though there are no scientific or logical basis but the way bias is passed from one generation to another is very subtle and almost seamless .Interestingly bias simply permeates facilely. As they say our kids do not listen to what we preach them,rather they watch our actions and observe our intentions.It’s true that the message our words convey is far less than the tone and intent with which they are conveyed.So it’s high time we acknowledge this power and act wisely. We have to stop superficial support to the real demonic issues and continue lives with our shrewd ways. We cannot any longer be only politically correct and we need to really mean that the well being of all fellow human beings matter….. yes all lives matter be it human or other animals, be it black or Caucasian…. But here i will say that the lives which have lived under prejudice for generations need our humility and acknowledgement with due apologies that they genuinely do MATTER.
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You little warrior, I know there’s an ocean of unease within you… Unease of proving yourself to others, competence to excel in everything that gives you validation, curious observation to learn from around you. Yet there’s a deep insecurity,as within you,you are not sure of your stand and you are not satisfied by the knowledge you are gaining through above mentioned traits.Nevertheless ,please keep going instinctively, you will have your own stumbles and they will only make you more and more responsible for your actions and will ensure you to be more careful.Every stumble that appears to be a road block will turn out to be a bend in the road and not end of the road.
And I can see that no matter what ,one thing you are sure of, is that you will move ahead with complete freedom where fear will have no place.So put your confidence in place and don’t be bothered about validations
Know that you are loved, you are supported, you are cared for….always. Make sure that you are always doing all the things that are in the highest good. When you are wondering and feeling lost, get quiet and go within , because the answers are all within…you know this already. You don’t need to find your way, you need to listen to the whispers of your soul, because they are there to guide you and direct you down the path that you were always meant to travel. Let your light shine so bright that you light up the path for others. Never doubt yourself for a minute…YOU ARE exactly where you need to be…
My wish for you is to live a life fulfilled, one of bliss, one of connection & alignment with your instincts.
Never stop pushing forward, you’re meant to do great things in this world. Your light is needed.
As I find some morning solitude ….and I see myself taking a long walk into the woods embracing the nature.Stopped by the cliff, I am enamoured by the sound of the waves and the enigmatic sea view. I couldn’t wait further to click as many frames as I possibly could….the frames were magically changing hues at the same location as the sun has begun to rise and it seemed as if on a blue and green coloured picture someone has gradually poured golden glitters. As the day got brighter the solar aura takes its mighty position above everything else….. Enhancing everything else around!
Solar energy, as they call it, literally is seen around in the fresh breeze of the air as it gets warmer , agile cacophony of birds chirp ,the white outlined frothy waves rush to cover the coastal sands,moist air is getting warm and condensing to wipe clean the leaves of all the trees.The curled up sleeping leaves open up like wings to embrace and swallow the photons.Everything be it plant or animals are looking forward to this energy and welcoming it. Each sunray- a complete divine blessing and immensely energetic resource we are gifted every day to begin with.
There’s a beautiful synergy in action between these extra terrestrial rays and the entire flora fauna on our planet. How enigmatic to notice these magical rays affect each and every thing on earth be it living or non-living.We all believe there’s a super power that’s running our lives. It’s actually these energetic Solar rays. They are food for our food producers ie plants and this is how life energy flows into our ecosystem.
We all know this magnificent set up very well but are mostly very oblivious about it.We keep on praying to the divine to bless us and take the blessings given for granted.A thoughtful glance around will give us an insight how blessed we are and how the divine superpower is working effortlessly around us in total silence and humility to keep the entire ecosystem balanced.The balance that is so flawless and perfect.
As species on roll,we Human beings gets a high as we work on technology and create devices or mechanisms which give us short cuts to live in leisure. These creations give us a moment to cherish close parity with the pro creator but we miss that our creations are mostly from our perspectives and mostly do not meet the parameters ecology needs for full sustainability. That’s the reason we end up disrupting many areas in order to set one right… and sadly we have developed a disease to continuously disrupt natural balance …we are almost unstoppable species now. After all we have to remain self proclaimed intelligent species.May sanity prevail and we learn to live in accordance with the divine shine and it’s blessings by simple rule of following our natural instincts.
Our flaws and imperfections are few of those things which we like to keep on back burner and on the bottom of our “deal with it” list. It’s human to take quick note of people’s strengths and get inspired or get jealous or feel envious. Strengths – i feel are overrated and over celebrated to a very high degree as against our flaws. We tend to admire subconsciously the strengths we hold and pity on our flaws.Totally ignoring the fact that the overall reason and presence of any strength is indeed because we chose to cross over many of our flaws around that strength.So it’s much over due that we rather appreciate the whole list of flaws we hold as this eventually will help us to attain more strengths within us.It’s about time to embrace the flaws and own them unapologetically.
Basic human nature is always a reactionary one towards any given situation however to choose the way we respond is where the strength lies.There’s nothing like being perfect and being flawsome to my mind is the new awesome!!If you retrospect, most of our life is based on the good and bad choices we all made.Choice is the most powerful tool we all have. We all thrive in a medium full of infinite choices.The choices act as a steering wheel of our lives.The strength doesn’t lie in making perfect choices but making a suitable choice and further choosing to be responsible towards what you chose.Truly we all have it within us to turn around the tables at any point in time. Flaws don’t have the power to define us, it is indeed the choices we make to overcome one flaw over the other that defines us eventually. Our flaws have the power to completely transform us.Make choices, a lot of them!! Allow the process of learning and growing to set in as an ongoing continuous and everlasting one.
Retrospecting our past choices and sulking within is like being infested by a parasite. Making peace with our broken pieces is the most generous gift we can give to ourselves.Owning our flaws is not only liberating but also a realisation that they were the part of the process that paved way for the end outcome – which could be celebration or a lesson.Celebration will although leave a pleasant memory but lesson is precious and will come handy many times in life.
It may sound weird that how can many wrong choices lead us to a right one but the fact is if we don’t know how to face wrong, we would never know what it means to deal with what is right and we would not strive that hard to find out what is right!! Never undermine a lesson versus a celebration. There’s a way to enjoy it, only if we allow ourself to do so.There’s no reason to do rude self pity talks, instead enjoy the mess that we are. Allow ourselves to make mistakes again and again ,important is to ensure to rise up each time.The more freedom we give ourselves, the more liberating it will be.
Infact it’s exactly the journey full of flaws which ultimately gives the brightness of success. How many flawed jumps to become an ace gymnast, how many flawed rehearsals to give a stunning theatre performance,how many unpalatable dishes to become a renowned chef ,how many mismanaged meetings to strike a golden deal- I can’t think of any story where success is not sitting on mound of flaws and though the crown bearer is success but the glitter of the crown is coming from the zillions of granules of flaws underneath.
Planet EARTH takes a deep dive into the COVID-19 pandemic,strange are the times that we all are being advised to follow social distancing. The magnitude and damage caused by virus is high and lethal but the need of the hour is to stay away from each other.Exceptional support method advised by experts, as otherwise during any crisis the call would always be to get united and stand for each other. Contrary to that, today the biggest support you can provide to your community is by staying away and breaking the chain reaction of the furious wrath by virus.
It’s as if the world, which has been running helter skelter otherwise is brought to a pause or if I may call it, world is put into slow motion.During these days of solitude ,as we all get some time to take a deep glance into our beings, we find that a lot of things we would do on daily basis were really not important enough but simply kept adding stress to our lives and withered the compassion away.
Today as we move away from the crowds we give us chance to be with ourselves for good. A human interface is refrained and dreaded to the extent as never before – my regular day would pass away managing work from home and household chores , with intermittent thoughts making me wonder if humanity were ever put to such test in history. Are we living some sort of exceptional times ??? Is it normal for Mother Nature to put such checks in place time and again???Such thoughts keep running as backdrop music in my subconscious mind all these days.
When was the last I noticed this touch-me-not syndrome? Question takes me to my school time social science lessons of studying social stigmas – Untouchablility. Whoa! Well that existed and continues to exist still unfortunately in some parts of our country.Basically social distancing can be seen as a fancy cover up given to the act of untouchablility ,of course the motives are different but the act is strikingly similar.
Man made selfish norms by ostracizing certain section of society as untouchables, so that they can clean mess created by the rest and have a daily bout with the dangerous microbes.How inhuman it was to enforce manual scavenging upon a whole section of society generation after generation.
That was not it, we continued to socially divide us in the name of religion, color, caste, gender, nationality,rich-poor and the so called civilisations laid on the foundation of co-existence turned into ruthless cut throat competitive societies.
Covid-19 is not differentiating between rich and poor but the only demarcations are – positives, suspects and negatives.Once again social stigmas are cropping up their ugly faces and the demarcations are leading many to fall for rumours and scare mongerings.
But today as each one of us becomes suddenly toxic physical threat for others it’s interesting to understand the pain of the untouchables who have been missing freedom to move around and live a hygienically safe life.
Human race has been on a reckless spree to prove dominance over the planet. Behaving like an invincible species which is entitled to be served by the rest everything around them. We killed and endangered rest entire animal kingdom, deforested at an unprecedented pace, dug mine holes to extract rare earths, contaminated water bodies, polluted even air.In the name of development we distanced ourselves from everything around us and made contact with them either to damage them or serve our selfish ulterior motives. We almost convinced ourselves that we rule the roost and suddenly baffled Mother Nature puts a pause and pushes all of us into self distancing from everything and everyone.
It would be interesting to see how human race pass through this storm.Furthermore,how we rehabilitate ourselves from the touch-me-not syndrome once the virus bids us bye.
This thought gives me feeling that this virus is here to give us humans the taste of our own medicine…..UNTOUCHABILITY…. er… Social Distancing!