The Rat Race

Every morning somewhere in a forest a deer wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed.

Every morning a lion wakes up. It knows that it must run faster than the slowest deer or it will starve to death.

It doesn’t matter whether we are a lion or a deer. When the sun comes up, we better be running!

That is the life of most people in city life, especially in big cities. We must run, run fast or we will be run over by someone else running faster.

But is there no difference between us and these wild animals in a remote forest? Continue reading

“Self-Control”

As a kid, I used to collect key-chains. I still have over 50-60 of them tucked away in one box which I have not opened since last 5-6 years. Yesterday I got angry at my 6 year old daughter. When I cooled down, I suddenly remembered a keychain I had bought from Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry, India. I was about 12 years old at that time.

What’s so special about this very old key-chain? Well, the keychain contains a small story. It’s one of the most unique key chains I’ve ever had. Without much ado, the story follows …. Continue reading

Where the mind is without “Peace” …..

“PEACE of MIND” ….. seems we’ve left far behind;
Can’t find it in my hind(sight); May have lost it, in my Mind.
The world is growing, life so fast,
in the attempt to measure SPACE so Vast;
Wonder, when did I stop counting stars, last?
Lost the track & the stars too, in the sky so overcast (Pollution).

We are humans with a little heart & a little mind, which leaves all other species behind;
Once, We could boast for the heart which could feel & the mind which could create; coloring world so Pink.
Today though, Mind still creates, but the noise of destruction makes our hearts Sink.

Man today, needs a bigger space to live within, thus are eye-ing Mars, sitting on the Moon;
The greed for one more home, away from home; would call it a “CURSE” not a “BOON”.

In our Motherland (India):
Family, culture, tradition & values; still are being hold the Highest;
(over)ambition of building walls away from our corners; have seen the fall of the Mightiest.

Let our parents be the Earth & we be the Moon around them;

Our Children be the stars; shining & smiling, all around us;
With the sky so clear & hearts so near; we don’t need Jupiters any more;
Let we be the world & not the world for us.

At last, I found the PEACE in my mind; within the FRIENDS so close & kind;
Let’s stop the chase of Rat & Mouse; and make a “HOME” out of our “HOUSE”.

Time to Decide !!!!

Life & realization of a common young man of 2012…….!!!

Yesterday, while driving to work, the FM radio went off for few minutes.

I frustratingly thought, I should have kept an iPod in the car or MP3/Pen drive. Suddenly I realized, that I have not used my iPod in the last 6 months. And eventually started wondering about more things possessed, but unused:  Handy-cam not used in last 2 years, Digi-Cam in last 3 months, DVD player in last 1 month & many more.

Did I buy those gadgets merely out of an impulse, as I cud use them seldom in last few months?

If not, what went wrong & where?

When I look at myself or my friends, I can see it same everywhere.

We are never happy with what we have but are stressed and not happy for the things we don’t have.

You have a Santro but you want a Honda; You have a City but you want a Skoda.  Just after buying a new phone, we need another one; better & faster laptops, bigger TVs, luxurious cars, bigger house, more money…..

The list is endless. The point is, is it actually worth the cost attached to it? Did we possess them & could make it worth the possession? Do we ever think, if we actually need those things, that time, before we have an urge to want them, buy them?

I was forced to think about what actually I needed & what I didn’t. May be, I didn’t need or never needed this Handy- cam or the iPod or that DVD player or may be the time was not ripe for me to possess them at the point of buying.

When I see my dad back at home; he has an ordinary color TV & doesn’t need 40” Sony LCD wall mount; he has a cell phone worth Rs 2,500 & whenever I asked him to change the phone, he always replied: “It’s just a phone. I need this just for keeping & being in touch, to fulfill a basic communication need”.

Believe me, he is much happier in life than me or any of us with those limited resources & simple gadgets.

The very basic reason with him being happy with so little is that he doesn’t want things in life to make it luxurious or to add to the weight of his living. But he needs to possess only those things which are making his life easier, a bit better & of course, convenient.

There’s a very fine thread between the two, to WANT & to NEED.

I went into an introspection mode:
I am earning good, still I am not happy …. why ?
I have all the luxuries, still I am stressed …. why ?
I had a great weekend, still I am feeling tired …. why?

I met lot of people & thought over it, again and again. I still don’t know if I got the answers, but certainly figured out few things. I realized that one thing which is keeping me stressed up is the stay-connected syndrome.

I realized that, at home too, I am logged in on messengers, skypes’, checking mails, using social network sites and on top of that, the windows mobile is not letting me disconnected.

I realized that even though, I am spending far lesser money than what I earn, I am always worried about money and more money.

I realized that I am saving enough money I would ever need, Still I am stressed, worried & insecure about job, salary and future spending.

May be a few would refer this thinking or introspection as a non-progressive attitude sort, but I want my life back. Ultimately it’s a single life, a day gone is a day gone.

I believe, if I am not happy tonight, I’ll never be happy tomorrow morning.

I finally realized that meeting friends, spending quality time with your loved ones, spending time with yourself is the most important thing. If on Sunday you are alone & you don’t have anybody to talk with, then all these luxuries of life, all this money is wasted.

May be, cutting down on your requirements & wants, re-calculating your future goal in the light of today’s happiness is a worthwhile thing to do.

May be, selling off your Santro & buying a Honda City on EMIs’ is not a good idea.

I believe putting your happiness ahead of money is the choice we need to make.
I think, a lot can be said and done but what we need the most is a thorough re-evaluation of the value of happiness and time we are giving to our life and people associated with it.

Change does not Happen when Circumstances Improves,
Change happens when YOU Decide to Improve YOUR circumstances!

P.S: The argument depicted doesn’t mean to go against the hard work & hard earned money. Money is of course important & highly relevant to exist & survive in today’s world. But in the process of making it happen, let us not forget the time we have in hand & the value attached to it.

Switzerland – God’s own creation……A visit to Heaven

Its so true to know and understand, that everything in this world shall exist harmoniously , only & only if the process of “The Giving” – the returning, is maintained & continued as a proper nature cycle. The purpose of “being there”, “being existent”, “being for others” holds good, if honored with reciprocation.

Recently, last two weeks (29.4.2009 – 11.5.2009), I visited SWITZERLAND on family holidays. Lots have been said, lots have been read in the past, about this destination, SWITZERLAND. I, myself, since my childhood carried a dream to visit Europe, extensively, the way I would like it to be covered. Though not the whole of Europe, but have been able to realize a part of my dream by being able to see, feel, smell & experience the Swiss Alps, my own way.

The entire trip of near to a fortnight, I could feel myself searching to find words, express my extreme emotions, compose my thoughts, aligning myself to the heavenly experience… and trust me, could still never define and describe the eternal bliss being showered on me.

“Switzerland” – a place on earth, which is blessed with the extremities in the beautiful art created by the Supreme God Himself. In other words, the entire aura is nothing but an exceptional art of goodness, peace and beauty by The God, in His most pleasant mood.

The 10 nights / 11 days stay in Switzerland remains, one of my most wonderful experiences so far. The visit holds a very special corner in my heart, has made me pass through and experience multiple levels of joy, enjoyment & happiness. The moment, now, while I am trying to conjure up few of the feelings in words, on this page, I can still feel, see and am able to revisit these memories.

The first day, I saw myself, in the midst of the eternal beauty, surrounded by the lush green fields, as if , the “colour Green” is the emergence of this scene. The fields, at the point of merger with the feet of the mountains, seemed to be paying its respect by bowing down in front of the huge image covered all over with snow, as to confuse us about the difference in the literary words – white, snow & milk. It all seemed to be merging together and manifesting as a single word. The houses – needs a very special mention, as they stood as a perfect example of the nature disciplining itself. A perfect sketch by an artist on a piece of paper has been tempered with and the pieces picked up and placed in geometric discipline in the lush green fields. The wooden houses, a small farm attached to it with the fences, a few cattle moving inside & sweet rattling of the cowbells, all touching the seven notes to create a complete musical curve.

The paths, the roads, seemed to invite you to walk over them and getting the joy of every touch of your feet over them. The scientific explanation of & about the “atmosphere”, doesn’t seem to hold any significance what so ever. It’s the breeze, you would love to take in all inside, within you. It’s the smell, which would make your eyes shine and the lips smile. It’s the walk, which would make your legs to pursue you for an extra mile. It’s the touch, which would make your fingers to hold on to the each passing moment. And it’s the heart, which at last, laughs out loud, by looking at & understanding the synchronization of all the senses.

As we know & you certainly must have experienced yourself, that, when you are happy, you feel light. And the only reason behind this equation is, that additional weight of the elements of worries, pressures, deadlines and targets seem to vanish off, as if being scared to face the vast invasion of the serene waves being created in the mind. And this is the time when u suddenly feel that your mind is not talking any more. You feel that the extra noise in your mind is subsiding down. You can suddenly see yourself being able to focus, concentrate (the mere “to look” becomes “to see”). And this is what I exactly felt, when one fine evening, at Grindelwald, I was sitting in the terrace of our apartment, merely staring at the mountain in front of us, and the silver snow reflecting the only light of the moon falling over them.

Wow!!! What an experience!!!!

I could not just hear, but could listen to the sounds being generated all around me. The sound of the “silence”. I could suddenly feel myself being addressed to, by the nature God Himself.

He said, “Thanks for coming here and appreciating our presence. We have been always here since the ages and at many parts of the world in different forms. We, all of us, eagerly wait for you all to come here and share your small but fully devoted time with us. Talk to us, listen to us, smile with us. Forget about the other world, for few hours, which you have left far behind and share with us, your heart out. I know , there are so many things within your heart and mind, which you are eager to pour out, the way you would always want to, with your parents. I know that you are not happy from where you are coming from, and that’s your own self created world which is destructing the innocence of your real self.”

He said, “Unless you appreciate our presence around you and spend some time with us, the actual purpose of us ‘being here’ vanishes. We need your ‘Giving’, may it be in the form of a little time, a small attention or just a couple of moments of appreciative glances. Unless you ‘Give’ this to us, the time would come when we would be starved to death. Your ‘complete presence’  is our feeding. Please maintain this cycle and make us live for the ages to come. We don’t want to die a premature death and not being able to present ourselves to the generations to come.”

He also said, “It’s the Giving which nourishes a family, a community, a country and a complete generation. Always look for what you could give to your fellow life in such a way that it would make  both the lives happy. To ‘keep gathering’ is one part of the cycle which is unidirectional. When you want to have more, you need to give more. Create a space for more beautiful things in life, by sharing and giving up a part of your beautiful life ”.
Every word, I could absorb in every cells of my being. I had nothing to compare with, nothing to argue about. Nothing to reply to, nothing to question against.

I just listened & dipped myself into the awe of His silence explanation.

THANK GOD !!

If we wake up healthy in the morning, can feel the warmth of the SUN, can hear the sound of the life around us, can think, decide & plan our times; then, its certainly the biggest reason for us to feel lucky about, smile about  & THANK GOD for everything, we are & we have today !!!

Let’s say “Thanks” to at least one person today & every day, who is the reason for our smile. 🙂

A small conversation with God

Conversation with GodMe (in a tizzy): God, can I ask you something?

God: Sure ….

Me: Promise you won’t get mad?

God: I promise.

Me (frustrated): Why did you let so much stuff happen to me today?

God: What do you mean?

Me: Well, I woke up late …

God: Yes.

Me: My car took forever to start. At lunch, they made my sandwich wrong and I had to wait …

God: Hmm.

Me: On the way home, my phone went dead just as I picked up a call …. Continue reading