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BY WHOM I AM INSPIRED
 Rasmi Rekha Tripathy  
 30 January 2018  

I am inspired by every step of my life, every moments of nature and every natural object. Moreover, I am inspired by my failure. I think getting inspired at every moment is in the subconscious mind of everybody. When a child starts walking, he falls many times before its success. At the dawn I think ah! There is again another new hope after a dark night. The bright light of Sun ray and the calm beams of moon inspire me to be impartial to everybody. When I see the flying birds, the animals gazing in the field, I think they are having nothing with them. Still they do not deviate from their nature. So, why should I, where I have a roof on my head, a monthly salary to meet my basic needs? The same thing I think in my office (which is a small cabin, where there is no electricity). In the midsummer, when day to day life is disturbed due to excess heat, I do manage by a small hand fan to avoid sweating. But at the same time when I see the trolley pullers with load of vegetables or groceries or some other things, I get inspired. My situation looks negligible before them. When I do listen the song of calmness and sound of quietness in the darkness of night my heart fills with pleasure. I feel the beauty of night. The fragrance of scented flowers fills my heart with pleasure. If there is no darkness, how could these beauties of nature would have come? A red ant gathers food for the rainy season; small white ants could make an anthill. So, why can not I struggle?My parents inspired me in every step of my life. They always tell me to march forward, not to look behind. My siblings give the assurance of their presence at every step of my life. And the sentence, “I am with you” being told by my dear one gives me the feeling that I am not alone. There are so many inspiring hands with me.The flowing river tells me that I have a great aim ahead to meet. If there is power in the small wing of the birds to touch the sky, why not my strong legs could march forward? If the tiny droplets can make a large ocean, if the little sands help to make a big desert, why can not I helpful for the society?Last but not the least I am inspired by my failure. Because failure is the pillar stone of my success. My mother always tells that Bheemas (a character of Mahabharata, one among the Pandavas) are defeated in the first war. In my course of life, when I meet with failure at any time, the voice of my parents inspired me to march forward, in the hope of betterment in future.

Karma : Indian point of view to western questions
 Surender Negi  
 18 March 2018  

Karma: Myth and Philosophical TheoryFew days ago, I read an article on Karma. I have enjoyed that Article. It is very rare when you get chance to read an article which force you to bend your mind for thinking beyond the boundaries of your bubble of thoughts. I would like to request with reader that if they want they can visit my friend website. He writes about various topics and ideas which are energetic and great.His Article raised many question about the concept of karma. I replied him in his comment box but that was short and unorganized reply. So, I thought that it should be create as blog where I would be able to explain my point more efficiently. There is five major question raised in that article. These questions are related to law of karma, implication and evidence of existence.The first question is about if there is some kind of karma (good and bad), than who will decide that what is good karma? According to whom it will indicate that Karma is good or bad?Before exploring this answer, we must understand that in western dictionary, karma is considered as Consequence of our action. But in Indian philosophy, the definition of karma is slightly different. Karma is not confined to mere consequence of an individual action or action of a society. The word "Karma" is defined as consequence of an individual action within fold of adharma and dharma. Here, Dharma is the natural properties define by Nature to an object and adharma is resistive nature towards someone natural properties. For example, Water has properties to cool material object and Fire can burn objects. These properties of fire and water have predetermine consequence by nature. This is how nature has been constructed and natural consequence is mechanically knot with infinite causality with others. So, human natural properties has been define into three nature- Good (Sattav), Bad (Tamas) and Gray (Rajas). No human can be extreme good or bad.In various ratios, our natural properties have been construct which is direct or indirect result of our location and the era we born.So, Karma is consequence of our action which is result of what we do against or in favour of our swadharma (A term defined for individual dharma because people have various properties). It is not plain consequence of our action.[caption id="attachment_8979" align="aligncenter" width="321"] Endless Knot of karma[/caption]Now, Question arise what is good karma and what is bad karma?As a man himself sows, so he himself reaps; no man inherits the good or evil act of another man. The fruit is of the same quality as the action.— Mahabharata, xii.291.2This verse of mahabharata explain an outline of Good and bad karma. Human life is mirror of his own action. Definition of Good karma is comes from your own perception about world. If a person want to be wealthy, he must do action which not hurt someone else financially. If a person want to be love by everyone, he must be kind to others. There is no God words and holy direction to achieve good karma. There is only one dharmic rule."Do the same action which you expect from others."So,good and bad karma according to whom? This can be answer with this dharmic rule that "according to you". According to our understanding of good and bad karma.Irrespective of this dharmic rule for karma, Human is social animal. In this world we are so strongly interlinked that sometime it is hard for us to even understand that what went wrong within our society. In that situation, Hindu philosophy introduces the concept of Guru or swami. a person who studied the society and spread word against any action or karma which is not in line with current need of society. They are like ancient social reformer. Because eastern religion, especially Hinduism has decentralised religious structure, so it is very hard to challenge any change proposed by Guru and swami.But the negative side of this decentralise religious structure is that it take long time for social reform.The second question raised by article is that the idea of karma concerns free will. The dividing line between what is free action and what is not free action is unclear. Accusation has that Indian school of thought says there is moral consequence to freely undertaken actions. This idea is really thought provoking that weather karma conflict with free will of human. But the bigger question is that do we have really a free will? Let's understand with an example.I was habitual drinker of Coca cola in my young age. Whenever I got chance to drink a cold drink, I always ordered to shopkeeper for coca cola. That was spontaneous to me because my brain was habitual for that. This thing happens with many people for various habits. Some people prefer orange juice over other fruit juice. Some people always prefer apple over other fruits. So, our action or we can say, our choice is construction and pattern of our habits, our patterns. Our will (which is spontaneous) has been drive through such repeated information in our sub conscious mind. Do we have free will? or it's just mechanical outcome of our sub consciousness[/caption] Sure!! We are conscious human being and when it comes to choose different action from our habits we chose with a will we think are free. But the question is that really an action depends on our free will.I think partially its depend on our free will but mostly it is depend on how we look that action or will. Our conscious brain always calculates the risk and tracks all information about that action before executing. Any bitter experience and memory can put that action on hold. But at final stage, it is required other natural properties like ratio of taking risk, our passion for that action (if it attach to a passion) or our current physical and financial condition.We simply do not wish and start implementing. It is complex.Well, now there is concern that some ideas are result of outside moral force which has power of judgement and of inflicting repercussions. As we understand that free will is almost result of our understanding about world and the natural properties which we inherit. So, any action which we do within social framework has social implication. Every society has primitive understanding of world. This infinite net of primitive understanding of world and our collective experience from past is reflect in our current culture, social norms, social ideologies and rituals. Primitive understanding of natural phenomenon has created social ideas.it has no direct relationship to do with original philosophy.These social ideas are rigid and the power of judgement to any different idea comes from these social rigid ideologies and experience. The moral implication has no direct link with original philosophy but social peer pressure which follows the law of social majoritarianism.Yes, there is moral consequence of free will. But this consequence is not result of conflict with karmic theory but these moral consequences are result of contradiction with social framework which based on rigid idea. This rigid idea is result of collective social experience and understanding. These ideas have been promote and protect by religious institute in western religion while in Hinduism there is no protection for such rigid ideas. But as stated, due to decentralize system of religious knowledge such idea still exist in various shape and form in Indian society. I do not think that there is any contradiction and parallel fight with karma and free will here. I often observed that western scholars approach to Indian philosophy with western social theories and analytical tools. For understanding of Indian core belief and philosophy. They should understand that Indian society, Indian point of view and Indian philosophy cannot be analyse with the social theories which is developed for western societies.There was another concern that whether in Indian philosophy there any clear distinction between free will and what is not free?I have to agree with this question that there is no clear distinction because we have failed to defined free will. Whether or not humans have free will is a question that philosophers have debated for centuries, and they will likely continue to do so. Psychology can provide some insights into how free will—or at least a belief in its existence—might work, but beyond that, we likely cannot verify or invalidate its existence.There is third problem was with theory of karma which said "if you do good karma, the consequence will be good. A bad karma result bad consequence".I think this the toughest question to answer. writer says in that article"It is hard to see how some kind of natural karmic law could understand good and bad which are subjective to moral ideas that depend on the perspective of a personal agent, whether that person be a human being or God."First mistake which I found that this is utterly misunderstood concept that the karmic laws is idea based on a perspective of a person or God. The theory of karma is result of long time observation by many sages and their early understanding about people various condition. Second thing which is being conveyed by Indian philosophy that Nature itself an automatic mechanism, Humans are just part of this large mechanism. Universe is materialistic result of this natural mechanism.[caption id="attachment_media-66" align="alignnone" width="3840"] Dalai Lama on Theory of kamra[/caption]Human lives within universe, so any small human action result effect on nature.  The question is that whether law of karma has any empirical evidence or not? I am doubtful that these evidence is like mystical experience. I have few experiencing evidence and many millions people have few but it is not as applicable for all others who haven't experience it. All natural laws like karma (Dharmic action), Dharma (Righteous way of life) , Gyana  (self-Enlightenment) & Maya (Materialistic illusion) is very personal in nature. In physical world, a scientist spend his all life and invent something which can be used by every other being which is not involve into the studies of that invention. While In Laws of nature, Only a person can experience the natural power, self-enlightenment , materialistic illusion when he do his part of tapas (natural enlightenment).The question rises how we can achieve that enlightenment. Many suggest Yoga, wondering within nature, social works, spending time with Gurus and Swami. But I find it partial practices. The real enlightenment can be attend by Four methods explain in Bhagwat Gita.Karma yoga (a life with righteous action)Gyan yoga (A life which spend to studies nature and natural activities)Bhakti yoga (a life which involve deep devotion for anyone, your life partner, kids, any kind of God, communities)Raja Yoga (A life which is indulged into your profession which you do)Hinduism makes sure that everyone attends Moksha at last. We can have very different blog about this topic.Well, Karma is myth or not is very different question. I think, I am unable to answer that question in this blog. But I would like to have a short note over this. Writer wrote that"If God decides for that to happen on any particular occasion. There are no absolute laws of cause and effect outside the will of god".I would disagree with this statement for two reasons.First reason is that in all Hinduism scripture it stated that god and avatar (incarnation of god on earth) can have consequence (bad) of their moral actions (which was suitable for that different era). Let's take example from the Indian epics of India "Ramayana" and "Mahabharata"In Ramayana, Ram had friendship with sugreev ( a exiled monkey king). His brother bali (another powerful monkey king) had stolen the kingdom and sugreev wife from him. So he decided to take help of Lord Rama. But Bali had a boon that anyone who comes in front of him loose his half power to him. So Rama decided to kill him by hidden passage of trees. But when Lord ram, reincarnated as lord Krishana than Bali killed Krishana. Bali had taken rebirth as archer on era of Mahabharat. Lord Ram had been to face consequence of his action in another birth.Second reason thatO son of Prtha, there is no Karma prescribed for me within all the three planetary systems. Nor am I in want of anything, nor have I need to obtain anything—and yet I am engaged in karma. Chapter 3, Verse 22 .Here Lord Krishana describes how he is also bounded with laws of karma. These two example clearly describe that even god is bounded to these laws of nature. Natural laws are most powerful and govern universe.#smblogcontest

Sanatana Dharma :Raise and Reason of Atheism
 Surender Negi  
 18 March 2018  

“Atheist” means rejecting the faith of God creation and its existence. There is thousand logic has been put before theist like “If God exist why we can not see it?”, “If God is exist then why can not we prove his existence by scientific evidence?” “If god exist, why can not god control and help during natural disaster?” “If God exist, why this whole world is suffer from disease, poverty, torture?” Many consider that God is reason for fight and war. Some says, following path of Dharma and God is addiction. Some say be dharmic is primitive act.But what is reality? what is reality about existence of God?  what atheist think is right?The Reason for Being AtheistThe concluded point by me that why people chose to be atheist:People ignorance towards the concept of God, Character, Concept of Karma and Natural law.In Name of religion, a narrow mindset which has been developed in last 2000 yrs with superstitious.Being egoistic and ignorant after having 700- 500 years progress of material or objective science.After seeing riots and fights in name of religion.War and Riots due to ReligionIn name of God atrocities, promoting illogical customs, forcing people to miracle, fixing god in places like temple, mosque, church etc., telling people that he lives in seven floors of sky, being Godmen and calling himself manifestation of God, adoption of multi-god, framing god to infinity to finite idols can force a neutral person that whether God really exists or not. or God is just an imagination of human being. for example, in Hindu society, stopping shudras to enter into the temple, if someone enters then punish them and acting to a pure temple. this all dangerous drama in name of God actually comes from human greed to power and position. the real reason behind this human desired to control things in society it has no relation to the existence of God. God itself many places declare that God is justice, charity, and humiliation, he doesn’t discriminate humans in any form. God by nature is omnipresent and without shape then why need to search them in temple, kailash, above seven sky etc. This is evidence that humanity has constructed a frame for God because they were ignorant towards the infinite concept of God. Then some human added to this with prophet, avatar, religious Guru etc. if a human can understand that God is within him as a manifestation of the divine. he does not need to do anything else except having dharma.Is religion increase superstitious?  In Name of God, people have spread more and more social evil for being in power, for highlighting themselves. No matter which religion it is, whether it is temple priest who forced to shudra out of temple or religious leader who instigate mugals to do everything inhuman to other faiths in name of religion. or may it's the pope who orders to burn people in name of the church in early centuries. Suppose, if this middleman would vanish all these atrocities wouldn’t happen. But the truth was that this problem of middlemen was not solved by early social reformer but they started to gang up against the religion not priest who dictated these authorities in name of God. These people increase volume against a philosophy not for the people who manipulate this philosophy. a common person who has used this philosophy to distinguish himself from social evil, now this gap between good and bad or right and wrong being narrowed by liberals in name of social reform. This leads to the throwing of moral values and the world almost getting agitated in even good point of theist.The biggest reason also superstition for atheism. The general public is fully blind by superstition in name of religion while atheist blame God for this behavior. Reality is that God gives enlighten of knowledge while superstitious religious customs are originated by Humans. Religious Godmen used this tricks for their living, position, and fame. Many Hindu saints who are not even aware of Sanskrit is now being the controller of dharma. Some give Guru Mantra, some said mugged my name every day, some give tabeez and few said be nonmaterialistic to be enlightened. Some become such blind and inhuman that kill another child for their own child wish. The irony is that intellectuals used this chance to spread atheism while the real reason for human lust and control in name of religion. they give reference to scientific evidence for that but forget that most superstition is men made. hence, can not be proven scientifically.Believing in Miracle is the root cause of superstition. Theist believes in prophet miracles, Jesus miracles of resurrection and water turned into wine. while Hindu Godmen running their shop by showing using miracle describe in Puranas that God can do everything. (Puranas are stories which were used for delivering Veda’s knowledge in form of stories, but with time its become part of truth in Indian consciousness- Ramayana and Mahabharata is the only History mentioned in Hindu scripture).Swami Dayanand has given a great example for this if God can do everything, then can he kill himself or can he create the god like him. The answer is NO. Then its clear God cannot do everything. The answer to this question is that: Some work has been done by God like creation, destruction, human death and life and controlling the wheel of karma. God doesn’t need anyone for these works. Theist should ask atheist whether you believe that universe is regular or irregular? The miracle is disrespect of natural law under regular condition. In real miracle is human imagination which he used in name of god for blackmailing innocent people to stay in power and higher post.Another reason for rising of theism in ego on scientific studies. Propagator of atheism has been egoistic on scientific development and they started to think that they are the highest power in this universe. Example before Newton, there was the Gravitational force, but the human was unaware of that fact. But human developed their capabilities to understand it by developing calculus this process known as discovery. The reality is that al discoveries were there before human origin only human framed it his own measurement for understanding purpose. while knowledge of the universe is infinite and the real known to that knowledge is nature itself. Newton itself written his thought about that.“I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.”Relationship of Dharma and ScienceThe question is that what is the relation between science and dharma. cause atheist thinks that they are born enemy to each other.  This ideology of atheism is transported and grown when European church was forcing humans to believe in biblical believe and anyone who confronts the challenge of biblical belief was killed by the church. Ex. Galileo killed because he challenges the church idea about the center of the universe. church punish him and many scientists. These atrocities turn into resistance and people of early Europe and now whole west considers that church is enemy of scientific knowledge. The crime had been done by officials of the church but blame moved to God and this is going on from last many decades that people who embrace atheism follow the blindly European idea of atheism without understanding that biblical and dharma were fundamentally different in nature.Now the question is remain same what is the difference between Science and dharma.Dharma and Science are not against each other but they are allies to each other.Science answer how this world is formed, dharma say why the world has been made. Science as saying how human born but dharma says why human born.Answering the philosophical question and religious thrust is not possible by science but that can be answered by Dharma. Hence Science and Dharma is the partner which can be described by words of Albert Einstein.“Science without religion is a lame and religion without science is blind.”This also asked by many atheists that if God exists then it should be proven by scientific methods. But the answer is that Mind, Intellect, Happiness, sadness, sorrow, summer, coldness, space all are without the size and can not be traced to human sense. Nationalism, Love, Lust is also similar in categories. But atheist believes in such things but reject God, This really questions their character of being neutral to things they believed. reality is that, cannot prove God is not mistaken of God but the inability of science. while in an ancient age which we called “Rishi” those were the ancient scientist has been discovered the truth of God by mediation and Yoga.Considering Riots and war is an act of god and responsible by God is foolishness. This is already clear that riots or war is the result of Human misunderstanding and race of supremacy within religions.  Example, the riots reason between Hindus and Muslims in 1947 was when Muslim objects Hindus that they can not do their festival in front of the mosque.  But the question is that if someone really doing worship of God how can a single noise disturbed him. That time Muslims made this is a reason of fight because of tension over Pakistan and Hindustan. All middlemen have given religious air to instigate the fire of riots that time.All the violence in name of religion is not related to God but human understanding of God, their thrust for power, gain , position. All the war is done under a narrow minded ideology while God has nothing to that ideology.For Original Blog Visit  Sanatana Dharma: Raise and Reason of Atheism (Series # 04)#smblogcontest

Review of Wheels of Wish
 Megha Biloniya  
 9 June 2018  

Title :Wheels of WishAuthor : Bibhu Datta RoutBlurb : Imprisonment of a couple in the Dwapar Yug and the creation of magnetism at Sun temple in Konark has a great deal of linkage to a missing boy in the 13th century carrying the mightiest power of the universe that transcends in time across generations leading to an alleged rape and murder accusation to the story's protagonist, an investment banker Shashank Chaudhary in 2008 who flies from New York to Odisha to find himself trapped in an 800 years old enigma. A biological allegory that unfolds a historical and mythological mystery that counts back in time as far as the epic Mahabharata. One that surpasses time and the material world with its mathematical calculations within physical elements. Unexplainable evidences, puzzling data, conspiracy theories and unheard secrets intermingle with one another to create plots in the history of time that have been startling scientists and mythologists to date. It's now in the court room that he must face his worst fears and probably the world's greatest held secret, a rare phenomenon of a chromosomal defect, from an unexpected guest.My View : The blurb of the book will definitely fill the curiosity in the reader’s mind. The lovely cover and the title Wheels of Wishes worked completely in grasping my attention making me more curios to unfold the story residing in the book.All the characters are portrayed beautifully; the author very well briefs about the characters at the beginning of the book but still a reader may get confuse as there are numerous characters dwelling in the story. The story is locked with a lot of drama having tints of history and mythology. The way author has painted the details of history is really commendable. Author must have done a lot of research in order to portray such details clearly in his book. Portraying such kind of stories requires knowledge and skills.The tagline on the cover of the book already suggest that the story holds a crime; author has crafted the story very well and the crime revolving around the other events having details of history lands the reader on a different node. The story goes on switching its way from past events to present. The book also contains the hues of love of Shashank and Roohani, murder mystery, rape case and lot more to locate. The writing style is simple which makes the reading journey easy for me. Articulation of the sentences could be much better which will help in attracting the reader’s mind. I found the narration of the story moderate which weakens the links between the reader and the story. Fascinating Read!Rating : 3.5/5Reviewer : Megha Biloniya

YOU’R IN MY NERVES
 Mantri Pragada MARKANDEYULU  
 20 November 2018  

YOU’R IN MY NERVES

StoryMirror in conversation with author Joyeeta Das
 StoryMirror Feed  
 28 February 2019  
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Q: Please give details about your initial education and forming years of life.A: I have completed my schooling from Auxilium Convent. Currently am pursuing my bachelor's in English language and literature from Adamas University.Q: How did you get interested in literature? What inspired you to write?  A: As a child I used love listening to Ramayana and Mahabharata, both of which my mother used to recite. Then it was Aesop's Fables and Panchatantra which further brightened my world of imagination. And finally, Khaled Hosseini made me delve deep into literature.I never really knew I could compose stories until my the then Creative writing professor- Shrabani Ma'am announced “... chocolate as a reward for the first three best creative works.” Better to say Chocolate acted as a muse and inspired me to use pen instead of sword, to strikeQ: What difficulties did you have to face with respect to literary work? A: Sometimes a few Literary works did turn out to be a bit less interesting.Q: What is your view about the present-day literary work? A: I think it’s more straightforward than the previous works.Q: Do you think that the emergence of digital and social media has given a new opportunity to creative writers? A: Absolutely, the emergence of digital and social media has made it easier for the writers who cant really afford the expenses of publishing their works. People can now simply post their works in social platforms and communicate with the rest of the world. Every literary text is...a mosaic of quotations... as said by Julia Kristeva, I think social and digital media helps bring the right design out of this mosaicQ: Please tell us something about your literary work. A: I am very restless, and thus, try to keep my compositions very concise as it would be definitely be viewed by restless people like me. And I try to make every composition unique. Q: What was your first literary work and how was it published? A: My first Literary work was published online by MyCampusPost, while I was interning with the company as a content writer.Q: How many ways literature can contribute to society in future?A: As rightly said by Jonas Mekas “ In the very end, civilization perish because they listen to their politicians and not to their poets". Literature can contribute to the society in numerous was, the list is endless.Q: Where do you see yourself after 5 years in the literary world?A: I would definitely like to see myself into people's heart. Even of those who find literature boring.Q: What ways would you suggest to build a community for poets?A: A group blog would be fine. Q: What message would you like to give to aspiring new writers? A: Just be yourself and try to bring the best out of you.Q: How was your experience of writing on StoryMirror?  A: Wonderful! Indeed. A great platform it is.Q: Would you like to say something about StoryMirror? A: I love the competitions organised by StoryMirror. And winning them has a separate joy. Every time I win, I feel that I re-establish my name – JOYEETA, which means ‘winner’ in Bangla.Here is the link to read my content https://storymirror.com/profile/jmypngvn/joyeeta-das/stories

Bhagavad Gita Verse 1.26
 Dhwani Shah  
 11 June 2019  

Self-Awareness Is Difficult - In Gita Verse 1.26 There Arjuna could see, within the midst of the armies of both parties, his fathers, grandfathers, teachers, maternal uncles, brothers, sons, grandsons, friends, and also his fathers-in-law and well-wishers.As soon as Arjuna saw both the parties he was shattered. As in the verse says that Arjuna could see, in the midst of the armies of both parties, his fathers, grandfathers, teachers, maternal uncles, brothers, sons, grandsons, friends, and also his fathers-in-law and well-wishers. This verse did not say he watched everyone and their positions. That indicates that he got into objective world and unable to turn towards himself in his subjectivity. Krishna had his own doubt how can Arjuna will be neutral when he will see whole Kuru family and their friends.To remain aware is difficult. To be unconscious is easy. If you are unconscious then you are part of the objective world and not as Individual, not settle in your subjectivity.In my blog Bhagavad Gita Verse 1.24, I have written that why Arjuna selected against the whole Narayani Sena Krishna, himself as charioteer on a condition, that he would neither fight nor hold any weapon, Arjuna knew that the whole purpose of this war is just not winning or losing or exhibition of their strength, but universe wants to deliver message to whole humanity that we can fight without enmity. Mahabharat war was not just an ordinary war it was war in which Pandava fought without enmity. Keeping this mindfulness of universe message he selected Krishna against whole Narayani sena. He gave priority to Universe and not his desire to win Indraprastha. Pandava did not want to win Hastinapur they wanted only their part of land and that is Indraprastha.The unconscious can be transformed only through awareness. It is difficult, but there is no other way. There are many methods for being aware, but awareness is necessary. You can use methods to be aware, but you will have to be aware.If someone asks whether there is any method to dispel darkness except by light, howsoever difficult it may be, that is the only way - because darkness is simply the absence of light. So you have to create the presence of light and then darkness is not there.Unconsciousness is nothing but an absence, the absence of consciousness. It is not something positive in itself, so you cannot do anything except be aware. If unconsciousness were something in its own right then it would be a different matter, but it is not. Unconsciousness doesn’t mean something; it only means not consciousness. It is just an absence. It has no existence in itself; in itself it is not. The word unconscious simply shows the absence of consciousness and nothing else. When we say ‘darkness’ the word is misleading, because the moment we say darkness, it appears that darkness is something that is there. It is not, so you cannot do anything with darkness directly - or can you?You may not have observed the fact, but with darkness you cannot do anything directly. Whatsoever you want to do with darkness you will have to do with light, not with darkness. If you want darkness, then put off light. If you don’t want darkness, then put on light. But you cannot do anything directly with darkness; you will have to go via light.Why? Why can you not go directly? You cannot go directly because there is nothing like darkness, so you cannot touch it directly. You have to do something with light, and then you have done something with darkness.If light is there, then darkness is not there. If light is not there, then darkness is there. You can bring light into this room, but you cannot bring darkness. You can take light out from this room, but you cannot take darkness out from this room. There exists no connection between you and darkness. Why? If darkness were there then man could be related somehow, but darkness is not there.By selecting Krishna, Arjuna brought light. Why in India there is lot of emphasize on living master/Guru?In the East, the blessing of a master is very very significant.A great receptivity is needed, a great feminine receptivity is needed to find the master. And if you are available and a living master is there, suddenly something clicks. There is nothing to do on your part – you simply be there. It is such a vital energy phenomenon that if you are available something simply clicks, you are caught. It is a love phenomenon. You cannot prove to anybody else, “I have found the master.” There is no proof. Don’t try that because anybody can bring proof against it. You have found it and you know it; you have tasted and you know it. This knowledge is of the heart, of the feeling.At the same time remember - Nobody can put you right except you yourself. The master simply teaches you to be a master of yourself — that is the true function of a master. He does not want you to depend on him. But the mind goes on playing these mischiefs. The mind wants you to depend. The mind is always in search of a father figure or a mother figure; you want somebody to hold your hand. You want somebody to guide, to lead. The master can only indicate. He is a finger pointing to the moon. But the mind plays a mischief: it clings to the finger — you may even start sucking the finger.Arjuna was well aware of his weaknesses. He also knew that only Krishna can help him to come out of his Unconsciousness.

Bhagavad Gita Verse 2.12
 Dhwani Shah  
 9 July 2019  

Eternal - In Gita Verse 2.12 Never was there a time when I did not exist, nor you, nor all these kings; nor in the future shall any of us cease to be.I will explain this verse with what Einstein told - “Energy cannot be created or destroyed, it can only be changed from one form to another.”Krishna had told during the Mahabharat war, and in our scripture it is mentioned also. We are eternal. Science is now saying the same thing.Only this eternal awareness can be the true home, nothing else, because everything else is a flux. And we go on clinging to the changing; then we create misery, because it changes and we want it not to change. We are asking for the impossible, and because the impossible cannot happen we fall into misery again and again.Life Is Not Short Life Is Eternal:Life is eternal, so there is no question of any hurry. By hurrying you can only miss. In existence do you see any hurry? Seasons come in their time, flowers come in their time, trees are not running to grow fast because life is short. It seems as if the whole existence is aware of the eternity of life.We have been here always, and we will be here always - of course not in the same form, and not in the same body. Life goes on evolving, reaching to higher stages. But there is no end anywhere, and there has been no beginning anywhere either. You exist between a beginningless life and an endless life. You are always in the middle of two eternities on both sides.We are stuck in the objective world and not coming back to our subjectivity, in middle of two eternities, has created idea of one life. The objective world is only mirroring us. Which is not real, but we get stuck in our reflection which will be vanished as soon as we are away from the mirror.Our being stuck in the objective world created a condition of one life. The Christian idea, the Jewish idea, the Mohammedan idea - which are all rooted in the Jewish conception that there is only one life - has given the West a tremendous madness for speed. Everything has to be done in such a hurry that you cannot enjoy doing it, and you cannot do it in its entire perfection. You somehow manage to do it and rush to another thing.The Western man has been living under a very wrong conception: It has created so much tension in people's minds that they can never be at ease anywhere; they are always on the go, and they are always worried that one never knows when the end is coming. Before the end they want to do everything. But the result is just the opposite; they cannot even manage to do a few things gracefully, beautifully, perfectly.Their life is so much overshadowed by death that they cannot live joyously. Everything that brings joy seems to be a wastage of time. They cannot just sit silently for an hour, because their mind is saying to them, "Why are you wasting the hour? You could have done this, you could have done that."It is because of this conception of one life that the idea of meditation never arose in the West. Meditation needs a very relaxed mind, with no hurry, with no worry, with nowhere to go... just enjoying moment to moment, whatever comes.In the East, meditation was bound to be discovered, just because of the idea of life's eternity - you can relax. You can relax without any fear, you can enjoy and play your flute, you can dance and sing your song, you can enjoy the sunrise and the sunset. You can enjoy your whole life. Not only that, you can enjoy even dying, because death too is a great experience, perhaps the greatest experience in life. It is a crescendo.The East is relaxed. First, it does not give death any importance; it is just a change of form. Second, because it is so relaxed, you become aware of your inner riches, which will be going with you - even beyond life. Death cannot take them away.Death can take everything that is outside you and, if you have not grown your inner being, naturally there will be fear that you cannot save anything from death; it will take everything that you have. But if you have grown your inner being, if you have found peace, blissfulness, silence, joy, which are not dependent on anything outside, if you have found your garden of being and seen the flowers of your own consciousness, the question of fearing death does not arise at all.Even if now we understand through science or with the scriptures it is coming to the same point i.e. ETERNITY. The Western mind people, means who can doubt can take science as base and the Eastern mind people means who can trust can take the Indian Scriptures as base.What Krishna says in this verse will become your experience and reality. You will immediately in that relaxation will be connected with your subjectivity.Krishna’s whole effort is not to advice Arjuna but to re-connect Arjuna with his subjectivity, which is Eternal.

Remember this while Buying Diwali Gifts for Employees
 Emilia dawson  
 23 October 2019  
Art

Diwali is a festival that is filled with enthusiasm, joy, and happiness. This festival depicts the victory of good over evil. The celebration of Diwali has special significance in our Indian society. On this day, people light diyas in their homes and worship Goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth. According to the mythological beliefs, on this day Lord Rama killed Ravana and returned to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile. The residents of Ayodhya lit the entire place with lamps in the happiness of their King Rama's return.Secondly, this day is also celebrated as the birthday of Goddess Lakshmi. The third Tirthankar Mahavira, who founded Jainism, attained nirvana on the day of Diwali. Fourth is that according to the Mahabharata, the Pandavas returned to their kingdom on the new moon of Kartik month after a long period (12 years) of expulsion. Diwali is the best time when you can express your love and feelings towards your loved ones. So, this Diwali shows your immense love towards your employees by giving elegant Diwali gifts. This article will surely help what points you should keep in mind when you buy Diwali gifts for employees.Gifting is a Speciality It is very common to wish relatives and employees on Diwali, but there is a tradition of giving gifts on this day. The reason for this is to show love towards them and see the happiness on their faces. If you are a boss, then you should give gifts to the employees of your office on this special occasion of Diwali. By doing this, they will be happy and will do their work with more loyalty and dedication. Also, you can add your company name or logo on that gift. This will efficiently promote your company and also increase brand value. This is called two shots with one stone.No compromise with qualityFollow the strategy of "gift, be it cheap but good." The Diwali festival comes only once a year, so you should try to give the best gifts to your employees according to the budget. You have to deal with both the gift quality and the budget. Do not compromise with the quality as it will spoil not only your name but also the name of your entire company. On the occasion of Diwali in the market, you will find different and attractive gifts. On the occasion of Diwali in the market, you get to see many unusual and beautiful gifts. All sellers are trying to earn profits by attracting more and more customers on the pretext of Diwali. In such a situation, the identity of a sensible buyer is that he should not fall into the trap of such temptation and choose gifts with his understanding.Customize the gifts to suit your brandYour gift is also an advertisement that you should pay attention to how it can represent your brand correctly. One of the ways that you can look at this is when choosing a gift to make it fit your brand whether you will be able to succeed or not, whether you will be able to put your company logo on it or whether it will be able to match its color to your brand color. Such personalization not only helps in strengthening your brand but also increases awareness and curiosity among the viewers. You can opt for the best Diwali gift hampers on the online stores at affordable prices. Choose a gift based on the relationshipTo make a company successful it needs the employees, associates, vendors also apart from the owner. These people work hard for the whole year to help the company grow. Therefore, it is essential that on a special occasion like Diwali, you gift these people and thank them wholeheartedly for their actual work. As we know that employees are the life of the company, then their gift should be something unique and special. The same should be purchased for everyone but should be an excellent one.I hope so, guys, these points will surely help you to make your employees more happy on this Diwali. If you are unable to purchase gifts on Diwali due to some business meeting, then you can send Diwali gifts online to Delhi with your best wishes of Diwali.

Bhagavad Gita Verse 5.25
 Dhwani Shah  
 29 December 2019  

Empty Person - In Gita Verse 5.25 Those who are beyond the dualities that arise from doubts, whose minds are engaged within, who are always busy working for the welfare of all living beings and who are free from all sins achieve liberation in the Supreme.Krishna tells Arjuna that the person who has transcended duality they live in the objective world from their subjectivity. When the person has transcended duality all their actions are for existence they don’t live for their desire but as per existence's will.First let’s understand duality - Life exists through duality. The very process of life depends on polar opposites. Life is like a river: for the river to exist, two banks are needed. The river cannot exist without two banks to support it, just as the bird cannot fly without two wings and you cannot walk without two legs.Life needs duality. Everywhere you will find it, till the ultimate arrives. The ultimate, the absolute, or call it God, transcending duality. But then life disappears. Then you become invisible. Then you have no form, no name. Then you have gone beyond – that is nirvana.When the person transcended duality and gone beyond, through their body whatever they do is for the welfare of others, existences. Take the example of Krishna, he has transcended everything and still living tn the body he participated in everything whether in Gokul, Mathura, Dwarka or in Mahabharat war. He was living for the welfare of all living beings. Look to Guru Gobind Singh. To save the humanity for the conversion of religion compulsory by Aurangzeb, he fought with him. His fight with Aurangzeb was not as an individual but for the welfare of all living beings. These people when they act they are free of all the sins and achieve liberation in the Supreme. They live for existences.As we are now we need to understand two things. Life cannot exist without polar opposites. Life is a dialectical process between man and woman, between darkness and light, between life and death, between good and bad. Life cannot exist without this duality. Manifestation is not possible without duality.Hence, another vision becomes possible to be understood. If duality disappears, life as you know it disappears. Life in time and space disappears. Then another door opens. You move to another plane – the plane of the invisible, the plane of the mysterious, the plane where there is no form, no name. All remains, but unmanifest. That is called nirvana, moksha, the ultimate state of samadhi where all disappears.If duality is the way of life, then nonduality is the way of religion – because religion is nothing but an art of transcending the manifested form and going into the unmanifest, going to the original source from where we come and for which we long – because we belong there. Wherever we are, we cannot feel at home; something remains unfulfilled. We go on missing the original source because rest is only in the source.Let’s meditate over each word of Hakim Sanai:The pure man unites, two in one; the lover unites three in one.The Gnostic tradition says there are two paths to transcend duality, to transcend multiplicity, to transcend this constant conflict between life and death. The first path is called via purgativa by the Gnostics, “through purity”; and the second path is called via unitiva, “through unity.” The first is the path of meditation, the second the path of love. The first is Zen, the second is Sufism.On the path of meditation, one has to eliminate, one has to empty oneself totally. On the path of love, just the reverse process has to be followed – one has to become more and more full. One has to become so full that one starts overflowing. On the path of meditation, one has to become so empty that nothing remains within, one is just a pure nothingness.This is what Hakim Sanai says: The pure man unites two in one… The observer and the observed. The pure man means the man of meditation. The pure man means one who has been trying the path of via purgativa; who has been simply emptying himself of all that is foreign, and who goes on eliminating all that is not his essential self. And then nothing is left in the hand.Krishna tells Arjuna the person who has transcended duality is so empty that nothing is left in his hand. He is the vehicle of the universe to act for the welfare of all living beings and who are free from all sins achieve liberation in the Supreme. So when you fight war as empty person, then your act will be for the welfare of the living being and in that there is no sin.

Cuttings of Kuala Lumpur
 Sujatha Jagannathan  
 31 December 2019  

Translations of Malay

Bhagavad Gita Verse 10.3
 Dhwani Shah  
 17 May 2020  

Doer Bind - In Gita Verse 10.3 He who knows Me as the unborn, as the beginningless, as the Supreme Lord of all the worlds – he only, undeluded among men, is freed from all sins.Krishna can see that Arjuna is also worried. One worries because of the feeling that one is the doer, not because of what he does. Regardless of how much one is involved in action, the act in itself does not cause anxiety. But the moment one sees oneself as the doer, the anxiety, the worrying begins.Anxiety is the shadow, the by-product of the doer. Arjuna is in deep anxiety. His whole concern is about the fact that, he thinks he will be the killer; if he decides not to kill, those on the battlefield will not die. If he decides not to fight, there would be no war; peace will prevail. He thinks he is the decision maker. The fact is, no person is the decision maker. The existence decides; the destiny decides. Hence, Krishna tells Arjuna to drop the idea of being the doer and let the action continue.Man is completely sinless only the day he becomes totally a non-doer.Actions don’t bind, the doer binds. Actions are not to be dropped, once the doer is no more, one becomes free.That is the message of all the great ones, the really great ones. The greatest realization on this earth has been this: that we are unnecessarily creating too much fuss. That which is to happen is going to happen if we wait. In the right season, the harvest; in the right season, the fruition. In the right season everything happens. If a man can learn only one thing - how to wait prayerfully - nothing else is needed. Ecstasy is a PRASAD, a gift of god.You just try. Practise what Buddha says. At least for one hour you become a non-doer. At least for one hour, deep in the night, sit alone. Don't do anything - not even chanting a mantra, not even transcendental meditation. Don't do anything. Just sit, lie down, look at the stars. That too should not be hard. Look very softly. Don't focus; remain unfocussed like an unfocussed photograph - hazy, blurred, not knowing where the boundaries are. Just remain silent in the darkness.If thoughts come let them come. Don't fight with them either. They will come and they will go - you just be a watcher. It is none of your business whether they come or they go. Who are you? They come without invitation, they go without pushing. They come and go, it is a constant traffic. You just sit by the side of the road and watch.When I say watch, don't misinterpret me. Don't make watching an effort. Otherwise people become very stiff and they start watching in a very stiff and tense way. Again they have started doing. What I am saying, or what Buddha is saying is - be in an attitude of not doing, be lazy.Just be lazy, and see what happens. You will be amazed. Some day - just sitting, just sitting, not doing anything - some day, from some unknown source, a lightning, a benediction. Some day, in some moment, suddenly you are transfigured. Suddenly you see a quiet descending upon you. It is almost physical.If a real meditator, a person who can relax, sits silently and allows, even somebody who is not a meditator will feel the presence - that something is happening. You may not be able to figure it out what it is; you may feel strange or a little scared, but if you sit by the side of a meditator....Now, it is difficult to use the right word, because the word ‘meditator’ again gives the impression as if he is doing something - doing meditation. Remember again and again - language has been developed by non-meditators, so the whole language is, in a subtle way, wrong. It cannot express.When somebody is sitting there, just sitting there, like a tree, like a rock, not doing anything, it happens: something from the above descends, penetrates his very core of being. A subtle light surrounds him... a glow, a blessing can be felt around him - even by those people who don't know what meditation is. Even passing by the side, they will also feel the impact of it. This benediction has been called god.God is not a person, it is a deep experience when you are not doing anything and existence simply flows in you... the immensity of it, the beautitude of it, the grace of it.You are not doing anything, you are not even expecting anything, you are not waiting for anything. You have no motive. You are just there like a tree standing in the winds, or like a rock just silently sitting by the side of a river. Or like a cloud perched on the hilltop - just there, no movement of your own.In that moment you are not a self, in that moment you are a no-self. In that moment you are not a mind, you are a no-mind. In that moment you don't have a center. In that moment you are immense... vastness with no boundaries - suddenly the contact. Suddenly it is there! Suddenly you are fulfilled, suddenly you are surrounded by some unknown presence. It is tremendous. In this unknown presence you will know - Me as the unborn, as the beginningless, as the Supreme Lord of all the worlds – he only, undeluded among men, is freed from all sins.Krishna understands Arjuna’s difficulty as doer. So he guide him to be non-doer. For us we don't wait for Mahabharat War to become non-doer. Practice in your routine life whatever act you act, act as non-doer, as a watcher.

Inside The Leader
 Shubha Kamat  
 4 July 2020  
Art

Hope everyone knows about this story, for those who don’t know let me give quick recap in my own words, there is a small incident narration in Mahabharata which goes like this:Once Dhronacharya takes his all students to forest for archery practice, while they practicing they get disturb by a dog barking loudly. Dhronacharya gets irritated and tells his students to point the dog's mouth and stop the barking without hurting it. Arjuna is expert in archery among all of them. Everyone starts pointing towards dog mouth and misses one by one, even Arjuna fails to point the dog's mouth. After some time dog barking stops, curious Dhronacharya go search for the dog and surprised to see the bow exactly on dog's mouth in such a way that doesn’t hurt dog. Curious Dhronacharya start searching for the person who pointed so exactly, he found one boy holding bow and standing silently behind the tree, very curiously Dhronacharya ask the boy “is this done by you?”, the boy nods. Surprisingly Dhronacharya ask him “what’s your name?” “who is your guru?” boy replies “my name is Ekalavya and You are my guru”, shocked dhronacharya ask him again I don’t know you at all how come I become your guru, boy explains as follows: I belongs to tribal community, I am very much interested in Archery, I used to follow you and learn while you teaching your students. I have made your sculpture out of mud and practice in front of that, this is how I learnt till now, can you please accept me as your shishya and teach me further?, I am very curious to learn all techniques. Dronacharya impressed by the boy's story, feels happy and scared at the same time. He thinks for a while and replies angrily, I am a Raja guru how dare you asking me to consider you as my student and teach archery? Whatever you did is against the Rules of Majesty. Well, you consider me as guru right then give me Gurudakshina. Ekalavya very happily asks Dhronacharya, “Acharya ask me whatever you want, I can do anything for you".Dhronacharya replies “Well, Gift me your right hand thumb”, Ekalavya shockingly looks at acharya being aware of the thing that he can’t practice archery ever after, still being happy by guru asking for gurudakshina cuts his thumb and keep it in Dhronacharya's hand and do sastang namaskara. So this is how Dronacharya puts full stop to the ekalavya story to follow the rules of majesty. Now, I would like to put my views on this story, there are different angles to look at this story, let me start with Ekalavya point of view: Shocked by the Dhronacharya's demand, with great respect on Dhronacharya without putting second thought ekalavya gets ready to cut his finger, but in his mind thinking, I would have given my life instead of my thumb, how can I live without archery, I never thought anything other than archery. While taking out knife, his hands were shivering, without any option left, he cuts his finger and put it in Dhronacharya’s hand. More than the physical pain, he was suffering from mental pain, he lost his consciousness, after few hours he gets up, still in the same pain he goes back home, he took long time to come out of this shock. Many a time he thinks of ending his life but his family members faces and the situations keep him alive. Daily 1 thought run in his head that why God did this to me?Few months passed like this, One day he observe a bird trying to fly with single wing, by keep watching it more closely, he observes it’s damaged wing, but that bird trying to fly and falling down again and again. That moment brings some changes in him, he starts thinking, I can also try practicing, I have lost only one finger not the hand. New era of his life starts from that moment, again he starts practicing with great energy and passion, first few days looks like impossible but it’s gets better day by day. Slowly he gets comfortable and start practicing the technique he learnt before. One day he saw some kids from his own community playing game of war, where in 2 Raja's with their army fighting each other with their hand made archery toys. This makes him to ask them are you guys interested in archery, kids replies: “yes we are very much interested”. That makes him think it’s not only he who wants to learn archery, so he decides to teach those kids who are interested, he offer those kids to teach the techniques he learnt. He teach them starting from making the archery to the great techniques he learnt in his journey. After seeing his potential in archery duryodhana maintained good friendship with ekalavya from the beginning, later he participated in Kurukshetra with his small army with kauravas.Now let’s look at the same story from Dhronacharya's point of view: After listening to the story from Ekalavya, Dhronacharya felt happy to see a great student and amazed by his dedication, at the same time he knows being a Rajaguru he can’t allow anyone being great archery practitioner outside Raja family. In this case Ekalavya considers Dhronacharya as his guru, which is very dangerous for both of them. So he thought of punishing him and closing the chapter without bringing it in front of majesty. Now the point is why Dhronacharya ask for thumb even after knowing about the fact that he can’t practice archery any more, it would kill Ekalavya alive. But after seeing his dedication towards archery Dronacharya's gut feeling was telling Ekalavya will find a way to practice. This will be an ideal punishment so that his talent will not get highlight anywhere and his life will be safer. Dhronacharya being a great leader takes this tough decision behalf of ekalavya for his betterment. Even he remember his promise to his favorite student Arjuna to make him master in archery. This solution even safeguard his team at the same time.My point of view about a great leader: I heard this dialogue in one of the web-series and I quote “there is no right or wrong thing in this position, few things looks right from this side, which looks wrong from other side, same way few things looks right from other side looks wrong from this side, sometimes you can’t judge things right or wrong and just forced to do it”. Being a great leader is not easy thing, I was in the assumption that leader traits can be learned by anybody who has interest to learn, I myself learnt a lot of things working with many great leaders I met in my life. I have sensed the pain inside a leader very closely, it’s not easy for a leader to take tough decision in some situation. Especially convincing others about that decision when they themselves are not sure about the result.Most of the time leader's decision will make or break others life. Sometime negative result of their decision will impact on themselves very badly, coming out of that emotional impact and convincing themselves is not at all easy task. May be this is the reason everybody can’t become a great leader. Leadership is one thing never lost its worth over generations. Every position has it’s own plus and minus, no job is easy in the world. I am putting full stop for my thoughts with due respect on each and every leaders for their self struggled emotional life.