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Surendra literature on the back drop of history
 Rasmi Rekha Tripathy  
 30 January 2018  
Art

Past of the present has its foundation on the present of past and what is not present becomes past in the coming days, a page in history. If ancient history, medieval history and pre and post independence history of India are taken as base, many stories pass through the screen of memory and many characters in the stories come to front. That history contains from truth and on the base of the truth, rests some legend. The so called legends are developed into full fledged literature embracing major and minor characters. That is the special trait of Mr. Surendra Mohanty.Literature has different divisions consisting of Autobiography, Biography, Short stories, Essays and Novels. To look at these divisions of Oriya literature, would reveal the literary maturity and artful handling of them by this versatile writer. Rather it can be told that there is no easier and developed medium to recollect history on path of readers other than the writings of Sri Mohanty. Surendra literature has an identity of its own on its mythological and historical background.SHORT STORY SECTIONThe short stories days back to the emancipation of the Jews under the leadership of Mojes, from the shackles of Egyptian empire, to the rise of Orissan Empire, its history laden with rise and fall, fortune and bad days with rich historical knowledge. The short story collection ‘Kabi O Nartaki’ is based on mythological and historical characters.BIOGRAPHYStarting of British occupation of Orissa in 1803, and decline of Orissa nationalism till 1903, the declaration of regeneration and rebirth of it from the platforms of Utkal Sammilani the history of Orissa over a century is epitome in the Biography of Utkal Gourav Madhu Babu ‘Shatabdira Surya’ is unique.Surendra Mohanty’s autobiography ‘Patha o Pruthibi’ discloses the declining trend of values and morals of the post political landscape of India as well as Orissa.NOVELSHis milestone creations ‘Neela Saila’, ‘Neeladri Bijaya’, ‘Krishnabenire Sandhya’ on the background of 16th century history of Orissa Gajapati kingdom give inklings of Orissa history, its achievement and subsequent disintegration which revolves round the great lord Jagannath. On the other hand, his novels ‘Andha Diganta’, ‘Neti Neti’ on the back drop of British rule, pre and post independent Orissa highlights the ups and downs in political and social life.Be it a case of flood or famine, where individuals are treated like pawns on the political chess board, his writings represents the soul of oppressed, mute individuals, their silent protest on established moorings of society and indifferent bureaucracy. His literature had the echoes of unfulfilled dreams, aspirations, frustrations of the common man as its background and foundation.This will offer an interesting subject to be looked into and to be researched.

Focus On Learning and Creating Rather Than Entertainment and Distraction
 Suchismita Sahu  
 25 February 2018  

An extraction from my reading experience, which converted me a writer. I cannot spend a single day without writing, even though I had to get up in the midnight to do it. Though,there is not much progress in my professional career now, but I feel writing converted me to an absolutely different personality. “Ordinary people seek entertainment. Extraordinary people seek education and learning.” -Benjamin Hardy Most people are distracted right now.They’re distracted while they’re at work. They’re distracted when they’re with family and friends.They’re distracted at the gym, on their commute, and even in the shower.The mediocre majority will continue going through life this way, never experiencing the fullness of a life filled with deep focus and purpose.Most people don’t prioritize learning and creating. They don’t care enough about any efforts to invest in their personal development and growth.Entertainment is more important. Most people have replaced achieving their life dreams and goals with TV, partying, and social media.Their life is characterized by entertainment and distraction, not learning and creating.As a result, they don’t have close relationships. They’re stuck in jobs they hate. Their life is on the fast-track to disappointment, and they don’t know what to do.Benjamin Hardy once said, “Entertainment and distraction is the enemy of creation and learning. They will keep you in mediocrity.”If you don’t want to end up living a life of mediocrity, focus on learning and education. It’s the fastest way to become extraordinary, wealthy, and successful.The Quality of Your Learning Determines the Quality of Your Success“Your level of success will rarely exceed your level of personal development, because success is something you attract by the person you become.” -Hal ElrodYour income, relationships, and success are determined by your learning.Most people spend more money on entertainment and gadgets than self-education. This is why they remain poor and broke with superficial relationships.The quality of your learning and how much you invest in yourself directly determines the extent of your growth.In the words of Ryan Holiday:“The extent of the struggle determines the extent of the growth.”You are defined by what you’re willing to struggle for. Most people aren’t willing to really struggle for anything. They blindly accept what they’re given, and spend their free time disengaging from reality.Renowned motivational speaker Jim Rohn once said the most successful people in the world are always lifelong learners. They fully understand that their level of education directly determines their quality of life.“Formal education makes a living, but self-education makes a fortune,” Rohn explained.It’s not just about a college degree. Most of what you learn in college isn’t applicable to real-world success. It’s your self-education, the kind of learning that helps you develop into the next evolution of yourself.Most people will continue to go through life “in quiet desperation, with their songs left unsung.” Others dictate their income, their happiness, and their fulfillment.If you don’t want to end up with regret on your death-bed, choose self-education over entertainment.“You’ve got to wake up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.” George LarimerWe Attract the Things That Reflect Who We AreDarren Hardy, author of The Compound Effect, once told a story about how he ended up with his wife.When he was in his 20’s, he began compiling an enormous list of every attribute he wanted his future wife to have. He eventually filled 40 pages detailing the most exquisite and perfect match he could think of.At the end of his writing, he realized something very important:Any woman like that wouldn’t want to have anything to do with someone like him!Hardy realized he needed to become a far better version of himself to attract a woman like that.You must become a far better version of yourself to achieve the enormous success you want.Benjamin Hardy put it this way: “We attract into our lives what we are.” Ask yourself — if you want a million dollars, do you have the mindset of a millionaire? Do you have the financial knowledge and self-discipline to own that kind of money?Most people don’t, yet they continue complaining about being poor. You’ll never become a millionaire if you don’t become someone who could be a millionaire!Every day, millions of people attract mediocre opportunities into their lives — jobs, time investments, dating partners, etc. — not realizing they are attracting exactly who they are!Extremely successful people are magnets of extraordinary opportunities. They are individuals who gravitate towards success, because they are successful themselves.If you constantly engage in mediocre, subpar activities with toxic individuals, you’ll only receive similar opportunities. You’ll never experience the type of success of the world’s most extraordinary people, because success is something you attract by the person you become.“Every next level of your life will demand a different you.” -Leonardo DiCaprioStep Forward Into Growth or Backwards Into Security“It’s absurd that we would prioritize the hottest new device, the cool car, or trendy toy over owning that which makes us feel the most engaged and most alive.” -Neil PatelC.S. Lewis once described humans this way: “We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.”You do not have the luxury to “wait” to improve. Like an egg, you’ll either progress into a new version of yourself, or go rotten. There is no other way.Most people continue choosing security and safety over the choice to become the fullest version of themselves.Said Louis Sachar:“So, what’s it going to be — safety, or freedom? You can’t have both.”Right now, you have the choice — step forward into growth and development, or step backwards into safety and security.Most people step backward, slowly killing their chances to become extraordinary.Seth Godin once said, “The problem is that our culture has engaged in a Faustian bargain, in which we trade our genius and artistry for apparent stability.”The sad truth is: there’s no such thing as security. Money can be taken away (how many times have you heard of a multi-millionaire going bankrupt?). Our health could fail at any time. Millions of people are abruptly fired or laid off every year.Security isn’t real.We must choose to design our own life, and let go of our addiction to “apparent stability.” If you’ve traded your genius and creativity for “stability,” it’s time to get those back.“The goal of life is not to relax on the beach, sipping mojitos all day. The purpose is to find something you love that adds value to the world.” -Ben FoleyMost People Won’t Ever Experience True Success“The mediocre have a very narrow perception of reality, and in turn, their lives. They see things as they are, not how they can be.” -Ryan HolidayLearning and self-education aren’t popular. Most people don’t read books, attend seminars, or take even the most basic steps for self-improvement. They would rather choose distraction and entertainment.Most people will never be successful because they will spend their life this way.With just a few small changes to your life, you could enter into the top 5% — 10% of your field. The competition is extremely low! Amazing, extraordinary opportunities are abundant, because so few people ever take the steps to discover them.You can become one of the few truly successful people in the world by taking your self-education and learning seriously. In a world of mediocrity, you can become extraordinary with only a few simple tweaks.So how do you start?The more you keep evolving in better versions of yourself, the more you’ll need to be focused on the things that are most important.Your days must be characterized by high-quality activities and behaviors.Benjamin Hardy put it this way: “Success is continuously improving who you are, how you live, how you serve, and how you relate.”James Altucher once said, “Every day, check these 4 boxes: Have I improved 1% on physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health?”You can start small. Even the smallest improvement is more than most people will ever see. While most people change slowly and unconsciously over time, you can begin taking control of your success by choosing to make a few small improvements.That’s all it takes.If You Want to Live an Extraordinary Life, You Need to Give Up a Normal One“If you want to live an extraordinary life, you have to give up many of the things that are part of a normal one.” -Srinivas RaoExtraordinary people are very uncommon. Their lifestyle of learning and self-education aren’t popular, either. Odds are, once you begin investing in yourself, you’ll find it’s a lonely road.Todd Henry wisely said, “The more bold you are, the more rejection you’ll experience.” The mob of the majority doesn’t like deserters.If you want an extraordinary life, you’ll need to give up many parts of the “normal” life. That might mean giving up common toxic behaviors or hanging out with toxic people. If “everyone does it,” you’d do well to give it a long, hard look.Most people will never achieve an extraordinary life. That’s OK. The extraordinary life isn’t for everyone. Learning and self-education take time, energy, and focus that most people would rather spend on entertainment and distraction — “ordinary” things.“Great” opportunities cost “good” ones; you can’t have both.Said Benjamin Hardy:Before you evolve, you can reasonably spend time with just about anyone.You can reasonably eat anything placed in front of you.You can reasonably justify activities and behaviors that are, frankly, mediocre.But as your vision expands, you realize you need to make adjustments. You can’t spend your money on junk anymore. You need to manage your time much more diligently. You need to invest in yourself and your future.To avoid mediocrity, you can’t continue being with negative people.You can’t keep eating crappy foods that slow you down.You can’t do many of the things you used to do.This is what extraordinary requires. Most people see the price and simply say “no thanks.”But you can do anything if you pay the price.“Every skill you acquire doubles your odds of success.” -Scott AdamsIn Conclusion“Who you are is a result of who you were, but where you end up depends entirely on who you choose to be from this moment forward.” -Hal ElrodThere are probably dozens of things you do on a daily basis that aren’t helping you improve.Most people live their lives on other people’s terms. Their days are spent working on other people’s goals and following the rules of someone else.Entertainment and distraction rule society. There will never be a shortage of TV shows, Buzzfeed articles, or Bad Lip Reading videos to take up your time.If you want to avoid mediocrity and achieve enormous success, you must cut out distractions and prioritize learning instead.Most people will go their whole lives as a slave to entertainment. They prioritize entertainment over improving their life, their family’s well-being, and their hopes and dreams.This is how people can stay at jobs they hate for years. It’s how people stay in toxic relationships and remain perpetually broke. They don’t bother learning how to succeed.If your lifestyle does not add to your growth and improvement, it will bring you down.Prioritize learning. Invest in self-education.Choose success over mediocrity.

Do School Need To Impart Sex Education?
 Ananya Sanjay Kumar  
 26 February 2018  

Sex education or in broad terms “sexuality education has been a topic of great brainstorming in India lately. Just like every other idea it also has its own set of protagonists and antagonist. While supporters (I’m also one of them) cite “better knowledge about sexual health and well-being” as a reason, opposers bring religion, tradition and culture to support their stand.Sex as we know it has been a taboo in India. People are not comfortable talking about it even though it’s as natural part of life as breathing. You can talk and discuss every other part of the body, their functions, diseases that affect them, the causes and remedies of these diseases but about your reproductive system? NOPE, that makes you mean, ill-mannered, ill-cultured douche and what not. You may find many saying that sex education is an obscene western concept and India with all its culture and traditions doesn’t need it. Yeah right! As if we reproduce by ‘photosynthesis’. Though the list of myths about sexuality and sex education is endless, Here we’ll try to bust some of them.MYTH NO. 1: Sex education teaches children to have sex at an early age.NOPE, It doesn’t teach children to have sex at an early age. It teaches them to understand their reproductive system just like any other part of the body. It teaches them about the changes they’ll be experiencing at puberty and how it’ll affect them. It teaches them how to handle and be at par with these changes. It teaches them about the the social, psychological and biological aspects of a leading a healthy sexual life. It teaches them about sexually transmitted diseases and their prevention, birth control measures, sexual abuse and its prevention etc. A healthy sexual life doesn’t only include the physical act of sex but the overall sexual well-being.MYTH NO. 2: Keeping children away from these things will keep them innocent, well-mannered and cultured.Well, certainly not. Children are always curious to know about everything and it applies to sex as well. Not telling them about these things will make them search for this information through some other medium which includes friends, internet and even porn. Chances are very high that these mediums will give him/her a half-baked truth and fill his head with myths about sex. It will only leave him more confused and disillusioned. I once checked a forum of sexual awareness people often used to ask their questions about sexuality. There I found teenagers asking if watching porn will make them pregnant or applying semen to face will make their skin soft. What do you think is the reason behind all these myths? Just one i.e. not talking to them about sex. That way they don’t get their information from credible sources and accept myths as truth.Not talking to them about it will also make them too naïve to understand the difference between a casual touch and an intent of sexual molestation. As we all know that sexual abuse among children aged 5-12 is a grave problem in India. About 30% of the minors are sexually abused in some forms or the other. That is a very gruesome figure and a great cause of concern. A percentage of these crimes happen because children are not aware about it. Making them aware will definitely reduce these incidents by a great margin.MYTH NO. 3: India doesn’t have cases of teen pregnancy like Europe. Why do we need this?A grossly misinformed statement. Child marriage is still prevalent in many parts of India and it sure results in teen pregnancies. Actually the number of teen pregnancies in India is 62 out of a 1000. This is higher than Europe and America. Educating children about birth control measures will lessen the cases of such pregnancies thus saving many lives in the process as the cases of death of teen mothers while delivering the baby is dangerously high.MYTH NO.4: Children should not be told about things like homosexuality which is against nature. It will make them homosexuals.Homosexuality is not against nature. It is as natural as heterosexuality. Telling someone about it will not make them homosexual. Sexual orientations are decided by genetic factors ant can’t be changed just by knowing about all other orientations. Knowing about it will only make them accept the diversity of orientations and looks look at homosexuals with inferiority.MYTH NO. 5: What about the culture?Our culture never shunned “sex and sexual” from being discussed. In fact we had many scholars like Vatsyayana who did extensive research on this topic. His research is still a source of extensive learning on this subject. It’s the Victorian era moral codes imposed by European colonizers in the disguise of tradition and religion which is confused as Indian culture here. So, the bottom line is that you can educate children/teenagers about sexuality while Indian culture will remain totally safe and sound.

The Timeless Link Between Writing and Running and Why It Makes for Better Work
 Suchismita Sahu  
 26 February 2018  

There is a lot of mythology about a writer’s life and routine, and very little of it is true. It’s one reason why that famous misquote from Hemingway is so popular, “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”If Hemingway ever did say such a thing, his meticulously edited, and ironically, handwritten manuscript pages at the John F. Kennedy Library speak much more loudly. There are some 47 alternative endings for Hemingway’sA Farewell To Arms, written by his hand alone. Hemingway rewrote the first part of the book, by his own count, more than 50 times.In truth, like many ventures, writing is a long hard slog. It’s more akin to a marathon of effort than a sprint of inspiration. Not that writing is a miserable profession. It isn’t. If one learns to cope with it properly, it’s quite wonderful and any who gets to do it for a living is blessed. But the coping is key. For many writers, that coping comes in a form rather appropriate to the analogy I gave above: Writers cope with writing by running.My routine goes something like this: After the hectic office hour, I begin to slow down and eventually become stuck. Accepting that any more time spent would be throwing good effort after bad, I change, put on my running shoes, and go for a run.Depending on whether I’m writing from my home or my office, my run will be one of a few prescribed courses. I run because I love it. Because it’s good exercise. It’s the only exercise I’ve ever really been good at.. But I run for another reason, the same reason that many writers apparently run: it makes me better at my job.There are many writers who run. Of course, there is Murakami, who in addition to his beautiful fiction, is best known in the running community for his book What I Talk About When I Talk About Running. Malcolm Gladwell has been a competitive runner since high school (and recently told Tim Ferriss that he begins every morning by checking out Letsrun.com. Novelist Don DeLillo told the Paris Review how after writing for four hours, he goes running to “shake off one world and enter another.” Joyce Carol Oates, in her ode to running, said that “the twin activities of running and writing keep the writer reasonably sane and with the hope, however illusory and temporary, of control.” Lawrence Block, creator of the Matthew Scudder series was not only an avid runner, but a competitive walker too (more on that in a minute).Professional writers quickly learn one reality of the job: you have more bad days than good. It’s the rare day that the writer finds that the words come out exactly the way they were in their head. In fact, it’s usually the opposite — one is disappointed, distracted, struggling, committed but unproductive. It’s a special day when the flow is pure and uninterrupted, when one doesn’t stop somewhere short of where they’d like to be.But exercise — especially running — is the opposite. A run is almost always good, and if you don’t take your phone, hardly ever interrupted. If you set out to run five miles and five miles is within your capabilities, you will accomplish that goal. It’s rare that one leaves their house for a run and somehow doesn’t make it back. In this way, running is predictable, dependable, satisfying and thus a counterbalance for the mercurial muses of the creative professional.The writer Shelby Foote, who I gather from the copious of images of him in a bathrobe, slippers and smoking a pipe, wasn’t much for running, once joked about all the things he discovered for his books “while looking for something else.” As a researcher, I can attest to that. As a runner, I can also say that most of my biggest breakthroughs as a writer came after I had stopped writing and gone running. There’s no race, there’s only a runnerJust keep one foot in front of the otherAs a runner, the real race is getting up and running every single day. Life is the marathon. The same is true in writing. A lot of people sit down to write a book. Many don’t make it past that point. Plenty get something finished, but are intimidated by the maze that is publishing, promoting, selling. And of the relative few that make it through there, only some have the stamina to start the next one. To make it a career.Murakami once described running as “both exercise and a metaphor.” This is true. The life of a running writer is marathon within a marathon within a marathon. The training and the participation in each one of these races makes us better at the other. He also said, in an interview a few years ago:“Without a solid base of physical strength, you can’t accomplish anything very intricate or demanding. That’s my belief. If I did not keep running, I think my writing would be very different from what it is now.”This has always been true, even before our modern culture of exercise. Diogenes Laertes in his famous Lives of Eminent Philosophers tells us that the philosopher Chrysippus trained as a long distance runner before he discovered Stoicism. One can only imagine the influence this training had on Chrysippus, and how it put him in a position to understand a philosophy based on self-discipline, inner-control and endurance. The saying in the ancient world was that “But for Chrysippus, there had been no Porch.” (the stoa in stoicism) But for many miles of running, would there have been a Chrysippus?There are plenty more philosophers, writers, and poets who have found the same benefits in not just in running but in walking. For centuries, thinkers have walked many miles a day because they had to, because they were bored, because they wanted to escape the putrid cities they lived in, because they wanted to get their blood flowing. In the process they discovered an important side-effect: it helped them make better work. As Nietzsche would later say: “It is only ideas gained from walking that have any worth.” Thoreau, another avid walker, claimed, “the moment my legs begin to move my thoughts begin to flow.”Lawrence Block, a prodigious writer and author of more than a hundred books, traded in marathons for day long distance walking races in his 60s. This activity, he says, is quite similar creative process. He told screenwriter Brian Koppelman on Slate’s The Moment, “either writing or distance walking would be a bad idea for someone who doesn’t have much of an inner-life.” The novelist Helen Dunmore gave The Guardian a list of rules for creating fiction. The best one? “A problem with a piece of writing often clarifies itself if you go for a long walk.”

Myths about Highly Sensitive Personality
 Suchismita Sahu  
 3 March 2018  

"You are too sensitive!"The countless times of this review made me to analyze, synthesize and redefine my personality.High sensitivity is a misunderstood trait. As a highly sensitive person (HSP) myself, I’ve felt insecure in the past about my empathic, thoughtful nature. Luckily, society’s perception of sensitivity is changing, thanks in part to the growing acceptanceneuro-diversity—the idea that neurological variation among people is normal.When you think of the most successful person you know, what qualities do they embody? It’s likely you’re wowed by their ingenuity and creative problem-solving skills. Or maybe you’re impressed by their emotional intelligence and ninja-like ability to connect with people.These are just a few qualities of highly sensitive people (or HSPs), who make up about 20 percent of the population. Despite popular belief, sensitive people make great leaders. They’re consistently rated as top performers. HSPs tend to be well-liked by managers and appreciated for their commitment, even if they get on their co-worker’s nerves from time to time.Some of this diverse group of “famous” individuals that — in my opinion — might appropriately belong on the list of those who exhibit the characteristics of high sensitivity would include Scientists: Albert Einstein, Carl Jung and Charles Darwin, Sir Isaac Newton, Thomas Alva Edison  to political leaders: Abraham Lincoln, Harry S. Truman, Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Gandhi, Dalai Lama, Mother Teresa, Eleanor Roosevelt and Princess Diana, today’s celebrities: Mandy Moore, Adrien Brody, Glenn Close, Eddie Murphy, Joaquin Phoenix, Nicole Kidman, Kevin Kline, Winona Ryder and Elijah Wood, to name a few Artists: Leonardo da Vinci, Vincent Van Gogh, Salvador Dali, Georgia O’Keefe, Picasso, Frida Kahlo and Frank Lloyd Wright, Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Elton John, Alanis Morissette, Neil Young, Jim Morrison.Singer/song writer Jewel in her famous “I’m Sensitive” song, sings: “So please be careful with me, I’m sensitive And I’d like to stay that way. I have this theory, that if we’re told we’re bad Then that’s the only idea we’ll ever have…”Being sensitive is a superpower, but if not managed properly, it can turn into a stumbling block. Navigating the world as a highly sensitive person involves special considerations, as does loving, working, or living with an HSP.1: The Secret Life of a Highly Sensitive Person And why the trait can actually be an advantage: Applying Your Highly Sensitive Strengths HSPs are masters of emotional intelligence. They pick up on subtleties that less sensitive people miss and have a keen ability to read between the lines. Believe it or not, HSPs can be great entrepreneurs and marketers precisely because they tend to be so skilled at building rapport, listening, and empathizing.2. HSPs are conscientious: Details, structure, and organization are their jam. Because they are accustomed to processing a lot of input, they easily come up with plans and solutions for complex problems, which is an invaluable asset. HSPs can also concentrate deeply and adore getting lost in ideas. This make us perfectly positioned for success in an era where deep work matters.3. HSPs are innovative.Some of the world’s best artists include HSPs. Why? Pair heightened sensory processing with a rich inner experience and you have a group of people neurologically wired to create. So, lean into your curiosity, ask questions that rock the status quo, and explore your whims. It’s what separates you from others who are too afraid to think big.4. HSPs are multi-passionate.They care about their work, their relationships, and it shows. HSPs are usually intelligent trailblazers who find ways to uniquely combine their varied interests into satisfying careers that have impact on the world.Thriving as a Sensitive Person Are there downsides to possessing this innate trait? Of course. But with some forethought and intention, they can employ their high sensitivity as their greatest strength. Get more comfortable with feedback. Most highly sensitive people, despite being good communicators, don’t fare well when caught off guard in meetings or presentations. Similarly, one critical comment may shake them for days or weeks. If you’re an HSP, get ready for high-stakes interactions by anticipating questions that may arise. 5. Don’t react—respond.Life doesn’t always go according to script, and as an HSP, you need to hone your resilience skills in response to surprises. To curb panic and emotional flooding, practice putting space between the triggering event and your response to it.6. Be bullish with boundaries.As a highly sensitive person, it’s essential to conserve your energy. You spend the day picking up on the feelings and moods of your peers. If these interactions skew negative, they can leave you feeling drained. Noisy, busy environments (even bad music—yes, seriously) also take a toll on HSPs.Simple shifts can make a big difference. Try getting to the office early so you can have some quiet working time before the hustle and bustle of the day takes holds. I put a 15-to-30-minute buffer between all meetings to ensure I have time to decompress.Managing your energy effectively comes down to creating solid boundaries and paying close attention to the inputs you allow into your life. Limit time with toxic people, be careful about the media you consume, and be bullish about self-care. If you demand a lot from yourself (which most HSPs do), then building in periods for rest and recovery is nonnegotiable.Tips for Loving or Working with an HSP: Highly sensitive people make loyal partners and great leaders, that much we know. But truthfully, loving, living with, or working alongside an HSP isn’t always easy. You can’t (and shouldn’t try) to change them. But you can inspire and support them in simple ways:If you work with an HSP:Keep them in the loop with frequent updates and clear information. HSPs tend to have a high input orientation, so the more they know, the better.When possible, let them prepare. Give them the meeting agenda ahead of time.Focus on coaching instead of criticizing. Details are an HSP strength, so provide ultraspecific steps for improvement.Honor their hunches. Value intuition as part of your HSP’s decision-making process.2. If you love an HSP:Build quiet time and solitude into your shared schedule.Expect insomnia. HSPs sometimes struggle to sleep soundly because they have active minds.Be patient with them during confrontation. If they need space, don’t take it personally.Above all, whether you’re a co-worker, a sibling, or a spouse, try to appreciate the unique set of characteristics an HSP possesses as best you can. There can be a sharp learning curve, but ultimately, you will both see how high sensitivity can shape your worlds for the better.

Did Boney Kapoor kill Sridevi?
 Tejaswita Khidake  
 10 March 2018  

May be or may not be, I have researched a lot on this topic and came to some conclusions, and I guess you too find the same conclusions after reading all of this.Mumbai bomb blast - March 1993 (Master mind Dawood Ibrahim) Divya Bharti death - April 1993 Vivek Jung Rana's answer to What is the truth behind bollywood actress Divya Bharti's death?Divya Bharti replaced by sridevi in lots of movies. (example Ladla) Strange connection between Sridevi and Divya Bharti: From similar looks to 'Laadla' actress replacing DivyaSridevi stayed in Dubai to meet her sister srilatha whereas her husband Bony Kapoor returned to India. Sridevi died in Dubai in hotel jumeirah. Sridevi’s death: Dubai prosecutor closes case, body given to familyNow something about Dawood, It is rumored that Dawood also lives in Dubai and few years back his property in UAE  worth rupees 15000 crore was seized. Watch this.https://youtu.be/CmgzBJxjB98Then I have found that Dawood has secretly married bollywood actress and couple had one son who is living in Bangalore with that actress's sister. Read article below Secret Revealed: Dawood Ibrahim married a Bollywood actress, has a son in Bengaluru? Now, recently a news came that sridevi's sister  srilatha was given sridevi's Chennai house and she has asked to stay away from all these things. Sridevi’s Sister Srilatha Didn’t Break Her Silence On The Actress’ Death, Here’s WhyIn this article it has mentioned that srilatha has husband named Satish whereas in another article I have found that Satish is sridevi's stepbrother. Read article below where it has written that Satish was unknown personality in sridevi's life and he was not there during her funeral. Satish Yanger (Sridevi Brother) Wiki-Age-Family-Height-Weight and More - BiographiaNow, here one article says that Satish is srilatha's husband whereas one article says he is sridevi's step brother, the real question is who he is and why his identity kept hidden? And Now suddenly Dawood is ready to surrender?  https://www.google.co.in/amp/www.republicworld.com/amp/india-news/law-and-order/watch-dawood-ibrahim-is-willing-to-return-to-mumbai-his-brothers-lawyer-states-conditions.html%3fv=5.8.0 There are few questions that can be raised ,like, #Why sridevi’s corpse wrapped in tricolor? Though they have mentioned in the title but no reason is given in the article below. Everyone Asking Why Sridevi Was Wrapped In Tricolor During Last Journey. Here's The Reason#who was the bollywood actress that Dawood got secretly married and what is the identity of Satish, who he is? #who is the sister of that bollywood actress that is living with above mentioned couples son? #Sridevi stayed at Dubai  to meet whom? #why sridevi death cause is accidental drowning? #why Satish was not there during sridevi's funeral? #what could be reason behind sridevi's death? #does sridevi felt unconscious and drowned in bathtub or something else. #why Dawood is ready to surrender NOW? #What could be the connection between these things? #why Subramaniyan Swami raised the issue of relationships of bollywood actress's and underworld Don? On Sridevi death, Subramanian Swamy brings up Dawood Ibrahim. Twitter rips him apartAll questions remained unanswered but one can guess the answer after going through all of this. I cried and haven't slept whole night when I came to know that Sridevi ji is no more. And my 6th sense was kept on telling  me that this can not be a heart attack, there is something else. In the end I have just one thing to say, we all miss you Srideviji, may your soul rest in peace. #smblogcontest   

CHAOS OF RELIGION
 Rabjot Singh  
 14 March 2018  

I approached him once.“People say you know much, but you rarely speak. Why this silence?” I asked.“What should I speak?” He enquired.“Religion, I guess” I replied.“What about it?” He asked.“Why so much of strife these days. Why instead of uniting us it is dividing us?” I asked.“At times, people don’t really understand simple logic. Maybe they don’t want to hear it” He said.“What is it?” I asked encouraging further explanation.“The path of religion is more about walking than discussions. Those who reverse it and focus more on debates and arguments become philosophers, intellectuals, and fanatics. Those who don’t, and concentrate on walking gradually realize something valuable in the process.” He said.“But why so?” I asked curiously.“Ego filled discussions and sermons are always easy. It enhances your image and self-worth and people start following you, while silent walking takes away your identification. It means consistent giving up of your inner turmoil and that scares us.”He replied.“Why it scares us?” I asked.“The idea of giving up is so scary that humans can give up their lives, but not their attitudes and beliefs.” He replied.I nodded in acceptance.“The words pointing towards the truth is not the truth itself, but a mere reflection of it just as you see a reflection of yourself in water.” He said.“What it means?” I asked.“Truth is beyond words and is in personal experience. The sages uttered these words from a state of realization. In the absence of that realization words become your identification and that is dangerous. You can go to any extent to defend them according to your need and to satisfy your greed. Sadly, the image of truth appears more pleasing than the realization of it. This is the chaos of religion.” He replied back.

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

Who is Hindu?
 Surender Negi  
 18 March 2018  

This question comes into my mind when every time I see comment by various Hindus claiming that they are Hindu. As a theology student, I believe that there is something which is not unique in definition as they say. Few common answer, I am referring below:-1. I am born as a Hindu, that is why I am Hindu.2. I do Poojas and follow customs of Hindu community, that is why I am Hindu.3. I am Indian and Hindus are synonyms to Indian.4. I follow Gurus and read Sastras so I am Hindu.But I find that these all answer is not complete and not comprehended all aspect of being Hindu. Irrespective of many customs, Sastras, and Philosophy we still have not a single definition. But after studying the texts, I come into a common ground for this question.I would like to confine it five points or five pillars of being Hindu.1. Anyone who thinks Vedas as Authentic (not authoritative) texts for knowledge and foundation of customs is Hindu.2. Anyone who believes in four basic principles of Vedas and Upanishads: Karm faal, Purusartha, Reincarnation, and Dharma is Hindu.3. Anyone who believes that his basic philosophy is Veda, Vedanta, Agama, Siddhanta or Sagama is Hindu (I am not including Puran).4. Anyone who believes that Bharat (From Himalayas to Kanyakumari and Burma to Afganistan) is the cradle of Dharma and Humanity is Hindu.5. Anyone who believes that Reading, discussing, spreading and seeking the Vedas and Vedic meaning is his ultimate goal of being Dharmic is a Hindu.In more short ways"Anyone who considers Vedas as Authentic texts, believes in the principle of Vedas and follow the philosophy evolve from Vedas is Hindu with the compulsory duty of reading and seeking the meaning of universe for spreading the light of truth"

The Islamic mafia of Bollywood
 Surender Negi  
 18 March 2018  

On August 12,1997 a loud series of shots rang out outside the Jeeteswar Mahadev Mandir in Mumbai. They were just one in a sequence of warnings about the state of our nation, and yet just as before, we Hindus refuse to wake up and face the truth. The event that occurred outside the Mahadev Mandir in Mumbai that fateful day, was not particularly outstanding when seen in the context of the daily reinforcement of the fact that India is in the hands of Muslim terrorists. The victim on this particular day happened to be a plump, short media baron, known as Gulshan Kumar.Who was Gulshan Kumar, the Cassette King? He started out life as a humble fruit juice seller's son in Old Delhi. He wanted to make it big in Bombay and he did, by cooking up innovative ways to pirate popular music. Super Cassette Industries, his flagship company and its low price high volume strategy ushered in a musical revolution. Pretty soon he had the leader of the pack , HMV India itself, chomping at the bits in order to compete with him. Using all of his fortunes from his music production company in Noida, near Delhi to finance his film production business, Gulshan Kumar soon became the owner of a vast 400 crore rupee empire.. He was the highest tax payer for the financial year 1992-93.It was with his foray into the Indian film industry that Gulshan took his first step into the jaws of the Muslim Mafia network without which Bollywood simply can not exist. For decades the film industry has been the money-spinning machine and media arm of the Islamic Mafia. The Indian film industry serves a twofold purpose for the international Islamic Mafia which is headquartered in UAE and Pakistan . 1) With a turnover of over Rs. 7000 Crore, the Indian film industry has become one of the biggest money making operations for the Islamic Mafia. Although it is not as profitable as drug-trafficking, sale of illegal arms, prostitution rings or counterfeit money, it certainly does help to line the pockets and provides valuable interface to politicians and industrialists who are enamored of the glamour and glitter of Cinema magic. 2) But the real reason why the Indian film industry is so important to the Islamic Mafia, is the fact that it serves as the best possible propaganda tool in a country of over 950 million people. A blatant glorification of Islam and an utterly distorted insulting portrayal of Hinduism are the tools that it uses constantly to affect Indians' psyche and effectively utilize information warfare. Hindu culture is consistently given the mantle of a backward, intolerant, illogical culture, whereas Islamic concepts, ideas, and judgments are given the legitimacy of truth. One of the most successful byproducts of this psychological manipulation has been the corruption of Hindi, via the glorification of Arabicised Urdu words. In popular films and music, Urdu is always used in order to condition the Indian public. In other instances, terrorism which usually stems from Islamic quarters in India , is attributed to Hindu groups in movies! Islamic terrorists are portrayed as martyrs on screen. Islamic ideas are touted as progressive whereas Hindu ideals are dismissed as outdated and illiterate. Urdu is the language of "civilized" sophisticates, Hindi is the language of "Ganwaars" or village idiots. These are just a few examples of the objectives which the control of Bollywood provides to the Islamic Mafia. On August 12, 1997 , nothing appeared to be out of the ordinary as the familiar portly figure of Gulshan Kumar attired in white kurta stepped out of his car in front of the Jeeteswar Mahadev Mandir that fateful day. A simple Thali of offerings for worship of Lord Shiva swayed in his plump hands as he started walking towards the shrine. His devotion to the divine had been steadfast in its earnestness. A huge portion of his wealth had gone into beautifying and enhancing the pilgrimage experience of Vaishno Devi for pious devotees. It was his efforts which had rekindled the sound of early morning Bhajans in Indian households all over the country. Despite the allegations of piracy and fraud, he had focused all his energies into what he viewed as an offering to God. As the assassins pumped his frame with bullets, the last words heard by Gulshan Kumar were:"Bahut ho gayi teri puja, ab upar ja ke aur karo" (You have prayed enough to your idols down here, now go up there and do it.) A chilling reminder of the fact that Islam and the Islamic Mafia will do its best to eliminate any Hindu who dares to reaffirm his faith loud and clear in India . Who were Gulshan Kumar's enemies? What was his crime?The clues to the answer apparently lie with music director Nadeem Saifee. In 1997, Nadeem's solo album Hai Ajnabi bombed. He wanted Gulshan Kumar to finance his next private album. Gulshan Kumar wisely decided that Nadeem was not destined to be a chartbuster and refused outright. An enraged Nadeem who was obviously used to displaying arrogance in lieu of his Islamic godfather's protection started threatening Kumar saying "Have you got a call or not? My "Chahnewaale" (friends) will call you. You don't know who I am."By May 1997, Abdul Qayoom Ansari alias Abu Salem, a 29-year-old Dubai-based member of the Islamic Mafia, who is also known as one of the "arms" of kingpin Dawood Ibrahim, had called up Gulshan Kumar on his mobile and curtly told him to call back at a Dubai mobile number. When Gulshan called the number back, an amount to the tune of 10 Crore Rupees was quoted and Kumar was threatened with dire consequences if he failed to cough up the dough. Kumar, a man who had managed to survive in the Film Industry long enough without giving in to the Islamic Mafia of ISI's underworld dons, refused to pay outright. Even when Abu Salem sent his Mullah terrorists to Gulshan in person, the wary devotee refused to budge an inch.  Who is Abu Salem??He is accused number 87 in the Bombay bomb blast case. He was charged with procuring nine AK-56 rifles at the command of Dawood's brother Anees Ibrahim. Mumbai courts issued an arrest warrant against him in 1993 ``for conspiracy to cause explosions with intent to cause death and damage to property.'' If caught and convicted he faces the death penalty. In 1995, Interpol had issued a Red Corner alert for him. In 1997, the UAE government received extradition papers for Salem from the CBI upon request. The first ever trap (which is known as `fielding', in the underworld slang) was laid with the blessing of nadeem and his "godfather" Dawood . The trap for killing Gulshan Kumar was laid between July 15 and 20, while he was shooting for his forthcoming untitled film at the Jasdanwala Bungalow at Aqsa Beach , Malad. Two teams from the gang maintained a watch on his movements but failed to strike either because of the milling crowds around him, or for the fact that he was shielded by his Punjabi bodyguard. When Gulshan Kumar refused Abu Salem's threats of extortion, he was enraged at the "Kafir" Hindu's insolence and ordered the hit. Apart from Kumar's 250-crore annual turnover from Super Cassettes and Music Industries, his religiosity and lavish expenditure for devotional purposes including a `langar' at Vaishnodevi temple, where Rs 5 lakh was spent every month had become eyesores for the Islamic Mafia. Abu Salem had been chosen as the key operational head in Bombay by Dawood himself , due to his incredibly cruel and brutal nature. He was also given charge of handling extortions and hawala transactions on Dawood's behalf. In April, Abu Salem began by calling up top film producers asking them to pay up. About 20 top film personalities were personally contacted by Salem over the span of two months. The figures he quoted as extortion payments were in hundreds of crores. Over 95% of the Movie moguls simply paid and never informed the police. Salem 's men attacked producer-director Rajiv Rai at his Tardeo office, which led Rai to flee to London . He never returned since. Later that April an attempt was made on Subhash Ghai's life which was foiled by alert police. Salem himself had telephoned Subhash Ghai asking him to pay up. The Indian Film Industry was serving its purpose as the money making the machine which churned out Millions of Rupees in liquid assets for Dawood and ISI to create mayhem, death and destruction all over India. Not one moviemaker had the guts to resist, every single one of them was deeply involved in this deep-seated treachery and anti-national activity which killed Indian citizens every day. Was it simply because Gulshan Kumar did not give in to this nefarious plan, that his body lay riddled with bullets in front of the Temple steps in Mumbai that day? Hardly. As the details began trickling in, it became apparent that the plot to kill Gulshan Kumar had been hatched on June 12 at Dubai when a galaxy of Indian stars participated in the opening of a luxury hotel owned by Vivek Goswami a narcotics dealer linked to Chota Rajan another underworld non-resident Indian don. As investigations continued, more rivalries began surfing. Ramesh Taurani - owner of Tips another rival to Super Cassette, was identified as an associate of Dawood Ibrahim's gang. The investigation led the police to interview filmstars Pooja Bhat, Salman Khan and Shravan among others. Bollywood's links with Mumbai's underworld were always known. But the extent of its involvement with the Islamic Mafia became apparent only after Gulshan Kumar's death, a man who was murdered simply because he was a Hindu success story. "When the underworld approaches you, you cannot refuse.", these were the chilling words of Nadeem Saifee, the main accused in the Gulshan Kumar murder case. A month later a casual friend of Gulshan Kumar and writer-director Mukul Anand died unexpectedly of a "heart attack" in his sister's home in Mumbai. Anand had been in the process of making a movie on Kashmir which went against the Islamic Mafia's propaganda plans. The film was being shot in USA on the pretext that the environs resembled those of Kashmir . The reality was quite different. Anand had been threatened and he and several of his associates were frightened enough to go into hiding when they returned to India to raise more money for the movie. A relative of the executive producer was slain by a killer on a motorbike. And then all of a sudden Mukul Anand suffered a surprise "heart attack".What is even more shocking to discover is that EIGHT months before Abu Salem ordered the cold blooded of Gulshan Kumar , the CBI had requested his extradition from the UAE government. However, the request became just another of the 35 others pending with the Government of United Arab Emirates and like the other requests, this too was put on the backburner. The CBI is not too optimistic about getting back any of the members of the Dawood gang, hawala dealers and arms and drugs smugglers who are responsible for the most heinous crimes committed against India .The Arab provision of shelter to these hard core terrorists and criminals provides convincing evidence that the conspiracy to create chaos and panic in India stems from the Islamic world in general. Dawood Ibrahim follows and carries out the directives of Pakistan 's ISI and oil rich Arabs, who take pride in their Islamic fanaticism. It is he and his deputies who mastermind all of the major terrorist attacks and hardcore crimes which take place in India . As the disturbing facts about Gulshan Kumar's murder were unearthed, an incredible pattern of internally linked networks which are sustained by the Islamic Mafia become apparent. The crimes begin with low level extortions and proceed higher up the ladder with the all too willing Indian movie industry, as well as heads of major corporations in India and finally goes all the way up to the politicians who hold the highest positions in the land.The breadth and depth of this net of crime and the virulently anti Indian activities it breeds are spread unimaginably far. The extent of involvement is so deep, that the public knows not even one hundredth of the details of this story.Original Post : Islamic Mafia of Bollywood: Death of Gulshan Kumar#smblogcontest

Courses for various kinds of writers
 Sukanya Basu Mallik  
 3 April 2018  

(Based on my personal research, March 2018)Throughout my journey, from an aspiring writer to be a contributor of 8, and being on contract for a debut solo; what I realized is that we all need a mentor. The one thing I wished I’d had when I was starting out as a coach, a mentor, a guide - someone who had braved the turbulent waters I was about to set sail on, and come out flourishing and thriving on the other side. In our information age, somebody needs to produce that information, and it can’t all be pictures or videos (try as YouTube might). Luckily, there are a variety of free online courses available for all types of writers and aspiring writers. I’ve listed some of them below:Creative Non-Fiction: Write Truth with StyleIn this class, Susan Orlean, best-selling author, and New Yorker staff writer lead us through her crafting process for transforming regular subjects into incomparable stories. She reveals how she prepares to write and delves into why curiosity, revision, and collaboration are at the heart of being a writer.English Composition I: Achieving Expertisevia Duke University.In this class, one will gain a foundation for college-level writing valuable for nearly any field. The syllabus highlights on important topics like how to read carefully, write effective arguments, understand the writing process, engage with others’ ideas, cite accurately, and craft powerful prose.Secret Sauce of Great WritingThis is an introductory course that will give a powerful new framework for writing. It is the basis of a unique writing system designed to massively enhance your skills in as little as a few weeks. The course reveals information that will have an immediate impact on the quality of your prose.Creative Writing: The Craft of Plotvia Wesleyan UniversityIn this course, aspiring writers will be introduced to perhaps the most elemental and often the most challenging element of the story: plot. We will learn what keeps it moving, how it manipulates our feelings, expectations, and desires.Blogging BasicsThis class will provide you with the information you need to start blogging on the right foot. Perfect for beginning bloggers, this is a crash course for those who want to learn more about blogging before diving in or who aren’t sure what to consider before starting a blog.Start writing fictionvia The Open UniversityThis hands-on course helps you to get started with your own fiction writing, focusing on the central skill of creating characters.Telling Your Truth Through Writing — A ConversationNYT bestselling author Ayelet Waldman dives into her approach to constructing narratives, focusing on the challenges and opportunities of memoir writing. Starting with the importance of authenticity, she’ll address the most common choices writers make during the creative process.Creative Writing for All: A 10-Day Journaling ChallengeAuthor Emily Gould walks you through a 10-day creative writing challenge. Filled with inspiring examples, observation prompts, and clever revision tricks. Commit to writing 10 minutes a day for 10 days and, on the final day, revise one entry into a finished piece. Use this class to ban writer’s block.Study.comMany schools offer free online courses and materials through OpenCourseWare (OCW) projects. While formal admission isn't necessary to access lectures and other materials, these courses don't usually award college credit. Students looking for the same ease of access and the opportunity to apply their study time towards a degree or certificate program might want to consider courses that can lead to credit through Study.com. Students trying to improve their writing can check out English online classes like English 104: College Composition. Chapters in this course include: Conventions in Writing: Usage, Parts of an Essay, Essay Writing, How to Revise an Essay, Using Source MaterialsStorytelling Fundamentals: Character, Conflict, Context, CraftJoin urban fantasy writer Daniel José Older for a 40-minute drive into the fundamentals of narrative storytelling. This class is for creative writers (both aspiring and established), and everyone who wants a deeper understanding of what makes a great story so captivating.English for Journalismvia University of PennsylvaniaThis course is designed for non-native English speakers who are interested in developing the skills needed for a career in modern journalism.New Jersey Institute of TechnologyThe New Jersey Institute of Technology is a scientific and technological university that offers OCW courses and materials. Technical Writing is geared toward the advanced writer. In this course, which consists of about 40 videotaped lectures, students apply theory to analyze and solve complex communication problems. Course topics include audience awareness, document design, ethics, gender equity and rhetorical theory.  Sukanya Basu Mallik

THE LANGUAGE OF VIOLENCE
 Gunika Grover  
 7 April 2018  

Derrick Jensen, in his book “A language older than words” showcases a monologue of torturous life in the first chapter titled silencing. In a world of mixed ethnicities and cultures, jensen wishes to connect and hit homes of the readers with his nerve wrecking message about the existing mushrooming violence. Marveling environmental beauty and the reality of space, he traverses from his memories of the troubled past and guides us to his future and expeditions where he sought lying was the only route to mend his living. The implicit silence that lurks within the society now and since childhood then, is an act of living in a world distant from the truth. In our schooling years whence we all our free birds with no systemisation in our lives, we risk our hearts at the pleasures of being honest and innocent. The education we receive is a monopolistic game play to create disparity between what we are taught and what we experience and feel. The difference makes us stuck in a virtual world where there is a constant conflict between the residence of belief or sight.To survive from which, we must speak lies. With the passage of time, we get bound within the bountiful cultures of knowledge and monotony strikes our lives and we begin to settle. Settle for the way we work, the pattern in which we breathe, the space in which we travel. This life is ushered by physical, mental emotional oppression.However the contemporary era may be, we continue to deny the truth in reality and become mindless, deaf and mute to those in need. “the lies act as barriers to truth.”If one chose to speak, he would be silenced by the oppressing powers of culture, politics in the society. “Consider your own life, the ways you deny your own experience, the ways you have to deaden your own empathies to get through the day.” This subjugation of truth and self acceptance that has been hardwired in our lives sJensen snap shows flashes from his distraught childhood of extreme physical abuse, to which he was made accustomed to as they were ritualised by his father. Making him witness the rule of the powerful, he made jensen sit on the table,quietly,while he assaulted and victimised his family members. after this became a regime, jensen abandoned his belief system and gave up the fight for a change. His father, made him believe in a world which was made out of a figment of his imagination.To him, this ‘control’ over his thoughts and subsequently actions was ‘normal’. although The intensity of torture and pain inflicted over jensen was a customised service upon him done by his father;he was made to believe that this was the routine for him. Escaping from such incidences was a question of human dignity, more of all, his survival. How did he cater to this acute urge to survive? By lying.Jensen rightfully demonstrates how violence speaks the language of lies. “do not believe a word I write in this book, about my father, about the culture, about anything.” Jensen puts the reader in a state of epistemic ambivalence when he contradicts himself and his stories in an attempt to fabricate the truth. For even then, he wishes to make his ends meet. However unbelievable these covers may be, they must always serve as the barrier for truth to colour the horrid reality. He caged himself in a rock crystallized world where he chose silence over speech, calm over revolt and lies over truth. He quotes R.D Laing “ if our experience is destroyed we have lost our own selves” which is precisely jensen’s trial. By denying of it all being happened at the first place, he attempts on losing those memories. These fabrications are the only bread to the subjugated human, suffocating inside the uniform bars of falsehood.History reflects the human tendency to turn a blind eye and lie about the existence of the to existence of successive damaging events. The study from the Allport, Bruner and Jandorf , psychologists of the holocaust and the transformation of the oppressed,from victims to survivors, is hard hitting one. In that period of constant misery and turmoil, steadily victims adapted to their fate,they became tolerant. This tolerance came by the harvest of escapism in their sweet,small endeavors as a mechanism for survival. They found their abode in mozart, business trips and leisure at the countryside. This helped them carve out their world of facades and live in an unreal reality. Jensen attempts the same by reaching out to the naturally expressive yet unspeaking and unhearing stars and moons. “I did not die because they spoke to me.”Jensen snap shows flashes from his distraught childhood of extreme physical abuse, to which he was made accustomed to as they were ritualised by his father. Making him witness the rule of the powerful, he made jensen sit on the table ,quietly,while he assaulted and victimised his family members. By staining his head, instead of painting a fresh leaf, it became a regime, jensen abandoned his belief system and gave up the fight for a change. His father, made him believe in a world which was made out of a figment of his imagination.To him, this ‘control’ over his thoughts and subsequently actions was ‘normal’. although The intensity of torture and pain inflicted over jensen was a customised service upon him done by his father;he was made to believe that this was the routine for him. Escaping from such incidences was a question of human dignity, more of all, his survival. How did he cater to this acute urge to survive? By lying.Jensen rightfully demonstrates how violence speaks the language of lies. “do not believe a word I write in this book, about my father, about the culture, about anything.” Jensen puts the reader in a state of epistemic ambivalence when he contradicts himself and his stories in an attempt to fabricate the truth. For even then, he wishes to make his ends meet. However unbelievable these covers may be, they must always serve as the barrier for truth to colour the horrid reality. He caged himself in a rock crystallized world where he chose silence over speech, calm over revolt and lies over truth. He quotes R.D Laing “ if our experience is destroyed we have lost our own selves” which is precisely jensen’s trial. By denying of it all being happened at the first place, he attempts on losing those memories. These fabrications are the only bread to the subjugated human, suffocating inside the uniform bars of falsehood.The study from the Allport, Bruner and Jandorf , psychologists of the holocaust and the transformation of the oppressed,from victims to survivors, is hard hitting one. In that period of constant misery and turmoil, steadily victims adapted to their fate,they became tolerant. This tolerance came by the harvest of escapism in their sweet,small endeavors as a mechanism for survival. They found their abode in mozart, business trips and leisure at the countryside. This helped them carve out their world of facades and live in an unreal reality. By staunch He reaches out to the time when humans see but don’t acknowledge, hear but not listen and register quite what happens around them. He talks of a time when if a grenade were to roll across on the floor, it humans won’t realize it and turn a blind eye to them. Grease,oil and barrels all of which are uncommon to an average working class human, would be highly common. To the dockworkers and factory-men and thus, dangers in a mill would be shortly adjusted to their lifestyle. They too live in a little world of their own lies, ruled by terror but governed by their own escape.Humans are the tenants of the hyperbole of their deception and by each passing moment of progression or digression they save themselves by being stagnant in their own times. . There are atrocities, havocs, desirous activities, disasters and other moments of upheavels for an average human, imagining an illusionary universe can provide a necessary escape. Hence comes the dire need for adopting false mechanisms. False mechanism provides a fraudulent environment which is subjective to everyone, even if so in reality there is a mass in the common pit. In Jensen’s state of constant denial and neglect of reality, he dwells on his experience and faded memories, even while trying to let go of it. They are always arriving in a constant state of departure. We are silencing the reality which begs our interest and action. And even though we go on eons and eons, we are only here for the fraction of fraction of a second and so we stand in a pool of human built subdued untruths. A pool of veils on truth,  made by the subject hood of individuals ,granted to it by the society to facilitate existence. After all the romanticism of relativity theory lies in the passage of time which depends directly as to where we are standing. In past, present, future or just an unreal world decorated by lies of our own.

Aislin Fall, a poet and photographer
 StoryMirror Feed  
 18 April 2018  

StoryMirror interviewed Aislin Fall, a 25 years old maker of things. Writer. Photographer. Poet. Compulsive traveller. Joy Seeker. Knowledge sponge. PNW born and bred.Here is what she has to say.Q. Tell us about you and your background.I guess I was born and then a lot of things happened and I ended up where I am now.I'm from British Columbia, Canada. I was 16 when I started taking photographs using my dad's camera. I was really obsessed with fashion photography for a long time and was always making my friends crawl into bushes and peer from behind blooming branches and once, I made my best friend carry a small wooden giraffe around her neighbourhood. Eventually, I started photographing models in the suburbs and beautiful landscapes wearing lots of different clothes. Eventually, I stopped photographing models anywhere. These past few years, I've become more drawn to taking pictures that document life as I see it, which usually fits in the category of travel and portrait photography with a tinge of adventure and lifestyle. I still shoot fashion sometimes but it's not my main focus.Photoshop came before photography for me and by the time I picked up my first camera, I was already dabbling in graphic design and photomanipulation. I fell in love with retouching as I transitioned into fashion photography and I worked as a retoucher for a few years. I don't retouch professionally any longer. I like being outside more than I like being on a computer these days.Travel has been the dominant force in my life for the past four years, although I did travel a lot with my family while growing up. I am usually in a state of going somewhere. I haven't had a "home" for more than a few months in a long time.Q. What is your life's greatest passion? What inspires you? I think life itself is my greatest passion—life and all the things it encompasses. The swell and swoon and pull and press of existence. The miracle of existing at all. The hope is to be as fully present and here in this moment. It's strange how something so simple can be so hard sometimes! How easy to get lost in your head—to stop listening to footfall of passing strangers, trills of birds, pulse of water. So my greatest passion is life and from there, everything else flows. I have been a maker ever since I was little—drawing, writing, forming stories—and the process of creating is a huge passion of mine. Nowadays, it takes the shape of photography and poetry. I grew up travelling the west coast of North America with my family and in my 20s, I've spent a lot of time on the road in Canada, USA, Europe, Southeast Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. Travelling is definitely one of the other great loves of my life.But they are all so wound together. Photography, writing, travelling—they're all giant pieces of this life of mine. They're how I think and feel and experience. Life gives me inspiration and then I take that and make these things with it.Life inspires me, the world inspires me, relationships inspire me, art inspires me, emotions inspire me, light inspires me. Since I'm mostly photographing my life as I experience it, I just look for moments.Q. Take us through your work. I shoot people and places. I catch real moments and pull them through my perspective until they feel like me. I get my fingerprints on everything. I'm not one of those photographers who doesn't like to modify things (though if you are, that's fine). I see things as malleable. I love Photoshop.My work is me; my work is my life. It's the fleeting instant that I got my fingers around. It's a record of where I've been and what I've felt. The roads I've walked down, the people I've loved, the sunrises I've seen, the glimmers of light that took my breath away.It's travel or landscape or documentary or lifestyle or portrait or whatever.WhistlerUSATessTasmaniaTasmaniaSydneyScotlandPortoMaiteIrelandIrelandIrelandhowthhollandCanadaBeeAusAthensAthensQ. Can you share with us a 'behind-the-scene' memory of yours that has stood out the most? Back in October, at the beginning of this last backpacking trip in Europe, I went to the Acropolis in Athens for sunrise. I watched the twinkle of dawn wash over the ancient streets of the city and observed the quiet blue of night transform into brilliant, shining light. It was one of those times when you look around at your life and feel all the decisions that brought there to that specific, remarkable, precious point. A blink of overwhelming gratitude.During the day, Acropolis is a swarming beehive of human beings. There are so many people. But when the gates first open in the morning—right before the sun rises, it's nearly empty. There were only two or three other people there when I watched the dawn awaken the city. It was so private and personal, witnessing the sun crest over the mountains, pull the shadows long and far over the ruins.Q. Is there an achievement or contribution that you are most proud of?I have been to 25 countries in 25 years, and while that's not a "career" oriented "achievement," it's a personal achievement. I'm immensely proud of this life that I've carved for myself. I have seen so much and it's truly shaped me.Q. What is your life's philosophy?Love and interconnectivity. Be kind and compassionate towards everything—other humans, animals, the planet, yourself. We are all so tied together. Our actions matter.Q. If you could give a message to all the 20 year olds of the world, what would it be?Be patient. Remember that you are not your emotions. Gratitude is the key. Emotions are passing clouds in the sky—they are things that you experience but they are not your identity so don't be consumed by them or think that they're your truth. Patience because all things take time and it's really hard to really know who you are or what you want at 20. It's important to give yourself room to grow and discover and make mistakes. I view the 20s as being a massive opportunity for learning. Training your mind to practice gratitude has the potential to change everything.Q. How do you want to see yourself 5 years from now?Happy and fulfilled, though that's the aim for every single day and not the destination. I'd like to be sustaining an income from my photography and writing, and still engaged in creative projects that excite me. I hope to have more of a "home" in five years but still travelling a lot with at least another ten new countries checked off my list!Check out her website, blog and instagram.

Book Review: The Wild Cat By Taanya Sarma
 Ayushi A Nair  
 13 June 2018  

Book Title: The Wild CatAuthor: Taanya SarmaFormat: Paper BackTotal Number of Pages: 328Language: EnglishPublisher: Invincible PublishersPublishing Date: 21 December 2017ISBN-10: 9387328139ISBN-13: 978-9387328136Based on true events, this erotic thriller novel tells the tale of a young, naive woman named Tanya who enters the online dating and chat world. Her first foray into this digital realm initially proves to be bland and disappointing; however, sex, suspense, power struggles and attempted murder soon unfold. These unwelcome adventures interfere with her business and her sanity as she aspires to live up to her deceased parent’s standards.A conman named Sam ensnares Aaron, a handsome investment banker, into his ploy and uses him as a pawn to lure women into doing things they normally wouldn’t do. Sam then exposes their personal information as well as their images, sometimes in the act of cyber sex, and posts them on a very successful porn website that he owns. Tanya’s encounter with these two men evolves into a long, winding road, with each turn bringing irreparable changes in her life.Enraged by the deceit and the unconscionable behavior of these men, Tanya turns whistleblower and vows to assist the FBI in shutting down the dating app and porn site – and she won’t stop until the perverted perpetrators are behind bars. She never relents, but ultimately laments, “I never thought that I would have to give up my life to remain alive.”ReviewsA very interesting book, especially for young girls to understand the danger that exists in this society with online predators ~ Alma Guzman, Executive Producer Hollywood.Sex, suspense, power, struggle, murder attempt and well developed characters. This book has all the masala to be the next blockbuster Bollywood flick. A must read for sure. ~ RJ Khurki, Zabardast Hit 95 FM Truth is indeed stranger than fiction. This gripping story based on true events will keep you hooked till the very last page. ~ Antil, ScoopwhoopMY TAKEStarting from the book cover the first impression is the best impression the foremost thing which I liked in the book is the beautiful cover and its little unusual title “The Wild Cat” it indeed developed the curiosity within me to know what author meant by it.   The lower half of a girl’s face and below it is the night view of a city with buildings in the middle of the cover title with sub title. The Wild Cat A deviant tale of a young woman, a banker and a conman who happen to meet on dating website. The Cover is beautiful and attractive. Title is also perfect for the plot.The story revolves around the line of protagonist Tanya aka Iron Angel, Dorothy, Adam, Mr. U W, Aaron aka Phantom or Alpha, Mrs. Martha, Sarah, Monica , Sam Baker aka call as Nick Baker or Cobra, Newguyintown,Notorious, Aunt Iris, Rookie, Venom, Rebel Queen, Rex, Mr. & Mrs. Baker, Stephanie Owens, Schmidt, Jeff Simpson, Dali, Frida.This is the story of female protagonist Tanya an art gallery owner inherited from her father. She lost her mother in her early age and her father had brought her up but later her father passed away in an accident. She was a alone and only have the support of her best friend Dorothy.  Dorothy is dating online through an app which matches with a person of similar interest and lets them talk in a group or one -one.Tanya also downloads the app iVoice once she learns that she has been using it to date this person who is the owner of a sexy voice according to her. iVoice is a dating app but the twist is that it’s not like any other dating app. It’s a dating app based on voices of different people. One can only connect with another person she is interested in by hearing his voice. No real names, no identities. Just voice. The application has a option to lock in the phone number and also has a voice changer option if any user feels not to reveal their own voice. Tanya, aka Iron Angel on iVoice comes across another user called Adam who invites her to a private chat. Adam apparently is married and is a father to three kids. He shows signs of perversion and voyeurism and have cybered (cyber sex) quite a few times but his wife doesn’t mind even when she knows about his addiction. I don’t know why. Even his therapist knows about it but takes no step to stop him from his adventures. Tanya and Adam end up talking about the colours of underwear they wear, whether they wash hands after peeing, whether they sleep in PJs or sleep naked. I mean, girl you are talking to a virtual stranger and you haven’t even seen his face and you are already talking about penises, panties and thongs!! Like, seriously. I was exasperated at her common sense. He could have turned out to be an old pimp who doesn’t think twice before killing innocent girls. Anyways, coming to the second user Phantom; he is the lead male protagonist in this book. Aaron aka Phantom turns out to be an investment banker and is pretty civil when they first engage in conversation. He isn’t a creep like the two other users she had interacted previously. They almost talk everyday. As days pass, Tanya becomes more addicted to this app and starts to feel “soft” for Aaron. It’s trap. There’s always some people lurking in the background to pounce on when they are presented with opportunities. There’s one such person in this iVoice app too. He gains a large sum of money by selling of phone numbers and private images of the girls who uses this app. When Tanya comes to know about this and learns that Aaron is also linked with this whole ploy, she plots a revenge against them. The rest of the story follows Tanya in her revenge and whether she finds success in her plan. This book ends with a cliffhanger mode. The rest of the story will be in next trilogy set of the book.Language is simple crisp and lucid and has the ability to bring live the events narrated in the book. The characters are well developed and one can easily relate to their actions, reactions, mental agony, outbursts, etc. The only character that left me a bit confused was that of Tanya. The best part is that even the supporting characters are well- developed and merge smoothly into the story. You can easily relate to most of their actions, reactions and inner turmoil. However I would have loved to get to know what happen after BANG. BANG. who had shoot for that i have to wait for next book. While the first half is erotic thriller with cyber crime, the second half which is revenge.  Narration is done well. The author’s strongest point is plot with unique theme and warn the women of online world. One of the most important things that I noticed is how with few words, the author could not only just portrayed  the hazards of online world, the pain, joy and sorrows of the characters but she even manages to bring that out from the readers. Most victims of these crimes were teenage girls and women. There was a nefarious attempt to trap young girls to indulge in wrongdoing. The increase in number of mobile phones had also led to more number of cyber crimes. Crimes were also reported by misusing social networking websites on the internet. The writer’s words has the capacity to hold the reader till the last page. The book has been written well in accordance to real-life examples with realistic point of view.This is the debut novel of author but we don’t seriously feel as if we are reading a book written by a debut author. Overall a fantastic fantasy packed with action and tinged with suspicion and suspense. I personally would like recommend this book to every women out there and to all the book worms it’s a must read.Overall Ratings 4/5 StarsAbout the AuthorTaanya Sarma is an author, poet and an entrepreneur. An ambivert true to form, the depth and duality of Taanya’s personality are evident throughout her writing.The genesis of The Wildcat trilogy stems from her desire to warn naive young women about the pitfalls of the online dating world.Taanya’s goal is to see her series of novels published and available in multiple languages as far reaching as countries like India, China, UK, NZ, SA, Australia – and, of course, in her home country the United States.When she’s not writing, Taanya is most likely thinking about writing – or spending time with her adopted dog, playing the guitar and piano, sketching, biking, snorkeling or participating in some extreme sports like parasailing, skydiving, or bungee jumping.For a more in-depth look into the life and creative mind of Taanya Sarma, follow her at @taanya.sarma or check out her website at http://www.taanyasarma.com

Book Review: The Divine Throne Of Maharani Meeramani By Meenakshi Verma
 Ayushi A Nair  
 13 June 2018  

Book Title: The Divine Throne Of Maharani MeeramaniAuthor: Meenakshi VermaFormat: Paper BackTotal Number of Pages: 278Language: EnglishPublisher: Invincible PublishersPublishing Date: 12 August 2017ISBN-10: 9386148773ISBN-13: 978-9386148773This story has Historical, Political & Social aspects. “JAIRAJGARH,” The Grand Empire of Rajputana, whose King is a great warrior, and a devious politician. He didn’t limit his devious politics to only the royal throne, but extended it to his personal relationships. He’s a ruler, who waited for a long time to have a successor for his grand empire and went on to design a conspiracy for the murder of his own child… The third wife of the King, Maharani Meeramani, who is a warrior by actions, and a hermit by thoughts. This ardent devotee of Lord Shiva, turned her pain into power and despite being a stepmother of a Eunuch Prince, Meeramani has not only loved, but has safeguarded the prince from his own father and beyond everyone’s imagination, she has tried to prepare him to take over the Royal Throne while fighting against all odds of society. A ‘Eunuch’ Prince, whose responsibility is to earn rights for the entire Eunuch community. A Political and Social war between the ‘King’& his ‘Queen’. Who will win and claim the Royal Throne Will Queen Meeramani convert the Royal Throne into “The Divine Throne”? To unravel the truth you have to be a part of the journey of Queen Meeramani’s struggle.MY TAKEStarting from the cover It’s one of the best I’ve come across in recent times in historical friction. The tile is perfect for the plot. “The Divine Throne of Maharani Meeramani” is the first fictional social novel of the author Meenakshi Verma, in which she has raised the question of respect and rights of the third gender, ‘Eunuchs’ along with the equal rights of all human beings. She has not only raised the questions, but also tried to suggest a solution to the society.This is the story of  Jairajgarh: The Grand Empire Of Rajputana of Maharana Ranjeet Dev Pratap Singh is a great warrior, and a devious politician. The story starts with announcement of next war and news of Prince Samar Dev marriage. While going for the war the news of  untimely death of Prince Samar Dev Pratap Singh everybody was shaken. The entire Jairajgarh was struck with grief. Maharana had locked himself up in his personal room. He had restricted himself to a personal dark room and the words of his Father Maharana Surya Dev Pratap Singh were echoing in his mind and then goes to flashback of Ranjeet childhood memories with his father Surya Dev Pratap Singh and two wives Queen Manorama Devi and Maharani Kesar Devi and seven children. There is no unity in the family and where is no unity, there can never be peace. Both wives and their children all are always busy in pulling each other. While remembering these lesson from his father life, Ranjeet has decided he will marry as many wives as he want but was sure enough that he will make his child from only one wife who deserves to get the throne. He first marries Queen Vaishali as per his father wish but there relation was not much successful.  He then marries Queen Ambika love of his life. Later Queen Vaishali realizes the truth of Maharana Ranjeet and commits suicides and Queen Ambika was all alone after the death of Queen Vaishali and she realize the pain of Queen Vaishali had gone through. Maharana had never loved her and then later Maharana Ranjeet marry Queen Meermani. Meeramani and Ambika share a bond more than real sisters rather than the life of co-wives. Later Queen Ambika with help of Queen Meermani  was conceiving. The child born was was eunuch. If a child gets good upbringing and education then he could do anything and become anything, even if he is a eunuch. Deformity in a body could be anywhere so how is the child responsible for it, if he is a son, a daughter or a eunuch, but isn’t he still  the child to his parents. He can be anything for society, but for his parents he is still their child and separating a child from his mother or a father is a shame on humanity as well as society. As per Queen Ambika request Maharana Ranjeet to give throne of Maharani to Meeramani and also gives the right of his son as mother to Meeramani. From there Maharani Meeramani and her struggle begins with the Prince Samar Dev and form a army of eunuch peoples to give them their right to live Shiva-Jan Army their main aim was to protect Prince Samar Dev. Will Maharana will get to know the truth behind the birth of his son? What happens to Meeramani? Will the bond with Queen Ambika and Maharani Meeramani will remain same? To know more go and grab the copy of book.Settings in the story are Jairajgarh, Ballabhgarh, Rajputana, Sambhalgarh, Kashi, Santpuram. The story revolves around the Maharana Ranjeet Dev Pratap Singh, Prince Samar Dev, Maharani Meeramani Devi, Maharana Surya Dev Pratap Singh, Queen Vaishali, Queen Ambika Devi, Prince Rudra Dev Pratap Singh, Princess Amritamani, Akroor Singh, Sushant Singh, Sukanya Devi, King Satya Rajsingh, Queen Manorama Devi, Maharani Kesar Devi, Neelima, Manjeet Dev Pratap Singh, Jagjeet Dev Pratap Singh, Rukma, Padma, Shobhana, Shamsheer Singh, Acharya Chaturanand, Prince Neelkant, King Krishnakant, Queen Jamuna Devi, Princess Ambika, Prince Khushaal Singh, Shiromani Pandit Gangeshwar Nath Shastri, Pandit Rameshwar Nath Shastri, Sushma, Heeranand, Ranjeet Singh, Janki Devi, Gulabo, King Surat Singh, Uma Devi, Kaushika, Prince Virat Singh, Sheetla Devi, Prince Somesh, Malini, Jagat Singh, Shambhoo Singh, Kaushika, Queen Padmavati, King Shantanu Dev, Shankula Devi, Sulakshana, Mungeri, King Gangdev, Baba Vishwanath, Kokila, Chanchala, Phoolan, Chammo, Gola, Gannu, Kaalu, Malini, Princess Sukanya, Shiromani Pandit Gopaleshwar Nath Shastri, Kamala Devi, Leela Devi, Dev Kumar Shashtri, Shyaamla, Govardhandas.Language is Simple, crisp and lucid. The smooth flow of words makes the narrative not only easy but engrossing too. The characters be they the protagonists or the supporting souls, are well articulated, thus making it easy for the reader to relate to them, their views, their actions and reactions. In fact one can easily don their shoes and live the story without feeling ill at ease/ appearing odd. Each one of them contributes to taking the story forward without a hitch, without a hurdle. The author’s mastery over the language is evident from the terms he has used and the vivid description of events that unfold in the pages of the book. To write is an art, to keep the reader spellbound and yearning for more is magic. The book brings out sibling love at its best and also addresses certain social issues in subtle yet powerful strokes. This book deals with every aspect of struggles a women undergone during the ancient time and also serves a great social message about eunuch community. There are a few typos and one or two places where the author has made contradictory usages that need to be rectified. My favorite protagonist of this story is Maharani Meeramani. The book has worth to be carried and flaunt because it has got a magical touch of love which can be done in a single sitting.A wonderful read, one I’ll strongly recommend to all book lovers. I’m sure that those who don’t like the historical friction will not get disappointed after reading the book.Overall Ratings- 4/5 StarsAbout the AuthorMeenakshi was born on December 27, 1972, in New Delhi. She now lives in Gurgaon, Haryana, with her husband and a daughter. Graduated from Jesus and Mary College (Delhi University) in 1994, she got married in 1997. Despite being an Interior designer, she preferred to be a house wife, and invests her lone time in reading (literature, history, spiritual) and writing ( poetry and novels). She is a supporter of Indian culture and has a great faith in God and Karma. She is very religious but not superstitious and strongly believe in Humanity.  

Book Review: The Mysterious Widows of Mehboobpura By Anuradha Singh
 Ayushi A Nair  
 27 June 2018  

Book Title: The Mysterious Widows Of MehboobpuraAuthor: Anuradha SinghFormat: Paper BackTotal Number of Pages: 196 pagesLanguage: EnglishPublisher: Notion Press,Publishing Date: 24 April 2018ISBN-10: 1643240498ISBN-13: 978-1643240497Ira is an army Officer wife, posted at Ferozepur Cantonment, she is a passionate teacher.Nimrat is a new admission in her class, a daughter of a queer looking Veer Nari.Ira is worried that Nimrat is not studying well, being passionate about her work, she goes to Nimrat’s house to meet her mother and talk about Nimrat’s poor performance in school at Mehboobpura Pind and is reeled by the look and character of the Pind.She comes across some very devastating information about the Pind and now is hunted by the goons. Ira’s life is in danger. She has to finish these diabolical people or she will be finished.Will Ira be successful in unfolding and further finishing the racket?Will she come out of it unscathed?My TakeThe cover of the book is simple and the title of the book The Mysterious Widows Of Mehboobpura  is thoughtful, and completely justifying the story. They complement each other well and also is according to the story, so it’s a perfect combination.The plot is strong and the author has been able to do full justice to it. The plot covers social evils like drugs, prostitution, human trafficking army, veer nari lifes and struggles. The author has clearly crafted the family life of army officer. The Joy, pride, tears, hardships, separation , skipped heartbeats, the uncertainty and ecstasy.Every chapter starts with a poem which are beautiful and really meaningful.The words were simple and the language is lucid which eased the reading. The book is free from any grammatical errors and has been perfectly edited. The pace is perfect, neither slow nor too fast. It is steady and smooth.The author has portrayed each and every character with utmost significance of their own and every one of them has done justice to their respective roles throughout the story. The characters are well developed and one can easily relate to their actions, reactions, mental agony, outbursts, etc.The book is free from any grammatical errors and has been perfectly edited. If the Punjabi and Hindi dialogues were translated into English it was much better since everyone will not able to understand it. The book has a very powerful message to deliver.My favorite character from the book is Ira. “A charming Army wife, a masterful mother, A multi tasker and a teacher, And now an adventurer?”  Never felt my interest waning. The ending part of the story i enjoyed a lot Kulwinder, Jagtar and Ira together made their attempt successful. With every turning page the curiosity to read further keeps on increasing.You shout at me, tie me and kick me,And harass me, but I will get up…Dreams are my teachersThey show me the way to my destinyDifficult is the way, but strong is my resolve.A valiant soldier he isWho does not know any other wayApart from truth, integrity, righteousnessAnd love for his motherland.Evil will dwell, roam and spread aroundGood will always evoke in some soul, daring… to finish evil.Looking forward to read more works by the author.I personally recommended this book to all readers.Overall 4/5 StarsAbout the AuthorAnuradha is working in the field of academics from past 18 years. She has worked in a variety of schools across India as an English Language teacher. Currently she is working in Nalanda International University. She is also an avid blogger and writes from her heart at www. anuradhastringsofmyheart.comBeing a post graduate in English Literature and then working as a teacher, writing poems, travelogues, articles and then a novel came naturally to her.As an army officer wife, she has experienced and explored India from North to South and East to West as India’s true citizen. She loves every moment of her wandering life and calls herself as the new age gypsy. Hence the backdrop of her first novel is army itself.A mother of two boisterous boys and a charming lady wife of a serving officer, a teacher and a writer, she wears all these varied caps with élan.Grab your copy here- Amazon.in Amazon.com Flipkart Infibeam

@ Finding Happiness @
 Pallabi Das  
 1 July 2018  
Art

Sometimes things don't go the way we want them to. Sometimes we feel disaster with challenges and difficulties of life. In reality, all of our problems arise from our own mind & from our own work. At that time we did not get the actual reason, but if we take the time to investigate deeply we will discover this truth for ourselves. We are responsible for what happens with us. So learn to forgive & forget. Don't think about yourself only, at the time you started thinking about yourself, then keep in your mind that you are entering into the depression. To irradiate those things -just do your job properly and don't lose in your worries. Take a look at your surrounding then you can understand your problems are nothing. There are lots of people who have more problems than you. Don't think all problem solution is money only. Sometimes your encouraging words and caring nature can be helpful more than money.Everything of Fairyland is lovely because it's according to our imagination but the real fact is it's only like a dream. The real world is different so believe in reality, not in fairyland. Walking on the road alone you can see the life of people. A question coming in my mind, why people have a different kind of lifestyles, why don't they have the same lifestyle? Someone going in shopping and spending as much as he/she can still he/she wants more but there is another one begging on the road for collecting single coins. Someone having a proper house but he wants more house for increasing his property but there is another one who doesn't have anything to save his head. Someone having lots of time to waste but there is another one who doesn't have time to do kinds of stuff, etc. If I go for writing those differences then it will not end.Satisfaction is necessary which comes through our work only. Dissatisfactory work always forces you to think.Remember those old days, when we all are in a childhood stage, how you make yourself satisfy in little things. How you jump in puddles and make yourself happy. How we use a single rupee coin for buying chocolate and when we started eating that we lost in melting that in our mouth and simultaneously we tried to feel the flavor of that chocolate. At that time we make ourselves satisfied so why not now! This is also same life with different taste, it depends upon us to taste in which way we want them to taste.It's the human tendency, we have enough kinds of stuff but our expectation is the main cause of our sadness. It depends upon us how to respond to our life in difficulties. When we can respond to life's difficulties with a positive and peaceful mind, they suddenly seem to melt away into nothing right before our eyes. If we think what is happening, this is only right then we don't see any difficulties, all problem will be like a happiness. Don't forget we can learn from the experiences so allow all problems in a positive manner.Try to do things or give your hands, only to needy people, because this world is full of fake people. Don't hate them because it's not their fault it's only their blindness and environment effect. If possible then handle them & try to be a brightness in their life and show the proper path otherwise leave them as they are. They will understand from their experience.I am always thinking why it is so hard to maintain a continuous happy and peaceful mind if we have all potential for peace and happiness within us? Now I get the answer that is because we habitually surrender to negative thoughts that consume our mind and destroy our inner peace. We only have the capacity to change it, if we adopt a negative state of mind in a positive way then we find the solution easily. At the last but not the least "happiness and Sadness only exist within the mind, so their origins cannot be found outside the mind. In order to really achieve permanent happiness and freedom from all suffering, we must first achieve a thorough understanding of the mind".

Book Review: Twisted by Shravya Gunipudi
 Ayushi A Nair  
 4 July 2018  

Book Title: TwistedAuthor: Shravya GunipudiFormat: Paper BackTotal Number of Pages: 254Language: EnglishPublisher:Notion PressPublishing Date:  1 edition 2017ISBN-10: 1947349090ISBN-13: 978-1947349094It is weird that I still meet my mother almost every day.I am 35 years old. But that is not why it is weird.It is because nobody else has seen her since 18th September, 20 years ago.Because, that is the day she died.”Meet Ria, the charming woman with an edge. Her life is nearly perfect. Or so it seemed, until one fateful day an accident wipes out parts of her memory. Suddenly, she starts to experience strange visions involving repressed childhood memories which send shivers down her spine.A man called ‘Anuj’ whom she can’t remember.The sadness that led to her mother’s sudden death.Answers that her husband Jay refuses to share.Secrets begin to resurface and Ria is left with no option but to confront her own fears.Twisted is a tale of love, family and friendship, where bitter memories and shocking truths drive everyone to the point where they have to decide – Will the relationships crumble to dust or can love really conquer all?My TakeThe cover is attractive enough to catch attention. Tittle of the book Twisted gives the in that the plot will have lot’s of twist and turns. According to the plot its apt title.The plot is unique; the storyline is gripping as well as intriguing and the narrative takes the story forward flawlessly. The plot is strong and the author has been able to do full justice to it.This is the story of main protagonist Ria has a troubled childhood. After an accident, she lost her memory and not able to recognize any one from her family. Jay her husband supports Ria in her every good and bad time. To know more read the story to unfold the twist and turns in the book.The pace is perfect, neither slow nor too fast. It is steady and smooth. This novel is a perfect blend of love, friendship, emotion, hates, twist-n-turns revenge, psychological drama, and trust. Author has portrayed each and every character with utmost significance of their own and every one of them has done justice to their respective roles throughout the story. The book have been portrayed in such a way, that any reader will be able to connect with the story and live the journey with them.The language is simple to follow which make it easier for the reader to connect to the characters in the stories and resonate with them.The characters are well developed and one can easily relate to their actions, reactions, mental agony, outbursts, etc. My favorite character of this book was Jay. It’s hard to find a such a loving husband in these days after knowing all the truth between Ria and Anuj then also he is caring and supporting Ria. Something very magical can happen when you read a good book. I felt that magic in me after reading this book. It makes me realize what true love is, as it demands nothing but just to be expressed.Overall, An engrossing read that’s capable of keeping the reader on edge till the very end.Kudos to the author for penning down this book.Looking forward to read more books by the author.Overall Ratings- 5/5 Stars.About the AuthorShravya Gunipudi, a 23 year old CA and CS, has been writing ever since the tender age of nine. Now, more than a decade since her first journey with the pen, she has won numerous prizes for her Articles, Short Stories and Poetry. She was a part of 19 Anthologies with a total of 17 published stories and was recognised as ‘Best Writer of the Year, 2013’ by yourstoryclub.com. She is also the editor of the project ‘The Book of Dreams’, by Numerique Publications. Recently, she was awarded ‘Best Author of the Year, 2016’ by salisonline.Shravya wishes to explore her passion both in Finance and Writing. It is her dream to merge her creative side with her analytical one. Writing, she believes, is the best form of expression that calms the mind and frees the soul. Her favourite quote is ‘Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing about’.Her Debut Novel, ‘Turning Back Time’, is now available in stores! Grab the book here- Amazon.in Amazon.com

Data Mining: 5Ws and 1H
 Suchismita Sahu  
 16 July 2018  

Data Mining

The Power of asking WHY?
 Arushi Gupta  
 26 July 2018  

Why indeed?It’s a common question -Why? Kyun? Por Qué ?A three letter word that can mean a lot when used correctly. We face rejections, happiness, success, and disappointments, but do we ever ask ourselves the question why. Think about it, when your boyfriend broke up with you, did you ask Why? When your boss refused you to be the head of some project, even though you had worked hard for it, did you went up to him and asked Why? Or even when the neighbourhood aunty upturned her nose in disgust after seeing you in shorts and coming home late at night, did you stopped her and asked, Why?No, you didn’t. You just turned away and bitched about them being rude, and that you don’t care what they think.But these are some negative scenarios let’s find something positive.When that guy you had been staring at for so many months and he never noticed you, suddenly comes up and asks you out to the coffee, did you ask yourself, Why? When the boss who had refused you the head position for the last project, praises you and makes you go on a foreign project, did you ask Why now?No, you possibly didn’t, because you were happy that these things happened, and most plausibly you wrote them off as they finally realized the truth that you are great.But if you had waited for a moment and actually thought about Why did these things happen, you might have been surprised.Its true, we read many quotes and motivation speeches asking us to stay hungry, to ask questions. But how many of us actually do that? and What questions should we ask? Only one –WHY?To many, it may seem random and weird but it’s not. I learned this trick in one of the turning moments of my life when I think I needed it very much, and that’s why I want to share it with you all. Maybe reading this post can become an eye-opening and turning moment of someone’s life.We often go through life just like that, we live on the periphery and never delve deeper. When we face disappointments and hardships, we consider it a facet or a point in life that would pass. Or when we get some success, we never sit down to actually analyze and think about why it happened, we just consider it our good luck and About Damn time.But it’s not true, nothing happens according to destiny or the clocks of life. We are not mere puppets run by others, the decisions in our life, the various problems or success we face are the result of our own deeds. And we need to realize and analyze it, ask ourselves and others Why? Because when you do that, you analyze the situation you faced or are facing, you get to know the pros and the cons, the good and the bad.The job interview for which you were rejected, if you had asked the interviewer Why? He might have gotten irritated at first or stumped, but it would have made him consider the pros and cons of hiring you, it would have made him analyze you and think, why indeed? The result might have been anything, he may have reanalyzed you and decided you are actually a good fit, or he may have given you the exact reasons of why you were rejected, which would have helped you in future.So asking questions is important, but asking the right questions is more important. And the best question to ask is Why? Because when you ask this question, you can find the best of the worst situation and possibly a solution to it. For a happy situation, it would help you analyze – what you did right to achieve that success and it would act as a booster in future.Lastly, this simple question is what would differentiate you from being a simple homo sapien to being a successful person.And this is a proven fact. If you read any successful person’s biography or listen to their interviews, they always say, that whenever they faced a failure or a rejection, they asked this question to themselves and to the others, and it helped them analyze and realize what was wrong and what they had to do to make it right. That’s all to it.Next time when you face a problem or success, just take a few minutes and ask yourself, Why? It can do wonders for you, and will not help you deal with depression and hopelessness but will lead you to more success and self-fulfilment.

YOGA INSTRUCTOR
 Preeti Tal  
 30 July 2018  

Yoga instructor

Fever Pitch
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 10 August 2018  

Life of a true Football Fan

Book Review: I Shall Always Love You by Shilpa Jain
 Ayushi A Nair  
 1 September 2018  

Book Title: I Shall Always Love YouAuthor:Shilpa JainFormat: Paper BackTotal Number of Pages: 168 pagesLanguage: EnglishPublisher: Srishti Publishers & Distributors;Publishing Date: 20 May 2018ISBN-10: 9387022196ISBN-13: 978-9387022195Shiv Sanyal is a celebrated artist. When he meets an enigmatic woman, he creates a sculpture of her, his masterpiece. He is shocked when he is publicly humiliated for copying a Khajuraho figurine that looks just like this mysterious woman. He decides to visit Khajuraho to unveil the truth.Stumbling upon revelations and facts long hidden, he discovers his connection to the glorious past of Khajuraho. Unexpected events in Khajuraho and Mumbai force him and his friends to go on a quest to find a hidden treasure with clues in a missing Khajuraho sculpture. They travel across India and visit various ancient temples to find clues leading to the treasure.What is this treasure? Who is compelling them to seek it? Who is Shiv’s friend and who is his enemy? How has the universe woven the lives of his friends into his life?I Shall Always Love You is a thrilling tale of love that never dies, treasures that lay buried and truths that go deeper than the seas.My TakesStarting from the cover is a couples in temple background and the title of the I Shall Always Love You gives the hint to the reader's it's going to be a love story. I personally feel after reading the book the cover and title can be much better it's not much attractive to catch the attention of the readers.The book is a bag of emotions, love, friendship, past life, historical connection, heartbreak, travel, adventyre, mystery, suspense,  mythology, humor, loyalty, affection, treasure hunt, appreciation, reincarnation, promise, and many more.The story revolves around Shiv (Rudra), Nysa (Mohini), Arjun (Abhay), Saloni (Pallavi). The book starts with Shiv Sanyal's birthday celebration, Arjun and Saloni as his close friend. In the the birthday party Shiv had a peek over a lady with the scar on her back which happens to be similar to the one he got on his ankle and feels attracted towards her without seeing her face. He try to inquire about the lady with scar. He sculpted a statue thinking about the lady and presented in his exhibition. The sculpture was a mater piece by Shiv till date but a critic the sculpture was copied from Khajuraho temple and doubts his original work. Shiv moves to Khajuraho to finds the truth. To know more read the book. I finished it in one sitting.With every turning page the curiosity to read further keeps on increasing. Language of the book is simple and lucid easy to comprehend for any kind of reader. Words flow smoothly and emotions find expression thus making the book a veritable treat.  Narration of the novel is perfect with many twists and turns. The every scene and all character are well crafted that you can actually get images of them in your mind. The present life and after life is beautifully weaved. The historical touch with romance which made the different from usual romance read. I really enjoyed reading the book. The pace of the novel is fast. The author has portrayed each and every character with utmost significance of their own and every one of them has done justice to their respective roles throughout the story. This is the debut novel of author but we don’t seriously feel as if we are reading a book written by a debut author.Overall Ratings 3.5/ 5 StarsGrab the book here Amazon.in |Amazon.co.uk|Amazon.comAbout the AuthorShilpa Jain is a doctor with over twenty years of experience in medical practice. She also has wide experience in medical writing and editing. She has worked as a corporate medical officer and counsellor.Over the period of last three years, she developed a keen interest in creative writing and began writing her novels.

Cinema,mon amour
 Uday Joshi  
 23 September 2018  
Art

Cinema: the greatest hypnotizer

The Media Show
 Syeda Shua Zaidi  
 4 October 2018  

Media is the need of the hour with its force and strength, it is a wildfire, not a wild flower Virat Kohli and Leo Messi are a few of the idols today's generation looks forward to. But I have grown up admiring Shashi Tharoor and Barkha Dutt. You might call me a lunatic but media is what resides in my heart and inevitably in my soul. Media is referred to as the fourth pillar of democracy, but if we glance over it, media houses are accused of promoting ghastly cowardice, and portraying horrendous incidents which don't stand true, due to which attention is attributed to them and freedom of expression of several individuals is throttled on the whole. On one hand, media is what, we the youth looks up to as a frontier of change and something that is unparallel to anything in our life which is no less than a paradox. However, the other side of the picture, media is targeted for proclaiming mind numbing notions as relevant, and not derogatory. This so called elixir of life is a force of change and as a pillar of strength, is a mass influencer. Reporters don't blabber on your screens, they are up to some good for the present pragmatic society we reside in. It pinches me, and pierces me all along when people proclaim it as a medium which introduces either the black or white aspects of life. But let me tell you, it is much more than that. It is a system of mingled hues and showcases the colours of life. Media is a basic entity which gives us identity. Media is entrusted to lead is to the truth and it certainly will. Let's not target media houses always and manipulate its existence. There may be pros and cons of a story, but the fact remains, media is and will be the life of my party, or the inextricable possession of my treasures. You can disagree with me all you want. But I hope you know, opinions aren't to be argued with. Atleast, that is what media taught me, and indeed what my Innervoice whispers to me.

Importance of Words
 Thomas Martinez  
 26 November 2018  
Art

People are very careless about what they say.They never think what would be the impact if something wrong comes out.But we should be aware about the significance of words.It influences us in our actions and thoughts.Before taking any action we use our language to understand it,and make it understandable for others because without it we can never define things and without proper definition,we cant differentiate.It gives people and things their unique identity.The problem is we are not much sensitive using proper words in correct time.its not that we don't know what should be said but we are not sincere about it.As an instance I am sharing a real observation. Some people say I am using my own logic which at some point baseless to some people. But Logic is not a thing that I possess.I can't say that I have Logic ,it exists because of its own,from the time of big bang and it has some criterias to maintain like justice or Equalily and finding the universal truth.If my words don't maintain those criterias then its just my perspective,I can say anything as I have right to speak ,but that should not be called Logic.So there are differences between Perspective and Logic.People know it yet they don't think before they say.Use of proper words also helps to get a clear and better picture of any situation because vagueness in language also affact vagueness in thoughts.Its our only oral and written medium of communication so think how much its impact is and what can go wrong.Even you can manipulate reality and prove it through your words if you know philosophy of language,the origin of meaning itself. It has power to change the world itself .Words can heal someone,inspire or instigate someone.It is our language with which we make connections to each other.Remember that once you give your word you can't get it back,so there should not be any mistake when you speak with others.Life should not be about achieving perfection but a journey to perfection because perfection is not attainable but we need to try in our way.

Reality in Mythology
 Thomas Martinez  
 26 November 2018  
Art

Myths are some historical fictional stories which provide us apparently unreal though unexplored assumptions. They provide us many truths but mostly they are overshadowed by its unreal fantasies. So we never try to understand the inner meaning of the Mythology blaming its misleading approach to Knowledge and Truth. It first influence an individual by its seductive charm and gradually to the group which he belongs and becomes part of religion. Myths often contribute heavily to our perceptions of how the world works. We may not see the incidents what is written in Mythology but always felt a great mysterious  presence of reality in those divine or demonic deeds as in our lives. Myths emphasize the invisible, yet they also hint that mythic reality strongly influences everyday human life.Myth appears itself as simple stories but corresponds with our life, psychology, moral codes, Philosophy and Truth. They reveal the power of love, the violence of men, the mystery of death, relations between God and Human, and give us the answers of many Great questions but Different myth tackles these great questions in very distinctive ways.In case of analyzing Myth, we need to have courage to question belief and reality. Now the question comes how belief works? In reality mostly belief doesn’t base on Logic but some authoritative advice which people believe unconsciously, in other way Fact is provable. You dont need any faith to believe a fact. But the dynamic process of telling, listening, and reflection that continually shapes and reshapes people's beliefs about the unseen powers and forces at work in their daily lives.Mythic traditions are not simply a thing of the past but present as well . The primary sources assigned for this course, moreover, offer a glimpse of other culture's ancient stories as they not only survive, but also transform and grow in the modern period. Over thousand years ago myth was the only way to give people knowledge about the world and life but it has changed its presentation through time. That we need to understand .in modern age we discovered science to reveal the knowledge of physical things on earth. Myth did same thousand years ago. The truth is one but shown in different way.We sometime think that reality is only based on the subject we believe. And what all people say are wrong. But reality is too complex to be grasped by means of any one method of analysis. Reality is the combination of many truths concurrently. For them, stories about mythic worlds were in an important sense more real than accounts of observable facts. Yet they also pointed out hidden connections between invisible realities and the ordinary people, places, things and events that they and their audiences daily experienced. But only true visionaries can see that invisible reality exist beyond it. Myth can instruct by going beyond literal truth. Mythic storytelling also continues to evolve in efforts to explore the spiritual dimension often hidden by ordinary perception.  Myth gives us many times false massages but only to disguise the truth. Some Christians may say that, it is the Post modern Dilemma where we question Eternal being. But I believe we have right to question as we have freedom to have free will.Such stories often convey important moral lessons, and bring to light important yet otherwise abstract psychological issues and moral dilemmas. The superhero and fantasy science fiction stories enjoyed by older children as well as adults explore more complex notions such as destiny and the vastness of time, highlighting the subtleties of trying to do the right thing in a complex world. Even Legends in Mythology  do usually tell of such people interacting with unseen beings forces; the heroes in legends thus often serve as models for the way anyone might themselves interact with the mysterious aspects of their daily life experience. It symbolically depicts what is invisible to most.which only visionaries can see.

On Homosexuality
 Thomas Martinez  
 26 November 2018  
Art

It doesn't matter if its legal or not , Homosexualiy will always be an issue to any culture.Yes,it took hundreds of years to be legal in some places, but its very uncertain that how long it will take people to understand their feelings and emotions ,and stop seeing them as a threat to any cultural values. People get scared if a homo stands in the vicinity, what if you get harrased somehow by him or her,or whould he or she destroy your social image.There are a lots of doubtful questions come into your mind but its not logical. Think you are heterosexual, do you like or love every opposite gender you see.if you do then you are mentaly retarded, if not then your taste of like or dislike depends on some criteria, which you might be aware of or might not.So A homo also find someone as per his criteria, it won't be everyone.But well there is a chance it could be you ,So if you deny then would that homo force you,can you force somebody to love you.You can't then why you can't befriend a homo?.We are actually insulting them giving a different category "Homo" but do they ever tease us calling Hetero.Why they can't do the same because we are more in numbers than them ,we are on the right path,maintaining the cycle of life,but they are an abomination breaking the cycle and a threat to the existence of human kind.Its true but think from perspective of your life,do you love a woman because you got a Nobel job to maintain life on earth or its just about your satisfaction and security. So just like us they also strive for their own and there is no wrong in it.This is how their body is made and if God is the creator and every creation is beautiful in its way then they are also beautiful and they are rare.There is no shame being a Homo or befriending a homo.They are different and less that doesnt mean we can dominate them.And if you have too much blind faith in scriptures then let me tell you what teaches us what is right and what is wrong,Its Life ,your experience on those actions you taken make you realize what's right in this world and you fight for it.They fought for their rights because its their truth which they protected from our kind.Even who gives you right to judge someone on basis of their sexual orientation. it's their personal matter.If sugar taste bitter for some people , you can't blame them being wrong .For you its sweet for them its bitter,no judgments should pass on personal experience. You can never prove it.So please treat them with equality.So many writers,poets and scientists were born a homo and they blessed us with their creativity.But they also experienced very hard time cause society can't accept them. May be there were more brigher minds but they are not part of history,they names are lost ,grounded in this grey soil.But its modern age,and things need to be changed.

Meaningless Life
 Thomas Martinez  
 26 November 2018  
Art

Meaningless LifeThere is a place,A place where all deads are living together,departed from their body but they still live through the air.I can see them in the shadows,I can hear them whispering,their cries through silent howls.But I can't touch them ,I can't comfort them.It's my inability I can't put life back to them,it doesn't matter how deep I dig up I can't put all their pains away.They live their life like a curse,those lost souls live beyond their time.Under those stony plates may be they want to be loved ,may be there is still warmth inside but who knows.We are also like them ,our souls are long dead.I think I am also a part of deads there.I have lost my power to feel ,to think ,to act.I have lost my gift to speak ,I have lost my voice which tells the truth.every day I woke up with hope and confidence,thinking that today I will be a new person living truly the way I should be and when I put the curtains away I see people of my daily life and everything seems gone,all hope and confidence  leaves me behind,I feel my mind is caged inside my body ,and to support my physical needs I also need to be like them ,A machine.I feel vanished from life and turned to thin air in the vacantness,losing my own purpose of living, losing my own existence.I feel like an extraterrestrial alien, to who everyone looks at  but remains silent,I am indifferent to them.I have no special identity because I am also part of the dead society.My Life has no meaning but I hope my death will be meaningful .

God Exists
 Thomas Martinez  
 26 November 2018  
Art

Yes,GOD Exist.Its hard to believe the existence of God cause we can't see him, we can't feel him through our senses, he doesn't exist in the dimension we exist.as "Seeing Is Believing" there is no way to find God without Logic. Some people may not be agree with this, but as a man of faith I can believe God in Mind and Soul but I can never say or prove by anything that he exists for which you can tell me a hypocrite but if I force you to believe in something that I can't give any reasonable proof,that's what I call hypocrisy. So how can you make your brain believe in Him? Because Brain needs Logic, logic is something that we can't deny as it is the way of getting universal Truth As God has gifted us with reasoning Power  . Now come to the point. We know that through Evolution we are becoming more advanced and intellectual as well. Now think How perfect our life is. And how important is the creation of life.We all know the facts which is revealed by Science, some events perfectly sequenced By Nature, which made the impossible possible,the existence of life.but can you believe it's the thing to be done by random co-incidents? Imagine you are holding 5 stones  and you want to make  good shape with that,now if you throw it would those be in exact same position where you wanted ,I don't think so, if you don't try to make anything perfect, you can never achieve perfection. As based on this Logic there should be something that organized the events, that shaped our Body, giving us supports to keep our life goes on.but the word God made us feel a human figure in our imagination, that's wrong. God is the power who shows his capability through Nature, the omnipotent invisible Power. Some Philosophers say that Nature is God, But Nature is a Visible thing, if follows some rules ,some  instructions to sustain life,to keep balance,to keep the order and chaos.There should be something that works sitting behind of it.

The illusion of being immortal
 Thomas Martinez  
 26 November 2018  
Art

The Illusion of being ImmortalMany people wish to be gifted with immortality and imagine how our life would be living that way, a way to live forever beyond time, beyond our chances to experience again and again, to be with our senses and memory that we value most.but we forget we are meant to be dead.Yes,death is not a curse but is a gift, it is the reason for which we search for enjoyment and peace as we know we have very limited time on earth.It is the truth that breaks the illusion of eternal being, which would be very boring and monotonous.the First thing is what is the reason to be born? I think to feel the living soul, to find the purpose of life and Death provides the certainty of it.We live in our own illusion, the mind is a universe and we make a world in it, give it life but never thought of death, and there comes the eternal presence of Death, that makes a life complete as a renowned poet Allen Ginsberg says "Find share and Lose Lest we die unbloomed".In Life there should be something for which you can never be satisfied and may be thats the reason we are made that way,we never become satisfied whatever we get,We always strive for more and more.May be today Lifespan seems too less, as there are many things to do. I appreciate people's view, the world has become too hard to live, people are tired of  fighting, and at some point when people lose ability to fight as the same they loose the ability to enjoy physically the way they did in their youth,even you stay youthful forever your mind will be old because it has seen so much of this world,corruption ,injustice,violence and all negative things. But we can't fix the world now, it is in its own way to be destroyed. But whatever the reason is, immortality is much to ask from Life.it will lead you nowhere, you will feel you are stuck in a time loop, neither you die nor live.Because living is not about how long you live, it's about how much you live in the subjective reality, the time you live with mindfulness, perceiving the beauty of your surroundings, every sound you here, every small things you see, everything you feel, because it's our vision what gives us the highest sense of perception either through ingenuity or with curious childlike ignorant mind .may be the death is the end of our physical body but the idea of Death gives us life.there are many Great things done in the name of love, for which we feel more alive Even the perception of death doesn't matter. So death is a perspective concept So as the immortality. And Even sometime Death becomes the only solution of Unknown Mysteries because the true nature of Life is Mystery and that is the reason you can't predict it.Death is also part of fantasy cause it's not possible to feel death when you are full of life.Its more connected to pleasure as people feel seeing  cruelty,torture,death.Everything should have a limit.see future is uncertain so it is possible to feel immortality at a point of certain time,then feel what will be the future life?I feel that when I will get utmost peace and love from life I will ask for death because I will always fear the uncertain future and to make the present Happyness for eternity I need to die with it,Death gives us a fixed identify after life otherwise life would be ever changing and at some point we will fear Change.

Life is Unpredictable
 Thomas Martinez  
 26 November 2018  
Art

I see people always try to yell at others for any kind of small or big reason.they dont admit that situation or luck sometimes are actual culprit to blame on .but these are abstact ideas,you cant physicaly touch them and yell at them so we choose living things.something on which or who we can make some impact , to unleash your anger or any other emotion on a real thing.you hope you get a response.but this behaviour is not at all right.I am sharing my experience.Kolkata roads are known for water logged and craters here and there.Think that you have to wear a nice white suit to attend a meeting and you are in hurry ,there is another man in same situation with different attire riding a bike and suddenly its tyre got into water logged crater and your suits gets dirty for that.what would be your first expression.Either you will use slang to him or give him an irritating look.if you verbally engage with him then he could also blame you for putting on white cloths in rainy weather.he doesn't know your condition nor you him.then what's the use of arguing like a fool.Both wants to win over each other but its no ones fault.the actual fault is that politician who didn't make that road with good material.and its our situation which we don't have any control ,he might take another road ,nothing could have happened.But in that moment no one will think in that way.because we need to make a sudden impact for what happened that's what our instinct tell us to do.people have a general tendency that he doesn't want to lose in any argument,no matter its wrong or right .Humans are making things happen in this world that does not mean we can control everything.luck is not any supernatural thing,its when your decision comes in a way with others,and makes a new situation then again we make decision based on new environment ,this cycle goes on and on .if that new situation is good to us we consider having good luck if its bad then we call bad luck.and we have no control over this because we don't know the future.So if you are wrong then accept that ,understand your fault and judge that ,its better to live with truth than arguing blindly and finally being frustrated for losing.we must speak and think wisely before hurting others or yourself.I know we can never be right everytime but at least TRY.

The Joy of Writing
 Thomas Martinez  
 26 November 2018  
Art

The Joy of WritingWriting has always been a noble profession,for writing it brings fame,money,respect,popularity and power ,everything they want but only a true writer knows what is the meaning of writing,the actual joy of writing. Writing is an adventure of life where we drive here and there in our thoughtful realistic imagination.we make our own rules ,we become free like birds,where we make friends,make love.its a free life with ultimate freedom to write our own fate as we wish with bare fingers,to show the exact reality of this world behind false promises.its those painting of letters on blank white pages where we paint their laughter,tears,weariness,some blushing pink cheeks.where we creat our charecters through our visions,where there is no limit of unreal fantasies,where we share all untold secrets of life,truth of life,in a faith of our own truth,philosophy of life,the way we see the world.writing is the quickest way to share our thoughts,ideas,which inspires enough young minds,those piles must be hard to build future on it.For me It makes me just happy,Sometime writing gives our mind ease when we feel desolete like a lone plant in a desert and turn our silence to a Beautiful journey,it's the only way to connect with nature or this real world as we a good writer needs to feel every minute,everything he sees,every single tune he listen,every change in weather he feels,every scents and odours he smells,instead of some people blame us calling Escapist but we want to feel the world exactly how it should be,how God created it ,we never adapt any false doctrine of society, which differs from time to time.This could be a Fiction but i feel it more real than the real world itself.But the sole purpose of writing is not only living in a dreamlike state with unlimited joy rather its best use is in rectifying our minds,society by forcing us to see what's wrong with us.

Life Lessons from Lage Raho Munna Bhai
 Mishika Chawla  
 11 December 2018  
Art

Find your second innings homeIn this scene, I learnt that finding your second innings house where in you do not crib for the normal misfortunes which happen to every one of us. Instead of complaining, you find your own home where you can find a new reason to live your life. Like in the movie, all the old men find different meanings to live a purposeful life instead of brooding over their past. Fear is not good When you are fearful, you cannot perform well. But, there are situations when you are scared but still you have to perform. For instance, when this movie was released Raju Hirani the director of the movie was very scared. He did not know how the movie will come out to be. But, still he was determined in his heart and had the courage to make it. Someone who looks weak not necessarily be weak Mahatma Gandhi was afraid of public speaking. He was very shy. He gave up a case because he did not have the courage to speak. Because of his shyness it was becoming hard for him to continue his practice as a barrister. With practice and courage, Mahatma Gandhi overcame his shyness coming out to be one of the memorable political leaders of the country.Read more: The Meaning of Strength by a Feeble Manhttps://lovemishikasworld.tumblr.com/post/180476267118/lovemishikasworld-the-meaning-of-strength-by-a?fbclid=IwAR29P-N2OVjpKM9gXxexFOquv30YmAkDqz1nO7cIjc-S3O8nIYRdQkQdBYEHave the courage to be more than your public image In a scene in the movie, Mahatma Gandhi says that ask the young man to throw stones over my statue. Munna gets surprised that why Mahatma Gandhi is saying like that. While seeing this scene, I felt that Mahatma Gandhi is above his public image.  He didn’t cared for the outer respect from the young boy. But, he cared about that the young boy who had the courage to walk on Mahatma Gandhi’s path. Always be true to yourself In a scene in the movie, Mahatma Gandhi says to Munna that you have lied to Janhvi. Go tell her the truth because she doesn’t love you she loves that professor. Thus, always be honest to yourself and to your closed ones. There is no point making relations when there are not coming from your heart People often bash other people to get their work done. You cannot force anyone to make relations. Here, Munna forces his son to make relationship with his dad. Thus, he forces him to organize birthday party for his dad. What’s the point to make relations when it is not coming from your heart? Enjoy your old hood Enjoy your old hood because it as beautiful as your childhood. Mock your sorrowsWhen life gets tough, humour makes the journey easy. Take time to laugh at yourself.Choose long-term solutions over short-term solutions In tough times, go for long-term solutions that might take some time but are good for your overall benefit. Don’t scold your kids when they are honestDon’t scold your kids when they are sharing even your mistakes with you. This will give them the freedom to express themselves freely in front of you. Accept your mistakes Here Gandhiji accepts that when he was fifteen years old. He accepted his mistake that he has stolen gold of his brother. But, he accepted his mistake and changed himself for his better. In sad times recall good memories of your pastWhen you are sad, then in your mind eye’s run your beautiful past. True love brings smile on your faceThe time spent with your true love just passes by. Evaluating someone If you want to judge someone, then see how they behave with people who are lesser than them in social status. Opposite reaction to people who unnecessarily irritate you Opposite reaction to people who unnecessarily irritate you can work a lot. Find innovative ways to solve your problemsFind interesting and innovative ways to solve your problems. Do not believe in superstitions Do not believe in the society that is full of people blinded with superstition. It’s easy to preach but it is hard to practice It is hard to walk on the path of hard work, truth and honesty. 

Just be yourself
 Debdutta Das  
 29 December 2018  

Look yourself in the mirror and ask yourself once ’Are you in your true-self? Are you the person who you want to be? Is this the actual you whom your finger is pointing out at this very moment?’No, nobody is perfect, nobody is true, Lies are within everywhere. Maybe, where you are standing now that could be lie, whom you are thinking beside you supporting, could be a lie, whom you are confronting by yourself could be a lie too! and this lie is covered behind this Mask which always stops you to come to a face-to-face battle of the truth which lies before your eyes. This could be because of your fear, your anger, your sadness, anything.So let me take you into the deep ocean! Have you come across the situation when you are pretending to be someone else though you are not intended to be? You wanted to oppose but you are afraid of doing the same thinking about the consequences, the upshots. You are vexed but you just compressed yourself to an extent where nobody could be able to recognise the actual ‘YOU’ , even while desolation, you just impersonate yourself as a happy-go-lucky person!It happens. Because this is who we are. This is who we are yet to be. Even I am also part of this well-known cycle. Everybody has a darkness within themselves. It’s not evil but what it is, is their situational imbalance. They are just trying to make an equilibrium of their own situation with the external circumstances like our own body latent heat! Even our body temperature also acts concurrently I suppose. They just wear the conditional Mask, wrap up themselves with their delusional image of lies and try to take a hold on the balance over the perpetual situation which they are going to confront. I am quite uncertain what actually works that time? The universal Brain or the Core Heart?Still, they receive the ultimate comfortability by suppressing their true-self behind the cobweb of lies. Still, they find themselves in the ultimatum of the self-satisfaction. There is no reason. There is no stoppable thoughts. There is no fault. Whatever is there, only it’s a Mask. Put it in front of your face and manifest the world by how you wanted  yourself to be seen.Even Life also has it’s own Mask I suppose. It has it’s own time, own perseverances, if you want to live your life you have to go through it, so many hurdles will come in your path, you will think the life is easy because of the Mask but eventually you could find it as the most difficult one, sometimes you feel happy and lucky to have a great life but suddenly when the Mask is detached by some unexpected and unwanted circumstances and that time you get to find the actual and factual life confronting yourself which you have to handle and balance the equation once again!!

ଆଧୁନିକ ଓଡିଆ କବିତାର ସ୍ବର
 Dr. Shiba Prasad Tripathy  
 4 January 2019  
Art

'' ଅପାରେ କାବ୍ଯ ସଂସାରେ କବିରେବ ପ୍ରଜାପତିଃଯଥାସ୍ମୈ ରୋଚତେଂ ବିଶ୍ବଂ ତଥୈଦଂ ପରିବର୍ତ୍ତତେ''କାଳର ପ୍ରବହମାନ ସ୍ରୋତରେ ବିଭିନ୍ନ ଯୁଗରେ ବିଭିନ୍ନ କବିଙ୍କ ଲେଖନୀ ମୂନରୁ ଝଙ୍କୃତ ହୋଇ କବିତା ସଦା- ସର୍ବଦା ପାଠକର ମନ ପ୍ରାଣକୁ ଛୁଇଁ ପାରିଛି ଓ ଏହି ପ୍ରବାହ ଆଜି ବିଂଶ ଶତାବ୍ଦୀର ଶେଷ ଦଶକରେ ପହଞ୍ଚିବାରେ  ସକ୍ଷମ ହୋଇ ପାରିଛି । ଆଲୋଚ୍ଯ ଶତାବ୍ଦୀର ଆଦ୍ଯ ପାଦରୁହିଁ ମନୁଷ୍ୟ ଯତ୍ନଶୀଳ ହୋଇ ସାହିତ୍ୟର ପ୍ରତିଟି ବିଭାଗକୁ ନାନା ପରୀକ୍ଷା ନିରୀକ୍ଷା କରି ଆସିଛି ଓ ବିଶ୍ବକୁ ଏକ ନୂତନ ଭାବରେ ଅନୁଧ୍ୟାନ କରି ସୁପ୍ତ ପ୍ରାଣକୁ ଜାଗ୍ରତ କରିଛି ।ଫଳରେ ପରିବର୍ତ୍ତିତ ଭାବାଦର୍ଶ କବିତାରେ ଏକ ନୂତନ ରୂପ ନେଲା ।କବିତା ହେଲା ଆଧୁନିକ ଓ ଏହାର ସାହିତ୍ୟ ହେଲା ପରିବର୍ତ୍ତିତ ବିଶ୍ବର ବିଶ୍ବସ୍ତ ଅଭିଲେଖ ।କବି ଜନସନ୍ ଙ୍କ ଭାଷାରେ-''poetry is the art of uniting, pleasure with truth by calling imagination with the help of reason.''ମାନବ ସଭ୍ଯତାର ଇତିହାସରୁ ସଂଘର୍ଷର ଏକ ବିସ୍ତୃତ ରୂପ ଆମକୁ ଦୃଷ୍ଟିଶୀଳ ହୁଏ । ବ୍ଯକ୍ତି ଏହି ସଂଘର୍ଷର କେନ୍ଦ୍ର ବିନ୍ଦୁ, ତେଣୁ ବ୍ଯକ୍ତି ମାନସର ପରିବର୍ତ୍ତନ ସହ ସଂଘର୍ଷ ପ୍ରତ୍ଯେକଟି ସ୍ତରରେ ଅଭୂତପୂର୍ବ ପରିବର୍ତ୍ତନ ଆଣିଥାଏ । ମଣିଷର ଏପରି ଘଟଣାନ୍ତରକୁ 'ଆଧୁନିକ 'ନାମରେ ଅଭିହିତ କରିବା ଅଧିକ ସଂଗତ, ଏବଂ ମାନବର ମନ ଓ ପ୍ରାଣରେ ଯେଉଁ ନବ ଜାଗରଣ ର ମହାମନ୍ତ୍ର ଗୁଂଜରିତ ହୁଏ, ତାହାର କ୍ରମ ପରିଣତିହିଁ 'ଆଧୁନିକ ସାହିତ୍ୟ' । ଏହି ଦୃଷ୍ଟି କୋଣରୁ ବିଚାର କଲେ ଆଧୁନିକ ଓଡିଆ କବିତା ର ସଂଜ୍ଞା ବା ସମୟ ରେଖାକୁ କୌଣସି ଏକ ଶୃଙ୍ଖଳରେ ଆବଦ୍ଧ କରିବା ସମ୍ଭବପର ନୁହେଁ । କବିତାରେ ଆଧୁନିକତା, କବିର ଏକ ମୌଳିକ ମାନସିକ ଚିନ୍ତାଧାରା । ଯଦିଚ ଏହି ପରିବର୍ତ୍ତନ ଦିନକରେ, ମାସକରେ ବା ବର୍ଷକରେ ଓଳିଆରୁ ପଡି ଗଜା ହୋଇନାହିଁ । ପରନ୍ତୁ ଯେଉଁଦିନ ଠାରୁ ମଣିଷ ନିଜ ସମ୍ବନ୍ଧରେ ସଚେତନ ହେଲା, ସ୍ବାଧୀନ ଚିନ୍ତା- ଚେତନା ମଧ୍ୟରେ ମାନବୀୟ ସ୍ବର ପରିପ୍ରକାଶ କଲା, ସେହିଦିନ ଠାରୁ କବିତାର ପ୍ରତିଟି ଛତ୍ରେ ବାସ୍ତବତା ଓ ସମାଜବାଦ ର ଧ୍ବନି ଶୁଭିଲା । ଫଳରେ କବିତା ହେଲା ବାସ୍ତବଧର୍ମୀ ଓ ମାନବଧର୍ମୀ । ଅବଶ୍ୟ ଏହି ପ୍ରବାହର ପଛରେ ପାଶ୍ଚାତ୍ୟ କାବ୍ଯଶିଳ୍ପ ଓ ରାଧାନାଥୀୟ କାବ୍ଯ ଶିଳ୍ପର ପ୍ରେରଣା ଅନେକାଂଶରେ ରହିଛି ।ଏବଂ ଏହି ଭାବଧାରା ଆଧୁନିକ ସାହିତ୍ୟ ନିର୍ମାଣ ପାଇଁ ଏକ ବିରାଟ ରାସ୍ତା ଯେ ଫିଟାଇ ଦେଇଛି ,ଏହାକୁ ଅସ୍ବୀକାର କରାଯାଇ ନପାରେ । ଯଦ୍ୱାରା କବିତା ଛନ୍ଦ କବଳରୁ ମୁକୁଳି ଆସି ମୁକ୍ତଛନ୍ଦ ହୋଇଛି ଓ କଳା ପାଇଁ କଳା ପରିବର୍ତ୍ତେ ଜୀବନ ପାଇଁ କଳାକୁ କବି ମୁକ୍ତ କଣ୍ଠରେ ସ୍ବୀକାର କରିଛି ।ପ୍ରାଚୀନ ଓ ଆଧୁନିକ ଓଡିଆ କାବ୍ୟ-କବିତାଦିରେ ସୌନ୍ଦର୍ଯ୍ୟବତ୍ତାର ଆବେଗ ଓ ଇନ୍ଦିୟାନୁଭୂତିର ଗୁଣ ରହିଛି ।ଏହା ଭିତରେ ଶବ୍ଦର ଗ୍ରନ୍ଥନ ଓ ତଦ୍ ଜନିତ ସଂଗୀତ, ସାଂଗଠନିକ ପରିପକ୍ୱତା,ରୂପକଳ୍ପର ଶାଣିତ ଓ ମାର୍ଜିତ ବିଭବ, ପ୍ରକାଶଭଙ୍ଗୀର ବୈଚିତ୍ର୍ଯତା ଓ ତୀକ୍ଷ୍ଣତା ଅନ୍ତର୍ଭୁକ୍ତ । ଏହାସହ ଅର୍ଥ ପରିପ୍ରକାଶିତ କଥା ବସ୍ତୁର ଓ ସୁସଜ୍ଜିତ ଦୀପ୍ତିକରଣ, କବିର ମାନସିକ ଚିନ୍ତାଧାରା ,ଆବେଗ ଓ ଅନୁଭୂତିର ପରିଚୟ,ପୁଣି କବିତାର ଅନୁଭୂତି ଓ ଭାବରାଜ୍ଯର ପରିସୀମା ବାହାରେ ଥିବା ବାସ୍ତବତାର ଆଭାସ, ଜୀବନ, ସମାଜ ଓ ପୃଥିବୀର ଯଥାର୍ଥ ଏକ ମୂର୍ଛନା ରହିଛି ।ଏଥିଲାଗି କେହି କେହି କବି କବିତାରେ ନବ ପରୀକ୍ଷା ଓ ନିରୀକ୍ଷା କରି ଏକ ନୂତନ ଆଲୋକର ସନ୍ଧାନରେ ନିଜକୁ ନିମଜ୍ଜିତ କରିଥାନ୍ତି । ଏହି ପନ୍ଥାରେ କେହି ପ୍ରାକୃତର ବିକୃତ ଘଟାନ୍ତି, କେହି ପୁଣି ଭାଷାକୁ ଇଙ୍ଗିତ ସ୍ତରକୁ ନେଇ ଯିବାକୁ ଚାହାନ୍ତି ।କେହି ବା ଶବ୍ଦକୁ ଅର୍ଥ ମୁକ୍ତ କରି ସ୍ବାଧୀନତା ର ସ୍ବାଦ ଭୋଗ କରିବାକୁ ଚାହାନ୍ତି ପୁଣି କେହି ବା ନିରର୍ଥକ ଅବ୍ଯୟ ପ୍ରତିନାମ  ଶୂନ୍ଯତାରେ କବିତାକୁ ମରୀଚିକାମୟ ମରୁଭୂମିରେ ପରିଣତ କରିବାକୁ ଚାହାନ୍ତି । ଏହା ସତ ଯେ- ' ପଥ ଖୋଜିବାର ଅଧିକାର ସମସ୍ତଙ୍କର ଯଦିବା ଅଛି, ପଥ ଦେଖାଇବାର ଅଧିକାର ଜଣେ ଅଧେ ଅର୍ଜନ କରିଥାନ୍ତି '।ଉଭୟ ଆଙ୍ଗିକ ଓ ଆତ୍ମିକ ଦୃଷ୍ଟି କୋଣରୁ ବିଚାର କଲେ, ଆତ୍ମବିସ୍ମରଣର ଅଳଙ୍କୃତ ଭାଷା ହେଉଛି ଆଧୁନିକ କବିତା ଓ ତାହାର ନିଷ୍ଠାପର ଭାଷ୍ଯକାର ହେଉଛି ଆଧୁନିକ କବି । ପତ୍ଯେକ କବି ଭାଷା ଓ ଭାବର ଗୋଟିଏ ନୂତନ ରୂପ ବା ନିଜସ୍ୱ ଶୈଳୀ ସୃଷ୍ଟି କରନ୍ତି । ତାହାହିଁ ପାଠକର ମନ ଓ ପ୍ରାଣକୁ ଆକୃଷ୍ଟ କରେ ଓ ରସ ପିପାସା ଉଦ୍ରେକ କରେ - ' କବି-ରସ-ମାଧୁର୍ଯ୍ୟଂ କବିର୍ବେତ୍ତି ନତତ୍ କବିଃ' ।ଆଧୁନିକ କବି ବର୍ହିଜଗତ ପ୍ରତି ଅତ୍ୟନ୍ତ ସମ୍ବେଦନଶୀଳ । ଏଥିଯୋଗୁଁ କବିତାରେ ବ୍ଯକ୍ତିଗତ ସ୍ବର ମାତ୍ରାଧିକ । ବିଛିନ୍ନ ଓ ସଂଲଗ୍ନିକୃତ ଅନୁଭବ ଗୁଡିକୁ ସମଷ୍ଟିଗତ ଭାବେ ପ୍ରକାଶ କରିବାର ପ୍ରୟୋଜନୀୟତା ପରିପ୍ରେକ୍ଷୀରେ କବି ବିଭିନ୍ନ ପ୍ରତୀକ ବା ସଂକେତର ସାହାଯ୍ୟ ନେଇଥାଏ । ଏଥିପାଇଁ ଆଧୁନିକ ଓଡିଆ କବିତାରେ ବହୁବାଦ(Ism)ର ଛାୟା ଦୃଷ୍ଟିଶୀଳ । ଏହା କେତେବେଳେ ମାର୍କସୀୟ ଶ୍ରେଣୀ ଦ୍ବନ୍ଦରେ ଗତିଶୀଳ, କେତେବେଳେ ନୈରାଶ୍ଯ ଜର୍ଜରିତ ତ କେତେବେଳେ ବିଭୂ-ଚେତନାରେ ବିମୁଗ୍ଧ । ଅତଏବ ଆଧୁନିକ କବିତା ବିଚିତ୍ର ଭିଭୂଷା ଓ ବିବିଧ ସ୍ବରୂପା ।ସଭ୍ୟତାର ପ୍ରଗତି ଓ ସଂସ୍କୃତିର ଉନ୍ନତିକ୍ରମେ ଆଧୁନିକ ଓଡିଆ କବିତାର ଗତି ଯଥେଷ୍ଟ ପ୍ରଗତିଶୀଳ, ଏଥିରେ ଦ୍ବିମତ ନାହିଁ । ପୂର୍ବରୁ କୁହା ଯାଇଛି ଆଧୁନିକ ଓଡିଆ କବିତାର ସୀମାରେଖା ନିର୍ଦ୍ଧାରିତ କରିବା ସମ୍ଭବ ନୁହେଁ ।   ସେଥିପାଇଁ ବୋଧହୁଏ  ଆଧୁନିକ ଓଡିଆ କବିତାର ଗତି ଓ ପ୍ରବୃତ୍ତି ବିଭିନ୍ନ ସମୟରେ ଭିନ୍ନ ଭିନ୍ନ କବିଙ୍କ କାଉଁରୀ ପରଶରେ ବିଭିନ୍ନତାର ସ୍ବର ପ୍ରଦାନ କରି ଆସିଛି । ତଥାପି ଆଲୋଚନା ଗତ ଦୃଷ୍ଟି କୋଣରୁ ପର୍ଯ୍ଯାଲୋଚନା କଲେ ଜଣାଯାଏ ବିଂଶ ଶତାବ୍ଦୀର ଆଦ୍ଯପାଦ କାବ୍ଯ- କବିତା  ଗୁଡିକରେ ମୁଖ୍ଯତଃ ସାଂସ୍କୃତିକ, ସାମାଜିକ ବାସ୍ତବ ବାଦର ସ୍ବର ପ୍ରତିଧ୍ବନିତ ହେଉଥିବା ବେଳେ ଠାଏଁ-ଠାଏଁ ଜାତୀୟତାର ସ୍ବର ପ୍ରତିଫଳିତ ହୋଇଛି । ଏହି ସ୍ବର କେତେବେଳେ କେଉଁଠି ସତ୍ୟ- ଶିବ- ସୁନ୍ଦରକୁ ଜୟ କରିବାରେ ବ୍ଯାକୁଳ, କେତେବେଳେ ବୌଦ୍ଧିକତାକୁ ଆପଣେଇ ନେଇଛି, କେତେବେଳେ ଏହା ମାତୃଭୂମି-ମାତୃଭାଷାର  ଜୟ ଜୟଗାନ କରିଛି , କେଉଁଠି ପୁଣି ସରଳ ଗ୍ରାମ୍ଯ ଚିତ୍ର ଓ ଚରିତ୍ରକୁ ଚିତ୍ରଣ କରିଛି । ଏହି କ୍ରମରେ ରାଧାନାଥ , ଫକୀର ମୋହନ,ମଧୁସୂଦନ, ଗଙ୍ଗାଧର, ନନ୍ଦକିଶୋର ପ୍ରମୁଖଙ୍କ କାବ୍ଯ- କବିତା ଗୁଡିକରେ ସୌନ୍ଦର୍ଯ୍ୟବୋଧ ଓ ସାମାଜିକ ବାସ୍ତବତାର ଚିତ୍ର ପ୍ରତି ଫଳିତ ହୋଇଛି । ଯେଉଁ ଜାତୀୟତାର ସ୍ବର ବିଂଶ ଶତାବ୍ଦୀର ଆଦ୍ଯ ପାଦରେ ଅଭ୍ଯୁଦୟ ହେଲା , ତାହାର ପରବର୍ତ୍ତୀ ସମୟରେ ଏହି ସ୍ବର ଅଧିକ ବଳିଷ୍ଠ ହୋଇ ଓଡିଆ ଜାତିକୁ ଏକ ନୂତନ ବର୍ଣ୍ଣବିଭାରେ ରଞ୍ଜିତ କଲା ।ଏକ ତ୍ଯାଗନିଷ୍ଠ ଓ ଆଦର୍ଶପୂତ ମହାନ ଭାରତୀୟ ସଂସ୍କୃତି ଓଡିଆ କାବ୍ୟ-କବିତା ମାଧ୍ୟମରେ ଜାତୀୟ ଜୀବନକୁ ଗଢିତୋଳିବା ଲାଗି ଆହ୍ବାନ ଦେଲା । ଏତଦ୍‌ବ୍ୟତୀତ ବିଶ୍ବ ଜନପ୍ରୀତି, କର୍ମବାଦ ଓ ଆଦର୍ଶବାଦ ଉପରେ ଏ ସମୟର କବି ମାନଙ୍କ ଦୃଢ ଆଶା ଓ ବିଶ୍ବାସ ଥିଲା । ଏହି ସମୟର କବି ମାନଙ୍କ ମଧ୍ୟରେ ଗୋପବନ୍ଧୁ, ନୀଳକଣ୍ଠ, ଗୋଦାବରୀଶ ପ୍ରମୁଖଙ୍କ କାବ୍ଯ-କବିତା ଉତ୍କଳୀୟ ଜନ-ମାନସରେ ଜାତୀୟ ପ୍ରୀତି ସୃଷ୍ଟି କରିଥିଲା ।ବିଂଶ ଶତାବ୍ଦୀର ଦ୍ବିତୀୟ ଦଶକ ବେଳକୁ ଓଡିଆ କାବ୍ୟ ପରିଧିରୁ ଆଦର୍ଶବାଦର ସ୍ବର କ୍ରମେ କ୍ଷୀଣ ହୋଇ 'ରୋମାଣ୍ଟିସିଜମ' ଆଡକୁ ଗତିକଲା । ଫଳରେ କବିତାର ସ୍ବରରେ ଏକ ବିରାଟ ପରିବର୍ତ୍ତନ ଘଟିଥିଲା । ଏହି ସମୟର କାବ୍ଯଧାରା ଯେତିକି ରୋମାଣ୍ଟିକ ଭାବଧାରାରେ ଉଦବୁଦ୍ଧ ସେତିକି ରହସ୍ୟବାଦୀ କାବ୍ଯ ଚେତନାରେ ନିମଗ୍ନ । କିନ୍ତୁ ରୋମାଣ୍ଟିକ ଭାବଛ୍ବାସରେ ଯେଉଁପରି ସମାଜ ଓ ସାମାଜିକ ଚେତନା ପରିପ୍ରକାଶ ହେବାକଥା, ତାହାର ପ୍ରତି ବଦଳରେ 'ସ୍ବପ୍ନବାଦ' ଓ 'ପଳାୟନବାଦ'ର ସ୍ବର ଅଧିକ ବଳିଷ୍ଠ ହେଲା । ଫଳରେ କବିତା ଗୁଡିକ କୌଣସି ଲକ୍ଷ୍ୟ ସ୍ଥଳରେ ପହଞ୍ଚିବା ପୂର୍ବରୁ ବାଟ ହୁଡି ଦିଗଭ୍ରଷ୍ଟ ହେଲା । ସେ ପ୍ରଣୟ ସ୍ବର ରେ ନଥିଲା ଜୀବନ ସଂଗୀତ, ତ୍ଯାଗ କିମ୍ବା ଆଦର୍ଶର ଚିତ୍ର । ଥିଲା କେବଳ ଗଦା-ଗଦା 'ଡରଗେଲ'ବା ବାଜେ କବିତା (ଡ.ମାନସିଂହ)। ଫଳରେ ଯୌବନର ଏହି ଉଦ୍ଦାମ ସ୍ବର ଯୁଗ ଉପଯୋଗୀ ନହୋଇ 'ବାସ୍ତବବାଦ' ନିକଟରେ ନତମସ୍ତକ ହେଇଛି ।ଯଦ୍ୱାରା ଉତ୍ତର ତିରିଶ ବେଳକୁ ଓଡିଆ କବିତା ରାଜ୍ଯରେ 'ଜାତୀୟ ଚେତନା' ଓ 'ଆଧିଭୌତିକତ୍ବର' ଦୁଇଟି ସ୍ବର ପ୍ରତୀୟମାନ ହେଲା । ଯେଉଁ ସ୍ରଷ୍ଟା ଙ୍କ କାଉଁରୀ ପରଶରେ ରୋମାଣ୍ଟିକ ଓ ରହସ୍ୟବାଦୀ କବିତା ନିସୃତ ହେଇଥିଲା,  ସେମାନଙ୍କ ମଧ୍ୟରେ କବି ଅନ୍ନଦାଶଙ୍କର ରାୟ, କାଳିନ୍ଦୀ ଚରଣ ପାଣିଗ୍ରାହୀ, ବୈକୁଣ୍ଠନାଥ ପଟ୍ଟନାୟକ ପ୍ରମୁଖ ଅନ୍ଯତମ । ଯେଉଁମାନେ ' ଜାତୀୟ ଚେତନା' ଓ 'ଆଧି ଭୌତିକ ଚେତନାରେ ଉଦବୁଦ୍ଧ ହୋଇ ସମଗ୍ର ଓଡିଆ କାବ୍ଯ ସଂସାରରେ ଚହଳ ସୃଷ୍ଟି କରି ଯାଇଛନ୍ତି, ସେମାନଙ୍କ ମଧ୍ୟରେ ଉତ୍କଳ ଭାରତୀ କୁନ୍ତଳା କୁମାରୀ ସାବତ, ବୈତାଳିକ କବି ପଦ୍ମ ଚରଣ ପଟ୍ଟନାୟକ, କଣ୍ଟା ଓ ଫୁଲର କବି ଗୋଦାବରୀଶ ମହାପାତ୍ରଙ୍କ ଅବଦାନ ଅବିସ୍ମରଣୀୟ ।ବାସ୍ତବବାଦୀ କବିର କାବ୍ଯସ୍ବର 'ମାନବବାଦୀ'। ଯେଉଁଠି ମାନବାତ୍ମାର ଅବମାନନା ଘଟିଛି,  ସ୍ବାଧୀନ ଚିନ୍ତା-ଚେତନାର କଣ୍ଠରୁଦ୍ଧ ହୋଇଛି, ସେଠାରେ ବିଶ୍ବ ମାନବର ହୃଦୟ ଓ ମନକୁ ନେଇ ଆଧୁନିକ କବିତା ଗତିଶୀଳ ହୋଇଛି । ତେଣୁ ଆନ୍ତର୍ଜାତିକ ଚିନ୍ତାଧାରାରୁ ଆଧୁନିକ ଓଡିଆ କବିତାର ସ୍ବର ମଧ୍ୟ ସ୍ବତନ୍ତ୍ର ନୁହେଁ । ଏହି କ୍ରମରେ ଉତ୍ତର ଚାଳିଶ ବେଳକୁ ଓଡିଆ କବିତା ଜଗତରେ ଏକ ବୈପ୍ଳବିକ ଚେତନାର ଆବିର୍ଭାବ ହୋଇଛି । ମୁଖ୍ୟତଃ  ପ୍ରଗତିବାଦୀ ଚେତନାର ଦୁଇଟି ସ୍ବର- କାର୍ଲମାର୍କସଙ୍କ 'ସାମ୍ଯବାଦ' ଓ ଅହିଂସାର ମୁଖ୍ୟ ପୁରୋଧା ମହାନ ଆତ୍ମା- ମହାତ୍ମା ଗାନ୍ଧୀଙ୍କ 'ଗାନ୍ଧୀବାଦ'ର ନୀତି ଓ ଆଦର୍ଶ ଓଡିଆ କବି ପ୍ରାଣକୁ ଅଧିକ ଆକୃଷ୍ଟ କରିଛି । ଏତଦ୍ ଭିନ୍ନ ଏହି ସମୟର କେତେକ କବିତାରେ 'ସ୍ଥିତିବାଦୀ' ଭାବଧାରା ଓ କେତେକାଂଶରେ ଜୀବନର ଶାନ୍ତି ପାଇଁ ମଣିଷର ଆକୁଳତା ଓ ବ୍ଯାକୁଳତା ପ୍ରକାଶ ପାଇଲା । ଯେଉଁ ପ୍ରମୁଖ କବିଗଣ ଓଡିଆ କବିତା ସଂସାରରେ 'ସାମ୍ଯବାଦ' ଧାରାରେ କବିତା ରଚନା କରି ଓଡିଆ କାବ୍ୟ- କବିତା ଶିଳ୍ପକୁ ସମୃଦ୍ଧ କରି ଏକ ନୂତନ ଦିଗ୍ ଦର୍ଶନ ଦେଇଛନ୍ତି,  ସେମାନଙ୍କ ମଧ୍ୟରେ କବି ଅନନ୍ତ ପଟ୍ଟନାୟକ, କାଳିନ୍ଦୀ ଚରଣ ପାଣିଗ୍ରାହୀ, ସଚ୍ଚିରାଉତ ରାୟ ,ରଘୁନାଥ ଦାସ, ଲକ୍ଷ୍ମୀଧର ନାୟକ , ଡ.ମାୟାଧର ମାନସିଂହ, ରାଧା ମୋହନ ଗଡନାୟକ, କୃଷ୍ଣଚନ୍ଦ୍ର ତ୍ରିପାଠୀ  ପ୍ରମୁଖ ଶିଳ୍ପୀ ମାନଙ୍କ ସୃଷ୍ଟି ଅନନ୍ଯ ।ସ୍ବାଧୀନତା ପୂର୍ବବର୍ତ୍ତୀ କବିତା ଗୁଡିକରେ ଯେଉଁ ସାଂସ୍କୃତିକ, ସାମାଜିକ ଓ ଜାତୀୟବୋଧ ଚିନ୍ତାଧାରା ଥିଲା, ସ୍ବାଧୀନତ୍ତୋର କବିତା ଗୁଡିକରେ ସେହି ସ୍ବର ପ୍ରାୟତଃ ବିରଳ । ଆଧୁନିକ କବିଗଣ ପରମ୍ପରାର ମୋହ ତ୍ଯାଗ କରି ଏକ ନୂତନ ସମ୍ଭାବନାକୁ ରୂପାୟିତ କରିବା ଦିଗରେ ଅଧିକ ଯତ୍ନଶୀଳ ହେଲେ ।ଏହି ନିତ୍ଯ ନୂତନତା ର ସନ୍ଧାନହିଁ ଓଡିଆ କବିତାର ସ୍ବର । ଉତ୍ତର ପଚାଶ ବେଳକୁ  ଯେଉଁ କେତେକ କାବ୍ଯଶିଳ୍ପୀ ନିଜ କାବ୍ଯ ଚାତୁରୀରେ ଓଡିଆ କାବ୍ଯଶିଳ୍ପର ଅଭିବୃଦ୍ଧି କରଣରେ ସଫଳ ହୋଇଛନ୍ତି,  ସେମାନଙ୍କ ମଧ୍ୟରେ କବି ଗୁରୁ ପ୍ରସାଦ ମହାନ୍ତି, ଗୋପାଳ ଚନ୍ଦ୍ର ମିଶ୍ର, ଜାନକୀ ବଲ୍ଲଭ ମହାନ୍ତି (ଭରଦ୍ବାଜ), ବେଣୁଧର ରାଉତ, ଯଦୁନାଥ ଦାସ ମହାପାତ୍ର, ଦୁର୍ଗା ଚରଣ ପରିଡା, ଚିନ୍ତାମଣି ବେହେରା, ବିନୋଦ ରାଉତରାୟ, ରମାକାନ୍ତ ରଥ, ରାଜେନ୍ଦ୍ର କିଶୋର ପଣ୍ଡା, ସୀତାକାନ୍ତ ମହାପାତ୍ର, ରବି ସିଂ, ଶ୍ରୀନିବାସ ଉଦ୍ଗାତା, ବ୍ରଜନାଥ ରଥ, ନୃସିଂହ ରଥ, ପ୍ରସନ୍ନ ମିଶ୍ର, ପ୍ରତିଭା ଶତପଥୀ, ପ୍ରସନ୍ନ ପାଟଶାଣୀ ପ୍ରମୁଖ ଅନ୍ୟତମ । ଏତଦ୍ ବ୍ୟତୀତ ଉତ୍ତର ସତୁରି ପରବର୍ତ୍ତୀ ଠାରୁ ସମ୍ପ୍ରତି ଆଧୁନିକ କବିତା ଆହୁରି ପରୀକ୍ଷା ନିରୀକ୍ଷା ଦେଇ ବହୁ କବିଙ୍କ ଦ୍ବାରା ସଫଳତା ହାସଲ କରିଥିବାର ଲକ୍ଷ୍ୟ କରାଯାଏ । ଏହି ସବୁ କବିଙ୍କ ମଧ୍ୟରୁ ସୁରେଶ ପରିଡା,ପ୍ରସନ୍ନ ମହାନ୍ତି, ସଦାନନ୍ଦ ପାଣିଗ୍ରାହୀ, ଡ. ନୃସିଂହ ଷଡଙ୍ଗୀ, ହୁସେନ ରବି ଗାନ୍ଧୀ, ରାଜ କିଶୋର ଦାସ, ନିରଞ୍ଜନ ପାଢୀ, ନିରୁପମା ରାୟ, ଶଶାଙ୍କ ଶେଖର ପଣ୍ଡା, ଅମରେନ୍ଦ୍ର ଖଟୁଆ, ସରୋଜିନୀ ଷଡଙ୍ଗୀ, ସୌଭାଗ୍ଯବନ୍ତ ମହାରଣା, ସେନାପତି ପ୍ରଦ୍ଯୁମ୍ନ କେଶରୀ, ଦୁର୍ଗା ପ୍ରସାଦ ପଣ୍ଡା,  ବିନୟ ଦାଶ, ଆନନ୍ଦ ଚନ୍ଦ୍ର ସାହୁ ସମେତ   ଆହୁରି ଅନେକ କବିଙ୍କ କାବ୍ଯ ଭାବନା ସାମ୍ପ୍ରତିକ ଓଡିଆ କବିତାକୁ ପରିପୃଷ୍ଟ କରି ଆସିଛି ।  ସ୍ବାଧୀନ ପରବର୍ତ୍ତୀ କବିତାରେ ଆତ୍ମପ୍ରକାଶ କରିଥିବା କାବ୍ଯ- କବିତାରେ ଏକ ମିଶ୍ରିତ ସ୍ବର ପରିଲକ୍ଷିତ ହୁଏ । ଏହି ସ୍ବର ଯେତିକି ରୋମାଣ୍ଟିକ ସେତିକି ବାସ୍ତବବାଦୀ ମଧ୍ୟ । ଏହାକୁ 'ରୋମାଣ୍ଟିକ ବାସ୍ତବବାଦ' କହିବା ଅଧିକ ଯୁକ୍ତି ସଙ୍ଗତ ହେବ(ଡ. ନିତ୍ଯାନନ୍ଦ ଶତପଥୀ)। ଓଡିଆ କବିତାର ଏହି ପରିବର୍ତ୍ତିତ କାବ୍ଯସ୍ବର ପଛରେ ପାଶ୍ଚାତ୍ୟ କାବ୍ଯ ଆଭିମୁଖ୍ଯ ଓ ଦ୍ବିତୀୟ ବିଶ୍ବଯୁଦ୍ଧ ପରବର୍ତ୍ତୀ 'ଅସ୍ତିତ୍ବବାଦ' ଓ 'ଅତି ବାସ୍ତବବାଦ' ଭାବଧାରା  ଆମ ସାମାଜିକ ଓ ମାନସିକ ସ୍ଥିତିକୁ ପ୍ରତିହତ କରିଛି । କବି  ସମାଜର ସାମାଜିକ ସ୍ଥିତି ଓ ପ୍ରଗତିକୁ ସମାଜ କୈନ୍ଦ୍ରିକ କରିବା ପରିବର୍ତ୍ତେ ନିଜସ୍ୱ ବଳିଷ୍ଠ ପରିଚୟ ଦେବାକୁ ପ୍ରୟାସ କରୁଛି । ଏବଂ କବିତାର ଅନ୍ତଃସ୍ବର ଭରି ଦେଇଛି ଆବେଗ ପ୍ରବଣତା ଅପେକ୍ଷା ଯୌକ୍ତିକତା, ମାନବବାଦୀ ପରିବର୍ତ୍ତେ କବିତା ହେଇଛି ବାସ୍ତବବାଦୀ ରୁ ଅତିବାସ୍ତବବାଦୀ, ପୁନଶ୍ଚ ଏହି ସମୟରେ ଓଡିଆ କବିତା କ୍ଷେତ୍ରରେ ମୁଖ୍ୟତଃ ବାମପନ୍ଥୀ ବୈପ୍ଳବିକ ଧାରା, ସଂସ୍କାରଧର୍ମୀ ଭାବଧାରା ଓ ସମନ୍ବୟପନ୍ଥୀ କାବ୍ଯଧାରା ଲକ୍ଷ୍ୟ କରାଯାଏ । ମାତ୍ର ଉତ୍ତର ଷାଠିଏ ବେଳକୁ ଏହି ସ୍ବରରେ ସେତେଟା ତୀବ୍ରତା ନଥିଲା । ଫଳତଃ  ଦୁଃଖ-ବିଷାଦ-ଯନ୍ତ୍ରଣା-ନିସଙ୍ଗତା, ମୃତ୍ୟୁ ଚେତନା, ଇନ୍ଦିୟାନୁଭୂତିର ଅନୁଚିନ୍ତା ପ୍ରଭୃତି କବିତାର ମୁଖ୍ୟ ସ୍ବର ହେଲା ।ଆଧୁନିକ ଜୀବନ ଗଦ୍ଯମୟ-ନୀରସ-ଜଟିଳ । ଏପରି ସ୍ଥିତିରେ କବିତା ଗଦ୍ଯମୟ ହେବା ସ୍ବଭାବିକ ।ଯେହେତୁ ଆଜିର ମଣିଷ କୌଣସି ଏକ ଶୃଙ୍ଖଳରେ ନିଜକୁ ବାନ୍ଧି ରଖିପାରେ ନାହିଁ ଇହକାଳ-ପରକାଳ ଭିତରେ । ସଦା ସର୍ବଦା ସେ ସଂସାର ଭିତରେ ବଞ୍ଚିବାର  ରାହା ଖୋଜେ । ଗୋଟିଏ ଜୀବନ ଭିତରେ ଅନ୍ଯ ଏକ ଜୀବନର ବିମ୍ବ ଦେଖେ 'ଏକୋଶ୍ଯାମ୍ ବହୋବୋଅହଂ '। କାରଣ ଏ ସମସ୍ଯା ବହୁଳ ସଂସାର ଭିତରେ ହିଁ ତା'କୁ ବଞ୍ଚି ବାକୁ ହେବ-ପାଦ ଥାପିବାକୁ ହେବ ପୁଣି ପାଦ କାଢିବାକୁ ହେବ । ଏହିସବୁ ସହ ପ୍ରତ୍ଯକ୍ଷ ଭାବରେ ସଂଶ୍ଲିଷ୍ଟଥିବା ବ୍ଯସ୍ତ ମଣିଷର ଜୀବନ ଧାରାକୁହିଁ ଆଧୁନିକ କବି ଚିତ୍ରଣ କରେ । ନା' ସେ ବିଶ୍ବର ମଧୁମୟ ରୂପକୁ ଦେଖେ, ନା' ଅବା ଆନନ୍ଦମୟ ସଂସାରକୁ ଦେଖେ । କାରଣ ଏ ଜୀବନ ପ୍ରତ୍ଯେକ ଯୁଗରେ ପ୍ରତ୍ଯେକ ମଣିଷ ପାଇଁ ଏକ ବୋଝ ଏବଂ ଏ ସଂସାର ଭିତରେ ଜୀବନ ମାତ୍ରକେ ମରୁଯାତ୍ରୀ । ସେଥିପାଇଁ ଆଧୁନିକ କବି ଦୃଷ୍ଟିରେ ଏ ବିଶ୍ବ କଦାପି ମଧୁମୟ ହୋଇ ପାରେନା କି ଏ ସଂସାର କଦାପି ଆନନ୍ଦ ମୟ ହୋଇ ପାରେନା ।ପୁଣି ଏହି ଯୁଗର କବି ବ୍ଯକ୍ତି ଓ ବିଶ୍ବର ବ୍ଯବଧାନକୁ ସ୍ବୀକାର କରେନାହିଁ । ବରଂ ବ୍ଯକ୍ତି ଭିତରେ ବିଶ୍ବ କୁ ଦେଖିବାର ସ୍ପର୍ଦ୍ଧା କରେ । ଡ. ଜାନକୀ ବଲ୍ଲଭ ମହାନ୍ତି ( ଭରଦ୍ବାଜ)ଙ୍କ ଉକ୍ତିରେ 'ଆଧୁନିକ ଓଡିଆ କବିତା ଓଡିଶାର ପାରମ୍ପରିକ କବିତାର ସ୍ବଭାବିକ ପରିଣତି ନୁହେଁ ଏବଂ ଏହା ଇଂରାଜୀ କବିତାର ଯେ ଅନୁକରଣ ମାତ୍ର, ଏହାବି କହିବା ଅନାବଶ୍ୟକ '।ଆଜି କବି ଜୀବନର ସଂକଳ୍ପ ତା ଅନୁଭବ ଠାରୁ ଦୂରେଇ ରଖେ । ଏଥିପାଇଁ ଯେ- ଜୀବନ ସଂକଳ୍ପ ନୁହେଁ, ଅନୁଭବହିଁ ଜୀବନ । ସଂକଳ୍ପ ହେଉଛି  ଜୀବନର ତାତ୍ତ୍ବିକ ପ୍ରତିଜ୍ଞା । ଯାହା ବାୟବୀୟ ଶୂନ୍ଯ ଗର୍ଭିକ। ଜୀବନ ବିଜ୍ଞାନ ନୁହେଁ,  ଏହା କେବଳ ସତ୍ୟର ପରିଧି। ଚାରିଆଡେ ଯେଉଁ ସତ୍ୟ ପ୍ରହେଳିକା ରହିଛି ତାହାହିଁ ଜୀବନ ବୋଲି J.P. Donleary ପରି ସାହିତ୍ୟିକ ମାନେ ବିଶ୍ବାସ କରନ୍ତି । ମଣିଷର ଅନାବୃତ୍ତ  ସମସ୍ତ ଅଙ୍ଗ ଓ ନିରାକରଣ ଆତ୍ମାକୁ ଦେଖିବାର ଚେଷ୍ଟା ସତ୍ତ୍ଵେବି ମଣିଷର କିଛି ସଂଗୋପିତ ରହିଯାଏ ବୋଲି ଆଧୁନିକ କବି ବିଶ୍ବାସ କରେ । ତେବେ ଅନୁଭବର କବିତାକୁ ଦ୍ଵାହି ଦେବାଟା ବି  ଠିକ୍ ହେବ ନାହିଁ । କାରଣ କବିତା ବା କବିତାର ସଜ୍ଞା କୌଣସି ଦେଶ-କାଳ-ପାତ୍ର ମଧ୍ୟରେ କୌଣସି ଏକ ଶୃଙ୍ଖଳିତ ନିୟମ ଭିତରେ ଆଜି ଯାଏ ରହିନାହିଁ ।ବର୍ତ୍ତମାନ ଓଡିଆ କବିତାର ସ୍ବରରେ ଯେତିକି ଫେଣର ଫୁତକାର ଅଛି, ସ୍ରୋତର ତୀବ୍ରତା ସେତିକି ନାହିଁ । ପ୍ରାୟତଃ ସବୁ କବି ସାମ୍ପ୍ରତିକ ଜୀବନ ଓ ଜଗତକୁ ସମ ଭାବରେ ଦେଖୁଛନ୍ତି । ଏକା କଥା ମଧ୍ୟ କହୁଛନ୍ତି । ଖାଣ୍ଟି ଓଡିଆରେ ଆମେ ଏହାକୁ କହୁ 'ଦେଖା-ଶିଖା-ଓଡିଶା '।ଆଜି ଆଉ କବିତାର ସ୍ବରରେ ନାହିଁ  'ଦେଶ ପାଇଁ ପ୍ରେମ ଦୀପ ଜାଳ' ବା ପ୍ରବାହିତ ହେଉନାହିଁ  କବିତାରେ ସମରର ସେ ତରଙ୍ଗ କିମ୍ବା ମୁଖରିତ ହେଉନାହିଁ ଜିଜୀବିଷା ଜୀବନର ରଂଗ । ଆମେ ଏବେ ପାଶୋରି ଦେଇଛୁ ଆମ ସାମାଜିକ ସଂସ୍କୃତି, ଭୂଲି ଯାଇଛୁ ଆମର ଐତିହ୍ୟକୁ ପୁଣି କେବେଠାରୁ ଲିଭି ଯାଇଛି ରାଶି ରାଶି କବିତା ଗ୍ରନ୍ଥରୁ ଆମ ଗାଁ-ନାଁ-ଠିକଣା ।ଆଜି ଓଡିଆ କବିତା ପରାଂଗଭୋଜୀ ହୋଇ ଯାଇଛି ।ଫଳତଃ ଏହାର ଗତି ଓ ପ୍ରବୃତ୍ତି ବ୍ୟତିବସ୍ତ କରି ପକାଇଛି ସମ୍ପ୍ରତି ଆମ ଜୀବନ ରସର ଉଦ୍ଧାମତା, ତାରୁଣ୍ଯର ଉଷ୍ଣତା, ପ୍ରୀତି ଏବଂ ଆଧ୍ୟାତ୍ମିକ ଚିତ୍ତତା । ଏଥିପାଇଁ ମନେହୁଏ ଆଧୁନିକ ଓଡିଆ କବିତା ସଂସାରରୁ  ସବୁଦିନ ପାଇଁ ବସନ୍ତ ଯେପରି ବିଦାୟ ନେଇଛି,  ବା କବି ଜୀବନକୁ ବସନ୍ତ କେବେ ଥରେ ହେଲେ ସ୍ପର୍ଶ କରିନାହିଁ । ଏବେ କେବଳ କବି ନିଦାଘ ତାପିତ ମରୁଭୂମି କଥା କହୁଛି ଓ ଶୁଷ୍କ ବସ୍ତୁତାନ୍ତ୍ରିକତା ଆଡକୁ ଦ୍ରୁତ ବେଗରେ ମାଡି ଚାଲିଛି ।ସେଥିପାଇଁ ଆଜି କବିତାକୁ କହିବାକୁ ହେବ ସାଧାରଣ ମଣିଷର ଅକୁହା କଥା । ଆମ ପ୍ରାଚୀନ ପରମ୍ପରା ସୁଦୀର୍ଘ ଇତିହାସର ପୁରାଣ ଓ ଐତିହ୍ୟ କଥା । କିଞ୍ଚାଲିୟର ଙ୍କ  ସେହି ଅମର ଭାଷାରେ ନିଜ କଥା- ନିଜ ସଂସ୍କୃତି ର କଥା କହିବା ଏଠାରେ ସଙ୍ଗତ ହେବ- '' The weight of this sad time we must obey, speak what we feel, not what we ought to say, the oldest hath borne must .We that are young shall never see so much nor live so long".ଅତ୍ୟନ୍ତ ସୁଖର କଥା ବର୍ତ୍ତମାନ କବି ଅସ୍ତିତ୍ବବାଦ ଓ ଅତିବାସ୍ତବବାଦ ରୁ ଓହରି ଯାଇ 'ଜୀବନବାଦ' ବା ' 'ମଣିଷବାଦ' କୁ ସ୍ବୀକାର କଲାଣି । ବାହ୍ଯ ବିପ୍ଳବ ଅପେକ୍ଷା ଅନ୍ତଃବିପ୍ଳବ କୁ ନିଜ ବଳିଷ୍ଠ ଚିନ୍ତାଧାରା ମାଧ୍ୟମରେ ସାମିଲ କରି ଏକ ନୂତନ ପଥର ସନ୍ଧାନ କରୁଛି । ପୁରାତନ ଭିତରେ ନୂତନତା ଆଣିବାକୁ ପ୍ରୟାସ କରୁଛି । ସର୍ବୋପରି କହିବାକୁ ଗଲେ ଦୃଢ ଯୁକ୍ତି ଓ ବଳିଷ୍ଠ ବାସ୍ତବବାଦୀ କାବ୍ଯ ସ୍ବରହିଁ ଆଜି କବିତାର ଅନ୍ତଃସ୍ବର । ତେଣୁ ଭୂୟୋଦର୍ଶନରେ ଆମକୁ ଯାହା ଆତ୍ମକୈନ୍ଦ୍ରିକ ମନେହୁଏ ପ୍ରକୃତ ପକ୍ଷେ ତାହା ଆତ୍ମୋନ୍ନତ ଅବୈକ୍ତିକ ସମ୍ବେଦନ, ବ୍ଯାକୁଳ ଅସହାୟତାର ଆତ୍ମିକ ବିପ୍ଳବ । ଏହି କ୍ଷୁଦ୍ର ପରିସର ଭିତରେ ଆଧୁନିକ ଓଡିଆ କବିତାର ସ୍ବରକୁ ଆଲୋଚନା କରିବା ସମ୍ଭବପର ନୁହେଁ । ଉତ୍ତର ସତୁରି ପରବର୍ତ୍ତୀ ଓଡିଆ କବିତାର ସ୍ବରକୁ ପରବର୍ତ୍ତୀ ପର୍ଯ୍ୟାୟରେ  ଆଲୋଚନା କରିବା ଠିକ୍ ହେବ । ତେବେ ପରିଶେଷରେ ଆଲୋଚକ ଏତିକି କହିବାକୁ ବାଧ୍ୟ ଯେ ଆଜିର କବିତା ବୌଦ୍ଧିକତାର ଏକ ବ୍ଯାକୁଳ ଓ ଏହାର ପରିବ୍ଯାପ୍ତ ବୌଦ୍ଧିକତା ହେଉଛି ସାମ୍ପ୍ରତିକ କବିତାର ପ୍ରଜ୍ଞା ।ଡଃ ଶିବ ପ୍ରସାଦ ତ୍ରିପାଠୀ  ସ୍ମୃତି ନିଳୟ, ଉଦୟ ନଗର ଷ୍ଟେସନ ରୋଡ, ବଲାଙ୍ଗୀର (ଓଡିଶା)shibatripathy262@gmail.com   

Under Cherry-Trees
 Dhwani Shah  
 21 February 2019  
Art

Under cherry-treessoup, the salad,fish and all . . .Seasoned with petalsVariety of food is like mind and petals represents consciousness.Remember well that you don't have one mind; you have multi-minds.Mind is a flux: river like, flowing, changing. Consciousness is eternal, one. It is not different in the morning and different in the evening. It is not different when you are born and different when you die. It is one and the same, eternal. Mind is a flux. A child has a childish mind, an old man has an old mind; but a child or an old man have the same consciousness, which is neither childish nor old. It cannot be.Mind moves in time and consciousness lives in timelessness. They are not one. But we are identified with the mind. We go on saying, insisting, 'My mind. I think this way. This is my thought. This is my ideology.' Because of this identification with the mind, you miss that which you really are.Dissolve these links with the mind. Remember that your minds are not your own. They have been given to you by others: your parents, your society, your university. They have been given to you. Throw them away. Remain with the simple consciousness that you are ¯ pure consciousness, innocent. This is how one moves from the mind to meditation. This is how one moves away from society, from the without to the within. This is how one moves from the man-made world, the maya, to the universal truth, the existence.

Cloud Of Cherry-Bloom . . .
 Dhwani Shah  
 7 March 2019  
Art

Cloud of cherry-bloom . . .tolling twilightbell . . . TempleUeno? Asakura?When you are silent, you are in middle, like twilight. Person who is in total silent can hear universal sound.Sit in the silence of the night and listen to it. This sound of stillness is very close to the ego. When Omkar begins to sound within you, at first you will hear only the sound of stillness: its echo is like the chirping of a cricket in the silent night. You can hear it all day long, anywhere - in the market, at the office, in the shop. The resonance is everywhere. It may be faint or seem to get lost in the noise of the marketplace, but it is very much there. Once you grasp it you will recognize it more and more often. All day long there is a festival of melodies at his door.Whoever has known him has called him satchitanand - truth, consciousness and bliss. When a person is filled with joy he is filled with song. Joy and song are so close. Except in films no one sings in sorrow; tears flow, not song. Whatever you do in moments of happiness will be filled with song; even if tears flow it will have the tinkle of music in it. In your sitting and standing, in your gait, in your very breath, music will play; your heartbeats will lend rhythm to your song. Truly music is his door, for within resides the supreme bliss.Ultimately the music stops, for it is only a door; once you pass through it the music stops. A moment comes when your music becomes a hindrance. Then only his music sounds. Infinite melodies play within you, but you have no music of your own; you are like an empty house.Our temples are designed for sound to reverberate inside, their construction based on it. The temple is always absolutely empty. This signifies the ultimate state of a seeker; it is a symbol. When the Omkar sounds, we shall be empty within - absolutely empty. A bell is hung at the temple door; whoever comes first rings the bell, for the nada is at the door.These are all symbols. No one should enter the temple through that door of doors without ringing the bell, for only through the sound itself can you enter. The uniqueness of a bell is that it keeps resounding long after you ring it, so the resonance keeps sounding as you enter the main entrance. In that sound alone is the key to your entry into the temple.Through the sound, as it were, you enter into God’s abode. The temple is a symbol of God’s dwelling. When it is sounding constantly you need not ring the bell, but we have formulated a method with the symbol. When you return from the temple ring the bell again. You have to journey back amidst the reverberating sound. All worship, all prayers start with the ringing of the bell.

Why you lose your sense of smell and taste when you’ve got a cold
 Rajabala Tripathy  
 1 April 2019  

Why you lose your sense of smell and taste when you’ve got a cold.................What sucks with both colds and flu (aside from feeling ghastly) is that you can’t even enjoy the flavour of that yummy chicken soup you thought would make you feel better. Of course, it’s because you’ve lost your sense of taste along with your sense of humour. But ever wondered why you can’t taste properly with a cold or stuffy nose?First question that needs answering is why a cold causes a stuffy nose in the first place. White blood cells in your body produce chemicals to kill virus-infected cells. This causes increased mucous secretions as well as nasal swelling and inflammation.’More importantly though, is to understand that the flavour of food involves both smell and taste. In fact, 80% of our taste is related to smell, so it’s not surprising that most of the flavour of a food comes from your ability to smell it. Tongue is your taste organ, as it can sense salty, sweet, sour, bitter and umami (savoury). Our sense of smell (known as olfaction) provides the rest of a food’s flavour, which is why it’s difficult to appreciate food flavour when you have nasal obstruction from a cold, stuffy nose or rhinosinusitus. A small area called the olfactory cleft high up in the roof of your nose senses smell. Here, special cells sense different odours found in the air that we breathe and then send signals to the brain via the olfactory nerve. Anything that interrupts taste sensations being transmitted to the brain will cause taste problems.When you have a cold, the swelling causes inflammation and obstruction, which impairs your smell. The flavour of food is produced only after taste is combined with a smell, so if a stuffy nose impairs your sense of smell, it will also decrease your perception of taste.When your nose is stuffy, taste receptors in your taste buds have to do the job of assessing food flavour in different taste molecules all on their own. Truth is, even though you have around 2000 and 5000 taste buds on your tongue, in your mouth and throat (with each containing 50 to 100 taste receptor cells) they still don’t come close to what your nose knows! The two smell (olfactory) receptors found high up in your nasal passages have up to six million cells and can sniff out differences of at least one trillion odours.We know that losing your sense of taste when you have a cold can make you feel miserable, but don’t worry, it usually doesn’t last long.  your normal taste should return when the infection passes.😊Source: internetRajabala

Cancer
 Saloni Maliwal  
 21 April 2019  

CancerLosing someone close because of cancer is never too easy because it is very hard to deal with atruth like this. Cancer is scariest medical health issue compared to all the other medial health issues. People who have cancer are dying everyday even if they are alive, it becomes very difficult for those people who face this problem because their life completely changes.Cancer is such a kind of health problem which can be cured if it is detected soon but there is no guarantee if the person would be still alive after he or she is cured by cancer. A person who detects that he or she has cancer they break down because there is a reason behind it, because they know that they will leave their family and the love ones because they do not know if they are going to be alive the next day or next week or next month. After knowing they have cancer, they cannot predict anything about their life. Once the person knows that he or she has cancer they do not have any hope left. Because they know even if they are alive, they still are dying with the thought of death. They know if they don’t get cure, they are going to die sooner or later.When someone is cured with cancer, they celebrate it. They celebrate it because they fought for living each second of their life. They are titled as a warrior because they are one. Some people even call them a fighter because they were brave enough to live their life in pain and with a thought of death every day in their mind as soon as their day begins and as soon as they go to sleep. They always had one hope that is to live for a little longer and experience every moment and every second of their life. It is never too easy for someone to be okay when they are facing cancer. It takes a lot to make them happy. They are in pain each and very day of their life and they are sad, depressed with the fact that why did it happened to them and why are they one who are suffering so much.The main reason doctors advise their patients to visit clubs and ask them to be around people who they can always communicate about their problem and are happy around because that might just help them to feel better and increase their chance to live. Some people around us also conduct some small seminars so that they can communicate with all the people who are cancer survivors also who are fighting with cancer so that they can motivate them and boost their confidence level and get back their hope to live. They also encourage them to be more positive and live all the moments of their life happily and with a smile and not with pain, sadness and depression. It just cures you faster if you live each moment happily and enjoy each second of your life with your love ones and close ones.~By. Saloni Maliwal.

Why Best Web Design Company in Bangalore, Best Software Company in Odisha, and Web Design Company
 Abhijit Singh  
 25 April 2019  
Art

The ample of web developers and designers out there in the market, like agencies to online templates as well as freelancers all want to have the services of web Design Company. For selecting the Best Web Design company in Bangaloreis a challenge. One must do planning and search a primary list which is a continuous process.The track record must be checked before hiring any staff. The track will inform about how many clients they have served in the past. The vital factor of a professional Best web Design Company in Bangalore and is the credibility of the employees that one must assure that they are offering truthful and factual contents.Software projects give an application of software progress and application services. For doing purpose, they offer the modern technique and state of the art process. The reputed and Best Software Company in Odhisha also employs talented individuals as they have the urge to get the best results and offer the clientele the suitable services at a reasonable price. There are various companies that have increased the parameters of the business application, collaboration, and middle ware.One can also take the support of the websites to acquire information about the organizations. A website is a vital factor of a business today, where an excellent quality website appeals more opportunities to be changed into successful healthy clients. To possess a quality website developed for the business, one must take the services of the excellent Web Design Company in Bangalore.They also give competitive advantage to the clients and the designer must be willing to give the fabulous quality of services to develop and design a web portal for business. A professional company gives one with a complete package of services starting from the progress to deployment. They also do the maintenance of the website at a regular break. They maintain the professionalism to adhere the services to the standards.The company must have a talented staff to carry on all the operations and must have a magnificent experience of serving several ventures.

Arts and Humanities- Prospects and Best Colleges
 Rageshree Sengupta  
 23 May 2019  

India is the country that has given birth to a variety of arts and cultures. The prospects of studying humanities have been increasing by the day. I can confidently say that studying the following streams, even though looked down upon by the Indian society, is a blissful experience. These are the sciences that deal with human beings, society and culture. If you planning a career in social science (any field), you have come to the right place. Let’s unleash the plethora of opportunities and build a dream career for you!1. Architecture:Even though it is often debated if B.Arch is art or a science degree, it is safe to say that it has traits of both. Architecture is the art and science of designing and planning buildings. It requires mathematical proficiency and creative thinking. Planning and architecture have been the very foundation of urban life.Career Prospects:Technical Architect: Information Technology based specifications, models and managementDesign Architect: Creative drawing and planning of the basic structure of the buildingInterior Designing: construction documents, furniture layouts, power and communications, designs, materials and finishes.Top Colleges:Department of Planning and Architecture (Delhi)Indian Institute of Technology (Kharagpur)Sir JJ College of Architecture (Mumbai)Manipal Institute of Technology (Manipal)Chandigarh College of Architecture (Chandigarh)BIT- Birla Institute of Technology (Mesra)2. Classics:The course on classics is an interdisciplinary study of literature, society and culture of Greeks and Romans (both ancient and modern). It is a popular course in humanities in foreign countries, especially Europe. Study of classics in India can help us understand the dynamics of various ancient civilisations, literature, linguistics, history, archaeology, epics, philosophy, religious studies and so on.Career prospects:Museum and gallery curatorSharing expertise through teaching and research in universitiesSharing subject knowledge in legal firmsJournalism, editorial assistant and content writingTop Colleges:Nalanda University (Rajgir)Serampore University (Kolkata)University of Mumbai (Mumbai)Aligarh Muslim University (Aligarh)Madras Christian College (Chennai)3. English Literature:English literature examines various literary works such as prose, poetry, drama etc. It was initially restricted to Britain but today it is one of the most popular choices of social science graduates all over the world. It analyses the growth of literature, Indian, British and American, novels, authors, writing styles and impact of literature in the modern world.Career prospects:Web content writing, digital copywriting, editing, publishing, translating and authorshipJournalism, Social media manager, newspaper and magazine journalistLecturer, education consultant, information officer and tutorTop Colleges:University of Delhi (Delhi)Jawaharlal Nehru University (Delhi)Jamia Millia Islamia University (Delhi)English and Foreign Languages University (Hyderabad)Loyola College (Chennai)4. Fashion & Designing:This course needs no introduction! Many of us aspire to be even half as creative as designers. With multiple career options after a degree, fashion and designing have become one of the most sought after course in India as well as abroad. It mainly focuses on beauty, fashion, costume designing, graphic designing and so on.Career prospects:Fashion designing: costumes, accessories, fabrics, designs, textures and style outfits.Retail buyer: business and management, working in the fashion marketStylist: Picking out the best from a wardrobe/designer’s collection, makeup and hairstylist- magazines, weddings, photographers, models etc.Top Colleges:NIFT – National Institute of Fashion Technology (Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata...)Pearl Academy (Delhi)Symbiosis Institute of Design (Pune)Vogue Institute of Art and Design (Bangalore)5. Fine arts and Performing arts: If your passion is to build a creative career then this is the choice for you. Every moment will be joyous but the rising competition in this field is also a matter of concern. This course needs hard work and perseverance to make it big. Fine arts/Visual arts include drawing, painting, sculpture, graphics, film studies, photography, music, poetry, conceptual art etc. Performing arts include theatre, music and dance (western and classical).Career prospects:Broadcasting, film and mediaMusic, dance and theatreScreenwriter, actor, producer etcArts administratorExhibition and graphic designerCommercial art gallery managerTop Colleges:Annamalai University (Tamil Nadu)IPS- Indore Professional Studies Academy (Indore)Savithri Phule Pune UniversityRoyal Global University (Guwahati)Parul Institute of Fine Arts (Vadodara)5. Geography:Human geography mainly covers the study of people, communities, cultures and their interaction with the environment. It is a much sought after course for nature-lovers and graduates who are keen on making a difference in the environment.Career prospects:Cartographer and map illustratorEnvironment consultant, town planner, landscape architect etcRecycling/Conservation officerLecturer or ProfessorTop Colleges:Fergusson College (Pune)Symbiosis College of Arts and Commerce (Pune)Banaras Hindu University (Varanasi)University of Delhi (Delhi)6. History & Archaeology:One of the most wondrous branches of social science is the study of the human past, ancient and modern civilisations. While history uses written sources, archaeology focuses on the remains to decipher the events that have occurred in the past. This course helps us understand the implications of history and how it has shaped our unique cultures. This is perhaps the most popular course in social science in foreign countries.Career prospects:Civil service administrator, solicitor and archivistAcademic librarian, journalist and heritage managerLecturing and tutoringTop Colleges:Loyola College (Chennai)Lady Shri Ram College (Delhi)Miranda House College (Delhi)Presidency College (Chennai)Institute of Archaeology (Noida)7. Language and Linguistics:Does your passion tell you to challenge the monotony of your tongue? If yes, this is the best course for you. There are nearly 1,652 languages in India and several others in the world. Ancient languages such as Greek, Latin, Arabic, Sanskrit etc have great prospects in modern society.Career prospects:Teaching English as a foreign languageLexicographerPublishing, copywriting, editing and proofreadingSpeech and language therapistTop Colleges:Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages (Hyderabad)Jawaharlal Nehru University (Delhi)University of Calcutta (Kolkata)Aligarh Muslim University (Aligarh)University of Kerala (Thiruvananthapuram)8. Law & Legal Studies:Are you interested in the legal/judicial system of our country? It is time for you to save this world from criminals and law-breaking persons. Let’s discuss LLB and LLM. These courses mainly give you an overview of the laws in the constitution, rights and duties, quantitative analysis and problem solving, judicial system of not only but also other countries and international relations.Career prospects:Paralegal, Arbitrator, Jury consultant, attorney, case managerCivil services administratorLegal analyst and assistant, social activist, legal services director etcA judge or advocateTop Colleges:National Law School of India University (Bangalore)National Law University (Delhi)NALSAR University of Law (Hyderabad)The West Bengal University of Juridical Sciences (Kolkata)The National Law Institute University (Bhopal)ILS- Indian Law Society’s Law College (Pune)9. Philosophy:It consists of classical and contemporary philosophical writings, the nature of truth, knowledge, mindfulness of the soul and body, the difference between right and wrong, the existence of God etc. It represents the poetic form of one’s life.Career prospects:Business, finance, marketing and salesProviding subject knowledge at legal firmsJournalism- newspapers and magazinesTop colleges:Lady Shri Ram College (Delhi)Loyola College (Chennai)Christ University (Bangalore)Miranda House (Delhi)Jawaharlal Nehru University (Delhi)10. Politics and International Relations:India, being one of the largest growing nations in the world, seeks graduates who are willing to take studies relating to the position of India with respect to other countries. This course requires extensive knowledge of current affairs, the political and legal system, different national and international organisations, economic development, and trade relations with other countries and so on.Career prospects:Legal consultant and policy analystLegislative assistantPublic relations specialist and social researcherMarket research analystCivil service fast streamerTop Colleges:Jawaharlal Nehru University (Delhi)Jadavpur University (Kolkata)Christ University (Bangalore)South Asian University (Delhi)Madras Christian College (Chennai)11. Psychology:The human mind often baffles us. In this modern world, it is very important to know what goes on in that little device of ours. Psychology helps us learn and examine the various clinical, behavioural and emotional aspects of the human brain. It is a highly recommended career choice for most social science graduates.Career prospects:Psychiatrist, career counsellor, probation and parole officerAdvertising agent and market researcherHuman resources professionalLaboratory AssistantTop Colleges:Lady Shri Ram College (Delhi)Jesus and Mary College (Delhi)St. Xavier's College (Mumbai)Presidency College (Chennai)Christ University (Bangalore)Mithibai College of Arts (Mumbai)Gargi College (Delhi)12. Social work:Is caring for humanity your most cherished skill? If helping and assisting others in need gives you pleasure then this is the perfect course for you. It gives you an opportunity to learn the technical aspects of social work. It includes cultural diversity, social institutions, underprivileged groups, human behaviour and education.Career prospects:Nursing in hospitals and clinics, medical and psychiatric social work- mental health counsellor, family/marriage therapist, speech pathologist etcChild welfare services and health educatorSocial/Community Service ManagerTop Colleges:Tata Institute of Social Sciences (Mumbai)University of Delhi (Delhi)Rajagiri College for Social Sciences (Kochi)Loyola College (Chennai)Christ University (Bangalore)13. Sociology & Anthropology:A course in sociology/anthropology will give you the ultimate guide to the knowledge of human society.  It comprises family, education, religion, social institutions and associations, culture and traditions of the society etc. It is highly sought after course in India and other countries.Career prospects:Guidance counsellor and journalismHuman Resources Representative, lawyer, policy analyst, social activism etcManagement consultant, public policy analyst, market research analyst and media plannerHuman services administration, social work, education and law enforcementTop Colleges:Loyola College (Chennai)Miranda College (Delhi)Christ University (Bangalore)Hindu College (Delhi)Hansraj College (Delhi)Punjab University (Chandigarh)Ashoka University (Sonipat)

Bhagavad Gita Verse 1.20
 Dhwani Shah  
 6 June 2019  

Team Of Universe - In Gita Verse 1.20 At that time Arjuna, the son of Pāṇḍu, seated in the chariot bearing the flag marked with Hanumān, took up his bow and prepared to shoot his arrows. O King, after looking at the sons of Dhṛtarāṣṭra drawn in military array, Arjuna then spoke to Lord Kṛṣṇa these words.Pandava did their preparation being very alert. The flag marked with Hanumān is declaration that like Hanumān, who out of his alertness and freedom became a representative and servant of Rama, Arjuna seated in the chariot bearing the flag marked with Hanumān, declared that out of my freedom and alertness I am a representative and servant of the Existence. Whatever be his order I will execute it. His order is my priority .In any circumstances before we act our preparation and surroundings speak for us. Through our ambience of the objective world we send a message to everyone how they should behave towards us.When Arjuna had sent message of representative and servant of Existence, he clearly conveyed that people who wanted to be representatives and servants of Existence can only join them . Pandava team’s objective was very clear, we would fight the war as a team, no one can have their individual agenda for the war. Not only as team of army but also team with the Universe. Universal Will will be our Will. Our team is a participant of the Universal Will.While Kaurava sent the message of only Duryodhana's will as paramount importance and anyone who has their personal agenda will also be welcomed. Why he was allowing the personal agenda? As I have mentioned in my blog Bhagavad Gita Verse 1.8, he was mentally lazy. Mentally lazy people want to throw their responsibility on others. For him the person who is joining his team has certain enmity and agenda for Pandava then he will be sure that that person due to his vengeance will kill certain people. So that much work he has do less. That much less responsibility will be on his shoulders.We always try shortcuts to fulfil our responsibility and achieve our goal. There are no shortcuts in life.One needs the courage to wait, one need not be tempted by the shortcut. And in life there are no shortcuts; only illusions are shortcuts. Life is arduous because only through arduous struggle does growth come to you; it never comes easily. You cannot get it cheap; anything that is cheap cannot help you to achieve any goal.Universe is not in a hurry. Remember: the mind is always in a hurry, Universe is never in a hurry. Universe waits and waits, it is eternal. There is no need to be in a hurry; life goes on and on and on, it is an eternity. But for the mind time is short, so the mind says, “Time is money.” Universe never says that. Universe says, “Experience,” not time. Life waits, can wait: the mind cannot wait, death is coming near. There is no death for life, but for the mind there is death.The mind always tries to find a shortcut. And to find a shortcut, the easiest way is to create an illusion: think that you are what you want to be. Then you become neurotic.If you decide to deliver the assignments of the Universe, not to find shortcuts then - your desire to blossom like a Rose in the Garden, You have to learn the Art of adjusting with the thorns.Pandava never wanted to find any shortcuts or put the responsibility of the circumstances on anyone. They could find out in the given circumstances what is the possibility to align with the Universe and deliver it’s assignments. For them even and odd circumstances were the same. They looked at the possibility to align with Universe.In this verse it says that Arjuna took up the bow and prepared to shoot the arrow and after looking at the sons of Dhṛtarāṣṭra drawn in military array, Arjuna then spoke to Lord Kṛṣṇa these words - it clearly indicates his hesitation. His hesitation is indication - Arjuna is not that assertive, he hesitates. And Arjuna’s hesitation is deep. People who don’t hesitate are often superficial, shallow. Hesitation arises from the depths of one’s being; hesitation is very significant. You are fortunate if you are gifted with a grain of hesitancy. Your hesitation will show that you have begun looking at life in its totality. Then you will not speculate that this is true and that is false. You will not say that only the truth is, or only the untruth is. You will know that true and false are two aspects of the same thing, two notes of the same song. Then you will know existence and non-existence are two different notes of the same flute. We can well imagine the problem of a person who sees life in its totality, because his statements are bound to be hesitant and hazy, paradoxical and confusing.Hesitancy is the transitional stage the beginning of the journey. It is only after one hesitates that he goes beyond it. And there are two ways to transcend it. If you accept one side of the truth, your hesitation will disappear.After looking at sons of Dhṛtarāṣṭra drawn in military array, he hesitates, why he hesitates and is not assertive - as with his doubt and queries he went to Krishna and not to reconcile with his own will. If he had reconciled with his desire and will he would have been assertive and immediately start fighting. He went and spoke these words to Krishna to show that he is ready to wait and not eager to act.

Bhagavad Gita Verse 1.36
 Dhwani Shah  
 18 June 2019  

State Of Awareness - In Gita Verse 1.36 Sin will overcome us if we slay such aggressors. Therefore it is not proper for us to kill the sons of Dhṛtarāṣṭra and our friends. What should we gain, O Kṛṣṇa, husband of the goddess of fortune, and how could we be happy by killing our own kinsmen?In this verse Arjuna says that if we kill in a violent way the people from Kaurava side, it means sin will overcome us. This shows that he is stuck in objective world.If you look at it logically it’s appealing. Because logical mind has got no access to subjectivity and universe.If anyone acts from their subjectivity, for him/her there is nothing like sin and virtues. It's just an assignment given to you by universes.Unless a person acts from his awareness he will be free from sin and virtues. This state of awareness is called enlightenment. Because the Enlightened person doesn’t involve his mind in his actions. He just acts from his subjectivity.In the ancient Indian education they were not only gaining knowledge from the Gurukul syllabus but were also being empowered to grow in consciousness.To grow in consciousness needs different type of education. It cannot be taught but you need to learn. Means it will not be through any syllabus but through circumstances. Masters used to create certain circumstances and in that circumstances depending upon one's awareness they grow in consciousness. Depending upon the growth of consciousness they will be qualified for taking up responsibility in the society.Many of the kings didn’t assign their Prince to take charge of the kingdom unless they are certified by enlightened masters, regarding their state of awareness.The real teaching cannot be taught but still it is called a teaching. It cannot be taught but it can be shown, indicated. There is no way to say it directly, but there are millions of ways to indicate it indirectly.Lao Tzu says that the truth cannot be said, and the moment you say it you have already falsified it. The words, the language, the mind, are utterly incapable. It defies reason, it defies the head-oriented personality, it defies the ego. It cannot be manipulated. It is utterly impossible for reason to encounter it.This is the first thing to be understood, and the more deeply you understand it, the more possibilities will be available for the master to indicate towards it. Whatsoever the master is saying is not the truth; it cannot be. Through words only a situation can be created in which truth may be possible. But that too one can never be definite about. It is unpredictable. No cause can be produced for it to happen - it happens when it happens. The only thing that can be done is to become available to it. Your doors should be open. When it knocks at your door, you should be present there. If you are present, available, receptive, it can happen. But remember, through scriptures, through the words of the enlightened ones, you cannot attain it.So the first thing is that it cannot be said. And every master has to create an indirect situation, has to push you towards the unknown. All that he is doing is just pushing you towards that which cannot be said.The second thing, the real teaching defies words but it cannot defy the heart. If there were a language of the heart, it could be said through it. But the heart has no language; or, silence is the only language of the heart.When the heart is silent it says something; when the mind is silent it says nothing. Words are the vehicle of the mind. Not words but silence, is the vehicle of the heart. Silence is a language without words, but one has to learn it. Just as one has to learn the languages of the mind, one has to learn the language of the heart: how to be silent, how to be wordless, how to be without a mind, how to be a no-mind.Arjuna is not only fighting unavoidable war with his own family members but also fighting with his own unconsciousness, with his mind. For him at that moment the unconsciousness was very much appealing. It was appealing because he knew that with this argument he will be able to convince anyone that he is pious and loving. He is different from everyone there.This is the reason why Arjuna selected Krishna as his charioteer because he knew very well that in such a circumstances he could convince anyone that he is right but not  Krishna. He not only selected Krishna as his charioteer but also surrendered himself. Surrender means I am not able to bring my light and dispel my unconsciousness but you are capable of lightening my light. Bringing back my light and with that light I can deliver my assignment of universe. His pain was not only that he had to kill his own family members but also that he was falling into his unconsciousness.Here Arjuna also became alert, but not towards himself but towards objective world, mind. As soon as he moved into the objective world without any alertness towards self he got caught up in sin and virtues - duality. Most of the time what we call self-alertness is not self-alertness but alertness of objective world - like Arjuna. As worrier he fought many wars but never thought about sin and virtues. This war was different from all the past wars which he fought. As this war was with his own family members, teachers, adults etc. From both the side he knew there will be loss of his own people. Most of us have experienced that sometime we get intuition to act in a certain way and if we don’t act then how much pain and repentance we have.Intuition doesn't mean that you get certain information for near future. Intuition simply means that you get inner guidance for your actions.Think of Arjuna with all his awareness when he is going against his intuition. By saying to Krishna that knowing well my assignment I am on the verge of running away. Please help.

Bhagavad Gita Verse 1.39
 Dhwani Shah  
 20 June 2019  

Half Truth - In Gita Verse 1.39 With the destruction of the dynasty, the eternal family tradition is vanquished, and thus the rest of the family becomes involved in irreligion.Now Arjuna says that from Bhishma to everyone in the family will vanish in this war. After the war from our family no one will be alive and whosoever is alive will not live religiously. The statement is logical and appealing.Logical mind cannot see anything in totality, as whole. It can only see life as fragments. Mind is incapable of comprehending totality.Totality cannot be approached through logic. Totality can be approached only through subjectivity. Totality is not a syllogism; it is not a conclusion. But logic can give you a false notion. It simply says that when Arjuna says that the destruction of dynasty, Arjuna infers that this war is going to destruct my dynasty. He becomes unconscious of Universe and plan of Universe. By this logic he says that the rest of the family who will be alive will be involved in irreligion. The conclusion is not right; remember that you don’t know. That ignorance will be very, very helpful, because that ignorance will be sincere, authentic, true.Knowing that I don’t know will support Arjuna to come back to his subjectivity.Right now what Arjuna says is like this - he is breaking a seed and looking into it, there is no trace of any tree there. No matter how much he searches he will not find any trace of a tree. But the tree certainly comes from this small seed. Because he is right now unconscious, he cannot think that what is not found in the seed, where does it come from? And such a huge tree was hidden in such a small seed! And then, after giving birth to seeds, that tree dissolves. Exactly like this, the whole existence comes into being and then dissolves. Energy comes into existence and then merges into non-existence.It is very difficult to catch hold of non-existence. Existence is of course visible to us. Hence, according to yoga, those who accept only existence - those who believe that existence is all - are seeing only leela, the play of life. And to know only the play is illusion.Illusion does not mean that one does not know; illusion means that one knows only the play. Knowing as such is there; even if one knows that he does not know, then too the knowing is there. So knowing is in all of us. And illusion doesn’t mean “not knowing.” The most unaware of all beings also knows some things. According to yoga, the meaning of illusion is to know only half. And remember, the half-truth is worse than untruth - because it is possible to be free from untruth, but to be free from the half-truth is very difficult. It appears to be the truth and it is not. If it is wholly the untruth, purely the untruth, then it won’t take any time to be free from it. But if it is a half-truth it is very difficult to be free from it.There is one more reason that a thing like truth cannot be divided into halves - because in dividing it into halves, it dies. Can you divide your love in half? Can you say, “I half love you” to somebody? Either you love or you don’t love, but half-love is not possible. Can you say “I half steal”? Maybe you steal half a dollar, but the stealing of half a dollar is also full stealing, and the stealing of a million dollars is also full stealing so is the stealing of half a cent. Half-stealing cannot be done. Half of a thing can be stolen but the stealing itself cannot be half. The very meaning of “half” is that you are in illusion.Yoga says that those who see only existence are grasping only half. And he who grasps only the half lives in illusion. No, the other side is also there. A man who says, “I am born but I don’t want to die,” is clinging to the half. He will suffer; he will live in illusion. And no matter what he may do, death is bound to come - because the other half cannot be parted with. If you have accepted birth, death is the other half of it, it comes together with it. A man who says, “I will choose only the pleasures, not the pains,” is falling into a fallacy.Yoga says that the moment you choose only the half you fall into error. Suffering is only the other side of pleasure, it is half of it. Hence, one who wants to be peaceful will have to know restlessness also. There is no way out. Yoga says that to avoid one half is illusion. They are together. But we do not see the whole; what we see first we hold on to. And we go on denying the other side without understanding that when we have been holding on to one half, the other half is waiting behind it. It is just waiting for an opportunity; it will soon appear.Arjuna’s statement of this verse simply says that he is looking the circumstances only as half, which is not truth, it’s half truth. In his half truth he is seeing that everyone over here will be vanquished and leave a message for the next generation or whoever will survive is only irreligion memory and nothing else. For him his logical conclusion is truth. He forgets that when Universe gave him assignment to Fight Without Enmity is ultimate truth. Where your action is as non-doer is religious act and whoever will be left after the war they will be able to live religious life.

Bhagavad Gita Verse 1.40
 Dhwani Shah  
 21 June 2019  

Be Receptive - In Gita Verse 1.40 When irreligion is prominent in the family, O Kṛṣṇa, the women of the family become polluted, and from the degradation of womanhood, O descendant of Vṛṣṇi, comes unwanted progeny.In this verse Arjuna says that when irreligion is prominent in the family, the women of the family become polluted, and from the degradation of womanhood. By womanhood he means receiptivity.To seek truth one need to be receptive. To be religious means receptivity.Truth cannot be sought - one can simply be receptive, that´s all. One can open the doors and wait. One can say only this much, “If the divine guest comes, you will be received, welcomed. I don´t know who you are, and I don´t know your address and I cannot even send an invitation. But whosoever you are, and whomsoever it concerns, if you come, my doors will be open - you will not find them closed.” This is all that a seeker can do. And it is all that is needed to be done. More than that is not possible and is not needed.So let this posture be your deep attitude. One has to become receptive. The search for truth is not a male search. It is a feminine search - just like feminine energy - receptive. Not like a male - aggressive.Meditativeness is simply a deep receptivity, a readiness, an open door.Right now Arjuna is disappointed as he is not able to come to his consciousness.Don’t get discouraged by unconsciousness and errors. Get up again, have another try. It is like groping in the dark. But the door is there, so if you go on groping enough, you will stumble upon the door.That’s why religion can never become a science - never! It will always remain a groping. At the most it can be an art and that to so subtle that it cannot be taught. So go on groping.One day it happens. How it happens, why it happens, remains a mystery. In fact nobody has ever been able to exactly say how it happens. If somebody can say how it happens, a science can be created. Then you know the technique. Then you can do a certain act, and it happens.It has happened millions of times, but there is no causality in it, so you cannot determine how it happens. It can be caused. Each time it happens it happens uniquely! Each time it happens it happens in such a new way that it has never happened before like that. And it will not happen again like that. Because each individual is so different, so unique, so individual, that the happening is going to be different. Don’t start longing for it. Allow it to happen - don’t desire it. In desire you become active, aggressive. in allowing you simply wait, in deep receptivity. Waiting for the guest, standing by your door.. Nothing can be done! When the guest will come, he will come! You be ready to receive, that’s all.Not desiring creates receptivity. Desiring makes you aggressive. Desire makes you active, non-desire makes you inactive - that’s what Lao Tzu says by wu-wei, action by inaction, doing things by not doing them.Don’t desire - and it happens. Desire - and you have missed. Don’t prefer, and it is there. Seek - and you go infinitely seeking, and you never attain it.Deep receptivity.This is the mechanism of desire: if you desire, your whole energy becomes active, aggressive - it moves, it becomes male. If you don’t desire, the same energy becomes receptivity, it does not move out, it does not go anywhere, it simply waits, awaits deeply, it becomes feminine. Hence the insistence of Lao Tzu on feminine energy.The world is the manifestation of male energy. And enlightenment, the other world, the other shore, is the manifestation of feminine energy.Why Arjuna can see that the feminine energy will be polluted. As he is in the middle of the war where male energy is active and visible. Everyone of them has become aggressive and ready to fight so feminine energy is not visible.Also in my Bhagavad Gita Verse 1.39 blog, I wrote that right now due to unconsciousness Arjuna is able to see only half the truth. Always remember that half truth is fear oriented. In his fear he thinks that this is permanent, not going to change. But in universe only one thing is permanent, that is Change.

Bhagavad Gita Verse 2.11
 Dhwani Shah  
 8 July 2019  

Intelligent And Intellectual - In Gita Verse 2.11 The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: While speaking learned words, you are mourning for what is not worthy of grief. Those who are wise lament neither for the living nor for the dead.Krishna gives Arjuna distinction of borrowed knowledge and intelligence.Mind is not your intelligence.It may sound strange but this is a truth, that mind is not your intelligence. Mind can be intellectual, which is a very poor substitute for intelligence. Intellectuality is mechanical. You can become a great scholar, a great professor, a great philosopher – just playing with words which are all borrowed, arranging and rearranging thoughts, none of which are your own.The intellect is absolutely bankrupt. It has nothing of its own, all is borrowed. And that´s the difference between intelligence and intellect. Intelligence has an eyesight of its own, a capacity to see into things, into problems.Intelligence is your born quality.What exactly is Intelligence.....Intelligence is the inborn capacity to see, to perceive. Every child is born intelligent, then made stupid by the society. We educate him in stupidity. Sooner or later he graduates in stupidity. Intelligence is a natural phenomenon – just as breathing is, just as seeing is. Intelligence is the inner seeing; it is intuitive. It has nothing to do with intellect, remember. Never confuse intellect with intelligence, they are polar opposites. Intellect is of the head; it is taught by others, it is imposed on you. You have to cultivate it. It is borrowed, it is something foreign, it is not inborn.But intelligence is inborn. It is your very being, your very nature. All animals are intelligent. They are not intellectuals, true, but they are all intelligent. Trees are intelligent, the whole existence is intelligent, and each child born is born intelligent. Have you ever come across a child who is stupid? It is impossible! But to come across a grown-up person who is intelligent is very rare; something goes wrong in between.Intelligence dies in imitating others. If you want to remain intelligent you will have to drop imitating. Intelligence commits suicide in copying, in becoming a carbon copy. The moment you start thinking how to be like that person you are falling from your intelligence, you are becoming stupid. The moment you compare yourself with somebody else you are losing your natural potential. Now you will never be happy, and you will never be clean, clear, transparent. You will lose your clarity, you will lose your vision. You will have borrowed eyes; but how can you see through somebody else’s eyes?You need your own eyes, you need your own legs to walk, your own heart to beat. People are living a borrowed life, hence their life is paralyzed. This paralysis makes them look very stupid. A totally new kind of education is needed in the world. The person who is born to be a poet is proving himself stupid in mathematics and the person who could have been a great mathematician is just cramming history and feeling lost. Everything is topsy-turvy because education is not according to your nature. It does not pay any respect to the individual, it forces everybody into a certain pattern.Maybe by accident the pattern fits a few people but the majority is lost and the majority lives in misery. The greatest misery in life is to feel oneself stupid, unworthy, unintelligent. And nobody is born unintelligent; nobody can be born unintelligent because we come from God. God is pure intelligence. We bring some flavor, some fragrance from God when we come into the world. But immediately the society jumps upon you, starts manipulating, teaching, changing, cutting, adding, and soon you have lost all shape, all form. The society wants you to be obedient, conformist, orthodox. This is how your intelligence is destroyed.Also when we are stuck in the objective world our intelligence is destroyed. Right now Arjuna is stuck in the objective world and the words of knowledge, so Krishna reminds him by saying “While speaking learned words, you are mourning for what is not worthy of grief. Those who are wise lament neither for the living nor for the dead.” - person who is intelligent, will act as per the demand of the circumstances. What you are speaking is only borrowed knowledge nothing else.

Bhagavad Gita Verse 2.16
 Dhwani Shah  
 13 July 2019  

Body And Soul - In Gita Verse 2.16 Those who are seers of the truth have concluded that of the nonexistent (the material body) there is no endurance and of the eternal (the soul) there is no change. This they have concluded by studying the nature of both.All the seers out of their realization they concluded body, resist as it has no tolerance, and for soul, consciousness, it allows as for it there is no change. For body everything is fragmented opposite, so it always resists, oppose. For the soul everything is same - happiness-unhappiness, love-hate, all opposite is same. So soul or the person who is connected with his subjectivity allows everything, no resistance.Realization by seer says truth needs no defense; only lies need defense. Truth needs no argument, it is self-evident.So the problem with truth is always how to convey it to the other person.Lies can be argued about. The other can be convinced about them; logic can be used to convince the other. Hence, I hate the word "missionary," because the missionary can only spread lies. He convinces, argues, quotes scriptures.But truth needs nothing. Truth is enough unto itself. So, if you have felt something of truth here, please don't try to convince anybody. You cannot succeed. Only make your experience available - naked, with no logic, with no argument. Truth has its own way. It will come through the shine of your eyes, through the aura of your being, through your very presence, that you have been in a garden - you are still fragrant.Here when Krishna uses the word TRUTH, what he means is not regarding fact or lies. He says that a person from his own realization has understood the truth that they can go beyond. They will not act from their logic. It’s very easy to live a logical life, where you can have many proofs when your logic has certain substance in it. You can prove it correct and the same logic can be proved by others as lies. He is not talking about the truth and lie in terms of logic. He says that seers who realized that for the gross body there is logic of truth and lie but for soul the TRUTH is SUCHNESS. It is. They don’t need proof to prove their subjectivity, they act from their subjectivity silently. They don’t disconnect themselves with their subjectivity, they act from their subjectivity.What is meant by acting from subjectivity? It simply means that in this moment’s act without evaluating whether is is trivial or any importance you act from your self-alertness or not. Say this moment you are walking, whether you are focused on walking or you are unconscious and robot like walk. If your routine act is with self-alertness, this is path of TRUTH, it will be preparation to deliver universe assignment. When you live your normal and routine life with self-alertness suddenly you will start getting more responsibility from the surrounding. Say you will find that now you can be more supportive to the people around you. Support means you help people around you without involving yourself emotionally or having any expectation from them. You will be supporting them because you enjoy doing that not for satisfying your ego. When you help you satisfy your ego. This is signal from universe that you are promoted to next level of life. It’s ongoing process. Once you will support the people around you suddenly you will find that now you have got opportunity to support society. By this time some realization will come to you that now something is coming to you rather then you are in search of something. When you were acting from your objectivity you were going after doing something as doer. When you will act from your subjectivity something will come to you and you will be sharing and participating in that act. 180 degree change. Doer to non-doer.Krishna is talking to Arjuna regarding this TRUTH, and not truth and lie of the objective world. Even Arjuna when conscious he was aware of the objective of this war for him, Fighting Without Enmity. Because he moved in logical thinking he forgot what act he is thinking as doer came to him and he needs to act by dropping all this logical arguments and seeing the possibility of how without enmity we can fight. He was a warrior throughout his life. He knew the objective of the war through logical mind and now with consciously fighting the same act which was as doer can change as non-doer. 180 degree shift in that. Change, which he is afraid of and again and again he is going into his logical mind. As with this change he will not be able to prove himself in front of anyone with logical mind. Remember I wrote in Bhagavad Gita Verse 2.15, mind is tiny and consciousness is vast, Krishna is just reminding him this distinction. Krishna in his utter emptiness holds Arjuna.

Here Are 5 Common Misconceptions About Counseling
 rosie joy  
 19 July 2019  

What comes to mind when you think of a counseling session? Do you picture a comfortable sofa with a patient gazing introspectively at the ceiling? Many people have false preconceived ideas about therapy sessions. Luckily, you have come to the right place where you will get reliable information to help to separate the truth from lies. Here are 5 common myths about counseling:It is only for serious trauma or severe mental illnessThis is a common notion that many people believe about counseling sessions. While it is true that victims of major traumatic events or mental illness should definitely seek counseling, this doesn’t mean that the rest of the population should be locked out from receiving these services. Many times, minor emotional problems can quickly escalate and become worse if they are not dealt with early enough. So, if you are experiencing stress or anxiety, don’t hesitate to get in touch with a wake forest anxiety counseling expert.Counseling is only for adults and not childrenWhen traumatic events happen, children are usually highly affected. This could be in form of a family separation, natural disaster or even a terrorist attack. So, if you and your family has experienced a traumatic event, be sure to seek wake forest counseling services for both you and your child.It will take forever before you start seeing any resultsThe effectiveness of counseling sessions depends on several factors including the willingness of the participants, the type of issues being dealt with and even the frequency of counseling sessions. Keeping this in mind, it is wrong to assume that everyone will take a long time to see positive results after they begin counseling services. The best strategy is for you to go for counseling sessions with a committed spirit and a willing heart and you might be surprised by the progress that you will be able to achieve within a short time.Going for counseling is a sign of weaknessThis is another false belief that needs to be combated at all costs. If you are going through a challenging season, it is perfectly normal for you to feel overwhelmed and tired. Everyone requires assistance at one point or another. There are certain problems that you might not be able to solve on your own hence you need to seek external help. So, there is no shame in seeking for professional assistance from a wake forest anxiety counseling center. It takes a strong individual to make positive decisions concerning their mental health.If you go for counseling, all your secrets will be exposedConfidentiality is one of the main pillars of effective counseling. This means that your therapist will not disclose any information without your permission. Counseling provides a safe space for you to share your deepest thoughts and feelings without the fear of being judged or condemned. Hence, you can always be sure that your secrets will remain safe when you go for a wake forest counselingsession.   

Bhagavad Gita Verse 2.23
 Dhwani Shah  
 20 July 2019  

Eternity - In Gita Verse 2.23 The soul can never be cut to pieces by any weapon, nor burned by fire, nor moistened by water, nor withered by the wind.Now Krishna in this verse says regarding Subjectivity, Soul, which cannot be affected by anything.Which is - The Eternity of Your Being:To live as an awareness: awareness of all the programs the mind has been conditioned for, awareness of all the impulses, desires, memories, imaginations… all that the mind can do.One has to be not part of it, but separate - seeing it but not being it - watching it. And this is one of the most essential things to remember, that you cannot watch your watchfulness. If you watch your watchfulness, then the watcher is you, not the watched. So you cannot go beyond watchfulness. The point that you cannot transcend is your being. The point that you cannot go beyond is you. You can watch very easily any thought, any emotion, any sentiment. Just one thing you cannot watch - and that is your watchfulness. And if you manage to watch it, that means you have shifted: the first watchfulness has become just a thought; now you are the second watcher.You can go on shifting back, but you cannot get out of watchfulness because it is you: you cannot be otherwise.So, “Just be yourself,” Means, “Just be unprogrammed, unconditioned awareness.” That’s how you had come into the world, and that’s how the enlightened person leaves the world. He lives in the world but remains totally separate.One of the great mystics, Kabir, has a beautiful poem about it. All his poems are just perfect - nothing can be better. One of his poems says, “I will give back the soul that was given to me at the time of my birth as pure, as clean, as it was given to me. I will give it back that way when I die.” He is talking about awareness, that it has remained unpolluted. The whole world was there to pollute it, but he has remained watchful.All that you need is just to be watchful, and nothing will affect you. This unaffectedness will keep your purity, and this purity has certainly the freshness of life, the joy of existence - all the treasures that you have been endowed with.But you become attached to the small things surrounding you and forget the one that you are. It is the greatest discovery in life and the most ecstatic pilgrimage to truth. And you need not be an ascetic, you need not be anti-life; you need not renounce the world and go to the mountains. You can be where you are, you can continue to do what you are doing. Just a new thing has to be evolved: whatever you do, you do with awareness - even the smallest act of the body or the mind - and with each act of awareness you will become aware of the beauty and the treasure and the glory and the eternity of your being.Also same thing can be said by different words so we can understand it.Soul has no beginning and no end, it is eternity:Soul has no beginning and no end. It is eternity, and that is God’s gift. God has given himself in the gift, because soul is God. All that is needed is a certain awakening in your heart so you can see it, feel it, taste it, touch it. The gift has been waiting and waiting for you for thousands of years, but you have been asleep, as everybody has been.Unless you want to wake up, unless an intense longing to wake up arises in you, no possible help can be given from the outside. But if you want to be awakened then all possible help is available. It cannot be imposed on you; your freedom cannot be interfered with. With your cooperation the thing is very simple…But if you are not cooperating then it is the most impossible thing in the world; then nothing can be done.Arjuna has to become an awakening. Arjuna has do nothing but a great effort to wake himself up.Right now Krishna is shaking up Arjuna up, again and again and Arjuna is going back to his sleep.

Bhagavad Gita Verse 2.28
 Dhwani Shah  
 25 July 2019  

Consolations - In Gita Verse 2.28 All created beings are unmanifest in their beginning, manifest in their interim state, and unmanifest again when annihilated. So what need is there for lamentation?Krishna is again reminding Arjuna, that when you will be able to see the presence of universe the body will disappear and when you will see the body presence the universe will disappear.Like in Bhagavad Gita Verse 1.39, I had explained that in the seed tree is present but by dissecting it you will not find it. By allowing it to grow you will find it. Again the whole tree will disappear in the seed.This is law of nature then why you are interfering in it. Why so much of grief. We are all here just to disappear sooner or later. Life is very precarious, accidental, any moment anybody can go.So don't be worried about what happened, there is no why. All the answers that can be given to your why will be nothing but consolations to somehow rationalise a thing which is mysterious, but which by rationalising we hope to console ourselves. Krishna is not interested in consoling, because it is a dangerous game this consolation. It will keep Arjuna hidden behind buffers.This should make you understand the dreamlike quality of life. Life is made of stuff called dreams. We may be seeing a beautiful dream but it can be broken by any small thing - just a noise and the dream disappears. It may have been a sweet dream and one feels hurt and one wants to close one's eyes and continue dreaming - but now nothing can be done.Rather than finding explanations and consolations, always look at the naked truth. It is sad, it hurts, it is painful: see it, that it is so, but don't try to somehow whitewash it. All explanations and all philosophies are nothing but efforts to whitewash things which are not white, which are very dark and mysterious.When such moments come, they are of tremendous significance because in these moments, awakening is possible. When unavoidable war with relatives, it is such a shock; you can awaken in such a shock; rather than crying and wasting the opportunity. After a few days the shock will be shock no more: time heals everything. After a few years you will forget all about it. By the end of your life it may look as if you had seen it in some movie or read about it in a novel. In time it would have faded and faded so far away that only an echo - catch hold of it right now. This is the moment when it can help you to be alert, awake. Don't miss the opportunity; all consolations are ways of missing opportunities.Never ask "why". Life is without any "why" and death is without any "why". The "why" cannot be answered, need not be answered. Life is not a problem that can be solved, neither is death. Life and death are both parts of the mystery which knows no answer. The question mark is ultimate. So all that can be done in such situations is that one should awaken, because these shocks can become a breakthrough. Thinking stops, the shock is such that the mind goes in a blur. Nothing seems to be meaningful, all seems to be lost. One feels an utter stranger, outsider, uprooted. These are tremendously significant moments; these are the moments when you enter into a new dimension. And death is one of the greatest doors that opens into the divine. When somebody is at war with their own people, who may die, it is almost the death of yourself, as if you had died, a part of you has died.So just see that life is a dream, that everything will disappear sooner or later, dust into dust. Nothing abides here. We cannot make our home here. It is a caravanserai, an overnight stay and in the morning, we go. But there is one thing which is constantly there and permanently there - that is your watching, your witnessing. Everything else disappears, everything else comes and goes, only witnessing remains.So witness this whole thing. Just be a witness, don't become identified. Don't be a identify with Arjuna. Just be a witness, a silent watcher and that watching will help tremendously, that is the only key which opens the doors of mysteries. Not that it solves anything, but it makes you capable to live the mysterious, and to live it totally.Krishna says that just witness the war which was unavoidable, don’t be a prey to grief but deliver your assignment.

Bhagavad Gita Verse 2.30
 Dhwani Shah  
 27 July 2019  

Maturity - In Gita Verse 2.30 O descendant of Bharata, he who dwells in the body can never be slain. Therefore you need not grieve for any living being.Krishna says that the aliveness of the body, which is your soul is not doing any violent act. So don’t think of the body which is perishable.What rightnow Arjuna is thinking is only in terms of objective world, and Krishna is reminding him to come back with the information to subjective world.Krishna is asking him to transform the objective world to subjective world. Objective world is always in the crude form, unless we purify and transform we cannot grow in consciousness. We cannot see the truth. We will be always immature.Maturity means the understanding to decide for oneself, the understanding to be decisive on your own. To stand on your own feet — that’s what maturity is. But it rarely happens, because parents spoil almost every child, more or less. And then there is the school and the college and the university — they are all ready to spoil you. It is very rare that somebody becomes mature.The society is not happy with mature people. Mature people are dangerous people, because a mature person lives according to his own being. He goes on doing his own thing — he does not bother what people say, what their opinion is. He does not hanker for respectability, for prestige; he does not bother for honour. He lives his own life — he lives it at any cost. He is ready to sacrifice everything, but he is never ready to sacrifice his freedom.Society is afraid of these people; society wants everybody to remain childish. Everybody should be kept at an age somewhere between seven and fourteen — that’s where people are.In the First World War, for the first time, psychologists became aware of this strange phenomenon. For the first time on a large scale, in the army, people’s mental ages were searched for. And it was a strange discovery: the army people had the average mental age of twelve. Your body may be fifty, your mind remains somewhere below fourteen.Before fourteen you are repressed — because after fourteen repression becomes difficult. By the time a child is fourteen, if he has not been repressed then there is no possibility to repress him ever — because once he becomes a sexual being, he becomes powerful. Before fourteen he is weak, soft, feminine. Before fourteen you can put anything into his mind — he is suggestible, you can hypnotize him. You can tell him everything that you want, and he will listen to it, he will believe in it.After fourteen, logic arises, doubt arises. After fourteen, sexuality arises; with sexuality he becomes independent. Now he himself is able to become a father, now she herself is able to become a mother. So nature, biology, makes a person independent from parents at the age fourteen.So the greatest work for a man who really wants to become free, who really wants to become conscious, who really wants to become de-hypnotized — who wants to have no limitations of any kind, who wants to flow in a total existence — is that he needs to drop many things from the inside. When Buddha says, you have to kill your mother and father, that doesn’t mean that you have to go and actually kill your father and mother — but the father and mother that you are carrying within you, the idea.You will see maturity coming very soon — and without maturity life is not worth anything. Because all that is beautiful happens only in a mature mind, all that is great happens only in a mature mind. To be a grown-up is a blessing. But people simply grow up — they never become grown-ups. In age they go on growing, but in consciousness they go on shrinking. Their consciousness remains in the foetus; it has not come out of the egg, it is not yet born. Only your body is born — you are yet unborn.Take your life into your own hands: it is YOUR life. You are not here to fulfill anybody else’s expectations. Don’t live your mother’s life and don’t live your father’s life, live your life. And when you start living your life, you are living God’s life.Krishna says to Arjuna to live the Life, which is gift of universe, your subjectivity. So that you can accomplish your assignment of the universe, Fight WIthout Enmity.

Bhagavad Gita Verse 2.32
 Dhwani Shah  
 29 July 2019  

Listening - In Gita Verse 2.32 O Pārtha, happy are the kṣatriyas to whom such fighting opportunities come unsought, opening for them the doors of the heavenly planets.Krishna addressed Arjuna as Parth again, to give him little jerk so that he can come back to his subjectivity and he can listen and not hear.Listening is very different from just 'hearing.'You can hear, there is no trouble about it - but you cannot listen. Listening is totally different from hearing. Listening means hearing without mind; listening means hearing without any interference of your thoughts; listening means hearing as if you are totally empty. If you have even a small trembling of thinking inside, waves of subtle thoughts surrounding you, you will not be able to listen, although you will be able to hear. And to listen to the music, the ancient music, the eternal music, one needs to be totally quiet - as if one is not. When you are, you can hear; when you are not, you can listen.If you are listening with all kinds of prejudices, that is a wrong way of listening; it is really a way of not listening. You appear to be listening, but you are only hearing not listening. Right listening means you have put aside your mind. It does not mean that you become gullible, that you start believing whatsoever is said to you. It has nothing to do with belief or disbelief. Right listening means, 'I am not concerned right now whether to believe or not to believe. There is no question of agreement or disagreement at this moment. I am simply trying to listen to whatsoever it is. Later on I can decide what is right and what is wrong. Later on I can decide whether to follow or not to follow.'And the beauty of right listening is this: that truth has a music of its own. If you can listen without prejudice, your heart will say it is true. If it is true, a bell starts ringing in your heart. If it is not true, you remain aloof, unconcerned, indifferent; no bell rings in your heart, no synchronicity happens. That is the quality of truth: that if you listen to it with an open heart, it immediately creates a response in your being - your very center is uplifted. You start growing wings; suddenly the whole sky is open.It is not a question of deciding logically whether what is being said is true or untrue. On the contrary, it is a question of love, not of logic. Truth immediately creates a love in your heart; something is triggered in you in a very mysterious way.But if you listen wrongly - that is, full of your mind, full of your garbage, full of your knowledge - then you will not allow your heart to respond to the truth. You will miss the tremendous possibility, you will miss the synchronicity. Your heart was ready to respond to truth.... It responds only to truth, remember, it never responds to the untrue. With the untrue it remains utterly silent, unresponsive, unaffected, unstirred. With the truth it starts dancing, it starts singing, as if suddenly a sun has risen and the dark night is no more, and the birds are singing and the lotuses are opening, and the whole earth is awakened.When you listen immediately love triggers in you. In the middle of the war field if in Arjuna’s heart truth will arise then immediately love will arise in his heart. Which means with compassion he will be fighting. Unless love is transform into compassion Arjuna cannot fulfill his assignment of the universe, Fight Without Enmity. Not only for Arjuna but it’s opportunity for whole kṣatriyas, as this war will give them opportunity to fight for the ethic and not for any victory.Compassion is the highest form of love.The greatest anguish in life is when you cannot express, when you cannot communicate, when you cannot share. The poorest man is he who has nothing to share, or who has something to share but has lost the capacity, the art, of how to share it – then a man is poor.The sexual man is very poor. The loving man is richer comparatively. The man of compassion is the richest – he is at the top of the world. He has no confinement, no limitation. He simply gives and goes on his way. He does not even wait for you to say a thank-you. With tremendous love he shares his energy.This is what therapeutic.Unless compassion has happened to you, don’t think that you have lived rightly or that you have lived at all.Compassion is the flowering. And when compassion happens to one person, millions are healed. Whosoever comes around him is healed. Compassion is therapeutic.Krishna’s whole effort is to see that Arjuna turns his energy into compassion. So that whoevers body will be killed they will be liberated. In state of compassion whatever happens it is with alignment with Universe. Some point of time death is best healing.

Bhagavad Gita Verse 2.36
 Dhwani Shah  
 2 August 2019  

Choose - In Gita Verse 2.36 Your enemies will describe you in many unkind words and scorn your ability. What could be more painful for you?Krishna says if you decide to drop war and run away from the war - it only means that you are inviting disrespect for yourself. Your enemies will get a chance to enjoy the victory and with unkind words scorn your ability. It will be very painful. History is always written by winners and never by looser. So down the centuries the whole humanity will know you as a coward and fearful instead of your courage and sharp intelligence. We are the creators of our own destiny.Here if Arjuna remains unconscious irrespective of Krishna ‘s total effort then he will be disrespected for centuries. If he wakes up in his self-consciousness then he will be honored for centuries for his Assignment of Universe, Fighting Without Enmity.How we act makes lot of difference. Our this moments act will create our future.There is an intricate relationship between an act and the end result. We always want to have a perfect result for whatever we do, without losing ourselves in the act. Is such an act possible? To understand the fine difference, it is important to examine ‘perfection’ and ‘totality’. Although for many people, perfection is the ultimate goal, it is nothing less than illusion or myth; something which is nonexistent. We are attracted by the very idea of perfection, not realising that it is like a disease which is dangerous and destructive. If not for our obsession with perfection, our action could open the door to a beautiful spiritual journey.Whatever you do, just pour your heart in it, do it with totality. Karma is enjoyable if the heart is involved in it. Then there is no karma and kerta; both melt and become one. That is totality. Perfection is a myth, while totality is reality.Perfection is a goal somewhere in the future while totality is an experience this very moment, in which your act is transformed into meditation and a beautiful prayer descends in your heart. In fact, there is no future reference or goal for totality; only a routine life style albeit soaked in spiritual fragrance.If you do any work or any act with your whole heart, then you are total, then you are walking on the same path which Kabir and Ravidas chose.The whole idea is to ‘be total’ in everything that you are doing. It doesn’t matter what you do, whether you are making clothes like Kabir or shoes like Ravidas, or cooking food or working on a new design for most advanced spacecraft, or cleaning the floor. The job is immaterial. The focus is that doing is with totality, which is the only way to transform the act into meditation and to transform the doing into a beautiful prayer.Krishna is telling Arjuna it is up to you and choose to be conscious or unconscious towards yourself. If you will be unconscious then also it’s your responsibility for the result and if you are conscious then too it is your responsibility towards the result. Right now you have a choice either to act from consciousness or unconscious once you take the step then you lose your freedom. In this moment you are free to choose.When Awareness Comes and the Light Comes, then there Is Freedom - There are three types of freedom:The first type of freedom at least pretends that there is some goal. Even the politician says, ‘We are fighting to be free – from this kind of society, this kind of structure, this kind of politics. We are fighting to be free from this society just to create another society. We are fighting for some goal, some value, some utopia, some ideology.’ Even he has to pretend that, because the negative cannot exist alone; at least the positive has to be talked about. So communism talks about a classless society, utopia, where everything will be beautiful, where paradise will have descended on the earth. It will take infinity, but that goal has to be given. Otherwise people will not fight for a negative freedom.So the negative implies the positive; and vice versa, the positive implies the negative. When you want to become a painter and your parents are not agreeing and your society thinks it is foolish, you have to fight with them. So freedom for will have something to do with freedom from; they both are together. This is the second type of freedom.The real freedom is the third kind, the transcendental freedom. What is that? It is neither from nor for; it is simply freedom. It is just freedom. That is moksha: just freedom. Neither against anybody – it is not a reaction; nor to create some future – there is no goal. One simply enjoys being oneself, for its own sake; it is an end unto itself.And that freedom is love, and that freedom is God. That freedom is nirvana, that freedom is truth. In that freedom you exist in God, God exists in you. Then nothing wrong can ever happen through you. Then your life is virtue. Then your very breathing is meditation. Then you walk and it is poetry. Then you sit silently and it is dance. Then you are a blessing to the world. You are blessed.Krishna is talking about the third type of freedom. Freedom which comes from awareness and light. In that you become capable of liberating yourself and others also. As Arjuna is in the war Krishna is saying that not only will you be liberated but others also who will be killed by you.

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 priya iiadm  
 2 August 2019  
Art

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Bhagavad Gita Verse 2.38
 Dhwani Shah  
 4 August 2019  

Non-Attachment - In Gita Verse 2.38 Do thou fight for the sake of fighting, without considering happiness or distress, loss or gain, victory or defeat – and by so doing you shall never incur sin.Krishna is explaining through this verse to drop the attachments. Get up and act on your assignment of the Universe.The Buddha taught that attachment, which is the desire to hold on to a permanent state or keep a thing or person, generates craving, wanting, and insecurity, and he believed it is one of the main causes of human suffering.Non-attachment, on the other hand, aims to cultivate a mind free from these limiting desires. Once we do this we can then move towards a mind of oneness, which involves compassion, clarity of vision, and an understanding of impermanence.Not only do humans become attached to physical objects or things, but also to relationships, ideas, opinions, and success and failure. Most of the problems we face as a species and planet are a direct result of our attachment to one or more of these things.If there is one thing that remains certain in this life, it is change. As soon as we realize the impermanence of our existence it becomes much easier to let go of attachment. While in theory this sounds easy, however, even the greatest of masters struggle with letting go…Releasing Illusory StatesThe human mind is an aggregate of conditions, beliefs, experiences, and perceptions. We start building mental models of the way things should be. As most of us do not live in the present, we hang on to these illusions which exist only in our minds. When something comes along that doesn’t correlate with our illusory mental states, we again suffer and again experience pain. This is because we have anchored or attached onto some object, experience, or desire that we wish to possess.Watch Arjuna right now because of his unconsciousness he is in illusions. If we can watch Arjuna it will be an easy lesson for us as soon as we are in illusion all our thinking and actions are towards the problem. Give a wake up call to yourself whenever you find that your focus and actions are towards problem. Immediately you are in the grip of attachments. You will find many reasons not to act.Letting Go of Ego and IdentityWe also become attached to our constructed identities. The ego is the I, me, our personal identity. It is our perception of self, the separation of ourselves from others, our attachment to who we think we are. It is an illusion that we have created to distract us from the truth. We fear losing our identity, as this identity gives us something to cling on to. Many people have experienced this loss of identity more recently with the global financial crisis. Jobs, homes, and relationships have been destroyed. Our attachment to these physical objects and relationships has left many people empty and struggling to find some form of identity.Arjuna is now caught up in his identity the same way we are also trapped in our identity when we are unconscious. We don’t have to fight with unconsciousness, instead of that try to bring yourself in the present moment and your unconsciousness will be dispelled and you will be alert, self-alert.Attachment Restricts New Experiences and Limits PotentialNon-attachment and openness allows the individual to accept alternative ideas, possibilities, and change. This facilitates the cultivation of new ideas and opportunities and promotes the state of ‘beingness’ as opposed to ‘doingness.’ In this modern, 24/7 techno hyperdrive of sensory overload it is often difficult to detach ourselves because we have become too busy. We are busy being distracted and seduced by the next sound bite, the next gadget, the next thing.Once you drop the attachment, which is your ego, immediately you will find there are new possibilities opening up for you. This is the sign that in the present moment you have dropped the attachment. You will know the knack of working slowly and step by step you can drop your attachments.Krishna knowing well Arjuna who already had practiced in his life to drop all the attachments, like when he won the quest and got married to Draupadi and when Kunti told to distribute among all the brothers he had no hesitation and he followed it. So Krishna in this verse is reminding Arjuna.Remember we can remind someone who has practiced something. But we cannot ask someone to follow it. It’s the individual’s responsibility to be awake towards themselves. Never give advice, whisper them if they wake up it’s fine, if they don’t just move ahead.It will give you opportunity to drop your attachment, for your idea, thinking, as you will not force them to follow you. At least you realise you are non-attached.

Bhagavad Gita Verse 2.46
 Dhwani Shah  
 11 August 2019  

Masochist - In Gita Verse 2.46 All purposes served by a small well can at once be served by a great reservoir of water. Similarly, all the purposes of the Vedas can be served to one who knows the purpose behind them.Krishna gives example of a well. We see only the well and water in the well. But we cannot see how the well is connected with a great reservoir of water. Similarly we only see the words of Vedas but cannot see the purpose behind the words of Vedas.As we are stuck into knowledge, knowledge has its purpose of utility. Unless we have knowledge of the objective world, and unless we through our awareness see the objective world we will not understand the purpose of Vedas..I will explain differently. Our body needs physical energy. So we eat food, which is from the objective world. But if we will not allow the digestion to happen then instead of getting the energy we will fall sick.Either we are stuck in objective world or in subjective world that is the reason that we create misery in life. We have become masochist by following the scriptures. Instead of becoming enthusiastic and joyful, we have created all kinds of misery and unhappiness.There are people of this type and many of them have become ascetics, tapasvis, and they are creating suffering for themselves.They are masochists, they are ill. They are very dangerous people. They wanted to make others suffer but they are not so courageous. They wanted to kill others, be violent with others, cripple others, but they are not so courageous, so their whole violence has turned within. Now they are crippling themselves, torturing themselves, and enjoying it.Krishna is saying that by getting the knowledge, information, don’t create suffering, transcend the knowledge, information to serve your purpose and assignment of the Universe.Take the knowledge joyfully , it looks paradoxical and your mind starts thinking how to compromise both, because to you they are contradictory. They are not, they only appear contradictory. You can enjoy knowledge.What is the secret - how to enjoy knowledge? The first thing is: if you don’t escape, if you allow the knowledge to be there, if you are ready to face it, if you are not trying somehow to forget it, then you are different. Knowledge is there but just around you; it is not in the center, it is on the periphery. It is impossible for knowledge to be in the center; it is not in the nature of things. It is always on the periphery and you are the center. So when you allow it, when you don’t escape, you don’t run, you are not in a panic, suddenly you become aware that knowledge is there in the periphery, as if happening to someone else, not to you, and you are looking at it. A subtle joy spreads all over your being because you have realized one of the basic truths of life: that you are bliss and not knowledge.So when you enjoy it you don’t become a masochist; don’t follow the knowledge for yourself but enjoy it.Right now because of Arjuna’s unconsciousness he got stuck to his knowledge and is trying to create misery for himself. He has become masochist.We always need to take the knowledge to understand the universal purpose behind it.Krishna is not saying not be knowledgeable; he is simply saying suffering is there, you need not seek for it. Enough suffering is already there you need not go in search of it. Suffering is already there; life by its very nature creates suffering. Illness is there, death is there, the body is there – by their very nature suffering is created. See it; look at it with a very dispassionate eye. Look at it — what it is, what is happening. Don’t escape. Immediately the mind says, “Escape from here, don’t look at it.” But if you escape then you cannot deliver the assignment of universe. You will not understand the message of the universe. In simple words GET THE INFORMATION BE WITH IT, LEARN TO TRANSCEND IT. Do Not create suffering, the only way to come out of suffering is to transcend the knowledge and use it to deliver universal assignment.

Bhagavad Gita Verse 2.47
 Dhwani Shah  
 12 August 2019  

Mystery - In Gita Verse 2.47 You have a right to perform your prescribed duty, but you are not entitled to the fruits of action. Never consider yourself the cause of the results of your activities, and never be attached to not doing your duty.Now Krishna is saying something how we can live in this objective world through our subjectivity. Perform your prescribed duty means, in the family to your children as parents, to your friends as friends, to your spouse as spouse, to your society as a human being, to your nation as citizens, to the world as one body, in the universe as a whole.Every stage your action is needed what you have to deliver or give. Just focus on what you have to deliver play your role joyfully, and don’t even wait for the fruits. Live into the mystery.Existence is waiting to receive us and it can only receive us when we can deliver our actions. Not by demanding even the fruits of the actions. This is real MYSTERY.Existence is a mystery. It is not something that you have to solve. It is not a problem, nor is it a puzzle; there is no solution to it. No philosophy can demystify it. You can experience it, you can enjoy it, you can dance it, you can live it, but you cannot know it.The young mother is skeptically examining the new educational toy. “Isn’t it rather complicated for a young boy?” she asks the assistant.“It is the very latest idea,” replies the girl. “It is designed to adjust the child to living in today’s world. Any way he tries to put it together is wrong.”But this small anecdote is true about existence. Any way you want to explain it, your explanation is wrong. Those who know it do not try to explain it. They only describe its beauty, its truth, its glory, its blissfulness. They only give you some indications that may create a longing in you to find out what it is.Once you enter it, you will forget all about finding out what it is. Enjoying it so much, who cares what it is? What are you going to do with your explanations? And anyway there is no explanation. The whole of existence is only an experience without any explanation. This is it's transcendental-ness. It transcends all understanding, all knowledge, all explanation, all philosophy. But you can experience it. You can become one with it. It is always ready to absorb you. Just as the ocean is ready to absorb any dewdrop.Existence is always waiting and willing, welcoming. You just have to learn a little courage, just a little courage. One jump and you are gone forever into the mysterious. You yourself become a mystery. Every mystic is a mystery. He has become one with the ultimate mystery. Mysticism is not a religion because it has no theology, no philosophy, no doctrine, creed, cult. It explains nothing. It simply shows you the way to move into the unexplainable. It opens the door of the unknowable and pushes you in.There is a beautiful story about the Great Wall of China. It must be a story because nobody has found the spot up to now. But it has been reported for almost three thousand years that there is a spot on the China Wall… The wall is thousands of miles long and broad enough for a car to move along it. It is one of the miracles man has achieved. Millions of people died in making it. It took hundreds of years to build. They created almost a mountain against invaders.It was reported again and again that there is a spot somewhere on the China Wall where, if you place a ladder and go up the wall… Whoever has done that simply reaches the top of the wall, laughs loudly and jumps down the other side, where there is a deep ditch. The man is finished; you cannot even find pieces of him. But before jumping he laughs very loudly, perhaps the first belly laughter that he has ever laughed, with his whole body. It is the most mysterious point on the wall. Many have reported that they have seen people reaching the point where they laugh and jump. Nobody knows why they laugh.All the circumstances or the assignment whether it’s of the objective world or subjective world, it is there to give us the experience of ourselves, you will not find anything but belly laughter.When Krishna is saying that don’t expect the fruits means Universe is waiting to embrace you, to give you the experience of wholeness.So don’t take these words of Krishna literally, focus on delivering and in that you will drop the expectations of fruits.To Arjuna he says don’t act from your knowledge because it will be from attachment in the process existence cannot embarrass you, your focus will be on the fruits and not on delivering. Just shift the focus and everything will happen on its own.

Bhagavad Gita Verse 2.54
 Dhwani Shah  
 19 August 2019  

Imitation - In Gita Verse 2.54 Arjuna said: O Kṛṣṇa, what are the symptoms of one whose consciousness is thus merged in transcendence? How does he speak, and what is his language? How does he sit, and how does he walk?Arjuna’s query is from the mind. He asked regarding the person whose consciousness is thus merged in transcendence. How he will speak, his language, walk and sit. All this is imitations. Nothing to do with your own transformation. He thinks that by asking this question and then knowledge of all the etiquette if I will follow then I will be back in my consciousness. This is an illusion. Nothing can happen on the contrary we fall more.Arjuna wanted to imitate:Imitation is very easy, and the whole culture and society depends on imitation. Everybody is telling you how to behave, and whatsoever they are teaching you is nothing but imitation. Religious people - the so-called religious people, the priests, the theologians - they are also teaching you, "Be like Jesus, be like Buddha, be like Krishna." Nobody ever tells you, "Just be yourself" - nobody. Everybody is against you, it seems. Nobody allows you to be yourself, nobody gives you any freedom. You can be in this world, but you must imitate somebody.People are imitative and imitation is bound to be unintelligent. They want to do exactly the things which others are doing. That destroys their freshness. Do things in your own style; live your life according to your own light. And even if the same situation arises, be alert to find a new response. It is only a question of a little alertness, and once you have started enjoying... and it is really a great joy to respond to old situations always in a new way, because that newness keeps you young, keeps you conscious, keeps you non-mechanical, keeps you alive.Imitation is a substitute for understanding, and a very poor substitute. If understanding is there, there is no question of imitating or of following: you will follow understanding. Keep this very clear: if you follow your understanding, you will be following me. By and by you will see that your path and my path are running parallel. By and by you will see that you are following me if you follow your understanding. If you follow me and forget your understanding sooner or later you will see that I am gone and you are left in darkness. The real way to follow me is not to follow me but to follow your understanding - then even when I am gone you will be following me. It looks paradoxical but Zen is paradoxical.The characteristic of the first sort of religion is imitation. It insists on imitation: imitate Buddha, imitate Christ, imitate Mahavir, but imitate. Imitate somebody. Don't be yourself, be somebody else. And if you are very stubborn you can force yourself to be somebody else. You will never be somebody else. Deep down you cannot be. You will remain yourself, but you can force so much that you almost start looking like somebody else.With imitation let’s understand a few things about illusion. Illusion means to see as it is not. Truth means to see as it is. Whatsoever we see is illusion, because we involve ourselves in our seeing; our experience does not remain objective, it becomes subjective. Whatsoever is out there, it does not reach us as it is. Our mind distorts it, embellishes it, ornaments it, prunes it – making it bigger or smaller and changing it into many, many forms.The biggest change and the deepest illusion is that we associate ourselves with everything, which in fact we are not associated with at all. As soon as we are associated the reality is lost and the dream projection starts appearing true. For example, we call a thing ‘mine’ – ‘my house’… the house which was there when we were not and which will still be there when we will be no more. Something that can be before I am, and will continue after I am not, which does not disappear with my disappearance – how can it be ‘mine’? If I die this moment my house does not collapse or disappear, in fact it will not even know that I have died – then what kind of association can there be between myself and that house? What is the relationship? Tomorrow someone else will live in that same house and call it ‘mine’. Yesterday somebody else was living in it and he was calling it ‘mine’. Who knows how many people have stuck their ‘I’ on that house, and have passed away? But that ‘I’ never sticks onto the house, and that house does not belong to anybody; the house belongs to itself.In this world everything belongs to its own self. If we can understand this properly, we shall be able to shatter the illusions easily.Arjuna when wanted to imitate he forgets - Each man is born with a unique individuality, and each man has a destiny of his own. Imitation is crime, it is criminal. If you try to become a Buddha, you may become an imitation Buddha. You may look like Buddha, you may walk like Buddha, you may talk like Buddha, but you will miss. You will miss all that life was ready to deliver to you. Because Buddha happens only once. It is not in the nature of things to repeat. God is so creative that He never repeats anything. You cannot find another human being in the present, in the past, or in the future, who is going to resemble you exactly. It has never happened. Man is not a mechanism. He is not like Ford cars on an assembly line; you can produce millions alike, exactly alike. Man is a soul, is individual. Imitation is poisonous. Never imitate anybody, otherwise you will be a victim of the first sort of religion, which is not religion at all.

Bhagavad Gita Verse 2.55
 Dhwani Shah  
 20 August 2019  

Pure Consciousness - In Gita Verse 2.55 The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: O Pārtha, when a man gives up all varieties of desire for sense gratification, which arise from mental concoction, and when his mind, thus purified, finds satisfaction in the self alone, then he is said to be in pure transcendental consciousness.Krishna says very specifically that never imitate. The mind is an imitator, because imitation is very easy. To be someone is very difficult. To become someone is very easy - all that you need is to be a hypocrite, which is not much of a problem. Deep down you remain the same, but on the surface you go on painting yourself according to some image.If you try to become a buddha, one thing is certain - you will not be able to become yourself. One thing only is certain - that you will not be yourself. And then follows the next thing: you can never be a buddha, because you are you and a buddha is buddha. If you try to become a buddha, you cannot be a buddha; at the most you can be an imitation - a plastic flower, not a real rose.Mind wants to imitate, as if in imitation it is secure, no effort to be self-alert. Self-alertness means dropping the mind and coming back to your own home, who you are. This is transcendance.Remember always that whatsoever is happening around you is rooted in the mind. Mind is always the cause. It is the projector, and outside there are only screens – you project yourself. If you feel it is ugly then change the mind. If you feel whatsoever comes from the mind is hellish and nightmarish, then drop the mind. Work with the mind, don’t work with the screen; don’t go on painting it and changing it. Work with the mind.But there is one problem, because you think you are the mind. So how can you drop it? So you feel you can drop everything, change everything, repaint, redecorate, rearrange, but how can you drop yourself. That is the root of all trouble.You are not the mind, you are beyond mind. You have become identified, that’s true, but you are not the mind.And this is the purpose of meditation: to give you small glimpses that you are not the mind. If even for a few moments the mind stops, you are still there! On the contrary, you are more, overflowing with being. When the mind stops it is as if a drainage which was continuously draining you has stopped. Suddenly you are overflowing with energy. You feel more!If even for a single moment you become aware that the mind is not there but “I am,” you have reached a deep core of truth. Then it will be easy to drop the mind. You are not the mind, otherwise how can you drop yourself? The identification has to be dropped first, then the mind can be dropped.When all identity with the mind is dropped, when you are a watcher on the hills and the mind is left deep down in the darkness of the valleys, when you are on the sunlit peaks, just a pure witness, seeing, watching, but not getting identified with anything – good or bad, sinner or saint, this or that – in that witnessing all questions dissolve. The mind melts, evaporates. You are left as a pure being, just a pure existence – a breathing, a beating of the heart, utterly in the moment, no past, no future, hence no present either.Krishna says - Mind is illusory – that which is not but appears to be, and appears so much that you think that you are the mind. Mind is maya, mind is just a dream, mind is just a projection…a soap bubble – nothing in it, but it appears like a soap bubble floating on a river. The sun is just rising, the rays penetrate the bubble; a rainbow is created and nothing is there in it. When you touch the bubble it is broken and everything disappears – the rainbow, the beauty – nothing is left. Only emptiness becomes one with the infinite emptiness. Just a wall was there, a bubble wall. Your mind is just a bubble wall – inside, your emptiness; outside, my emptiness. It is just a bubble: prick it, and the mind disappears. - This self emptiness is pure transcendental consciousness.

Bhagavad Gita Verse 2.60
 Dhwani Shah  
 25 August 2019  

Total Aliveness - In Gita Verse 2.60 The senses are so strong and impetuous, O Arjuna, that they forcibly carry away the mind even of a man of discrimination who is endeavoring to control them.Krishna talks that how we are living in objective world is simply using our impulsive mind which is not allowing you to use your own intelligence, you will be anxious and hyper, you will lose your discrimination to be self-alert. Unless you are self-alert your action cannot be in alignment with the divine.Your truth can be alive only if it comes through alertness, not through precepts and principles. Each moment, you have to be alert in order to be true. Truth is not a principle; it is something born out of your alertness. Non-violence is not a principle; if you are mindful, you cannot be violent. But, that is difficult. You have to transform yourself.It is easy to live according to principles, rules and regulations. Then you need not worry about being more alert and aware; you can follow the principles. Then you are just like a railway train running on the tracks. Those tracks are your principles. You are not afraid because you cannot miss the path. Really, you don't have any path; you have just iron rails on which your train is running. You will reach the destination, you need not be afraid. You will be asleep and the train will reach it. It is running on dead paths.But, practice says that life is not like that, it is more like a river. It is not running on iron rails. The path has not even been charted before. As the river flows, the path is created. The river will reach the sea, and this is how life should be. Life is like a river. There is no precharted way; there are no maps to be given to you which are to be followed. Just be alive and alert, and then, wherever life leads, you go with full confidence in it. Trust in the life force. Allow it to lead you towards the sea.Just be alert, that is all. While life leads you towards the sea, just be alert so that you don't miss anything. If you are alert, this life will be bliss. The very movement of the river is bliss in itself. Passing through the valleys, through the rocks, falling down from the hills, moving into the unknown is itself bliss.The river is not simply going to meet the sea, it is "growing" to be the sea, and this is possible only through rich experience, alert experiences, moving, trusting. This is the human search. Of course, it is dangerous. If rivers could be run through predetermined paths, there would be less danger, fewer errors. But the whole beauty of aliveness would be lost.Krishna tells Arjuna when you are passing through all your circumstances move with total awareness. If you will move in self-awareness you will not become impulsive, anxious, hyper etc. Instead of that your act will be the result of your silence.When you act from your silence means God is acting through your body.Remember, God has no voice except silence. He never says anything. There is nothing to say; there is no verbal communication. But that silence, that utter silence, gives you clarity, gives you light and makes you capable of moving rightly. Not that it gives any directions, not that it gives you any maps, not that it supplies you any guides – nothing of the sort. It simply gives you eyes to see your path.And then you start moving in life with eyes. Ordinarily you are moving blind. A blind man needs guides , a blind man needs voices , a blind man needs maps. A man who has eyes needs nothing.God comes to you as silence. God IS silence. Remember it: only trust silence and nothing else – otherwise you will get trapped by the mind again and again. And to be trapped by the mind is to be in misery. To be free of the misery is to know what bliss is, is to know what benediction is.So, Krishna says to Arjuna become self-aware and move like a river, which has no predetermined path, but trust and self-awareness to merge into the ocean. In your total aliveness, alertness you will be able to fight the war.