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CREATING POSITIVE ENVIRONMENT WITHIN AND WITHOUT

Once upon a time happiness wasn’t  subjected to a matter of occasion. People used to be happy naturally. Actually happiness is something already inherent in us. It’s one of the many emotions which is engraved in our very being. Sorrow or grief on the other hand is a temporary phase, which passes on, comes and go with time. that’s the reason our saying goes like “time heals”. Our mind has the potential  to heal itself from any kind of traumatic experience it counters during the clashes and conflicts we face almost everyday.  One may question that happiness too is just an emotion. It too shall pass with time, just like any other emotion. But in actual terms it is not so. Ever had a chance to read or view an interview of a creative writer or a song composer? The thing which is common among all of them is that they love their job and are happy within. It won’t be an exaggeration to say that their inner happiness manifests itself in their writing, work of art or song. They contemplate upon a certain aspect of a story or a song for days or even months at end and then, all of a sudden they  come across that golden line which adds a new color and value to their work. This is happiness or let’s say a form of it. It’s not necessary that happiness would always manifest itself with an intense form of ecstasy or euphoric outcry.  It may find meaningfulness in various activities and creative work.

          Also in a converse way, the activities bring us happiness. Both are interrelated. The feeling or satisfaction one gains after successful completion of a particular task fills us with joy and satisfaction. Many psychologists would agree that in the treatment protocol patients suffering from sleep disorders and depression, the role of creative activities is beyond doubt. Listening to music, singing a few lines along, reading your favorite book or painting, all  may contribute to our happiness.

We can ourselves create an environment which is free from sorrow. Smile at a stranger passing by you in the morning. Wish that old man a very good morning. give a candy or two to that child near the subway. Buy a flower from that old lady and then gift it back to her. Try helping a needy or feed a hungry. All these acts of kindness are actually small steps towards happiness.  If you want to be happy, make others happy.  Our existence is not separate from our environment. Rather, without our environment our own being is incomplete. The love, the joy which we seek for, has to be transmitted to our surroundings at first. The joy of giving, of doing something good for the needy is much more long lasting than that soccer match which you watched the last weekend.

      Happiness, as I said earlier is very much inherent in us. The only thing needed is a stimulus to make it bloom.

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I TRUST YOU!

Hi there! Its been a long time since I last posted. Hope you all are doing fine. The past few days have been a roller coaster ride for me in some sorts. Many changes took place in my life which has and will continue to exert a lasting impression on my whole life.

We all face such situations in life, which change the whole perspective of life altogether. A moment, a fraction of second is what it takes to change everything. Being a worshiper of existence, I am ever optimistic. Yeah, we all have gone through that rough patch. The harsh reality of life. We all have gone through that phase when we crumble down by the weight of our own failures, guilt and mistakes. There are times when we desperately pray that this phase we are going through isn’t true. Let this be just a nightmare. We’ll wake up one fine morning to find out that it was all a bad dream. But no, somewhere in our hearts we are aware of this brutal fact that this is true. This is life, verily the life in its true colors.  It is at that particular moment when we realize that we are all alone. We search for shoulders to cry on, people who would sympathize us, pacify us. We search for people who would trust us. But in that desert of sorrow, we feel alone, deprived and lost.

  WHAT IS TO BE DONE?

     Wait, watch and take care. Right now, you feel you are all alone. You think that in this war, you are fighting all alone, but its not true. I am with you. We are with you and we all trust you. That harassment you faced while going to work, that mistake for which your boss abused you so much, that  failure which still haunts you, trust me we all have faced and some of us are still facing these things You worry over the failed relationship you broke up  with, last week? Well congrats! It made you strong. There’s nothing which can’t be fixed if tried real hard. There’s nothing wrong in committing mistakes. Mistakes give you an excellent lesson and a gem to utilize in the later period. It gives us the gift of EXPERIENCE! With perseverance and experience, any man can bring down empires.

Do mistakes, but learn from them. Utilize them as your experience. Grab the opportunities by both hands and brush aside all the negative thoughts that stand between you and your objective. Remove all the negative elements from your life which deters you in any way.

 Above all,  have faith in GOD. HE trusts you. Remember, It took the perseverance and workmanship of the Supreme Being to create a masterpiece like you! you are special and I have complete faith on you.

    I TRUST YOU.

    WE TRUST YOU.

So my dear friend! get up, wear your armor and strike again. The war of life isn’t over yet!

What is the Key to happiness?

The world today is plagued by so many problems.  Life has become so much stressful these days. In the run for materialistic luxuries, we often fail to think and fulfill the needs of our soul. And what is the result of all these? We have acquired most of the materialistic luxuries of the modern world but our soul still cries and craves something to get attached to. Something which gives us peace, a moral security, something to hold on!

   We all have gone through many rough patches in our lives. Life is not at all a bed of roses; rather most of the time the path appears to be full of thorns. In the words of the great poet Shelley, we all fall upon the thorns of life and we bleed. Since childhood, we all experience fear, pressure, stress and failures in many forms. And with time, the magnitude of these problems increase manifold. Childhood days get over very fast and the days of youth come knocking the door! Love is in the air. But that too, is not a child’s game. Every couple starts their relationship with dreams of an ideal one. But most of them end breaking up. They part their ways, promising themselves and each other not to face each other again in lifetime. This has become a routine affair in our lives. With childhood gone, comes the responsibilities; more stress and pressure. Along with that, comes guilt from the past, prangs of broken dreams and ambitions. Life becomes a living hell all of a sudden. Some, failing to compensate with these, feel the need to end their lives. No wonder, the rates of suicides have been on the rise as compared to past few years. Gradually comes the old age. With it, comes life full of guilt and sorrow. And ultimately we end up unhappy till the grave.

        What is the solution? To refrain and abandon everything and get on a jungle safari,being a monk? There is a more simple way than that. The one word solution to this life long problem is SURRENDER. No, I am not asking to surrender or yield in front of the circumstances. Rather, take up the sword of life and fight with the sorrows with full strength! But there are times, when we feel low, dejected, out of form. That time we are reminded once again that not everything can be bought by money and not everything can be achieved by material comforts. The craving for soul is eternal. As I said earlier, to attach with something or someone who can put a balm of relief over our wounds. Someone whose love dictates us, goads us to good. Someone whose love never falls short irrespective of how many times we ignore His wishes or act against His path. That “someone” is the pivot of our life. The central point, the ideal. Following Him gives us relief. Obeying His commands, gives us pleasure and saves us from many different complexes and dangers in life. As I have said earlier in one of my prior articles, that we encounter sorrows in life whenever we get away from the Ideal and be a servant to the complexes. So, naturally Ideal can not be just any Tom, Dick or Harry! The Ideal must be Himself above the complexes, free from boundaries and limitations of materialistic affairs. A drowning man can only be saved by a person standing on the shore. The one, who is himself drowning can not save another man’s life. The ideals are such “lights of God” ; the love incarnate, the “Christs” as I said. Following the commands of such great men, we understand what love is, what life is. Their commandments are like handbooks to learn the art of living. To enjoy this beautiful gift of life gifted by God. These lights of God, are the ideals. The same spirit, the same light shines through many different forms, each according to time, place and circumstances. Krishna, Rama, Buddha, Jesus, Prophet Muhammed all are the lights of God. The same light is transmitted throughout the globe in the form of their love. They can not be bounded or limited by organizations, sects or vested interests of people. If we desire to be truly happy, we must at first, surrender ourselves to the Ideal. To submit our will to God, by walking upon the path shown by the ideal is the key to be happy. 

Without this simple way, there can not be any other path to happiness.

Also see my earlier post Secrets of Happiness.

How To Channelize the complexes?

What are complexes? They are certain passions or urges which are present in all of us and play an important role in almost every small and large event of our life. They are seen as “evils” or hurdles in the path of spiritual practice.

Interestingly if we closely observe we shall see that these complexes or passions, if utilized properly may bring in a great change in our lives.
         We, the humans are by birth under the action or interplay of a variety of complexes.The major forms of complexes are namely Lust, Anger,Pride, Greed,Infatuation and Envy. These six major vices are considered the greatest of all and these are the complexes which give birth to most of the problems we face. No one is free from the clutches of these complexes.Friends become enemies. Family becomes foe when man falls a prey to these passions. To win over these is actually a herculean task which is almost impossible for the common man. We can never control the complexes but we can surely channelize their powers and utilize them for good. Everything in the universe is an amazing interplay of various forms of energy. The creative force manifests itself in many different and beautiful ways! Complexes too, are forms of energy. The upsurge, the outbursts of complexes are actually storehouses of energy and power. If we adhere to a Guru,  a spiritual guide and try following his principles, we can surely adjust them for good.

   The best way to deal with the sudden upsurges of passions is to deviate them and adjust them for constructive purpose rather than to waste them. Engage yourself in creative activities. Start painting a picture, write something or sing! Do whatever you can! Dance till your complexes start wearing out!  Do whatever you can but deviate the track of complexes. Read a good book. Tell a story. Anything you can do to control the upsurges of passions.Gradually with time, comes the self control. But that needs practice. Try  and explore what are the gifts and skills which the Lord almighty has blessed us with! Meditation is an effective method for adjusting the complexes.

        Complex is like a servant. To have it under control renders us with a storehouse of energy. Untapped raw power! But the same power can outrun us and can be even fatal if not adjusted! They are like a strong current or force of water. It can not be stopped but can surely be changed in direction of flow. It is up to us that how do we utilize it! This is where the secret of happiness lies.

The incredible play of “Freewill”

                — Dr. Kritiranjan Nath ‘Anurag’

Out of millions of the life forms inhabiting the earth, Man can be safely called the most intelligent and the most advanced. I shall not call us the best creation; owing to our track records in killing and mutilating our fellow beings and the havoc our race has brought upon nature. Whatever be the circumstances today, it is said that God has created us – the humans after His own image. As a perfect being which is even considered as superior to the celestial beings called “angels” in many scriptures.

    What makes us the most powerful? The best of all? What is that “ingredient” which makes us so special, even though we have limitless limitations? The answer is quite simple actually. It is our own freewill. It is our ability to question, to differ, to reason, to infer and to chase the truth in as many aspects as possible. That, in simple words means Our freewill. 

      According to the scriptures of various sects, God has bestowed upon Man the incredible power of freewill. We are not conditioned, programmed or anything like that in our intrauterine lives. But the astonishing or rather the shocking point is that the “programming” or “conditioning” starts after a child is born. The family, the immediate environment, peers, community everything runs in a race to erase even the trace of humanity in the child. I am not saying that being religious is bad or a kind of evil. Neither am I starting a debate upon theism and atheism.  My intent in this blog is far more deeper than that. Being truly religious is a matter of achievement and pride. If there were truly religious people in the world, the world would have been free from all the miseries by now. Because if a person is truly religious, irrespective of the faith he or she follows, he shall never commit a crime, shall never hurt, shall help those who are in need, shall never commit adultery and shall follow his own faith keeping due regards to all other faiths. If we open any scripture of any particular sect, we will see that the above mentioned points are common in all of them. The beauty which remains latent is that although the Almighty God wants us to follow all these principles in our lives, HE has still kept our freewill intact. We are free to chose our own paths. Though our deeds shall definitely reward or punish us accordingly, which we also call ‘karma’. 

  The point is when the Almighty God did not impose HIS will upon us, who are we to impose our will on others? Records and analyses say that out of the killings and destructions in the world, most are in the name of religion. Which is itself an irony, given the virtues and deeds dictated in the scriptures. 

   No two things in this vast universe are the same. We, just like our creator are unique. It is but very normal and very likely that  we may differ from each other in thoughts and mindset. The Almighty God or the Supreme Being is an entity which is in actual sense very abstract and limitless for our meagre minds. That is the reason that we see a particular aspect of God which is not visible to others and they see a particular aspect which our eyes fail tp conceive.Both are partially correct as both are unable to see the whole truth. But no one can be called wrong. Just like the moon. Its new moon day some where, while others are enjoying the serenity of a full moon. While in some other part of the world, it is halfmoon and so on. But can we call anyone of them wrong? 

    There is a famous story of an elephant and four blind men. Once, a group of four blind men went to see an elephant. Without vision, they went on to feel the elephant with their hands. One grabbed its legs and inferred that elephant is like a pillar. Some other said its like a fan owing to the fan shaped ear of the elephant. Some grabbed it’s tail and  another its trunk. Accordingly, they all  inferred and differed from each other on what the actual elephant looks  like. Only a man who can see, understands that all these are actually different aspects or viewpoints and that the truth is far greater than this.

     This exactly is the difference between spirituality and religion. A spiritual person is limitless, unbound by the limitations of sect, caste, creed or sex, just like the Creator. A spiritual man is truly religious. The world needs spirituality and people who actually follow the religion, not extremists who can not tolerate this divine gift of freewill.